Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) September 09, 2011
Futures for Children is pleased to announce David Beaulieu, Ph.D. as the new Chairman of the Board. Dr. Beaulieu follows in the footsteps of former Chairmen Adam Albright, Al Baldwin, Kirk Benson , Peter Fagan (Chairman Emeritus), Dennis Ickes, Bruce Larsen, Glen Randolph, Abbott Sekaquaptewa, and Ken Smith. Dr. Beaulieu will serve as Chairman of the Board for a three-year term.
The current Futures for Children Board of Directors include Roger Abelson, Sandra Baldonado, Joyce Chelberg, Jim Donahugh, Elizabeth Duggal-Taghipour, Michael Eagle, Peter Fagan, Veronica Gonzales, Elza Gross, Margaret Hartman, Denise Joe, Cindy Katz, Mary Anne Larsen, Terri Parsons, Olivia Redhorse, Tracy Stanhoff, Lisa Wallendar, Jim West (President & CEO of Futures for Children), and Henry Ziegler. Dr. Beaulieu stated, “It will be my pleasure to chair such a marvelous board with such committed people. “
Dr. Beaulieu is a Professor and Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his Doctorate in Education Administration from University of Minnesota in 1973. In 1991, he was appointed by Governor Carlson as the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. A member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe-White Earth Reservation, he has served in a number of positions related to the education of American Indians including Director of the Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education from 1997 to 2001 and as President of National Indian Education Association 2005. He has served on numerous boards including Common Cause, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, The St. Paul Foundation, The Minnesota Foundation and The St. Paul Public Education Fund.
Since 1968, Futures for Children has had a three-pronged approach to self-sufficiency (Mentorship /Friendship, Youth Leadership and Families in Action programs) in Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo and Mescalero Apache communities in Arizona and New Mexico. It is the hope of Futures for Children to expand its service area as the demand and need is there, especially in Oklahoma and Wyoming.
Dr. Beaulieu had this to say about our Youth Leadership Program, “I recently attended a Youth Leadership Summit and participated in some of the activities with our students, visiting them and watching their interactions with each other. What I saw was American Indian youth developing self-esteem, self-confidence, and the ability and eagerness to work together to accomplish tasks. The Youth Leadership Program encourages students to contribute to their communities and fosters a commitment to civic engagement. Such qualities are important and applicable in many of life’s settings, including school. We strive to give our students the opportunity to develop these qualities so that they may become responsible leaders in their communities.” He added, “Thank you for your support as we continue our efforts to support our American Indian children and families, the most underserved population in the U.S.”