Corrie Bovier, St. James NEST President
Corrie has lived in The Woodlands in St. James since August 2014. She moved from Silver Spring, Maryland, which is just outside of Washington, DC. Corrie got involved in the St. James NEST endeavor because she had previous knowledge of the ‘Village concept’ when she was living in Maryland. Additionally, she’d seen some of the challenges that her parents and friends’ parents had encountered as they aged and realized that in most neighborhoods there wasn’t the available infrastructure to help them. The concept of neighbors helping other neighbors stay in their homes as they aged seemed to fill a need and was also a way to ‘pay it forward.’ Corrie states, "most of us think that needing help as we age won’t happen to us; that it only happens to others. Sadly, that just isn’t true."
Barbara Voss, St. James NEST Vice President
Barbara has lived in St. James since 2005 when she moved into her home in Players Club. She existed in New Jersey for 54 years and really started LIVING when she moved here. Barbara has been volunteering in St. James and Brunswick County since that time. She heard about the formation of St. James NEST a few years ago and became an active volunteer earlier this year. Recently widowed, she realizes how wonderful and necessary it is to have this group available when they are called upon. Being both a Member and a Volunteer, and now a member of the Board, she sees this organization from all angles and will help it become the Village we can all be proud of.
Barbara White, St. James NEST Compliance
Barbara and her husband, Paul, moved to the St. James' Members Club neighborhood in 2015. Before moving to North Carolina, she lived her whole life in New Jersey, New York City and Connecticut. Barbara practice law for over 30 years in New York and Connecticut and when she learned about St. James NEST, she knew she had found the right organization to apply her knowledge and experience in corporate law, compliance and insurance law, as Compliance Committee Chair. She has taken to southern living with ease, enjoying a multitude of activities, including book club(s!), golf and maj jongg. She's also developed a new passion since moving to St. James - painting, which includes being active in the Artisans Gallery.
Karen Nelsen, St. James NEST Secretary
Karen and her husband moved to St James in 2017 from Tolland, CT. She was an educator in the public and private sector for many years. Since her move she has enjoyed playing bridge, mahjong, golf and participating in a book club. She has also renewed her interest in drawing. Having been a caregiver for her mother, she understands the need to provide support and services to an aging population. After learning about NEST from several friends, she decided it would be the perfect venue to give back to the community.
Karen Duffy, St. James NEST Treasurer
Karen has been in the Members Club area of St. James since 2016, having moved from Martha’s Vineyard, MA and Darien, CT. Once she settled in and picked up some pleasurable activities - like biking, tennis, bridge and book club, she decided to search out an organization where she could give back to the community. By chance, she responded to an intriguing email about a start-up nonprofit based on the Village concept in its very beginning stages, now St. James NEST. Her background in finance in her husband’s company was a perfect fit for her to become the organization’s Treasurer.
Many, many thanks to each member of the Board! St. James NEST would not have been possible, without your vision and leadership! This includes the irreplaceable Mary Page, St. James NEST's first Secretary, who moved to Iowa to be closer to family and Cindy Hauman, who was the original impetus behind the start of St. James NEST and moved off the Board of Directors in 2020, but continues to remain active in recruiting and orienting new Volunteers to St. James NEST on the Volunteer Committee.