Raising Up Local Families is Alumna's Life's Work

Raising Up Local Families is Alumna's Life's Work
Posted on 02/20/2020

Binghamton City School District alumna Sharon Chesna has made it her life’s work to give back to families in the community that built her.

Chesna, a 1972 graduate of Binghamton North High School, is the executive director of Binghamton-based non-profit, Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network. The organization’s mission is to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes, and to support the health and development of all individuals and families.

“It’s an absolute honor to have served as the founding director of this organization for the past 27 years,” Chesna said. “Watching the organization grow has been incredible.”

Chesna’s outstanding work and leadership has been widely recognized throughout the community. In November, Chesna was the recipient of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Non-Profit Executive Leadership Award. The Chamber chose to recognize Chesna for her dedication toward growing the organization, which annually serves over 12,000 individuals throughout eight counties.

Chesna said she grew up loving and valuing the Binghamton community, and remembers her time in Binghamton schools fondly. She was a cheerleader, and also involved in a variety of clubs and activities. For her, one of the highlights was building meaningful and lasting relationships with individual teachers who she said “truly cared”.

When it was time to consider where to send her own children to school, Binghamton came out on top.

“We specifically considered where we wanted to raise our two boys, and in which school district. I strongly felt that the Binghamton City School District offered the most opportunity for my kids,” Chesna said. “There were so many positives. I think the size and diversity of the district is really important; that’s real life, and that’s what I wanted for my kids.”

Chesna is also an alumna of Binghamton University, where she earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

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