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Appalachian’s ACT Program hosts “Behind the Scenes at Nonprofit Organizations” April 13

ACT_t.jpgBOONE—If you have wondered how nonprofit agencies operate or are interested in becoming involved with a nonprofit, join Appalachian State University and the High Country United Way for a panel discussion about one of the most critical aspects of charitable organizations—the board of directors.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 13, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Broyhill Inn’s Bernhardt Room. There is no cost to attend, but breakfast will be provided, so those interested are asked to preregister by April 5 by emailing Donna Corriher at or calling 828-262-7664.

This free, informal “meet and greet” offers participants the opportunity to join others for breakfast at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on campus and hear brief presentations from agency directors and existing board members.

The panel discussion is designed for those curious about what is involved in serving on a board, including time commitment, fiscal responsibility, and the types of boards that exist, such as advisory or working boards.

Panelists will include Jennifer Grubb, executive director of the Western Youth Network; Lynne Mason, executive director of Hospitality House; Compton Fortuna, executive director of The Hunger & Health Coalition Inc.; Kaaren Hayes, director of Parent to Parent; and Janice Koppenhaver, board chair for Watauga County Habitat for Humanity.

Additional non-profit leaders will discuss their organization’s mission and board of directors.

There are more than 100 service agencies in Watauga County and abundant opportunities for involvement with programs that address poverty, housing, conservation, sustainability, child care and other causes.

“I have served on the local Red Cross Board of Directors for three years and one year as the board chair, said Dr. Jim Street, associate director of Appalachian’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. “Serving on a board gave me the opportunity to serve an agency I value at a greater level of commitment. Volunteering on a weekend to clean a river or serve soup to the hungry or build a house is still important to me, but at some point we need to ask ourselves if there is more we can do to contribute to the communities we love.  Board membership does that.”