Expanding the board

Recently Roberta Madden, a primary member of the Asheville branch, replaced Judy Atkinson of Winston-Salem as director at large with responsibility for public policy when Judy needed to resign for personal reasons. Roberta “Robbie” Madden moved to Black Mountain last fall after forty-one years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she worked as Director of Racial Justice at the YWCA.  A former Field Director for Common Cause, she lobbied for issues of open and accountable government, including the Equal Rights Amendment.  She organizes Dialogues on Race in Black Mountain.  She serves on the boards of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, The Martin Luther King Memorial Corporation, Building Bridges of Asheville, and the Southern Mutual Help Association.  She is married to writer David Madden and is the mother of photographer Blake Madden.  She graduated from Ohio University in 1968.

The other members of the board (who thanked Judy for her service and approved Roberta’s appointment) are

  • Doris Bernlohr, president
  • Nancy Shoemaker, treasurer
  • Pat Abell, director at large with responsibility for AAUW funds
  • Mari Pino del Rosario, director at large with responsibility for membership

You can find information about them in the spring 2010 ballot information.

Our bylaws say that we may have 3-7 directors at large and a call has gone out to the branch for volunteers who are interested in joining the board. We’ve been growing steadily, and the board has agreed it is a good idea to expand its membership at this point rather than wait until July 1, 2011. These appointments will be until June 30, 2011, but those serving will be eligible to be elected to a term for 2011-2012. If you are interested in learning more about the board appointments, please look for Doris’s e-mail to the branch from this morning, or contact her for more information.

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