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The Mothers & More Board of Directors is required to demonstrate commitment to the entirety of the Mothers & More Mission and Beliefs, actively participate in governance activities of the Board, and exercise judgment in overseeing the organization’s affairs. The Board of Directors has ultimate financial and legal responsibility for the health and success of the organization and its mission.
Elections for the Mothers & More Board of Directors are held in May, however the Board can fill vacancies as they become available and volunteers can be considered at any time. Please view the Board of Directors job descriptions and apply through the Volunteer Application. You may also view policies that govern the Board’s operations.
Lisa Blackwell lives in Vestal, NY with her husband, Jason, son, Sam, and daughter, Georgia. She holds a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University. She currently works as a Disability Review Psychologist for New York State. She has been a proud and grateful member of Broome-Tioga Chapter 52 since April 2007, where she has become friends with amazing women and has learned and grown as a mother. She has held numerous positions in her local chapter, including Co-leader, Advocacy/Community Outreach Coordinator and Newsletter Editor. She has been a National Mentor for the past several years and led the Power of a Purse campaign for the past two years. She loves to read and book club is one of her favorite Mothers & More activities. She also tries to find time to bake, especially chocolate chip cookies, cross-stitch and takes walks with her dog.
Lisa says: As a member, Mothers & More has provided me with support, friendship and community through the joys and struggles of motherhood. I have learned about areas I never considered exploring on my own. I have honed existing skills and developed new ones. As a director, I am excited to find ways to keep Mothers & More relevant to our members, no matter their age or the ages of their children. I will also work towards growing our organization by sharing the message of who we are, what we do, and why others should join us as members and supporters.
Estelle Erasmus lives in Fort Lee, NJ with her husband Werner and daughter, Crystal. She has been a Member of Mothers & More since August 2009 and currently is Board President at the National level and liaison to the Advisory Council as well as co-leader of the Bergen, NJ Chapter 40 . Her past volunteer positions with Mothers & More include being the Advocacy Coordinator for the Power of a Purse Mother’s Day campaign and developing a partnership with Dress for Success Hudson County for the Power of a Purse 2011 campaign. She was also the Programming Committee and Newsletter Copy Editor. Estelle has a BA in Communications and minor in Advertising and Public Relations from Boston University. Estelle is a journalist and author, and has been a magazine and website editor and columnist.
She specialized in launch publications and was the former editor-in-chief for Woman’s Own, Women in Touch, Hachette Filipacchi’s Body by Jake, Esthetique, and the American Breast Cancer Guide. Currently she writes an award-winning blog called Musings on Motherhood and Midlife. Estelle is featured in the book What Do Mother’s Need?: Motherhood Activists and Scholars Speak Out on Maternal Empowerment for the 21st Century (2013, Demeter Press) and was a 2012 NYC Cast member of Listen to Your Mother and a BlogHer 2012 Voice of the Year.
Estelle says: Mothers & More provided me with a starting point with which to create my new life as a mother after the birth of my daughter in 2009. The organization has helped me meet new friends, has focused my attention on important issues and regulations impacting women and mothers, and has enabled me to use my skills to help my Chapter (40) support mothers in need. I believe that serving on the Board, I can combine my passion for addressing financial and emotional issues facing mothers and the often incorrect perception of the "value" of a mother, with my journalism background and experience in developing partnerships. In addition, I would like the opportunity to use my network of contacts to enable our organization to continue to fulfill its mission and to build a better future for all women and mothers.
Jill Fisher lives in Havertown, PA with her husband and two daughters. She has been a member of Mothers & More since 2008 and is currently affiliated with Delaware County, PA Chapter Number 288. As part of this chapter, she has held several volunteer positions, including Co-leader and Play Date Coordinator. She has also served as a Mentor at the National level. Jill is currently the Membership Coordinator for her local chapter, Senior Manager, Chapter Management for national, and now Mothers & More Board Director. Jill has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and Masters in Education from Chestnut Hill College. She was an Elementary School Teacher for over six years.
Jill says: When I was new to parenting, new to the area and new to staying at home, Mothers & More was my lifesaver. The organization gave me a safe place to express my fears, share my discoveries and make friends all over again. The group allows you to be whoever you are and not feel guilty. The moms I meet through this group are all different and all bring with them unique view points, different advice and valuable experience. We are all united through the underlying belief that moms like us need the support only other moms can bring and we can give that support and grow together. In Mothers & More, I have met some of the closest friends I expect I’ll ever have and I have a brand new support network in my scariest role yet: parent. I will always be thankful to the mother who invited me to my first meeting and I am thrilled to now be working closely with the other volunteers in this great organization and giving back.
Amy Mark currently lives in South Natick, MA with her husband Simon and two energetic sons. She has been a member of Mothers & More since September 2008 and is currently affiliated with MetroWest Boston, MA Chapter 95. She has been the Senior Manager of Membership, Manager of the Mothers Work Initiative, and Chapter Print Publicity Coordinator for the natiional organization. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Notre Dame. She was a Marketing Director in the healthcare and travel industries, with an emphasis on loyalty and direct marketing, customer acquisition and retention.
Amy says: When I decided to volunteer for Mothers & More, I realized how much more being a member could mean to me. It helped me carve out time for myself beyond my role as a mother. Not only can I contribute to supporting other mothers, but I can also leverage my professional skills and most importantly, interact with a great group of moms. And to top it off, my chapter in Metrowest Boston is an amazing support group and incredibly active, with many opportunities to connect. As a Director on our Board, I hope to use my loyalty and direct marketing experience to help Mothers & More re-invigorate its mission, grow and retain its membership, and to build value and community for members.
Cindy Munger lives in Endwell, NY with her husband and two active boys. She has been a member of the Broome-Tioga Chapter (52) of Mothers & More since 2003. Cindy has served as Co-Leader for the chapter, as well as on the Care Committee, been both Mother/Child Book Club Coordinator & Seasoned Moms Coordinator, and been on the Open House committee. She has also been a mentor since 2009. Cindy has a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Management Information Systems from Marist College. She was a project lead and software architect for Lockheed Martin and is currently a project management consultant.
Cindy says: Mothers & More helped me to grow in my role as a mother after the birth of my first son. Being in a new area and having friends who either had no kids, or much older kids, I was left wondering what to do with myself. Mothers & More helped me connect with myself and balance my role as mother, wife, daughter, and business woman. As a board member, I hope to support chapters in their quest to gain and retain members, as well as to increase visibility to the Mothers & More mission. By continuing to volunteer for our organization, I hope to give back to Mothers & More and ensure that mothers have the support and opportunity to connect with themselves as they transition through life.
Currently resides in: South Orange, NJ with her husband, two daughters and furry dog. She has been a member of Mothers & More since 2008 in the Maplewood/South Orange, NJ Chapter #128. She has served her chapter as Co-leader, and over the Mom-Owned Business Group, and has been a Mothers & More Board Director since May 2011.
Wokie has a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from Wellesley College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, and is now an Attorney, certified mediator and conflict coach, as well as a small business owner.
Wokie says: Mothers & More has helped me to connect with amazing women as I assumed and embraced my new identity and role as a mother. The connections I’ve made have been invaluable and I will always cherish this organization for making those connections possible. As the mother of two girls, I am fully conscious of how important it is for me to be my best self as my daughters watch me to learn how to be a girl, a woman and quite possibly, a mother in the future. The support and resources I’ve gained through Mothers & More have only made it easier for me to be the role model for them that I want to be.
As a Director on our Board, I hope to use my corporate, legal and entrepreneurial training to help Mothers & More expand its reach, enhance its membership, continue to secure its financial footing and work to impact mothers by sharing our voice in various legislative, educational and social arenas.
Maria Teresa Reyes lives in Wayne, PA with her husband Jim Koveos, son Nikolas, and a beta fish named Spike. She has been a Mothers & More member since 2002 and is currently a member of Chester County/Main Line, PA Chapter 156. Maria has held a number of volunteer positions with this chapter, including Co-leader, Board Advisor, Social Media Director, Event Planner, and Loop Moderator. She has also served in positions with Mothers & More Nationally, including as Regional Manager, Loop Moderator, and Writer for Social Media In a Box. Currently she is the Communications Coordinator for Facebook and the Chapter Planning Board Member. Maria has a BS in Environmental Science and Resource Management with a concentration in Science Writing/Journalism from Lehigh University, an MBA in Operations Management from Drexel University, and a certificate in Project Management from Penn State University. She is a Management Consultant specializing in enterprise software implementations and business transformation, Retail Operations Management for a major department store and a national consumer electronics chain.
Maria says: When my son was a few months old, I was searching online and came across Mothers & More. I attended one meeting as a guest and knew immediately that I had to belong to the group. The women were intelligent, supportive and fun! Over the years, Mothers & More has been a safe place to share the joys and challenges of motherhood. It’s also been a place where I can learn and grow. Even when I cannot attend events in person, I stay in touch virtually not only with my local chapter but with members from across the country. I am excited for the opportunity to give back by serving on the Board of Directors. I hope to use my skills in operations management and business redesign to help Mothers & More conceive and implement new programs and to develop the policies and procedures to support them.
Barb Richards is a Denver based parent, writer, gardener, IT manager, volunteer, and amateur athlete. She lives just south of Denver with her husband, three busy kids (aged 10, 15, and 16), and three cats. Barb’s parents recently moved near her from their home state of NJ, so her accent is returning a little too. Before Barb moved west in 2006, she had just regained her sanity thanks to the near-west Chicago Mothers & More chapter, and she immediately joined her local CO Mothers & More chapter. She has served as both Chapter Leader and Treasurer, so she understands the challenges facing chapters. She has been a National level volunteer since 2007, where she has met and worked with great women from many states and backgrounds.
Professionally, Barb has worked as a computer programmer, leaving that job in order to earn an MBA from Indiana University, where she learned the proper usage of y’all. She worked in Management Consulting at Deloitte, then at the Joint Commission (JCAHO) in corporate IT designing and directing teams to deliver web-based systems. Barb recently became a Certified Scrum Master, and is working on a small media startup. In her community, Barb is involved in her parish leadership via a food bank, serving 100 families weekly. She chairs her school district’s Gifted/Talented Advisory and Executive boards, volunteers in the school library, career counseling center, and with the PTO, and manages the technology and scoring for the neighborhood swim team. For fun, she plays co-ed soccer, neighborhood tennis, skis the beautiful Rockies, bikes, enjoys neighborhood book and dinner groups and tends 400 sq. ft. of organic garden space, utilizing its harvest in her cooking.
Barb says: I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors and as the Sr. Manager of IT, ensuring that our great initiatives have IT support and a web presence.
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