We’d like to start introducing you to some of our amazing board members and staff. We’ll have them answer a few questions so you can get to know them.
This newsletter we are featuring current Board President, Katherine Gallagher. She coordinates the Lane County Adverse Childhood Experiences Community Education and Engagement Project for Lane County Health & Human Services and has two children, ages eight and ten.
When did you join the board and why did you?
I joined the board in January 2012. I was invited following my participation as a community member in a strategic planning process. I was impressed with the board’s collaborative approach and deep commitment to ensuring Parenting Now’s mission is met. It was an honor to be asked.
What’s your favorite thing about being on the board?
I am board president this year. This role gives me an up-close view of the unique skills and perspectives that each board member possesses and shares. Seeing the frequent, multiple ways individual board members share their time and talents in service to Parenting Now! is inspiring and affirming.
Can you talk about your experience of being in a Parenting Now! group?
I was in a parenting group in 2006. As relative newcomers to Oregon, my partner and I benefited tremendously from the opportunity to connect with other new parents. Having a non-judgmental place to share the ups and downs of parenthood and the space to really think about how we did and did not want to approach parenting was a gift from which we continue to benefit.