June 25, 2013 11:12 ET

YWCA USA Announces New Board Members and Officers New Members Comprised of Leaders From Academic, Business, Health and Public Sectors

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Jun 25, 2013) - The YWCA USA, one of the oldest and largest non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of women and eliminating racism, announced today that after a nationwide recruiting process, 13 women joined the YWCA National Board of Directors, effective June 8, 2013. They will serve on the organization's national board of directors along with four re-elected YWCA Board leaders. The appointment of the new board was ratified at the YWCA's National Business Meeting in Washington D.C. on Saturday, June 8, at the organization's 2013 Annual Conference. The YWCA National Board of Directors will now be comprised of the following 17 members:

Re-elected YWCA USA Board Members:

  • YWCA USA Board Chair: Paula Penebaker, President & CEO, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
  • YWCA USA Vice Chair & Secretary: Azuri Gonzalez, Director, Center for Civic Engagement, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • YWCA USA Treasurer: Janet Marcotte, former Executive Director, YWCA Tucson
  • YWCA USA Board Member and immediate past Board Chair: Rebecca Hall, Executive Director, YWCA Greater Lawrence

New YWCA USA Board Members:

  • Sheila Carnicelli, Managing Director, UBS AG
  • Rachel Cheeks-Givan, Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, PepsiCo
  • Katherine Emerich Compagni, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ithaca College (Retired)
  • Tracey Gray-Walker, Managing Director, Head of Association Business, AXA Equitable
  • Marsha B. Henderson, Assistant Commissioner for Women's Health, U.S. FDA
  • Laura Jennings, Private Investor
  • Paula Green Johnson, Community Volunteer & Advocate
  • Lesley Lopez, Director of Communications, National Immigration Forum
  • Kaydian Lyn, Assistant Vice President, Government & Community Partnerships, JPMorgan Chase
  • Aimée Meher-Homji, Client Partner & Leader, International Development, Korn/Ferry International
  • Rhonda R. Mims, President, ING Foundation
  • Ruth Oratz, M.D., Director, The Women's Oncology & Wellness Practice, Clinical Associate Professor and Firm Chief, NYU School of Medicine
  • Patricia Pearman, Executive Director of Oncology & Disease Solutions, GE Corporate healthymagination

YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron M.D. stated, "We are very excited and honored to add these incredible leaders to the YWCA USA Board of Directors. In order for the YWCA to achieve continued success as a national organization, it is critically important for us to engage individuals who are passionate about our mission, willing to help us increase the visibility of our national movement and bring new resources and services to our historic organization."

The YWCA National Board of Directors is comprised of 17 women from 10 states. Each of these women joins the YWCA bringing their extensive professional experiences and significant executive leadership accomplishments from a multitude of industries: Academic, Business, Health and Public Sectors.

About the YWCA
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For more than 150 years, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S.
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