Our featured champions are dedicated leaders working in nonprofits who have been nominated for their innovation, resilience, dedication and empathy in the face of a complex and ever-changing world. Elizabeth Thompson is recognized this month as a Community Champion. Find out more about this month’s Champion:
February’s Community Champion
Name: Elizabeth Thompson
Title: Executive Assistant, Corporate Secretary & Corporate Compliance Officer
Organization: Presbyterian SeniorCare Network
About our Community Champion
Elizabeth Thompson is an executive assistant with over 38 years of experience in corporate, nonprofit, foundation, and healthcare environments. She is skilled in board governance and support, C-level executive assistance, supervision, office management, project coordination, presentation design and meeting planning. Since October 1999, she has been the Executive Assistant to the President of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, she was appointed Secretary to the Board of Directors in May 2019, and she became the Corporate Compliance Officer in April 2022. She holds certification as an Officer of Healthcare Compliance by the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance, Inc. Elizabeth previously worked at The Pittsburgh Foundation and Federated Investors, and is a graduate of Bradford School of Business, Pittsburgh, PA.
Elizabeth is being recognized as we believe she embodies the true spirit of a Community Champion. She has been a pillar of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network for 25 years. After she took on the crucial role of Corporate Compliance Officer, she has demonstrated her unwavering commitment to ethical and responsible practices. Elizabeth is always happy to share her experience for the benefit of others, including speaking and sharing tips at Diligent’s 2023 user conference.
We celebrate Elizabeth as a true champion who embodies excellence, dedication and a commitment to positive impact. Thank you for being a shining example of leadership and community spirit!
January’s Community Champion
Name: Kara Klement
Title: Director, Governance Services
Organization: Texas Health Resources
About our Community Champion
Kara Klement is a corporate governance professional with over ten years of experience working with nonprofit boards and committees. She currently serves as the Director of Governance Services for Texas Health Resources, a large nonprofit health system in North Texas, overseeing over 40 boards and committees. Kara holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Baylor University and resides in the Dallas metroplex with her husband and two active children.
Kara is being recognized for her dedication to her role but also, we particularly love that Kara is keen to share best practices with other nonprofits, often speaking at events to share her experience. For the BoardEffect team, Kara models good governance and is integral to the success of her organization and delivering its mission.
We are a large healthcare system. We have about 29,000 employees and 14 wholly owned hospitals with around 400 points of service for our consumers, and we are invested in improving the lives of people in the communities we serve. Our mission is always to improve people’s health and wellbeing. And I support our boards and entities that do that. – Kara Klements.