The original executive director of its board in El Cerrito, California, from 2001 to 2007, Amity P. Buxton, PhD, founded the Straight Spouse Network in Mahwah, New Jersey, in 1991, a worldwide organization that offers communication support for people whose husbands or wives realize they identify as LGBTQ+. It reaches out as an invisible group, and educates with research and builds records to change cultural attitudes toward LGBT community. Dr. Buxton wanted to help raise the visibility of this conflict, and offer support to people at a loss by it. Throughout her career, the highlight that stands out is the fact that people have learned and grown. The spouses become themselves again and the teachers become better teachers, which is
June Crow has served as the chief financial officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Delta (BGCMSD) since 2014, previously serving the organization as the director of finance and the 21st Century Community Learning Center program from 2005 to 2014. In her current role, she is responsible for the financial management of the organization. Her area of expertise and length of service positions her to see the holistic picture of the club’s mission “to enable all young people of the Mississippi Delta, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens” and the activities required to bring this mission to fruition. She diligently maintains her unique prospective and ensures the
Growing up with many animals in her house, Laurie Zaleski’s mother rented a home for 28 years while working for an animal control service. After her mother’s passing, she founded Funny Farm Rescue in her honor, serving as its CEO since 2000. The longest-running animal rescue in the northeastern U.S., the animal sanctuary has created a home for unwanted farm animals, domesticated animals and animals with created a home for unwanted farm animals, domesticated animals and animals with special needs to live out their natural lives. Another part of their mission is to prevent the cruelty to animals by increasing the awareness of animal abuse through education. Their knowledge, expertise and facilities make them truly unique in southern New Jersey
Although G. Valerie Egan started her career as a programmer and project manager at Merrill Lynch, she quickly realized that her true passions lay with human resources and recruiting. She worked her way up the ladder, and was eventually able to advance within the organization to the human resources department. There, she combined her skills and interests to recruit for information technology positions. Ms. Egan spent 18 years with the investment management company before deciding it was time to move on. She loved the work, but wanted more room for growth. That led her to AT&T, where she served as the assistant vice president for staffing and college relations, and to Aon Human Capital Services, where she served as the
A service-driven professional, Katherine Jean Hubbell Domning spent the majority of her career with nonprofit organizations. She started out as an information system engineer at the Mitre Corporation and a design engineer at General Electric, but transferred to the American Red Cross National Headquarters after five years. It was at the American Red Cross that Ms. Hubbell Domning discovered her passion for budgeting work; she had a gift for looking at a budget and figuring out the numbers and the plan behind it. She eventually left to join the Dominion Group as a marketing consultant and the National Foundation of Women Business Owners on a part-time basis. She retired in 2002 so that she could focus entirely on volunteer activities.
Born in Japan despite being a descendent of the Korean ruling family, Joy Powell Gebhard witnessed a lot of brutality as a child. She vowed then to fight for world peace for the rest of her life, and she has held fast to her goals. Ms. Powell Gebhard founded Healing Inc. in 1997 to help humanitarian and education needs. She remains involved in the organization, which mainly focuses on children from North Korea, to this day. Other notable achievements include founding the Meadow Peace Park, co-founding the Washington Korean Writers Association, and serving as the president of Washington Jeonju Lee Chosun Dynasty Royal Family Association. Outside of her organizations, Ms. Powell Gebhard found that another way to achieve her goals
Motivated by her desire to help others, Lucile Mason has dedicated the majority of her career to nonprofit leadership. She started as a conference manager with Camp Fire Girls, Inc., and then became the executive director of the Association of the Junior League of America, Inc., the director of the Division of Public Affairs at Girl Scouts of the United States, and director of public relations at the YWCA of the City of New York. Ms. Mason also spent time as the director of community relations and development at the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, the director of development at the Montclair Kimberley Academy, the director of development for Ethical Culture Schools, the development officer of foundations for
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,