Board of Directors - Row 1

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Monira Silk

Monira Silk

November 17, 2023 0 min read

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Monira Silk has been a staple in the Athens parent community since she founded a small eco-conscious baby shop and parenting center named reBlossom in 2010 after the birth of her first daughter. Before that, she was a photojournalist and ESOL teacher, but she felt a calling to help families making the transition to parenthood. As the first one of her friends to have a baby, becoming a mother was a hard transition and she realized she needed to create a safe space where parents could meet and parent together. In 2021, Monira founded Athens Parent Wellbeing as a natural extension of reBlossom as the need for mental health related services for parents became evident through the personal connections made through daily interactions at her shop and from her own experience as a Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders survivor. Monira brings over a decade of leadership and momentum in helping people flourish into the parents and humans that they wish to be.

 

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Laura Wilkerson

Laura Wilkerson

November 16, 2023 0 min read

PRESIDENT

Laura moved to Athens in 2006 to attend UGA’s School of Social work to obtain her Master’s in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Since then, she has been fully ingrained in Athens’ nonprofit world, working at Nuci’s Space for 7 years and then moving to UGA, where she held several development-focused roles until 2022. She currently holds a position in Advancement and Alumni Engagement at Emory University, working remotely from Athens. She calls herself a “professional do-gooder” and has particular interest in mental health, DEI, and maternal wellbeing initiatives. She believes wholeheartedly in the mission of APW and began volunteering as a TheraMama in March of 2021 before joining the Board in December 2021. She brings her personal experience with PPD and mental health struggles to the board, along with her extensive nonprofit experience.

 

 

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Heather Clark

Heather Clark

November 14, 2023 0 min read

SECRETARY

Heather Clark is a founding board member for Athens Parent Wellbeing and serves as Secretary for the organization. She has lived in the Athens area since 2005. As mama to three little girls and a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety, she felt a strong connection to the mission of Athens Parent Wellbeing. In addition to her work on the Board, Heather previously participated in the TheraParent peer support program as a TheraMama. She is proud to help build a community of parents that support each other in their journeys towards mental well-being.

 

 

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Theresa Pippin

Theresa Pippin

November 13, 2023 0 min read

TREASURER

Theresa Pippin is a founding board member for Athens Parent Wellbeing and serves as Treasurer for the organization. After having her daughter in 2018, Theresa found great comfort through reBlossom's many support programs. Wanting to "pay this forward," Theresa became a TheraMama to provide peer support to parents in need. She brings her professional and volunteer experience with outreach and development to the APW board.

 

 

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