Lynne is the CEO of Toybox UK and the Chair of the Toybox USA Foundation. Prior to becoming a CEO six years ago her technical expertize was concentrated in Marketing, Fundraising, Communications, the development of organizational strategy, change management and the leadership of people. More recently her role at Toybox has developed her knowledge and understanding of Governance, Legal and HR.
Lynne began her career in the private sector but quickly moved to the non-for-profit sector which has largely been focused within international development, starting by working with high net worth individuals and institutional grant making bodies, eventually covering all aspects of public engagement including managing a behavioral insights team.
Lynne has a Master’s Degree in African Thought and Philosophy.
To me, courageous is all about changing yourself before you expect others to do so!
Naomi has worked in the non-profit sector for the past fifteen years in a variety of roles, both domestic and international. Her key skills include; event management, campaign and relational marketing, donor development and media management. Naomi's current role at The Toybox UK Charity includes all aspects of public engagement from social media to direct mail including the development of a donor development strategy and people management.
Naomi is exceptionally skilled at finding solutions to problems; practical and theoretical. Additionally she is capable of working with a team of individuals and getting the best out of them.
To me, being courageous means breaking all the rules for all the right reasons!
Sarah has worked in the non-profit and education sectors for the past thirteen years in a variety of roles including research, program development, advising, event management and marketing. Sarah's current role at Portland State University in Oregon encompasses a diverse portfolio including management of the campus art collection, oversight of campus physical accessibility needs, involvement in several cross-campus committees, budget management, and administrative coordination for multiple departments.
Sarah has a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy and serves as an institutional representative for Oregon Women in Higher Education. Sarah enjoys problem solving and process improvement projects and her research interests include strength based leadership and experiential learning. Sarah is thrilled to support the organization through her service as Secretary for the Toybox USA Foundation.
To me, Courageous is being bold and exploring new ways of thinking, doing, and being. Being courageous entails acknowledging our vulnerabilities and continually moving forward with a positive mindset.
Although currently employed as a Hospitality Manager at a winery in Northern California, Erika has a deep background in the non-profit and government sector which is relevant to her position as a board member of Toybox. Whilst working for the City of Oakland Erika was a Program Analyst for three different departments over those seven years. One was a fighting poverty in Oakland, one was a violence prevention program and one was working to help homelessness in the city. Erika believes that working across these three departments made her a better community member as well as making her well aware of so many issues, not just limited to a city, but also those that affect people and communities worldwide. I am so honored to be a board member for Toy box since I think my background fits all the goals of Toybox.
Courageous is... Fighting for your rights and the rights of others, even when it is not always easy.
With a decade and a half of working at Portland State University, Brenna has also been involved with nonprofits such as Mercy Corps, Oregon Women in Higher Education, and PDX Women in Tech. Her career interests center around creating a more just and inclusive world and workplace, employee-centered human resource management, and equitable organizational development; additionally, she obtained her her Master of Public Administration in Human Resource Management at PSU as well. Having grown up as the eldest (aka backup mom) in a home that took in foster children, Brenna has strong passion for safeguarding children and other vulnerable populations. She is delighted to use her privileges and skills to serve the mission and partners of Toybox.
Courage is doing what's right, not what's easy, even if you're the only person in the room standing up. And chances are, someone else who couldn't quite get there themselves will see you and be inspired by your courage.