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9/12/13 MotherWoman Announces Hiring of New Executive Director


Contact – Laura Sylvester, Public Relations Coordinator lsyl@verizon.net  413-535-5533

MotherWoman, Inc., the Hadley-based organization whose Community-based Perinatal Support Model is gaining statewide attention, announces the hiring of Shannon M. Koehn, MBA, as their new Executive Director.  

Ms. Koehn brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit development, most recently as Associate Director of Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. in Buffalo, NY, where she created partnerships on the local, state, and federal level, and orchestrated support for the agency’s $3.1 million Capital Campaign.  In addition, she taught multi-level business and management courses as Adjunct Faculty at Bryant & Stratton College.  Her business degree is from Medaille College, and she is a lifetime member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 

When asked about her work with MotherWoman, Ms. Koehn shared “As a single mother of a wonderful thirteen-year-old daughter, I can wholeheartedly relate to the mission and phenomenal work of MotherWoman. I have been extremely fortunate to have been surrounded by an outstanding “village” of support. This support has made all the difference in my life—both personally and professionally. When I recall the challenges life has afforded me, I am always reminded of the victories because of this support. For this very reason, I look forward to fostering support for others through the advancement of MotherWoman’s continued important work.”

 “Shannon M. Koehn is a gifted and engaging leader, whose warmth, community-building, and development skills made her stand out from an excellent pool of applicants from across the nation”, noted Joanne Sunshower, MotherWoman President. “Her experience brings a new level of impetus for expanding our programs across the state, and attracting support for policies that enable families to thrive, such as earned paid sick time and paid parental leave.”

Carla Oleska, Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Western MA offered these comments, “MotherWoman has grown strategically over the last few years and is an emerging national leader in the field of support for women and mothers. I’m thrilled with the ongoing advancement of their mission and programs.” The organization has been a Women’s Fund grantee since 2007.

Ms. Koehn succeeds outgoing Executive Director Beth Spong, who will return to her professional practice as a partner with Rainmaker Consulting.

About MotherWoman:

MotherWoman builds a culture of support for mothers and families by:

  • Training community leaders and professionals who facilitate groups to empower mothers and their partners. 
  • Training medical, mental health and social service professionals about the need for integrated support for maternal emotional health. 
  • Using their nationally recognized Community-based Perinatal Support Model to develop regional multi-disciplinary coalitions. 
  • Working with partner organizations to educate parents and caregivers on policies that impact families.