FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/25/2013
Contact – Beth Spong, Executive Director
MOTHERWOMAN TO SEEK NEW LEADER
Hadley, MA – February 25, 2013- MotherWoman, the rapidly growing regional nonprofit, will begin its search this week for a new leader. After nearly three years as Executive Director, Beth Spong will complete her contract with the organization and return to consulting this summer. “MotherWoman has a hugely talented team and an outstanding board. We are strong and ready for new leadership. It has been a joy and an honor to serve as Executive Director,” said Spong.
Katie Zobel, President of the Community Foundation of Western MA, and a long time MotherWoman supporter says “Over the last few years, MotherWoman has evolved from a small grassroots organization into a well-respected nonprofit, getting regional and national recognition for their groundbreaking work. Their next talented leader will have the chance to build on this exceptional foundation and expand their work even further. I’m looking forward to seeing their next chapter unfold!"
In 2012 MotherWoman received the MA Nonprofit Network Excellence Award for Advocacy. Their highly regarded team trained over 1200 medical, mental health and social service professionals in Western MA, Boston, Las Vegas, New Jersey, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Guatemala. In addition, Baystate Health awarded the organization a $50,000 grant to begin implementing their leading edge Community-based Perinatal Support Model at a Baystate Health Center in Springfield. The organization is well-positioned for future growth.
Carla Oleska, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Western MA offered these comments on the upcoming leadership transition, “MotherWoman has grown strategically over the last few years and is now an emerging national leader in the field of support for women and mothers. I’m so thrilled with the ongoing advancement of their mission and programs, and this leadership transition is the next step in MotherWoman’s continued success.” The organization has been a Women’s Fund grantee since 2007.
Spong, a partner in the well-respected fundraising and organizational development firm, RAINMAKER Consulting, began working as a consultant with MotherWoman in early 2008 and became Executive Director in 2010. During Spong’s tenure the organization has nearly quadrupled in size and its programs are serving tens of thousands more women and families in Western MA and beyond. Spong will step down this summer after her successor is chosen.
MotherWoman serves mothers and families in all four counties of Western MA in three ways:
- Supporting and Empowering Mothers through MotherWoman support groups and training community leaders and professionals to facilitate groups for mothers across the region.
- Building Community Safety Nets for women and families struggling in the postpartum period by training medical, mental health and social service professionals about postpartum depression and anxiety. They also develop and lead county-based multi-disciplinary coalitions in implementing their nationally recognized Community-based Perinatal Support
- Impacting Family Policy by engaging mothers, fathers and caregivers in taking action on policies that impact families.