Board of Directors

Emily McCarter - President

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 a proud unionist, active in her local teachers' union; she serves in a variety of elected leadership roles and is committed to representing and protecting the interests and rights of fellow educators. McCarter is also 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.

Sara Varhus - Secretary

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.

Christine Dorward - Treasurer

Christine Dorward, CPA is a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester. She is currently working in the tax department for a public accounting firm where she guides individuals and businesses through complex tax issues.

She is actively motivated by social issues such as refugee resettlement and youth development. Her community participation dates back to her time at Nazareth College, where she volunteered with the tutoring program at Saint's Place of Rochester, working with young refugees to encourage, support, and motivate them in their academic pursuits.

Carol A. Griffith

Carol Griffith, MSW is graduate of the University Of Buffalo School Of Social Work and undergraduate of the State University of New York at Empire State College. Carol has been a government employee for 33 years and currently serves as Patient Advocate at the VA Western New York Healthcare System.

Carol is a founding member of the Friends Buffalo/Niagara Chapter. Carol was a hospital advocate for 2 years with Crisis Services of Buffalo. Carol has been active for over 15 years with the American Association of University Women Buffalo Branch participating in the International Women’s Day Events, Sister to Sister, Tech Savvy and Annual Book Sale Fundraiser. Carol is a member of the National Women’s History Project advisory board. Carol has been an active participant with the American Cancer Society Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk for many years forming teams.

Carol has volunteered for many years for the Buffalo Decorator’s Show House fundraiser. Carol has participated in the Women’s History Events, Pay Equity Events and Domestic Violence Bike Ride for the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women. Carol was a volunteer for the Dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D .C. Carol is a recipient of the Federal Woman’s Program Award, the John C. Foley Award for Collateral Duty Assignment, a YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award, and recently recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs for serving as Federal Women’s Program Manager for 17 years.

Dr. Betty Bayer

Betty M. Bayer is a Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She earned the BA, MA, and PhD degrees at Carleton University. She teaches courses on peace, ecofeminism and the body politic. Bayer received the Colleges' prestigious Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award in 2004 and the Community Service Award in 2009. She served as Director (2002 - 2009) of The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men at Hobart and William Smith. She is widely published, including most recently, in the journal "Women¹s Studies Quarterly," ³Enchantment in an Age of Occupy" and two essays, to appear in a SAGE international critical psychology project, "Spirituality" and "Feminism"; currently she is preparing a book "Revelation or Revolution?" on the history of the book "When Prophecy Fails" and its theory of cognitive dissonance, including their wider resonances with the history of spirituality, religion, psychology and science.

Bayer has also authored guest op-ed pieces in the Finger Lakes Times on the women's and feminist movement. She has also given dozens of conference papers and talks nationally and internationally, including most recently “Things that Channel: Subject Lessons from Religion, Spirituality and Psychology.”

Marilyn Tedeschi

Marilyn Tedeschi is an urban educator, youth advocate, business entrepreneur and social activist whose interests lie in economic development of the working poor and the communities in which they live.

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.

Shanelle France

Shanelle France is a Special Education teacher at Geneva Middle School. She has returned to Geneva after graduating from William Smith college in 2011, where she studied Africans Studies, Education and Women Studies.

In the interim of graduating from William Smith College, Shanelle lived in Lesotho as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then lived in Washington, D.C. where she received her Masters in Education for Secondary Special Education and Transition Services from The George Washington University. After graduating, France stayed in D.C. as a teacher and Assistant Principal at a Public Charter School in Southeast D.C. until moving back to Geneva, NY in July of 2019.

Now that she is back to the area, Shanelle is excited and eager to get involved, be an engaged citizen and effect positive change.

Dr. Jessica MacNamara

Jessica MacNamara is an assistant professor at Keuka College. She is a qualitative sociologist with broad teaching and research interests in gender and transgender studies, family, and body and embodiment. Her current work examines transgender people’s accounts of their relationships with their families with a focus on how families impact medical decision-making and how appearance and embodiment impact acceptance.

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