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BOARD & STAFF

 

The decision making process of Be Present, Inc. reflects our vision, mission and core values. In order to be on the Be Present National Board of Directors, a person must be in a support group that identifies itself as using the Be Present Empowerment Model® and have at least one year of experience using the Be Present Empowerment Model® in a collective decision making process in venues approved by the Be Present Board of Directors.

 

Community members interested in supporting the vision and mission of Be Present, Inc. are invited to join one or more standing board committees. These committees serve to train and orient future board members as well as to build individual and organizational capacity. Contact the Board Development Committee to learn more about joining a committee!

 

BOARD COMMITTEES

 

Vision-Based Social Change Fund Development Team - Be Present, Inc.’s core fundraising principle is that all people from all backgrounds are contributors to and benefit from the work of social justice. We believe that collaborative learning and transformative leadership is what leads to sustainable fundraising. The team is comprised of people who self-identify as individuals with financial wealth, board, staff, Regional Organizing Core Group and network members. This team uses the Be Present Empowerment Model® to examine the dynamics of race, class, gender and power that have an impact on their fundraising and giving practices while simultaneously raising funds for the organization. Responsibilities include increasing the visibility of Be Present, Inc. and expanding its donor base; creating and implementing strategies for raising resources/funds; building relationships using the Be Present Empowerment Model with individual and institutional (foundations and corporations) donors; and overseeing donor systems and stewardship.

 

Budget and Finance Committee – Reviews budgets; sets policy and practices for managing the organization’s finances; recommends financial guidelines to the board to ensure compliance with IRS and other regulatory bodies.

 

Communications Committee – Develops and implements communication strategies that increase understanding of the vision and mission of Be Present, Inc. to internal and external constituents.

 

Information Technology Committee Monitors information technology trends and advises the Board and all committees on the impact of those trends on their plans and activities; undertakes projects that apply information technology to the operations of Be Present, Inc. and for the betterment of leadership development services.

 

Program and Evaluation Committee Oversees program development; monitors and evaluates existing programs. Initiates and guides program evaluation and facilitates discussions about program priorities for the organization.

 

Board Development Committee Prepares priorities for board composition; meets with prospective board members and recommends candidates to the board; suggests individuals for committee membership.

 

Human Resources CommitteeOversees strategic management, workforce planning and employment, human resources development; total rewards, employee relations and risk management in partnership with executive staff.

 

Historical Records Committee Oversees the identifying, organizing, storing and transferring of records (files, publications and photographs) that tell the history of Be Present, Inc., our network and staff, as well as activities and achievements to the Sophia Smith Collection, the women’s history archives at Smith College.

 

Creativity and Play Committee Supports the natural creativity within each person based on the guiding principles that learning begins with creative play, play is a major driver of inovation, and creativity builds self-esteem. Addresses creative play in people of all ages in the realization that children are our next generation of leaders and should be encouraged to develop and communicate their ideas and views.

 

 

NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

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Carletta Joy Walker: Riverside Shinchi

Co-Chair

New York, NY

 

Writer, poet, performer, artist, thinker and journalist, media producer: in service of Peace & Joy dharma.

Consultant – Staff/Board Training and Development, Editor

Initiator, Executive Director & Poet Artist of Joy Works Everywhere! Inc.

Founding Member, New York New /Jersey Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

Instructional Modules Librarian - Boricua College

Co-editor of And Then magazine

 

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Robert Holzman, MD

Co-Chair

Astoria, NY

 

Member, New York/New Jersey Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Environmental Medicine, NYU School of Medicine

Fellow, American College of Physicians

Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America

Treasurer, Committee for the Promotion of Medical Research, 1983 – 2008

Treasurer, Infectious Diseases Society of New York, 2003 – 2009

New York City Mayor’s External Advisory Task Force on Bioterrorism Preparedness, 1997-2000

New York State Advisory Committee on Bioterrorism, 2002-2003


 

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Nasrah Smith

Secretary

Atlanta, GA

 

Member, Atlanta Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

Co-Convener, Greater Vine City Opportunities Program

Founding Member, Southern Alliance of Midwives, Inc.

Founding Member, International Alliance of Mother’s and Midwives, Inc.

Founding Member, Childbirth providers of African Descent

Founding Member and Health Advocator, Sisters Action Team, Inc.

Member, International Center for Traditional Childbearing, Inc.

Member, Black Woman’s Wellness Center, Inc. – Consortium

Member, State Representative “Able” Mable Thomas Health Committee

Member, Georgia Safe Sleep Consortium

Served on House Resolution 1341 Midwifery Study Committee

Case Manager, Vine City Civic Association Recovery Team

Public Safety Deputy, Public Safety Neighborhood Deputy Program

Planning Member, Georgia Safe Sleep Symposium

 

 

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Eugene Allen

Clarkston, GA

 

Trainer, Be Present, Inc.

Member, Atlanta Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

Videographer

 

 


 


 

Lachelle Boykins

Jacksonville, FL

 

Sixth of seven children of Rosa and James T Boykins

Primary education, Alden Road Exceptional Children Center

Member, Usher Board of Greater Payne AME Church

Volunteer, Share & Seed Academy, a ministry that provides education and

         performing arts opportunitiies to children & youth in foster care.

Fun-loving and always ready for a good party where she can show off her dancing moves.

Excellent cook and lover of good food.


 

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Nancy Thurston

Portland, OR

 

Visionary. Writer.

Conversation Catalyst. Author of the Nautilus Silver Metal Winner Big Topics at Midnight: A Texas Girl Wakes Up to Race, Class, Gender and Herself

Co-Chair of Be Present's Vision Based Social Change Fund Development Team

Board Chair of Wisdom & Money, www.wisdomandmoney.org

Blogger-- nancymthurston.wordpress.com

Continuous Creator of Big Topics Website— www.nancymthurston.com


 

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Nolan Allen

Youth Advisor

Clarkston, GA

 

Student, International Community School

Trainer, Be Present Children’s Learning & Play Team

Member, Atlanta Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

 


 

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Ryanne Lowe

Youth Advisor

Ellenwood, GA

 

Student, Cedar Grove Elementary School

Facilitator, Be Present Children’s Learning & Play Team

Member, Atlanta Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

 

 


 

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D'Nur Sanford

Youth Advisor

Atlanta, GA

 

Student, Hollis Innovation Academy

Facilitator, Be Present Children’s Learning & Play Team

 

 

 


 

 

 

BOARD BUDDIES (BOARD SUCCESSION)

 

 

The National Board of Directors has an established Board Buddy System – a mentoring and succession program in which past members make a commitment to support the leadership development of current and future board members. Specific responsibilities include making a one-year commitment to attend and offer expertise at board meetings, participating in planning meetings, as well as coaching and mentoring new and potential board members. They also continue to actively participate on standing and ad hoc committees in the design and implementation of strategic action plans.

 

 

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Laverne Robinson

Atlanta, GA

 

Member, Atlanta Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

Former Associate Director, Bert & Mary Meyer Foundation

Founder, Sacramento Black Women’s Health Project

Former Treasurer, Board of Directors, Be Present, Inc.

Former Member, National Network of Grant Makers and Co-Chair, Women’s Caucus

 

 


 

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Clare Holzman

Astoria, NY

 

Clinical Psychologist, independent practice as a feminist therapist in New York City

Member, New York/New Jersey Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group  

Member, American Psychological Association

Member, Association for Women in Psychology

Member, Feminist Therapy Institute

Member, New York State Psychological Association

Former Volunteer Counselor and Counseling Supervisor, New York Women Against Rape (1983-1990)

Former Volunteer Counselor and Counseling Supervisor, Victim Services of New York (1992-1998)

Member, Editorial Board, Women and Therapy

Former member, Editorial Board, Violence against Women (1994-1997)

Published author, articles on recovery from rape; issues of race, culture, class, and sexual orientation in counseling rape survivors; role of shame and guilt in white women's antiracism work.


 

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Rachel Pamelita Lowe

Stone Mountain, GA

 

Student, Columbus State University

Facilitator, Be Present Children’s Learning & Play Team

Member, Atlanta Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

 


 

 

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Annie Tobias

Clarkston, GA

 

Trainer, Be Present, Inc.

Director, Leadership & Character, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Member, Atlanta Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

Former Member, Bay Area Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

Former Member, Board of Directors, Be Present, Inc.

Former Account Manager, The Storia Group

Former Community Relations Manager, Alfred Williams Consultancy

Former Project Manager, Circlepoint

 

 

 

Staff

 

Be Present, Inc. operates with a unique organizational web. Like a spider’s web, this web of inclusion is ever-evolving; constantly growing to meet the needs of the organization and the diverse individuals, organizations and communities with whom we partner. Agility, flexibility and creativity are core values. Ideas come from all partners, not just from the top down; and strength emerges from our interconnectedness. Capacity building in this light emphasizes cross-organizational work, constituency involvement and leadership merged with the values and principles that under gird the structure and operations of organizations.

 

Be Present, Inc. believes that each staff person is a partner and a leader with unique skills, knowledge, and abilities and that everyone has a personal responsibility to model a new way to act and work together. These values are transformed into practice by providing opportunities for all staff members to learn and demonstrate excellence in the Be Present Empowerment Model. The Be Present Peer Support Groups and the Regional Organizing Core Groups are two opportunities for experiential learning and practice in the Be Present, Inc. community. In addition, Be Present, Inc. provides structured ongoing training and development to support staff leadership.

 

Creatrix of Play

 

The issue of generational change calls out for different frames and solutions that move us beyond the crisis view of leadership transition and towards creative strategies and structures that intentionally inspire and support young leaders. Guided by the core belief that fun, creativity and satisfaction inspire effectiveness, collaboration and sustainability, Be Present, Inc. broke new ground once again on January 1, 2009 when Lillie P. Allen, Founder and Executive Director transitioned to Creatrix of Play. This new staff position will transform the understanding, practice and development of leadership in the 21st century

 

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Lillie Allen

Founder, Creatrix of Play (formerly known as Executive Director) and Lead Network Leadership Trainer

Stone Mountain, GA

 

Founder, Lillie Allen Institute

Consultant, Pettus-Crowe Foundation

Member, Atlanta Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

Member, National Network of Grantmakers

Member, Atlanta Women’s Policy Group

Member, National Network of Grant Makers and Women’s Caucus

 

 


 

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Margherita Vacchiano, SPHR, GPHR

Director of Operations

Seattle WA

 

Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, Human Resources Certification Institute

President, Civis Consulting

Former Member of Board of Examiners, Georgia Oglethorpe Award Process

Former Director of Total Quality Management, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

Former Director of Human Resources, Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, Inc.

Former Member, Atlanta Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

Former Member, Board of Directors, Be Present, Inc.

Founding Member, New York/New Jersey Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group

Former Member, National Network of Grant Makers and Co-Chair, Women’s Caucus

 

 

 

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Kathleen Lillis

Co-Chair, Finance Committee

Stone Mountain, GA

 

Attorney

Member, Atlanta Sisters & Allies Regional Organizing Core Group  

Member, Amnesty International, Georgia

Member, Fund for Southern Communities

Member, Atlanta Women’s Policy Group