By Laura Cerier
Spotlight on New Members
Meet Cathy Sanford
Cathy knew her search for a religious and spiritual home was over after only three visits to FUSF! The music, the sermons and the warmth of the congregation were all important reasons Cathy decided to officially join us on January 22, 2017.
Cathy and her husband, Eric, and their two teenaged girls moved to Franklin two years ago. While her daughters were finding their community through their schools, Cathy felt she was lacking a local community with whom she could connect on a deeper level. After seeing a Circle of Friends Coffeehouse article in the local newspaper, and learning that there was a UU church in Franklin (she was floored that there was one!) she decided to check us out. Cathy, we are so glad that you did and that you have found a home with us!
A Virginia native, Cathy graduated from the University of Virginia and traveled to Peterborough, England for her first “real” job as a teacher at the Oundle School. She helped transition the former boys’ boarding school into a co-ed environment-sometimes against the will of the dominant culture-teaching math, coaching rowing and launching a lifelong commitment to issues of equity and social justice.
After two years, Cathy moved to California to pursue a Master’s degree in Education. A year later, she was back on the road, moving to RI to lead Breakthrough Providence-a small non-profit committed to creating a pathway to college for low-income, academically motivated middle school students, and encouraging talented high school and college students to pursue careers in Education.
For the past 16 years Cathy has worked at the Highlander Institute, a Providence-based nonprofit focused on school reform initiatives that empower traditionally underserved students. In her role as Director of Research and Development, Cathy helps design new projects-most of which leverage technology to personalize learning for students – writing grants, and disseminating lessons learned nationally.
Cathy met Eric on the shores of Newfound Lake in NH where they worked as camp counselors at Camp Onaway & Pasquaney. Camp runs deep in her family culture and both her daughters spend seven weeks in the electronics-free splendor of Camp Onway each summer. Ally is 13 and is a mean volleyball player. She loves kids and is a responsible and reliable babysitter, should anyone have a need! 16-year-old Charlotte is a cheerleader and a part-time lifeguard at the Adirondack Club. As an FHS Junior, she will soon embark on her college search. Cathy hopes to introduce both girls-and possibly even her atheist husband-to FUSF one of these days.
Cathy enjoys sports and fitness and can be found cross-country skiing along the Franklin Country Club golf course, and paddle boarding on Lake Pearl (along with fishing, by default. Ask her about it! Turns out that Ally is pretty good at fishing!)
What does Cathy like most about FUSF so far? “The values and the community.” She is looking forward to Ferry Beach and plans to bring some REAL volleyballs!! Please join me in welcoming Cathy!