5 Questions for the President

Photo courtesy of Melina Patterson

Photo courtesy of Melina Patterson

Taking office June 1, Melina Patterson is PAMP’s new president. Her job is to drive the overall strategy of the club. She does this through communicating with members, volunteers and board members by email and in person. Melina also prepares the board letter for each newsletter.

“Being president means being the face of PAMP,” Melina says. “It means being in front of people, hearing feedback from members and trying to start dialogues with partners to discuss how we can serve each other better.

“For example, I just had a fabulous meeting with the mayor of Palo Alto about how PAMP and the city can support each other. Part of our struggle is letting people know about us and what we offer. The city faces similar issues ensuring that people are aware of the wonderful activities and resources it offers. Our core groups overlap so much.”

Melina becomes president after serving as the vice president of legal for the past year. Along with fellow board members, Melina has been working to develop a strong foundation and operating infrastructure for PAMP. As president, Melina will continue this work but also concentrate more on how the club is serving members and supporting its volunteers.

“I wanted to be president to have a greater impact on how PAMP operates. I feel like we’ve made so much progress behind the scenes, and I’m looking forward to transitioning my focus outward over the next year. And I really enjoy the group of women on the board that I’ve been working with for the last year.”

Melina, her husband and daughter, who will be 5 in June, live in Palo Alto. She has been a PAMP member since 2007.

1. What is the last non-kid movie you saw? I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw an entire non-kid movie. I did watch the last half of Inception recently and realized that I really need to see the whole thing to understand it. I find myself watching TV series on Netflix because I don’t have big chunks of time for movies. I’ve recently finished Veronica Mars and Mad Men.

2. Are you a Bay Area native or transplant? I grew up and lived for many years in Chicago. But I’ve been in Palo Alto for almost 20 years, so I think I’m more California than Chicago now.

3. What’s at the top of your to-do list? Making my to-do list! I carry around a to-do list with me everywhere. But it gets revamped every couple of days, and I haven’t revamped it lately.

4. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character? I grew up on Sesame Street. It was one of my most favorite shows as a child. I have to say Kermit—but I’ve always loved them all. I also really love the longhaired singer on the Muppets (Janice).

5. Why are you a PAMP volunteer? I had been a member for a few years before I started volunteering. I never forgot that I checked the volunteer commitment box, and I always felt guilty for not doing it. So I tried to do it big when I finally did do it. The first volunteer position I did was for the board as the VP of legal.

Initially, I joined PAMP for the forums. They’re wonderful for information and helped me in the early years of raising my daughter. After realizing the benefit of the forums for so many years, I wanted to join the board so that I could help the organization thrive and continue to grow in supporting other new moms.

Each month we train the spotlight on someone who works behind the scenes for PAMP. Interested in joining the ranks? Browse our open volunteer positions, and apply today!

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