I have been a member of the PNLV Board for the past four years, starting soon after I accepted the position as Director of Community Health with the Lehigh Valley Health Network Department of Community Health. Aside from the fact that our department was and continues to be dedicated to doing place-based initiatives in the Allentown Promise Neighborhood, it was a perfect opportunity for me to better understand the community we were serving through the lens of a diverse Board of Directors with a common agenda of addressing the myriad social determinants facing our community members.
2. What about the Promise Neighborhoods mission and the work that the organization does in the Lehigh Valley community is most important to you?
I believe that children are our future. So from the onset, PNLV’s mission of ensuring that every child succeeds in school is one aspect of the mission that immediately caught my attention. With my background in education and health, here was an opportunity for me to marry the two disciplines and to get others to understand that a child’s success in school must be viewed and addressed in the context of all other social and medical determinants that emerge or surface in a child’s life.
3. What is the one thing that you want residents of our region’s three Promise Neighborhoods to know about the organization’s volunteer Board of Directors and its commitment to its mission?
This is a very diverse, dedicated, committed, insightful, industrious, collegial, and respectable Board of Directors who complement each other and work extremely well together. These ingredients you do not often find on most Boards.