Woman of the Year

On November 12, 1975 the Poughkeepsie Branch held a dinner at the Vassar Alumni House to commemorate the International Women's Year and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of our branch. Eight women were honored for outstanding service to the residents of Dutchess County. Since that time, the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW has selected a local woman to honor as our Woman of the Year. These women exemplify the goals stated in AAUW's mission statement:

The American Association of University Women advances equity
for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

We invite you to nominate candidates for consideration of this honor using the form linked below to print, fill in and mail. Your nomination will be in consideration for two years from the date you submit the form to one of the Woman of the Year Committee Co-Chairs: Margaret Ouart, 26 Broad St, Fishkill, NY 12524 or Mary Lou Davis, 125 Andrews Rd, Lagrangeville, NY 12540

Woman of the year Nomination Form>>


2019  Hon. Joan S. Posner

2018  Dr. Pamela R. Edington

2017  Mariel Fiori

2016  Krista Jones

2015  Mary Lou Davis

2014  Maureen J. Taylor

2013  Patti Peck

2012  Judith A. Lombardi

2011  Ann K. Armater

2010  Elizabeth Harrel

2009  Carole J. Wolf

2008  Eileen M. Hayden

2007  Diane Pedevillano

2006  Clara Lou Gould

2005  Eleanor Charwat

2004  Gail Webster

2003  Klara B. Sauer

2002  Anna Buchholz

2001  Margaret R Calista

2000  Ruth Stafford Peale

1999  R. Patricia Poggi

1998  Ceal Sommer

1997  Virginia A. Swartz

1996  Mary Moody

1995  Geeta Desai

1994  Gail Burger

1993  Gloria Rutgers

1991  Trudie Evangelou

1990  Marion "Chad" Patterson

1988  Earline Patrice

1987  Joyce Ghee

1986  Mary Lou Heissenbuttel

1985  Trudy Grundon

1984  Mary Keeley

1983  Helen Marchese

1982  Marie Tarver

1981  Patricia Braatz

1980  Lucille Pattison

1979  Dr. Eleanor Peck

1978  Marian B. Morse

1975  Ann Buchholz

1975  Bernie Fitchett

1975  Bessie Payne

1975  Dorothy Haight

1975  Edna MacMahon

1975  Frances Drace

1975  Margaret Race

1975  Hilda Bohmer

Ann K. Armater, Woman of the Year 2011

Ann Armater is the founding Executive Director of the Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center and the Vice President for Development for Health Quest, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in the region.

A development officer with thirty years of experience, Ann’s career as a professional fundraiser started with United Way of Tri-State. Initially interested in working with the allocation side of United Way, Ann turned to the larger fundraising arm of the organization when a more experienced professional in the foundation world offered this sage advice: “You’ll be better at giving it away if you can appreciate what went into raising it.”

Armed with the fundraising fundamentals provided by the United Way, Ann spent two years in the development office at New York University and two years with the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Fund before joining the Foundation for Vassar Brothers Medical Center as its first Executive Director in 1986.

Twenty-five years later, a comprehensive development program is in place at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, supported by a talented development team and strong administrative and Trustee leadership. Perhaps the best testament to the Foundation’s fundraising success is seen in the fact that nearly $70 million in gifts and pledges have been secured in the last 25 years – including $12.6 million raised this year toward a capital campaign goal of $15 million.

With the creation and expansion of Health Quest in 1999, Ann’s responsibilities expanded to include oversight of the very effective development programs at both Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation and Putnam Hospital Center Foundation.

Ann has been active on the boards of the Greater Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce, the Dutchess Unit of the American Cancer Society, Regina Coeli School, and Our Lady of Lourdes High School; she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Astor Services for Children and Families.

Ann is a graduate of the College of New Rochelle and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. She resides in Poughkeepsie with her husband, Ray, and their three daughters, Elizabeth, Olivia and Madeline.


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