September Coalition Spotlight : Cory Mashburn
Our September Spotlight is on the Coalition's newly appointed Vice-Chair, Cory Mashburn.
For the past decade, Cory has worked with schools and communities around the state- speaking to school staff, parents, and students on the subjects of substance use prevention, healthy behaviors and cyber safety.
We asked Cory some questions about his involvement with the coalition over the years:
Tell a little about yourself (family, work, etc) –
I grew up in a military family. My father was in the Marine Corps for 34 years and we lived and traveled all over the world. I went to 9 different schools K-12 and I believe that is what made me the person I am today. Seeing the world and different cultures made me understand that the world is a different place for each of us. I have worked in the prevention field and with people with disabilities for a large part of my life. I have directed camps for kids and adults, with disabilities. I love seeing people try something they have never had the opportunity to try before; it always brings a smile to my face. For the past decade I have worked with schools and communities around the state. First as a Director of Prevention Services and then giving presentations statewide to school systems on subjects relating to prevention. I have spoken to school staff, parents, and students on the subjects of substance use prevention, healthy behaviors and cyber safety, just to name a few. I am married with 2 daughters who will both go through the Stoneham Public School System. I have become very involved in our community both in support of my children’s education but also for the betterment of the community as a whole.
How did you first get involved / get started with the Stoneham Coalition? -
I was leading another coalition when I moved to Stoneham, and I wanted to get involved in the town within which I live. I wanted to see what the local coalition was doing and how I could be of assistance. My passion is to help people and make sure that people understand that they can live a good life.
Why do you volunteer with the Stoneham Coalition? –
I volunteer because I feel it is important to become an active member in the community; to make sure that you know what is going on. I also want to make sure that people know where help and support can be found. A coalition like this can make such a difference in a community.
What Coalition initiative has been most impactful for you to be involved in? –
I think just seeing how the coalition is evolving every day to make sure that people have access to resources and feel supported. Evolving and sustaining efforts are key attributes to a good system and that is why I am proud to be part of the Stoneham Coalition.
Thank you Cory for your involvement in our mission for a safe and healthy community!