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Our Mother’s Home appoints new board members

By Staff | Oct 21, 2021

Our Mother’s Home, an organization that helps teen mothers and their children transition from foster care to stable, productive lives, has recently appointed four new board members. The addition of new members comes at a pivotal time for OMH, as the organization begins rebranding and executing the vision of a new facility and transition home.

The new board members joining OMH are Claribel Bocanegra, Kelly Thawley, Malaina Mote and Melissa Vogt. Each will work closely with Miller and existing board members, Beth Juliano, Mary Lynn Podolak, and Marin Asher to execute the organization’s goals, including a new facility and transition home that will house teen mothers who have aged out of the foster care system.

Bocanegra is the owner and Practice Administrator at Porto Fino Dental. In addition, she founded Gemstones in the Making, an organization that creates safe spaces where young women can discuss vulnerable topics.

Thawley joins the board with extensive experience working with children and teens as the Career Specialist for The School District of Lee County. She is responsible for overseeing work-based learning, career exploration, and business partnerships, for kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

Malaina Mote leads the Collaboratory’s scholarship program where she manages $24 million of scholarship funds and the entire application process. She visits high schools, throughout the SWFL region, where she discusses the importance of being financially secure during the journey of post-secondary education.

As the General Manager and Marketing Director at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Vogt is responsible for developing and implementing the theatre’s marketing and public relations, events and more.

To learn more about Our Mother’s Home or schedule a meeting with Alicia Miller, call 239-267-4663 or visit ourmothershome.org.