Four officers for the 2017-2019 biennium will be elected at the 2017 convention - VP for Public Policy, VP for Membership, Secretary/Bylaws Chair, and Treasurer. The nominating committee is pleased to present the slate of candidates listed below:
Nominee for Vice President for Public Policy: Cynthia Herriott Sullivan
Branch: Greater Rochester Area Branch
Offices/Activities: Branch Director of Public Policy; COPE (Coalition on Pay Equity); currently serving uncompleted term as VP for Public Policy, AAUW-NYS Board.
B.S., Roberts Wesleyan College; M.S., Keuka College
Cynthia Herriott Sullivan’s range of experience is impressive, from serving as a Sergeant in the City of Rochester Police Department to being the COO for Seamless Communications Group, the CEO for Rise Up Rochester, and Deputy Director – Metro Washington, DC for the National Drug Court Institute. Cynthia has also served on boards and major committees for regional, state, national and international organizations, including International Association of Chiefs of Police, Diversity Committee; National Center on Women and Policing, Board of Directors; Department of Homeland Security, State and Local Law Enforcement Training Advisory Committee; Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley, Board of Directors; United Way, Board of Directors; and YWCA, Racial Justice Committee of the Board.
Those who wrote letters supporting Cynthia’s application noted her outstanding work ethic and her history as a public servant and experience with public entities. She is described as being easy to work with and someone who “wants to be part of the solution.” Also noted are her excellent communication skills and ability to multi-task.
Nominee for Vice President for Membership: Barbara Sarver
Offices/Activities: Co-Recording Secretary, 2008-2011; maintains Branch data base; produces and edits 52-page Branch Yearbook; serves as registrar and produces brochure and Journal for Branch’s annual STEM conference for 7th grade girls.
B.S., Hunter College; M.S., Western Connecticut State University; M.S., Pace University
Barbara Sarver does a lot for the Westchester Branch, as you see above. The activity with the most impact on the members is undoubtedly the Branch Yearbook, the cover of which features a print of the Tappan Zee Bridge and the legend “A Bridge to Equity!” The yearbook contains contact information and photos of each member of the Branch, which is a real help to members and prospective members in one of our larger branches. Barbara says her favorite Branch activity is planning for their annual “Explore Your Opportunity – The Sky’s the Limit!” This is the Westchester Branch’s very successful annual STEM conference for 7th-grade girls, and with her degrees in Math, Secondary (Ed.) Math and Computer Science, it’s a perfect fit for Barbara’s skills. Barbara received the Emerging Leader Award from the Westchester Branch in 2008, and remembers how inspired she was by Lily Ledbetter’s speech to the state convention that year.
Barbara has taught mathematics and computer programming at the high school level, and served her school district as Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator for grades 7 – 12. She continues to serve in her field as a volunteer math tutor at Westchester Community College. Those who wrote letters of support for Barbara note her dynamic style of leadership and attention to detail, both important skills for a Membership VP. She is described as a perfectionist, and one who works well with others and is inclusive.
Nominee for Secretary/By-Laws Chair: Kimberly A. Blanchett
Branch: Schenectady (Primary), Cortland, Empire State Virtual Branch (both Secondary)
B.A., SUNY Brockport; M.Ed., Roberts Wesleyan University; C.A.S., SUNY Oswego
Kimberly Blanchett currently works as the Assistant Academic Program Manager for Liberal Arts at Pace University in Connecticut. Fortunately, she is able to work remotely from her home in New York State. In her job, she focuses on cross-disciplinary curriculum development in the Liberal Arts, which involves working with faculty and managing online platforms for course material. She also teaches courses in history and political science. Such work requires a strong sense of time management, attention to detail, clear and concise written communication, and the ability to listen keenly as her meetings are usually via conference call. All of these are skills required of the Secretary/By-Laws Chair for AAUW-NYS.
Kimberly believes that education and advocacy are the roots of societal growth, and that is what drew her to AAUW. She competed in gymnastics in college, and has offered her services to gyms and dance studios to help train instructors on safe and effective techniques to use with their students. She has recently become involved as a volunteer with the Cazenovia Community Preschool, helping them with social media/public relations and fundraising.
Those who sent letters of support for Kim describe her as committed, energetic, focused, diligent, organized, and always willing to help others. One writer noted that Kimberly participated in the NY/NJ WILD Project, and was invaluable and conscientious with follow-up. This experience inspired her to create a blog for Pace University students about the leadership model of Eleanor Roosevelt, and how students could utilize that model in their lives.
Nominee for Treasurer: Diane Jablonski
Office/Activities: Treasurer for Branch, 2013-present; Currently filling uncompleted term as Treasurer, AAUW-NYS Board.
B.A., University of Delaware
Diane Jablonski has a wealth of experience in managing and monitoring budgets. Her resumé includes 30 years in management at IBM and Cap Gemini Ernst and Young. In addition, Diane served as Dutchess County Comptroller for 4 years, managing all county payments, supporting the external audit, and performing audits of county departments and non-profits.
Diane has served as President and board member of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, a large non-profit. She serves as a Commissioner of the NYS Bridge Authority. In all of these activities, Diane has acquired a thorough understanding of both government and non-profit finance. She understands the need for timeliness and accuracy in record keeping, responding to requests for payment, and providing timely and accurate information to a board of directors.
Writers of letters supporting Diane’s candidacy noted her work ethic and accuracy, her willingness to take on responsibility, and her spirit of cooperation and collaboration. They also were impressed by the fact that she agreed to fill out an uncompleted term when the position had been vacant for some time. Of herself, Diane says, “During my professional career, I personally encountered many of the issues that AAUW addresses. I am pleased to be part of an organization at the forefront of women’s rights and contribute to their work.”