Nonprofit Services | EDUCATION
Aiming to help the world get better, Amity P. Buxton has spent the past couple of decades at the head of the Straight Spouse Network. She founded the organization in 1991 to support the “heterosexual partners of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people.” She knows from personal experience how difficult this revelation can be; her husband came out of the closet in 1983 after 25 years of marriage. Dr. Buxton realized there weren’t many resources for people in her situation, so she went to various support groups and talked to a lot of people about it. She wanted to raise the visibility of this issue and to aid people in figuring out their feelings and how to move forward. Her unique nonprofit organization has since grown into a worldwide network of likeminded individuals committed to providing support and information. Dr. Buxton’s role includes engaging in speaking and workshop activities, building awareness about sexual and racial equality, and mentoring others in the group. She also conducts research on the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender parents who come out in a heterosexual marriage.
Prior to her work as an activist, Dr. Buxton was an educator. She started as a secondary school teacher at Grosse Pointe Public School in 1952, and became a language arts instructor at San Francisco State College in 1954. She proceeded to hold positions as a French teacher in Bronxville, N.Y., a teacher at Scarsdale High School and St. David’s School, an assistant professor at San Francisco State College University, the director of the Teachers Active Learning Center, an adjunct faculty member at Mills College and San Francisco State University, and an extension instructor at the University of California, San Diego. Additionally, Dr. Buxton was the staff development coordinator of the Oakland Unified School. She is particularly proud of her development of a prototype for teachers’ centers for staff and curriculum development in the United States and her research in children’s language development.
Psychology | Nonprofit Services
On a mission to alleviate the suffering people experience from domestic violence, Elaine G. Adevai will always keep fighting for what needs to be done. She believes that where there’s a will, there’s a way, and that mentality, coupled with her accepting nature and strong listening skills, has paved the way for her success. Further, she is recognized as an expert in individual and group counseling, as well as in educational administration.
Ms. Adevai is currently the executive director of New Vista for Families, Inc., a nonprofit organization she founded to provide advocacy, counseling, and shelter for victims of domestic violence. On a daily basis, she facilitates support groups and private counseling sessions on topics such as marriage, relationships, and bereavement, and offers advocacy services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Other responsibilities include meeting with clients, overseeing the operations of the shelter, supervising staff, setting up programs, maintaining contact with the community for donations, and arranging permanent housing for her clients. Although Ms. Adevai is fulfilling her goals through the nonprofit, she still hopes to do more. Moving forward, she intends to expand the shelter to accommodate even a greater quantity of families in need. She finds it extremely rewarding when she gets calls about the progress her clients have made, and considers the shelter the highlight of her career.