Board of Directors
Sara Varhus is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nazareth College. She has served as President of the Oswego County Humane Society and as a member of the Board of the Girl Scout Council of Central New York. She is currently President of the Board of the Friends of the Women’s Right National Park and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Discovery Charter School. She has served as Acting Director of the Women’s Studies program at SUNY at Oswego. She has also participated in the American Council on Education National Identification Program for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education, a professional develop program, and in 2001 she was a participant in the HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration.
Kathryn Littleton is a past president of the Friends of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. She is a public relations consultant with wide-ranging experience in the corporate, non-profit and government sectors. She is retired from Corning Incorporated where she was Director of External Communications.
She volunteered as consultant at the Economic Opportunity Program (EOP) in Elmira, N.Y. (2000 to 2005). During that time she was a member of the Ernie Davis Capital Campaign Committee that raised $5 million to construct a new Family Center in Elmira, N.Y. She was also a member of the Keuka College Capital Campaign Committee to Save Ball Hall (2005-2008). The fund raising goal of $10 million was achieved and Ball Hall was restored and modernized to remain the centerpiece of the campus.
Ms. Littleton holds a B.A. in English Literature from Keuka College, 1979, and a M.S in Communications Management and Public Relations from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School, 2002.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the ARC of Chemung ARC, Elmira, N.Y.
Emily McCarter is a Spanish teacher at Geneva Middle School, and holds three professional NYS certifications in Spanish, and School Building and School District Leadership. She received her B.A. in Spanish and Political Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and her M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester, Warner School of Education. McCarter is an active member of the Ontario County Youth Board; her work has focused on evaluating programs for youth, and recruiting new youth leaders, particularly young women.
McCarter is passionate about the topic of school-based bullying, legislation, and interventions. She has organized several community events to educate others about bullying, including an evening with national anti-bullying speaker and gay rights activist, Jamie Nabozny, and a youth panel discussion on bullying at the Smith Opera House following Lee Hirsch’s documentary, Bully (2011). McCarter is particularly interested in interventions and supports to ameliorate bullying based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
She is a member of several not-for-profit boards whose missions are dedicated to youth, self-development and educational advocacy for women and girls. She is a cofounder of the Community Microenterprise Center, a not for profit small business incubator and Progressive Neighborhood Federal Credit Union which serves the needs of Rochester’s lowest income families. She has been an equal rights advocate for women and girls, developing history and programs to make a difference in their lives. Marilyn is currently the president of the Greater Rochester Area Branch of the American Association of University Women and vice president of the Women’s Institute for Leadership and Learning in Seneca Falls, NY. She has been a student of Conscious Evolution for the past 20 years and is a member of a forward moving organizations called Evolutionary Women.
Adriene Emmo is president of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Friends of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and an active community leader in her hometown of Seneca Falls, NY. She is co-chair of the Convention Days committee, chairman of the Village Heritage Area, co-chair of the It’s A Wonderful Life event, vice-president and board member of Seneca Falls-Waterloo Kiwanis International, board member and membership chair of the One Voice Alliance of Women, and board member of the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry. Adriene is also founding president of Emmo Consulting, which administers chapter 11 bankruptcies, and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Dr. Marie L. Watkins
Dr. Marie L. Watkins, Director of the Bachelor of Arts of Community Youth Development Program and Professor in the Department of Social Work at Nazareth College, Rochester, New York is a graduate of Nazareth College and received her Master in Social Work, Master in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Doctorate in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Dr. Watkins’ dissertation topic was the impact of social context upon the relational development of girls who reside in urban settings. She received recognition from the Syracuse University Women’s Studies Department for her Outstanding Dissertation to advance the goals and mission of women and girls studies.
Dr. Watkins has over 20 years of higher education experience as a faculty and special programs director at Indiana University School of Social Work at Indianapolis and in 1999 began teaching at Nazareth College, Rochester, New York. Her teaching responsibilities include women’s studies, diversity studies, methods of group work and community organizing, internship mentoring and management, and courses related to child and adolescent development. From 2001-2014, Dr. Watkins served as Nazareth College’s Director for the Center of Service Learning. In 2005, she co-authored the book “From Community to Classroom to Career: Service-Learning” and she has co-authored book chapters on the “how to’s” of creating sustainable partnerships between youth development agencies and service-learning activities in colleges and universities. Furthermore, she presents extensively, locally, nationally and internationally, about creating sustainable campus-community partnerships, youth development and girls development.
In addition to her academic experience, Dr. Watkins has 40+ years of youth development experience as a youth worker, a group worker, agency administrator, and as a youth development advocate. In 1969, she began her youth work career with the City of Niagara Falls’s Department of Parks and Recreation. For over 25 years, Dr. Watkins was a full-time professional youth worker in Boys and Girls Clubs in Niagara Falls, New York, Syracuse, New York, Albany, New York and Indianapolis, Indiana. Her administrative expertise includes program development and management, personnel development and supervision and asset-based community development through engagement with diverse communities.
Dr. Watkins’s primary practice expertise includes the processes to strengthen organizational capacity within youth development agencies; building youth-adult partnerships with youth who reside in urban settings; the creation of culturally competent youth services with a special emphasis on gender equity; creating youth development solutions to serve youth who demonstrate challenging and disruptive behaviors; and building partnerships between institutions of higher education and community-based agencies. She continues her involvement and passion for quality youth development services, primarily with youth who reside in underserved communities, in her roles as a college professor, a workshop presenter, a consultant and an author.