On April 23rd, OneEighty Board of Trustees and Executive Director Bobbi Douglas inducted Sallie Cook and Linda Houston as Emeritus Members to the Board of OneEighty. Sallie and Linda join Sally Bernhardt, John Kropf, Kathy Long, Clyde Webb, Donna Miller, and Julia Fishelson for this distinguished honor. Emeritus status is offered in recognition of extraordinary and long-term service on the board and/or major financial contributions to the work of the agency.
Sallie Cook who passed away in August of 2018, is a founding member of Friends and Neighbors, an auxiliary group of OneEighty. She also served from 2004-2010 on the OneEighty Board of Trustees; she was President of the Board in 2009 and 2010. She continued volunteering and was instrumental in the branding of OneEighty in 2016. Sallie was a courts, cops, and government correspondent for the Akron Beacon Journal. Sallie was very involved in the community, serving on several non-profit boards throughout Wayne County and was an Athena Award Winner.
Linda Houston, a retired Associate Professor from Ohio State ATI, has been involved with and supported OneEighty for 40 years. As one of the original founders of Every Woman’s House, Linda once housed women and their children who were in domestic violence situations. After Julia Fishelson donated her childhood home to become the first designated shelter in Wayne County, known as Julia’s Place, Linda began taking women and their children there. Linda served as president of what was formally known as STEPS, she was a board member of Every Woman’s House and CIRCLE Coalition. Women’s equality has long been her driving passion. She has participated in two women’s marches, served on several non-profit boards in Wooster and was also awarded the Athena Award. Linda continues to support OneEighty by donating monthly to the mission, participating each year at the Break the Cycle fundraiser and generously sharing her advice and knowledge.
Accepting the honor on Sallie's behalf is Roger Cook (husband).
PICTURED: OneEighty Board President: Amberly Wolf; Linda Houston; Roger Cook; and Executive Director of OneEighty Bobbi Douglas