Thursday, December 4, 2014

Meet our 2014/2015 Co-Presidents

Dawn Bohlmann

Hello! My name is Dawn Bohlmann and I am happy to be serving as your 2014/2015 Co-President.  I feel very fortunate to lead our fabulous club again this year in the role as Co-President with Anne.   In 2012/2013 I was the club’s Northern CA Rep with NCAMOTC, the 2013 Northern California Chapter Convention Committee member, and am currently the club’s NCAMOTC (now Multiples of America) Liaison while also serving as a National Worker in the role of Publicity Coordinator with Multiples of America. 

I took the plunge and joined CCPOM in 2011 right before our twins were born, seeking support and the wealth of knowledge from other parents who had multiples. My son, Sonny and daughter, Campbell, arrived at 35 weeks exactly, weighing in at 6lbs 1oz (Sonny) and 5lbs 1oz (Campbell) on May 17th, 2011Our little family went home in 4 days post-delivery.  They are continually growing into two very energetic, witty, fun-loving  and completely entertaining twins whom I wouldn’t exchange for anything else in the world! 

A little bit about meI am the youngest of 3 children, born into an extensive farming community in Central IL, avid animal lover, outdoor enthusiast and active athlete as soon as I could pick up a ball :)  After a pretty magical childhood and formative years, I ventured onto college, initially majoring in Zoology with a focus in Marine Biology.  However, I ended up graduating with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration, loving every minute of my education at Western IL University.  

After graduation, I landed an Internship with Arthur Andersen, which I had hoped would springboard myself into my first real career!  In the end, it was a dead end due to the events of 9/11 and the Enron scandal that ultimately took down Andersen as the top accounting firm interviewing as an entry level employee in a very poor job market, the options were limited.  Luckily, I was able to find a role as a nanny for three lovely ladies under the age of 11 for over a year and a half, spending 4 of those months traveling  to their other homes in Maui and Colorado Springs.  I really enjoyed my time with these girls and their family.  However, I knew that I should dive back into my field of interest and education, so I managed to find a Conference and Events Services Manager position with a conference facility (former railroad magnate's mansion) near my nanny family's house in North Shore, Chicago.  In 2005 I was promoted and transferred to the Bay Area as an opening team member for the Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California, San Francisco as the Director of Operations.  Within two years, my client (UCSF) valued my expertise and success with the center that I was offered a role directly with the School of Medicine, managing Continuing Medical Education conferences for all walks of health care professionals from around the world.

When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, testing out new restaurants and wines with friends and fellow MOMs, shopping (ha!), serving as the Community Service Relations chair for the Northern California Chapter of Professional Convention Management Association, and socializing my kiddos with their fellow twin friends.

Anne Swanson

Hello Everyone! My name is Anne Swanson and I’m your co-president for 2014-2015. I served as president last year, along with my co-president Dawn Bohlmann, and before that, I served as CCPOM Secretary.  I joined CCPOM when I was pregnant with my twins five years ago.  Prior to that, I had heard about the group through the annual ETC sale, which I went to when I was only a mom of one, never dreaming that I would someday be part of the group.

I was born and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia, which is a suburb of Washington, D.C.  It feels like I spent the majority of my childhood in the pool-- I was a serious competitive swimmer from the age of 7 to 18. I went to college at the University of Virginia, in central Virginia, and studied American history, writing my senior thesis on the Civil Rights Movement in Virginia in the 1950s and 1960s. After graduating, I returned to the Washington DC area. For several years I worked as a research analyst for a large consulting company and later, for US Airways, which was headquartered in Washington DC at that time. Working for an airline gave me two great things, most importantly, it’s where I met my husband, Todd! Secondly, it allowed Todd and me to travel for free, which we did a lot of (this was all well before kids entered the picture!)  Despite all the fun perks of traveling, in 2001 I decided to head back to school, this time to law school at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. Todd and I were married and we lived in Dallas for three years. Upon my graduation, we moved to California, Todd’s home state, in 2004, where I was admitted to the California Bar. 

We settled in Pleasant Hill, and in 2007 welcomed our daughter Caroline.  Almost exactly two years later, we welcomed our twins, Jack and Charlie.  I was lucky enough to carry them to over 38 weeks, and they were born at 7 lbs each in November 2009.  I am currently taking a break from practicing law, and taking some time to be home with our kids. As a family, we enjoy being outside, going to our kids’ sporting events, and trying new things!  In my spare time (what is that?) I enjoy reading, exercising, and binge-watching shows like “Call the Midwife”, “Scandal”, and “Orange is the New Black.” We still travel back to the East Coast quite a bit, but also enjoy our wonderful weather here in California.

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