Alice Blum Yoakum’s professional background and personal involvement in the community is a valuable asset that will assist the Foundation to carry out its mission to increase access to quality, affordable and timely healthcare for the residents living in the northwest hills of Connecticut and in the greater Harlem Valley in New York.
Ms. Yoakum has lived in Lakeville, CT, with her husband, journalist and author, Robert H. Yoakum, since 1962. In addition to raising her family and working in this area, she has a long history of community service that began when she joined the Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission in 1975 and continues today with her membership in organizations such as the Salisbury Board of Finance, SPARC (Sickness Prevention Achieved Through Regional Collaboration), the Madeline Wildes Trust and the Advisory Board for the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau. Her role as a founding member of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) contributed to the successful support of many programs that have helped the residents of BTCF’s service area.
A graduate of Radcliffe College and the University of Connecticut School Of Law, Ms. Yoakum practiced law in northwest Connecticut primarily in the areas of probate, real estate and estate planning with occasional work in contracts, zoning law, taxation and non-profit organizations.
It is very fitting that she has joined the board of the Foundation for Community Health (FCH) as she was the Connecticut attorney of record in the legal proceedings that resulted in establishing the FCH and she served on the committee that selected the first board of trustees in 2003.