AWIU Board of Directors
Carol Robertson Lopez
Carol is currently serving as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Children’s Foundation. She has been a member of the Board of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market since its creation. Carol is the President of the American Women for International Understanding and recently returned from an AWIU delegation to Ethiopia. She also serves as the Chair of the Santa Fe Sister Cities Committee and the Bukhara/Santa Fe Sisters Cities. She is the immediate Past President of the International Women’s Forum-New Mexico. She is on the Honorary Board of Sister Cities International based in Washington, DC and serves as State Coordinator.
Carol served two terms on the Santa Fe City Council and six as Mayor ProTempore. In addition to Chairing Public Works, Finance and Public Safety, a major accomplishment was the securing the funds for the building of the Southside Library. She served as State President of the New Mexico Municipal League and traveled extensively throughout New Mexico in her positions. Carol served a long career in various administrative positions in state government including: the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the Office of the Attorney General in Santa Fe, the State Personnel Office, and the State Planning Division. She received the 2004 Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women.
Her passion is travel and learning about the world with her husband Jeff, a Peace Corp Volunteer. She gardens, swims and is an avid reader.[/team_member]
Maria Emmi Schory
First Vice President
Maria is currently serving on the AWIU Board of Directors, is co-chair of the New York State Chapter and is a member of the 50th Anniversary Committee and the Internationalism Award Committee. She co-chaired the Board Meeting events in Buffalo in October, 2016.
Maria is the Vice-President of the Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo Preservation Foundation and was President of the Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo, the second oldest private women’s club in the country. She served as President of Young Audiences-Western New York for three years and was on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Buffalo. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council of the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo. Maria holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Administration and an MS. Ed. In Speech Pathology from State University College at Buffalo, and a B.A. in Communication Disorders from State University of NY at Buffalo. She retired from the Buffalo Public School System as a Special Education Coordinator.[/team_member]
AWIU Vice President; Chicago Chapter. AWIU Delegate to Burma. AWIU Delegation Committee, Co-Chair. Leader, Chiapas Delegation. AWIU Nominating Committee, 2016. High School English Teacher, Chicago Board of Education. Software, United Airlines. Mentor, Leukemia/ Lymphoma Society. Chicago Greeter, Tourism Office. Docent, Chicago Architecture Foundation. [/team_member]
Louise Simon Schoene
As AWIU Vice President, Louise Simon Schoene is a citizen diplomat and community advocate who volunteers her time to projects and organizations that are working for change.
She serves as Trustee of Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School, a Member of the Advisory Council at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center and New York State Coordinator for Sister Cities International. In 2010 she was appointed an Honorary AmeriCorps member.She currently is preparing for a three generational Burchfield art show that will be held at The Kenan Center in Lockport, New York from April 30 to June 16, 2017, featuring highlights of her Burchfield collection. The Burchfield generational collection features over six hundred pieces of art of Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967), Martha Burchfield Richter (1924-1977), Catherine Burchfield Parker (1926-2012) and Peggy Richter Haug (1948-). She completed a B.S. in Transportation, Travel, and Tourism from Niagara University and is working towards a Masters of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies (Public Relations) at SUNY Buffalo State.
Chicago Chapter. AWIU delegate to Myanmar, 2014. Chicago guide for AWIU Annual meeting, 2013. Chicago Public Schools Administrator. United Credit Union, Board Member, Chair, Supervisory Committee. The Glass Slipper Project, Board Member. Women of Steele, Board Member. Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Member – Illinois Democratic Women. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Member.
Debra L. Beck, Orange County Chapter, joins the AWIU Board in 2015 for a 2-year term. She will serve on the Executive Committee as Board Secretary.
Debra’s prior AWIU positions have included Chairman of the Nominating Committee and member of the By-laws Committee, International Women of Courage Celebration Committee, International Women of Courage Internationalism Award Committee and National Board Member. She values her membership and encourages others to join AWIU for the opportunity to promote citizen diplomacy through delegation trips, to support the awarding of grants to women in other countries and to increase awareness and understanding of vital international issues.
Active in politics, public affairs and civic education, Debra has served on civic boards that include the World Affairs Council of Orange County, the World Affairs Council of the Desert, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (Orange County Chapter) and California State University, Fullerton Non-profit Professionals Alumni Association. International travels have included serving on a political party delegation to Germany and a World Affairs Councils of America delegation to Jordan. International studies have been at The Hague Academy of International Law in The Hague, Netherlands, at the United Nations International Leadership Academy in Amman, Jordan and in Beijing, China through the Western State University, College of Law International Program.
Debra earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton and a Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University, College of Law in San Diego, California.
Jo Ann Troha
Jo Ann is the AWIU office administrator. She resides in the Northwest Suburban Chicago area. Jo Ann has managed the AWIU office since 2004. Jo Ann supports the Board, Committee Chairs and AWIU membership in many day to day facets of the organization. Her responsibilities include membership details, support for Board members, support for Committee Chairs, communications to AWIU members and briefing AWIU members of meetings and events, IWOC planning and implementation, and Accounting. Jo Ann has been the “go to” person at AWIU for information.
Alice A. Anderson
Merry Lee Eilers
Gayle Graham Morin
Diane M. McGlinchey – IWOC Liasion
Madvi Raya – Technology
Los Angeles: Diane C. Henry
New York: Mara Huber & Maria Schory
Orange County: Stelle Feuers and Sharon Kolby
San Diego: Pending
Virtual Chapter II: Betty Houbion;
Washington, D.C.: Jing Bao
2017 HERITAGE MEMBERS
A Heritage Member is a special dues category for investing in AWIU’s Future.
Marilyn Beth Dresser
Sherry Lee Mueller
Robin Winter Odem
Joan Graham Poulos
FOUNDER: AMERICAN WOMEN FOR INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING
* Bernice W. Behrens
* Bernice M. Hemphill
* Lee Kimche Mc Grath
Marcia Wilson Hobbs
* Fran Harding Williams
Carole J. Lewis
Jane Mursener Wetzel
Diane M. McGlinchey