Adding arrows to our quiver

Since last September, the Giving Back to Africa board of directors have been busy developing plans to grow and restructure the board. Strengthening the US-based group is important to better serve the needs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. “I believe this is among the most critical work we can do right now,” Executive Director Michael Valliant said. “Working through this strategy will help take us to the next level.”

The five-step plan includes recruiting new board and committee members to increase the capacity of the entire organization. The plan has led to the addition of two board members thus far.

Barbara Soria received a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a bachelor of arts degree from Purdue University. Barbara joined Capital Group Companies in 2008 and is currently in charge of Human Resources for the offices in Indianapolis, IN and Norfolk, VA.

Her role is focused on driving the leadership agenda around talent management and development, long-term forecasting, associate engagement, and diversity and inclusion. Barbara is also involved with volunteer work with several organizations, such as Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, for which she serves on the board.

jill-hundley-keeferThe second addition is Jill Hundley-Keefer. Jill has a formal education in journalism and teaching. She worked as a news reporter and teacher early in her career before transitioning to building online communities for hi-tech industries in Silicon Valley. Jill has spent the last seven years managing online communities and blogs for global companies such as Cisco Systems, Autodesk and Brocade Communications.

Jill also leads the enterprise social media governance model and marketing outreach programs. Her expertise has been used for partnership collaboration, thought leadership generation and dissemination, customer support, enterprise communities of practice, and non-profit organizing.