2015–17 Board of Directors

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AAUW Board of Directors

Patricia Fae Ho, 2013-15 AAUW President

Patricia Fae Ho

Board Chair

Alicia Hetman

Board Vice Chair

2015-2017 Board Director Janet Bunger

Janet Bunger

Board Finance Vice Chair

2015-2017 Board Secretary Eileen S. Hartmann

Eileen S. Hartmann

Board Secretary


Patricia Fae Ho, Board Chair

Patricia Fae Ho, 2013-15 AAUW President
An educator and advocate, Patricia has served in significant leadership positions with nonprofit organizations, addressing issues of global equity and education. She has served as national AAUW board president, vice president, and director; Conference of State Leaders chair, New England regional director; and Massachusetts state and branch president.

Patricia was director of a Teacher Resource Center in New York and a gifted/enrichment education specialist. While living in England, she received certification in further and higher education, teaching at Highbury College, Portsmouth. Her education background includes a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley; postgraduate study at Oregon State University; and RSA certification from the International Teaching and Training Centre in Cambridge, England.

Patricia’s nonprofit leadership experience includes work with United Way, YWCA, League of Women Voters, Massachusetts County Commission on the Status of Women, Peabody Essex Museum, Head Start, Health Quarters, HAWC Domestic Violence, and the Museum of Science, Boston.

Raised in Hawaii, Patricia lives near Boston. She has traveled extensively and has led AAUW delegations to Israel, Cuba, and Poland.

Alicia Hetman, Board Vice Chair

As board vice chair, Alicia assists the board chair with assigned duties. She previously served on the AAUW Education Foundation board and the AAUW board. Alicia is the immediate past president of AAUW of California; a member of the AAUW Sacramento, California Online, and San Francisco branches; and a paid life member. Alicia served on the AAUW LAF, Public Policy, and Leadership Development committees and chaired the Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowship selection panel. A Title IX expert, Alicia was hired in 1993 by the California Department of Education to develop and implement the gender equity compliance program for P–12 school districts and conduct onsite reviews. She also investigated and mediated parental complaints against school districts.

Janet Bunger, Board Finance Vice Chair

2015-2017 Board Director Janet Bunger
Janet chairs the Finance and Investment committees. She is a member of the AAUW Wasatch (UT) Branch and has served on the AAUW Finance Committee for four years. Janet earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and accounting from the University of Wyoming and the University of Utah, respectively. She has worked in public accounting and has been a financial adviser. A longtime volunteer in the Salt Lake area, she has served on the boards of the Utah Girl Scouts, the Utah Symphony Guild, and other organizations. She has been actively involved in Real Women Run, a coalition of organizations in Utah that encourages and trains women to run for office.

Eileen S. Hartmann, Board Secretary

2015-2017 Board Secretary Eileen S. Hartmann
Eileen S. Hartmann, a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, is a long-term advocate for education and women’s rights. She earned her master’s degree at Nazareth College of Rochester, New York, and has taught English, designed courses for educators, and worked as a sales representative for a cultural exchange program. Eileen was president of AAUW of New York from 2008 to 2012. Elected to the national board in 2013, she served as liaison to the Branch Programs Resource Committee and co-chair of the Voter Engagement Task Force. In 2012 Eileen was elected to the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She is the program vice president of the AAUW Fairport Area (NY) Branch, secretary of the AAUW Empire State Virtual Branch, and a trained Start Smart facilitator.


Joanna Amberger

2015-2017 Board Director Joanna Amberger
Joanna Amberger is a certified financial planner and founder of 3 Financial Group, an independent financial services firm with offices in Hawaii and California. She developed her business model around empowering women by helping them take control of their financial futures, and she devotes personal time to advocating for women’s issues. Joanna is the president of the AAUW Honolulu (HI) Branch and sits on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her MBA from the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

Susan Barley

2015-2017 Board Director Susan Barley
Sue Barley is a member of branches in Missouri and Florida, the AAUW Ballwin-Chesterfield Branch, the AAUW St. Louis Branch, and the AAUW Greater Naples Branch. Sue is a member of the AAUW Legacy Circle Team and the AAUW Charting the Course Campaign Honorary Advisory Committee. Previously, she served on the 2009–11 AAUW Breaking through Barriers Major Gifts Campaign Committee, the 2011–13 AAUW Leadership Corps, and the 2011–15 AAUW Fundraising Committee. She is chair of the Committee Appointments Task Force and is a board representative on the 2017 Convention Committee. Sue is a community volunteer, currently serving on the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Volunteer Board, where she chairs three committees, and she has volunteered with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri for more than 40 years. Currently, she is a Girl Scout Gold Award consultant.

Malinda Gaul

Malinda Gaul, candidate for AAUW Director
Malinda is in her second term as a director. Before serving on the national board, Malinda was president of AAUW of Texas and the AAUW San Antonio (TX) Branch, where she is a member. Malinda earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Baylor University and practices employment law in San Antonio, representing employees in discrimination cases. Malinda began her work with AAUW as a member of the Legal Advocacy Fund Advisory Committee and also served on the Convention Procedures, Nominating, and Audit committees and as liaison to the Legal Advocacy Fund Committee. In addition to her work with AAUW, Malinda serves on the board of San Antonio Youth Literacy and Texas Employment Lawyers Association. Malinda is married to Grant Gaul and has one son, Andrew.

Anthony J. Hill

2015-2017 Board Director Anthony J. Hill
Anthony serves as a liaison to the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and is a member of the AAUW Washington (DC) Branch and the AAUW Capitol Hill (DC) Branch. He was elected as a director-at-large to the 2006–08 AAUW Board of Directors, the first male elected to the AAUW board. He has also served on the Nominating Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Public Policy Committee. He earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in social work from Howard University. Anthony is a licensed clinical social worker and associate professor in the Department of Social Work at Delaware State University.

Ellie Boldman Hill

2015-2017 Board Director Ellie Boldman Hill
A third-term member of the Montana House of Representatives, Ellie was named one of the nation’s “40 Under 40 Political Rising Stars” by Time magazine. She has been voted Missoula’s Best Activist for nine consecutive years (2007–15) and received NAMI Montana’s 2013 Hero Award. Ellie has traveled the Middle East with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, visited the White House with the Young Elected Officials Network, and been called one of the best “political tweeters” by the Washington Post. She has been a keynote speaker or panelist at the Aspen Institute, the Conference on World Affairs, Netroots Nation, American Women in Politics, and many other events. An attorney and mom, Ellie can be found on the front lines advocating for underdog.

Traci Jensen

2015-2017 Board Director Traci Jensen
Traci is president of the AAUW West Harris County (TX) Branch, where she helped facilitate Houston’s Expanding Your Horizons conference. Traci earned her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in curriculum and instruction from the University of Houston. She has been a classroom teacher, a professor of education, and a political candidate for the Texas State Board of Education. Traci regularly lobbies the Texas legislature on issues pertaining to public education. She spends the rest of her time working with her 16-year-old son on the Alpha Charity League and being a court-appointed child advocate as well as a member of CASA’s Speakers Bureau. Traci is also an active board member of the Spring Branch Family Development Center.

Melissa Cooke Johnsen

2015-2017 Board Director Melissa Cooke Johnsen
Melissa is a member of the AAUW Colorado eNetwork Branch. She was previously a member of the AAUW Lakewood (CO) Branch and the AAUW Kirkwood-Webster Groves (MO) Branch. In 2014 she participated in Colorado’s exploratory AAUW Tech Trek effort. Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis. Her work in Fortune 500 companies over the past 25 years has included roles as chief information officer, chief technology officer, vice president of IT operations, and IT strategic planning director. She has acted as CEO for a Missouri healthcare technology nonprofit and served on nonprofit boards for social justice and health care in Missouri and Colorado. She established two university endowments that support young women in STEM and reproductive health education for physicians.

Dot McLane

2015-2017 Board Director Dot McLane
Dot is a member of the AAUW Lansdale (PA) Branch and the AAUW Empire State (NY) Virtual Branch and is also president of AAUW of Pennsylvania. She has served as chair of the AAUW Branch Program Resource Committee and the AAUW STEM Task Force, served on the AAUW Public Policy Committee and as a director on the 2011–13 national AAUW board, and is a trained Start Smart facilitator. Dot earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, her master’s and doctoral degrees from Drexel University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and as a part-time public school secondary biology and chemistry teacher.

Rebecca Norlander

2015-2017 Board Director Rebecca Norlander
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 skills together with progressive problem solving. Throughout her adult life, Rebecca has worked to encourage girls and women to pursue technical careers, because technology is a foundational lever for today and tomorrow’s world. She enjoys snowboarding, cycling, hiking, reading, and cooking.

Glenda D. Price

2015-2017 Board Director Glenda D. Price
Glenda currently serves as the president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. She is active in the Detroit community as a board member for several nonprofit organizations, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Council of Michigan Foundations, Focus: HOPE, and the Michigan Science Center. In her various volunteer organizations and appointed task force service, she has been a board chair, secretary, strategic planning chair, and program chair. She has been engaged in championing women’s empowerment through participation in the International Women’s Forum, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Links, Inc., and the Michigan Women’s Foundation. She is a member of the AAUW Detroit (MI) Branch and holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Pam Thiel

Pam Thiel, candidate for AAUW Director
Reelected to a second term as director, Pam has served on AAUW’s Fundraising and Membership committees. She was Great Lakes regional director and president of AAUW of Wisconsin and her local branch. In her first term, Pam chaired the Committee Appointment Work Group, served on the Regulatory Guidance Task Force, and acted as liaison to the Membership Committee, the Convention Task Force, and three states. Pam received 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 as a fisheries supervisor in a five-state area. She is active in community civic and environmental organizations and enjoys travel, cross-country skiing, fishing, and gardening.