As we prepare for the new fiscal year, we wanted to take a moment to let you get to know the wonderful woman who will be stepping up into the Board Chair position. Sandra Welch Boren is vice president and senior program officer at Cone Health Foundation. She joined the Foundation in 2008, bringing 20 years of fundraising and foundation experience to the organization. She served as the program officer for the Cemala Foundation and, prior to that, was the associate director of the North Carolina Zoo Society, where she led fundraising activities.
Sandra earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts degree from High Point University. She and her husband, Bud make their home in Greensboro with two rescued German Shepherd dogs (Chuck and Missy). They have two grown daughters and three adorable grandchildren ages 9, 8 and 5. In her free time you can find Sandra on a bicycle, on a trail, or on a trip to anywhere she hasn’t been before!
She was gracious to take some time to answer a few questions for us.
What guided your decision to join our Board?
The Partnership for Children of Guilford County’s vision of each child entering school safe, healthy and ready to succeed along with a mission of supporting early learning and development to help children achieve better outcomes really spoke to me. Couple that vision and mission with what we know about the importance of the first 2,000 days of a child’s life and it becomes clear that the Partnership has a big role to fill in our community. We certainly have our challenges in Guilford County, but we also have an experienced, capable staff and our community is beginning to coalesce around the importance of investing in early childhood. That’s a great combination and a wonderful opportunity.
Where do you see the Board and the Partnership heading in the coming years?
Partnership and possibility are our cornerstones. There is a groundswell of work going on at the community level to improve the chances for EVERY child in Guilford County to succeed. We have some great community partnerships that are essential for us achieve our mission. That’s a powerful combination. At the same time, we must maintain our flexibility (while staying true to our state mandate) and willingness to forge new partnerships. I believe we will have some great opportunities in the coming years to invest and develop pathways that ensure the wellbeing of our youngest children are always a priority.
What would you say to anyone considering joining our board or one of the committees?
Dig in and learn from our staff and partners! We need smart, passionate people at the table as we continue to build on a tradition of high-quality learning and development opportunities.
What is your favorite children’s book?
Without a doubt, my favorite children’s book is Dr. Seuss’s, Oh the Places You Will Go! This treasure of a book is filled with hope, possibility, and encouragement to try new things. Its underlying message of taking chances and pushing past our comfort zone is what keeps life exciting. Reading in general, and with my grandchildren specifically, is one the great joys of my life!