Board of Directors
Haiti Aid is a project of Partners for a Better World, a 501 c3 organization that has participated in workplace giving campaigns for years. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors.
JAMES LISTER, President
James Lister has been executive director of the Plummer Youth Promise (Salem MA) since 2006. During his tenure, the organization has grown substantially in terms of programs operated, young people served, and geographic reach. Increasingly, others in the child welfare field are turning to Plummer to understand how social services can be designed to more effectively reconnect young people in state care with family or others who wish to help.
Prior to coming to Plummer Home, James worked with Family Continuity, first as the Assistant Director of an independent living program for foster children and later as a Program Director at an acute mental health residential program for children and adolescents. James started his career in human services as a social worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
James earned his BA in Criminal Justice from the University of MA at Lowell, and later his MBA from the same institution. He currently serves on the board executive committees of the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers and the Children's League of Massachusetts.
EDWARD NOVAK, Vice President
A Federal employee for three decades, Edward Novak was actively involved in the Combined Federal Campaign - as donor, loaned executive, community campaign leader, and national volunteer. He was a member of the National CFC Committee and the campaign's National Advisory Council, which included senior volunteers from around the nation.
For most of a decade, Mr. Novak helped to direct the Baltimore area campaign. (It is now called the Chesapeake Bay Area CFC, one of the largest campaign zones in the country.) During this period, the Baltimore area zone experienced substantial growth in both the amount of money raised and the percent of the workforce participating.
During his federal career, Mr. Novak managed operations and policy staffs involved in the administration of a national labor management relations program. In addition, he was directly involved with the development and implementation of an alternative dispute resolution program aimed at addressing and resolving workplace conflict in non-adversarial ways.
After leaving the federal government, Mr. Novak has served as a manager of governmental relations for two large public school systems in Maryland. An attorney in Maryland, he is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution.
JUDI HOLLEY, Secretary and Treasurer
Judi is a retired federal employee who has been involved in the Combined Federal Campaign since the 1980s. In addition to her extensive work with CFC federations, she has been a CFC donor and a local CFC volunteer.
Judi's experience leading CFC federations began in the 1990s, when she was a board member and president of Do Unto Others (DUO) – a federation representing international emergency relief, development and humanitarian charities. During her tenure as DUO's president, she participated in the National CFC Committee as the designated representative of her federation. She currently serves on the boards of several CFC federations.
Judi is a long-time participant in non-profit organizations in her home state of Washington. These activities include the Governor's Advisory Council for Vocational Rehabilitation; the Criminal Justice Training Commission; South Puget Sound Cultural Diversity Coalition; several local charities focusing on immigrant education, employment and housing; and the Pierce County Sheriffs Advisory Board.