Mission, Vision & Programs
The mission of CoolMom is to unite moms and families to make informed lifestyle choices, protect our climate and advocate for a healthy planet.
CoolMom's vision is a healthy planet for kids and families.
CoolMom programs create sustainable communities, one neighborhood at a time. We engage in accomplishing our mission through,
- carrying out sustainable programs, such as Walking School Buses, No-Idle campaigns, and reducing consumption
- spearheading and joining advocacy outreach
- organizing monthly neighborhood meetings-through our local community-based groups.
- engaging membership and larger constituency groups through website content, email campaigns, and social media
Cheri Cornell, J.D., Executive Director
Cheri loves to travel and feels an urgent need to see those places likely to change most in coming years. This used to mean cultural changes, but now means environmental changes too. While visiting Glacier National Park in the summer of 2014, Cheri learned that all the park’s glaciers are likely to be gone by 2030 due to climate change! That’s just one of the reasons Cheri feels strongly called in her new position as Executive Director at CoolMom.
Cheri has worked as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel J. Evans, and has been steeped in political and public interest campaigns ever since. As a law student, she concentrated on environmental and resource management, writing a law review article on hydropower dams and the Clean Water Act. As a lawyer, Cheri litigated large Superfund cases. She also worked for Planned Parenthood, building coalitions on the issue of health care providers refusing to treat patients based on religious principles. Cheri has participated in all levels of non-profit work: employee, board member, board president and fundraising. A lot of fundraising.
As a mom, Cheri strongly believes that introducing sustainability at home and in our communities is the surest way to make our kids into good environmental stewards. She is proud to have once convinced her son to take shorter showers because it would help to save the sea turtles of the world.
Sylvia Moss, MNPL, Communications Coordinator
Sylvia is delighted to join CoolMom.org as Communications Coordinator. She brings more than a decade of experience in communications, education, public affairs and program/ project management to CoolMom’s team. As a soon-to-be-mom, (38 weeks pregnant when this was written) she hopes to impart on her child that even seemingly small acts of giving back to the planet can collectively bring about a tipping point of positive change.
Sylvia's environmental activism began in college on the East Coast, with a small bird and a big topic on the West Coast--the threatened northern spotted owl and its dwindling old growth habitat. She eventually moved to Seattle where her environmental and wildlife conservation interests evolved personally and professionally. She has developed wildlife education campaigns, rehabilitated native songbirds and lobbied for wildlife conservation laws as PAWS’ Public Affairs Coordinator. As a People for Puget Sound volunteer activist, she has lobbied for legislation to restore and protect Puget Sound's waters. As a Green Seattle Partnership volunteer forest steward, she has also happily gotten her hands (and knees) dirty, clearing invasive weeds and restoring native plants at West Seattle’s Camp Long.
With an MA in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, a BA in English Writing from George Mason University, and Certificate in Public Relations and Strategic Communications from the University of Washington, Sylvia is excited to use her skills to inspire families to make lifestyle choices to better our planet.
Kimberly Christensen, Car Seat Recycling Program Manager
Brooke Doyle, Car Seat Recycling Program Manager
Brooke is currently co-program managing the Car Seat Recycling for CoolMom, delivering educational and thought-provoking information to our members. Brooke began volunteering with CoolMom in 2008 as part of the North Seattle's CoolMom group and has been heavily involved in car seat recycling since 2009. Brooke's career has been dedicated to protecting the special interests of children through teaching, curriculum development, and working to ensure a healthy planet for their future.
Caiti Vinopal, Summer Intern
Caiti is excited to be joining CoolMom.org as its first Intern! She is a current sophomore at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on the east coast working on her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. While environmental studies is not the track she is currently studying, it is something she is fiercely passionate about. In high school Caiti began volunteering at the Woodland Park Zoo and loved the feeling of making a difference. Caiti has been hiking and enjoying the outdoors since she was little and wants to guarantee that others years from now get the same chance.
CoolMom was founded in 2007 by two long-time friends, Kirsten Bergstrom and Kristy Royce. With atmospheric scientists in both of their families, they were well acquainted with the climate issue. As mothers, they saw an urgent need to unite mothers to address the climate crisis and to advocate for future generations. The organization traces it's beginnings to a party, when Royce invited friends to view the film, An Inconvenient Truth. The conversation that ensued among the mothers present led to the launch of CoolMom.
To see our history from 2007 to 2009 go here