Russell Thayer

Governance Committee Chair

Over my 25 years of working with children, adults, and seniors in diverse settings I’ve seen the wisdom of person-centered approaches and believing in the inherent value of each of us. When invited to join the Amistad Board four years ago I saw that Amistad’s mission aligned closely with my own values: focusing on recovery through interpersonal relationships; respecting all persons and treating them with dignity regardless of their personal obstacles; and an unwavering commitment to hope. Making a difference in thousands of lives is inspiring, as is knowing that my work with Amistad fosters the development and growth of my own children, personally demonstrating that each of us can positively impact others’ lives. I can often be found biking, kayaking, playing kickball, and trying to keep up with my four kids’ activities.