2013-15 Board of Directors

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Patricia Fae Ho, AAUW President

Patricia Fae Ho, 2013-15 AAUW President
An educator and advocate for women and girls throughout her career, Patricia has served in leadership positions with national and regional nonprofit organizations, addressing issues of equity and access to education. Her AAUW positions have included board vice president and director, Conference of State Leaders chair, New England regional director, Massachusetts state president, and branch president.

Patricia was the director of a Teacher Resource Center and a gifted-education specialist, implementing a schoolwide enrichment model in New York schools. As a speaker and conference coordinator, she addressed topics of enrichment and creative and critical thinking skills. While living in England, she was on faculty at Highbury College, Portsmouth.

Patricia’s nonprofit board service has included leadership positions with the United Way, YWCA, League of Women Voters, Head Start, Arts in Education, and Planned Parenthood. She is chair of the Essex County Commission on the Status of Women in Massachusetts, a past president of Health Quarters Inc., and a trustee of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

Patricia received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley; pursued postgraduate study at Oregon State University; and earned RSA certification from the International Teaching and Training Centre in Cambridge, England. Raised in Hawaii, Patricia has traveled extensively and especially enjoys sharing perspectives with members throughout the United States.

Julia T. Brown, AAUW Vice President

Julia T. Brown, candidate for AAUW Vice President
Julia serves as AAUW vice president and is on the Audit Committee. She has a bachelor’s from Oklahoma State University, a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and a master of laws in military justice from the Judge Advocate General’s School. She has done further studies in public policy and public administration.

Rosalynd C. Homer, AAUW Finance Vice President

Rosalynd C. Homer, AAUW Finance Vice President
Rosalynd is the board’s finance vice president. She has parlayed a degree in accounting from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee into varied experiences in financial management and governance, risk, and control, including the areas of accounting, auditing, financial reporting, budgeting, policy development, business re-engineering, and internal controls. Rosalynd is currently the controller at the Palm Beach County, Florida, sheriff’s office and holds four professional designations, including certified public accountant. She has held leadership roles in finance and programs at the branch and state levels of AAUW of Florida and has helped lead various other professional, civic, and religious organizations throughout the Palm Beach area. Rosalynd is passionate about antiquing and thrift shopping in her downtime.

Sandra Camillo, AAUW Secretary

Sandy Camillo, candidate for AAUW Director
Sandy is the board’s secretary and a director. She serves as board liaison to the Governance Committee and was liaison to the Public Policy Committee. She is a member of the AAUW Ballwin-Chesterfield (MO) Branch and the AAUW Empire State (NY) Virtual Branch. Sandy also was a $tart $mart facilitator, a Leadership Corps member, a Voices Project contributor, and a member of the task force that drafted the affiliation review and collaboration policies. She earned her master’s and bachelor’s from St. John’s University and a certificate from the University of Dallas. Sandy has been a school principal, receivership specialist, paralegal, and writer. In addition, she is a court-appointed child advocate and trained mediator. She has served on numerous boards in New York, Missouri, and Texas.

DIRECTORS

Amy Blackwell

Amy Blackwell, candidate for AAUW Director
Amy earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in arts, biology, and history from Craven Community College and the University of Houston. She owns and operates a marketing and communications company and has served as an AAUW national, state, and branch leader multiple times. A new member of the AAUW Colorado eNetwork (CO) Virtual Branch, Amy also volunteers as $tart $mart Colorado regional field manager and teaches workshops frequently. Born and raised in rural Texas, Amy now lives in Castle Rock, Colorado. She’s “adopted” Metropolitan State University of Denver and enjoys bringing AAUW resources to that campus. In her spare time, Amy hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park, writes, researches gender equity with AAUW international delegations, and paints surreal political landscapes. And she’s a social media pro!

Kathryn Braeman

Kathryn Braeman, candidate for AAUW Director
Kat is committed to achieving equity by empowering women and girls to be effective advocates. After a career as a lawyer and judge, Kat is a personal coach and an author. Kat has had a wide variety of leadership roles in AAUW and in legal and community groups. She has a bachelor’s from Northwestern University, a master’s in English from the University of Kansas, and a law degree from the University of Nebraska. Kat lives in Washington, D.C., where she serves on the board of the Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues. At the University of Kansas, she created the Margaret Fuller award for feminist studies. When she was 32, Kat ran for public office and was described as an eloquent and dedicated spokesperson for human rights.

Malinda Gaul

Malinda Gaul, candidate for AAUW Director
For more than 30 years, Malinda has practiced employment law representing employees who have been discriminated against in the workplace. Malinda is the senior partner of a law firm in San Antonio. A member of AAUW since 1989, Malinda has been both branch and state president and has held other elected and appointed positions. Prior to being elected to the AAUW Board of Directors this term, she served on the Legal Advocacy Fund Committee, reviewing cases for support from AAUW, and the Convention Procedures Committee, working with the host states on the Phoenix and St. Louis conventions. Malinda is also currently on the board of the Texas Employment Lawyers Association and San Antonio Youth Literacy.

Charmen Goehring

Charmen Goehring-Fox, candidate for AAUW Director
Charmen has been a member of AAUW since 1992. She has served in nearly every position on the boards of four branches (as president of three) and sat on two national committees. Currently a director on the AAUW board and serving on the board of AAUW of Maine, Charmen is passionate about honoring our history while opening AAUW up to the next generation. Charmen is a single mother of two boys, a special education teacher, and a volunteer for her sons’ school and baseball program. In her spare time, she loves to read novels and historical fiction, follow politics, and hang out with her family and friends. One of her favorite benefits of AAUW membership is the ability to meet friends all over the country!

Sally Anne Goodson

2013-2015 AAUW Board Director Sally Anne Goodson
Sally is a member of three AAUW of New Jersey branches (Nutley, Sussex County, and Garden State Virtual Branch). She has served as branch president, branch treasurer, Northern Jersey interbranch chair, State Northern District coordinator, state finance chair, and state Legal Advocacy Fund chair and currently is in her second term as AAUW of New Jersey state president. She has a master’s degree from Seton Hall University. A former elected and appointed school board member, Sally is an active member of numerous community-based associations.

Eileen Hartmann

Eileen Hartmann, candidate for AAUW Director
Eileen, a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, has been a long-term advocate of education. She earned her master’s at Nazareth College of Rochester, New York, and taught English in the Rochester area and in Ohio. Additionally, Eileen worked for a cultural exchange program, as a coordinator of courses for educators at the Industrial Management Council, and as the field experience coordinator in the education department at Nazareth College. Being an AAUW leader in New York and in California has provided her with many opportunities for involvement in program planning, project implementation, philanthropy, membership building, and supporting the value of education. Eileen is married to Terry E. Hartmann, and they are proud parents of three children and grandparents of another three.

David Kirkwood

Dave Kirkwood, candidate for AAUW Director
Dave is retired from Unisys Corporation, where he held management positions in engineering, finance, and manufacturing. He is currently serving a third term on the national board of directors. His AAUW experience includes participation in the final editorial review of the strategic process document; appointment to the Executive Search Committee, which recommended hiring AAUW Executive Director Linda Hallman; two terms on the Membership Committee; chair of the Audit Committee; chair of the Communications Working Group, which, with AAUW staff, developed the One Member, One Vote process; board liaison to the Fundraising Committee; and Breaking through Barriers Major Gifts Campaign recruiter and donor.

Betsy McDowell

Betsy McDowell, candidate for AAUW Director
Betsy is a member of the AAUW Salem (OR) Branch, where she served many years on the leadership team, and is a past president of AAUW of Oregon. She is a certified $tart $mart facilitator and is in her third term as an AAUW director. She has served on the finance, long-range plan, member communication, leader training, and archives task forces and committees. Betsy holds a bachelor of science and a doctorate in optometry from Pacific University and practices in a group clinic in Salem. New hobbies include English horse riding and golf.

Rebecca Norlander

Rebecca Norlander, Board Director 2013-2015
Rebecca’s goal is to change the world for the better through technology. A computer science graduate and distinguished alumna from Boston University, she spent almost 20 years at Microsoft, several years in venture at Illuminate Ventures, and currently runs her own technology company. She brings a unique combination of technical and business skill together with progressive problem solving. Throughout her adult life, Rebecca has worked to encourage girls and women to pursue technical careers, as technology is a foundational lever for today and tomorrow’s world. She enjoys snowboarding, cycling, hiking, reading, and cooking.

Pamella Thiel

Pam Thiel, candidate for AAUW Director
Pam served on the national Fundraising Committee and Membership Committee, was the Great Lakes regional director, AAUW of Wisconsin president, Membership and Educational Foundation vice president, as well as AAUW La Crosse (WI) Branch president and program vice president. Pam earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and did graduate work at Florida State University. She recently retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where she was a fisheries supervisor in a five-state area, managed multi-million dollar projects and budgets, served on committees that developed national strategic plans, provided information to members of Congress, and expanded outreach strategies. Pam is active in community, civic, and environmental organizations and enjoys travel, cross-country skiing, fishing, and gardening.

Peggy Ryan Williams

Peggy Ryan Williams, candidate for AAUW Director
Peggy was the institutional representative to AAUW while serving as president of Ithaca College. Now retired, she remains active in higher education programs, including the American Council on Education Fellows Program, the International Women’s Forum, and the National Council for Research on Women. She is vice chair of the board of St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, a master’s degree from the University of Vermont, and a doctorate from Harvard University. Peggy lives in Vermont and British Columbia. She enjoys international travel, photography, and many fitness activities.