Candidates for the 2010-2011 branch board

The candidates on the slate for election of officers for 2010-2011 are listed below. Write-in candidates are allowed as long as the consent of the candidate has been received in advance. A valid election requires a vote from at least 20% of the branch members. As of March 1,  there are 47 members, so that requirement will be met if 10 members vote. Candidates receiving a majority of the votes cast shall be elected.

Thanks to the 2009-2010 nominating committee: Grace Knechtel, Mary Morrow and Judy Atkinson.

President (Vote for one)
Doris Bernlohr
Doris is a primary member of the Tar Heel Branch currently serving as president. She is a former president of the Chapel Hill Branch where she continues dual membership and serves on the AAUW NC board. Her goal this year continues to be to grow our membership while telling others about the “branch without borders” model. She firmly believes that the BWOB model has great potential in AAUW’s future.
Treasurer (Vote for one)
Nancy Shoemaker
Nancy is a member of the Raleigh/Wake County branch and will join the Tar Heel Branch as her first branch for 2010-2011. She is serving her second term as treasurer in Raleigh and is a past president of AAUW NC. In 2009-2010 she set up the branch financial reporting system and migrated the branch to using AAUW’s online dues payment process that greatly streamlines the treasurer’s job. She is an advocate for the “branch without borders” model in her conversations with AAUW members across the country.
She also serves the branch in managing its web site and e-mail list with help from branch member Mary Rack. The two also work together on the AAUW NC web site and mail lists.
Director-at-Large (Vote for no more than seven)
Patsy (Pat) Abell
Pat is a life member of the Association and is a member of the Statesville branch and is a dual member of this branch. She is a past president of AAUW Statesville, and a former member of the AAUW NC board and the AAUW NC executive committee. She has served on the board during the first year and has been the contact for the Educational Foundation.
Judy Atkinson
Judy is a member of the Winston-Salem branch and is a dual member of this branch. She is a past president of AAUW Winston-Salem, and a former member of the AAUW NC board and the AAUW NC executive committee. She has served on the board during the first year and has been the contact for programs.
Mari Pino del Rosario
Mari Pino del Rosario holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and the PhD in Spanish from Florida State University. She has been on the faculty at Greensboro College since 1990 where she teaches Spanish language, culture, film, and civilization courses. Her major professional and personal concern is that diverse voices be heard, especially those that may be considered dissonant by some.
Mari Pino strongly believes in the role of early and lifelong education to achieve a greater enjoyment of life’s offerings. When it comes to knowledge, she states that 1) more is more, and 2) with increased awareness comes the responsibility to reach out to others.
If elected to the Board of Directors as Membership Chair, Mari Pino would like to see an increase in the diversity and number of members, so that academic communities lead the way as beacons for equal rights for all with concomitant responsibilities.
Mari Pino was born and raised in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. She met her Texas-born husband in Germany where both studied music. In 1981, Mari Pino and her husband moved permanently to the United States.  She lives in Summerfield, NC with her 11-year-old twin daughters, husband John Salmon, and female Bichon Frise, Frosty.

Note: An AAUW member may join more than one branch. A member’s “primary” branch is the one where they pay dues to AAUW. They are called a “dual” member in their second and subsequent branches where they pay branch and (if applicable) state dues.

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