New Staff at PFN

This seems to be the year of recruitment at the Positive Futures Network. Since January, we've hired four new staff, and we're in the midst of recruiting two more.

In the pages of YES! you'll be getting acquainted with our new managing editor, Connie Kim, and senior editor, Carolyn McConnell. Connie has been a free-lance writer and helped with an Internet start up. She's been a fast study on all that it takes to get YES! from the idea stage to a printed magazine. Already she's helped us shift to a new printer—and to greener paper. The magazine you're holding is printed on 100 percent recycled, 75 percent post-consumer waste, process chlorine-free .

Carolyn McConnell comes to us from the University of Iowa, where she taught and got her Masters in nonfiction writing. She's now completing a book based on her childhood summers in the pristine wilderness of the North Cascade mountains. She's an avid environmentalist and supporter of workers' rights. We're thrilled to have Connie and Kim on our team.

Sadly, we've had a rash of good-byes recently. Sheldon Ito, our editorial intern-turned interim associate editor, is now in New York City, where he coordinates trips for city kids into the forests of the Northeast. Stefanie Jackson, our halftime layout and production person, has moved to Seattle to help a friend with a music business. Sally Lovell, our part-time bookkeeper, found her job at the Food Co-op in Port Townsend had expanded to become a full-time job. She left us an extraordinary legacy of orderly financial records.

Our new bookkeeper, Mary Ann Dow, has been deeply involved with editor Sarah van Gelder in activities that foster understanding between the Native and non-Native residents of the nearby Port Madison Reservation.

Finally, Kim Corrigan has just become our education outreach manager. This is a new position for which our one-year fellow, Perri Ardman, laid the groundwork. We're grateful to Bob Erwin, a Texas businessman concerned with education and environmental sustainability, who provided the funding for the position. Kim has big plans for getting YES! into college and high school classrooms around the country. She lives with her partner on a sail boat in the harbor just a few blocks from the office. She notes that boat living keeps her honest about sustainability—there's simply no space to accumulate stuff.

You may be curious about others who work behind the scenes at YES! Sally Wilson's the one who signs your renewal notices. Most publications contract out circulation to some big impersonal fulfillment house. We keep ours in-house so you can get the tender-loving care that only Sally and her assistant Sharon Booth can give. Sally's been our circulation manager since YES! began in 1996. She and her husband Richard are well-known on Bainbridge Island for helping the Unitarian Fellowship grow from a handful of folks having Saturday dinner together to a full-fledged congregation with over 100 members. Richard is also our ace proofreader at YES! He does the final read before the magazine goes to press.

When you call or e-mail the office, Kathleen Peel is the one most likely to respond. Kathleen joined us last June as our office manager. Her commute is all of 300 yards—from her apartment right next door. Kathleen loves camping in the great Northwest and is a volleyball champ.

We couldn't live without the help of interns, fellows, and volunteers. Pam Chang is our current editorial fellow. She took a break from her career as an architect to join us for a year. Pam walks her talk. She bikes four very hilly miles to work, takes care of the office worm-bin, and back home in Berkeley, has a house powered by photovoltaics on the roof.

Katie Bedor came to us from the University of Wisconsin to be our networking intern. Katie found that in college she was getting depressed over the relentless bad news about the state of the planet. When she discovered YES! she knew she had to work here. As you might expect, Katie's a big fan of our new education outreach program. As she says, young people need this magazine!

We have too many volunteers to describe them all, but let me introduce you to our oldest and our youngest. Millie Smith, age 81, helps with our library. She's still got fire in the belly about politics and usually arrives at the office with an article or two in hand ready for a hot political discussion. She says at this low point in our political history, it's YES! that keeps her sane. Sean Fraga at 14 is our Mac maven. He got the Mac computer bug when he was only 4 years old. When he discovered our office was full of Macs needing cleaning up and upgrading, he volunteered to do the job.

These are a few of the extraordinary people I have the great pleasure to work with every day. If you know of people who might want to work here, have them check our website,; we post all available staff and intern positions there. We also have opportunities for volunteers, especially if you live close enough to come by our office.

Fran Korten, Executive Director



Fran Kortenis Executive Director of the Positive Futures Network.


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