Since the Summer, Nancy Fletcher and Betsy Gordon have joined our board. Each of them brings valuable experience and skills that will enhance our organization in ways that gives us new perspectives and insights. We are pleased to introduce them to you:
Nancy knows first hand about overcoming adversity. Originally from San Francisco, CA, she was raised by a single mother, as the youngest of five children. As a child, Nancy attended St. Elizabeth’s at Mount St. Joseph’s Catholic Boarding School for Girls. Later, she attended cosmetology school while completing High School. After graduating from both, Nancy continued with advanced education in hair coloring and hair cutting.
She enjoyed her career a great deal. Nancy transitioned from working with adults to cutting children’s hair. She enjoyed the work and became a manager for three of the stores over a 10 year time span. After years of cutting human hair, Nancy spent some time as a dog groomer. She loves animals of all kinds. In addition to her love of animals, Nancy has an adult son she loves very much.
Nancy found out about the Creating Housing Coalition through applying for housing at the CSC. She knows the need for affordable housing and looks forward to the future of this project. We are glad to have her on the team!
Betsy came to Albany about 8 years ago when her husband retired. She grew up in Southern California, went to college in Northern California, and spent about 20 years in Kentucky and Kansas. Betsy always wanted to come back to the west. With several family members in Oregon, Betsy and her husband chose to come to Albany and they love it!
Betsy had been looking for a way to get more involved in the community, when a neighbor told her about a group that was working to create a tiny house village to help alleviate homelessness in Albany. Wanting to understand why homelessness has become such a growing problem as well as the individuals that find themselves in that situation, she knew right away it was the perfect fit.
With a background in art and graphic design, Betsy started out designing some of the printed materials, which she still does today. She also produces the newsletter, updates the website, and oversees social media. On occasion, Betsy also volunteers with COAT, the outreach arm of CHC.
Betsy says she is honored to be joining the board. In her own words, “Working with this great group of dedicated and driven people has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience, one that has enriched my life in immeasurable ways.”