MFSB reorganization continues at the Board level.
In our last newsletter we announced Team MFSB and our new effort to engage you. This month we follow that effort with a new structure at the leadership level. After many years of tireless devotion to MFSB, Jeremy Galvan is stepping down as President. See below for his heartfelt resignation letter. Jeremy's energy and expertise will be greatly missed, and we are happy to rest assured that he will continue to support MFSB in a more private capacity. In Jeremy's wake, MFSB has taken this opportunity to match Team MFSB by restructuring the Board into leadership roles more conducive to teamwork and collaboration. Our new Board will consist of:
Dear Midwife Supporters,
Kathy Talbott, President;
Check MFSB's website for Board member biographies and more information, and be sure to read the sidebar for team updates and upcoming events.
Kirra Brandon, Legislative Director;
Celia Garcia Perez, Outreach Director;
Andrea Goldstein, Events Director.
We at MFSB are looking forward to a year of change and progress. With your help, we WILL see CPMs licensed in MD in 2015!
MFSB Board and Leadership Team
Resignation Letter from Jeremy Galvan:
Dear Friends and Fellow Advocates,
This will be the final letter that I send out as the president of Maryland Families for Safe Birth. A few weeks ago I gave my notice to the board of MFSB that I would be resigning as President. I have recently moved out of Maryland and feel it is a good time to let some other people jump into the effort.
This work has occupied a large amount of my time for the last 3 years. It’s been a great adventure. Along the way I’ve had the pleasure and honor to hear some of your stories--stories about great home births, miserable home births, hospital births, and birth center births. I have heard wonderful happy stories and I’ve heard some rather horrible stories. I always felt honored to be trusted enough by some of you to tell me your story. They will always be a part of who I am and I will take your courage with me forever.
I am looking forward to success right around the corner in Maryland. I believe that CPMs will be licensed very soon. This year is sure to bring a vicious fight to keep VBACs in our bill. It’s not going to just happen. It is going to take hundreds of moms and dads bringing the kids into the offices of Pete Hammen and all the members of the HGO committee so that they see how much it means to us. They will start to care when they see us every day in Annapolis walking the halls.
I hope you all rally behind the new President and Board of MFSB. They have my complete support and trust. I know they are ready for this year and highly motivated to make our voice resonate throughout the halls of Annapolis.
It has been one of the great pleasures of my life to represent the families of Maryland for the last 3 years in our attempts to make CPMs legal. Thank you all so very much for your trust and help along the way. To the Midwives who work in this challenging environment, I salute you. I love you all so very much for risking your freedom and family to come and serve ours. I look forward to the day that you are able to freely work in the state of Maryland and all other surrounding states.
To all of you who have donated your time and money to this cause, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know I asked a lot of everyone. I can be pushy and thick headed. I worked really hard to gain your trust each and every year. Our team at MFSB cared deeply and worked hard to not waste your time or money on anything.
I know that same dedication will continue in our organization. The success that MFSB has had is only because we had a wonderful team of families stretched across this state who took time to show up to rallies, write letters, walk the halls in Annapolis, show up to hearings, donate what they could, and tell their friends about what is going on. I will forever be indebted to all of you.
Thank you so very much for your time and energy.
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