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YWCA Boulder County Board Member Job Description


What is the YWCA?

YWCA Boulder County is a leading non-profit serving women, families and children in Boulder County. We provide human services, advocacy, education, and leadership development programs designed to advance self-sufficiency.  We are an affiliate of the national YWCA USA organization with a common mission to empower women and eliminate racism, but with programs designed to meet the unique needs of our Boulder community, with no affiliation to any religious organization.

Our strength is measured in the breadth of clients we serve, the depth and efficacy of our programs, our staff professionalism, and in our diverse and talented Board of Directors. We will have openings for a few new Board members in our next board year, starting September 2020, as some existing members come upon their term limits. Take a look to see if this position might be for you.

What it Means to Be a Board Member of the YWCA

The Board plays a critical role in the governance of the YWCA, setting organizational goals, broad policy direction, reviewing key operational metrics, and helping the organization gain the financial resources it needs to fulfill its mission.

While day-to-day operations are led by the YWCA’s CEO, the Board-CEO relationship is a partnership, and brings key resources from Board members’ experience, professional and personal contacts, and organizational guidance. You will be joining a dynamic group of women who want to make an impact on their community and expand their experiences in the nonprofit world.

A Little Bit About You

If you are passionate about the YWCA’s mission of empowering women and eliminating racism, and you have a leadership track record, the YWCA Board could be a perfect match. In addition, we are striving to broaden the diversity of our Board with candidates of color or diverse backgrounds, and for people who represent areas outside of downtown Boulder in our county. In accordance with our current bylaws, we are an all women board.

Do any of the following look familiar?

  • You have personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of YWCA clients. You believe in our mission and our core values.
  • You have a commitment to and an understanding of the YWCA’s clients and services. After seeing them first hand, you want to ensure that they’re available to any one who needs these services.
  • You have fundraising experience, and/or are willing to try. Your friends and colleagues are likely giving to charities already. Wouldn’t you love to see them invest in something you also believe in?
  • You have savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals.
  • You have professional or community/volunteer experience with significant leadership accomplishments.

What Does a YWCA Board Member DO?

If you’ve never served on a board before, you might be asking just what, exactly, is expected? It is an important role. But we also realize that Board members are typically very busy with full lives beyond the volunteer world. So we work to balance the need for your expertise and time with some flexibility as well as plenty of advance planning for busy calendars. Check out the following to give you an idea of what you will be doing if you step into a YWCA Board role:

  • Participate in determining the strategic goals of the YWCA, and provide professional expertise and advice to accomplish those goals.
  • Review and approve the YWCA’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; be informed of, and meet all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Support and partner with our CEO, and participate in her annual performance evaluation.
  • Participate in as many YWCA events and activities as possible, including Board meetings, plus our three signature fundraising events each year, YWCA-sponsored community forums, board trainings and offsite planning meetings. Members may participate virtually in Board meetings when needed, but in-person attendance is preferred.
  • Promote the YWCA’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities the YWCA serves.
  • Represent the YWCA and its mission to stakeholders; act as an ambassador for the organization. The YWCA has consistently worked to become a well-known non-profit brand and distinguish itself from the YMCA, with which it has no affiliation. Board members are a key part of community outreach to help raise our profile.
  • Participate in one of the YWCA’s board sub-committees such as Marketing/PR, Finance, Governance or Advocacy.
  • Review materials ahead of Board meetings and come to meetings prepared for meaningful discussion and to make decisions.
  • Assist the CEO and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members.
  • Meet and get to know other Board Members and YWCA staff. Enjoy the chance to add these amazing leaders to your network!

Board Member Financial Contribution and Engagement

Each Board Member is expected to be an active, contributing member of the YWCA, with annual board dues of $700. Payment options and scholarships are available, as needed. Please speak with a Nominating Committee member for more information.

In the non-profit world, the ability for any organization to fulfill its mission depends to a great extent on its financial soundness and ability to attract and keep engaged donors. Therefore, Board Members are expected to actively participate in ensuring the YWCA’s financial success. This includes participating in planned fundraising and other events, as well as being an ambassador for the organization to introduce it to new audiences, and inspire existing donors to become even more active.

We recognize all levels of giving as welcome and valuable and we encourage Board Members to engage their communities in culturally appropriate ways. According to their ability, Board Members can expect to support YWCA’s fundraising by: attending and recruiting friends and other potential donors and sponsors for signature fundraising events; organizing and/or attending private fundraising events; and asking for individual donations when appropriate.

New Board Member Time Commitment

Typical board members make an initial 3-year commitment, followed by an opportunity to complete a second 3-year term if desired.  Board meetings take place once a month on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, typically from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, from September – May. Dinner is served to the Board from 5:30 – 6:00 giving our members time to spend together before the meeting starts. Members are expected to attend at least 7 out of 9 Board meetings per year. Onsite childcare at the YWCA is available for children under the age of 12.

Every board member also serves on at least one board committee which has its own schedule of monthly meetings and event/program functions.

Interested in serving?

We’d love to have you!  Please give us some additional information that we can use in our nomination process to build a great 2020-2021 Board by filling out answers to questions in the attached application form. You may also fill out the application online at: https://goo.gl/forms/cbbzTNR7lyB6ptEe2

Current 2019 – 2020 Board

Analiese Brown the Director of Talent and Culture at CampMinder. Sharing 5+ years of experience in HR leadership roles within Boulder technology companies, she is passionate about sharing her skills to build inclusive and empowering workplace cultures.  A team captain for Dash and Bash, Analiese has already started engaging her CEO, colleagues and community in the newest event for the YWCA.

Janet Eden-Harris (Board Advisor) has spent a career helping large and small companies grow, from leading marketing and strategy at large public companies, building international teams, to successfully growing a Colorado high tech start up company as CEO.  Currently running her business consulting organization Eden-Harris Group, Janet is also devoting more time to pursuits she enjoys, including serving the YWCA as Board member, mentoring other young entrepreneurs, spending time with her far-flung family, stealing time away to indulge her passion for singing, and helping local airlines make their quarterly revenue by earning frequent flyer miles that seem to never be redeemed.

Angelique Espinoza is the Interim Director at the Museum of Boulder. She is a political consultant and activist and has served on multiple non-profit boards such as Open Boulder, Impact on Education, Dairy Center for the Arts, and Boulder Business and Professional Women. She served as the campaign manager for 2H Boulder Sugary Drink Tax in 2016 and was a 2016 candidate for Colorado State House. Angelique has collaborated with YWCA Boulder County in the past, and looks forward to contributing her political and multicultural acumen to the Board of Directors.

Sue Fagan has been a long-term volunteer with many organizations over the past 20 years, with a passion for organizations that help children and families. She is a Victim Advocate with the Boulder Police Department, she has been PTO President at both Mackintosh Academy and Foothill Elementary, and she has both led and supported events for There With Care for six years. Before moving to Boulder, Sue and her family lived in Northern California for 5 years. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Sales and Account Management at MBS Multimode, and she has over 10 years of experience in direct marketing and business development. Sue has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a minor in Business Institutions from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She is an avid skier, tennis player, and horseback rider, and she enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling with her family.

Deidre Farrell (President -Elect) is a certified financial planner with Thrivent Financial where she helps her clients plan and invest so they can reach their financial goals and live generously.  A strong volunteer in our Boulder community, she is active with the Boulder Rotary Club, Trinity Lutheran Church, Habitat for Humanity and Realities for Children.  She enjoys swimming, hiking, reading and travelling with her family.

Karen Furlani (Treasurer) is the Risk Director, Jacobs Engineering.  She brings 25+ years progressive experience in project management and global services leadership in the engineering and construction industry.  She was a former Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa Urban Environmental Management.  As the Engineer’s Week volunteer coordinator for a previous company, she liaised with local school districts and STEM teachers to develop opportunities to provide hands on STEM related activities throughout the Denver metro area.

Elisa George was born and raised in Torino, Italy. She is Sr. Director of Brand and Product at LÍLLÉbaby, maker of baby carriers. She began her career 12 years ago in Sydney, Australia, then moved to Los Angeles and more recently relocated to Boulder. Her experience ranges from brand management, product development, marketing, and strategy.  Elisa is excited to bring her skills to the YWCA. She also volunteers her time as a Partner with Social Venture Partners and has lended her marketing and communication strategy expertise to multiple nonprofits. She is an avid dark chocolate eater, a coffee drinker, a salsa dancer, and a mom.  In her spare time Elisa likes to run, hike, and explore new places to eat and drink.

Allyn Harker (Secretary) is part of the team that successfully guided Boulder’s sugary beverage tax to the ballot, through the election and into implementation. Her time as an educator has gifted her the experience of teaching across the educational spectrum: working with pre-school students, teaching at-risk high school students, and mentoring university students at the University of Colorado in Creative Writing classes. She worked as a technical writer, technical recruiter, and her guest opinion pieces focusing on health equity and sugary beverages have appeared in the Daily Camera. Her passion for politics and political progress have found her a home on the YWCA’s Board of Directors and also its Advocacy Committee. She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing and English Literature and also brings her talents as a physicist, former teacher and advocate to the YWCA.  She is currently on the Dash and Bash Committee overseeing community engagement.

Emily Hearst is the operations manager for two primary care clinics and has a Rheumatology practice at UCHealth. She has served on the Women in Healthcare Leadership Board at the University of Michigan and has extensive team leadership skills. Emily worked with YWCA Boulder County for three years as the nutrition educator and public policy coordinator and looks forward to dedicating her creativity, diligence, and project management skills to the Board of Directors.

Amber Hickory is the Executive Director, Marketing & Communications at University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.  Her previous experience includes 12 years as Partner and President of Greeenhouse Partners.  She brings strong leadership, marketing and strategy skills to the YWCA.  In addition to being a talented profession, she was also a All-Big Ten basketball player for Northwestern University.

Nan Joesten (Past-President) is the principal and founder of Rapid Evolution, LLC, a consulting firm devoted to accelerating professional development and organizational success. Nan graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and worked for Procter and Gamble for 10 years in manufacturing and brand management before earning her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Nan created her former law firm’s women’s leadership development program and was appointed co-chair of the national women’s trial lawyers’ committee in the American Bar Association.  Nan remains active in the legal profession, providing pro bono representation through Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network.  A believer in education, Nan serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Colorado Foundation and the CU-Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science BOLD (Broadening Opportunity Through Leadership And Diversity) Center’s Advisory Board.  She is also a member of Boulder Rotary Club and First Congregational Church.

Denny Kercher  (Board Advisor) has been actively involved in research in the area of understanding attributes of excellence in leadership and organizations. She brings her years of skills, experience and expertise to the arena of teaching managers the meaning of excellence in practical and usable ways. Denny has been involved in developing training curriculum in the areas of leadership and management training, as well as developing customized courses and presentations in coaching, communication, conflict resolution, team-building, and managing stress and burnout to achieve balance. She has over 25 years experience working with diverse groups in the public and private sector and has written a book: “I’m Juggling as Fast as I Can: Managing Stress, Avoiding Burnout, and Achieving Balance”. She has advanced degrees in Psychology, Business and Theology.

Lisa Lesniak was born in Buffalo, NY, grew up in Dallas, TX and moved to Boulder, CO in 2008. She received a BA in International Relations from Tufts University in Boston, MA and a JD from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She practiced law with various firms and on her own from 1992 until 2009. Her areas of practice included general practice, plaintiff’s asbestos litigations, general business law, litigation and acquisition. During her legal career, she volunteered at her sons’ schools and with other community non-profit ventures. Currently, she and her husband of 27 years own multiple investment properties that she manages. She is also very active politically as the Democratic precinct chair for her precinct, a member of the Colorado Votes Steering Committee and Indivisible Front Range. She has two sons, Jake is a student at Colorado Mountain College and Ryan is a student at the Leeds School of Business at CU.

Siân Murphy is a Boulder, Colorado native and well acquainted with the area. She works for WK Real Estate. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her college years Siân also studied abroad at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. After graduating Siân was selected for an internship with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association in Park City, Utah. Currently, Siân is the Chair of YPN at BARA  (Young Professionals Network at Boulder Area Realtor Association). She heads up the Smart Money Smart Moves Program which is a program that helps educate high school students about renting properties as they move on to the next chapter in life. In 2015 and 2017 Siân was the youngest recipient that received the President’s Award from the Boulder Area REALTORS® Association for her exceptional service to the association. Siân is also the co-founder of the networking group Boulder Leading Ladies (BLL). Which brings young, career driven professionals together to build successful relationships and set a standard for excellence within the community through educational, philanthropic, and social events. Siân was an honoree of the BizWest Boulder Valley 40 under Forty class of 2017. 40 Under Forty recognizes emerging young leaders in Boulder and Broomfield counties who make a difference in their companies, industries and communities. During her free time Siân enjoys skiing, running, playing on her rec sports teams, ski instructing, traveling, hanging out with family and friends and supporting her University of Colorado Buffaloes at sporting events.

Veronica Orona is the former Program Director for the OUR Center in Longmont and mom to three sons. She is a graduate of the Boulder County PERL (People Engaged in Raising Leaders) training program designed to increase involvement among people of color on boards and commissions across the county ensuring authentic participation.

Nancy Rowe (President) has worked in the financial services and payment processing industry for 20+ years, including Visa Inc, IBM Corp and smaller startups such as ClearCommerce and Women.com.  She is a native Californian, born in Los Angeles. Nancy received her BA in International Relations/Political Science from Scripps College: one of the Claremont Colleges.  Outside of her corporate life, Nancy is passionate about the culinary arts. She graduated first in her class from the Los Angeles Culinary Institute and became the sole proprietor of a small business, benitohouse-culinary.  Nancy has continually been engaged in philanthropic activities since graduating from college supporting non-profits in various capacities including CASA of San Mateo, Share Our Strength and PARCA. She moved to Boulder from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015 with her husband, Mike, and golden retriever, Posey. She still loves to cook and enjoy adventure traveling and skiing.

Francesca Salazar-Salas is a graduate of Colorado State University of Pueblo. Francesca graduated from CSU of Pueblo with degree in Business Management and emphasis in Accounting. Francesca started in banking when she was 16 and going to high school. That is where her passion came in for helping customers! Francesca has over 19 years experience in banking. She has been in various roles with over 16 years in management she been in commercial banking, mortgage, lending and found that she most enjoyed her leadership roles on the consumer banking the most! Francesca joined the Boulder community in 2016 from Pueblo Colorado. She is strongly committed to serving the community. Her heart is her son Joseph! During her free time she can be found enjoying music, art, walks, cooking and time with family and friends!

Elaina Shively is the Director and Deputy DA, Boulder County DA’s Office Center for Prevention and restorative justice.  She brings strong experience and perspective informed by her background in criminal justice defense and prosecution, leading program development, reform initiatives and staff management.


Children’s Alley Phased Reopening

We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we continue to ensure the safety of our children, teachers and families of Children’s Alley to determine our reopening date. Based on the latest decision from Boulder County to extend the Stay at Home Order until May 8, we will be moving back our phased reopening to Monday, May 11. We have determined a phased approach to reopening will ensure our alignment with Colorado Public Health guidelines.  

Phase 1 will begin on May 11, with the partial reopening of our Infant Development Center (IDC). We will be contacting families directly who currently have contracts with the YWCA. On May 18, we will reopen part of our Pre-K program. We will be contacting families directly who currently have contracts with the YWCA.

We will not be able to offer traditional drop-in services at this time but we are working with Colorado Public Health to determine what that process will look like as we get further into the opening.