Goodwin Connections welcomes a new Board President this June

Goodwin Connections’ Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Annabel Quintero will become Goodwin’s Board President as of June 21, 2022. She will be the first woman of color to lead the Board in Goodwin’s history.

Recent Board Presidents, Terry Dessert and Carolyn Banks will remain on the Board of Directors in the Immediate Past President and Treasurer roles, respectively.

Annabel has served as a Goodwin board member for more than two years and has been chair of its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee for the past year. As a mom who identifies as Afro-Indigenous Latina and earned her Master’s in Education Policy while single-parenting, she knows firsthand what many student parents face while earning a degree.

“I know what it is like to juggle so many priorities, I’ve been through it,” Quintero said. “Parenting young children, having a job, and focusing on excelling in college courses simultaneously can be immensely overwhelming. The strength and determination of our families is remarkable. It’s such an honor to be a part of such an equitable organization that supports parents experiencing a challenging socio-economic situation as they go from surviving to truly thriving.”

Goodwin’s Family Connections Program supports student parents from the first day they enter the program through graduation day and into their careers. By assisting with out-of-pocket childcare expenses, basic needs support, career development opportunities, and providing connections to resources, Goodwin serves student parents in the ways they need it most to be successful in their schooling and ultimately their career. Goodwin’s graduates go on to become nurses, teachers, scientists, tech workers, and social workers in our region. This spring and summer, 34 student parents will graduate with their certificates and college degrees.

“Annabel has demonstrated her vibrant leadership since she became a part of Goodwin’s Board of Directors. Her life and work experiences will bring a dynamic perspective to our board and organization, said Maggie Skinner, Executive Director of Goodwin Connections. “Having been on a similar journey, Annabel can really connect with our student parents and has been integral in guiding Goodwin into our new chapter. I look forward to working with her even more closely to create access to educational opportunities and economic stability for all parents in our region.”

In January 2022, Terry Dessert stepped down from the role of President, a position she held for nearly 6 years. In her time as Board President, she saw the organization evolve through a great deal of change and growth. Goodwin is where it is today because of Terry Dessert’s love for Goodwin’s mission and families.

Carolyn Banks, the Board’s current Treasurer, stepped in to act as the Interim President from January and into June 2022. Goodwin is incredibly grateful for all of their guidance these many years and especially throughout the pandemic. Both Terry and Carolyn are excited to support Annabel in her new leadership role.

About Annabel Quintero
Annabel Quintero is a certified wellness coach, best-selling author, workshop leader, public speaker, and DEI strategist. Annabel’s approach centers on holistic wellness practices and helps leaders identify roots of bias and consider the value of multiple cultural lenses.

Annabel received her Master’s Degree in Education Policy & Leadership from the University of Washington’s College of Education and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government from the University of Washington. In 2018, Annabel ran as a candidate for Washington State Senate’s 34th District. And in 2021, she released her first memoir, an autobiography called Step Step Jump, her story of surviving September 11th, where she transforms trauma into triumph from the 46th Floor.

About Goodwin Connections
As one of Seattle’s longest-running nonprofits, Goodwin Connections has been building brighter futures for families since 1907.

Educational opportunities are a powerful catalyst for parents who want to build financial stability and give rise to generational change. 1 in 5 college students are parenting, and Goodwin’s Family Connections Program is centered around the needs of these student parents as they work toward their college degrees or trade certifications. Goodwin supports parents in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

For parents, the extremely high cost of childcare is one of the most significant barriers to completing a degree or certification. When families enter our program, their children receive access to quality early learning experiences that help prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Our program’s two-generational approach is a genuine “win-win” for families.

When student parents have access to affordable and consistent high-quality childcare, it opens the doors for parents to:

  • Attend college full time. Students can focus on their studies and have peace of mind that their child is in a safe learning environment.
  • Do well in school. Our students average a quarterly 3.67 GPA.
  • Graduate in a timely manner. 96% of our student parents graduate on time.
  • Launch a career. Graduates are given access to resources and tools for a successful transition from high-performing student into thriving in the workforce.
  • Ensure future educational accomplishments for their children. 73% of our parents are first-generation college students. When parents graduate from college, it is more likely that their children will attend college.
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