Rainy Atkins, President
I believe in YWCA because the mission and the Board of Directors address the root commitment of supporting a healthier community. This includes empowerment, a safe environment for women and children and investment in each child and individual through skill development and education for the most vulnerable in our community. This raises us all up and honors each person’s potential. No one is discarded or less than the other. Together we empower a healthy community to carry on the tradition of nonjudgmental service and respect for our community, for our children, and grandchildren when we pass the baton.
Sherri Falkner, President Elect & VP Board Development
I joined YWCA for both personal and professional reasons. Personally, I was a victim of domestic abuse and could have used the incredible services offered by YWCA during that horrible time in my life. Professionally, I am a strong believer and advocate for eliminating racism and empowering women and put my whole heart into this mission. Becoming a board member of YWCA has strengthened my ability to speak up and to speak out about social change. It starts with each and every one of us, to eliminate oppression, violence and racism. One day at a time.
Angie Friauf, Secretary
I am proud to serve YWCA Clark County and the ongoing mission of Eliminating Racism and Empowering Women. The YWCA staff work hard every day to strengthen our community by creating a safe place for domestic violence victims, a launch pad for foster children, a growing haven for preschoolers and an educational foundation and springboard for women of all ages. YWCA Clark County is an incredible resource and safety net in our community that is making our world a better place one person at a time. We should all be inspired by YWCA to contribute to making our world a better place, and to be bold in our endeavors!
Holly Jacobs, Treasurer
I’m thrilled to be a member of the board of YWCA Clark County. The organization plays so many important roles for individuals and families in our community. What I really appreciate is the lens of empowerment, respect, and dignity through which YWCA Clark County’s many services are provided. I believe strongly in an individual’s right to self-determination and I’m particularly proud that YWCA Clark County is giving our community members the tools to make life-changing, safe choices every day.
David K. Reiter, VP of Fund Development
I serve on the Board of Directors for YWCA Clark County because the mission of empowering women and eliminating racism resonates strongly with my multi-ethnic family. My wife and I want to raise our daughters in a world where they feel empowered to pursue their personal and professional dreams,without social or cultural barriers. My support of YWCA is a continuation of the values my parents instilled in me which are to respect diversity and cherish good character above all else.
Noland Hoshino, VP of Public Policy
Empowerment is the key to success to anyone who has been battered or abused in their life. It’s the superpower that gives you strength to get up, dust yourself off, and take charge of your life. YWCA Clark County helps people identify, develop and strengthen their superpower so that they can go into the community and help another person in need. As the saying goes, “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else.” Be empowered. Be strong. Be YOU.
My own circumstances growing up made me appreciate the important role that community plays in providing opportunities for children and families to thrive. From my first visit to YWCA, I was humbled by the staff and volunteers who are committed to helping families heal and have hope. It is important to me personally and professionally that I give back what had been given to me and YWCA Clark County’s mission is clearly what I am looking forward to being part of as a Board Member.
I joined the Board in April 2017 after briefly serving on the Public Policy Committee. I was raised with the understanding that all people are created equal and deserve the same respect, rights, and freedoms, and vowed that I would teach my children the same. It is also one of my personal core values to give back to the community in which I live, and to model a life of service and compassion for my children. The mission and work of YWCA spoke to my heart as a way to promote the values I care about as well as a way to contribute to my community. I hope to be an integral part of ensuring the continuation of the outstanding work that YWCA does and supporting staff to be able to do so.
Dr. Lee Faver
I became interested in YWCA to support programs that address sexual and domestic violence. The women and men I see in my clinical practice are often living with and effected by family violence. I found far more at YWCA. The programs not only help people and families directly, they strive to eliminate these experiences entirely. This organization actually is a community of very dedicated people who are deeply committed to affecting change across our entire region. The mission and values of YWCA extend far beyond family and sexual violence, and beyond our specific services. The talented and principled staff and board strive to uplift our community, person by person, family by family. The energy, goodwill and commitment to service is enormous. The vision is forward thinking. Taken together, the people, vision and organization are ones to which I want to contribute.
YWCA’s mission is something that I can truly get behind. In today’s world, we have a lot to fear, but we also have a lot to celebrate. I’m excited to join this inspiring team who help support the people of our community who need to feel safe and cared for the most. Every person deserves a chance to be respected and feel empowered. Not only does YWCA Clark County exude those values, it carries them out.
Pam Loh Velacic
I believe in the mission of YWCA from the top down. The work done by YWCA benefits not only its participants but every last one of us in our community. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the board and to work with an excellent staff and volunteer base.
Dr. Carol Parker Walsh
I was profoundly impacted by the death of my daughter’s best friend at the tender age of 17. This young woman exemplified generosity and compassion for others and I wanted to carry on her legacy through community service. YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, was something I wanted to stand behind. My husband and I have 3 beautiful, smart, talented daughters and our dream for them is to grow up in a community that respects all people.