Gloria Redman has been a long-time friend and supporter of Women & Children First. She became a board member in 2007, after being introduced to the organization by her friend and fellow WCF Board Member, Cindy Murphy. The stories of domestic abuse that Gloria heard from WCF touched her heart, and she wanted to help those who needed it. "I was divorced early in my adult life and was left to make a living and raise my two children on my own", said Gloria. "I understand some of the difficulties the guests at the shelter face as they try to make a living and raise their families on their own. In my case, I was fortunate to have a college degree so that helped me to find good work - many times the victims who come to our shelter don't have that advantage, plus they are dealing with the abuse".
Gloria joined the board in 2007 and helps in many ways. Her decorative touch can be seen at the annual Woman of the Year Gala - an event she has been involved with since the inaugural year. She serves as the chair of the Board Development committee, recruiting potential board members. She also recruits new members for the Peacekeepers through her many community connections, always sharing the mission of WCF in the community She has connected the Little Rock Chi Omega Alum Group with WCF, bringing the group to WCF each of the last three years for the annual Halloween Party for the children at the shelter. Gloria is truly a servant leader, always one of the first ones to lend a helping hand in any way that she can.
Gloria, a native of Kaufman, Texas, graduated with a B.S. degree from Texas Christian University. Her professional careers has been in sales, marketing, public relations, and fundraising. She started in promotion and advertising for the Poultry Federation, where she cooked on TV all over the state each month, as well as doing promotional events at the Capital when President Clinton was the governor. She moved on as the Sales and Advertising Director for the Home Entertainment Publishing Group, selling ads to movie studies in New York and Los Angeles. She then spent six years as the Executive Director for the Arkansas Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and later moved to the Director of Community Affairs for the Winthrop Rockefeller Cancer Institute - both jobs took her all over the state of Arkansas for fundraising events and programs for those non-profits.
Gloria is now retired, but that has not stopped her from being involved and continuing to impact her community every day. In addition to serving on the WCF Board, Gloria is on the AR Kids Read board, the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and National Service, and event committees for CARTI, Ronald McDonald House, Children's Hospital, and Woman of Inspiration. She is also the philanthropy chair for the Little Rock Chi Omega Alum Group.
Thank you, Gloria, for your service and commitment to Women & Children First!