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The mission of the DVCC is to bring domestic violence out of the shadows and unite the community against it.
Mary Ann Borgeson is the Commissioner for Douglas County's District 6.
It is rare that an individual takes a cause and guides it in both the political and professional arena but that is exactly what Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson did with her concern for domestic violence.
Representing the Douglas County Commissioners, Borgeson has served on the Coordinating Council since 1996. As a member of the DVCC Governing Board, she assumed leadership roles as secretary, vice-chair and chair of the Council as well as chairing the legislative and membership committees for several years. Her guidance was recognized in 2004 when Commissioner Borgeson received the DVCC Leadership award.
Commissioner Borgeson has been an active member of the Valley Task Force on Domestic Violence working with the Task Force members to educate greater Douglas County and to ensure that the rural communities have adequate services available to them.
Where Mary Ann is unique in her leadership on the issue of domestic violence is that she sought out additional ways to educate the business world on domestic violence. At her employment in the private sector she organized a two day training offered to all staff, Mary Ann recognized the importance of supervisors in the work setting to not only understand domestic violence but be a resource as well as a compassionate ear for their employees and clients. Mary Ann’s vision was to have managers and supervisors gain additional knowledge in order to facilitate employees and clients accessing services. Mary Ann in conjunction with DVCC and YWCA developed a specialized curriculum for the staff. Managers and supervisors spent two days with Douglas County experts to gain knowledge of domestic violence in the workplace and its impact on both the employer and employee as well as extensive knowledge to facilitate a victim to access services.
Commissioner Borgeson’s vision did not stop there. She was instrumental in paving the way for the development and implementation of an on line curriculum on domestic violence. This is equivalent to the two day training provided in person. The on line curriculum was made available to staff at all levels. Not only does the curriculum educate staff they also gain credit in continuing education in their profession.
As Commissioner Borgeson exhibited in her compassion for Katrina refuges when she personally assisted individuals in finding resources for their needs in Douglas County, she demonstrates her compassion for domestic violence victims through her political and professional life. Where some people carry an issue when it is comfortable for them and brings them recognition, Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson is a person who lives the idea that one person can truly make a difference.
Mary Ann Borgeson, Vice Chair