Please welcome Deidre Gordon to your ASCF Board of Directors, serving as the Co-Chair of the Albuquerque(ABQ)-Lusaka Committee. Working with the ABQ-Lusaka Committee both in New Mexico and Zambia, Ms. Gordon has already been having an impact in the Committee’s effort to provide much needed books (virtually and otherwise) for the various community libraries in Lusaka.
Ms. Gordon is a retired family therapist who worked with families and adolescents who were at risk of being removed from their homes due to their behavior. She holds a substance abuse license as well.  Still at Faith Works Counseling, Deidre currently serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator for their four New Mexico locations and the location in Missouri, where she interfaces with community members, other stakeholders, and potential referral sources. 
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, minoring in Political Science and African American Studies from The University of New Mexico (UNM). She then completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Phoenix in Counseling, specializing in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy.
Deidre is a member of Phillips Chapel CME Church, pastored by William W. Dorn. She is also a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc,, is the President of the UNM Black Alumni Chapter, and is a life member and state officer in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She is a board member for Kinder Quest which oversees six Montessori Schools in New Mexico and Nevada, as well as a board member for Sprouting Compassion, a nonprofit vegan outreach community. She is the mother of one adult son, Dupri Grimes, who is an engineer in San Antonio, TX.