Branch Committees

Programs Director: Glenda Struthers
This position implements branch programs. The Vice President serves as the chair of the program committee.

Finance Director: Nina Christensen
This committee maintains all financial records, prepares the annual budget, and recommends financial strategies for approval by both the board and the membership.

Recording Secretary: Charmaine Klein
This position is responsible for recording minutes at the branch and board meetings, submitting the minutes for review and releasing the final versions.

Membership Directors: 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:

Co-Database Managers – Donna Walker & Carol Siwinski

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

        Membership Development – Chris Basier

Cocktails and Convos – Judith MacGregor & Susan Becker

Branch meeting registration and greeting assistance (with the team) – Joanna Newman, Jan Miller and Mary Uhl

Branch Meeting Hospitality Coordinator – Lanetta Warrenburg

Member Retention and Branch Meeting Registration and Welcome – Laura Scott

Sunshine Secretary – Mary Uhl

Honorary Life Member Liaison – Susan Becker

        Public Policy Liaison – Chris Basier

50-50 Raffle – Joanna Newman

Meeting Ambassadors – Susan Becker, Nancy Beights, and Mary Schell.

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

Gulf Breeze & News Bites Editor: Mary Uhl
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 one page communication bulletin sent via email, as needed.

Webmaster and Social: Ann Hughes  
This includes maintenance of the 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. Social oversight includes Facebook and LinkedIn.

Press Releases and Publications (PR) Chair: Maryanna Crawford
This committee 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 

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 Director

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

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.

In addition, the director oversees several projects as a Vice President of the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. and the following programs:

STEAM Conference for 5th Grade Girls Chair: Nancy Beights & Linda Kropp
This conference is for 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, arts 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. 

Reading is Fun (RIF) 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.

StartSmart/WorkSmart: Maryann Pennella and Judith MacGregor
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 receive training to facilitate the workshops.

Scholar Bowl: Lanetta Warrenburg
During the school year, public and private Collier County schools engage in academic competitions.  Branch members volunteer at these events.

Public Policy and Legal Advocacy Director: Karen Clegg and Judy Lyons
The public policy co-chairs advocate for AAUW’s public policy program and represent AAUW’s public policy priorities to policy makers, elected and appointed officials, AAUW members, the public, and the media. They also lead AAUW voter education and turnout campaigns for the branch.

PP 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.

PP 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

PP 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 lobbying and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women.

Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF)
The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) 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. Our resources range from community outreach programs to backing of major cases.

Contributions to LAF may be made by check payable to “Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc.”

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

Parliamentary Assistant/Bylaws Committee: Susan Barley
This committee interprets GNB bylaws and when necessary, recommends revisions to the board and the membership. The Parliamentarian or Adviser assures that meetings are conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.

Development Committee: Susan Mehas
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.

The historian maintains a current record of GNB activities.

Branch Fund Raisers

Tours & Talks, [Under Development Committee] 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 suggested registration fee.