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About Our Board

The VOW Board of Directors includes women and men from the San Diego community:

Ezenwayi Amaechi
Shannon Burgess
Nancy J. Casey
Carol Clarke
Marty Eberhardt
Jennifer Ford
Natalie Gore
Peggy Hetherington
Debbie M. Martinez
Jenni Prisk
Anne Rast
Robert G. Rast

 

Ezenwayi Amaechi

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Ezenwayi Amaechi

Ezenwayi Amaechi is the founder and President of Amaechi Market Strategist (AMS). Amaechi’s passion for global poverty eradication, specifically among women and children through education and leadership development, motivated her to found AMS. The mission of Voices of Women, which is closely aligned with that of AMS, compelled her to become a Board Director.

AMS was founded in 2011, as a for-profit organization that strategically partners with nonprofit organizations with similar missions. AMS specializes in developing and writing business plans that will propel nonprofits to excel in their markets.

Amaechi was born in Texas, raised in Nigeria and then returned to the United States to complete both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Bryant University in Rhode Island and a Master’s in Business Administration in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University in Providence. Her diverse background includes working in the financial industry as a Systems Administrator, the pharmaceutical industry as a Global Sourcing Analyst, and as an Adjunct Marketing Professor.

Shannon Burgess

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Shannon Burgess

Shannon brings over twenty years of US and international business building and a proven track record of success in the healthcare arena, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She founded Phase Two LLC (see more at www.PhaseTwoLLC.com) in 2012 seeking to bring her passion and drive to the greater business community. Phase Two helps innovative healthcare companies re-energize growth and bring their best game to the market. Phase Two re-thinks problems in order to maximize opportunities and create meaningful change. Phase Two believes a holistic, collaborative approach can be transformational in creating positive change and ultimately driving value, maximizing revenue and profit.

Prior to PhaseTwo, she was the Vice President of Sales for the Southeast U.S. and Latin America at ResMed Corporation, a medical device company. Prior to this position, she worked for several healthcare companies developing their international businesses in Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America, Russia and Canada. Burgess has more than twenty years of experience in the healthcare business globally, with an expertise in emerging markets. She is a dynamic leader and recognized change agent leveraging superior communication skills and a rich marketing insight. She hits her stride in rapidly changing business environments and excels at building and mentoring teams.

Burgess is our Head of Marketing and Social Media, in addition to serving on the VOW Board, Burgess is also a member of the Community Development Advisory Group for the non-profit Junior Achievement. She teaches real life success skills for elementary through high school. She was appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council (DEC) as Executive Treasurer for the San Diego and Imperial counties, where she served from 2003 to 2007. The DEC helps U.S. companies develop business plans and marketing strategies to launch their products and services internationally.

Burgess received her B.A. degree in International Affairs and Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is fluent in Spanish.

Nancy J. Casey

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Nancy J. Casey

Nancy J. Casey is a Business Coach, Marketing Communications Strategist and Public Relations (PR) expert who has promoted clients in diverse industries including healthcare, retail, architecture and design, banking, real estate and charitable organizations.

In her 25+ year career, Casey has owned and worked for both large and small businesses. She co-founded a national mail-order catalog and website for midlife women called As We Change, which offered hundreds of products for lifestyle, health and beauty. Among her many accomplishments, she counts her experience with As We Change a major highlight. Through Casey’s writing, marketing, and PR talents, As We Change received coverage on national and local radio shows and on every major TV network, earned a cameo piece on HBO’s “Sex and the City” program, and was written about in a variety of publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report, to Cooking Light and Mirabella.

Casey was a nominee for San Diego Women Who Mean Business (in healthcare/retail), for three years in a row. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Resource Center Auxiliary and as Sponsor Relations Chair for the Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure. Currently, she serves on the Development Committee for Community Housing Works and on the Board of Directors for Voices of Women.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing from San Diego State University and has been a guest lecturer for the University of San Diego’s master’s program in Non-Profit Management.

A longtime advocate of women’s empowerment, Casey loves coaching individuals and business owners who are open-minded and open-hearted to invite change, growth and success into their lives; see more at www.intuitivelifestrategies.com.

Carol Clarke

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Carol Clarke

Carol Clarke is a retired elementary/middle school teacher and counselor. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), training school counseling interns. A native New Yorker, she has traveled extensively in this country and abroad.

Clarke is a founding member of Voices of Women and is the current Treasurer.

 

 

 

 

 

Marty Eberhardt

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Marty Eberhardt

Marty Eberhardt has spent much of her life promoting respect and appreciation for natural and cultural diversity. She has served in the nonprofit sector for twenty-seven years as an education director, executive director, board member, and consultant. She led the Tucson Botanical Gardens for twelve years as its Executive Director, and served as the Executive Director of the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon for eight years, until her retirement in 2012. In that year, the Board of Supervisors declared January 28 Marty Eberhardt Day in honor of her services to San Diego County.

Currently, Eberhardt divides her time between San Diego and Silver City, New Mexico, where she consults at the Nonprofit Resource Center and serves on the board of the Gila Conservation Education Center. She is delighted to rejoin the VOW board, where she served from 2004-2009. She is also helping to found Stay Cool: Protecting our Grandkids from Global Warming – an education and advocacy group.  Eberhardt is working on her first novel, set in early 1960s Saigon, where she lived as a child and learned to care about international issues such as the ones VOW addresses.

Jennifer Ford

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Jennifer Ford

Jennifer Ford has dedicated the past twelve years to producing quality programming in the field of television and video production.

Currently, she serves as the Production Manager for Scratch Media, a multimedia company that specializes in corporate videos, commercials, and live events. In her previous role as the Health and Medicine Producer for UCSD-TV, she was awarded Emmy, FREDDIE, Aurora, and Telly awards for her programming, which brought national and international recognition to the station. Prior to this, as a Producer for IMO Productions, she focused on developing programming for the criminal justice system and social interest topics. She created award-winning multimedia productions to benefit clients such as the U.S. Department of Justice, the California District Attorneys Association, and Peace Officer Standards and Training.

A native of Southern California, Ford received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, studied abroad with Semester at Sea, and worked in Zambia for three years. Her cross-cultural learning experience in over twelve countries not only honed her compassion for social justice, but it also ignited her passion for history, global peace-making and international travel having visited over twenty countries.

Natalie Gore

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Natalie Gore

Natalie Gore is a former legal secretary, elementary school teacher, FBI Agent, Contract Investigator and oil painter. Gore received her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of California, Davis. After teaching in San Francisco for six years, she joined the FBI in 1976. After leaving the FBI, she contracted with DEA to conduct security background investigations in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Washington State.

Upon moving to San Diego in 1997, Gore volunteered at the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and San Diego City Action Network. Having a lifetime interest in art, she began oil painting in earnest in 2004 and opened her business Sabin’s Artworks in 2005. Gore joined the Board of Directors of Voices of Women in 2009 and traveled with Board President Jenni Prisk to the Daraja Academy for Girls in northwest Kenya, where they presented a workshop on business planning and turning cultural art into a business opportunity.

Gore has been married to Bill Gore for thirty-three years, who retired after 33 years of service with the FBI and is currently the Sheriff of San Diego County.

Peggy Hetherington

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Peggy Hetherington

Peggy Hetherington is currently the Director of Field Experiences for the Graduate Counseling program in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) at the University of San Diego. She has been an educator for more than thirty-five years as an university instructor, school counselor, special education teacher, coordinator of state and federal grants, parent educator and education consultant. Hetherington has presented at national, state and local conferences. She has a passion for multicultural, international experiences for people of all ages, and has supported and traveled with university students to Africa, Asia, Central America and Europe. Hetherington is a strong supporter of Daraja Academy, an all-girls secondary boarding school in Kenya, and works closely with the Directors, Kenyan teaching staff and the wonderful students.

Hetherington received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Counseling from San Diego State University.

Debbie M. Martinez

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Debbie M. Martinez

Debbie M. Martinez currently serves as program officer of WorldLink – a unique, year-round program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ), located at the University of San Diego. WorldLink provides opportunities for youth from Southern California and Baja Mexico to meet world leaders and experts in global affairs. Through WorldLink’s innovative and experiential focus on global education, students learn about issues facing us locally and internationally, and engage in thoughtful discussions about solutions in a forum where their voices are heard and valued.

After several trips to Central America, Martinez pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Global and International Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a minor in Applied Psychology. She received a Master’s in International Human Rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS) at the University of Denver, where she specialized in International Administration, Development and Latin America. She also received a certificate in Humanitarian Assistance, and participated in the Global Institute for Leadership and Civic Development Program in Panama City, Panama.

Martinez has worked as Community Relations Coordinator for the Center on Rights Development, served as Program Assistant for Youth Policy Institute, worked as Assistant to the CEO/President of Chamber of the Americas and interned for the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Martinez is originally from the San Fernando Valley, CA.

Jenni Prisk

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Jenni Prisk

Following 9/11, Jenni Prisk founded Voices of Women (VOW), together with an extraordinary group of San Diego women who believe passionately that the power of education, information and communication can make a difference in breaking down global and political boundaries.

Prisk is a motivational speaker, and is the president and founder of Prisk Communication – an award-winning public speaking and communication skills training and coaching company based in San Diego, providing services nationally and internationally.

In addition, Prisk is a Commissioner on the Status of Women (CSW) in San Diego. She has attended several annual meetings of CSW at the United Nations in New York. Annually, Prisk provides public speaking skills to the women peacemakers who take up residence at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. She is a communications instructor at The Hansen Institute at the University of San Diego.

Through her membership in San Diego Rotary Club 33, Prisk is on five committees including the Peace Committee, which she chairs. Prisk founded a program with the United Women of East Africa Support Team (UWEAST), refugee women living in San Diego to provide training and coaching in business and life skills, culminating in conferences. In 2010, Prisk visited Uganda, where she delivered workshops focused on businesses for local women to help them work towards fiscal independence.

In 1994, she received the San Diego Business Journal’s Award for Women Who Mean Business. In 1995, Prisk was a finalist in Bank of America’s first Enterprise Award Program, as well as an honoree in the Women Together Awards. In 1999, she was honored as a regional finalist in Working Woman magazine’s first Entrepreneurial Excellence Award Program. In 2006, Prisk received a Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center (WIC). In 2008, she received a Community Leader Award from the UCSD Student-Run Free Dental Clinic Project. She was a nominee in 2009 in San Diego Magazine’s Women of Worth Awards. In 2011, she received a YWCA TWIN Award, and in 2013, she was an Athena Pinnacle Awards finalist and Heilbron Awards finalist.

Anne Rast

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Anne Rast

Anne Rast is the current Secretary of Voices of Women. She graduated from San Diego State College, and worked for the city of San Diego as a city planner and the County of San Diego managing the County Parks system. She played a role with local, state and federal agencies in assembling a regional open space system for the San Diego region. When Rast retired, she made a pledge to herself to devote her time to peace, justice and the environment. Rast is a Docent at the San Diego Museum of Art, where she leads tours of all exhibits.

 

 

 

Robert G. Rast

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Robert G. Rast

Bob Rast is the current Vice President of Voices of Women. He received a B.S. in Biology in 1968 from San Diego State College. He graduated with an M.A. in Health Science and Safety from San Diego State University in 1974. His military experience includes the U.S. Army as a Medical Technician at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX, and Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, D.C., 1969-1971.

Rast’s professional experience includes: Assistant Manager for the donor center for pharmaceutical manufacturing at Cutter Laboratories in San Diego, CA; Consumer Safety Officer for domestic operations in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in San Diego, CA; Conducted complex inspections of food, drug, medical device, biologics and veterinary product manufacturers in southern CA and AZ, from the San Diego Resident Post, 1977-1995; Manager of Import Operations for four offices along the southern border with Mexico, where products entering the United States were sampled and analyzed for standards.

In addition, Rast was the FDA Los Angeles District Aids Coordinator, member of the FDA foreign inspection team, FDA Hire Training Cadre, FDA Speakers Bureau and a Licensed Medical Technologist. He received the Distinguished Career Service Award.

Now retired, Rast’s volunteer activities include: Scripps Institute of Oceanography Birch Aquarium, San Diego Cetacean Society, I Love a Clean San Diego, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, in addition to Voices of Women.