Nominee List for the Board of Directors
You may nominate yourself or another person (with their permission, of course) for the Board. Nominations in advance are strongly recommended and should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the Congress by sending an email with nominee contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations may be made at the Annual Congress, but only by delegates present as outlined in LifeRing Current Bylaws Article 8.2. Board candidates nominated during Congress must meet BOD candidate eligibility requirements and must be in attendance at the Annual Congress. Nominees will be included in the candidate review process during Congress and are required to provide a written candidate statement that day for inclusion on the Nominee List. Nominees unable to meet these requirements will not be eligible for election.
Bobbi Campbell | LifeRing Interim BOD Member, Social Media Manager, Marketing, and Communications Committee Collaborator
I’ve been continuously sober since November 28, 2007, thanks to finding LifeRing online and my subsequent involvement with the LSRSafe email group and the LifeRing Web Forum.
Current Involvement with LifeRing: Interim BOD Member since January 2023. Member of the Fundraising, Marketing, and Communications Committee as well as LifeRing’s Social Media Manager since October 2022.
In years past I also wrote for the LifeRing blog.
I am running for a full term in my current BOD position to continue serving our community and the public at large in any meaningful way I can. If elected, I plan to grow and expand our social media presence, work on updating and redesigning our website as well as some of our written materials such as our older pamphlets, write grant proposals to organizations donating funds to nonprofits such as LifeRing, and further the cause of choice in recovery in any way I am asked or see a need to fulfill.
Joe Franklin | LifeRing Colorado Treasurer and Convenor
- A LifeRing member for about 7 years
- About 4 years total as a convenor
- LifeRing Colorado treasurer for about 2 years
- Registered LifeRing with the Colorado Secretary of State in the event (when) LifeRing Colorado’s finances reach the threshold that we’re required to report.
I’m running for the LifeRing board of directors because accountability and giving back are, among other things, part of my self-directed plan to remain sober. LifeRing has been a big part of my life for more than seven years. The 3 Ss and I get along very well and it’s important to me that people have a choice like LifeRing to discover a sober life. If elected, I would like to explore helping LifeRing win funding through grants and look for other areas where I can contribute.
Mary Beth O'Connor | LifeRing Board Member, Head of the Speakers Bureau, LifeRing Advocate
I was elected to the Board in 2017. I’ve sometimes served as Secretary. As Treasurer in 2020, I led the Finance Committee and we drafted LifeRing’s first financial policy, which the Board approved. I convinced my prior law firm to accept LifeRing as a pro bono client. I worked with our attorneys to
update our Bylaws, approved by the membership in 2019. I also have been the liaison to our lawyers regarding a variety of legal issues, including our trademark and IRS status. I’ve been on numerous other committees, including the Communications Committee and the Outreach Committee. I am head of the Speakers Bureau and speak on behalf of LifeRing regularly. I also use the many speaking opportunities I get around my memoir to promote LifeRing. I value my role on the board and would welcome the opportunity to continue my efforts on behalf of LifeRing.
Mary Beth O'Connor
Njon Sanders | LifeRing Advocate, Speaker, previous LifeRing BOD Chair
A LifeRing member since January 2009, I started convening after just a few months. This led me to start several in-person meetings in San Francisco in my first years, and I was asked to run for the BOD at my 2-year anniversary. I went on to host a number of annual meetings and chair the board for 2 terms.
I helped refresh many of our foundational and publicly-facing documents, represented LifeRing as a speaker at the inaugural and several subsequent Multiple Pathways in Recovery Conferences with CCAR, was a contributor to the 1st edition of the Humanly Possible anthology and I’ve written the forward to the 2nd edition currently being edited for publication. I was recently interviewed by Dee-Dee Stout (who I invited as a speaker for our 2014 annual conference) for her upcoming book scheduled for publication in 2024.
In 2014, I was appointed to the San Francisco Mental Health Board where my focus was on addiction. I launched the SUD Committee which drafted multiple resolutions advocating for city budgeting and policy reforms. I led the effort to upgrade the charter of the board to become the Behavioral Health Commission, as commission chair (2018-20). This more-current terminology recognizes the intersectionality of addiction and mental illness and their treatment in our municipal systems.
In my regained life, I am a People Operations Partner at an aerospace startup in the Bay Area. My primary function is leading policy and coaching managers and leaders in providing transparent, profitable, and consistent experiences for our workforce. I am credentialed in DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), and much of my professional and volunteer work leverages this acumen.
I would like to join the BOD again to help LifeRing find its new post-pandemic “normal” in the current volatile environment. Recovery practices as we knew them quickly became a thing of the past and if we are going to continue to thrive, as we have under the current leadership, we will need to modernize and streamline our efforts. This is where my experience as an administrator comes into play. I really appreciate the bold directions the organization is moving in and I’d be honored to be a participant in making the ongoing process a smooth one.
Robert Stump | LifeRing Operations Manager, Convenor, Advocate
As a former Executive Director of LifeRing (2012 to 2021), I believe that I bring a wealth of experience to the board. Throughout my involvement, I have gained comprehensive knowledge and insights into various aspects of how LifeRing operates. This expertise equips me with a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that this organization may face, allowing me to provide knowledgeable guidance and make informed decisions. The bottom line for me is that LifeRing is an excellent example of a recovery community that promotes choices in recovery. I would like to keep it that way.