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Slate for 2017-2018

Candidates for Co-President

Joanne Whitney Hill RN MSN

Joanne received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Joining the Navy in 1973 via the Nurse Corps Candidate Program, she served for 30 years as a Nurse Corps Officer, reaching the rank of Commander. Her first active duty assignment in North Carolina began at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in 1994, and she never left, retiring from Naval Hospital Cherry Point in 2003.

Subsequently, she worked briefly for Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune as a health educator, then taught high school health occupations in Onslow County for six years. Most recently, she served as the Research Administrative Officer at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, retiring at the end of March, 2017.

In addition to serving as co-president of Tar Heel Branch, she is also an active member of the Jacksonville Regional Branch, a member of Twin Rivers Branch and a new member of the NC Women’s Forum. She served as AAUW North Carolina State President from 2004-2006. She lives in Maysville NC with her husband Jim.  

Christi Whitworth

Christi Whitworth is Education Director at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, located in Rosman, North Carolina. She plans to strengthen the AAUW commitment to STEM Education Programming in North Carolina. She worked with gifted students and science education in Tennessee public schools before moving into informal education in 2005 while living in Texas. She has worked as a science educator and then Education Director at PARI since 2006. She has been a member of AAUW since 2010.

As Education Director at PARI, she maintains, manages and creates programming for PARI’s StarLab portable planetarium, science education, and outreach programs including homeschool programs, distance learning and citizen science programming. She also serves as the collaborative lead for the North Carolina Girls STEM Collaborative in affiliation with the National Girls Collaborative Project. The collaboratives work to connect programs and resources across the state of North Carolina in the effort to encourage, mentor and promote organizations that serve girls in STEM fields and builds strong connections between the girls and future careers.

Candidate for Treasurer: Nancy Shoemaker

Nancy, who co-founded the branch in 2008 and served on its board until 2014, rejoined the board as treasurer in 2015. She is standing for re-election. She believes that the branch model is a good one to connect members who live far from community-based branches or for whom community-based branches are not a good “fit”. She hopes that during this term she can advocate to the national organization to simplify and streamline dues processing (we’re not there yet), as well as find someone willing to train as the next treasurer with that simplified model.

She serves as AAUW NC web manager (and as past state president helps in other capacities at the state level) and supports a few online, nationwide AAUW communities. She is a member of eight other branches (six of them virtual). Her academic background is in mathematics, and her professional life has been spent in a variety of computer support/consulting roles. She lives in Wake County with her husband.

Candidates for Directors at Large

Virginia Adamson

Virginia Adamson joined AAUW in 2013. She is a native of Alabama and has called North Carolina home for more than half her life. Virginia received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1979. She works for the Volvo Group as a Senior Business Consultant focused on Operations and Manufacturing. Her tenure with Volvo spans more than 30 years with experience ranging from product development to business and strategy development. Although based in Greensboro, NC, she has worked and lived in Göteborg and Umeå in Sweden. She enjoys working virtually with many of her colleagues worldwide. She is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) from APICS.

Virginia is a Past President of North Carolina Business and Professional Women (BPW/NC) and has served as Treasurer and President of BPW of the Triad. She currently serves as the Parliamentarian of BPW/NC and Co-Treasurer of BPW of the Triad. She is also a member of the Women’s Forum of NC. The ERA and Equal Pay are her passions. She is a Start Smart facilitator  and has volunteered for Tech Savvy with AAUW/Greensboro. When not advocating for women and their families, she loves living on the farm with her husband Michael where gardening and weaving are her favorite pastimes.

Diana Gray

Diana Gray moved to Winston Salem July 2014 after 4 years in New Orleans, LA along with the family of her younger daughter, Melissa Harris-Perry, now faculty member at Wake Forest University,  Diana is a 22 year AAUW member-Virginia, Chicago & New Orleans.  She holds BS and MA degrees in sociology. Her last paid position (retired 2007) was student affairs administrator at the University of Chicago in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences and the Committee on International Relations.  Prior to that she was lead analyst and manager of the evaluation unit at the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. She worked twenty-five years in nonprofit program management, program evaluation, grants administration, and grant writing after graduate school.  She has published on black community development and adolescent prostitution. Before entering the University of Washington, she worked as a juvenile parole counselor in Seattle and Spokane, Washington.

Diane Schneider

Diane Schneider, a native of New York, attended college in Virginia, earning her B.S. in Elementary Education at James Madison University (1973) and both her Masters degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities (1977) and her Doctor of Education degree/Education Leadership & Policy Studies (1992) at the University of Virginia. She has taught grades K-12 in both the regular classroom and programs for special needs students, over the course of her careeer, in both private and public schools. Currently, Diane is working as an educational consultant and private tutor in the greater Charlotte area.

Diane joined the Charlottesville, VA branch of AAUW in the late 1970’s. After relocating to NC in 1983, working, parenting and studying kept her away from an organization she truly believed in. She was happy to re-connect with AAUW in Charlotte about nine years ago. She served as branch vice president/program chair from 2007-2009, at which point she was elected branch president. She served in that office for two consecutive terms-2009-2013. She was active in planning and organizing the AAUW-NC Convention in April of 2010. It was then that she joined the newly-formed THB. Since there was no VP during her 4-years as president, she continued acting as program chair through 2013.

Diane and another branch member have had experience auditing the THB financial records, with assistance from treasurer Lyndee Champion Ivey.  Diane hopes to be reelected as a member of the Tar Heel Branch Board of Directors where she will have the opportunity to support the branch’s mission and help maintain its special impact on members throughout the year ahead.

Laura Tew

Laura Braxton Tew lives in Greensboro with her husband, composer Christopher C Tew.  She began her professional career as a chemist for Almay Cosmetics in Apex, NC in 1972 and joined Olin Corporation as a process chemist in 1976 at its facility in Brandenburg, Kentucky. Laura worked in positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing and marketing before becoming Olin’s first female plant manager in 1988 in Livonia, Michigan. She joined the leadership team of Arch Specialty Chemicals in 1990 as global Director of Stakeholder relations which included responsibilities for government affairs and philanthropy.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from UNCG in 1969, Laura attended Duke University graduate school on a teaching assistant fellowship. While working full time, Laura earned an MBA in marketing from Pace University in While Plains, NY, and a Certificate degree from the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.

Laura’s active retirement began when she completed her intern year as a Guilford County Master Gardener Volunteer in 2010. She also trained to become a certified tax counselor in the AARP TaxAide program and currently is the site coordinator for tax prep services at Smith Senior Center in Greensboro. In 2011, Laura returned to UNCG as a graduate student in political science and completed the Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program in 2013. While a student, Laura served on the Friends of the Libraries Board and on the Tuition Committee. After graduation in May 2013, Laura joined the Greensboro Branch of the American Association of University Women. Her Branch involvement has included fundraising chair for Triad Tech Savvy, Public Policy Chair, and supporting the website, social media and electronic newsletter and communications.

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. For the fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15 she was elected to the THB Board of Directors. Lill likes the online branch model and its mission and believes this model fills a vital slot for many. After Michelle Evan’s resignation the board had a conference call she and Christi Whitworth joined forces as co- interim administrators of the Tar Heel Branch until June 30, 2015. She continued in the position of co-administrator with Joanne Hill through June 2017. For 2017-18 Lill would like to stay connected to the THB by continuing on the board.

Lill retired from a career as school librarian in June 2012. She has a passion for education of our youth especially girls and the environment. Volunteering for AAUW and local environmental organizations seems to be a good match.
She and her husband Bill live in Wilmington and enjoy traveling to DC, Vermont and Maine to visit family and friends. Her four granddaughters are a good reason to stay involved working to empower women and girls.

 

Slate for 2016-2017

Candidates for Co-President

Joanne Whitney Hill RN MSN

Joanne received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.  Joining the Navy in 1973 via the Nurse Corps Candidate Program, she served for 30 years as a Nurse Corps Officer, reaching the rank of Commander.

Highlights from her career include temporary assignments serving aboard USNS Comfort for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and assisting the victims of the Mariel Boat Lift in Key West. Although trained in Emergency Care, she found her passion in keeping people out of the Emergency Department with Lifestyle Management. She was able to create and manage a nurse-run lipid management program to complement the existing tobacco cessation, nutrition and weight management programs, health fairs and educational programs for Marines and Sailors and their families.

She retired from active military service in 2003. Prior to her current position, she worked briefly for Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune as a health educator, then taught high school health occupations in Onslow County for six years.  She currently serves as the Research Administrative Officer at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune.

She is an avid jogger, enjoys reading, knitting and genealogical research. She is an active member of the Jacksonville Regional Branch of AAUW, the Tar Heel Branch, and is also a member of Twin Rivers. She served as AAUW North Carolina State President from 2004-2006.  She lives in Maysville NC with her husband Jim. Between them they have 4 married children and 5 grandchildren.

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. For the fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15 she was elected to the THB Board of Directors.

Lill retired from a career as school librarian in June 2012. 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.  Lill likes the online branch model and its mission and believe this model fills a vital slot for many.  After Michelle Evan’s resignation and the board had a conference call she and Christi Whitworth have joined forces as co- interim administrators of the Tar Heel Branch until June 30, 2015. She continued in the position of co-administrator with Joanne Hill for another year and she and Joanne would like to continue in that roll for 2016-2017. She has worked with the “co” model in AAUW NC  and the branch level and believes it would work for this branch as well.  

She and her husband Bill live in Wilmington and enjoy traveling to DC, Vermont and Maine to visit family and friends, especially her four granddaughters which is another good reason stay involved working to empower women and girls.  

Candidate for Treasurer: Nancy Shoemaker

Nancy, who co-founded the branch and served on its board until 2014, rejoined the board as treasurer in 2015. She is standing for re-election. She believes that the branch model is a good one to connect members who live far from community-based branches or for whom community-based branches are not a good “fit”. She hopes that during this term she can advocate to the national organization to simplify and streamline dues processing (we’re not there yet), as well as find someone willing to train as the next treasurer with that simplified model.

She serves as AAUW NC web manager, as past state president helps in other capacities at the state level, and supports a few online, nationwide AAUW communities. She is a member of ten other branches (six of them virtual). Her academic background is in mathematics, and her professional life has been spent in a variety of computer support/consulting roles. She lives in Wake County with her husband.

Candidates for Directors at Large

Virginia Adamson

Virginia Adamson joined AAUW in 2013. She is a native of Alabama and has called North Carolina home for more than half her life. Virginia received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1979. She works for the Volvo Group as a Senior Business Consultant focused on Operations and Manufacturing. Her tenure with Volvo spans more than 30 years with experience ranging from product development to business and strategy development. Although based in Greensboro, NC, she has worked and lived in Göteborg and Umeå in Sweden. She enjoys working virtually with many of her colleagues worldwide. She is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) from APICS.

Virginia is a Past President of North Carolina Business and Professional Women (BPW/NC) and has served as Treasurer and President of BPW of the Triad. She currently serves as the Parliamentarian of BPW/NC and Co-Treasurer of BPW of the Triad. She is also a member of the Women’s Forum of NC. The ERA and Equal Pay are her passions. She is a Start Smart facilitator  and has volunteered for Tech Savvy with AAUW/Greensboro. When not advocating for women and their families, she loves living on the farm with her husband Michael where gardening and weaving are her favorite pastimes.

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). At the state level, she now has 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) three years ago. She now serves on the AAUW NC Public Policy leadership team, and chairs the Voter Education/Public Policy Committee in the Brevard branch.

Karla is currently a member of the Tar Heel Branch Board of Directors and is seeking another term in that position. 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 advocacy, using every avenue of electronic communication available to each member, to influence legislation and state/federal election outcomes.

Diana Gray

Diana Gray moved to Winston Salem July 2014 after 4 years in New Orleans, LA along with the family of her younger daughter, Melissa Harris-Perry, now faculty member at Wake Forest University,  Diana is a 22 year AAUW member-Virginia, Chicago & New Orleans.  She holds BS and MA degrees in sociology. Her last paid position (retired 2007) was student affairs administrator at the University of Chicago in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences and the Committee on International Relations.  Prior to that she was lead analyst and manager of the evaluation unit at the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice. She worked twenty-five years in nonprofit program management, program evaluation, grants administration, and grant writing after graduate school.  She has published on black community development and adolescent prostitution. Before entering the University of Washington, she worked as a juvenile parole counselor in Seattle and Spokane, Washington.

Jacquelin Heath

Jacquelin (Jackie) Heath is on the faculty of Vance-Granville Community College as Program Head/Instructor for School-Age Education, a program that prepares individuals to work with children in elementary through middle grades in diverse learning environments. In that capacity she has ongoing contact with students and is responsible for developing programs that further their growth. She joined AAUW and the Tar Heel Branch after being awarded an AAUW Campus Action Grant to fund a series on the VGCC campus, “An Educated Woman, An Educated Future.” She gave a presentation on that series at the 2014 AAUW NC annual meeting.

She serves as the advisor for the Student NC Association of Educators at VGCC, and  served three terms on the Henderson and Vance County Human Relations Commission. She has bachelors and masters degrees from NC Agricultural & Technical State University, with additional course work from NC Central Univ.

Diane Schneider

Diane Schneider, a native of New York, attended college in Virginia, earning her B.S. in Elementary Education at James Madison University (1973) and both her Masters degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities (1977) and her Doctor of Education degree/Education Leadership & Policy Studies (1992) at the University of Virginia. She has taught grades K-12 in both the regular classroom and programs for special needs students, over the course of her careeer, in both private and public schools. Currently, Diane is working as an educational consultant and private tutor in the greater Charlotte area.

Diane joined the Charlottesville, VA branch of AAUW in the late 1970’s. After relocating to NC in 1983, working, parenting and studying kept her away from an organization she truly believed in. She was happy to re-connect with AAUW in Charlotte about nine years ago. She served as branch vice president/program chair from 2007-2009, at which point she was elected branch president. She served in that office for two consecutive terms-2009-2013. She was active in planning and organizing the AAUW-NC Convention in April of 2010. It was then that she joined the newly-formed THB. Since there was no VP during her 4-years as president, she continued acting as program chair through 2013.

Diane and another branch member have had experience auditing the THB financial records, with assistance from treasurer Lyndee Champion Ivey.  Diane hopes to be reelected as a member of the Tar Heel Branch Board of Directors where she will have the opportunity to support the branch’s mission and help maintain its special impact on members throughout the year ahead.

Laura Tew

Laura Braxton Tew lives in Greensboro with her husband, composer Christopher C Tew.  She began her professional career as a chemist for Almay Cosmetics in Apex, NC in 1972 and joined Olin Corporation as a process chemist in 1976 at its facility in Brandenburg, Kentucky. Laura worked in positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing and marketing before becoming Olin’s first female plant manager in 1988 in Livonia, Michigan. She joined the leadership team of Arch Specialty Chemicals in 1990 as global Director of Stakeholder relations which included responsibilities for government affairs and philanthropy.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from UNCG in 1969, Laura attended Duke University graduate school on a teaching assistant fellowship. While working full time, Laura earned an MBA in marketing from Pace University in While Plains, NY, and a Certificate degree from the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.

Laura’s active retirement began when she completed her intern year as a Guilford County Master Gardener Volunteer in 2010. She also trained to become a certified tax counselor in the AARP TaxAide program and currently is the site coordinator for tax prep services at Smith Senior Center in Greensboro. In 2011, Laura returned to UNCG as a graduate student in political science and completed the Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program in 2013. While a student, Laura served on the Friends of the Libraries Board and on the Tuition Committee. After graduation in May 2013, Laura joined the Greensboro Branch of the American Association of University Women. Her Branch involvement has included fundraising chair for Triad Tech Savvy, Public Policy Chair, and supporting the website, social media and electronic newsletter and communications.

Christi Whitworth

Christi Whitworth is Education Director at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, located in Rosman, North Carolina. She plans to strengthen the AAUW commitment to STEM Education Programming in North Carolina. She worked with gifted students and science education in Tennessee public schools before moving into informal education in 2005 while living in Texas. She has worked as a science educator and then Education Director at PARI since 2006. She has been a member of AAUW since 2010.

As Education Director at PARI, she maintains, manages and creates programming for PARI’s StarLab portable planetarium, science education, and outreach programs including homeschool programs, distance learning and citizen science programming. She also serves as the collaborative lead for the North Carolina Girls STEM Collaborative in affiliation with the National Girls Collaborative Project. The collaboratives work to connect programs and resources across the state of North Carolina in the effort to encourage, mentor and promote organizations that serve girls in STEM fields and builds strong connections between the girls and future careers.

Results of the 2015 branch ballot

The branch ballot was posted on February 20, and closed a few days after the annual meeting on March 21 (since our bylaws say it should be open for 30 days). However, no one voted after March 21 and the results announced at the annual meeting stand:

  • Lill Van Order – president (change from co-president was approved by a vote at the meeting)
  • Nancy Shoemaker – treasurer
  • Directors: Virginia Adamson, Karla Atkinson, Jacquelin Heath, Diane Schneider, Christi Whitworth

Our bylaws say that the board may have as many as seven directors (we need at least three), and additional members may be appointed. Two more people have indicated a willingness to join the 2015-2016 board and their names will be announced once they are formally approved.

The ballot also had a question about allowing the board to appoint a co-president to serve with Lill (in order to avoid a second election if a new volunteer surfaced). The members approved that overwhelmingly, and as the board goes through the planned seven-year assessment of its structure, that will be considered as a possible option.

Additional information:

 

Slate for 2015-2016

Candidates for Co-President

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. In 2013-14 she was elected to the THB Board of Directors and worked with membership.

Lill retired from a career as school librarian in June 2012. 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. Lill likes the online branch model and its mission and would like to continue serving on the board.

After Michelle Evan’s resignation, she and Christi Whitworth joined forces as co- interim administrators of the Tar Heel Branch until June 30, 2015. She would like to continue in this position with the Tar Heel Branch. She has worked with the “co” model in AAUW NC and at the branch level and believes it would work for this branch as well.

Candidate for Treasurer: Nancy Shoemaker

Nancy, who co-founded the branch and served on its board until June 30, 2014, wishes to rejoin the board as treasurer. She believes that the branch model is a good one to connect members who live far from community-based branches or for whom community-based branches are not a good “fit”. She hopes that during this term she can advocate to the national organization to simplify and streamline dues processing as well as find someone willing to train as the next treasurer with that simplified model.

She also serves as AAUW NC web manager as well as helping in other capacities at the state level and supporting a few online, nationwide AAUW communities. She is a member of the Raleigh/Wake County branch as well as five other state-wide virtual branches. Her academic background is in mathematics, and her professional life has been spent in a variety of computer support/consulting roles. She lives in Wake County with her husband.

Candidates for Directors at Large

Virginia Adamson

Virginia Adamson joined AAUW in 2013. She is a native of Alabama and has called North Carolina home for more than half her life. Virginia received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1979. She works for the Volvo Group as a Senior Business Consultant focused on Operational Planning and Manufacturing. Her tenure with Volvo spans more than 30 years with experience ranging from product development to business and strategy development. Although based in Greensboro, NC, she has also worked and lived in Göteborg and Umeå in Sweden.

Virginia is a Past President of North Carolina Business and Professional Women (BPW/NC) and has served as Treasurer and President of BPW of the Triad. She currently serves as the Parliamentarian of BPW/NC and Co-Treasurer of BPW of the Triad. She is also a member of the Women’s Forum of NC. The ERA and Equal Pay are her passions. She completed $tart $mart facilitator training in November 2014. When not advocating for women and their families, she loves living on the farm with her husband Michael where gardening, weaving and reading are her favorite pastimes.

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). At the state level, she now has 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) three years ago. She now serves on the AAUW NC Public Policy leadership team, and chairs the Voter Education/Public Policy Committee in the Brevard branch.

Karla is currently a member of the Tar Heel Branch Board of Directors and is seeking another term in that position. 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 advocacy, using every avenue of electronic communication available to each member, to influence legislation and state/federal election outcomes.

Jacquelin Heath

Jacquelin (Jackie) Heath is on the faculty of Vance-Granville Community College as Program Head/Instructor for School-Age Education, a program that prepares individuals to work with children in elementary through middle grades in diverse learning environments. In that capacity she has ongoing contact with students and is responsible for developing programs that further their growth. She joined AAUW and the Tar Heel Branch after being awarded an AAUW Campus Action Grant to fund a series on the VGCC campus, “An Educated Woman, An Educated Future.” She gave a presentation on that series at the 2014 AAUW NC annual meeting.

She serves as the advisor for the Student NC Association of Educators at VGCC, and  served three terms on the Henderson and Vance County Human Relations Commission. She has bachelors and masters degrees from NC Agricultural & Technical State University, with additional course work from NC Central Univ.

Diane Schneider

Diane Schneider, a native of New York, attended college in Virginia, earning her B.S. in Elementary Education at James Madison University (1973) and both her Masters degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities (1977) and her Doctor of Education degree/Education Leadership & Policy Studies (1992) at the University of Virginia. She has taught grades K-12 in both the regular classroom and programs for special needs students, over the course of her careeer, in both private and public schools. Currently, Diane is working as an educational consultant and private tutor in the greater Charlotte area.

Diane joined the Charlottesville, VA branch of AAUW in the late 1970’s. After relocating to NC in 1983, working, parenting and studying kept her away from an organization she truly believed in. She was happy to re-connect with AAUW in Charlotte about nine years ago. She served as branch vice president/program chair from 2007-2009, at which point she was elected branch president. She served in that office for two consecutive terms-2009-2013. She was active in planning and organizing the AAUW-NC Convention in April of 2010. It was then that she joined the newly-formed THB. Since there was no VP during her 4-years as president, she continued acting as program chair through 2013.

Diane and another branch member have had experience auditing the THB financial records, with assistance from treasurer Lyndee Champion Ivey.  Diane hopes to be reelected as a member of the Tar Heel Branch Board of Directors where she will have the opportunity to support the branch’s mission and help maintain its special impact on members throughout the year ahead.

Christi Whitworth

Christi Whitworth is Education Director at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, located in Rosman, North Carolina. She plans to strengthen the AAUW commitment to STEM Education Programming in North Carolina. She worked with gifted students and science education in Tennessee public schools before moving into informal education in 2005 while living in Texas. She has worked as a science educator and then Education Director at PARI since 2006. She has been a member of AAUW since 2010.

As Education Director at PARI, she maintains, manages and creates programming for PARI’s StarLab portable planetarium, science education, and outreach programs including homeschool programs, distance learning and citizen science programming. She also serves as the collaborative lead for the North Carolina Girls STEM Collaborative in affiliation with the National Girls Collaborative Project. The collaboratives work to connect programs and resources across the state of North Carolina in the effort to encourage, mentor and promote organizations that serve girls in STEM fields and builds strong connections between the girls and future careers.

Results of the election

Ninety members of the Tar Heel Branch were eligible to vote in the 2014 election of branch officers for 2014-2015. Forty-seven cast ballots, and all candidates received at least 43 votes. Since more than 10% of the membership voted and each candidate received a majority of the votes cast, all candidates were elected. Congratulations to 2014-2015 officers

  • President: Michelle Evans
  • Treasurer: Lyndee Champion Ivey
  • Directors: Karla Atkinson, Chesney Reich, Diane Schneider, Lill Van Order, and Christi Whitworth
  • More about the new officers

Ballot results. Contact info@tarheel.aauwnc.org or comment here if you have questions or concerns about the election process.

Slate for 2014-2015

Here is information on the nominees for the branch board for 2014-2015:

President: Michelle Evans

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 16 years.  Currently, she serves as the Assistant Director of Education in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and has responsibility of overseeing the department’s educational operation including two master’s degree programs and a doctoral program.  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 reappointed to the board to serve for part of the 2012-2013 year.  This year, Michelle is serving as Co-President of the branch with Nancy Shoemaker.

Treasurer: Lyndee Champion 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 eight and keeps them both very busy. Lyndee enjoys writing poetry, listening to music, traveling, and riding motorcycles with her husband.

She has been serving as branch treasurer since July 1, 2011. She joined the Charlotte branch as a dual member in 2013. Lyndee is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Association of Professional Women.

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 joined the branch board in 2013.

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.

Chesney Reich

Chesney Reich has served as a University representative for Western Carolina University (WCU) since 2011. She is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Appalachian State University, where she earned a Master of English Education. She has directed tutoring programs at WCU since 2000. Over the last several years, Chesney has been involved in a number of women’s advocacy efforts, including participation in WCU’s annual Gender Conference and fundraising activities for local domestic violence prevention programs.

Diane Schneider

Diane Schneider, a native of New York, attended college in Virginia, earning her B.S. in Elementary Education at James Madison University (1973) and both her Masters degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities (1977) and her Doctor of Education degree/Education Leadership & Policy Studies (1992) at the University of Virginia. She has taught grades K-12 in both the regular classroom and programs for special needs students, over the course of her careeer, in both private and public schools. Currently, Diane is working as an educational consultant and private tutor in the greater Charlotte area.

Diane joined the Charlottesville, VA branch of AAUW in the late 1970’s. After relocating to NC in 1983, working, parenting and studying kept her away from an organization she truly believed in. She was happy to re-connect with AAUW in Charlotte about nine years ago. She served as branch vice president/program chair from 2007-2009, at which point she was elected branch president. She served in that office for two consecutive terms-2009-2013. She was active in planning and organizing the AAUW-NC Convention in April of 2010. It was then that she joined the newly-formed THB. Since there was no VP during her 4-years as president, she continued acting as program chair through 2013.

Recently, Diane and another branch member audited the THB financial records, with assistance from treasurer Lyndee Champion Ivey. She just completed serving on the 2014 nominating committee for the branch, making the decision to volunteer to be one of the board candidates. She hopes to be elected as a “director at large” where she will have the opportunity to support the branch’s mission and help maintain its special impact on members throughout the year ahead.

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. Last fiscal year (2013-14) she was elected to the THB Board of Directors and worked with membership.

Lill retired from a career as school librarian in June 2012. 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. Lill likes the online branch model and its mission and would like to continue serving on the board.

Christi Whitworth

Christi Whitworth is Education Director at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, located in Rosman, North Carolina. She plans to strengthen the AAUW commitment to STEM Education Programming in North Carolina. She worked with gifted students and science education in Tennessee public schools before moving into informal education in 2005 while living in Texas. She has worked as a science educator and then Education Director at PARI since 2006. She has been a member of AAUW since 2010.

As Education Director at PARI, she maintains, manages and creates programming for PARI’s StarLab portable planetarium, science education, and outreach programs including homeschool programs, distance learning and citizen science programming. She also serves as the collaborative lead for the North Carolina Girls STEM Collaborative in affiliation with the National Girls Collaborative Project. The collaboratives work to connect programs and resources across the state of North Carolina in the effort to encourage, mentor and promote organizations that serve girls in STEM fields and builds strong connections between the girls and future careers.


The slate was recruited by the branch nominating committee:

  • Doris Bernlohr, chair
  • Jean D’Addario
  • Diane Schneider

and presented to the branch board before being posted here.

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.

March 2012 Ballot

The voting on issues in front of the Tar Heel Branch for 2012 is beginning and will close on March 29. Results will be announced at the branch annual meeting on March 31.

Talking points on the resolution were also sent to the list. If you need a copy of those, please check the list archives or contact info@tarheel.aauwnc.org.

A valid election requires a vote from at least 20% of the branch members. As of February 28, there are 124 members, so that requirement will be met if 25 members vote.

Branch members as of Feb. 28 will receive a link to an online ballot by email. Those members who do not use email will be contacted by US Mail, phone, or personal visit about this ballot.

In all cases, the ballot will give “yes/no/abstain” options.

Motion

Here is the text of the resolution opposing the Defense of Marriage amendment that will be on the ballot in the May 8, 2012 North Carolina primary.

Resolution against 2012 NC Amendment One

This was sent to the branch email list for comments or amendments. No one proposed any changes to this text.

Branch members may vote Yes/No/Abstain to pass the resolution. The abstention option might appeal to those who live out of state and haven’t been following the press on the details of the North Carolina amendment. However, nothing in our bylaws prevents such members from voting on this issue and offering their guidance as AAUW members to North Carolinians. Six of our 124 members have addresses outside of NC.

If the resolution passes, members may refer to the position of the branch when discussing the amendment.

If the resolution fails to pass, members cannot cite this as evidence that the branch supports the amendment since that would be contrary to a national position on the issue.

Candidates for branch board

The candidates for election of Tar Heel Branch officers of the Tar Heel Branch  are listed below. Members will vote for one candidate for president, one candidate for treasurer, and up to seven candidates for director-at-large. Write-in candidates are allowed as long as the consent of the candidate has been received in advance. Candidates receiving a majority of the votes cast shall be elected.

Thanks to the 2012 nominating committee: Mari Pino del Rosario and Doris Bernlohr.

Candidate for President: Nancy Shoemaker

Nancy joined AAUW in 1993 and AAUW NC in 1996. She co-founded the Tar Heel Branch 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 has served the branch as treasurer and web manager and (since July 1, 2011) as president. She is also currently serving on the AAUW Leadership Corps, primarily to help other states understand what we’ve accomplished here with the Tar Heel Branch.

She hopes to lead this branch through another year of growth, solidifying its processes and improving the ways it supports its members in advancing the AAUW mission. Her academic background is in mathematics, her professional life has been spent in a variety of computer support/consulting roles. She also serves on the NC Women United board. She lives in Wake County with her husband.

Candidate for Treasurer: Lyndee Champion 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 six 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 Director at Large:

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.

Monique Stamps

Monique is one of the two North Carolina representatives to the Vision 2020 program of Drexel University whose goal is to make equality a national priority through the shared leadership among women and men.  A 2012 priority of the program is She Rocks the Vote to encourage women to vote and to be engaged in the political process.

Since 2004 she has worked as a Peer Advocate at Disability Rights & Resources in Charlotte, N.C.  She serves a the chairperson of the Gaston County Advocacy Council for People with Disabilities, a monthly advocacy meeting bringing together policymakers, municipal representatives, and people with disabilities.

Stamps has a B.S. from Winthrop University in Social Work, and is also a member of the AAUW Charlotte branch. She lives in Charlotte with her daughter, Camryn, and son, Jordan: Her children are what drive her to remain a woman who is steadfast, confident, strong, and creative.

Cheryl Waters-Tormey

Cheryl is a new member to AAUW.  She is a North Carolina native, and attended Duke University as an undergraduate and UNC for her MS.  She has been on the faculty at Western Carolina since receiving her PhD in structural geology in 2004. She is in her second year as Vice Chair of the Faculty.  She is excited to represent WCU in AAUW NC and the Tar Heel Branch.

Carol Zellen

Carol is a life member of AAUW.  She has been a member for thirty-eight years. She is currently a member of the Chapel Hill Branch and a dual member of the Tar Heel Branch.  Prior to her move to Cary two years ago, she was a member of the Palos-Orland Branch in Illinois.  She served as President, Program Chair and Topic Chair. Carol was also active on the Illinois State Board where she was Topic Chair and Publicity Chair.  In 1989-1990 and 2000-2001, Carol was honored with two named gifts to the Educational Foundation. She also served as founding board member of a shelter for domestic violence victims and their children for thirty years.  The shelter was a product of an EFP grant received during her presidency.Carol is also a licensed multi-engine and instrument pilot and ground school instructor. Carol was also a participant in the teacher in space program. She earned her BA at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and her MA at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Spring 2011 ballot

The candidates on the slate for election of officers of the Tar Heel Branch for 2011-2012 are listed below. Members will vote for one candidate for president, one candidate for treasurer, and up to seven candidates for director-at-large. 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 February 15, there are 78 members, so that requirement will be met if 16 members vote. Candidates receiving a majority of the votes cast shall be elected.

Thanks to the 2010-2011 nominating committee: Joyce Gad (chair), Mari Pino del Rosario, and Bonnie Will.

Candidate for President: Nancy Shoemaker

Nancy joined AAUW in 1993 and AAUW NC in 1996. She has been connected to AAUW members across the country through her support of the AAUW web managers community (since 1999), her service on the AAUW Program Development Committee (2001-2003), her term as AAUW NC president (2006-2008), and her work since 2005 to Open Up AAUW to those without degrees. In 2008 she co-founded the Tar Heel Branch 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 has served the branch as treasurer and web manager.

She hopes to lead this branch through another year of growth, solidifying its processes and improving the ways it supports its members in advancing the AAUW mission. Her academic background is in mathematics, her professional life has been spent in a variety of computer support/consulting roles. She also serves on the NC Women United board. She lives in Wake County with her husband.

Candidate for Treasurer: Lyndee 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 five and keeps them both very busy. Lyndee enjoys writing poetry, listening to music, and riding motorcycles with her husband.

Candidates for Director at Large:

Patsy (Pat) Abell

Pat is a life member of the Association and is a member of the Statesville branch and a dual member of Tar Heel Branch. She is a past president of AAUW Statesville. She has served as secretary of the AAUW NC board, a member of the AAUW NC executive committee, and a member of the Nominations Committee. She has served on the THB board during the first two years and has been the contact for the Educational Foundation.

Jenine Hood Atoji

Jenine is an Information Technology Professional and a graduate of West Virginia University. Jenine is also a former member of the Leadership Team for the WITI RTP Network. She brings with her technical skills and an interest in promoting the education and self-development of girls and women in the sciences and through the creativity of the arts.

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.

Michelle Evans

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. She has worked for the Duke University School of Medicine for the past 12 years.  She was the Director of Education for the Department of Ophthalmology for over 6 years followed by a transition to administration.  In October 2006, the office restructured and Michelle was asked start the Research Integrity Office.  In her role as the Administrative Manager for the Research Integrity Office, she has responsibility for identifying and managing potential conflicts of interest for more than 5,000 individuals. On a personal note, she is a Past President of Business and Professional Women (BPW) of North Carolina, currently serves on the BPW/NC Board of Directors as Governance Chair, and will serve as BPW/Raleigh President in 2011.  In addition, she serves as Secretary on the Executive Committee for North Carolina Women United, a coalition of more than 30 women’s organizations that work for equity for North Carolinian women.

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 NY-AAUW 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 NC-AAUW and the Tar Heel Branch.

Kathy Pearre

Kathy joined AAUW in 1991 and has served as president, program vice president, and membership vice president of the Winston-Salem branch.  She is a dual member of the Tar Heel Branch.  Kathy’s work as the Vice President of Adult Education with the Tarheel Triad Girl Scout Council led to a collaboration with AAUWNC to present a day-long symposium entitled “Today’s Girls, Tomorrow’s Leaders” held at Salem College in 1995.  Kathy is trained as a facilitator for the $tart $mart program.  She strongly believes in working for equity for women and advocating for girls.  Currently, she works with the ECHO (Everyone Can Help Out) Network, a non-profit engaged in helping the community build trusting relationships, especially among diverse people.

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.