We are excited to introduce the 7 new members of our Faces board!
Faces of Hope announced our new board members: Patricia Schirmer, Brian Murphy, Janice Gillet, Jean Fisher, Desiree Brunette, Matthew Punt, and Annie Fratusco. These new directors will provide strategic direction for continued growth around Faces of Hope’s mission – to reduce victimization with a safety net of crisis services. The board is critical to the success of the organization and Faces is grateful for their commitment.
“I am thrilled to welcome such a strong group of board members who will bring diverse expertise and insight to the Faces of Hope board,” said Paige Dinger, executive director of Faces of Hope Foundation.
Patricia Schirmer is a CPA and expert in accounting for nonprofits. For the last 13 years, she has been working closely with nonprofits by performing financial statement audits, assisting with tax return preparation, and consulting on financial reporting. Now she is consulting on various accounting projects for a commercial real estate investment company. Patricia and her family are adventure seekers that love spending time in the great outdoors. “I am proud to serve Faces of Hope. This incredible organization plays an instrumental role in supporting the most vulnerable individuals in our community by providing a safety net of crisis services,” said Schirmer. “It is an honor for me to work alongside Faces to help break the cycle of interpersonal violence.”
Brian Murphy is very involved in the community. He has been the CFO for Hopkins Financial Services, Inc. for 25 years, and manages his real estate company’s assets. Murphy is a single dad of two girls, enjoys Spartan Races, and is passionate about politics. Also, he has been the Secretary/Treasurer for the Boise Timbers Thorns Soccer Club and is the assistant coach for the U9 girls.
Janice Gillett has been an ambassador for Faces of Hope ever since her wife spoke at our Light of Hope event in 2018. “My wife and I experienced very different types of abuse in our childhood, and we would have given anything to have Faces,” said Gillet. “It has become our mission to spread the word far and wide about this amazing organization that is in the heart of our beautiful city. Knowing that we have the ability to help even one person is truly the most gratifying feeling possible, and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of Faces of Hope.” She also has nearly 30 years of healthcare experience as a Deputy Accountant. Born and raised in Boise, she loves being outside exploring Idaho with her family.
Jean Fisher is no stranger to Faces of Hope. She retired from the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office after 33 years of service. She served as the SVU chief for the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office for the past decade, and she is one of the masterminds behind the creation of Faces of Hope. “I am thrilled to continue supporting Faces of Hope as a board member and look forward to our continued success and growth in the years to come,” said Fisher. She is currently a consultant for a new nonprofit, Building Hope Today.
Desiree Brunette has served as a lecturer at Boise State University since 2010. She is currently on faculty in the department of sociology. Desiree, her husband, and six children live in the Boise area and love the outdoors. They have been supporters of Faces of Hope for many years. “I had a lot of help when I was in my darkest days, and I want to pay it forward,” said Brunette.
Matthew Punt is the Organizational Development and Employee Relations Manager for Hubble Homes. He is originally from Wisconsin and moved to Idaho four years ago. Punt loves the outdoors, exploring National Parks, reading books, and spending time with his family. “I’m honored to play a small part in bringing victims out of a dark environment and into a place where they can see the tremendous value that they have,” said Punt.
Annie Fratusco is the Director of Saint Alphonsus’s Critical Care and Emergency Services, working directly with the clients Faces serves across all Saint Alphonsus hospitals in Idaho and Oregon. She has a great appreciation for Faces of Hope’s work.
“This is an outstanding class of new board members for the Faces Foundation. Each and every one has shown great passion in helping those who need us the most… the victims of abuse,” said Carolyn Holly, board president of Faces of Hope. “I welcome their heart-felt work in creating a healthy community for everyone who lives here!”