YWCA Elects New Board Members and Officers

The YWCA of Central Massachusetts, the longest-serving agency by, for and about women and girls in central Massachusetts elected new officers and directors at its 128th annual meeting earlier this year.

The following members were newly elected to serve a three-year term to the agency’s Board of Directors.

Margarete Arndt is a Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Management at Clark University. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles on leadership, management and business practices in health care. She has been an active volunteer for VNA Care Network serving as a member and chair of various committees including: finance, audit, strategic planning, and mergers.

Lori Dawson is the Director of Women’s Studies and a full Professor in the Psychology Department at Worcester State University. Her scholarly work has focused on physical, sexual and emotional abuse and the intersectionality of discrimination. She is a member of the Association of Women in Psychology, a certified Rape Crisis Counselor and a volunteer youth educator with the O.W.L. program through the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Nora Keefe is the Regional Director of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Office. She has held various other positions in political organizations including Worcester County Field Organizer for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Field and GOTV Director for the Committee to Elect Joe Petty, and Campaign Manager for the Committee to Elect Ken O’Brien State Representative.

Meghan Maceiko is a Strategic Market Consultant for Unum. She is a graduate of Worcester LEAD, a year-long professional, personal and civic leadership development program. She is an active community volunteer serving with the United Way of Central Massachusetts as a Dollar Scholar Mentor, Community Impact Review Team Member, Women’s Initiative Coordinating Committee Member and as chair of the Women’s Initiative Membership Cultivation, Education & Outreach Committee. She is also a Corporator of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest and a member of the Board of Directors for NEADS.

Mary Jo Marion serves as the Executive Director of the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University. She co-chairs the city of Worcester’s Mayoral Commission on Latino Educational Excellence and served as a member of the City’s successful bid for the Promise Neighborhood planning grant.

Elected to serve a second three-year term to the Board of Directors is: Judith Ockene, Ph.D., M.Ed., M.A., a tenured Professor of Medicine, and Associate Vice Provost for Gender and Equity at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) where she holds the Barbara Helen Smith Endowed Chair in Preventive and Behavioral Medicine. She is the founding and current Chief of the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at UMMS. She has been very actively engaged with the YWCA for more than 10 years and currently serves as a member of the Daybreak Standing and Resource Development Committees. Lorna Stearns was also elected to a second three-year term. She also serves on the Resource Development Committee.

Elected to serve as officers for a one-year term were:  Suzanne Singh Nebelung of Sutton, President; Linda Looft, assistant vice president at WPI, President-elect; Micki Davis, coordinator, CEV Center at Clark University, Vice-President/President-elect; Joyce Augustus, financial analyst at Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Treasurer; Karen Kempskie-Aquino, owner of Seven Hills Bookkeeping, Assistant Treasurer 2013; Etel Capacchione, director of the Youth Academy at Dynamy/YOU, Inc., Clerk; Christienne Bik, director of government relations at Fallon Community Health Plan, Assistant Clerk.

All of us at the YWCA are honored and thrilled to have women of such high caliber leading the Agency and working on behalf of women, children and families in our community,” said Executive Director Linda Cavaioli.


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