Poughkeepsie Branch of the

American Association of University Women, Inc.

P.O. Box 1908, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601



Volume 29, Number 2              60th year of publication

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October 2015





Honor our Woman of the Year 2015



Friend, Teacher, Leader!



Saturday, October 17, 2015

12 – 3 pm

Villa Borghese

70 Widmer Road

Wappingers Falls, NY


Cash Bar & Served Luncheon

Choice will be beef, chicken, salmon or vegetarian


Price: $40 (includes gratuity)


Reservations & checks are due: October 3, 2015


Make checks payable to "Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc."


Mail to:

Betty Harrel

28 Laffin Lane

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603



Questions: Call Betty Harrel 845/462-2141 or




See below for more information.




From the South follow Route 9, after Home Depot, turn right onto County Route 104 (New Hackensack Road). Travel 3/10 of a mile to top of hill. Turn right onto Widmer road. Villa Borghese is located 1/2 mile on the right.


From the North follow Route 9, pass the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Stay in left lane. Turn left onto county Route 104 (New Hackensack Road).  Follow the directions above. ■



Poughkeepsie AAUW and the PoughkeepsiePublic Library presents:


“The Victorian Lady, Making History Relevant Today”



Sue McLane, “The Victorian Lady”


October 8, 2015


7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please be prompt


Poughkeepsie Public Library

Boardman Road Branch

141 Boardman Road

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


Sue McLane will be our featured speaker.  She has been a Living History presenter known as “The Victorian Lady” since 1991.  Sue was drawn to the Victorian Era’s simpler way of life and to the study of history itself.  Her love of antique clothing enticed her to discover details about each piece and its origin, which developed her fascination with history.  Sue McLane says that each outfit tells a story and looking at the details explains not only what it took to create it, but opens a window into the past that intrigues and urges her to continue with more research.  Many of her outfits have appeared in movies such as “Out of Africa” and others.  Continued below.



The Boardman Road Branch Library is located at 141Boardman Road between Our Lady of Lourdes High School and the Poughkeepsie Day School.  From New Hackensack Road, turn on to Zack’s Way, which will lead you to Boardman Road.  From Spackenkill Road, turn on to Boardman Road at the Boardman Road light.  Watch for directional signs. ■



 Online Calendar at

Contact: Kathy Friedman


3       Friends of Trekkers Event: 8:00 am

         Fall Day Exploration of Gillette Castle State Park,

         East Haddam, CT

         Meet at Lime Kiln Road/I 84 Park & Ride Lot

         Leader:  Karen Haynes (297-5700)

         Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

5       Word Games: 2:00 pm

         Hostess:   Ellie Charwat (462-7061)

         Coordinator: Betsy Vivas (485-2379)

6       World Travelers: 7:00 pm


         Presenter: Margaret Nijhuis (635-8612)

         Hostess: Margaret Nijhuis (635-8612)

         Reservations: Jeanette Cantwell (452-4188)


7       The Ediss Book Group: 7:00 pm

         Book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

         Hostess: Cyd Averill (485-2866)

         Coordinator: Celia Serotsky (473-8426)

8       General Membership Program: 7:00 pm

         All members are invited and encouraged to attend –

         see details on page 1 and 3.

9       Daytime Literature: 10:00 am

         Book: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

         The Manor at Woodside, 168 Academy, Pok.

         Coordinators: Leona Miller (471-0777) &

                  Vicki Greenberg (462-6763)

10     “The Branch” deadline for November  

13     Movie Night: Time TBD by show

         Movie: Group members will be notified the

         Thursday before - sign up with Sue.

         Discussion: Eveready Diner, Rt. 9, Hyde Park

         Director: Susan Osterhoudt (889-4469)


         Producer: Diana Gleeson

14     Gourmet: Out & About: 6:30 pm

  Formosa, 825 Main St., Poughkeepsie

  Contact: Mary Ann Boylan (462-2504) &

           Kay Saderholm (229-8545) 

14     Pedal Pushers:  10:00 am

         Bike to Hopewell Jct.

         Meeting Point: LaGrange Rail Trail parking lot

         Leader:  Sheila Zweifler (462-6478)

         Coordinator: Sheila Zweifler

15     Aventures en Soleil: 2:00 pm

  Fashion Institute of Technology

  Contact: Pat Luczai (463-4662)

  Send check made out to Pat Luczai, 9 Bridgewater Way,

  Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

         Coordinator: Ruth Sheets (473-6202)

16     Poetry & Play Readings: 2:00 pm 

         Selected Play Readings

         Hostess: Maria DeWald

         Coordinators: Jackie Sweeney &

                  Carol Loizides

17     Bridge 3: 10:00 am

  Hostess: Carol Mastropietro (221-8862)

         Coordinator: Donna Reichner

17     Trekkers: 9:00 am

         Blue Stone Wild Forest Hike to Onteora Lake, Catskills

         Leader:  Pat Luczai (463-4662)

         Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

17     Woman of the Year Luncheon, see page 1 and 7.

19     All those books...: 2:30 pm

         Book: The Girl on the Boat by P.G. Wodehouse

         Hostess: Bonnie Auchincloss,

         Coordinator: Carol Loizides (452-3208)

19     Manderley Literary Society: 7:30 pm

         Book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

         Hostess: Ellie Burch (297-7828)

         Coordinator: Rochelle Friedman (462-4996)

20     Cuisine: 6:30 pm

         The cuisine of Mario Bataliheme

         Recipes: Barbara Lemberger, Joann Clark

         Hostesses: Joann Clark (876-5189) &

                  Rita Minnerly (471-2525) 

         Coordinator: Barbara Lemberger


20     Diversity, One Out of Many People: 5:30 pm

         Program TBA 

         DCC, Bowne Hall, Room 122

         Coordinator: Jacqueline Goffe-McNish


21     Bridge I: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

         Hostess:  Anne Valentino (221-2591)

         Coordinators:  Linda Ronayne (897-9745) &

                  Mary Ann Ryan (897-9679)

22     Bridge II: 12:00-4:00 pm

         Uno Chicago Grill – Lunch ($15)

         Coordinator: Cathy Kinn 

22     Pins & Needles: 7:00 pm

  Project: Knitted Cowl

         Hostess: Maureen Baran (297-5398)


         Coordinators: Arlene Seligman (297-0006) &

                  Mary Ann Williams (868-7465)      

23     Art on the Go: 10:00 am

         Location: Contact coordinator

         Coordinator: Mary Coiteux (226-8275)

24     Trekkers:

  Mystery Event

  Leaders:  Pat Luczai (463-4662) &

           Karen Haynes (297-5700)

  Coordinator: Karen Haynes (297-5700)

28     Mah Jongg: Noon - 4:00 pm  

         Uno Chicago Grill – Lunch

         Contact Blanche (226-6049) by October 26

         Coordinator: Blanche Bergman (462-3955)

28     Contemporary Literature: 7:30 pm

         Book: Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

         Hostess: Contact coordinators

         Coordinators: Ann Wade (229-5267) &

                  Linda Freisitzer (266-5427)

Board Meeting: No October meeting


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE                

Barbara Van Itallie *462-3924*


Welcome back as we continue to celebrate our 90th year! Welcome back to another year of interesting programs, community service and our fun interest groups.


Last month I wrote about what we accomplished in our branch in 2014-2015 and what is to come.  As our new year begins, I now would like to call upon you to help continue to reach some of our goals.  Our members are our strength and we need you all to continue our successful programs. 


As you might know, our Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference for 7th grade girls is suspended for this year. The objectives of this program were to promote confidence and self-awareness in middle school girls.  Do you have a sense of how we might continue such a program and in particular, make connections with middle school teachers or administrators to determine the needs of this age group?


Similarly, we might be on the look-out for any type of community need that is not being met, where we, with our education and community service backgrounds, might be of service.  Do you know of any such needs and in particular, a community leader we might approach?


One particular need might be in the area of Common Core math or STEM subjects in general.  We are looking for ideas on what we might do to ease the burdens of teachers a little in this area.  Do you have suggestions for specific programs that we might offer to teachers or schools, and in particular, contact information at school?


We hope to have more of a connection with our local colleges.  While we have contacts at DCC, we need some specific contact people at Marist and Vassar so we can learn more about needs of college students and where we might be of service, look for Leadership Conference-scholarship recipients and encourage student membership.  Can you make any suggestions about people to contact?


And in general we can always use additional volunteers in our several community initiatives.  If you have some interest in observing family court proceedings, encouraging pre-school literacy, advancing math and science education in young women, improving health care among inner-city women, interacting with middle or high school age girls, or bringing diversity or international issues to our attention, please let me know and I will connect you with the leader of one of our outstanding community initiatives.


Please contact me with your thoughts on any of these items.  I look forward to another great year, with your help!




Apr 15 - 17, 2016: AAUW-NYS Convention, Saratoga


May 1, 2016: Writers' Tea and Auction


The Victorian Lady, Making History Relevant Today...continued from above.

Questions: Sandy Goldberg *297-7670*  or

Betsy Kopstein-Stuts *485-7044*


We are pleased to be presenting a very special program for our October 8th meeting to be held at the new Poughkeepsie Library branch on Boardman Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie.  We are excited to be having the Poughkeepsie Public Library co-sponsor this very important event with us and look forward to future co-sponsorships as well.


Sue McLane, a member of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association, will be our featured speaker.  She has been a Living History presenter known as “The Victorian Lady” since 1991.  Sue was drawn to the Victorian Era’s simpler way of life and to the study of history itself.  Her love of antique clothing enticed her to discover details about each piece and its origin, which developed her fascination with history.  Sue McLane says that each outfit tells a story and looking at the details explains not only what it took to create it, but opens a window into the past that intrigues and urges her to continue with more research.


Sue restores outfits and sells them at antique shows; this has led to film companies requesting many of her period pieces for costumes.  Her outfits first appeared in the 1985 film “Out of Africa” and since then she has sold authentic clothing for use in several films, including the 1997 version of “Titanic” which purchased about 25 of her pieces.


In addition to the program she will be sharing with us, Sue also has presented such programs as a “Victorian Tea Party,” “Christmas Past: The Traditions of a Victorian Christmas,” “Changing Silhouette of the 19th Century Clothing,” “Wedding Bells,” “Wiawaka: Stories from 100 Years on Lake George” and “Passage on the Titanic.”


Sue has received an award for her research and programs from the Capital District Archives Association and from Wiawaka the “Great Spirit in Women” award for the work she has done on their behalf over the years.


Our AAUW members had the opportunity to hear Sue at the District IV meeting in March and came back with rave reviews on her presentation.  This is a program not to be missed.


We look forward to seeing everyone in October at the Library. For those of you who have not yet been to the new Boardman Road Branch, this will be a great opportunity to see this beautiful new addition to the library system.  Our program will begin at 7:00 pm sharp and end by 8:30 in order to allow the library to do its normal closing procedures.


Additional information on our website 




Annual contributions from members help defray the expense of publishing The Branch and other communication expenses.  All patrons and sponsors are listed in each monthly newsletter unless anonymity is requested.


Patrons ($25 or more)


Catherine Albanese,  Marge Barton,  Mary Ann Boylan, Patricia DeLeo,  Lillian DePasquale,  Joan Cordani,

Ruth Gau,  Gloria Gibbs,  Jacqueline Prusak, 

Terry Schneider


Sponsors ($10 or more)


Ann Wade


To add your name to the list, mail a check payable: “Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc.” to Margaret Nijhuis, 9 McAllister Drive, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569



Susie Blecker *462-7074*


A warm welcome to our new members who joined the Poughkeepsie Branch of AAUW at the September Open House.  I hope you have a wonderful year, and enjoy the many activities our branch has to offer.  The best way to guarantee an excellent experience with us is to get involved.  As you’ve learned, the Poughkeepsie Branch supports 20 special interest groups and 8 community initiatives as well as having dynamic speakers at its monthly meetings.  We have annual events, like our Writers’ Tea & Auction and Woman of the Year luncheon, and we also fund several scholarships and funds.  Our national organization lobbies in Washington on women’s issues and our Poughkeepsie Branch is involved in promoting women’s rights around the world.  We offer something for everyone, so whether you like to hike or play bridge, or are interested in women’s healthcare or education, this is your opportunity to get involved and get to know other bright women who share your interests.


The choice of which kind of member you will become is yours.  If you don’t make any effort to join our interest groups, committees, or work on any of the initiatives we sponsor, and you choose not to attend our monthly meetings and annual events, then you will forego many of the benefits of AAUW and particularly the Poughkeepsie Branch.  If, however, you make it your business to take an active role in AAUW, you will broaden your borders and have fun while making new friends. 


I can only tell you about my own experience.  I joined AAUW four years ago.  Although I knew some people who were members, I felt very much on my own.  I signed up for several of the interest groups and initiatives but I felt funny about going to the meetings since I wasn’t sure I’d really be welcome.  One group leader called me and wouldn’t take no for an answer, so I went to a program at her home and found I had been wrong to have misgivings.  Everyone went out of their way to make me feel welcome and a part of things.  Going to the next interest group was easier, and everywhere I went, people made me know they were happy to have me there.  So please, take the plunge remembering that the Poughkeepsie Branch has an extremely diversified membership: different ages; different ethnicities; different religions; different skills, talents and interests.  We are thrilled that you have joined us and can’t wait to meet you.


Our first opportunity to get to know you will be at our October 8th New Member Reception at 6:00 pm at the Poughkeepsie Library located on Boardman Road.  We are looking forward to seeing you there.  This will be followed by the membership meeting.  Details on page 1.


The September meeting would not have happened without the help of the following people: Barbara Van Itallie, who was always there when I needed her; Margaret Nijhuis, who printed the invitations and published the membership booklet (An “easy print” version of the Membership Booklet is available on the website.) and provided invaluable help and guidance;  Kay Saderholm, our past membership chair, who patiently answered my questions; Barbara Lemberger who took care of the refreshments;   Mary Ann Hogarty, our membership treasurer; Jeanette Cantwell, Mary Ann Boylan, Maria DeWald, Cathy Kinn, and, finally, Mary Coiteux, who always helps me keep things in perspective. 




Donna Augustine

Catherine Bell

Laura Coons

Jane Cottrell

Pamela Edington

Claudette Hennessy

Monique Jones

Mary Kalan

Katie Kane

Deborah Lee

Suzanne Letterii

Elizabeth Longobardi

Millie Neuman

Barbara O’Brien

Margaret Ouart

Goldy Safirstein

Mary Scalise-Annis

Rae Slingerland

Andrea Thompson

Amy Thrasher

Roberta Tracy



Barbara Durniak

Susan Levine

Elyse Mansfield


Contact information for these new members can be found in either the September or October directory updates sent with your newsletter announcement.




Patricia DeLeo *883-5181*  


Labor Pains


Labor pains.  Whether in the delivery room or in the workplace, we all experience them.  What can we do about them?  Grunt, bear down and fight.


Employers deliver paychecks that define sex rather than reflect work output.  "AAUW’s report Graduating to a Pay Gap found an unexplainable 7 % difference in the earnings of male and female college graduates one year after graduation, even after accounting for many factors including college major, occupation, industry, sector, hours worked, workplace flexibility, experience, educational attainment, enrollment status, GPA, college selectivity, age, race/ethnicity, region, marital status, and motherhood.  Clearly, the wage gap exists."  However, colleges don't discriminate with tuition bills and student loan repayment programs have never been accused of discrimination.  This is a tough pain to bear.


Women make an average of $0.78 for every dollar a man makes with the pay gap largest in racial and ethnic groups.  AAUW reports that among full-time workers in 2013, Hispanic, American Indian, African American, and Native Hawaiian women had lower median earnings compared with non-Hispanic white and Asian American women.  The wage gap was largest for Hispanic and Latina women, who were paid only 54 percent of what white men were paid in 2014.  That is a full blown contraction happening ever minute. 


What does the doctor prescribe?  Deliver a surprise.


Please send a message, a post card, email or letter to Governor Cuomo. New York Bill 1, just passed by the Senate, would strengthen existing laws prohibiting gender-based pay differentials by closing loopholes employers currently use to defend unfair wage practices.  It would also increase the penalty for violating this law and prohibit employers from requiring workers to keep their pay rates secret.  It is awaiting Governor Cuomo's signature.


Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer are long supporters of the federal Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Using the Two Minute Activist, send them a thank you and remind them that we are on their side and to continue their quickening of equal pay for women.  77% of public school employees are women.  What will happen if our elected officials are able to privatize education?  What will that do to the pay gap?  Protect public education and fight privatization.  Remind the governor and senators to protect public schools.


When job hunting, don't be afraid to present yourself a "purple squirrel."  Purple squirrels, a term used by employment recruiters to describe a job candidate with precisely the right education, experience, and qualifications that perfectly fits a job’s multifaceted requirements, have an edge with salary negotiation.  Once on the job, continually adapt skills that others are unlikely to match.  The more the workplace needs you, the more they will pay to retain you. 


Use technology to discuss and research salary. A computer programmer launched a Twitter campaign called #talkpay that encourages people to publish their salary history.  What is its aim? Close the pay gap.  The idea traces back to her experience.  Once she uncovered the actual salaries being delivered in her field, she was able to demand a higher salary and raises commensurate with the field.  For five years she had a stagnant salary of $55,000 which she was able to elevate to $120,000 after learning true market salaries.  This site helps one identify if and how much they may be underpaid and offers data to prevent miscarriages of economic equality.


Pay inequity is alive and well, but we can fight back!  End the pains of labor by taking an active role to protect yourself and all women. ■





Margaret Nijhuis *635-8612*


Have you ever been asked “What is AAUW?” and searched for a quick answer? Next time try this:


AAUW is a national membership organization that is committed to equity and education for women and girls, and advocates for positive change.  At the local level, we are a very active organization with opportunities for learning and growing, community involvement, and meeting other women with similar interests.



Margaret Nijhuis *635-8612*


Make it easy to check the AAUW website by putting an app for the website on your iPad or iPhone screen in 4 easy steps.


1) Go to the site 


2) With the website open on the page look up

 to the top right and you will see a “share button”.

Tap on this “share button.”


3) One of the options will be

“add to Home Screen.”

Tap on this button.


4) Edit the name if you wish, tap “Add”

and you will have the icon for the app on your screen.


You can follow these same steps to put an icon for  or any other website you want to use often. 


These apps keep you from having to go through Safari and choosing the websites.  This is also a quick route to the newsletter since the link to the newsletter is on the homepage of the website.



Barbara Van Itallie *462-3924*


BOOK BUDDIES is a United Way funded program that gives adult volunteers the opportunity to read one-on-one with children during the school day in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade.  Volunteers may work with the children on classroom work, do flash cards, play a reading game, or just read a book with them for enjoyment.


Book Buddies has been in Hudson Valley schools for four years and response has been extremely positive.  Based on their test scores, 93% of students in the program have improved both reading skills and reading confidence.  We have been asked to start a program in our 10th school this fall. 


Volunteers are asked to commit to read with a student at a nearby school at the same day and time every week from October to June.  Throughout the school year, the coordinator helps keep volunteers informed of any changes in the school schedule and works with the volunteers if any questions arise.  Volunteers are needed for schools in Poughkeepsie, Arlington, Newburgh, Wappingers and Beacon. 


For more information, please call 845-452-8670, email  or visit ■



From The Rotunda, Fall 2015


On December 13-January 29, Adriance Memorial Library will host a major national exhibit titled “Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963.”  The exhibit is designed to help public audiences understand and discuss the relationship between two great peoples’ movements.  Both events were the result of people demanding justice.  Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision.  It will be available for viewing during library hours in the Mary Wojtecki Rotunda Gallery


The Library District will offer a series of programs during December and January related to the themes of the exhibit. 


Opening Reception

Sunday, December 13, 2:30 pm, The Auditorium,

Dr. Quincy Mills of Vassar College will give an introduction to the exhibit followed by a performance from the Dutchess Anti-Slavery Singers.  Dr. Mills’ research interests are twentieth century United States; African American business, social, and cultural history; and African American politics and social movements. The Dutchess Antislavery Singers research and perform abolitionist music. Set to hymns and popular tunes, these pieces were sung at abolitionist conventions and rallies.



Freedom Journey: Black Civil War Soldiers and the Hills Community, Westchester County, NY

Wednesday, December 16, 7 pm, Adriance, Charwat Room.  Through letters, recruit rosters, and pension records, Dr. Edythe Ann Quinn shares the story of 35 African American Civil War soldiers from The Hills community in Westchester County.  The letters the soldiers sent home formed the basis of Quinn’s book, published in May by SUNY Press.  Quinn’s research revealed a strong sense of the soldiers’ motivation.  “They went, knowing that it would cause hardship for their wives, their children and the elderly of their community.  But they wanted to end slavery.  It was embedded in the marrow in their bones.”


Abraham Lincoln vs. the Pro-Slavery Constitution

Sunday, December 20, 2:30 pm, The Auditorium.

A specialist in American legal history, constitutional law, and race and the law, Dr. Paul Finkelman is the author of more than 150 scholarly articles and more than 30 books.  He is an expert in constitutional history and constitutional law, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties and the American Civil War. He has written extensively on Thomas Jefferson and on Abraham Lincoln.


*Changing America exhibit is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office.  The tour of the exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.


Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc. Officers 2015-2016


President                              Barbara Van Itallie                462-3924

Program V.P.                      Sandy Goldberg                    297-7670

                                             Betsy Kopstein-Stuts             485-7044

Membership V.P.                 Susie Blecker                        462-7074

Educ. Foundation V.P.        Linda Roberts                       227-5287

Secretary                             Katherine Friedman              485-8671

Treasurer                            Diane Jablonski                    485-6228

Membership Treasurer       Mary Anne Hogarty              221-0203

Association website:                               

NY State website:

Poughkeepsie Branch website: 


AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.                                


In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership.  There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.



Please join the Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women, Inc. to:


Honor our Woman of the Year 2015


Friend, Teacher, Leader!



       Saturday, October 17, 2015

       12– 3 pm


      Villa Borghese

      70 Widmer Road

      Wappingers Falls, NY


      Directions and complete biography


Cash Bar & Served Luncheon

Choice will be beef, chicken, salmon or vegetarian


Price: $40 (includes gratuity)


Reservations & checks are due: October 3, 2015


Make checks payable to "Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, Inc."

Mail to:

Betty Harrel

28 Laffin Lane

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


Questions: Call Betty Harrel 845/462-2141



If you are unable to attend and would like to make a contribution in Mary Lou’s honor, please send it to Betty Harrel at the address above.  Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW is a 501(c)3 organization.



Graduating from Susquehanna University with a BA in Mathematics and from West Chester College with a MEd in Education, Mary Lou Davis began her teaching career in Pennsylvania.  After moving to Poughkeepsie, she taught in the Arlington and Spackenkill School Districts and ended her long career as a consultant in the New York City Schools.


Mary Lou’s community involvements are legendary.  A nineteen year member of the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, she served in numerous positions on both the local and state boards.  She was president of Poughkeepsie Branch and president of AAUW New York State.  She continues to serve on the local and state boards and is a member of the STEM Taskforce at the national AAUW level.  She is a true AAUW star. 


She was a member of the Arlington School Board from

1988 – 1994 and has served on the boards of local and division retired teachers’ associations as well as The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie.  She is active in the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity, the Junior League of Poughkeepsie, and Mid-Hudson Alumnae Panhellenic and volunteers at the Second Hand Rose thrift shop and Vassar College’s art museum.


She and her husband, Dave, have two sons and two grandsons.