NCPG 2020- 2021 Board of Directors:


President: Megan Hedstrom

Vice President: Ilyssa Reading

Treasurer: Cristina Kiernan

Executive Assistant: Ashley Wisdom

Fundraising Directors: Arlee Maracigan, Ashley Stewart

Membership Directors: Michelle Van Der Werf & Alexis Smith

Communications Directors: Ashley McFate & Amanda Shaw 

Social Directors: Cristin Salzman & Lindsay Fee

Childcare Directors: Serena Baker & Jenna Rohem

Sponsorship Directors: Hayley McInrue, Mary Patterson, & Alexandria Dembow

Transitional Director: Jenn Barham

Special Events Directors: Liz Anzalone & Shauna Schmeisser

Education Directors: Jen Dupuy & Deirdre Opeka

Outreach Directors: Katrina Makhni & Channa Abramson

Public Relations Director: Aarika Goana

Alternate Directors: Rachel Hall


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Happy 2021! I hope that you all were able to enjoy a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season with your family! 

Since joining NCPG four years ago, it has been my personal mission to foster a warm and welcoming environment of inclusivity, transparency, and community for all of our valued NCPG members. While COVID-19 has certainly made it difficult for us all to connect on a personal level, I do strongly believe that NCPG still provides an invaluable service and education to our members & parents (as we navigate these important years together) through our amazing and knowledgeable NCPG instructors. We will get through this difficult chapter soon! 

We all miss the sense of connection and community, that NCPG is renowned for, during these trying times, but I implore you all to stay the course with our zoom classes (and small individual class gatherings) as we strive to hopefully be able to resume in-person meetings later this year.

Additionally, please be reassured that your Board of Directors is carefully monitoring the situation and continues to make the best decisions that we can with the information at hand. We are working diligently to brainstorm new and creative ways for us all to connect and encourage community (amongst our members) and will be redirecting some of our social and special events budget funds to support these new event ideas this spring as well. 

In the interim, we are unable to resume in-person classes at this time due to the high COVID-19 transmission rates, Saint Barnabas on the Desert’s on-going closure to groups, and the liability that NCPG would assume, by meeting in-person, until it is deemed safe to do so. 

I am a big believer in choosing a word of intent at the start of each calendar year. For me personally it helps to have a word to focus on throughout the year as I make both personal and professional decisions. My word for 2021 is COMEBACK. I am focused on becoming the very best version of myself this year — mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically! I also believe that this word is relevant for those volunteer endeavors that I support. NCPG will come back stronger than ever (after this pandemic) because we all have realized how much we need this organization and how greatly we have missed what it provides to each of us.

 “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.” – author unknown 

In an effort to further build community and connection (and show you the faces of your fellow NCPG members volunteering their time to insure the continued longevity of this amazing organization), I’ve asked each of our 2020-2021 Board of Directors to also share their personal word of intention for the year to help provide further inspiration to us all as we navigate these challenging times. 

We sincerely appreciate your support and understanding and welcome your feedback during this extraordinary year. As always please reach out with questions or concerns, I would love to serve as a resource and hear from you anytime.

Wishing you and yours a bright new year!

Megan Garvey
NCPG President 2019-2021