|E-NEWS • NOV. 26, 2014|
Thank You, Bill!
This is our Director of Finance, Bill Duarte’s, last week as an employee of Vegan Outreach.
Bill took over VO’s finances in 2008. In that time, he has been a joy to work with, and I have always felt confident that our books, payroll, state registrations, and a myriad of other paperwork and compliance issues were in good hands.
Bill has always been willing to drop what he’s doing at a moment’s notice to help local activists get proof of insurance for their tabling events. He’s helped other activists by creating fiscal sponsorships with VO, so that they could do their work without getting bogged down in the typical paperwork that comes with running an organization.
I’m sad to see Bill go, but happy for wherever his non-accounting path leads him in the future.
Thank you for all your service and hard work, Bill!
—Jack Norris, Executive Director, Vegan Outreach
Luckily for VO, Bill had connections to provide us with a replacement – his wife, Breege! So while we are sad that Bill is leaving, we’re excited to welcome VO’s new Director of Finance, Breege Tomkinson.
This will make the transition as seamless as possible, and we know we’ll continue to be in good hands with Breege.
As Director of Finance, Breege will make sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. She’ll pay the bills, balance the checkbook, keep our registrations in dozens of states up to date, and handle a number of human resources functions.
Breege hails from the East Coast, having been born in New Jersey and spending most of her time in Connecticut and Vermont. She moved to California in 1999. Prior to VO, she spent 5 years with Nonprofit Financial Administrators (NPFA) working with animal rights and environmental organizations. Prior to NPFA she spent 6 years at the Animal Protection Institute managing the accounting department. She has a certificate in accounting from UC Davis and is currently working toward her BS in Accounting from Colorado State University. In her free time, Breege can be found eating Ethiopian food, at various coffee shops, at the gym, riding her bike or hanging with her three lazy cats.
Links of the Week
From the VO Blog and JackNorrisRD.com
Celebrating 20 Years of Tofurky: An Interview with Founder Seth Tibbott
Cookbook Review: Salad Samurai by Terry Hope Romero
Bone Up on Research: Dietitian Perspectives on Protein, Calcium and Vegan Bone Health
The take rate at Vanderbilt University was a bit tough, but Rob Gilbride and I met several students who were interested in making changes, and one [right] who was given a VO leaflet two years ago and went vegetarian! Go, AAC!
We also met someone who happened to be giving a talk on the Blue Zone diet (plant based) and was super excited to see us there. One man said Compassionate Choices was “eye opening,” and many thanked us for doing this work.
—Eleni Vlachos, 10/29/14
Anna Durrett and I reached 1,000 students at Southern Illinois University. Anna got a booklet from us in 2008 when she was a student at Mizzou; she looked at the front and back cover only, and then recycled it. Still, after graduating she went vegan, moved to Carbondale, and took over the vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner at SIUC, now the vegan Thanksgiving dinner. This was my fourth time cooking for this event; I made the garlic mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy yesterday after driving in from Cape Girardeau, MO. After the dinner, Anna decided to leaflet the first two class changes with me today before going to work. She did great, and even managed a bike pass and a skateboard pass! Big thanks to Anna for leafleting before work today in the windy 20°F weather!
—Rick Hershey, 11/21/14