From the announcement to the La Leche League International Community, November 4, 2014
For nearly 60 years, La Leche League International has been a global forum, marketplace, and education organization for mothers, healthcare professionals, and the public. La Leche League’s unique style of mother-to-mother support continues to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Today, LLLI has advanced its mission in many areas. In order to build on that success and maintain a sustainable, growing organization, the LLLI Board of Directors has made the strategic decision to move the business operations from Schaumburg, Illinois, USA, to Bostrom, an international US Chicago-based professional association management firm. Bostrom is celebrating 80 years of providing management, outsourcing, and consulting services to professional societies, trade associations, foundations, and other not-for-profit organizations. Bostrom is dedicated to its simple mission: to build successful organizations and enhance value for clients through trust, experience, personalized service, and solutions. For more information, visit the Bostrom website bostrom.com or view this video
This management model will provide LLLI with expanded flexibility in today’s fast-changing world. LLLI will have access to expertise in areas of marketing, publications, technology, and education if and when we need it. Employing Bostrom’s extensive resources in business management will allow the LLLI Board of Directors to continue its focus on governance and activities directly related to advancing our mission.
Goodbye to Renee Schleicher
We are saying goodbye to LLLI Interim Executive Director, Renee Schleicher, Certified Association Executive (CAE). We would like to formally thank Renee for all she has contributed to LLLI. Renee has been instrumental in streamlining the office operations to build a solid infrastructure to support LLLI’s future goals and opportunities. We wish her tremendous success in her future endeavors.
Announcing Katie Keel as Executive Director
On November 15, 2014, the new LLLI Executive Director will be Katie Keel, an account executive with Bostrom. Katie has worked with professional membership associations and nonprofit organizations for more than fifteen years. She will focus on strategic growth and organizational development and brings significant experience in financial management, fundraising, marketing, program and volunteer support, and publications. Katie holds a Master of Public Administration with emphasis in nonprofit management from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Michigan State University and is currently on the path to securing her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. She is also the mother of twins with experience of breastfeeding her own children.
New contact information
Please note the new contact information for the office below. The LLLI website and email addresses will remain the same and any postal mail already sent to the former Schaumburg office will be forwarded.
La Leche League International
35 East Wacker Drive Suite 850
Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Toll Free (US only) 800-LALECHE (525-3243)
In partnership with LLLI, the Bostrom team will focus the first phase of the transition on building a strong operational foundation including finance, information technology, marketing, communications, and programming to position LLLI for the future. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or the Executive Transition Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
The entire Board looks forward to many opportunities for LLLI to continue helping mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education.
Linda J. Anderson and Lydia de Raad
Co-Chairmen, La Leche League International