Slate for 2020-2021

Candidates for Co-President

Jean D’Addario

Jean D’Addario was born in Troy, Ohio and moved with her family to Baltimore, Ohio where she graduated from high school.  Jean received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  During her junior year she studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and is fluent in French.  She has a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University.  She spent many years as a teacher and supervisor of teachers in the public schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Jean joined AAUW in 1965 in Westchester County, New York.  She moved to New Jersey in 1967 and has been active in AAUW ever since. She is currently a member of the Cape Fear (formerly Wilmington NC) Branch.  She has held many local and state offices including President of the Freehold, NJ and Wilmington, NC branches and Vice President of Programs for AAUW NJ.  Most recently she has just completed a two year term as Co-President, AAUW NC.

Jean retired as Registrar of Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, North Carolina. As an experienced teacher, she has led many workshops for local and state groups. She is a trained workshop leader for $tart $mart and has worked closely with the Women’s Studies and Resource Center at UNCW on this program and” Elect Her” as well.  Jean resides with her husband, Ben, in Supply, North Carolina.

Michelle Evans

Michelle Evans is an educational administrator who specializes in university program development. For over 22 years, Michelle has designed, developed, and implemented education and business programs. Michelle’s expertise includes student recruitment, leadership development, project management, business/team development, financial/change management, curriculum design and delivery, all geared to enhance student development and performance.

Michelle has worked for the Duke University School of Medicine for the past 22 years. She began her Duke career in the Department of Ophthalmology where she was the Director of Education. In 2006, Michelle transitioned to School of Medicine Administration and founded the Research Integrity Office. In October 2013, Michelle returned to focus on education and joined the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. She oversees the department’s graduate educational programs including the Master of Biostatistics Program, the Doctorate in Biostatistics Program, and the Clinical Research Training Program, as well as an international online education initiative in clinical research.

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. In 2016, she completed a Graduate Certificate Program in Adult Education with an emphasis in Training and Development at North Carolina State University.

Michelle contributes actively to her community. She is a past State President of Business and Professional Women (BPW) of North Carolina and served as BPW/Triangle, BPW/Raleigh, and BPW/Henderson President. In addition, Michelle has served on the Executive Committee of North Carolina Women United and Board of the Tar Heel Branch of the American Association of University Women.

Candidate for Treasurer: Christi Whitworth

Christi Whitworth lives in Arden, North Carolina, near Asheville. She is an informal educator primarily in astronomy education.  She currently works as an educator at Zaniac, in Asheville and Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville, South Carolina. She also volunteers as the Executive Director for the North Carolina Science Education Leadership Association and as Volunteer Instructor Trainer Educator for the American Red Cross. She spent twelve years working as an educator and Director of Learning Experiences at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute in Rosman, North Carolina. She has previously worked as a science museum and zoo educator, public school science teacher and teacher of the gifted, preschool educator and camp counselor. She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Tennessee Technological University.

She joined the AAUW Tar Heel branch in 2012 and served on its board from 2014 to 2019, including two and a half years as co-president.

Candidates for Directors at Large

Denise Barton

Denise H. Barton, PhD is a Senior Professor with Wake Technical Community College and an adjunct professor with Campbell University. She has served as Business Administration Department Head, Director of Human Resources/EEO Officer and Cultural Diversity Officer; and from 2008 to 2010 she served as the Director of Wake Tech’s Leadership Program. She was recognized in 2015 for her excellence in teaching at Wake Tech and in 2019 as Professor of the Year for Campbell’s Raleigh Campus. She led a team that created the first mentoring program for online faculty at Wake Tech, serves as a member of their Research Colloquium, and as VP of Membership for Wake Tech’s Chapter of AAWCC. She is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Certified Practitioner and Coach and holds the 360 assessment certification from the Center for Creative Leadership. She is internationally published and is respected as an HR, Leadership, Mentoring, and Diversity and Inclusion Expert. She is also President/CEO of Fuzion Effect, LLC consulting with organizations on workplace climate, engagement, and retention strategies.

Ellen Garbarino

Ellen graduated from Christ Hospital School of Nursing and New Jersey State
University (now NJ City University) with a degree in education. Her employment
experiences include Public Health Nurse in Wayne and Schuyler Counties in NY,
where she participated in one of the first in-home Hospice programs in America.
After moving with her husband and four children to Reading, MA, she became
Program Coordinator at The Society for the Presrvation of New Engalnd
Antiquities, (Now Historic New England) and then Director (CEO/CFO) North
Metropolitan Homemaker Home Health Aide Service, and finally Director of
North American Programs at Elderhostel (now Road Scholar).

Retiring to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Ellen joined the
Hendersonville Branch of AAUW where she belongs to the Art and Garden Study
Groups, the How-to Group, chaired the Tea and Fashion Show twice and continues on the committee, participated in the Start Smart program, was President for two years, serves on the Finance Committee, and chairs the STEM committee. She served briefly as STEM contact on the board of AAUWNC.

Ellen Received the AAUW Hendersonville Branch Annual Honor Award this year.

Molly Goldwasser

Molly Goldwasser is the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Duke University. Her current portfolio includes university accreditation, data analytics and trend analysis related to enrollment management, advising, and teaching. She maintains a research portfolio centering on educational access and equity. Molly earned a BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi, and an EdD in Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. She has over a dozen years of teaching and administrative experience in both K-12 and higher education. In addition to her professional roles, Molly is active in her local Habitat for Humanity chapter and eagerly advocates with and for women in all of her endeavors..

Winnie Robinson

Winnie Robinson lives in High Point and is a member of the Greensboro branch. She has an BS in Business Administration from NC A&T University with additional degrees and certificates in management and marketing. Her current professional focus on workforce development includes work as a business consultant for Workforce Associates, coordinating career fairs for business and industry across the Triad, and marketing/recruiting for workforce development programs for youth and adults in collaboration with Guilford County providers, schools, and local employers.

One response to “Slate for 2020-2021

  1. 57 of 98 members voted. A quorum was reached.

    55 votes for Jean and Michelle as co-presidents

    57 votes for Christi

    Director at Large
    All candidates received at least 52 votes. Not only a majority of those voting, but a majority of the members of the branch approved the slate.

    No new names were offered as write-in candidates in any of the races.

    Question on the process:
    5 people replied, all positive

    If anyone has questions or wants more details on the election, the results are archived in the AAUW NC SurveyMonkey account. Contact for access.