Teacher at both Ruoholahti and Kulosaari primary schools, Kotkajärvi served as the association’s chairman for two years.
The association’s membership internationalised and the share of men grew. Work, social security, citizenship and family well-being were at the fore of the association’s goals. Cooperation with the Ministry’s family affairs officer and the Director, occupational wellbeing were important as well. In addition to this, Ulpu continued it’s cooperation with the European Union’s own spouses’ association, Eufasa.
During Kotkajärvi’s tenure, Ulpu’s communications were improved by revamping the website and founding a Facebook group. The challenges of the economic climate were noticeable, as a result of which membership and fee collection were intensified.