Paul Gagliardi served in this position for ten years, and while we are sad to see him go, we are pleased that Jana (pictured right) is able to step into the position.
Paul helped SOSL throughout the years in innumerable ways. He facilitated a support group for a numbers of years, helped with fundraising by putting on golf tournaments, and continues to serve on our “Talk to Someone” list, where people can reach out anytime to speak with a fellow survivor (to view that list, click here). Paul is also one of the contributing authors of SOSL’s book Beyond Surviving.
Paul Gagliardi & Bonnie Bear at Save A Life Walk 2008
Paul is saddened to leave our Board of Directors, but he is excited for his new life, as he has moved to Texas to pursue a career opportunity he could not pass up. We cannot thank Paul enough for his years of service.
Jana came onto our Board in 2013, and while she is a newer member, she has made a significant impact on SOSL in a short time. Jana is a member of our fundraising committee, and she helped us secure sponsorships for Save A Life Walk 2013 and our upcoming SOSL Day. Jana is a Union Bank Vice President, and serves as Branch Manager for the Santee location.
Jana lost her husband to suicide in 2011. She says that SOSL was instrumental in helping her through that very difficult time, and in helping her accept and live in the “new normal.”
We are confident that Jana is going to continue to do great work for SOSL in her new position as Board Chair.