Matt Sweeney

Matt Sweeney has served as a chaplain in both the adult and juvenile corrections systems beginning in 1993 as a chaplain at the Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California.  Matt has been challenged to understand people and the effects of trauma in human development. In 2001, he joined the staff of Rogue Valley Youth for Christ (now Youth 71Five Ministries) to serve as the chaplain in the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center and Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility.  In 2017, Matt transitioned to the role of Ministry Coordinator to train, support and lead the ministry directors of four different programs. He is passionate about youth and understanding how to overcome the effects of childhood trauma and relational poverty particularly through long term, comprehensive mentoring relationships in a faith based setting.

Matt’s Monday Session:

Engaged and Effective Board Members – What Does It Take?

Board members are at the heart of every nonprofit organization. They act as standard bearers and set policy, act as advocates and fundraisers, set strategy in support of the mission, and strengthen and stabilize the foundation upon which the organization’s staff conducts its work. Both art and science are required to develop and maintain an invigorated, engaged board that can effectively fulfill this complex role.

Jennifer Staton, Program Associate with the Gordon Elwood Foundation, and Jim Maddux, seasoned volunteer and community advocate, will help participants implement a variety of strategies for ensuring your board is engaged and able to effectively move your organization forward. They’ll present actionable ideas in a practical, user-friendly format so participants can put their learnings into practice right away.

This session, designed for board members and staff of both well-established and grassroots organizations, will touch on such topics as board management and expectations, committee structures, communication between board and staff and board and community, optimal use of board meeting time, and evaluation as a valuable tool. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and participate in the discussion for a shared learning experience.