Board Members

Diana McDonough, President

Diana has worked for 30 years as an attorney for pubic school districts.  She has two children, three other children by marriage, and eight grandchildren.  Her special interest is the education of girls.

Kate Parnes, Vice President

Kate has worked as a public school administrator for 35 years.  She has three children.  Her career has focused on quality education for children with disabilities.

Judith Van Hoorn, Secretary

Judy is a retired professor of education, author, and researcher focused on children’s development and diverse cultures. A long-time early childhood educator and peace psychologist, she works with organizations to improve the lives of children and their families. Judy is married with two children and three grandchildren.

Mary Bevernick, Treasurer

Mary is a retired educator with a commitment to education for all. She has focused on providing access to quality educational opportunities for students with special needs as a teacher and administrator for more than thirty years. She has two daughters and four grandsons. In retirement, Mary hopes to continue to support education on a global level.

Leni von Blanckensee, Webmaster

Leni’s 37 years in education spanned grades kindergarten through high school and led to her later work coaching school leadership teams in data-based school improvement. She was also the Coordinator of Assessment and Intervention in a mid-sized school district.  She is married with two daughters and two granddaughters.  She continues to volunteer in schools.

Sarah Pruden, Non-Profits Researcher

Sarah joined Global Grandmothers in January 2011 as our first member! Sarah’s early and enthusiastic support of GG naturally followed from her lifelong commitment to children’s issues, starting when as a child her family supported a war orphan in Italy. As a parent, Sarah served as a school board member, and later a high school college/career advisor. Now, as a grandparent of four, Sarah gives time and money to make the world a better place.