Meet Our New Board Directors
We’re proud to introduce three new NN4Y Board Directors. As you know, a strong, committed board is crucial to a non-profit organization like ours. Please join us in welcoming: Arash Ghafoori, Executive Director of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth in Las Vega, NV, Pat Holterman-Hommes, Chief Executive Officer of Youth In Need in St. Charles, MO and Alison Kear, Executive Director of Covenant House Alaska in Anchorage, AK.
Executive Director, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Las Vegas, NV
Southern Nevada’s most comprehensive service provider for homeless youth. Since becoming NPHY’s Executive Director in 2012, Arash has led an agency-wide overhaul and rejuvenation, growing NPHY into a more effective, efficient, and sustainable direct service provider, while turning NPHY into a community leader on issues affecting Southern Nevada’s most vulnerable population. With a passion for policy and systems-level thinking, Arash is active in the national and local movements to end youth homelessness, serving in leadership roles on the Southern Nevada Homelessness Continuum of Care Board, National Safe Place Advisory Board, and a variety of local and national committees and working groups. Over the past five years, Arash has also spoken at national, state, and local conferences, forums, and panels on best practices in serving homeless youth and incorporating sound business practices into non-profit management.
Pat Holterman-Hommes, MA, LPC
Chief Executive Officer, Youth In Need, St. Charles, MO
In 2013, Ms. Holterman-Hommes became the fourth President and CEO in Youth In Need’s history. She has been a key staff member at Youth In Need since 1990, serving most recently as Chief Program Officer. She has extensive expertise in the areas of adolescent development and family therapy, child abuse and neglect issues, positive youth development, and organizational development. Ms. Holterman-Hommes currently serves on the boards of the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies, National Safe Place Network and the Community Council of St. Charles County. She also represents the needs of vulnerable children and youth on various statewide committees, including the Children’s Services Coalition.
Alison Kear discovered her purpose in life 21 years ago when she joined Covenant House Alaska (CHA) as a volunteer, and since that time, she has never looked back. Her tenacity, ability to make connections and never take no for an answer quickly propelled her to the position of Director of Advancement, overseeing strategic planning and fundraising, and in 2012, she was named Executive Director. A true visionary, Alison’s most notable success was raising $25 million in capital funds during the 2010 recession to construct a 40,000-square-foot shelter and youth center for Alaska’s growing population of youth who are abused, trafficked or experiencing homelessness. Recognizing the innovative power of partnerships, Alison then undertook a series of efforts to join forces with some of the most important state and national organizations to better serve Alaska’s at-risk youth.
Meet the rest of our Board of Directors here.