El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services
Friday, March 24, 2023

Weaving a Tapestry

Life at El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services (LCS) and El Buen Pastor Church is a richly-woven tapestry of varying colors and textures. The warp is a legacy of twentieth-century Winston-Salem—an oil-heated brick building erected in 1964 as part of the suburban church-planting spree by downtown’s First Presbyterian, a devoted corps of weekly volunteers from the western half of the county, donated supplies and hand-me-down furnishings, and a city famous for its philanthropy. The weft is twenty-first century global—immigrant families from Mexico and Central America, alliances with a variety of funders and other nonprofits, along with staff, collaborators and volunteers from WFU, Salem College, UNC-G, WSSU, and FTCC.


A piece of quirky folk-art, our tapestry is both decorative and practical…and continually evolving. This January we said thank you to four members of the Board of Directors of LCS who are rotating out of active board service—Egla García, Laura Chávez Weston, Michael Wells, Jr., and Dan Wilkers. As a founding Board member in 2006, Dan has served faithfully for six years as vice chair of the board and chair of the internal affairs committee. Egla and Laura provided a valuable connection between the board and the El Buen Pastor families by volunteering with our women’s leadership team, and Michael shared his legal mind with us. We appreciate the time, wisdom, and energy they each donated to our board, and are grateful that they will continue to volunteer with our families.


We are pleased to welcome two new members to our board for 2012. Adolfo Briceño, who was born in Mexico, is a Human Relations Specialist employed with the City of Winston-Salem. Norma-May Isakov, Associate Director of Wake Forest University’s Institute for Public Engagement, grew up in South Africa. As we look forward to the richness of experience and insight these two bring to our community, we value every thread that has been and will be woven into our tapestry!    


Rosa Miranda, Board Chair                                        Mary Bolton, Executive Director