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.
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.
Camara joined our board in November 2017. Welcome Camara!
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.
Rafik joined our board in November 2017. Welcome Rafik!
Pam Loh Velacic
I serve on the YWCA Board of Directors because they empower women and children with confidence-building tools to help them achieve a life free from chaos. YWCA assists and educates vulnerable individuals with compassion and respect. As a community member, I believe it is my moral responsibility to do what I can to provide a place of refuge and support for victims of oppression and violence, free from judgment or shame. It takes all of us to restore hope and end the cycle of violence.
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.
Susan was sworn in at our March meeting. Welcome Susan!