Girl's Best Friend Foundation (GBF) closed November 2007.
Former Board and Staff Members
GBF’s records are archived with Special Collections of the University
of Illinois, Chicago. In fall 2008, they will be made public: www.uic.edu/depts/lib/specialcoll.
We wish to thank the women who provided guidance and support over the years.
Former Board Members
McLachlan (1940-2005) created Girl’s Best Friend
Foundation (GBF) in 1994 with an expansive vision for fueling the
power, well being, and self determination of girls and young women.
She made it possible for GBF to support feminist social change organizations
with millions in grants, and many supplemental training and peer
education opportunities. Girls, young women, and youth have had
extraordinary encouragement to make their voices and activism respected
and powerful, as a result of Cyndie’s generosity.
In addition to contributing money, Cyndie was vitally involved
in every aspect of GBF’s work and development. As a guiding
force, she regularly urged her sister board members and staff to
think big, be bold, and take risks with and for girls. She cherished
girls’ curiosity, imagination, and insights. She admired the
adults who help youth move from individual development to changing
their communities for the better. We offer our comfort to her family.
We will miss Cyndie greatly.
Mariela G. Alburges, 2004 - 2007
Mary Scott Boria, 1999 - 2002
Alice Cottingham, 2000 - 2002
Jackie Lynn Coleman, 2004 - 2006
Marcia Festen, 1999 - 2002
Cheryl Graves, 1996 - 2001, 2003 - 2004
Linda Hannah, 1999 - 2004
Berta Hinojosa, 1996 - 2000
Nancy Jackson, 1996 - 2000
Christina Kappaz, 2002 - 2004
Lesley Kennedy, 2002 - 2005
Jenny Knauss, 1996 - 2001, 2003
Devin McLachlan, 1998
Cyndie McLachlan, 1996 - 2005
Kate McLachlan, 1996 - 1998, 2003 - current
Mona Noriega, 2000 - 2004
Michele Pérez, 2003
Amy Serpe, 1999 - 2002
Nancy Tartt, 1998 - 1999
Cecilia Vaisman, 1999 - 2002
Plashan Waits-McCune, 2000 - 2002
Joan Walls, 1997
Charisse Williams, 1996
Former Staff Members
Betsy Brill, founding advisor and executive director
Moréniké Cheatom Basurto, founding director of Sisters Empowering Sisters (photo to the right)
2005 summer intern, meets a Costa Rican horse