Vast blend of bi-partisan perspectives expected to continue inspiring Heading Home’s ambitious mission
ALBUQUERQUE, NM- Over the past four years Heading Home’s programs have collectively transitioned more than 1,500 individuals experiencing homelessness and their family members into housing. The dynamic and well-informed leadership from Heading Home’s Board of Directors fuels this progress and inspires meaningful and measurable outcomes.
Heading Home is a New Mexico non-profit that seeks to make experiences of homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring. Through the Heading Home programs (Albuquerque Heading Home, Vets Heading Home, Keeping Families Together and the Albuquerque Opportunity Center), Heading Home is not only able to save the lives of those who’ve been suffering on the streets, but also to save money and resources. An independent study showed that it is 30% cheaper to house someone than it is to leave them living off the streets, utilizing public safety and medical resources.
At the June Board of Director’s meeting the board voted to elect a new Executive Committee including a new board president and director-at-large. Robin Dozier Otten is taking the reigns as the board president. Otten comes with an impressive set of vast and varied work experiences. Currently the owner and founder of a consulting company, she has also served the public as a cabinet secretary with Governor Gary Johnson and the Director of Family and Community Services for Mayor Richard J. Berry, where Otten and the Mayor helped launch Albuquerque Heading Home in 2011. As a lawyer, she founded the law firm of Otten, Vogel and Campbell in Albuquerque. Otten has served on the Heading Home board since 2014.
Ian Esquibel is now director-at-large. Esquibel joined the board in 2014. Much of Esquibel’s work history has been within the non-profit sector, from education to social services, he’s dedicated his life to advancing the quality of life for New Mexicans. He is currently the executive director for the Learning Alliance of New Mexico, a non-profit that seeks to fill-in the education gap between what employers need and students want.
The Heading Home board consists of nine respected professional individuals, all of whom carry unique perspectives: attorney, small business owner, faith leader, community advocate, non-profit leader, realtor, health professional, retired banker, technologist, and an accountant. Executive Committee members who will continue in their current roles include Vice President Sandi Hazlett; Treasurer Ray Ziler and Secretary Shirley Rich.
“We’re so thankful for the wide mix of professional and personal insights donated by our board members. They are amazing ambassadors of our programs and generous philanthropists with their time and investments,” said CEO Dennis R. Plummer.
For more information about Albuquerque Heading Home visit www.abqheadinghome.org. Heading Home’s website is currently under construction. The organization plans on revealing their new website that will profile all their programs and initiatives in August 2015.