We want to introduce our new and diverse board of directors, working to advance MotherWoman's mission of providing individualized and community-level support to all mothers in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
Collaborating with our new board is MotherWoman’s new Acting Executive Director, Linda Matys O'Connell. Linda brings years of organizational leadership, activism and community engagement experience to her role.
Meet the new MotherWoman team!
We are excited to build upon the legacy and vision of so many who have come before us, knowing that we will do what is necessary to ensure this organization and the families in our communities thrive on a daily basis.
Our team has been busy cultivating established relationships, initiating new partnerships, and welcoming continued support. Our service offerings and programs are expanding with a focus on ensuring that our programming is culturally sensitive and inclusive of ALL mothers.
Mama's V.O.I.C.E (Voicing our Individual & Cultural Experiences) is one such program, developed as a partnership between MotherWoman and Holyoke Community College. The program has expanded to include a larger alliance of culturally humble researchers and community members/representatives from Holyoke and Springfield whose mission is to engage mothers of color in community-based research in transforming their own well-being and building community.
Your support is important for MotherWoman’s continued work, please spread the word on our great progress, reach out to help us, and stay committed to mothers in our community! One way to participate is to be part of a MotherWoman committee.
If you are interested, please contact:
- Linda O'Connell, Acting Executive Director, ex-officio at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Denise Hurst, Board Recruitment Chair at email@example.com
- Dayna Campbell, Program Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vanessa Martinez, Development Chair at email@example.com
The Board of Directors
A Message of Inclusiveness: Lakisha Coppedge, Board President
I and the MotherWoman organization wish to recognize the unfortunate and devastating events that led to the closing down of the national Postpartum Progress organization and the termination of its services. We acknowledge that the problems that emerged are the realities women of color experience with organizations/people whose intent is to be all-inclusive but whose leadership lacks the knowledge, humility, and sensitivity to ensure meeting that goal.
MotherWoman has had its share of hegemonic thinking, which has resulted in negative impacts to individuals, the communities we serve, and the organization as a whole...READ MORE
Conversations and Cocktails
March 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
We know you have been waiting to hear how you can get (re)acquainted with MotherWoman and we are excited to share that with you as well. Every month, beginning March 23, we will have Conversations and Cocktails, a Q&A event that will offer partners, supporters, donors, and the Western Massachusetts community an opportunity to meet our new Board of Directors and Acting Executive Director in a relaxing and fun networking event. Conversation and Cocktails will include a small presentation on the current MotherWoman programs available and the continued expansion of services for the benefit of all mothers, families and communities.
Join us for:
- Conversations and Cocktails, March 23
- 6-7:30 p.m. at MotherWoman
- 220 Russell St. (Route 9), Hadley.
- RSVP at 413-387-0703.
A full list of dates and locations will be forthcoming. Please visit our events page in the coming weeks for more information.
MotherWoman is in full-swing again with updated culturally appropriate Facilitator Training. The first (of many) is scheduled for April 2017 in Hadley at the MotherWoman offices. Please check back to the website for complete details or email Amber Lira at info@MotherWoman to be added to the contact list.
Our primary service, support groups, continue to operate throughout the state and nationwide.
Please click HERE to locate one in your area.