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The Resource Center is pleased to welcome Rebecca Hamlet Kapple and Alan Richards to its Board of Directors.
Rebecca was elected to the Board at The Resource Center’s Annual Meeting. She worked in TRC’s Rehabilitation and Employment Services departments for eight years before joining Kelly Services in Dunkirk, where she serves as a Senior Account Talent Manager. She remained active with TRC after taking her new job, serving on the Board’s Nominating Committee and helping to organize the annual Laurel Memorial Run & Walk in Silver Creek.
A Chautauqua County native, Rebecca grew up in Sheridan and graduated from Silver Creek Central School. She earned her bachelor degree from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.
Rebecca is an owner/grower for the National Grape Association; is a member of the Concord Spellbinders Toastmasters Club; and serves on the Workforce Council of the Cassadaga Job Corps Center. Active in the community, she is the Vice President of the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County’s Board of Trustees and chairs its Nominating Committee, and she serves on the Grape Association’s Nominating Committee.
Rebecca lives in Westfield with her husband, Marc, and their three children. She enjoys reading books and spending time with family on their farms.
TRC officials are glad to have her on the Board.
“We’re pleased to have been able to reengage Rebecca in our governance process,” said Executive Director Denise Jones. “Her experience as a former staff member brings a unique perspective to the Board.”
Alan was appointed to the Board to succeed longtime member Carole Johnson after she stepped down. He began volunteering at TRC in 2015, assisting in the Day Habilitation and Clinical programs on Jones & Gifford Avenue in Jamestown. He and his wife were inspired to volunteer because her parents had been longtime TRC volunteers, and she had a sister who received supports from The Resource Center for decades. A certified public accountant, Alan subsequently joined TRC’s Finance Committee. After joining the Board, he agreed to represent The Resource Center on The Arc New York’s Board of Governors.
He graduated from Geneva College and spent his career as a hospital accounting and reimbursement consultant. Alan is a congregant of the Busti Church of God and is a member of The Gideons International. He lists among his interests “anything that floats, especially wooden boats.”
He and he wife, Sharon, live in West Ellicott and are the parents of two adult sons.
“Our Board has benefitted from Alan’s knowledge and experience in the health care and finance fields,” Denise said. “In addition, his longtime deep, personal connection to our organization brings some depth and history to the Board and serves as a bridge between our past and the present.”
The Resource Center is a not-for-profit organization that supports people with disabilities and their families in Chautauqua County. TRC also provides a variety of health, dental and mental health services to anyone. In addition, The Resource Center operates manufacturing facilities in Dunkirk and Jamestown that perform subcontracting work for local businesses and the federal government. The Resource Center is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, whose members volunteer their time and talents.