Sherrin Fitzer

Sharron Fitzer

Place of employment: Logan Correction Center

Position/title: Women & Family Services Administrator

Education: Master’s Degree in English

How many years have you lived in B-N? 44 years

Owner number: #1467

Why do you want to serve on the Board of Directors of GTG?

I believe in being of service. I have taken time off from my volunteer work and am ready to begin again. I believe GTG would be a good fit as I have board member experience and am passionate about being a vegan and the myriad issues connected to it (hunger, health, environment, animal suffering).

What are you passionate about? How could we see that passion in action in your day-to-day life?

I mentioned some of my passions above. I became a vegetarian 30 plus years ago after reading Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation. I have recently become a vegan. You can see the above passions reflected in my everyday life through my choice not to consume animal products. I try to make choices that reduce my carbon footprint such as reducing use of plastics and more.

Describe an experience where you worked on a team. What did you offer the team? How did you compromise for the team’s benefit?

I have worked on the boards of the Rape Crisis Center, AIDS Task Force, Planned Parenthood, and Heartland Community Theatre. I also delivered organic food to customers’ houses for Grand Prairie Co-op and helped keep the Post Amerikan Newspaper alive for years. I was useful to the teams in a variety of ways. I have exceptional organizational skills. I organized volunteer trainings and fundraisers. I was the treasurer for several of them, paying bills, keeping books etc. On the topic of compromise: The Rape Crisis Center operated by consensual decision-making. We believed that it was more representative of people’s decisions than a voting process. This method made for some long board meetings but was more reflective of our feminist beliefs. I listened to other people’s thoughts and feelings and tried to make a decision that was reflective of the group and best for the agency. That decision may involve some compromise. For example at the newspaper we had different ideas for story placement and I sometimes compromised on that.

Other things to know about me:

I am a writer and editor and can offer those services to the board. I am passionate about food, art, theatre, film, and justice reform.