Four months into the new Encore Network’s evolution, we’re pleased that nine talented. committed leaders have come together to lead our strategy and planning, working with Network lead Betsy Werley and VP Nancy Peterson. They’re inspired by the opportunity of shaping the Network in this formative period and their involvement strengthens our capacity.

Five have been working on our membership launch since spring 2016: Helen Dennis (Project Renewment, Los Angeles); Doug Dickson (Encore Boston Network); Barbara Raynor (founder and CEO, Double Nickel Strategies, West Orange NJ); Bevan Gray Rogel (Founder, Encore Tampa Bay)  and Janine Vanderburg (Founder and President, Joining Vision and Action, Denver).  Four others have joined the group this summer: Therese Ellery (Rose Community Foundation, Denver); Jeanne Foster (Oasis Institute, St. Louis); Ward Greene (Founder, SAGE, Portland OR) and Emily Merritt (Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Milwaukee). See their photos and read their bios here. 

They live on both coasts and in the middle of the country, their work represents many strands of the encore movement and they come from varied professional backgrounds. Despite those differences, they’re united by a vision of longer lives as a dividend and older adults as a rich resource for social impact. The group will meet in Denver this September to develop plans for the coming year, building on member survey input and their diverse perspectives. We’ll share results from those discussions in the October newsletter.

Many thanks to all nine for saying “yes” to this opportunity and for their commitment to the encore movement.

If you’re thinking, “how can I become part of the leadership group?” – the answer is simple: Just let me know what you’re interested in. Member energy is the fuel that powers our growth and new activities – the more the better.

Contact: Betsy Werley

Published August 18, 2017