Executive Director’s Retirement Announcement

Pat Brown

It’s Time!

The Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was finally passed by the US Senate in 1972, the year I graduated from college. The amendment then was sent to the states for ratification. Surely, 38 states, ¾ of the 50, would “agree to provide for the legal equality of the sexes and prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.” It didn’t happen. It is still hard for me to believe. My belief that women are of equal value to men caused me to be an outspoken advocate for women’s rights. As long as there is inequality, sexual and domestic violence will exist. The Battered Women’s Movement was growing in the seventies and before I knew it, it was 1977 and one of the earliest shelters for abused women started here in the New River Valley. I was asked to be a member of the Board of Directors in 1981 and to be the Executive Director in 1986. The Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, serving adult and child victims of sexual and domestic violence, has provided services, advocacy and education to tens of thousands since. We have a community of support that is unlike any I know. With you, we are compelled to continue the work toward equality and justice. Working with brilliant and passionate people to do this work has been invigorating, educational, and life- enriching.

It is now time for me to leave this amazing journey which has been such a big part of my life for such a long time. I will be retiring at the end of the year. The Women’s Resource Center is an excellent organization with outstanding leadership and staff. The work goes on. I will be forever grateful to all of you for having joined me in this journey and for your support over the years. We have changed the world! I wish for you a life of Equality and Justice.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Mary AtwellPresident
Retired, Radford University Professor
Lisa HammettPresident-Elect
Retired Arts Administrator, Community Volunteer
Dana SprakerTreasurer
Broker, Mabry and Cox REALTORS®
Jeanne MekolichickStrategies Chair
Assistant Provost of Academic Programs, Radford University

Area Representatives

James PritchettFloyd County Representative
Community Development Director, City of Radford
Leslie SharpGiles County Representative
Susan AndersonMontgomery County Representative
Senior Instructor of Mathematics, Virginia Tech and Town of Blacksburg Councilwoman
Meg StoneCity of Radford Representative
Attorney: Stone & Kellerman P.C.

At-Large Directors

Margaret Hrezo At-Large Director
Retired Professor, Radford University
Angela JoynerAt-Large Director
Executive Director, Career Services, Radford University
Wendy LoweryAt-Large Director
VP for Advancement, Radford University
Allison UnroeAt-Large Director
Pastor, Fairlawn Presbyterian Church
John Gray WilliamsAt-Large Director
Director of Recruitment, College of Natural Resources and Environment, VT