In Loving Memory of
In 2009, when I first stepped into my new role as CEO, Beverlee Herd’s name was the one I heard most often. She founded and was the energizing force behind the successful Women Who Care, Share Luncheon. Over the fifteen years of the fundraising event, it raised approximately $2 million for the agency. She fostered an ongoing relationship between our organization and First United Methodist Church, engaging many volunteers and supporters. We created the Beverlee Herd Legacy Award to hold her as an example of leadership and generosity in action. She served as a board member for both the governing board and our supporting foundation. But it is the individual advising and friendship that I’ll miss the most.
Beverlee would often pop in for a few minutes to share her thoughts and insights on our work. She’d explain history and relationships, doing her best to keep me on the right track. As a new CEO, I treasured her advice and visits. I remember sitting in her kitchen the day I went to her about changing our name. The historic legacy she’d created was being impacted, but she still graciously and generously helped me find the best way forward. She was the most frequent responder to my Words on the Wing newsletter, cheering me on and underscoring with her words of emphasis why our work with women and children is so vital in our community.
Beverlee passed away on November 22. Along with her family and friends, we mourn her passing. Women and children living in poverty and homelessness need champions and we’ve lost a precious one. I will miss you my friend. -- Carol Klocek