CompFay Board Member Application
Becoming a member of the Compassion Fayetteville board means you have adopted the principles of Compassion Fayetteville and those of the Charter for Compassion as your own. Compassionate Fayetteville is made up of folks just like yourself – people that care about their communities and want to see them transform into compassionate cities. Below is our Board of Directors and Advisors, all of whom are volunteers that are trying to change the world, one compassionate action at a time.
Meet the Team
|1. Dian Williams
|2. Dawn Jones
|3. Ed Williams
|4. Sue Garland
|5. Bruce Garland
||Member at Large
|6. Cobi Cogbill
||Member at Large
|7. LeAnda Gavin
||Member at Large
Dian Williams is currently living in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Reverend Dian Williams is presently co-minister with her husband in their online ministry. She previously was part of the ministerial staff at Unity Church in Houston as an associate minister from June 2003 through December 2010. She oversaw the Adult Education Program, Pastoral Care Services, and Wednesday Nite Live services. Dian became on ordained Unity minister in 1998. She has served as Board President for SCUCA, the South Central Unity Churches Association. Along with her husband, Rev. Ed Williams, Dian served as co-minister at Unity Center of Tulsa from 1998 through 2003. Prior to studying at Unity Village, Dian served as a registered nurse for eight years and spent seven years as a successful real estate agent. Dian holds an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from the University of Redlands, Redlands California. Dian and her husband Ed have four children and nine grandchildren.
Dawn Michele Jones
I have enjoyed a lengthy career in media services, broadcasting, public relations, marketing and advertising. I owned an advertising agency in Fayetteville for seven years and dedicated promotional services to area nonprofit organizations as a preferred category of clientele. I appreciate the effective power of media done well, and media utilized for its optimum purpose, which is communication and collaboration within community. It has been my privilege to serve a variety of community service, not-for- profit or nonprofit organizations variously as a promotions consultant, staff member, board member/officer or volunteer. Compassion is an energy that renews spirit, incentive and creativity.
Edwin Williams is retired from ministry and the military. He currently serves as the Treasurer of Compassion Fayetteville. He is also on the Independent Alliance of Ministers in Unity, IAMU, board as their Secretary. Additionally, he serves on the Terra Studio’s board as their Secretary and is the CEO of he and his wife’s online ministry, Ministerial and Pastoral Care Services.
Ed was formerly employed at Venturetech in Houston as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and President. Additionally, Ed was the Executive Director of 501 c(3) non-profit; America in Recovery and was the Corporate Chaplain. He served on the ministerial staff at Unity Church of Christianity in Houston as the associate minister from June of 2003 to October 2009. Ed is a graduate of the Continuing Education and Ministerial Education Programs from Unity School of Religious Studies in 1996 and 1999. After having served twenty years as an officer in the United States Air Force, Ed was called into ministry in 1999. Ed served 4 years as co-minister with his wife, Reverend Dian Williams at Unity Center of Tulsa for over four years, before coming to Houston. Ed has a diverse background of experience and knowledge in both federal and civilian worlds. Ed holds an Undergraduate Degree in Microbiology and a Master of Arts in Management, specializing in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior.
Born in western Pennsylvania, Sue Garland spent most of her life in Houston, TX, moving to Fayetteville in late 2012. She lived four years in Little Rock in the late sixties, and has always loved Arkansas and the Ozarks.
Education: BA and MBA from the University of St Thomas, MSW from the University of Houston. Certified 1976 as Ophthalmic Medical Technologist by JCAHPO. Certified 2008 as a Life Coach by Coach Training Alliance.
Professional: 15+ years as COMT surgery assistant, managing office and surgical practices; 4 years in- and out-patient psychotherapist; 15 years dialysis social worker and private practice consultant. Intermittent private coaching practice.
Volunteer services: Participated in establishment of Arkansas’ first Montessori School (Little Rock); Numerous church-related activities, including Board (8 years), fund-raising, lay prayer ministry, choir; Participated in city-wide inter-faith activities (Houston, Little Rock); involved in Compassion Fayetteville past three years; currently tutoring ESL.
Personal: Married; four adult children; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grands. Loves travel, reading, spending time with family and friends.
Board, Member at Large
Bruce was born in New England, but has lived his life mostly in New Jersey, North Carolina, and Texas. He attended PA Military College and received a BA and a commission in the Regular Army upon graduation. He is a combat veteran, having served two tours in Vietnam. He worked many years in distribution management and sales before retiring.
Bruce has five years’ experience facilitating groups in a grief support center for children who had been traumatized by the sudden loss of a parent or sibling. He was ordained as an interfaith minister in June, 2012, and currently volunteers at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, and for Circle of Life Hospice. He volunteers with Compassion Fayetteville.
Having traveled through this area on the way to visit family further north, he and his wife, Sue, fell in love with Fayetteville and NWA long before moving here in late 2012. Both of us love the “feel” of the area; the mountains, the seasonal shifts, and particularly the people. This is home.
Board, Member at Large
Cobi grew up in Southeast Arkansas on a poultry and cattle farm. His dream was always to own his own farm and a couple years out of high school he started his own farm. After farming on his own for a few years and realizing that his ambitions might lie elsewhere he went back to school and earned a degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design. Using his degree he started went to work in an electrical plant in Pine Bluff Arkansas in the Quality Assurance department.In 2012 Cobi moved to Fayetteville to be closer to his then girlfriend now wife, Leanda. He found a job in Quality Assurance with a local poultry company. Leanda and Cobi have two sons and one daughter and in 2016 the family welcomed a new “little brother” through Northwest Arkansas Big Brothers Big Sisters.Once they bought their house in Fayetteville and started getting settled in they started their own business from scratch and within two years their company was voted one of the Top five, in its category, in Northwest Arkansas Best of the Best.They built their business on the idea of giving back to the community and helping others and this along with their hard working employees is what they credit its success to. Through their business they built many relationships with customers and organizations, this is also how they met the Compassion Fayetteville group.
Board, Member a Large
I grew up in rural southeast Arkansas. I made a rather unexpected move to northwest Arkansas in 2007 and have spent the last 8 of my 9 years in NWA in our amazing city of Fayetteville. After a successful (and chaotic) couple of years running a small business with my husband, we realized that what we enjoyed most about the business was the opportunity it provided us to engage daily with our community. I have a degree in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas. My husband, myself, and our three children enjoy life on our “micro” hobby farm. We are deeply grateful and proud to be a part of this growing community and we wish to give back to it as much as we can.