Mr. Bob Cooper
I retired in 2014 following 44 years working with children and families as a social worker, administrator, and nonprofit fund raiser. While growing up in Omaha, Nebraska, I was aware of the wonderful work of the Child Saving Institute, then an NBA facility. After college in Colorado, I began what became a 36-year career with Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home. I started as a child care worker, a job that taught me more than any other, and ended as CEO and chief development officer.
Why did you say "yes" to the NBA Board of Trustees?
I said yes to serving on the NBA Board because I believe in the leadership of Mark Anderson and the direction he is guiding this ministry. The work of Mark and the NBA Board to rebuild the organization following the bankruptcy is critical, and I wanted to work to support that effort.
The NBA's vision statement is "creating communities of compassion and care." What does that mean to you?
Creating communities of compassion and care is our charge as Christians, to help our brothers and sisters in need become the best they can be. I believe as Disciples we can lead by example of how that can be done in a variety of settings and missions, by caring, dedicated people of faith.