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Advisory Board Member Dr. Deborah Streeter
Dr. Deborah Streeter was introduced to GlamourGals when she had a certain student, Rachel Doyle, in her class at Cornell University.
Deborah is a GlamourGals advisory board member. She joined the foundation because she was moved by the connection GG facilitates between young women and older women (and men), as well as the work GG does nurturing leadership skills for volunteers and providing companionship for the elderly.
At Cornell University, Deborah is a senior professor of personal enterprise and small business management. In her free time, she enjoys cycling.
Advisory Board Chairwoman Allison Hyers
Allison Hyers first learned about GlamourGals when she was chairing the Nonprofit Boards Clearing House committee for the New York Junior League. It didn’t take long for Allison to become involved with GG after that.
“Immediately upon reading the mission, I wanted to be part of the organization,” she says.
A year after becoming an advisory board member, Allison jumped at the chance to take on her current position as chairwoman of the advisory board.
“I just knew that I wanted to be more deeply involved and to form a strong relationship with Kavita and Rachel,” explains Allison. “I really wanted to be part of affecting positive change with teens and within the elderly community.”
Last Updated ( 07 June 2013 )
Written by: Eghosa Asemota
GG Welcomes Advisory Board Member Tracy Ongena
Tracy Ongena heard about GlamourGals when she was in the process of hiring an employee, Noa Krawczyk, who is a GG alumni council member, for her company Alvita Care.
“During her interview with us, Noa shared with me her inspiring experiences with GlamourGals,” says Tracy. “I quickly realized this was an organization I wanted to learn more about.”
Tracy comes to GlamourGals with a unique perspective on the struggles facing the elderly. As president and founder of Alvita Care, a company that provides in-home service for patients in need, most often the elderly, she encounters elder depression and loneliness on a daily basis.
“I spend a lot of my time developing relationships at nursing homes and living facilities,” she explains. “So I see first-hand the need for services like those provided by GlamourGals.”
In her interactions with elderly patients living in senior homes, Tracy finds many don’t receive that all-important social interaction and loving care, which is just what GlamourGals volunteers aim to provide.
“Dealing with the intricacies and challenges of caring for the elderly is not an easy task, and I am inspired by the deep dedication and compassion of the young women and men who participate in the GlamourGals program,” she says.
After hearing the speeches from volunteers at the 2013 Glammy Scholarship Awards on Saturday, May 4, Tracy decided to join the GG advisory board.
“I believe it’s important for our society to support the growth of organizations like GlamourGals and to further encourage the acts of kindness that GlamourGals volunteers deliver every day.”
Alvita Care (alvitacare.com), the in-home services company that Tracy founded, provides services that are designed to enhance the well-being, independence and dignity of their clients, as well as provide relief and assurance to family members who know that their loved ones are happy, safe and cared for in their homes.
In her free time, Tracy loves to run, read, travel and go to the theater.
Last Updated ( 31 May 2013 )
Written by: Heather Furlow
GG Welcomes Executive Board Member Michele Jacobson
Michele Jacobson joined the GlamourGals executive board in May 2013. She heard about GlamourGals through a colleague at her law firm, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Intrigued by the GlamourGals name, she checked out glamourgals.org for more information.
“I went onto the Web site, and I suppose that was ‘all she wrote,’” she explains. “I fell in love with GlamourGals’ mission and wanted to become a part of it.”