CWR members elected (by acclamation) two new board members during the business meeting Oct. 3 at the 20th annual conference in Long Beach, California. The new board members are Kathryn Gatliff and Katherine Martin. They will begin their three-year terms in January 2015.

kathy_gatliff_webKathryn (Kathy) Gatliff
Director of Communications and Public Relations
Sisters of Saint Francis, Rochester, Minnesota

Kathy has more than 30 years of experience serving in the fields of communications, marketing, education and meeting planning. She earned her bachelor’s of science in education, and spent the first part of her career as an elementary school instructor. Prior to her employment with the Sisters of Saint Francis, Kathy served as the director of marketing and education for the Midwest Society of Association Professionals, as the founder of Meetings du Jour, and as the executive director of an international non-profit organization for credit and finance professionals. In her former profession, she obtained both the Certified Association Executive (CAE) and Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designations, and was a past recipient of Planner of the Year Award by the Minnesota Chapter of Meeting Professionals, and the Industry Innovator Award from the State of the Industry Program, sponsored by Meetings: Minnesota’s Hospitality Journal magazine.

kate_martin_webKatherine (Kate) Martin
Director of Development & Communication
Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, San Rafael, California

Kate has a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Francisco in organizational behavior. Her professional career has spanned several industries, always in the general area of marketing and communication.

Kate is married with two adult daughters. She spent many years volunteering in schools, which is where she says she learned the most about fundraising. She cared for her elderly parents until they each passed in 2000 and 2014, respectively.