Branch Committees

Co-Vice Presidents/Programs: Karen Dempsey & Jacky Territo
This position develops Branch meeting programs and Tours & Talks event.  The Vice Presidents serve as the chair of the program committee.  Tours and Talks are social events that provide an opportunity for members and their non-member friends to get together for a visit to interesting places in and around Naples while helping to raise Branch operating funds.  It may be a discussion group, museum tour, lecture, boat ride, or a walk in a garden – all of Florida is our stage.  Each event has a small registration fee.

Finance Director: Mary Schell
This committee maintains all financial records, prepares the annual budget, and recommends financial strategies for approval by both the board and the membership. The Financial Director appoints a Financial Review committee which completes the review by August 31st. The Finance Director is assisted by Treasurer, Susan Barley, who manages dues collection.  Susan prepares the spreadsheet for the financial report at the end of each month.

Secretary: Lucy Williams

This position is responsible for recording minutes at the branch and board meetings, submitting the minutes for review, and releasing the final versions and other duties.

Membership Director: Elaine Wade
The Membership Committee is responsible for recruitment, retention, and orientation of branch members and for hospitality at branch meetings, as well as for social events welcoming new and prospective members.  A  membership directory is maintained by the Database Managers in the password-protected section of the website. Membership Committee members are:

Database Managers/Constant Contact – Carol Siwinski, Linda Gloner

New Member Liaison – Janet Ankiel (lead) and Jacky Territo

Membership Development – Chris Basier

Cocktails and Convos – Judith MacGregor & Susan Becker

Branch meeting registration and greeting assistance (with the team) – Mary Uhl and Elaine Wade

Branch Meeting Hospitality Coordinator – Lanetta Warrenburg

Member Retention and Branch Meeting Registration and Welcome – Laura Candris

Sunshine Secretary – Mary Uhl

Honorary Life Member Liaison – Susan Becker

Public Policy Liaison – Chris Basier

50-50 Raffle – TEAM

Meeting Ambassadors – Susan Becker and Nancy Beights.

Communications Director: Bonnie Butcheri
The committee is responsible for branch communications including the following:

Gulf Breeze & News Bites Editor: Maryanna Crawford
The Gulf Breeze is a monthly publication sent via email from November through April informing members of the AAUW activities and positions. News Bites is a smaller communication bulletin sent via email, as needed.

Database Managers/Constant Contact – Carol Siwinski, Linda Gloner

Web Site Editors: Donna Walker and Laura Candris
This includes liasioning with national’s staff person to update the Branch website, ( The website provides critical resources to members and to the general public by providing current information about Branch programs, events, interest groups, and public policy alerts.

Website Calendar of Events:  Carol Siwinski           

Facebook: Chris Basler

Press Releases and Publications:  Ruth Anderson-Zebre
This position is responsible for promoting the Greater Naples Branch of the AAUW to various media outlets including distributing monthly releases announcing branch meetings and speakers as well as press releases regarding activities and events.

Special Events Write-Ups: Sharon Perrino 

Bylaws Committee: Susan Barley
This committee interprets GNB bylaws and policies and when necessary, recommends revisions to the board and the membership.

Development Committee Chair: OPEN
This committee collaborates with the Board of Directors to maximize fundraising program development; helps ensure effective member and branch fundraising communication; and expands fundraising sources.

Nominating Committee: Laura Candris, Past President
The Past President chairs the Nominating Committee composed of at least two Branch members solicited at or before the November meeting.

Public Policy and Legal Advocacy Directors: Carol Light & Janet Welch
The public policy co-chairs advocate for AAUW’s public policy program and represent AAUW’s public policy priorities to policymakers, elected and appointed officials, AAUW members, the public, and the media. They also lead AAUW voter education and turnout campaigns for the branch.

Public Policy Responsibilities to the Branch
As branch public policy co-chairs, one will be a member of the branch board of directors and both may serve on other committees as assigned.

Public Policy Responsibilities to the State
• Maintain regular contact with state public policy chair and report on efforts
• Share successful advocacy strategies with your state public policy chair and other branches

Public Policy Members
AAUW’s policy work connects and rallies advocates at the local, state, national, and global levels to advance our work to empower women and girls. With the member endorsed Public Policy Priorities as our guide, AAUW uses advocacy and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women.

Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF)
AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. LAF Express informs state and branch members about the latest news, deadlines, and programming resources related to our work in the courtroom. Its resources range from community outreach programs to backing of major cases. For detailed information, go to

School & Community Relations Chair: Open
The Director is responsible for the formulation and implementation of various school and community projects as they relate to the AAUW mission and supports and oversees the program chair:

Reading is Fun Chairs: Janet Welch & Judy Blackburn
Reading is Fun is a program that works to build a child’s interest in reading. This program entails a presentation to the children and distribution of books at Collier County Public Schools where a large percentage of each student body is on the subsidized lunch program.  Most of the children do not have books in their homes. Books are distributed by AAUW volunteers to children ages pre-K through 5th grade. The program is unique in that the children choose their own book from dozens, if not hundreds, of titles.

Scholarship Committee, Chair: Jeannine Stetson Hagedorn
The Scholarship Committee:

  • Promotes the availability of scholarship awards offered by the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. to women who reside in Collier or southern Lee County and are seeking an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree at an accredited college or university;
  • Evaluates applications for available scholarship awards under the criteria adopted by the Foundation’s Board of Directors; and
  • Recommends scholarship recipients to the Foundation Board of Directors

For more information about the Scholarship programs, click on the “Local Scholarships” tab.

StartSmart/WorkSmart: Judith MacGregor & Jacky Territo                                                              StartSmart/WorkSmart are workshop programs designed to help close the gender wage gap by providing undergraduates and women already in the workplace with skills to negotiate their salary and benefits package.  Members are trained by AAUW to facilitate the workshops and serve to both organize and conduct them.

STEAM Conference for 5th Grade Girls Chair: Charmaine Klein
This invitational conference is for over 100 fifth grade girls in Collier County Public Schools and their parents/guardians. The goal of the STEAM conference is to stimulate girls’ academic interests in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics by broadening their knowledge and expanding their vision of career possibilities.  The girls participate in fun and informative activities with professionals and students in the STEAM fields.  For more information, visit the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation page under the “programs” tab.  

TechTrek: Lanetta Warrenburg
The branch supports the AAUW Florida Tech Trek summer camps for girls entering the 8th grade.  This exciting week-long residential summer camp, held on university campuses, focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  During the week, girls attend a daily technology or science core class, perform hands-on activities throughout the day, attend a field trip to a STEM learning environment, and are exposed to female STEM role models.  Since 1988, AAUW has helped change girls’ lives through TECH TREK.  For many girls, the week-long camp provides the spark that ignites their curiosity in STEM and places them on a path toward success.