New Board Members

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Resa Peay-Wainwright

Resa Peay-Wainwright is a recognized expert in Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness. For more than 25 years, she has led and instructed change initiatives and administration operations within academic, business, not-for-profit, and public organizations, including the University of Maryland, Bank of America, KQED/PBS, Family Service Agency of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Art Institute.

Resa accumulated numerous awards for her accomplishments as a Senior HR Practitioner highly skilled in employee/labor relations, performance management, leadership development, policy development, investigations, legal compliance, and talent management.

Her extensive community service work includes serving as a Director on the Board of the San Francisco Unified School District’s Foundation for the Arts, Board Director of the Hunter Point Youth Park Foundation and as a Human Rights Commissioner for the City & County of San Francisco. Resa contributed significantly as a Director and the first female Chair of the Goodwill Industries Board for San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. In addition, she served on the Board of Directors of Allen Community Development Corporation, Laurel Gardens Housing and the Steward Board of Bethel A.M.E. Church in San Francisco.

Resa was also selected and completed the prestigious CORO Foundation for Civic Leadership Fellowship Program.

Currently, she is a Course Developer and Instructor at UC Berkeley Extension in the Business & Management Program for nationally approved Human Resources Certification required studies. Resa is sought after and contributes professional expertise as an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant and Executive Coach, including for the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center in San Francisco.

Helen LaMar, Executive Director

Helen LaMarHelen R. LaMar is the Executive Director of the Providence Foundation of San Francisco (PFSF).  She began her tenure with PFSF as a member of its Board of Directors at the inception of the organization in1997. At the time of her induction onto the PFSF Board, Ms. LaMar was employed as a Federal Bank Examiner with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. While on the Board of Directors, Ms. LaMar served as its Accountant and produced all the financial statements. She also applied her organizational and communications skills to expanding the vision of the organization and investigating and pursuing sources of funding. Upon her retirement from the Federal Reserve in 2004, Ms. LaMar took a leave of absence from the Board to become the Executive Administrator for PFSF. On April 12, 2005 she assumed the title of Executive Director. In this role her responsibilities are to: provide leadership for and oversight of all of the Foundation’s programs, develop and manage the long-term financial growth plan, plan and oversee the annual consolidated budget, provide fiscal management and oversight of program services to ensure financial integrity, provide written budget reports and financial activities to the Board, pursue and develop sources of funding (e.g., grants, individual and corporate donations and revenue-generating events), recruit, train and evaluate Management Staff and Program Directors.  The organization’s net income has shown steady increases under her leadership.

Ms. LaMar has a B.A. in Finance and several Banking Certificates.  She brings to the Directorship twenty-four years of experience in Federal Banking Regulations, as well as 20 years experience in finance, accounting, and administrative operations. She is an active member of the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she serves as Treasurer of its Executive Board.  She is a member in good standing of the Providence Baptist Church of San Francisco and is the Treasurer on the Board of Trustees; is the Secretary to the Tri-Board (Board of Deacons, Board of Trustees, and PFSF’s Board of Directors); Secretary for various ministries (the Adult Singles Ministry, the Women’s Ministry, and the Voices of Providence).  Ms. LaMar is the Co-Instructor for the Phase II Sunday School.

Ms. LaMar is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Design Center, an organization established in 1997 by architects from the University of California, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Tabernacle Community Development Corporation.

Ms. LaMar enjoys singing and is often asked to sing at Scholarship Luncheons for various Sororities and organizations,  as well as for funerals and weddings.