Gordon Ewald’s call to join DePaul came in the form of a persistent neighbor who urged him to consider volunteering with the organization. Already active in the community, Gordon—a Roanoke native and former family business owner—served on numerous boards in the area, but in 2007, he decided to meet with DePaul’s executive director and take a tour of DePaul’s service locations.
“I was so impressed and amazed by what the staff was doing, how deeply committed they were to the work of DePaul, and their care and concern for clients,” Gordon recalled. “It really struck a chord with me.”
That year, Gordon began serving on DePaul’s Board of Directors; his valuable input helped to steer the organization in positive directions through his work on the board at large and its committees. After serving the maximum term permitted for board members, Gordon was later offered a permanent position on the board as an honorary lifetime member, which he gladly accepted. “I am honored to be involved in these worthwhile, necessary programs that open doors to hope and belonging,” Gordon said. “There is such a need for these services in our community, and that need continues.”
Whether Gordon is contributing to the voice of the board or attending DePaul gatherings and events, he always looks forward to interacting with staff and clients and witnessing the dedication of DePaul employees firsthand. “It’s the most rewarding part about being on the board.”