Our Board

Surround yourself with people smarter than you, people who will take you into the future, who believe in the organization’s mission, align with the tenants, and encourage the values. Our Board is incredibly lovely, amazing, and brilliant – their yeses bless us. Please read why I am so thankful for each of these service-oriented humans as part of the Esther Be Collective Board. A big thanks to each of you for being you! – Stacy

Stacy Sallmen

Founder and President

A Fellow Board Member, shared “I am grateful for your passion – as an incredible human, a loving mother, a patient wife, a ride or die friend, a true Christian, and a visionary for what can (and should) be.”

Enneagram 7 | Top 10 Clifton Strengths Talents: Maximizer, Positivity, Futuristic, Connectedness, Activator, Belief, Individualization, Strategic, Relator, Self-Assurance | VIA Top 5 Character Strengths: Spirituality, Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence, Leadership, Honesty, Humor

Karly Biddle

Logistics and Finance

I am grateful for Karly’s honesty – as a friend, a tough-love, an encourager, a human-being, a woman, a road-tripper, as a call me out on my stuff kind of person.

Karly allows women to walk their journeys, loving them all the way. Karly is a doer; she approaches projects logically and thoughtfully. She is someone I am so thankful to have in the arena with Esther Be Collective.

Enneagram 1 | Top 5 Clifton Strengths Talents: Harmony, Consistency, Empathy, Responsibility, Developer | VIA Top 5 Character Strengths: Honesty, Humor, Humility, Spirituality, Hope

James Black

Team Building and Facilitation

I am grateful for James’ partnership – as a peer, a friend, an agilist, a dad, and an advocate. The way he encourages and cheers for his two daughters and his wife is indeed a blessing to witness.

James has the gift of learning and facilitation to bring people together to grow, strategize, and build better, more collaborative teams.

Enneagram 2, 8, 7 | Top 5 Clifton Strengths Talents: Responsibility, Maximizer, Arranger, Strategic, Achiever | VIA Top 5 Character Strengths: Hope, Humor, Love of Learning, Fairness, Bravery

Megan Chaffee

Engagement and Advocacy

I am grateful for her heart – as an advocate, a woman, a human, a mom, a friend, a daughter, and a champion for other women. Her view, her approach, and her caring for others are one of genuine love.

Megan cheers and encourages every woman to share their honest and raw stories; she is a beacon to those who know her, specifically in the adoption community.

Enneagram 2 | Top 5 Clifton Strengths Talents: Restorative, Developer, Input, Communication, Connectedness | VIA Top 5 Character Strengths: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, Kindness, Perspective, Social Intelligence, Humor

Bill Dawson

Marketing and Technology

I am grateful for Bill’s calming approach – as a human, a friend, a confidant, an entrepreneur, a steadfast leader, and a cheerleader.

Bill marries technology and marketing together, and makes it look so easy – he is genuinely brilliant at his craft. His desire to honor his family and continue to influence others through encouragement and kindness is awe-inspiring.

Enneagram 5 | Top 5 Clifton Strengths Talents: Strategic, Ideation, Learner, Individualization, Context | VIA Top 5 Character Strengths: Creativity, Love of Learning, Humility, Leadership, Prudence

Sheena Koshy

Diversity and Inclusion Programming

I am grateful for her bravery, for her not shying away from her voice, sharing her opinion, and her passion as a speaker, writer, champion, friend, sister, advocate, and encourager.

Sheena approaches cultures and advocacy in a thoughtful, thorough, caring, and intentional way. Her approach and hunger to help women use their voice to advocate what they believe in is inspiring.

Enneagram 4 | Top 5 Clifton Strengths Talents: Strategic, Activator, Futuristic, Input, Communication | VIA Top 5 Character Strengths: Humor, Curiosity, Love of Learning, Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, Social Intelligence

Valerie Rieger

Partnerships and Governance

I am grateful for Valerie’s peace – as a woman, as a fighter for humans, as a your crazy – but we can get through it person, as a we can be better cheerleader, as a friend, as a caring team mate.

Valerie has a gift to show love and care to each person she meets. Her sense of humor, joy, creativity, and honest spirit makes everyone in her presence feel included.

Enneagram 2 | Top 10 Clifton Strengths Talents: Learner, Relator, Input, Communication, Arranger, Connectedness, Strategic, Individualization, Intellection, Context | VIA Top 5 Character Strengths: Humor, Leadership, Honesty, Love, Spirituality


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