Gina Zottola, the Executive Director of the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, is the youngest of seven children and a 3rd generation native of Del Norte County. Gina was a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley in the Bay Area for 10 years , and competed on the Women’s Pro Beach Volleyball circuit for 2 years. Gina returned home to the Wild Rivers Region in 2007 to be near family and fulfill her passion to support her community. Gina works to create partnerships in and outside of her community to leverage resources, to shine a light on the needs of the region and share out the good work that is taking place in the rural communities of Curry County, Oregon and Del Norte County, California.
Gina’s Monday Session:
From Heartache to Healing – When Rural Communities Face Tragedy Together
Our region has been challenged by natural disasters and human tragedies. For rural communities, unexpected catastrophes create unique demands and challenges. Facing limited infrastructure and often ill-defined communication plans, communities fall back on the nonprofit sector for support. How do we, as nonprofits, rise together using whatever community resources exist, to successfully serve and seamlessly do what is needed with or without warning? When tragedy strikes us personally, as well as our community, how do we cope over the longer period of healing and reconstructing?
Please join our expert panel members in exploring together experiences with their communities’ response to tragedy and the transition towards long-term healing.
Kathy Bryon, Executive Director, Gordon Elwood Foundation