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Topic: Who We Are

WOMEN WHO STAND: PAM WELCH

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Speaking of inspiring women, we couldn't help but introduce our very own Pam Welch, Stand's Chief Operating Officer. Take a few minutes to learn about Pam's upbringing, her experience as a female leader, and her unique and refreshing personality (don't believe me? Keep scrolling to check out her Halloween costume). 

Tell us about your upbringing.

I grew up in Camp Sherman Oregon, and I went to a two-room schoolhouse for first and second grade. I was the only 2nd grader and one of two 1st graders in the school.

Women Who Stand: Melinda Boone

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Continuing on the Women Who Stand series from earlier this year, Tyler decided to track down Dr. Melinda Boone, the first female Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts. The following is an excerpt from their conversation on leadership, motivation, and being the first female leader at a school district.

Why I Stand: Adriana Figueroa

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At age 15, Adriana Figueroa started attending her brother’s parent teacher conferences. “My parents went above and beyond to make sure we lived in a neighborhood where the schools were really good,” Adriana explains. “And that came at a cost.” With her parents working around the clock cleaning office buildings and working in factories, Adriana was the de facto parent for her younger brother.

Why I Stand: Maria Luisa Ramos

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Maria Luisa moved to the U.S. at age 15 not knowing any English. She was immediately shunted into remedial classes in every subject, even though she was in all advanced classes in Mexico.

“I went to the counselor and I told her that I wanted to go to college,” Maria Luisa says. “She told me ‘people like you don’t go to college’”.

Why I Stand: Toya Fick

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This month, we are launching the "Why I Stand" series to introduce our blog readers to Stand staff members around the country. These folks spend countless hours training parents, organizing campaigns, and supporting other Stand staff across the country. Why do they do it? Read on.

Why I Stand: Felipe Vieyra

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We spend a lot of time here at Stand talking about all of our amazing volunteer leaders who, together, power the movement to improve public education.

But this month, we are launching the "Why I Stand" series to introduce our blog readers to Stand staff members around the country. These folks spend countless hours training parents, organizing campaigns, supporting other Stand staff across the country, and a whole lot else.

Women Who Stand: Sara Garcia Gonzalez

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Who better to round up our March profiles than Sara Garcia Gonzalez, a Stand leader in Reynolds, Oregon and the first Latino ever on the Reynolds budget committee. Tyler connected with her on the phone to talk about her education, her work in Reynolds, and her vision for the future.

Women Who Stand: Shannon Campion

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Next on her Women Who Stand interview series, Tyler talked to Shannon Campion. Shannon founded the Portland, Oregon chapter of Stand for Children in 2002 (where Tyler worked as an organizer and director starting in 2008). Shannon has been the Executive Director of Stand for Children in Washington State for six years.

Women Who Stand: Representative Millie Hamner

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Rep. Millie Hamner has worked in education her entire life: as a teacher, a principal, and a superintendent. In 2010 Hamner was appointed to the Colorado House, where she is the chair of the House Education Committee (a big deal for a representative only in her third year). Colorado Interim Executive Director Sonja Semion wouldn’t let Tyler finish out the month of March without interviewing her.

Women Who Stand: Christian Price

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Christian was recently on our blog (welcoming her to her new job as National Campaigns Director) but that didn’t stop Stand staff from lobbying Tyler to interview Christian for the Women who Stand series as well. What’s Christians’ deal? And why does she have so many fans? Tyler called her for an interview and found out.

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