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.
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 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 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.