Resilience Announces New President & Vice President for Board of Directors

As we kick off 2024, we are thrilled to welcome Ortencia Bos as Board President and Shannon Garrett as Vice President! We give our appreciation to Sandy Trammell for her time and dedication to our mission of ending domestic and sexual violence as Board President.

Ortenicia has served as a Resilience Board Member since 2019 and was previously in the role of Vice President. Ortencia is the Director of West Shore Counseling Services and has served in this capacity since 2011. She began her work at the agency as a certified Batterer Intervention Program facilitator, trained by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Program (The Duluth Model) to utilize the Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter curriculum. Ortencia obtained her bachelor’s degree from Hope College and began her professional dedication to ending intimate partner abuse in 1997 as the initial Legal Advocate for Resilience (then named Center for Women in Transition). She later was employed as Ottawa County’s Violence Intervention Officer, a domestic violence victim liaison for the Ottawa County prosecutor’s office and courts. Ortencia has also served in the past as a Board Member for the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. She is a past executive board member and current member of the Lakeshore Alliance Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Ortencia has also been devoted to racial equity work. She initially began volunteering at the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA) as the agency’s grassroots initiative began. Ortencia later served on LEDA’s board as well as being Program Director. Ortencia has been a past facilitator for The Institute for Healing Racism. She currently continues to remain dedicated and co-facilitates as needed with LEDA’s cultural intelligence trainings.

We also welcome Board Member Shannon Garrett as Resilience’s Vice President. Shannon is the Chief Strategy Officer for the Michigan Women’s Commission. She is a nationally recognized trainer, strategist and leadership coach. Garrett’s commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in civic life has introduced her to communities throughout the United States, where she’s worked alongside thousands of candidates, elected officials, social activists and civic-minded organizations. Her consulting firm, SMG Strategies, combines nearly 30 years of experience with humor, mindfulness and a no-nonsense approach to building a more active and diverse democracy. Garrett is also a co-founder and board member of Vote Run Lead, a national nonprofit training barrier-breaking women to run for political office, and a founding partner of Civicize.Me, a backyard civic leadership program. She prioritizes intentionally and directly addressing the impact of intersectionality on political leadership in order to welcome more individuals into the civic space and strengthen our democracy and civic institutions. Garrett is a graduate of Alma College and University of Minnesota Law School.

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