The Empowerment Center Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors plays an integral part of the success of the Empowerment Center.  In addition to assisting the Executive Director with the overall operation of the Empowerment Center, they are also extensively involved in the fundraising, marketing and event management of our organization.  Without these individuals, the Empowerment Center would not be where it is today.

If you would like to become involved with the board of directors, advisory board and a committee, please contact us at

Board of Directors

  • Eric Boone, President
  • Judi Sandall, Emeritus – Secretary
  • Sandy Cartlidge, Treasurer
  • Tory Allen
  • Cameron Duncan
  • Bill Looper
  • Al Cartlidge
  • Alexandra Wise

Advisory Board

  • Jon Benedetti
  • Frank DeCarlo, Board Emeritus

Board of Directors Bios.

Eric Boone, President

Eric Boone is a past graduate of The Launching Pad recovery program and considers his current position as president of the Board of Directors a “thank you” for what he calls a “second start” in his life. He was invited to sit on the board in 2016 and unanimously elected president in 2018. Eric is a military veteran who currently works as a Peer Support Specialist for the Veteran’s Administration here in Reno-Sparks. In that capacity, he helps get the word out to veterans that there’s help available, which includes programs such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan that helps address the challenges veterans face related to their recovery.

Judi Sandall, Emeritus – Secretary

In my heart, I’ve been a writer for most of my life. I was fortunate enough to parlay my love of words into a writing career that spanned more than 20 years. While living in the Washington DC metro area, I wrote training materials and video scripts for the Department of Education. I worked at Lockheed Martin and wrote detailed technical documentation for a federal government contract. I wrote training materials and trained Duke University personnel on a new computer system. When I moved to Reno, I worked for an advertising company researching and writing advertising articles on subjects as diverse as financial aid for college and garage doors.

Sandy Cartlidge, Treasurer

Sandy grew up in Gardnerville, Nevada and graduated from Douglas High School. She moved to Reno in 1983 to finish her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno. During college Sandy found her niche in Accounting while working at a few local EA and CPA offices. She successfully spent 35 years in the industry. She is now semi-retired and continues to support her husband’s CPA firm when the need arises.

Community Service

  • The Empowerment Center – Treasurer and Board Member 2015 – Current
  • PEO – Former Member
  • St. Albert the Great Catholic School – PTO 1993-2005
  • Bishop Manogue Catholic High School – Volunteer 2006 – 2009
  • Pop Warner – Cheer Coach, Volunteer 1996 – 2006

Sandy enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and children, swimming, cooking, reading, gardening and sunny warm beaches.

Tory D. Allen, Esq.

Tory D. Allen, Esq. is an Attorney and educator that specializes in helping others maximize their potential and achieve their personal goals. He believes that through education, hard work, and a positive mindset everyone has the ability the make their dreams come to fruition. Tory is currently an instructor at the University of Phoenix and previously taught Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada in Reno. His law practice is focused primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Corporate Law, Asset Protection and Immigration Law. Mr. Allen is also the Assistant Director for Educare Consulting Inc., a non-profit professional grant writing company that assists a wide variety of agencies from the smallest non-profit to some of the largest corporate entities in the United States. Mr. Allen received his Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Nevada, Reno and his Law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Cameron Duncan DNP, MS, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Born and raised in Reno, NV, Dr. Duncan practices with the goal to bridge the gap between physical health and mental health to care for the whole person.​ He graduated from the University of Arizona with a doctoral-degree as a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and has extensive training in physical and mental health primary care. He is dually board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He specializes in the treatment of various mental health conditions and addiction.

Bill Looper

Bill grew up near Sacramento California.  After college his engineering career was in electronic instrument and systems design for aerospace, medical, and power generation industries. He and his wife Linda raised 3 children in El Dorado Hills California before they retired to Northern Nevada. Along the way he owned and rehabilitated small residential properties. Though retired, Bill still loves to train and compete in triathlons. Having experienced the challenges of substance abuse within his own family, Bill has been active in Celebrate Recovery and joined the Empowerment Center Board of Directors in 2019.

Albert E. Cartlidge III

Al was born & raised in Reno, Nevada. After graduating from Reno High School he was recruited to Colorado on an athletic scholarship to play football. He returned to University of Nevada, Reno to complete his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business.

After spending most of the 80’s in construction he began working with CPA firms to transition his career. In 1994 he purchased a tax practice to launch his own firm named, Albert E. Cartlidge III, Inc. In 1998 his father asked him to merge the Cartlidge accounting practices, which launched the Cartlidge, Cartlidge & Co., LLC that still thrives today. Al serves as Managing Director of the Firm.

Al attained his General Securities License in 2000. He chose HD Vest in Dallas, Texas as his broker dealer. They specialize in CPA firm relationships. HD Vest was started by Herb Vest in Texas in 1986. It continues today as the largest CPA/Broker Dealer in the nation. This license enabled Al to better serve his clients by providing financial and investment services in addition to the accounting and tax services.

Alexandra Wise

Alexandra Wise, wife 10 years to David Wise, mother to Nayeli (9) and Malachi (6), and recent homeschool teacher and tiny farmer, is honored to spend time with the Empowerment Center clients as often as possible. As a family they enjoy spending holidays, as well as weeknight crafts and games at the center. Alexandra has plans to teach the women seasonal sports and hobbies outside of the center, such as her continued work with Reno Riding- an equestrian non-profit  that teaches our ladies how to boost their confidence and self awareness through riding horses. Alexandra fully believes in the power of having fun to remind the ladies they are free to choose a new life for themselves when they leave the Empowerment Center.