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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for the financial management of all activities of The Woman's Club. It meets the third Monday of every month.  Board members are elected to two-year terms. Board officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are elected to one-year terms.

Monica Trabold  -- President

Monica Trabold joined the Board of Directors in 2020 and  became president in July 2022.

She also co-chairs the Communications Committee. Retired from South Colonie Schools, she taught French and Spanish for 34 years and served as department coordinator, a mentor teacher and a cooperating teacher.

She taught world language teaching methodology at UAlbany for three years and joined Clarkson University as an adjunct clinical supervisor in 2021.

Monica has been the president of the South Colonie Friends of Music since 2016, and is growing a business as voice actor Monica French. She lives in Colonie with her family.

Paula Hennessy --  Vice President

Paula Hennessy joined the Board of Directors in 2020. She chairs the Community Service Committee and is a co-chair of the Program Committee.

Paula retired from New York state government service as a human resources and training specialist, supervising contracts, curriculum development and multi-media presentations. She later was director of education and training at the Public Employees Federation with oversite for the labor and job-specific education for 54,000 members.

A community activist, she serves on several not for profit boards, and volunteers in the community. She also is a Democratic committeeperson in the City of Albany.

Martha McCormick -- Secretary

Martha McCormick joined the Board of Directors in June 2021 after being a WCA member for several years. She is co-chair of the Building Committee.

Her work and career have always been related to counseling and education. She worked for nearly 25 years in Student Life at RPI, then in consulting and training for Capital EAP in Albany and most recently as director of education for To Life!, a local breast cancer support services organization.

Now retired, Martha is excited to become more involved with the WCA and work toward its mission to serve the community. 

Deborah Kaminski -- Treasurer

Deborah Kaminski has been treasurer of the Woman's Club since July 2020. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, she is co-chair of the Archives Committee and the Porch Renovation Project Ad Hoc Committee. She serves on the Finance and Development committees.

She is professor emerita of mechanical engineering at RPI.

In the past decade, she has written three science fiction novels and is working away at her fourth. 

Pattie Beeler

Pattie Beeler has been involved with the WCA since 2003. She was president from 2013 to 2015, subsequently served as treasurer and termed off the Board in 2020. She completed a short-term director’s seat created by an unexpected vacancy and was elected to a full term in June 2022. Pattie serves on the Governance and Rental committees, and co-chairs Buildings.

Previously chief clerk of Rensselaer County Family Court, Pattie is involved in many Town of Bethlehem issues, including open space and farmland and forest preservation work. She co-leads Bethlehem Tomorrow, a community advocacy organization, and serves on Bethlehem’s Conservation Easement Review Board. She also is involved with numerous animal rescue groups.

Susan Gould Fogerite

Susan Gould Fogerite joined the Board of Directors in July 2022 and is co-chair of the Development Committee. 

She received her B.S. in medical technology from the University at Albany and Ph.D. in microbiology and Immunology from Albany Medical College. She is a professor emeritus at Rutgers University, N.J., where she did research and taught for 30 years. She has more than 20 patents, organized international meetings, founded a biopharmaceutical company, and held leadership positions in medicine, integrative health and yoga.

A certified teacher in the Himalayan Tradition of yoga meditation, she works with caregivers and families with mental and developmental health challenges.  She loves time with family and friends, the arts, nature, education and democracy.

Sara Hotopp

A member since 2014, Sara Hotopp was on the WCA Board from 2016 to 2018. She served on the Building, Nominating and Honorary Holiday Party committees and was also the Membership Committee Chair. Sara was appointed Board secretary in 2021 and served until June 2022. She currently is Governance Committee chair.

Sara retired as a reading specialist for the Voorheesville School District and was an elected union representative and member of the Teacher’s Association Executive Committee.

She is a member and a past president of the Albany City Area Reading Council, and is a local food pantry volunteer.

Marilyn Hunter

Marilyn D. Hunter joined the Board of Directors in 2021 and chairs the Development Committee.

Retired now, she was an educator and administrator at Emma Willard School in Troy for 40 years, teaching Spanish, French, Italian and Latin American History. She also worked in Residence, was dean of students and Language Division chair, coached the Mock Trial team and advised the yearbook production at different times over the years.

She served on the board of the Open Door Student Exchange program out of Long Island and was the faculty representative to the Emma Willard Board of Trustees. She is also a recent past President of Vanguard-Albany Symphony.

Marilyn lives in Brunswick with her husband, Scott. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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