The Board – Opportunities Available
A Fresh Chapter’s mission is to heal the emotional scars of cancer through volunteering, meaningful travel and programs designed to reframe adversity and redefine what’s possible.
Through both international and U.S. based Odyssey programs, A Fresh Chapter (AFC) empowers diverse groups of men and women to step beyond the label of cancer patient, survivor, or caregiver, and into a new world of volunteering, cultural immersion, and personal growth and development. As part of a broader framework of support, our 1-2 week volunteer travel experiences act as a catalyst for helping participants see that struggle is universal and it’s possible to heal, connect, and serve others while reclaiming your life. Our programs in the U.S., India, South Africa, and Peru have contributed more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service while taking positive action against the isolation, anger, depression, fear of recurrence, or survivor guilt often created by cancer. Whether our participants have returned to work with renewed purpose, healed fractured relationships with loved ones, committed to ongoing volunteering, or even made peace with dying, AFC is revolutionizing cancer support while building stronger families and communities and a better world.
A Fresh Chapter (Alliance Foundation) is both a Canadian non profit and a U.S. based Project in affiliation with Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), a California based non-profit public charity. AFC is seeking innovative, entrepreneurially minded leaders to serve on its Board of Directors. With the right team, AFC will change the paradigm of post-traumatic growth while providing healing and connection to thousands of participants and the volunteer projects we serve.
Board Member Responsibilities
The Board will provide mission-based leadership, relevant skills and expertise as well as strategic governance to AFC. While day-to-day operations are led by AFC’s CEO, the Board’s input, time, and support is pivotal to the growth of the organization. Specific responsibilities of all Board Members include:
- Understand and demonstrate a commitment to the organization’s mission and programs
- Keep up to date with issues and trends that affect the organization
- Volunteer 10-20 hours/month on strategic priorities/AFC projects to help further the mission
- Consider AFC a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. In order to credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, AFC requires 100% of Board Members to make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity to give
- Identify and obtain additional financial resources through your network and via crowd-funding, corporate partnerships, and/or fundraising events
- Represent AFC to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
- Participate in a North American or International program within 18 months of joining the board
- Approve AFC’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
- Serve as a trusted advisor to the CEO as he/she develops and implements AFC’s strategic plan
- Ensure compliance with state and federal laws (tax, reporting, finance, etc.)
- Be part of decisions to set compensation and benefits package for the CEO
- Attend at least four (of the five) virtual board meetings each year as well as make every effort to attend the in-person annual general meeting
- Assist the CEO and Board Chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
- Ensure AFC’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities we serve
- Adhere to state law and organization policy with regards to conflicts of interest and confidentiality
- 10+ years of professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the non profit sector
- A commitment to and understanding of A Fresh Chapter’s beneficiaries
- Financial literacy (e.g. able to read and understand financial statements and reports, and assess the implications)
- Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships, and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
- Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of people impacted by cancer
- A growth mindset and a willingness to participate in board orientation and continuing education
- Ability to devote sufficient time and energy to the performance of duties
- Strong preference will be given to applicants who have served on at least one non profit board
Specific Roles/Experience Required:
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about A Fresh Chapter’s mission and is excited to be part of an innovative and business-minded non profit organization. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the non profit sector. For its Founding Board, AFC has particular interest in candidates with the following expertise:
- Board Leadership: Extensive experience in a CEO/Managing Director Role with a proven track record serving on at least two non profit boards
- Financial Management: Senior finance experience and ability to build strategic budgets, review financial statements, and design innovative funding models as well as ensure compliance.
- Development Extensive experience in non profit development as well as a track record of attracting corporate sponsorship
- Legal: Expertise in non profit law and a background in working with other non profits on activities ranging from supporting a 501(c)(3) application to drafting agreement with partners and advising on legal considerations
- Administration Aptitude for synthesizing information and a willingness to ensure effective management of the organization’s records
AFC Board Members will serve an initial one-year term and be eligible for re-appointment for a follow on two-year term. Board meetings will be held bi-monthly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.
If you are interested in exploring an opportunity to join AFC’s Board, please email CEO and Founder, Terri Wingham at firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Board of Directors, AFC” in your subject line.
Service on A Fresh Chapter’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Member’s duties.
Arin Assero. The former VP of the International Myeloma Foundation and now a global consultant, Arin is a leader in the non-profit industry with a proven track record of organizational development and strategic planning in the areas of advocacy, public policy, grassroots mobilization, cross-industry coalition building, educational programming, and corporate fundraising. She is passionate about social justice and has a strong cultural sensitivity for successfully engaging and working with stakeholders of various professional, cultural, and geographic backgrounds.
Derene Allen. An experienced social entrepreneur and corporate growth expert with a specialization in scaling enterprises and developing Corporate and Social Impact Dashboards for measuring results. In addition to her current role as Principal of Santiago Solutions Group, she is a Board Member for the Social Enterprise Alliance Bay Area Chapter and for AnewAmerica, a nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurship training and technical assistance to underserved communities in the U.S. Derene is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.
Arash Asher, MD. Director of Cancer Survivorship & Rehabilitation at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His clinical and research interests focus on the rehabilitation of cancer patients to help restore their maximal functional capacity and quality of life. Dr. Asher completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the UCLA/Greater Los Angeles VA, and a cancer rehabilitation fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Cecily Jackson-Zapata. An attorney with Sustainable Law Group, P.C. representing nonprofit organizations, social enterprises, and small businesses in California and Washington, DC. Cecily also specializes in nonprofit capacity building and small business development. A three-year breast cancer survivor, Cecily is the Vice Chair of the Social Enterprise Alliance Los Angeles Chapter, and a Director of Phase One – The Road to Curing Cancer.Cecily received her B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1994 and her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997.
Julie Scanlon is a global performance improvement consultant with 20 years’ experience in 50+ countries driving top and bottom line growth, global expansion, organizational effectiveness and employee productivity through data-driven strategies, talent & organizational development programs and operations improvements. One of her favorite assignment was a month-long sabbatical to Africa where she advised several non-profit organizations on growth strategy and operations improvements. Julie currently owns a consulting firm with a focus on performance improvement and globalization.
Melanie Vuynovich. A San Francisco-based communications consultant, Melanie partners with organizations to develop strong messaging, build awareness with key constituents, deliver compelling content across channels, guide reputation management and crisis communications, and create long-term strategic programs that impact public perception and corporate culture. Melanie has significant agency experience and has led communications efforts in house for early stage start-ups and complex global organizations. Her international experiences have convinced her of the healing power of meaningful travel.
Michelle DiSabato. A Philanthropic Professional with more than 20 years experience in successfully developing, designing and implementing key business and programmatic strategies including managing and executing U.S. and international, multi-million dollar philanthropic initiatives and programmatic social impact analyses. Ms. DiSabato has worked with a wide range of clients in industries ranging from healthcare to consumer products and has helped them focus their giving to meet business and societies needs. Her “Results Card” approach effectively communicates progress and achievement.
Troy Peters has been a leader In the Entertainment and Rental and Staging industries for over fifteen years. His credits include television series and feature films. After owning his own production company, he decided to move into the event management world as the Audio Visual Manager for an international Optics and Photonics society. As a technical director/producer with Video West, Inc. his recent and ongoing projects include the McCain Institute, the Clinton Foundation, Arizona State University, and the National Speakers Association among others.
Gary Thompson. Over twenty-five years of experience in business development and strategic leadership in both the public and private sectors with emerging growth and leading global technology companies. Prior to his current role as founder of CLOUD, Gary was VP of Sales & Marketing for Kimbia Software, Inc., a leader in online fundraising technology. Gary’s wife is a breast cancer survivor and his commitment to battling cancer continues through his fundraising efforts and his prior role as board president for the Central Texas Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as their national board.
Liza Bernstein. A 3-time Cancer survivor and patient-centered design consultant, has combined her hard-earned experience as an ePatient with her career in innovation, design thinking and digital media. Known on Twitter as @itsthebunk, she is a top influencers on #BCSM, the Breast Cancer Social Media tweetchat, where she helps engage and empower patients. Her advocacy has led to invitations to attend Stanford Medicine 2.0, Stanford Medicine X, and recently, Doctors 2.0, as a bilingual speaker. Liza serves on Project Angel Food’s board of directors and on the Stanford Medicine X ePatient Advisory Board.
Luanne Hatane. Currently the Deputy Director at PATA (Pediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa). She is a qualified social worker and an experienced project manager with extensive leadership capability in the HIV and Development sector. Luann has been Director to NACOSA (Networking AIDS Community of South Africa), HIV program coordinator to CARE in Lesotho and South Africa and was Country Director to Cross-Cultural Solutions in South Africa. Luann provides a contextual narrative on the synergies and universality of disease and an appreciation for the power of connection and transformation.
Molly Huber. A leading Vancouver consultant with extensive experience in talent acquisition strategy, business process design, and capacity building. Throughout her career in Eastern and Western Canada, she has been featured in conferences, publications and media interviews. Using her strong leadership skills, she has developed high functioning teams, streamlined operations, and created effective people strategies. Molly has had both friends and family impacted by cancer and is inspired to be part of a fresh solution for healing