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AAWGT LEADERSHIP and  Committees

2023 Officers

President: Susan Cook
Vice President: Margaret Davis
Immediate Past President: Maryann Gosnell
Secretary: Kathleen Kryza
Asst. Secretary: Liz Gillette
Treasurer: Ellen Shiery
Asst. Treasurer: Mary Smith


Click on the committee name below to learn more.

Works to fulfill our commitment to using diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility principles in our work providing grants to nonprofits in our county and in hosting education sessions for members and the community. Fosters a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment, and supports AAWGT officers and committees in accomplishing this by providing guidance and information on best practices. Contact the DEIA Committee

Chair: Sue Russell

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: Kate Fritz
Assistant Chair: Cassandra Moore

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 Chairs: Katherine Barnett, 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: Karen Smith
Assistant Chairs: Ginger From, Jean Mitchell

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: Barbara Haight
Assistant Chair: Cindy Whittle

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: Michelle Hellstern
Assistant Chair: Elaine Shanley

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: Donna Anderson

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, New Member Recruiting: Shelley Rubin
Assistant Chair, Membership Services: 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: Bev Nash
Assistant Chair: Shari Friedman

Contact the Event Logistics Committee

Chair: Lisa Ausherman
Assistant Chair: Nikki Morris

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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