We would like to introduce you to Cindy Gordon, who has recently taken an officer role on our Board of Directors as the Secretary. Cindy came to us first as a volunteer for Zoie’s Place and dedicated her time as an admin volunteer, a life skills teacher, and a mentor. We are so grateful for all of the time, talents, and wisdom Cindy has given to Zoie’s Place and we are excited to have her in this role. In her words, this is what Cindy wants you to know about her and the role she will fulfill at Zoie’s Place.
Interviewer: What would you like the readers to know about you and your family?
Cindy Gordon: “My husband and I find ourselves in a stage of life where we have time and energy to devote ourselves to making our corner of the world a little better. As we think about retirement, and giving our time and monetary gifts, we desire to try and make a difference in the lives of those who have not had the same privilege that we have benefited from.”
Interviewer: When did you first get involved with foster care and adoption? What is one thing that has surprised you the most after your involvement?
Cindy Gordon: “Before coming to Zoie’s Place, my only knowledge of the foster care system was family adjacent as my aunt and uncle spent many years fostering children in Wise County, Texas and adopted three children during their tenure. The most surprising thing has been the intersection between homelessness and those who have experienced the foster system.”
Interviewer: What made you want to join the board of directors for Zoie’s Place?
Cindy Gordon: “My initial introduction to Zoie’s Place was as a volunteer. Volunteer training provided me with my first inside view of the hardships often faced by children in the foster care system. My experience as a volunteer gave me the advantage of getting to know many of the girls on a more personal level and solidified my belief that this population is basically invisible and thus, underserved. After a short period of volunteering, I became a mentor and in the process, also learned a great deal about myself. I wanted to do more for these young women – more than donating a little time and giving monetary support. Joining the board of directors will, I hope, allow me to continue to learn and to play a more substantial role in the growth of the organization.”
Interviewer: What are you looking forward to most in your role on the board of directors?
Cindy Gordon: “In order to best serve our specific population, Zoie’s Place must continue to grow and prosper. Guiding this growth requires a board of diverse perspectives. As a teacher and advisor, I was blessed to hear many stores, to witness multiple perspectives come together to create a new form of knowledge for each participant. I have personally benefited from these encounters and I look forward to sharing my experiences with the board.”