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Patti Glavin O’Mara has been a proud board member at the Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC) since 2020. We are so grateful to Patti for following in the footsteps of her parents, Cis and Bill Glavin, who were staunch supporters of GYAC for many years. Cis and Bill contributed tremendous capital for the construction of the west wing of our campus, which is named the Cis & Bill Glavin Educational Center, in their honor. Patti continues to further their legacy while serving as the Secretary of GYAC’s Foundation Board of Trustees and Operating Board of Directors.

To learn more about her, read the brief Q&A below:


Q: When did you join the board?

A: “2020.”


Q: What are you most passionate about?

A: “Education for all youth, especially for those with less opportunity.”


Q: What/who first brought you to GYAC?

A: “My parents Cis and Bill Glavin.


Q: What do you love most about GYAC?

A: “The work is being accomplished with so many from the community.”


Q: How have your life experiences prepared you to serve on GYAC’s Board?

A: “I have served as a board member and chair for an inner-city high school in Portland, Oregon.”


Q: What are your hopes for GYAC’s future?

A: “That we continue to welcome all students who want to put in the work.”


Q: What’s your favorite decade and why?

A: “The next decade when I have grandchildren to love.”


GYAC appreciates the hard work, dedication, and support that Patti Glavin O’Mara continues to provide to the organization. This support certainly furthers our mission and allows us to continue “Changing Lives, Changing Futures.”


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