A Fond Farewell to Rosina Gallagher

by Lori Comallie-Caplan

As December arrives, we are reluctant to say farewell and thank you to Rosina Gallagher, SENG’s outgoing President. It has been my honor and privilege as President Elect to learn from Rosina how to be a leader of competence and character.

Rosina began her dedicated service to the SENG board in 2006 and almost immediately assumed the office of Secretary/Treasurer. In 2009, she assumed a short term as Vice President before stepping into the role of President. Rosina’s leadership and service began even before she was elected to the board. As a SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) facilitator in the Chicago School System, Rosina modeled for parents the value of integrity, responsibility, education, and service. She has done no less for the members of her board. More than anything, Rosina has taught us to celebrate and value human diversity as a source of growth and development. She has inspired us to be creative and has nurtured a limitless vision for our organization.

During her leadership, SENG has accomplished much:

  • Growing our website daily web visitors from 1400 to 13,000
  • Growing SENGVine’s subscription base from under 2000 to over 17,000
  • Increasing the number of diverse families attending the SENG conference through the James T. Webb Scholarships
  • Adopting SENG Liaisons in 23 states to be the voice and ears of SENG in the field
  • Growing the pool of SMPG facilitators from representing 11 states to representing 38 states and three countries
  • Increasing SMPG facilitator trainings from one per year to four per year
  • Offering one SENGinar, always of high quality, per month

Vidisha Patel, incoming Finance Officer, offers these words: “Rosina’s quiet demeanor has allowed her to lead SENG to newer and greater levels than ever before. She has the ability to see everyone’s point of view, listen thoroughly and command respect.”

As Mary Lovell, outgoing SENG Finance Officer, states so eloquently, “There will be a new entry in the SENG Dictionary – Rosina Gallagher: thoughtful, passionate, determined, great sense of humor, and full of grace.”

We will all miss her caring and compassionate presence in our day to day operations, but we look forward to her continued involvement as a SENG supporter and SMPG Facilitator Trainer, as well as a colleague in the field in her new role as president of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children.

Rosina’s selfless dedication to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals–intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually–will never be forgotten.

 

Lori Comallie-Caplan is currently in private practice in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she specializes in therapy and evaluation of gifted children and adolescents. She also provides professional development for parents and school districts on the social emotional needs of the gifted. She frequently presents at SENG and NAGC annual conferences and will assume the role of SENG President in 2012. She is married to Dr. Marc Caplan, a clinical psychologist in Las Cruces and between them have two gifted sons.

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