AAWGT LEADERSHIP and  Committees

2022 Officers

President: Maryann Gosnell
Vice President: Susan Cook
Immediate Past President: Elaine Shanley
Secretary: Eileen Cortese
Asst. Secretary: Kathleen Kryza
Treasurer: Valerie Gutterson
Asst. Treasurer: Ellen Shiery


Click on the committee name below to learn more.

Standing Committee Charters

The documents below were prepared in cooperation with the Governance Committee and reviewed by the appropriate committee chairs. They are published in PDF format.

Education and Program Committee

Governance Committee

Grants Committee

Grants Systems Committee

Leadership Development and Nominating Committee

Marketing and Communications Committee

Membership and Outreach Committee

Post Grant Evaluation Committee

Web/IT Committee

Researches and provides educational programming that informs Members about issues affecting women and families in Anne Arundel County; supports the growth of Members as informed decision-makers when applying grant funding to solutions. Contact the Education Committee

Chair: Tatiana Klein
Assistant Chair: Chanel Compton

Recommends amendments to governing documentation for AAWGT, including organizational bylaw and committee charters; implements conflict of interest policies among Members to ensure organizational integrity; and oversees meetings and processes to ensure adherence to Robert's Rules of Order and AAWGT Bylaws. Contact the Governance Committee

Chair: Sue Russell
Assistant Chair: Barbara Goyette

Manages the process for developing the timeline, overseeing the call for proposals, and receiving grant proposals submitted to AAWGT; develops and updates the grant application and other processes used to evaluate grant proposals; oversees a subcommittee to review grant proposals, conduct site visits, and recommend a slate of potential grantees to the membership for final grant selection. Contact the Grants Committee

Chair: Cindy Whittle
Assistant Chairs: Karen Smith, Ginger From

Manages the software platform (from Foundant Technologies) that is used by applicants, grantees, Grants Committee and Post-Grants Evaluation Committee for online applications, review, reporting and data collection. Contact the Grants Systems Committee

Chair: Judy Coughlin
Assistant Chair: Barbara Haight

Hosts an annual Women and Leadership event for Members and the community at large; works with committees to facilitate a pipeline of committee membership and leadership; and, annually nominates and presents a slate of Officers and Committee Chairs and Assistant Chairs for voting by the general membership. Contact the Leadership Development and Nominating Committee

Chair: Margaret Davis
Assistant Chair: Michelle Hellstern

Develops regular informational AAWGT communications for AAWGT members, helps promote events, manages the AAWGT website and e-newsletter, develops and distributes member marketing materials, and handles media relations. Contact the Marketing and Communications Committee

Chair: Kate Fritz
Assistant Chair: Barb Kappel

Provides information to prospective members; welcomes new members, facilitating their participation in activities and committees; and plans new member orientations and other events to engage members and prospective members. Contact the Membership Committee

Chair: Mary Ann Bleeke
Assistant Chair, New Member Recruiting: Margo Cook
Assistant Chair, Membership Services: Nora Terres

Post-Grants Evaluation Committee Serves as yearlong point of contact to the AAWGT Grant recipients; assigns team of liaisons to each grant; conducts mid-year and final evaluations, tracking the performance of grant activities and use of AAWGT grant dollars. Contact the Post-Grants Evaluation Committee

Chair: Sarah Sweeny
Assistant Chair: Caroline Purdy
Assistant Chair: Bev Nash

Contact the Event Logistics Committee

Chair: Stealey Ashley
Assistant Chair: Sarah Morse

Web/IT Team

Manage and administer Wild Apricot (our web and data management platform), Google Drive archive, and Flickr photo gallery. Contact the Web/IT Committee

Webmaster: Joyce Patten
Assistant Webmaster: Bronwyn Belling

Book Group

AAWGT members meet every other month to select, read, and discuss books and movies pertinent to the mission of AAWGT. Contact the Book Group

Chair: Caroline Purdy
Assistant Chair: Bronwyn Belling

Racial Equity Study Group

Open to all members, the Racial Equity Study Group addresses topics both historic and current, brings in speakers, all to learn for ourselves or figure out new ways our giving circle can expand what we do through grants, education programs and outreach. This is a safe space where participants can learn from each other and talk about issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Meetings are held monthly, often via Zoom.Contact the Racial Equity Study Group

Chair: Betsy Chotin
Assistant Chair: Sharon Boettinger

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