AWIU Board of Directors
Maria Emmi Schory
Maria served as First Vice President of AWIU in 2017. She was a member of the 50th Anniversary Committee, the Internationalism Award Committee, co-chaired the Buffalo Board Meeting events in October 2016 , and co-chaired the New York State Chapter of AWIU.
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.
Carol Robertson Lopez
Immediate Past President
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.
Jacqueline (Jackie) Macias joined the Board of AWIU in 2017, now Chairing the Development Committee and serving on the Executive Committee as Vice President and the Finance and Passport Committee’s as member. In 2017, Jackie participated as a host to one of the International Women of Courage recipients and co-led AWIU’s delegation to Nicaragua, the largest delegation in the organization’s history.
With an enduring passion for women’s health and wellness, Jackie joined the Board of The Lily Project in 2015, a non-profit organization designed to eradicate cervical cancer in Nicaragua by providing health services and education to women and girls living in rural communities. Jackie also serves as vice chair of the Board of Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, co-chairing the Public Policy and Programs Committee and participating on the Executive and Finance Committee’s.
Jackie is a senior executive with a proven track record in large public companies, playing significant roles in strategy-setting, M&A, brand-building, and governance. Recognized for solving complex business issues and creating stakeholder value, Jackie established her own consulting firm in 2014, providing C-level advisory services. Prior to consulting, Jackie served as Chief Financial Officer of SeeChange Health, a start-up offering non-traditional health plans combined with consumer-driven clinical technology. Before SeeChange Health, Jackie spent fifteen years in the health care industry at Anthem, where she was last responsible for profit / loss management, membership growth and operations of Medicaid programs, Children’s Health Insurance Programs and all other publicly funded programs for uninsured and underserved populations across the nation. Prior to Anthem, Jackie spent ten years in the defense manufacturing industry at ITT, where she was responsible for a variety of financial functions over the years.
Jackie has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rutgers University, a Master of Science degree in taxation from American University, and a Doctorate of Education degree in the field of organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and Health Insurance Associate. Given her expertise and experience, Jackie has been asked to speak at several healthcare conferences and to instruct social entrepreneurs at Pepperdine.
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.
Julie is a successful entrepreneurial professional with over 25 years’ experience managing business operations and marketing in various industries. In 2017, she joined Salt Creek Capital as an Executive Partner. Prior to joining Salt Creek Capital, Julie was Executive Vice President at Summit Funding, Inc. She has held leadership roles at the Walt Disney Company, Belkin International, Oberthur Technology and Deloitte Consulting. Earlier in her career, Julie was President of her 3rd generation family business, the Nut Tree Restaurant in Northern California. Julie earned a B.S. in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis. She serves on the board of American Bone Health and previously Pasadena Angels’ board.
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
Diane Mitchell Henry
Carolyn A. Johnson
Gayle Graham Morin
Diane M. McGlinchey – IWOC Liasion
Los Angeles: Diane Mitchell Henry
New York State: Maria Emmi Schory
Orange County: Stelle Feuers and Sharon Kolby
San Diego: Pending
Virtual Chapter II: Betty Houbion;
Washington, D.C.: Pending
2018 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
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