Slate for 2013-2014

Here is information on the nominees for the branch board for 2013-2014:

Co-Presidents: Michelle Evans and Nancy Shoemaker

Michelle Evans joined AAUW in 2010.  She is a native of North Carolina.  In 1990, Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from North Carolina State University followed by a Master of Business Administration from Meredith College in 1996.

Michelle has worked for the Duke University School of Medicine for the past 15 years.  Currently, she serves as the Administrative Manager for the Research Integrity Office and has responsibility of managing an office that identifies and manages potential conflicts of interest for more than 6,000 individuals.

Michelle is a Past President of Business and Professional Women (BPW) of North Carolina and served as BPW/Triangle and BPW/Raleigh President.  In the past, Michelle has served on the Executive Committee of North Carolina Women United, a coalition that works for equity for North Carolinian women.  Michelle served on the branch board in 2011-2012 and was recently reappointed to the board.
Nancy Shoemaker joined AAUW in 1993 and AAUW NC in 1996. She co-founded the Tar Heel Branch in 2008 as a model to serve AAUW members in North Carolina who wanted a connection to AAUW NC but for whom community-based branches either weren’t an option or weren’t a good fit.

She is a past-president of AAUW NC, has held several positions on national AAUW committees and task forces, and has served on the NC Women United board for several years.

She has a PhD in mathematics and had a career providing technical support and training to professionals in both the private and public sectors. She currently supports several small nonprofits with their virtual office and web-based solutions. She lives in Raleigh with her husband.

Given the branch term limits, this will be her last year on the board, and she looks forward to helping to launch the branch into a “post founder” era.

Treasurer: Lyndee Chamion Ivey

Lyndee is a native of North Carolina and lived in the Raleigh/Durham area until 2001 when she moved to Charlotte. She attended Duke University and was employed there for 13 years working in graduate student affairs. While living in Durham she was an active volunteer and instructor for the American Red Cross in Health and Safety Services and Disaster Relief. She is now employed at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as an Executive Assistant to the Provost.

Prior to college Lyndee enlisted in the US Army Reserves where she met her husband, David. She and her husband have one son, Joshua who is seven and keeps them both very busy. Lyndee enjoys writing poetry, listening to music, and riding motorcycles with her husband.

She has been serving as branch treasurer since July 1, 2011.

Candidates for Directors at Large

Karla Atkinson

Karla Atkinson has been a member of AAUW NC since moving to Brevard, NC in 1994. She received a BA from Kalamazoo College and a MA  from Western Michigan University. She also holds a Paralegal Degree from Davenport College.

Karla has served as secretary, public relations chair, booksale coordinator and president in her Brevard branch. She has served at the state level as Secretary (under then President Nancy Shoemaker) and Co-President of AAUW NC (with Lill VanOrder). She has one year remaining in her current term as AAUW NC Vice President, with major responsibility for communication and publishing the Tar Heel News. Karla has been a part of two restructuring processes at the state level. She was instrumental in developing the Public Policy Project (PPP) last year and continues to advise the PPP leadership team.

She believes that the Tar Heel branch, as a model for “virtual” AAUW membership, is an ideal recruiting tool for attracting a broad, younger base of new members, particularly at the post secondary level.  Her goal for the Tar Heel Branch is to involve more members in public policy, using every avenue of electronic communication available to each member, to influence legislation and state/federal election outcomes.

Mari Pino del Rosario

Mari Pino del Rosario was born and raised in Gran Canaria, Spain. She studied music in Germany where she met her husband, pianist John Salmon. John and Mari Pino are the proud parents of twin daughters who attend public school in Guilford County. Mari Pino 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 teaching at Greensboro College since 1990. Her interests include women’s and film studies, literature, and language. Right now Mari Pino is concerned that federal, state, and local governments will jeopardize viably educating next generations in an attempt to reduce the deficit or balance the budget. She has served on the branch board since July 1, 2010.

Grace Knechtel

Grace has been a member of AAUW for about 35 years. She held positions in the Syracuse, NY branch as president, program vice president, and newsletter editor. While in New York, she served the AAUW NYS as Region III director, membership coordinator and community representative. Grace was elected to two terms on the AAUW NY board as state secretary. In the brief time Grace lived in Charleston, SC, she was elected branch program VP. She has served the Raleigh branch as treasurer twice and has worked as a director on the governing council. She was elected as AAUW NC state program vice president 2001-2003. Grace has also served as nominating committee chair for both AAUW NC and the Tar Heel Branch. She was first elected to the branch board for 2011-2012 and has served as its fundraising chair.

Lill Van Order

Lill has been active in AAUW since moving to Wilmington, NC in July of 1996. She was the secretary of the Wilmington branch, served as president and co-president 1999-2003 in two consecutive terms.  Shortly after that she became involved at the state level as the LAF liaison. At that time she also served on state nominating committees.  While she was working for AAUW NC the state went through a structure change and she served as co administrator with Karla Atkinson in the pilot year of the new structure.  Her most recent work at the state level was the revision of the state bylaws to reflect the new structure.  During this time Lill became a dual member of the Tar Heel branch. With less responsibilities at the state and Wilmington branch levels she would like to keep working for the mission of AAUW with the Tar Heel branch.

Lill recently retired from a career as school librarian, first at a middle school in Deerfield MA and most recently in a PreK -12 grade school in Wilmington.  She has a passion for education of our youth especially girls and for the environment.  Volunteering for AAUW and local environmental organizations seems to be a good match.  She looks forward to serving on the board of theTar Heel branch.

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