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Board of Directors

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Catherine Atkin, President
Senior Advisor, David & Lucile Packard Foundation and Director of Early Childhood Innovation Project

Eve Pearlman, Vice President
Editorial Strategist

Linda Felts, Secretary
Retired, Retail Executive

Carolyn Lantz, Treasurer
Community leader and Finance Specialist


Meredith Akers Founder, Ed Support Services

Matt Bliven Maritime Professional/Retired Coast Guard Officer

Juelle-Ann Boyer Government Finance Consultant

Hailey Castelaz - Co-President, Alameda Family Collective

Julie M. Conner Assoc. Campus Counsel, UC Berkeley

Anne Cook Attorney/Urban Planner

Lauren Zimmerman Cook CEO, AEC Living

Luzanne Engh California Teacher Development Collaborative Facilitator, Friends of the Alameda Free Library Board

Theresa E. Gonzales Technology Executive

Lauren Kelley Strategic Partner Manager, Google Inc.

Rose LeCount Student

Mike McMahon Governance Consultant

Claudia Medina Manager, Family Involvement & Community Engagement Programs, AUSD

Dexter Moore Jr. Associate Director of Programs, Head-Royce School

Louise Nakada Director, Community Relations and Foundation, Alameda Hospital

Claudia Page Health Care Consultant

Taj Simmons Teacher, Ruby Bridges Elementary, AUSD

Dede Tabor Romantic Abductions, Vacation and Event Planning

Gayle Thomas Fire Captain, City of Alameda Fire Dept.

Julie Ann Yim Department Manager of Customer Services, BART

Jeanette Zalder - Technology Consultant, JRZ Consulting

Christine Chilcott - Executive Director, Girls Inc. of the Island City

Board Committees

The Board of Directors at Girls Inc. of the Island City is a working board that meets monthly. In addition, some board members hold special offices and all board members serve on a variety "working" committees.

Members in the community are invited to support Girls Inc. through one of our many board committees. Please contact Executive Director, Christine Chilcott for more information.

Standing Committees

Executive Committee
The purpose of this committee is to act in the name of the full Board when it is not in session, or to deal with emergencies that require immediate attention. All actions of the Executive Committee are subject to the approval of the full Board.

Board Governance Committee
This committee is responsible for recruiting members for the Board of Directors. Members of this committee facilitate the process for developing criteria for board members and identifying, recruiting, and proposing new directors to the existing board. They also oversee the application, interview, and selection process of potential board members. Members of this committee plan and implement training as needed to strengthen all members' knowledge of the organization and increase their ability to function effectively. Members of this committee usually come from the Board of Directors, but could also be volunteers from the community.

Finance Committee
This committee, in coordination with the Finance Specialist, is responsible for the board's financial oversight. In coordination with the Executive Director and other board committees, this committee works to finalize and recommend the organization's annual budget, reviews and recommends specific investment policies, and reviews and reports on the annual audit. All members are Executive Committee officers or members of the Board of Directors.

Audit Committee
This committee hires and evaluates the Auditor and oversees the audit process

Special Committees

Fund Development & Marketing Committee
This committee helps to develop and implement a strategic and tactical Fund Development and Marketing plan while leading the Board in raising funds to build capacity and sustainability. The committee is also responsible for initiating and then cultivating/stewarding relationships with individuals, organizations, and foundations. In addition, the committee creates clear, consistent, and concise messaging and positioning and researches the "right" technological systems and applications.

Special Events Committee
This committee coordinates and carries out internal and external special events, including WWD, to raise organizational visibility and funds for the organization.