Family Promise Announces and Celebrates 2021 Board of Trustees

January 14, 2021

Addition of New Board Member Betsy Bernard

Betsy Bernard of Bonita Springs, FL, and Harding Township, NJ, has joined Family Promise National’s board of trustees. Bernard is the owner/director of LEAP Guarantor, a lease guarantor service, and former president of AT&T. Her significant board experience spans two decades and includes a tenure as board chair for the public company and technology leader Telular. She has received numerous professional and personal honors for her distinguished accomplishments and service and appeared on Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” list for three consecutive years.

“It is an honor to serve on the board of Family Promise and support the critical mission of helping families achieve sustainable independence. Every child deserves a home!” says Bernard.

“Betsy has been a visionary leader of a Fortune 25 company. Her strategic insight and commitment to empowerment are incredible assets in our work to help families overcome homelessness,” said Claas Ehlers, CEO of Family Promise.

Family Promise also welcomed three new trustees earlier in 2020: Alex English, Retired Professional Basketball Player & Assistant Coach, National Basketball Association; Linda Henry, Partner, Ernst & Young; LLP and Sherina Smith, Vice President and Head of Marketing, American Family Insurance.

Newest board members

From left to right: Alex English, Linda Henry, Sherina Smith, and Betsy Bernard

New Treasurer and Secretary Appointed

Two changes were also made to the Family Promise board of trustees leadership.

Susan Hardwick, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of American Water Works Company, Inc, was named treasurer. The previous treasurer was Richard Vicens, President & CEO of Olympus Power, who remains on the board.

Josh Barer, Managing Director of Barer & Son Capital, was appointed secretary. The previous secretary was Stacey Slater Sacks, President & Founder of Pro Bono Strategies, who remains on the board.

Thank You to Longtime Trustees, Regina Feeney and Martin Wise

Two trustees, Regina Feeney and Martin Wise, have concluded their service with the Family Promise Board of Trustees.  

“Martin and Regina have been stalwart board members, and critical to Family Promise becoming the national leader on the issue of family homelessness. We cannot thank them enough for their inspired service—and their commitment to changing the future for children,” said Ehlers. 

Regina Feeney, Sales and Marketing Coordinator at SHIFT HR Compliance Training, joined the board in 2010. 

Martin Wise, CEO of RelPro, Inc., joined the board in 2005. 

To view a full list of the Family Promise Board of Trustees, click here 

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