Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge has a new executive director and five new board members.
Rhoni Basden is the new executive director. She succeeds Carol Mullane, who retired after seven successful years, a press release said.
New board members include Ternecia Raley, Judy Gooch, Melissa McMahan, David Mosby, and Hugh Ward.The press release said Raley and McMahan’s daughters have been active in the after-school program. Raley has worked in the environmental field and McMahan is the vice president of IT Core Transformation at ORNL Federal Credit Union. Gooch is a prominent businesswoman who owns Judy Gooch Interiors, and Mosby is an engineer at the Y-12 National Security Complex and also an Oak Ridge City Councilman. Ward returned to the board after retiring from a long career with the United States Attorney’s Office and is now currently working with a private law firm.
All of the new members have been impressed with the scope of the research-based programs offered by Girls Inc. and are eager to assist the organization with their own areas of expertise, the release said.
It said Basden has already brought new growth in the number of girls served with additional opportunities to enhance and add to the after-school, summer camp, and sports programs. Basden comes to Girls Inc. with a lot of experience within nonprofit organizations, the release said. She and her husband have recently relocated to East Tennessee from Seattle, where she worked in nonprofit development and federally funded programming.
The release said Basden has an extensive background in child development, special needs, and nonprofit administration in varying organizations from Head Start programs to Autism Awareness organizations throughout the city of Seattle. Basden began her studies at Stetson University in Florida and completed her degree at the University of San Francisco.
Girls Inc. of Oak Ridge is a United Way organization offering programs to girls from 5 to 18 years old. For more information or to invite Basden to speak to your organization or business, call (865) 482-4475 or visit www.girlsincoakridge.org.