Janie Alderman is a dream come true for Esperanza Shelter.  As a board member, she provides vital input to the oversite of the agency.  As generous donors, Janie, and her husband, former professor and dean at the University of Houston Law Center, Richard Alderman, have regularly demonstrated their strong commitment to Esperanza’s work.  In addition, as an experienced graphic designer, Janie has donated hundreds of hours of graphic design to Esperanza.  She helped re-brand the agency with a new look and designs the annual report, annual giving letter, spring appeal, event logos and more.

Working closely with Denise Vermeulen, the Director of Communications & Grants, Janie has truly become a member of the Esperanza team.  “Janie brings a level of professionalism and creativity to our work that we could never afford as a small nonprofit agency,” says Vermeulen.  “I first met her when she volunteered for our 40th Anniversary celebration.  She surprised us with her terrific designs, and she’s been working with us ever since,” adds Vermeulen.  “And do you know what else?  Janie is always delightful to work with!”

After graduating the University of Houston with a journalism degree, Janie realized she was drawn to the artistic side of print production.  She worked with various businesses, learning her craft on the job with hard work and determination.  She laid out retail ads, was an assistant in a photo studio and was the creative director of an upscale, statewide magazine before opening her own business, Janie Alderman Design.  Janie, who is an avid tennis player and enjoys traveling, is semi-retired.  She maintains only a few long-term clients—and racks up many hours of design work on behalf of Esperanza Shelter.

The Aldermans moved to Santa Fe about five years ago after living in Houston much of their lives where they raised their son Will, a landscape architect.  Janie heard about Esperanza Shelter through another board member and friend, Jo Ann Dewing Ward, who was eager to recruit her to serve on the board.

“From the day I started working with Esperanza I have been so impressed with the people who work in the Support Center and the Shelter,” said Janie. “They are all so committed to changing the lives of people who have been affected by domestic violence.  They are saving lives every day and I am so inspired by all of them.”

Janie’s commitment to Esperanza’s mission inspires us as well.