The primary role of the YWCA Bergen County Board is to provide mission-based visionary leadership and strategic governance to enhance the organization’s programs and services throughout the county. The Board is comprised of a diverse group of women of influence to ensure that it reflects the communities we serve and has the professional skill set to meet our fiduciary responsibility to the YWCA.
Serving on the YWCA Bergen County Board is an extraordinary opportunity for strategic and future focused leaders who are passionate about the YWCA’s mission and vision. If you are interested in volunteering or in recommending an outstanding candidate, please contact Sonya Collins at [email protected]
Helen Archontou was named Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Bergen County in July 2011, and her focus is on guiding the organization towards living its name and its mission. This involves partnering with others in the community to broaden the YWCA’s scope of services to include all of Bergen County, as well as developing new initiatives aimed at empowering women and eliminating racism. Helen brings with her 15+ years of executive management experience in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining the YWCA, she was the program director of Saint Clare’s Hospital Center for the Protection of Children in Denville, NJ, and previously served as the founding executive director for Wynona’s House, the first co-location child advocacy center for the State of New Jersey. She has served as multi-disciplinary team coordinator for the Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and executive director of Literacy Volunteers of America – Bergen County. Helen is a registered governmental affairs agent in the State of NJ and an adjunct professor in the graduate program for the Center for Child Advocacy at Montclair State University. An active member of the International Institute of New Jersey’s Cultural Competency Taskforce, she holds a Master of Social Work from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a Certificate in Public Management from Farleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Montclair State University. She is also a graduate of the New Jersey Child Abuse Institute and Finding Words NJ. Helen was recently appointed to the Bergen Community College Women’s Institute’s Advisory Board.
YWCA Bergen County Board Committees are typically chaired by a Board member and consist of Board members, staff, and interested volunteers from the community. These committees are accountable to the Board and help to research and develop policy and recommend major policies/initiatives to the Board for approval as appropriate. Current committees include Board Development, Finance, Fund Development, Communications and Mission Based Programs. Committees meet monthly or quarterly depending on their agendas.
Interested in volunteering to serve on a YWCA Board Committee? Contact Helen Archontou at [email protected] for more information.