Devoting 20 years of service to people in need, Dr. Brenda C. Yoder excelled with the Head Start Division of the Administration for Children & Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1999 to 2019. Before embarking on her professional path, she pursued an education at Ashford University in San Diego, obtaining a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in financial management, as well as a PhD. In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Yoder has served her community as a church youth counselor.
Dr. Yoder’s specialty is in leading workshops for families and staff. She also led EEOC workshops, where people would come from all over to take her seminars for school credit. At one point, she visited 11 states to teach and talk to parents through various programs. Dr. Yoder gained the reputation that if you wanted to know the truth, you talked to her; she would ask people if they wanted the truth or a politically correct answer.
Beyond her achievements within her field, Dr. Yoder has also participated in numerous endeavors outside of her professional circles. A member of AARP and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, now known as the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, she has also been affiliated with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Mesquite Literacy. Additionally, Dr. Yoder has been recognized as an outstanding volunteer in adult literacy by the International Outstanding Poets’ Society.
Attributing her success to her authenticity and honesty, Dr. Yoder is proud to have earned the respect of those with whom she has worked. She fondly recalls her tenure with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she often provided advice, assistance and care to children and pregnant mothers, a role she found to be supremely rewarding. Looking toward the future, Ms. Yoder plans to contribute to more volunteer efforts within her community.