By HEAL Staff Writer Jessica Martinez
The governing body of a nonprofit organization, like Help End Abuse for Life, Inc. (HEAL) and the Nest Domestic Violence Shelter, is its Board of Directors. The group of volunteer community members jointly oversee HEAL’s activities and shape what HEAL will be and accomplish as an organization. According to the National Council of Nonprofits, “Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.”1
The HEAL Board of Directors are President Sheri Rodgers, Vice President Lynn Crawford, Secretary Rhonda Vincent, Micah Woodul, Liam Griffin, Shannon Silva, and the three newest members: Cecily Hooker; Lorri McKnight; and, Alison Stepp.
“I was impressed by the number of women and children served by the Nest, and the positive feedback they give to the staff about the services and support they are offered,” said Hooker, who has lived in Lincoln County for about a year now after moving from Portales, where she resided for almost 30 years. “I wanted to be a part of supporting survivors in my new community.”
“I wish everyone knew what a wonderful resource HEAL is for our community and the services provided. I wish everyone knew the staggering statistics regarding Domestic Violence,” said McKnight, who served previously on the Board nearly 10 years ago during the early stages of HEAL & the Nest Domestic Violence Shelter. She is a native Texan but longtime resident of Lincoln County. When asked what she is looking forward most in the upcoming year for HEAL, McKnight said, “Growth, awareness, and continued education for our community.”
The three additions each bring a different perspective from their career backgrounds. Alison Stepp is a Speech Language Pathologist at Lincoln County Medical Center. Lori McKnight is a Certified Public Accountant, bringing her finance expertise to the Board. Cecily Hooker teaches math at Ruidoso High School and hopes to use her experience on HEAL’s Education and Planning Committee.
“As an educator, I work with students who live in situations where domestic abuse is present,” explained Hooker. “HEAL helps fund the programs and facilities that provide a safe place for these children, so the cycle of abuse can end now.”
“We are so excited to have these wonderful ladies join our Board,” said HEAL Board Secretary Rhonda Vincent. “We are looking forward to all they will bring to our group and what we can all do together to provide services to survivors, spread awareness, and work toward ending domestic violence in our community.”
1 National Council of Nonprofits: Board Roles and Responsibilities, https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/tools-resources/board-roles-and-responsibilities#sthash.IXHkNGh1.dpuf