Tim, my husband, taught high school for the first time this year and it was an intense year. His last day is tomorrow, then he has a month off. We're leaving for the mountains Saturday (yes, we will be attempting to go through LA during Carmageddon - awesome.) We will be dark until Thursday evening.
However, you'll be in good hands while I'm gone. Cynthia Thompson is our hippie Portlander who is "famous" for her use of family cloth. Her daughter is 8 but Cynthia continues her cloth diaper advocacy by leading the RDA Board, running her long-time cloth diaper retail store, Zoom Baby Gear, supporting local moms in sewing their own diapers, and working within the Portland social services to develop low-income cloth diaper distribution programs. She has been with RDA longer than I have and, after meeting weekly with the Board for years, truly has the lifeblood of RDA's commitment to 100% reusable cloth diapers running through her veins. (She's also started sounding very presidential of late, which becomes her well!)
Lori Taylor is a founder of both the Real Diaper Association and the Real Diaper Industry Association and is the essence of cloth diaper advocacy. It is by all rights that she takes the role of RDA faithkeeper to keep the organization focused on the mission of real diaper advocacy. Lori is TIRELESS and devotes enormous amounts of volunteer time to RDA and RDIA while running 2 cloth diaper manufacturing companies, a web consulting business, AND homeschooling her two children. But will she respond to you if you need something? Yup. She will.
Angela Imes is incredibly busy with three small kids and one on the way but she has the RDA financials firmly under control. Angela is a CPA and she's a GOOD CPA. And we're lucky to have our organization in such capable hands. Our books are immaculate and that's often a huge obstacle for small volunteer organizations. Angela's also a leading voice on improving the Real Diaper Circle program. If you have input, she'll help make it happen.
Marie DiCocco has been silently handling our website and memberships for years. Her daughter is long out of diapers, but Marie is committed to the people in this organization. We have become family and she gives to this organization as if we were part of her Italian family. Marie's diapering practice more closely resembled that of a previous generation - flats and covers - and she is a wonderful reminder that diapering doesn't have to be all that complicated.
Monique Bragg is all enthusiasm. She puts her whole self into helping wherever she can (while handling a full-time job). She's not likely to say no to anything. She has ideas and she's not afraid to share them! She brings a lot of life to our day-to-day efforts! Thankfully, we are the beneficiary of her enormous energy as she naturally rose to the role of Chair of the Great Cloth Diaper Change 2012 Organizing Committee. Starting as a host in 2011, she made herself so darn helpful that she got sucked onto the organizing committee as a sort of Host Liaison last year, and her continuing drive to make it better led her straight into leading it all this year. Side note: Monique's got this great committee, too, consisting of Judy (of Tiny Tots) and Kim (of Rockin' Green) from last year's committee, and Melissa (of One Posh Baby in Edmonton), Elizabeth (Oklahoma Real Diaper Circle Leader), Carrie (of Bitty Baby in South Carolina), and Brenda (of the DFW Cloth Diaper group), all leading Great Cloth Diaper Change hosts from 2011. They have some amazing ideas collected from a survey of last year's hosts and they're already meeting to decide on the date for next year.
Heather Bradley is the Circle Queen. She was a fantastic Circle Leader trainee - always asking questions unapologetically (great model for her homeschooled children!). She is now a dedicated Circle Leader in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where she has grown her Circle to actually be solid enough to hand off to a successor as she gets transferred to another military base in England in the fall. This hasn't happened before, but it's the future and Heather's leading us there. She has a vision of long-term committed cloth diaper advocates, reminiscent of long-time La Leche League leaders. And if you don't want to work directly with the moms of small babies anymore, we have a place for you to participate elsewhere in RDA. She is inviting our volunteers into a community where we support one another in advancing the mission we all support.
Need local help? You can talk to any of our accredited Circle Leaders: Ann in NoVa, Sara in the SF Bay Area, Katrina in Chicago, Michelle in NJ, Marissa on the Emerald Coast, Bernice in NW Arkansas, Andrea in NW Montana, Selina in DE, Megan in PA, Melanie in the Shenandoah Valley, Julia in Rochester (NY), Rose in the OC, and Vikki and Jenn in the NY Capital Region and the MA/NY/VT tristate area (in addition to the aforementioned Cynthia in Portland, Angela in Plano, Heather B in Goldsboro, Elizabeth in OK, and me in San Diego).
The Real Diaper Association actually includes hundreds of other members and volunteers, but this crew should be able to answer your questions or direct you to the right place in my absence. Ah, you'll all be fine. Try not to miss me too much!
Executive Director, Real Diaper Association