YWCA NORTHEASTERN NY (NENY) 2017 OFFICIAL BALLOT
The YWCA NENY’s Elected Nominating Committee submits the following slate of candidates to stand for election by the voting membership. The committee sought community women who represent diversity and commitment to our Mission. As required in accordance with the YWCA Bylaws (Article XII, Sec. 1), you are asked to vote for the single slate of nominees for the Board of Directors and the Elected Nominating Committee.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS – TERM: June 2017 to May 2020
For an Initial Three-Year Term:
ROSHNI BHAMBHWANI: She presently works at miSci as the Digital Marketing Coordinator and also coordinates the Science Festival. She has extensive experience working in museums and with technology & social media. She is a member of Capital Women, a women’s activist organization working to address progressive issues. The mission of the YWCA embodies the changes she strives to make in the world. She looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors so she can continue working to push back against racism and the disempowerment of women.
NATASA DUGANDZIC: She earned her MBA from the University of Florida and is currently the Corporate Accounts Director for Exactech, Inc. She has years of business experience in negotiation, business planning, education and process development and looks forward to translating that experience into having a meaningful impact on the Board of Directors. Her excitement for being part of the Board is driven by the clarity of the mission of the YWCA to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
KATHLEEN FIALKOWSKI: She is currently AVP Business Development Officer II for Ballston Spa National Bank. She has served in a number of other board and leadership capacities locally, including as past president of the Schenectady Kiwanis, the Glenville YMCA Advisory Council, and both the BH-BL and Glenville BPAs. She is committed to the mission of the YWCA and looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors by volunteering and supporting all that the YWCA does in the community.
MEGAN HAESSIG: She has been a science and social studies teacher in the Ballston Spa Central School District since 2000. She has extensive volunteer and leadership experience in the Capital District. She is committed to empowering women and working on women’s issues. She has been a supporter of the YWCA, volunteering and attending events and is looking forward to taking that support to the next level by serving on the Board of Directors.
BIANCA HOTTE: She works as a Staff Assistant in Congressman Paul Tonko’s office, acting as a liaison between constituents and organizations and the Congressman’s District office. She has strong organizational communication, and fundraising skills and is looking forward to using those skills as a member of the Board of Directors. She is passionate about the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
CAROLE MERRILL-MAZUREK: She was the Domestic Violence/Housing Services Director at the YWCA for 25 years until her retirement in 2013. She has extensive community involvement in a wide range of organizations and committees and has received a number of awards and recognitions. She is also an accomplished artist and has donated her paintings to help raise money for crime victim’s rights. The mission of the YWCA is in her heart and now that she is retired she looks forward to serving on the Board of Directors to help further that mission.
MARSHA MILLER: She currently works as a Registered Nurse for ARC. She is also the owner of Marsha Miller Designs. She received the YWCA NENY Woman of Achievement Award in 2010 for her outstanding leadership and charitable fundraising in the community. She is affiliated with and has fundraised for many non-profits in the area. She is committed to working on issues affecting women and families and is looking forward to serving the YWCA as a member of the Board of Directors.
SHARON SUDDUTH: She moved to Schenectady in 2012 when her husband was named the new executive director of miSci. Since the move, she has embraced the community in which she lives. She has actively participated in voter registration drives because she believes that it is important for people to get out to vote for their representatives. The mission of the YW is very important to her and she looks forward to joining the Board of Directors to help further that mission.
YUVETTE WAYMAN: She is a Senior Administrative Assistant at GE Global Research since 2010. She is an active member of the GE Women’s Network, advocating for the YWCA NENY and its mission and leading events to benefit the YW. She was honored as a 2016 Woman of Achievement. She has a true passion for the YW and its mission and is excited to bring her creativity and organizational skills to the Board of Directors.
For A Second Three-Year Term:
CORA SCHROETER: She is a member of Congressman Paul Tonko’s Congressional Professional Staff. She has a successful track record and years of experience in government legislation work, strategic organizational development and innovative diversity relationships. Previously, Cora worked as a program director in the health & human services sector. She is a member of numerous Boards of Directors throughout the Capital Region and she volunteers as a tutor with the NYS Literacy Program (ESL) at Bethesda House and at the City Mission, is a youth mentor for the YMCA’s Black and Latino Achievers Program and is a muse for the Working Group on Girls Schenectady. Cora fully embraces the mission of the YWCA and looks forward to continuing her service on the YW’s Board of Directors.
For A Third Three-Year Term:
DONNA HERMANN: She has been a very active member of the YW’s Board of Directors for the past six years. She has been the President of the board for the past three years. Donna currently works for MVP Healthcare as the Director of Sales Operations and throughout her career of 20+ years with various carriers in the health insurance industry, she has been very involved with various community organizations and has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including, but not limited to The Charlton School for Girls, the Schenectady Chamber & the Bethlehem Chamber. Donna is committed to the idea of giving back to her community and fully embraces the mission of the YWCA and looks forward to continuing to serve on the YW’s Board of Directors.
ELECTED NOMINATING COMMITTEE – TERM: JUNE 2017 to MAY 2018
Vote for Six – From the Community:
PATRICIA KENNEDY BARNEY: She is a retired educator with the Schenectady City School District and also retired from the Chamber of Schenectady County as the Coordinator of “Leadership Schenectady’”. She currently is a Board member of the Schenectady County Youth Board, the Rotary Club of Schenectady and the Schenectady City School District Foundation. She serves as the Vice President of Proctors Theatre Guild.
MITZI LAWRENCE: Now retired, she is an active member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Schenectady. Along with her congregation, she has held Women’s Day events at the YW where she has invited residents to experience spiritual and personal exploration. She has participated in the YWCA’s Domestic Violence Task Force for the past two years. She is very supportive of the work and mission of the YW and looks forward to serving on the Elected Nominating Committee.
DENISE MURPHY MCGRAW: She was a recipient of the 2009 YWCA President’s Circle Award and received the 2011 Katherine S. Rozendaal Award. She is a partner at Hill, Gosdeck & McGraw, LLC, an Albany-based government relations firm. In addition, she is a member of the Niskayuna Town Board, co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 2383, a member of The 50 Group, and many other local not-for-profits. She has been a member of the Elected Nominating Committee for the YWCA multiple times over the past 15 years. She is very supportive of the YWCA’s mission and is committed to working on women’s issues.
CARMEL R. PATRICK: She is a past President of the Rotary Club of Schenectady, was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club in 2012 and was awarded the Rotarian of the Year Award in 2011. In 2007, she was awarded the Black & Latino Adult Achiever Award from the Capital District YMCA. She has held numerous positions on various community Boards of Directors. She currently is the Development Director at miSci. She is a non-profit management professional with experience in higher education, fundraising, grant writing, community development and marketing.
LEESA PERAZZO: She is currently the President of the Schenectady City Council and the Group Sales & Special Events Manager at Proctor’s Theater. She is a member of the Jr League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties, the Rotary Club of Schenectady, the League of Women Voters and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Schenectady Greenmarket and the Heritage Home for Women. In 2009, the NAACP presented her with a Community Service Award. In 2013 the Schenectady Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. honored her with their Woman of the Year Award and in 2015 the YWCA NorthEastern NY honored her with a Woman of Achievement Award.
DONNA TESSITORE: She has been the Executive Director of the Faculty Student Association at Schenectady County Community College (SCCC) and since 1992 and has worked very closely with the YWCA’s Children’s Center that is located on the SCCC campus. She is a member of the AIPB (American Institute of Professional Bookeepers), the Rotary Club of Schenectady and also serves on their Board of Directors. She is a current member of ARC’s Legal & Human Rights Committee and in the past, has served on the Liberty Partnership Advisory Committee as well as co-chairing the American Heart Association for SCCC. She has volunteered with Special Olympics, the MDA lock-up and the Scotia Glenville Marching Band. She fully embraces the mission of the YWCA and enjoyed recently serving on the YW’s Board of Directors. By joining the Elected Nominating Committee, she hopes to reach out to others to get them involved in leadership opportunities at the YW.
Vote for Two – From the Board of Directors:
MARNA REDDING: As a former member of the Junior League of Albany, she has planned and been responsible for very successful large fundraising events. She has served in an officer capacity on the Board of Directors for Pooh’s Corner, a child care center in Niskayuna. In her role as Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement at Union College, she manages volunteers and is responsible for all alumni/parent events and fundraising for the annual fund. The YWCA is a great fit with her personal beliefs and she is very committed to the programs, services and mission of the YW and enjoys serving on the YWCA’s Board of Directors. She started her service with the YWCA on the Elected Nominating Committee before her election to the Board of Directors and is looking forward to serving on the committee again.
KATE SCHURICK: She is presently the Secretary of the YWCA’s Board of Directors. She is the Dean of First-Year Students at Union College and is the advisor for the Union College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She also serves as the Chartering Faculty Secretary for Union College’s Omicron Delta Kappa Circle. She was also the photographer for the YW’s Golf Tournament for five years. She is very supportive of the YWCA’s mission and is committed to working on women’s issues. She appreciates the opportunity to actively participate with the YWCA’s efforts to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, freedom, dignity and justice for all and is looking forward to serving on the Elected Nominating Committee to find others who also embrace the YW’s mission.
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