Board Members

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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.

Nancy VanBoskirk Member-at-Large
Dian Williams President Emeritus
Bruce Garland Vice-President
Ed Williams Treasurer
Sue Garland Secretary
Denise Hoy Member at Large
Carlos Chicas Member at Large
Vincent Waide Member-at-Large

Nancy VanBoskirk

A relative newcomer to Fayetteville, Nancy moved here with all of her extended family in the summer of 2017. Fayetteville is her chosen retirement community and brings many years of service to bear as she joins the Compassion Fayetteville board in 2020.

She began her work outside the home in parish ministry as an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She served both established churches and a church-in-formation as associate minister with an emphasis in youth ministry and education. In 1993 she then became a hospice chaplain with VITAS Hospice in Fort Worth for eight years. Following her work in hospice she became the advisor for a new TRIO program, Student Support Services at Temple College in Temple, TX. TRIO programs are federally funded grant initiatives to help first-generation, low-income students become the first in their families to gain a four year degree. She would also do this work later for the TRIO program Student Support Services at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth as well. Following her time in Temple she worked in the financial aid offices of several colleges and universities, the last of which was University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.

Her work at UNTHSC as the loan officer helped her recognize the need for student financial education. She became an Accredited Financial Counselor and began working for Texas Guarantee, a student loan guarantor for the FFELP student loan program. There she helped design and deliver financial education to the students and staff of numerous colleges and universities throughout the country as a member of the Student and Institutional Success Team at TG. Upon leaving TG after a fulfilling 6 years she finished her career by working as a course design and creation consultant for an online learning management system (Canvas).

She has a B.A in Sociology from Phillips University, a Masters of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at TCU in Fort Worth and numerous hours in the discipline of Social Ecology. Her additional work has been as the founder and director of a non-profit, The Foundation for the Development of Critical Consciousness and publisher through Paideia Press. She is now happily retired and has two grown children, their partners, two grandchildren, and their three dogs to enjoy as well as all the woods and water a person could want. 

Dian Williams
Member At Large
Board President Emeritus

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.

Edwin Williams
Board Treasurer
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.

Sue Garland
Board Secretary
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.
Bruce Garland
Board, Vice-President
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.


Denise Hoy, Ph.D.
Member at Large
Principal, ALLPS School of Innovation

Dr. Denise Hoy is the Principal at Agee Lierly Life Preparation Services (ALLPS) learning center in Fayetteville, AR. This alternative learning environment provides opportunities that accommodates every kid and situation to promote student’s success. Her educational background includes a Bachelor in Business Education, Masters in Vocational Education, and a Doctorate in Adult Education: Human Resource Development. She has taught Business Education, Special Education, English and maintain numerous other certifications. Principal Hoy has implemented programs that has shown to create positive changes in many student lives. Gaining attention with her out of the box thinking, she has been recognized for creating pathways for those who needs an alternate learning style, approach, environment, and schedule. Moreover, she works consistently to shift the minds of educators to think interventions versus consequences to ensure the whole child is successful.

Carlos Chicas
Member at Large

Carlos Chicas has 20+ years of experience in Marketing and broadcasting, he currently is the Sport Anchor & News Director for Hola Media Group, La Semana, & Azteca America Arkansas TV. He has a Masters in School Counseling; currently working as a counselor at Fayetteville West Campus (ALLPS). He is married to Deysi Chicas and has three children, Kelly (20) Carley (19) and Carlitos (12). He lives in Rogers.

Vincent Waide
Member at Large

Vincent “Vinni” Waide was born in Taiwan to military parents and has lived all over. He is currently on his second time around living in Fayetteville with his wife Gretchen, and daughter Cassidy. Vinni’s lifelong passion for food and travel has led to a lengthy career in kitchens and restaurants around the country. He serves the NWA food scene as a District Sales Rep for a major foodservice distributor coordinating supplies and ingredients for restaurants and foodservice institutions around the region.

Vinni has always had a strong desire to help and serve others. He was the American Red Cross’s youngest volunteer serving the American military community in Germany at the age of 8! He’s been a Rotarian and currently serves the residents of Fayetteville through Laundry Love and Compassion Fayetteville.
In his spare time, you’ll find Vinni fishing one of the many streams and rivers of Arkansas, catching a live show at George’s, barbecuing for a tailgate, or calling the Hogs.