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Our Executive Director

Cathy Weatherspoon

Cathy is the executive director of Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County. She’s lived in the country for over 22 years! From the beginning, Cathy has believed that community involvement was her focus as a community member. Prior to living in Grant County, she walked alongside her husband, Bruce, a career Army Officer in implementing hospitality at various duty stations stateside in Europe. Through those experiences, she has learned the value of building relationships and capacity, while co-creating towards solutions.

 Cathy says “I believe when we engage all people in building community, then it becomes significant to find ways to help people contribute to their community; not only through formally organized sectors and efforts, but more importantly we build community just because we are neighbors.”

 A question Cathy often asks is “What is it that we want for Grant County that we can only accomplish together?” As a community development practitioner, she understands that maximization of successful impact does not rely totally on individual organizations’ strategic plans, but also on community plans that cross boundaries.

Education

Saint Leo University - B.S. in Human Resources Management

Indiana Wesleyan University - M.S. Business Management

Affiliations & Accomplishments

• Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence Hoosier Fellow, Indiana University

• Certified Life Coach, Lark’s Song Academy

• Candidate for Certification in Fundraising Management, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

• Chosen as One of the Top Influential Leaders in Grant County, 2008

• Ambassador of Marion, Indiana: Recognized by Mayor Wayne Seybold and the City Council, 2005

Our Board

A Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County Building Team is a group comprised of cross- sector community partners representative of the relevant countywide ecosystem that provides the direction for TGTGC, ensures measurable goals are being met, and champions its work.

Guidance, Vision, and Oversight

• A TFTGC guiding team.

• Develop and refine the common agenda for change, including problems, goals, and guiding principles.

• Use data to inform strategy.

• Track progress of working group levels using agreed upon indictors at the Steering Committee and Workgroup levels.

• Help to make connections between working groups to ensure coordination and efficiency, if applicable.

• Interact with the backbone entity on strategy, community engagement, and shared measurements.

Leadership

• Consider how their individual organizations or those in their network can align to the common agenda.

• If appropriate, consider how community members might get involved in a Workgroup.

• Serve as a vocal champion of Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County effort with your circles of influence.

Process

• Participate in regularly scheduled meetings.

• Review Agenda and ancillary materials prior to meetings in order to come prepared for engaged discussion, active listening, respectful dialogue, and decision-making.

• Commit to a Board of Directors membership.

Our Partners or Investors

A Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County Building Team is a group comprised of cross- sector community partners representative of the relevant countywide ecosystem that provides the direction for TGTGC, ensures measurable goals are being met, and champions its work.


Our Facilitators