Candidate for President
Dr. Nancy Shoemaker
Nancy has served the branch as co-founder, treasurer (two terms), and president. She is past president of AAUW NC and admin of several AAUW Facebook groups, including one that encourages the statewide virtual branches to share information with each other. She is also co-founder of Open Up AAUW, and, frankly, if the proposal to drop the degree requirement fails to pass this spring, her long-term connection to AAUW is unlikely, but she will serve as branch president to June 2022. If the proposal passes, she’ll become a life member.
Her academic background is in mathematics (BA, MA, PhD), and after a few years in academia, her professional life was spent in a variety of computer support/consulting roles. She has a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke Continuing Education. She lives in Wake County with her husband. She is also fortunate to have her mother living nearby.
Candidate for Treasurer
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
Sandy Bernard joined AAUW in 1971 and was president of New York State, the Legal Advocacy Fund and national (1997-2001). She currently serves on the AAUW Racial and Social Justice Working Group, appointed by Board chair Julia Brown, which is assisting with the open membership campaign and diversity/inclusion training. She is a member of the Asheville, Hendersonville, and Tarheel, NC Branches and the Horry County SC Branch.
Her work experience included K and Head Start teacher, freelance
landscape designer, interim executive director for several organizations and executive director of the (then) largest women’s network of its kind in the county. During those years she also served on the National Women’s Hall of Fame Board and on the NY Legislative Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues.
Sandy is now happily retired but clearly still interested in ACTION
moving women and girls forward. She also loves a lively book group,
gardening, travel, good friends and the beach.
Cherrie served as the Co-President of AAUW NC from 2017 – 2019 with Jane Terwillegar, planning state conferences, establishing regional meetings, and collaborating with other women’s organizations in the state. As President of the Greensboro Branch from 2014 – 2016, Cherrie also served as President Elect in 2013. Coming to Greensboro in 2006 from northern Virginia, Cherrie joined AAUW in 2007. Since then, she has been active in the Greensboro Branch book club, program committee, and fund raising. Other interests include ballroom dancing, gardening, reading, and international travel. A brand new challenge is golf!