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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, February 29, 2012

International Chiari Association Announces Board Member

New Nonprofit Organization’s Board of Directors Coming Together

The International Chiari Association (ICA) is pleased to announce the addition of Katherine O’Connor Morgan to its Board of Directors.


This new Santa Barbara-based nonprofit organization was recently launched to educate both the general public and the medical community about this little-known, serious neurological disorder.

Katherine Morgan has been an elementary teacher for sixteen years and feels blessed to be able to work with children everyday. Morgan is excited to be a part of the International Chiari Association and will be the team leader in creating programming specifically developed for children. She feels enriched by working with others around her and is eager to spread awareness about Chiari malformation to the general public and to those in the field of education. Morgan received her BA in English from University of California, Santa Barbara (with a year at St. Patrick’s College in Ireland) and acquired her teaching credential from Westmont College.

“Kathy has been one of my favorite people since I met her in high school,” said ICA Founder and President Pete Dal Bello. “It doesn’t surprise me that she went into teaching because she has always cared about people and wanted to help them improve their lives. Kathy’s experience and leadership will be invaluable to the ICA in its efforts to help children with Chiari.”

Morgan was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. She moved to Tennessee in 2008 and lives just outside of Nashville with her husband, son, and two foster sons.

About the ICA

The International Chiari Association (ICA) is a Santa Barbara-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and inform the public about Chiari malformation, bring awareness and research to this little-known serious neurological disorder, and support those with Chiari and the people who care about them.

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