Published On: March 24, 20222.5 min read502 words

The National Network for Youth (NN4Y) is excited to welcome two new board directors! They each bring deep expertise and passion to end youth homelessness.

Hillary Evans
Vice President of Professional Learning & Public Policy, Philanthropy Southwest

“I am truly honored to join the Board of the National Network for Youth (NN4Y). As a former founding executive director of a nonprofit addressing the needs of youth experiencing housing instability, I know firsthand about the astounding and unacceptable prevalence of young people not having a place to call home. I look forward through board service to support NN4Y’s mission of preventing and eradicating youth homelessness.”

Hillary Evans is the vice president of professional learning and public policy at Philanthropy Southwest. She has dedicated her career to seeking just outcomes for underserved communities. After spending nearly two decades in Washington, DC working on public policy at the national and local levels, Hillary returned to her Texas roots to focus on educational equity and poverty reduction in Dallas. She most recently served as executive director of After8toEducate, a collective impact backbone organization supporting homeless high school students with shelter and other social services supports. She has an extensive background in working across public and private sectors to solve complex issues with diverse people and communities.

Hillary received her law degree from Howard University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of William and Mary. She also holds a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute. She is a Leadership ISD Dallas County alumni and is a 2017 Dallas Public Voices Fellow. Hillary resides in Dallas with her husband and two young children.

William Bentley
Former Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau, HHS

“NN4Y does critical work with and on behalf of youth experiencing homelessness! I look forward to lending my support to NN4Y’s outstanding efforts.”

Bentley served during the Obama administration as the Associate Commissioner of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), where he oversees programs that work to prevent teen pregnancy, youth homelessness and family violence. Bentley has more than four decades’ experience advocating for youth and families and promoting volunteerism and public service.

NN4Y also welcomes a new Executive Committee and thanks to Melanie Heitkamp, Executive Director, YouthWorks in North Dakota, for stepping in as our Board Chair in 2021. Please meet our Executive Committee:

Chair, Paul Hamann, President & CEO, The Night Ministry, Chicago, IL

Vice-Chair, Brennon Graham,  President & CEO, Growing Home Southeast, Columbia, SC

Secretary, Pat Holterman-Hommes, President & CEO, Youth In Need, St. Charles, MO

Treasurer, Jeffrey Fetzko, The Fetko Group, Belle Mead, NJ

Finally, we are grateful for the dedicated board service of Christine Gendron and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. We are grateful she will always remain a part of the NN4Y family.