BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Karen Gilbert - Board President, Executive Director and Juggler of Many Hats
Ms. Gilbert is our Executive Director and the founder of NUBTribe. She is the mother of a tri-lateral amputee daughter, and has been providing resources to, networking with, and advocating for limb-different individuals since 2014. She holds a BS in Pastoral Ministries and a Masters of Theology from Campbellsville University. Ms. Gilbert has diverse experience in training, personal and organizational development, teambuilding and ministry. She is passionate about the limb different community receiving resources and support as she has personally shared some of the same struggles.
Yvonne Llanes - Board Vice-President and Ambassador
Ms. Llanes is a Global Amputee Ambassador and an award winning Para-athlete. She is also a former Asst. Principal who takes pride in using her 20+ years as an educator to teach, encourage and motivate other amputees to live a full and productive life. Ms. Llanes is also a bilateral above knee amputee. She is passionate about NUBTribe’s mission of providing resources to families.
Jordan Churchill - Board Secretary and Educational Guru
Ms. Churchill is the current Director of Special Education with Pearson Online and Blended Learning. She cares deeply about children and families with special needs and/or any differences. She serves them with grace , kindness and exceptional communication. She is excited about NUBTribe’s mission to serve special needs families.
Justine Clifton - Board Member and Ambassador
Ms. Clifton has recently earned her Masters- Engineering Mgmt, Orthotics & Prosthetics. As a trilateral congenital amputee, she has a lifetime of experience in occupational therapy, physical therapy and prosthetics via her own experience. She has served in a variety of volunteer roles serving the amputee / limb different community and is also an accomplished mentor and motivational speaker. Due to growing up as a congential amputee, she understands the challenges that these families face and is excited to share her knowledge and experience
Sarah Cronin - Board Member and Ambassador
Ms. Cronin is a bilateral upper congenital amputee and is employed as a Secondary Education Math Teacher. Her expertise lies in her life experience. She brings her joy for life and adaptation to others in her volunteer work. She often volunteers with physically different children and youth. Given her vast knowledge of this unique community’s struggles and joys, she is passionate about NUBTribe’s mission to serve and support our children and families.
Melinda Jenson - Board Member and Communications Guru
Melinda Jensen brings to the NubTribe over 15 years of business experience and management know how. She has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Brigham Young University where she also minored in Management, English and World Dance. She obtained her master's degree in Communications from Purdue University. . Melinda has a special connection to the NubTribe through her son Steven, who was born without a left hand. She is thrilled to be supporting other children like Steven and their incredible families.