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AAWGT LEADERSHIP and  Committees

2024 Officers

President: Margaret Davis
Vice President: Michelle Hellstern
Immediate Past President: Susan Cook
Secretary: Liz Gillette
Asst. Secretary: Christy Martin
Treasurer: Mary Smith
Asst. Treasurer: Ellen Shiery


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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: Kathleen Kryza
Assistant Chair: Chanel Comptom

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: Jean Mitchell
Assistant Chairs: Stacey FitzSimmons, Stealey Ashley

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: Cindy Whittle
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: Elaine Shanley
Assistant Chair: Kathy Brooks

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: Linda Eggbeer
Assistant Chair: Jessica Beckerman, Darcy Scott

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: Sue Pitchford
Assistant Chair: Cathleen Sparrow

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: Caroline Purdy
Assistant Chair: Shari Friedman
Assistant Chair: Kelly Purnell

Contact the Event Logistics Committee

Chair: Lisa Ausherman
Assistant Chair: Cheryl Hoffman Russell

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: Maryann Gosnell
Assistant Webmaster: Joyce Patten

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: Sharon Boettinger
Assistant Chair: Betsy Chotin

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