2012 National Officer Candidates
President: Sharyn Bowman Greberman
Dr. Sharyn Bowman Greberman has served on the NLAPW National Board for several years and is President of the NLAPW Chevy Chase Branch. Using the name Sharyn Bowman for her photography, she is an award-winning photographer who shows her work regularly in Washington, DC Area galleries; and as a writer, frequently publishes nonfiction articles. Dr. Greberman, a public health researcher, holds both Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Conducting research for many years at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, she was awarded a Fogarty Fellowship to do substance abuse research in Japan. She also carried out medical research for the US Army.
1st VP: Treanor Wooten Baring
I joined the League in 1985 as a scriptwriter for public television and art photographer. I am currently a freelance professional editor for academic and law publications and continue to exhibit photographs. I have been elected librarian, 5th vice president, and 2nd vice president and now serve as 1st vice president. I am also the poetry editor for The Pen Woman magazine, and was recently appointed web content editor by the Publications committee. I have been on the Budget and Finance committee for the past year and half. I am also the vice president advisor to the Outreach committee. I maintain the League’s YouTube channel and one of its Twitter accounts. I believe in the NLAPW mission of promoting the production of creative work, and, if elected, will continue to seek grant opportunities, use new media, and expand our outreach activities to further our mission.
2nd VP: Candace Long
I have been in the Arts & Entertainment sector for 40 years: as a performer, writer, composer, theatrical producer, entertainment proiect developer, branding & marketing consultant and arts leader. I understand the calling and the struggles of the creative journey, and am proud to serve NLAPW with its rich cultural and artistic heritage. As 2nd vice president, I desire to continue my efforts implementing Pen Women Online. Younger artists are in need of mentoring. Who better to do that than our seasoned Art, Letters and Music members? I also look forward to continuing to assist the Finance Committee as the League navigates this “new economy.”
3rd VP: Christina Laurie
Rev. Christina Laurie has served as secretary, vice president and president of both Wellesley and Cape Cod branches. A Pen Woman for 45 years and a life member, Rev. Christina Laurie served Wellesley twice as president. Her capable leadership doubled the Cape Cod branch winning her recognition as one who brought in the most new members in the last administration. On the national board she has been fourth and third vice president, membership and house chairs, and chaplain for seven years. Winner of the Anita Boggs prize for poetry at the last Biennial, Christina published a book of haiku, Seasons Rising, a chapbook of her chaplain’s readings, which raises money for the endowment fund of Pen Arts, plus numerous articles and short stories. Three of her children’s books are being considered for publication, and a middle grade ghost story is presently with an agent. “The league is dear to my heart,” she said. “l care deeply for the future of our organization and hope to continue to bring it into the 21st century with this capable and talented board.”
4th VP: Meletha Everett
Meletha teaches a watercolor class at Center Place Fine Art and Civic Center in Brandon, FL, presenting programs and demonstrations for groups. She also holds workshops all over central Florida. Meletha is a board member of the Brandon Arts Council and has served as membership chair for three terms. As a Pen Woman, Meletha has served on the national board as secretary, short and long term planning chair, elections chair and protocol chair. For the Florida State Association, she has served as 1st vice president (twice), art chair, nominating chair, secretary (twice), conference chair (twice) and as president. Meletha has led the Tampa branch as president (four terms) as well as secretary, vice president, program and membership chair. Within the branch, Meletha organizes workshops for members to share their talents with other members.
5th VP: Sandra Gartner
A former editorial assistant at Glamour magazine, Ms. Gartner’s writing has been published in such periodicals as Lady’s Circle, The Monitor, Vermont Magazine and Rutland Magazine. Several of her screenplays and poems have been published in regional and national anthologies. In Fall 2009, the book, To Life! A Celebration of Vermont Jewish Women, was published by Shires Press to accompany the DAVAR exhibit (presented by the Vermont Jewish Women’s History Project). She is one of three producing directors of Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre and performs on stage, television and in film. A graduate of Boston University with a BS in journalism, Ms. Gartner received her MS in communications from New York University.
Corresponding Secretary: Nina Brooks
It has been a pleasure to be a member in the NLAPW since 2005. Upon joining the Palm Beach Florida Branch, I was elected Membership Chair Person. After three years I moved to South Carolina and became a Member at Large. In 2010, President Jean Holmes appointed me as national membership chair. In October 2010, I performed a harp concert at the Pen Arts Building in D.C. while attending the executive board session.
I’ve just returned home to S.C. after attending this Oct exec session, and am further inspired to do what I can for the betterment and continuation of creative work and fellowship of the NLAPW.
Librarian: Elizabeth Williams
Over the years since its commencement, the National League of American Pen Women has been collecting books by and about its members. I am informed that the catalogue of this collection is in need of revision. I propose, with the help of the league’s resources, membership and staff, to oversee the beginning of a simple classification so that all our members may know our library’s contents. Once we know what we have, we’ll be able to continue to any next step of accessing the contents, considering storage options and/or collecting new items. While I do not hold a certificate in library science, I do have a background in education that should be sufficient to supervise the counting and sorting process. Please visit my website: www.Hitherandyahn.com.
Secretary:Prudence L. Carrico
Prudence (Prue) Carrico received her B.S. Degree in Education from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio as an Art Specialist. Her teaching experience includes adult classes at the Hawaii State Art Museum and the Huntsville, AL Museum of Art. She also served as volunteer art instructor for the Gilbert, AZ schools. An Art member since 2004, Prue was accepted into the Phoenix Branch before transferring first to the Honolulu Branch, next to the Huntsville Branch, and most recently to the Boca Raton Branch. While a member of the Honolulu Branch, she served as Membership Chair, and later as the Huntsville Branch Vice President and President. While living in Arizona, Prue served two terms as recording secretary of the Scottsdale Artists’ League. She now resides in Delray Beach, Florida, where she pursues her artistic endeavors, including highly detailed pen and ink renderings accented with water media.
Historian: Bernice Reid
Artist, journalist, musician and award-winning educator Bernice Reid is past president of the NLAPW. She has also served as 1st, 2nd and 3rd VP. She founded two branches, and has also held the office offices of Branch treasurer and president. She holds a Bachelor’s of Education, cum laude from West Virginia State University, a Master’s and a Doctorate in Humanities from University of Texas at Arlington with a concentration in second language acquisition, and certification in the study of English, French, German, and Social Studies. She is one of the founders of the Arlington Cultural and Educational Foundation. “I hope with all the other chronicleers from regions and branches to produce an annal for the 2012-14 administration that will reflect the sacrifices contributions made in the ongoing legacy of NLAPW.
Treasurer: Fran Chadwick
I am honored to be nominated for the position of treasurer at the national level of NLAPW. I have been working in the accounting field for over 40 years and specifically for non-profits for at least 15 of those 40 years. My specialty in the Pen Women is as a composer. I attained a Masters of Music at Southern Methodist University and then joined the Dallas Branch. You might find this a bit odd, but there is a lot of arithmetic in music. In addition, I also teach quilting, where geometry abounds. Again, I would be honored to be your treasurer.