AAWC Online Ballot
Alumnae Association Board Nominees Ballot 2017-2020
Online voting will close on June 1, before Reunion Weekend. Members can vote in person during the annual Alumnae Association General Meeting, which will be held from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, in Brooks Auditorium.
The AAWC nominating committee presented the following slate of officers and directors for terms running from 2017-20:
Maxine Lesher Gindlesperger ’98 graduated from Wilson with a degree in liberal studies. Every well-oiled machine needs someone to keep watch over its inner complexities, and at eLynxx Solutions, that person is Gindlesperger. Since 1989, her roles and responsibilities have followed the growth of eLynxx Solutions, and today she is responsible for managing the financial, personnel, support and facilities operations that keep the company running on a daily basis. She has received the AAWC Distinguished ADP Alumna/us Award and has been active in the Aunt Sarah program and the College’s career development events. She has been a member of the AAWC board since 2014, serving on the finance and student connections committees. She has also served as chair of the Franklin County Homeless Shelter Coalition.
In her own words: “Wilson College is not only an integral part of the community in which I live, but equally important, it holds a well-earned international reputation for excellence among liberal arts colleges. As secretary of the AAWC, I will employ my extensive business and community experience to promote the College so that others may gain the same kind of positive influence that Wilson has had on my life.”
Alumnae Trustee (to the College Board of Trustees):
Judith Coen Grove ’74 graduated from Wilson with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and went on to work for more than two decades in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of the Budget, ultimately auditing invoices for the Departments of Public Welfare, Health and Aging. She currently works as a customer service associate in the pricing office at Wegmans. While a student at Wilson, she worked as an administrative assistant in the admissions office. She served on the AAWC board from 1987-89 and 2014-16, and was elected last year to a term running from 2016-19. She has served on the board’s nominating and heritage committees.
In her own words: “During my visits to campus since I’ve been on the AAWC Board of Directors, I’ve been encouraged by the positive attitudes of students and staff. Even as programs have evolved to be more relevant to today’s students, the rich history and traditions of the College are still respected and upheld. Wilson is a vibrant and exciting institution and I look forward to supporting the vision and goals of the Board of Trustees in whatever way I can.”
Samantha Ainuddin ’94 graduated from Wilson with a degree in mass communications and has led a long and varied career in television news and sports that has taken her all over the country, working for ESPN, PBS, Turner Studios, Fox Sports and NBC. She has been a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, serving on various committees, including Emmy Awards judging. She is a breast cancer survivor who has been an active fundraiser for several organizations, including the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Philadelphia and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Boston. She has been a member of the AAWC board of directors since 2014, serving on the engagement and finance committees.
In her own words: “Alumnae were a constant presence on campus when I was a student in the ’90s. They were role models for many of us …The giants for me were Carolyn Trembley Shaffer ’50, Carol Tschop ’72 and the legendary Miss Boyd (Miss C. Elizabeth Boyd ’33). As editor of the Billboard, I was very taken with Wilson’s history and interviewed Miss Boyd on several occasions for the student paper. I can only hope I can bring a fraction of what they did to the alumnae association.”
Amanda Clever ’14 has worked as a licensed veterinary technician at the Shippensburg Animal Hospital in Shippensburg, Pa., since receiving her bachelor’s degree in veterinary medical technology from Wilson. While a student, she served as secretary and treasurer of the Wilson College Government Association (WCGA), and as treasurer for her class and president of Pre-Vet Club. She also was head tour guide for admissions. She is a volunteer receptionist at the Pregnancy Resource Center and is active in the AAWC’s Aunt Sarah program.
In her own words: “As a member of the alumnae board, I look forward to building connections and strengthening relationships among all Wilson members—from alumnae to students to professors/staff to trustees—to make us one unified spirit. I hope to bring more support from recent alumnae/i to use their specialized
gifts in furthering the mission of the College and supporting the current students.”
Alaina Hofer Irvin ’11 is a professional school counselor in the Prince George’s County public school system in Maryland. She graduated from Wilson with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science, and then received her Master of Education degree from Shippensburg University. While at Wilson, she served as WCGA president and was president and vice president of her class. She also was a resident assistant for three years. She was a scholar-athlete who was captain of the Phoenix women’s basketball team and a member of soccer team, and currently volunteers as a track coach for the Prince George’s school system.
In her own words: “During my term of service, I wish to bridge and expand the relationships between the association, the board and Wilson students. We have a great start with the Aunt Sarah program and various events throughout the year, but I wish to increase face time and support for our students. We, the alumnae/i, are their biggest assets in terms of continuing commitment to the College, resources and support. We are a small institution, but we are MIGHTY and need to continue to share, support and give to each other.”
Susan Graham Mowen ’97 is certified to educate students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and to teach high school literature and special education students. She currently teaches English language arts to sixth-grade students in Clear Spring, Md. Before becoming an educator, Mowen was an on-air personality for local radio stations and a copywriter for TV-25, a local television station. She graduated from Wilson with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and received a master’s in curriculum and technology from the University of Phoenix .She has been a member of the AAWC board since 2014, serving on the board’s engagement and recognition and stewardship committees. Her daughter, Katelin, is a member of the Class of 2017.
In her own words: “I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a member of the alumnae board. I have had the pleasure of working with great alums who share my love of Wilson. We are ‘sisters’ who have the goal of helping alumni (past, present and future) be a part of the Wilson family. My hope for the upcoming term is to help others be more involved. I would like to have more alums visit during Fall Weekend and wish to work with my Wilson sisters on how to make that possible. I am always ready to support my sister board members in any activity or idea, and will continue to give my best to each.”
Susan Smith ’70 is an educational consultant who served as vice president for institutional advancement and vice president of academic affairs at Gloucester County College in New Jersey, as well as assistant superintendent and principal for several New Jersey public schools. She is the author and editor of 21 publications, studies and other documents related to planning, curriculum, educational policy and technology. She has been a board member, officer and committee member/chair for 23 not-for-profit, community support and educational organizations such as Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, chambers of commerce and workforce investment boards, from 1976 to present. She graduated from Wilson with a bachelor’s degree in English, received two master’s degrees from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in New Jersey and has a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
In her own words: “Wilson has been part of my life for many years. I look forward to listening and learning about its current status and how I can help the College move forward.”
Dorothy M. Van Brakle ’06 and ’09 is a graduate of the Adult Degree Program (ADP) at Wilson College. She received her associate degree in business management from Wilson in 2006 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business and economics in 2009. After beginning her career with the federal government as a clerk, she retired in September 2016 after 35 years of service at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, where she was the chief of the logistics division and supervised more than 100 employees. She served four years as an alumnae trustee on the College’s Board of Trustees. She has also served on the AAWC board’s engagement and recognition and stewardship committees.
In her own words: “The Wilson experience is such a personal one that it is different for every student, but especially so for ADP students, who don't really have much contact with the traditions of the school. I would like to see that change and hopefully find a way to include the ADP students in more of the activities and traditions of the school. Now that I have retired, I hope to be able to devote more time to find a way for the AAWC to be engaged with the ADP students and ADP alumnae/i. I will be actively working over this next term on the board to find a solution to building a relationship to the College with this important cohort of students and alums.”
Leslie H. Hanks ’70 is a retired elementary school teacher. She taught for 35 years in the Washington County public school system in Maryland as a classroom teacher, library media specialist, staff developer and intervention teacher. After graduating from Wilson with a bachelor’s degree in political science, she received a master’s degree in early childhood education from Shippensburg University. She has served on the nominating committee and student connections committee for the AAWC board for the past three years.
In her own words: “I appreciate the opportunity to represent others on the alumnae board. Serving on the board in the past has helped me to learn about the progress being made at Wilson and appreciate the College's current events.”