American Mothers, Inc. Announces 2011 Executive Board, Mother and Young Mother of the Year

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American Mothers, Inc.® (AMI) celebrated mothers from around the United States, District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico during the National Convention, “Motherhood Elevated”, from April 28, 2011 to May 1, 2011 in Salt Lake City, UT.

American Mothers, Inc. National Young Mother of the Year and National Mother of the Year - 2011

Shawnalee Pothier and Earnestine Allen
American Mothers, Inc. National Young Mother of the Year and National Mother of the Year - 2011

As we approach Mother’s Day, it is our pleasure to honor extraordinary mothers and the roles they play in their family and community.

American Mothers, Inc.® (AMI) celebrated mothers from around the United States, District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico during the National Convention, “Motherhood Elevated”, from April 28, 2011 to May 1, 2011 in Salt Lake City, UT. The 2011 AMI Executive Board, National Mother of the Year and Young Mother of the Year® were announced and honored at the event. “As we approach Mother’s Day, it is our pleasure to honor extraordinary mothers and the roles they play in their family and community,” explained Connell Branan, president of American Mothers, Inc.

Ernestine Allen of Washington, D.C, received the 2011 National Mother of the Year award. Ernestine was born in Louisburg, North Carolina as the tenth of 18 children. She moved to Washington D.C to attend college at the University of the District of Columbia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She later earned her Master’s degree in Education Administration. “At her church, many parishioners fondly call her Mother Allen. Some do so because she reminds them of the mother they once had,” explained Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds. Mother Allen has been a teacher for over twenty years and is a certified HIV counselor and tester. She has been married to her husband, Ronald, for 42 years, and they have two grown sons and six grandchildren. Mother Allen and Ronald are members of The Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church, Elders on the Ministerial Alliance and pre-marriage and marriage counselors for the church. Mother Allen also established the Bereaved Parent Support Group and is a volunteer mentor at the Fairview Women’s Facility.

Shawnalee “Shawni” Pothier from Gilbert, Arizona, received the 2011 Young Mother of the Year award. Shawni was born in Alexandria, VA as the second of 9 children. Shawni was able to live in several countries throughout her childhood, including England, Mexico, Utah, Japan and the Philippines. During her college years, Shawni studied abroad in Jerusalem and went on a mission trip for her church in Romania. She earned her degree in social work from Boston University. Shawni has been married to her husband, David, since 1995. They have five children and live in Gilbert, Arizona. Shawni promotes the joy of motherhood on her blog, 71toes.blogspot.com, is a frequent speaker for A Time Out for Women and recently published her first book, A Mother’s Book of Secrets. Shawni has also served as a counselor in numerous presidencies that work with youth organizations.

The 2011 AMI Executive Board was also announced at the convention. Members of the Board include Connell Branan, President from Oklahoma; Joan Braitsch, First Vice President from Virginia; Cristi Bulloch, Second Vice President from Nevada; Kimberley Shelton, Third Vice President from New Hampshire; Sondra Anderson, Secretary from Pennsylvania and Valerie Earnshaw, Treasurer from New Hampshire.

American Mothers, Inc. is an interfaith, non-political, non-profit organization for women and men who recognize the important role of motherhood through educational programs and community outreach. American Mothers, Inc is the official sponsor of Mother’s Day. It is also the organization responsible for annually selecting the National Mother of the Year and Young Mother of the Year from candidates across the United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit http://www.AmericanMothers.org.

Media Contacts:
Andrea Ball
Executive Director
American Mothers Inc.
andrea(at)americanmothers(dot)org
301.335.2715

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Sandy Sponaugle
Platinum PR
sandy(at)platinumpr(dot)com
304-876-8321 (o)
304-702-0350 (c)

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