This is the article/announcement by the Board of Directors printed in our Fall 2021 newsletter, HomeFront.
Kindra Bradley, Executive Director of Quaker House since 2017, has resigned her post as of October 7, 2021, due to family concerns.
“Kindra was Executive Director of Quaker House when I became a board member,” said Patricia Stansbury, Clerk of the Quaker House Board. “Her calm leadership and informed passion were the face of our mission for me. Her adoption and adaptation of virtual technology connected us so we could continue our work. Quaker House is in good shape for this transition because of Kindra‘s focus and supportive spirit.”
During Kindra’s tenure, the work of Quaker House encompassed an active family counseling program for survivors of domestic abuse and supported the nationwide GI Rights Hotline, a service which Quaker House helped found in 1994.
She also took part in hearings for the Congressionally chartered National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, which explored an expansion of the Selective Service System, the registration system upon which any future military draft relies.* [https://tinyurl.com/dybcua7z] Kindra paid special attention to maintaining the rights of conscientious objectors and advocated ending the system for all rather than requiring registering of women. This was in addition to organizing numerous peaceful antiwar protests and leading Quaker House in supporting local Black Lives Matter and police oversight activism.
After two years of planning, Kindra oversaw the activities marking Quaker House’s 50th anniversary in September 2019. She has also kept Quaker House services safely active through the ravages of the COVID pandemic.
Board members, past and present, and administrative staff will fill in during the transition, ensuring the continuation of the work of Quaker House.
The Board is updating the job description, and further information on a search will be made soon. Please watch our website and communications.
The Board is appealing to Friends of Quaker House to maintain support during this unexpected transition, which comes amid an ongoing pandemic and social conflicts that have affected us all.
Interested in more information in the meantime? Please contact Lynn Newsom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindra embodied the characteristics of not just a great Executive Director, but a wonderful person as well. The knowledge she brought with her to the position will be hard to match. She also showed her caring, empathetic nature when assisting members of the community, greeting our clients, and hearing stories when tabling in the community. She will be greatly missed.
– Joanna, Quaker House Mental Health Counselor and Program Director
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Kindra came to Quaker House with experience in emergency management, disaster relief planning, and putting out fires. These skills, plus a law degree, prepared her well for the executive director role at Quaker House. During her four years as director, Kindra has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to the mission, a sincere and action-oriented commitment to making a difference, and an ability to reach out to a wide variety of people. We will miss her and hope to keep in touch.
–Bill O’Connor, Board member
*For articles Kindra wrote about this National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service while it was in the information gathering phase, please see the posts below:
Inspire to Serve or Conspire to Conscript, posted March 19, 2018
Human Nature Defaults to Conscientious Objection, posted April 29, 2019
The Selective Service’s Selective Hearing, posted May 21, 2019