Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic (KBFPC) is delighted to announce the election of three new members of its board of directors: Kim Smith, Mary Lou Kelsey, and Bill Noomah.

Kim Smith became involved in KBFPC as a volunteer advocate in 1989, driven by a desire to help high-risk teens. She continued to work for KBFPC for the next decade, eventually serving as executive director and leading the organization as it expanded clinical services and education programs in schools. Kim aims to increase awareness of issues impacting access to reproductive healthcare, especially among younger members of our community. She was elected to President, replacing outgoing President Morgan Sicilia, who had helped KBFPC expand positive alternative activities for youth through the opening of the R.E.C. Room.

Mary Lou Kelsey, who has served families in our community as a Certified Nurse Midwife since 1981, was elected Vice President. “I encourage self-empowerment through access to education and clinical services for all clients,” she said, “and I would like to continue promoting access to reproductive health and youth outreach services in our community.”

Bill Noomah, who has taught school in Homer for 25 years, said that he is strongly committed to the mission of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and hopes to channel his teaching experience to support the education programs of the clinic.

Melon Purcel was re-elected to the role of Board Secretary. Melon is the longest-standing member of the KBFPC board, having joined in 1987. She has been instrumental in the development and growth of the organization over the years. “I believe in the mission of KBFPC,” she said, “It has been very rewarding to be a part of its evolution.”

Also continuing in service is Megan Palma as Board Treasurer. Upon joining the KBFPC board, Megan noted that “strong and healthy communities are built by individuals who are empowered — through education and affordable access — to make informed health decisions for themselves and their families. That is the kind of community I want to live in, and help to build for my daughter’s future.”

The KBFPC family thanks all of our remarkable board members for their passion and commitment.