Aug. 24, 2012
-- Volunteers of America, one of the nation’s oldest and largest human service charities, has named two new members to its national board. George J. Nikopoulos, MD, a psychiatric physician from Salt Lake City, Utah, and Jacqueline E. Woods, a higher education executive from Scottsdale, Ariz., were both appointed to three-year terms on the board during Volunteers of America’s annual conference in June.
Nikopoulos has been lead administrator in psychiatry at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, where he maintains a varied practice of outpatient and inpatient psychiatry, administration, teaching and research. He also has served as an associate clinical professor and supervisor for psychiatry residency at the University of Utah, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year in 1999 and 2009. With 24 years’ experience in psychiatry, Nikopoulos specializes in administration and the delivery of mental health services with a focus on best practices. In addition to 17 years of teaching experience, he has comprehensive knowledge and experience in both the insurance of behavioral health and the delivery of inpatient and outpatient mental health services. Nikopoulos has served on the Volunteers of America of Utah board of directors since 2008, and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Utah Medical Association.
Woods is a senior consultant for Academic Search, Inc, a higher education executive search firm. Previously, she was the senior partnerships advisor in the governmental, regulatory and external affairs division of DeVry, Inc., where she served as a higher education advocate and managing consultant. From 2000 to 2004, she served as executive director of the American Association of University Women, a leading advocacy organization for education and equity for all women and girls, with more than 100,000 members. Woods has been actively involved in supporting education for traditional and non-traditional learners, and as a speaker and consultant for the White House Office of Women, at colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally, and for government agencies, community organizations and other corporate entities worldwide. She currently serves on DeVry University’s national advisory board and on the Arizona State University-West Campus dean’s advisory board for the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Woods previously served two terms on the Board of Trustees for the American University of Rome. She also served as a project manager and consultant with the National College Board on a college access program for low-income students.
Volunteers of America National Board Chair Nancy Gofus said, “George Nikopoulos and Jacqueline Woods each add a wealth of experience and expertise to the Volunteers of America national board. Dr. Nikopoulos brings a background in strong psychiatry, which benefits our growing work serving veterans with mental health problems. Ms. Woods has spent much of her career focused on the needs of the underserved and helping low-income students gain access to higher education … work that supports Volunteers of America’s mission to provide all people with the resources they need to live better lives and rise out of poverty.”
About Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps almost 2.5 million people in over 400 communities. We offer a variety of services for older Americans, in particular, that allow them to maintain their independence and quality of life – everything from an occasional helping hand to full-time care. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit www.VolunteersofAmerica.org.