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RBLP Hosts 3rd Annual Non-Profit Leadership Panel

by - May 02, 2017

The Rawls Business Leadership Program hosted its 3rd Annual Non-Profit Leadership Panel Friday, April 21, and welcomed leaders from several non-profit organizations in the area to speak with students about how leadership and business applies to the non-profit sector.

The panelists began the event by detailing their non-profit organizations and identifying themes that helped them achieve their goals. Key themes that were discussed included working with the community, building teams, remaining ethical, fundraising and expanding the reach of their organizations. RBLP students prepared questions for the panelists beforehand, to help lead the discussion. The experience provided great insights into the non-profit world, and students were able to see the positive impacts made by these organizations.

“It’s special to be able to hear from leaders of the non-profit sector. These incredible people have dedicated their lives to helping others, and I feel so fortunate to have heard advice from them firsthand,” Garrett Robinson, junior finance major, said.

This semester’s panelists were:

Sharon Bass – Executive Director, Volunteer Center of Lubbock
Sharon Hyde Bass has been at the Volunteer Center of Lubbock since 1995, and is currently the executive director. She oversees all programs and services of the Volunteer Center’s community engagement business with roles that include enterprise strategy and alignment, program development, staff development, and relationship building. Mrs. Bass also provides training, facilitation, and consultation on a wide range of topics. Prior to her time at the Volunteer Center, Bass taught elementary education and served as director of religious education at St. Paul’s on the Plains Episcopal Church.

Bass also serves on the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Board, Texas Tech University Center for Public Service Advisory Board, the Junior League of Lubbock Advisory Board, and is chair of the Texas Association of Volunteer Centers. She is a member of Lubbock AFP and Junior League of Lubbock.

She has been a recipient of honors including: YWCA Woman of Excellence in 2010, Association of Fundraising Professionals Outstanding Professional Fundraiser in 2013, Women in Communications Gold Medalist in 1999, the George Mahon Award in 2014, the Rita Harmon Award from Lubbock Area United Way in 2016, and the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Connect Award in 2016.

Bass earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Science in Family Studies from Texas Tech University. She and her husband, Byrnie, have two sons. Rob, Catherine, and Miller live in Austin, while Brett, Danielle, and Brooke live in New York City.

Dina Jeffries – President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest

Dina Jeffries has been the president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Southwest for nine years, and has been with the organization for 10 years. She loves building relationships with volunteers and donors. She has served on the organization’s Global Advisory Council and is a graduate of Leadership Texas. Jeffries loves mentoring and witnessing the “ah-ha” moments others discover when they realize what the bigger picture of life has to offer. She was raised in Lubbock and given the opportunity to live in various places while her husband served in the military. Jeffries has been married to her husband, Steve, for 30 years. Their son, Alec, is about to enter the police academy here in Lubbock. No bio would be complete without including the four-legged family members- her black lab, Lola, and her yellow lab, Gracie, and now- the Ronald McDonald House Dog, Jax!

Steven Garcia – Coordinator of Community Education, Legal & Outreach Services for Women’s Protective Services
Steven Garcia is coordinator of community education, legal, and outreach services for Women’s Protective Services. He currently provides community presentations, community trainings, assists victims of domestic violence with legal issues, and develops professional relationships in a 12 county region. Garcia has been with Women’s Protective Services since April 2001. He is originally from Anton, TX and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Addiction Studies.

Lisa Gilliland – Executive Director, Lubbock Meals on Wheels
Lisa Gilliland was born in Homewood, Illinois, but grew up in Lubbock, TX, and graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University. She has served as executive director of Lubbock Meals on Wheels since 2013, but has been with the organization since 1998. Previously, Gilliland worked for Women’s Protective Services. She has served on many boards, such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Members of Therapy Dogs, Inc., South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Haven Animal Care Shelter, Llano Estacado Silver Star, Adult Protective Services, Meals on Wheels Association of America, and the Meals on Wheels America Pet Advisory Council. In addition, she is a graduate of Leadership Lubbock. Gilliland has been married for 22 years to her best friend, Larry, and they have two beloved rescue dogs name Kloey and Krash. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, live music, gardening, and community service events.

Lauren Westerberg – Interim Executive Director, CASA
Lauren Westerberg has over five years of experience providing strategic leadership for CASA of the South Plains. The mission of CASA is to recruit, train, and support community members to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. Westerberg is currently the program director at CASA of the South Plains, where she has been on staff for almost 10 years, serving in various roles including interim executive director. She has a deep appreciation for volunteer-led initiatives and a commitment to establishing and maintaining a robust team of loyal staff and volunteers. Her professional experience and core qualifications include executive leadership, staff supervision and development, volunteer training and retention, grant writing, team building, and program compliance and reporting. Westerberg is originally from Amarillo, TX, and holds a Master of Science from Texas Tech University. She has lived in Lubbock for 15 years, and she and her husband now call Lubbock home.

Alexis Arnold – Executive Director, The Inside Out Foundation
The Inside Out Foundation equips women with aesthetic products and emotional healing services designed to restore their character, and all at no cost to clients. As you get to know the organization, Alexis thinks it’s very important that you get to know the staff. Karla, Adair, and Alexis decided to establish The Inside Out Foundation because they consistently saw a drastic need for their products and services in the West Texas area. Alexis was motivated to help from her family and friends because she has seen several people she loves suffer and pass away from disease. Her goal was to create a unique place for others’ loved ones to come and feel special during a more than difficult time. Alexis wanted this for those in her life who have struggled, and she wants it for others’ loved ones as well. After many months and long hours of work, The Inside Out Foundation has become that place, and Alexis is proud to be a part of it. Her academic background is in public relations and marketing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Texas Tech University, and is a Red Raider to her core.

To view more photos from the Non-Profit Leadership Panel, please visit the Rawls College’s Flickr account.


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