CWGCS Board of Directors

The Directors are drawn from both the public and private sectors, from agencies and advocacy groups, labor and management, elected and appointed officials, former Fellows on Women & Public Policy and academia.

CWGCS unveiled a new bold research and education agenda for 2016-2019, and is looking forward to working with the Board in advancing its agenda.  The Board of Directors serves as ambassadors, advocates, champions, and advisors to CWGCS on gender-related gaps and needs.  They facilitate CWGCS's partnerships and alliances with networks and agencies that share CWGCS's goals and seek to advance its vision.  "Our Board of Directors is the central planning group for CWGCS. They are the mastermind behind CWGCS's work, and the engine that continues to drive us toward our vision" says Executive Director, Dina Refki.

The Board of Directors
    Mary Ellen Piche, President
    Former CEO, Stratton VA Medical Center and Consultant

    Karen Carpenter Palumbo, Vice President
    President and CEO VanderHayden & Former CWGCS Fellow

    Honorable Dr. Dorcey Applyrs
    Albany City Common Council Member (1st Ward) and Former CWGCS Fellow

    Christa Christakis
    Executive Director, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II, Former CWGCS Fellow

    Terri Crowley
    Government Analyst, Hinman Straub Advisors, LLC

    Dr. Gloria Desole
    Former Senior Advisor to the President for Affirmative Action and Employment Planning, UAlbany

    Maud Easter
    Women Against War

    Honorable Patricia Fahy
    Assembly Member, New York State Assembly

    Dr. Judith Fetterley
    Professor Emeritus, Women’s Studies, University at Albany

    Lisa Frisch
    Executive Director, The Legal Project

    Dr. Janell Hobson
    Associate Professor, Women’s Studies

    Christina Hernandez
    Director of Re-Entry Services, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and Former CWGCS Fellow

    Canon Kay C. Hotaling
    Canon to the Ordinary and Diocesan Deployment Officer, Episcopal Diocese of Albany

    Corey Jamison
    President and CEO, Corey Jamison Consulting, LLC.

    Honorable Rachel Kretser
    Albany City Court Judge, Criminal Division

    Honorable Carolyn McLaughlin
    Former President, Albany City Common Council

    Angelica (Ang) Morris
    Executive Director, Human Rights Commission, Schenectady County

    Dr. Julie Novkov
    Professor & Chair Department of Political Science, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

    Alithia Rodriguez Rolon
    Legislative Representative at New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and Former CWGCS Fellow

    Kathleen Brady-Stepien
    Director of Advocacy, Council of Family & Child Caring Agencies, Former CWGCS Fellow

    Ruth Walters
    President, The Walters Group

    Gwen Wright
    Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence


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