Meet the Board…Elaine Lavin
Community Crossroads is governed by an all volunteer Board of Directors. By law, at least a third of the members must be someone with a developmental disability or a family member of someone with a developmental disability. There are currently 14 members of the Board of Directors. Some have been on the Board for several years and have helped make crucial decisions for the organization while others are brand new members looking forward to being involved.
Nearly a decade ago, a spot opened on the Community Crossroads’ Board of Directors. With an interest in discussing ideas and making goals for our organization, Elaine Lavin decided to join the Board. One aspect of being on the Board that sticks out to Elaine has been partaking in the creation of the Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan involves input from several different individuals and the Community Crossroads employees go out and put the Strategic Plan into their day-to-day work.
Elaine not only looks at what Community Crossroads does through the lens of being a Board member, but also through the lens of being a parent. She has a son with a developmental disability who is served by Community Crossroads. This has allowed Elaine to have a better understanding on how some processes work and the conversations that happen regarding those processes. Similarly, Elaine is able to share her own experiences and ideas while sitting on the Board. Elaine added, “not all on the Board are parents, but every single person is so focused on making sure the people served live the best life they can.”
A reason Elaine believes the group works so well is due to how many great people are on the Board and the skillset that each member brings. In terms of Elaine’s skillset, prior to retiring, she was a longtime employee at The Arc, an organization that values democracy, leadership, collaboration and support for those who have an intellectual or developmental disability. She has been able to utilize ideas and skills from her former workplace on the Board.