Board of Directors

Gretchen Aylsworth

Gretchen graduated from Florida State University with BA and MA in English. After teaching 12th grade English and studying pottery at Penland School in North Carolina for 8 years, Gretchen opened a pottery studio in Chapel Hill, NC in 1978. She produced and sold stoneware and porcelain pottery for 17 years. In 1992, she accepted the position of District Administrator of the Guardian ad Litem Program, Orange and Chatham Counties, until her retirement in 2009. In 2008, she joined a small group of people to form a service dog non-profit. It became Eyes, Ears, Nose, & Paws, and flourishes today, training service dogs for clients with medical issues and mobility impairments.

Jennifer Boger, Vice Chair

Jennifer is a 28-year resident of Chapel Hill. She retired in 2015 from her job as office manager/paralegal with Alexander, Miller & Schupp and managing director of the Strowd Roses Foundation. While with Strowd Roses, she helped found Chapel Hill-Carrboro Youth Forward and served as board chair of Orange County Partnership for Young Children (Smart Start). Her interests are grandparenting, prison ministry, reading, and playing viola with chamber music groups.

Dana Brinson

Dana is a Programme Officer in Oak Foundation’s Learning Differences Programme where she manages a portfolio of grants funding direct service delivery, teacher training, advocacy and research that support the academic and social development of youth with learning differences. She came to Oak after more than five years with Public Impact, an education research and consulting firm based in Chapel Hill where she led project teams focused on educational philanthropy; vulnerable, underserved and special student populations; school turnarounds; and charter schools. Prior to consulting, she served as a social worker managing the cases of hard-to-place foster children and as a special educator at a public school serving Boston-area teens with behavioral, emotional and learning challenges. Dana holds a master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tina Clossick, Secretary

Tina has 20-plus years of experience working in the Triangle business community. As a Development and Marketing Consultant she helps area businesses translate their visions into action. Her passion is for helping small- and mid-size businesses whose missions are rooted in social impact. She is the co-founder and former director of Kidzu Children’s Museum. She is responsible for driving the conception and development of this educational resource for families in the community. Through her leadership and advocacy, the 2006 startup museum grew from a small nonprofit into a sustainable mid-sized organization. She is a native of the Chapel Hill area and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. She went on to complete her certification in Professional in Human Resources from the HRCI; Nonprofit Management and Human Resources Management from Duke University.

Valerie Hausman

Valerie assumed the role of Associate Dean, Global Executive Education in 2012 at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. In this position, Valerie manages Fuqua’s portfolio of non-degree executive programs. Additionally, Valerie manages Fuqua’s relationship with Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, which involves providing strategic advisory services to assist NU in developing a top tier business school in Central Asia. From 2008-2011, Valerie served as Assistant Dean, Global Business Development, coordinating Fuqua’s global strategy, working closely with teams in Europe, Russia, India, China and the Middle East. Previously, Valerie served as the Associate Director for Executive Health Sector Management (HSM) Programs at Fuqua (2005-2008). Prior to joining Fuqua, Valerie worked with Deloitte Consulting’s San Francisco health care practice where she focused on hospital and managed care operations consulting. After relocating to North Carolina in 1997, Valerie spent several years working in MBA admissions at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School before returning to consulting with Navigant Consulting’s health care strategy practice. Valerie’s experience prior to and during her MBA program included positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Prudential Property Company and Goldman Sachs. Valerie has a BA in Economics with a concentration in International Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and has two children, Andrew and Justin.

Phil Holmes

Phil is the Director of Learning and Performance at Rho, Inc.  Prior to his current role, Phil spent 15 years working for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.  Most recently Phil served as the Executive Director of Professional Learning. In that role, he oversaw professional learning, development, and training for certified staff in the district including the training surrounding the district’s efforts to implement Restorative Practices.  Prior to serving as a central office leader, Phil was the principal of Smith Middle School for 6 years and principal of Ephesus Elementary for 3 years.  In his role at Smith, Phil got to know the Boomerang program and staff and worked collaboratively with them to help support students and families.  Outside of work Phil is a husband to Laura and father to a daughter, Harper, and son, Reid.  Laura works for CHCCS as an ESL teacher at Glenwood Elementary and their children both attend Glenwood.  Phil grew up in Ithaca, NY and moved to North Carolina in 2002 to attend graduate school at UNC.  Phil holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hobart College, and Masters in School Administration from UNC, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from East Carolina University.

Isabel Geffner, Chair

Isabel has been involved with Boomerang since its inception in 2006 when she was the Executive Director of The Community Backyard, a non-profit organization she helped to found in Orange and Chatham counties that looked at gaps in services and funding for programs for adolescents. Together with other visionary leaders across the counties, she helped to establish Boomerang, originally housed at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA, and she has been actively involved as advisor, mentor, donor, and friend ever since. Since her association with The Community Backyard, Isabel has held leadership positions focused on grant writing, administration, marketing, communications, curriculum development and implementation at a variety of organizations including the School of Education at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke Integrative Medicine, and Judea Reform Congregation. She is actively involved in social justice work, and has had roles with many organizations including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Citizen Soldier Support Program, and the Diversity Committee at Duke School.

Kellie Mannette

Kellie is private attorney and board certified specialist in State Criminal Law and Juvenile Delinquency Law. After graduating from law school, Ms. Mannette joined the Fair Trial Initiative as an Obsorn Fellow, where she assisted in the representation of individuals facing the death penalty. Since finishing her fellowship, Ms. Mannette has been in private practice, dedicating herself to defending those accused for crimes from traffic violations through murder. In the fall of 2012 and then again in 2014, Ms. Mannette was invited to teach in UNC’s Juvenile Justice Clinic, where she supervised and taught third year law students as they represented juveniles charged with crimes in Orange and Durham counties.

Ion Vincent Outterbridge

Ion has twenty years of experience in higher education and continues to be a strong advocate for students. He is the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at UNC Chapel Hill.  He was the formal Director of College and Career Readiness for Nash Community College and formal Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Martin Community College. He has worked as the Assistant Dean of Students, the Director of Greek Life, Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment at East Carolina University, and Associate Director of Admissions at North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University (Greensboro, NC). He continues to support initiatives to educate society on the importance and appreciation of different levels of diversity, especially pertaining to race relations. He lives with his wife, Angela, and is a stepdad to Joshua, Johnathan and Erika. Ion has a MA in Adult Education from East Carolina University.

Fatimah Patterson

Fatimah is an Assistant Vice President at Wells Fargo, and a tireless advocate for empowering individuals and communities to improve their financial health and wellbeing. She is a member of Wells Fargo Diversity and Inclusion Council and on the Executive Leadership Committee of Chapel Hill Young Professionals. Fatimah is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Training & Development at NC State University.  She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband and children.

David Rousso

David is executive producer of Docking Port Productions, and has extensive experience working in the non-profit, public and private sectors. A serial entrepreneur, David has a proven history of team motivation and leadership in IT and consulting.  An amateur astronomer, David enjoys cooking, painting, politics and adventure travel! David has an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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