Board Member Diane Conley wears a lot of hats. Not only is she a member of the Board, she also serves as Chair of the Governance Committee, which is responsible for cultivating new Board members and for the content of Board meetings. She is also a member of the Fund Development Committee, works closely with Family Lifeline volunteers and helps to organize CHOCOHOLIC!, Family Lifeline’s annual Fundraiser. She is the chair of the event’s silent auction, and handles coordination of volunteers on top of that!
Diane joined the CHIP (Children’s Health Involving Parents) Board in 2006 after learning about the organization from a neighbor. Her goal was to work with an organization that helped children and families in need. She jumped right in at CHIP, serving on the program committee and helping with program evaluation.
When CHIP and Family Lifeline merged in January 2011, Diane became a member of the Family Lifeline Board. Diane continues to be dedicated to the work being done by Family Lifeline’s programming. “I really like the focus on school readiness,” she says. “So much of a child’s development occurs in the first years of life, and if we can help parents get their kids on track before they get to school they will have a much better chance of success. By getting a good education, the children then have a much better chance to succeed in life and break the cycle of poverty.” Diane is also excited about the range of programs (to include a broader range of Early Childhood programs as well as ElderFriends and Home Care) that has come with the merger. “We can now tailor our services to each family,” she says, “and provide what they need based on their circumstances.”
Diane moved to Richmond in 2005, with her husband Fred and daughter Allison. In her “former life,” as she calls it, she was an actuary with Hewitt Associates in New England. However, when Allison came along, she took early retirement in order to focus on being a mom and on volunteering. It’s hard to believe that Allison is 18 and heading off to college this fall!
In the spare time she manages to find, Diane loves reading, playing the piano, and participating in active outdoor activities. She recently joined Richmond’s Seal Team PT and also likes to ski, hike, bike and run. She jokes that her family compares her to a border collie!
Family Lifeline is fortunate to have Board Members and advocates like Diane . Support like hers makes Family Lifeline’s work possible! An active member of the community, Diane is always looking for opportunities to talk about Family Lifeline in her day-to-day life. “It’s such a great organization,” she says. “It really resonates with people who understand the importance of effective parenting and medical care.”