Young leaders ready to serve nonprofit boards

November 21, 2022

Congratulations to the recent United Way Young Leaders Society (YLS) 2022 REALIZE Board Training Cohort. The REALIZE Board training for YLS was developed through a partnership of the United Way of El Paso County and Paso del Norte Health Foundation to increase the involvement of young professionals on nonprofit governing boards. YLS is United Way’s donor network for young professionals developing the next generation of philanthropic and civic leaders.
“It is an honor to partner with the United Way to support the development of young leaders in our community through the REALIZE Board Training program,” said Tracy J. Yellen, CEO of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. “This program is a great way to be prepare for the critical responsibilities of board service and governance.” REALIZE Board Training is an initiative of the Health Foundation under its Health Leadership priority area designed to help new and returning board members become even better for the benefit of nonprofits and the region’s health. 2022 Graduation Class

  • Larissa Adame, El Paso Electric
  • Henry Becker, ScottHulse
  • Pablo Bustamante, El Paso Electric
  • Bruce Goolsby, Raiz Federal Credit Union
  • Christina Lamour, Hills to Climb
  • Rogelio Luna, Workforce Solutions Borderplex
  • Melissa Martin, ScottHulse
  • Maria Martinez, HUNT Companies
  • Daniel Mendez, United Way of El Paso County
  • Albert Montano, El Paso Electric
  • Arnold Naves, United Way of El Paso County
  • Diana Padilla, Raiz Federal Credit Union
  • Idaly Rios, ScottHulse
  • Eva Videla, National Young Farmers Coalition

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PDNHF Priority Area: Health Leadership

To support leadership development for executives, boards of directors, and nonprofit organizations. Leverage resources through partnerships, invest in strategic initiatives and catalytic projects, and respond to immediate needs for the benefit of the region’s health.

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PDNHF Initiative: REALIZE Board Training

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation, in partnership with the United Way of El Paso County, is ensuring the success of nonprofit organizations that serve the region’s communities. Through workshops, training and summits, the REALIZE Board Training is assuring all nonprofit boards of directors are prepared to undertake their critical responsibilities. 

Through the help of thoughtful consultants and best-practices, the REALIZE Board Training Program was designed to help good board members become even better for the benefit of non-profits and region’s health. Seven lessons ranging from Board Basics and Understanding Financial Statements are provided by Board Source certified trainers and delivered through a series of brief lunch-and-learn style sessions. The lessons are also available for board retreats or integration into a board meeting.

Individuals who participate in the training program will learn to: 

  • Acquire skills, behaviors, and competencies necessary to positively impact the population  
  • Manage board meetings (agendas, board minutes and more)
  • Facilitate board dialogue 
  • Build a strong and healthy relationship with CEOs 
  • Understand legal and ethical roles for boards 

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