57th Conference

(Electronic)

Official Slate of Candidates for Officers

District 4 Nominating Committee 2022-2024

Official Slate of Candidates for:  Governor, Lt. Governor, Area Directors, and District Nominating Committee.

Campaigning before and during the conference is strictly forbidden. Candidates are reminded of the District 4 campaign policy, which must be observed. Campaigning for or by a candidate will result in the removal of the candidate from the slate. Please study the Zonta District 4 Campaigning Policy found on the District 4 Nominating webpage:https://zontadistrict4.org/building-our-clubs/committee-resources/nominating-committee/

Candidates for Election

Listed in alphabetical order by position:

Governor

Sheena Poole     Link to Bio

 

Lt. Governor

One (1) to be elected

Jane Newman     Link to Bio

Maria Odumodu     Link to Bio

Anne Marie West     Link to Bio

 

Area Directors

Gretchen Copella    Area 5     Link to Bio

Lindsay Edwards    Area 4.   Link to Bio

Anita Gatti               Area 1     Link to Bio

Faria Latif                Area 2    Link to Bio

Donna Monaco       Area 3    Link to Bio

 

Treasurer

Nancy Peacock     Link to Bio

 

Nominating Committee

Three (3) to be elected

Diane Balaban     Link to Bio

Kocchiu Haydee     Link to Bio

Cheri Magin     Link to Bio

Nita Mc Cowan     Link to Bio

Sheena Poole

Candidate for:  Governor

Zonta Club of  Woodstock

Years in Zonta: 15

Classification: 3292 Professional Fundraiser

District appointment:  Communications Chair & Service Co-chair 2018-2020

District elected:  Area 1 Director 2016-2018

Club appointed:  Communications Chair, 2011 – 2022; Advocacy Chair, 2011 – 2021; Zonta Golf Classic Chair 2006 – 2012, Co-chair 2018/2020; International Women’s Day Co-chair 2013 – 2015 & 2018: IWD Rose Sale Chair 2018 – 2019

Club elected:  Vice-President, 2012 – 2014; President, 2014 – 2016

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

As my club’s Advocacy Chair, I established and continued partnerships with like-minded women focused community organizations since 2013.  I develop the club’s website and social media opportunities to increase club exposure. Raised funds through Zonta Golf Classic to support local organizations & club projects. As Area Director, D4 Communication & Membership Chairs, I worked to support the previous three Governors; sat on successful 2017/2019 Conference committees; participation and delivery of 2017-2019 Workshops.  Developed a new district website and increased communications of D4 officers, committees, clubs and members through ZOOM & the E-News.  As D4 Membership Chair, I have met with 95% of clubs’ presidents & membership chair to determine club & member needs, established a D4 membership committee to deliver two online membership learning sessions, develop membership resources to support clubs & members to build, engage & promote Zonta.

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

Assist non-profit organizations in developing, implementing and delivery of donor development, fundraising, and communications programs.

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

I have enjoyed 22 years working with small non-profit organizations to develop, implement, promote donor development, and deliver fundraising programs.  My skills include hands-on experience of strategic planning, SWOT analysis, leading volunteers, building relationships, and cost-effective promotion of campaigns. I have also spent seven years advocating for women and promoting diversity and equitable opportunities in workplaces; responsible for ensuring harassment-free workplaces and conducting investigations of harassment in municipal, national, and international companies. I am professionally trained in alternative dispute resolution (mediation) and conflict coaching. These skills transfer well to leading District 4 as Governor.

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

CINERGY™ (Conflict) Coaching, and various ad hoc committee participation with local non-profit organizations.  The majority of my community involvement has been in conjunction with Zonta and the like-minded organizations our club partners with throughout the year.

What are your goals for advancing globally the objects of Zonta International and how do you propose to accomplish them?

As Governor, my goals are to continue ‘Building for Our Future’ to strengthen clubs and transition to engaging all members and promoting our clubs to be the organization of choice to advance the mission and vision of Zonta and meet the expectations of ZI.  I believe in encouraging our elected officers to break down barriers, promote diversity and inclusion, and build relationships to support clubs and members. Leveraging district committees to identify future leaders, sharing best practices to minimize member workload, and imparting the value and enjoyment in working with others in our district and beyond to fortify our District. 

What special competencies and attributes, do you possess which qualify you to serve in the position(s) for which you have been nominated?

I enjoy being a hands-on leader, collaborating and brainstorming with peers while taking responsibility and making decisions for the betterment of the organization. Listening and hearing both sides of issues aid in resolving issues.  My Zonta experiences help guide me to understand what our district clubs and members face today.

Jane Newman

Candidate for:  Lt. Governor

Zonta Club of  Kitchener-Waterloo

Years in Zonta: 38

Classification: 2384 Optometry

District appointment:  Member of D4 Awards Committee 2016 – current

District elected:  Area 1 Director 2020-2022

Club appointed:  N/A

Club elected:  President, 1996-1997, Treasuerer, May 2016-2018, President, 2018 – 2020

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

I was president twice and have chaired several standing committees – Awards, Service, Grants to name a few. I urged the club to participate in providing funds for specialized camisoles for women to use after mastectomy. This grant is being funded 10 years later. One of the women our committee chose won an international award. To help celebrate Zonta’s 100th anniversary, I formed an ad hoc committee in our club to honor 10 local trailblazers which included a local physicist who had just received a Noble Prize. I have attended many hands-on service events, advocacy marches and while as a president in 2019 we were able to get Uptown Waterloo to turn their streetlights Orange to kick off the 16 Days of Activism. I happily accepted an award for our club in Yokohama for donations to ZI foundation. I thoroughly enjoyed attending NADIM.

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

Full-service Optometry clinic providing eyecare to Waterloo Region and beyond. I started this optometry practice in 1981 and it has grown to a 5-doctor practice. I was responsible for hiring/ training staff and associate doctors, negotiating new leases, built/renovated the original office and designed a new office 2015. I provided quality eyecare for thousands of patients of ages.

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

As an Optometrist, I have good listening skills. I was awarded “Favourite Optometrist in KW” for several years, and I have several thousand clients including three generations of patients.  I communicate well and have worked with deaf, handicapped, and mentally challenged individuals. My staff say I am honest, hardworking and a great team member. I lead by example and would be effective in a larger leadership role in Zonta. I have mentored people interested in optometry. I understand the importance of budgeting which would help guide the district. I have had very little staff turnover and work well with everyone.

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

I have been involved in minor sports with my 4 children, ranging from coaching soccer to managing a rep basketball team. Being team manager involved budgets, booking accommodations, scheduling, arranging officials, and time/score keeping. I coached children from ages 5-14. It is important to motivate the athletes to do their best, and keep the parents involved and informed. I also have been involved the past 3 years with a local community group on improving a subdivision plan to maintain treescape, consider traffic congestion, water supply and adequate schooling for children. I have recently applied to volunteer at a COVID – 19 Vaccination centre.

What are your goals for advancing globally the objects of Zonta International and how do you propose to accomplish them?

Helping women and girls locally and internationally is an honor. Zonta’s more recent role with Advocacy and Zonta Says NO should be easy to get all Zonta clubs involved. It is important to let other clubs and districts know club success and stories. Sharing ideas will improve fundraising, advocacy, and membership. Mentors are crucial for new members. Twinning with other clubs will improve this communication. Social media is key to connect clubs globally.  A world where women are safe, healthy, independent, and educated is a wonderful goal and with ALL Zontians working together for change- this can happen.

What special competencies and attributes, do you possess which qualify you to serve in the position(s) for which you have been nominated?

I can motivate people to participate with enthusiasm. I work well with others but often take a leadership role. I am inclusive and have the ability to understand and listen to other opinions and offer everyone a chance to contribute. I am passionate and an effective listener and communicator.

Maria Oudmodu

Candidate for:  Lt. Governor

Zonta Club of  Woodstock

Years in Zonta: 47

Classification: 7798 Finance

District appointment:  District Chair UN and AE-1988-1992

District elected:  Area Director – 1986

Club appointed:  Held all committee positions except treasurer, Chair Area 1&2 Spring conference 2015,

Club elected:  President, 1996, 2000, 2020

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

As Area Director I successfully lead the team to win the District award. The Club won Area award; and District award for our project called Careers’ Day. It involved bringing students and professions together. High school students were able to have 3 half an hour session with three professions of their choice.  Not only did it give us excellent PR it went to the root of the prevention of poverty by encouraging young girls to stay in school and get a career before marriage. I have attended numerous intercity events in support of and to recharge my commitment. This is the FUN part of Zonta.

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

As the CFO, in the pharmacy and Retail business. I was active in the business for 44 years. My responsibilities have evolved from looking after sixteen locations in different parts of the province. Certain services have become centralized. Accounting, Payroll, HR, PR, Advertising, CRA, Bank, Accountants, vendor’s relationship, and others.

 

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

As a self-employed person with multiple locations and partners, teamwork, managing people and expectations are crucial to achievement of the articulated vision of success.  My PhD dissertation confirms that collaboration (teamwork) succeeds only in the presence of trust because one person cannot achieve it working alone. Zonta is a global team which relies on all members for success.  My contribution as a collaborative leader/ Lt Governor, will be to build and nurture the conditions necessary for trust to emerge leading a happy working environment, and less membership turn over. Membership is the lifeline of the organization.

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

My 47 years in community activities “love your neighbour” in action were cut back when I enrolled in a PhD programme in 2010. I was also President of my Zonta Club twice. President of the Children’s Aid Society of Oxford County twice. Board Member Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies. Chair of Governance Committee, Member of the Truth & Reconciliation:  Residential Schools and Sixties Scoop. Board Member Y of SW Ontario –Member Risk Committee. Past Chair and Board Member Holy Trinity Church. Past President and Board Member Oxford County Riding Association – Federal & Provincial.

What are your goals for advancing globally the objects of Zonta International and how do you propose to accomplish them?

The Objects of Zonta International require implementation otherwise they remain goals on paper.  The decreasing memberships at all levels make advancement difficult.  I propose a new approach to thinking, strategy to recruitment and matrix that aims at diversity, inclusion, and partnerships. Technology should be used without sacrificing personal touch as payment of dues does not members make, like the farmer we plant the seed water and nourish until fruition and they will stay. While my approach includes honest explanation of expectation, service versus network, I will share passion and joy in belonging/sisterhood through conferences and conventions for 47 years.

What special competencies and attributes, do you possess which qualify you to serve in the position(s) for which you have been nominated?

I have 47 years knowledge about the workings of Zonta. Served under 4 Governors Collaborative leadership style. Transferable leadership competences from non Zonta organizations. Member of NAP Roberts Rules of Order.  Broad understanding of ZI issues having lived studied and worked in three continents. Motivate members. Perform duties delegated by the Governor.

Anne Marie West

Candidate for:  Lt. Governor

Zonta Club of  Batavia-Genessee County

Years in Zonta: 13

Classification: Police Officer

District appointment:  Zonta Foundation for women committee

District elected:  2018 Area 6 Director

Club appointed:

Club elected:  President

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

I was appointed to Area 6 Director when no one else would step forward.  It was a very difficult Area and worked very hard to bring the clubs back on track.

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

Working with animals (and people) you learn to listen and to work calmly and efficiently.   They have to be approached in a way that makes them feel comfortable and allows them to know that they are in a safe environment.

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

None

What are your goals for advancing globally the objects of Zonta International and how do you propose to accomplish them?

To assist the Governor in any way that I can.  There will most likely be a rebuilding period following the end of Covid.  Some clubs have not been meeting at all – even via Zoom.   Some members may feel that they do not want to return.  We have to show them that being back with their sister Zontians is a safe and nurturing environment.  I hope that we can set a path for growth over the next couple of years.  

What special competencies and attributes, do you possess which qualify you to serve in the position(s) for which you have been nominated?

 I am very organized and outgoing.  I am a people person and I enjoy Zonta and my Zonta sisters very much.

Gretchen Copella

Candidate for:  Area 5 Director

Zonta Club of  Olean

Years in Zonta: 13

Classification: 5912 Credit and Loans Officer

District appointment:  N/A

District elected:  N/A

Club appointed: Chair of Advocacy Committee

Club elected:  1st Vice President 2009, President 2011-2014, Board member 2018-2020

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

My personal achievements within Zonta include being an active member who continues to strive to contribute her time, energies, skill set and when applicable, financial support.  I believe being a member of a service committee requires you to take an active role and as President one of my first goals was to better organize our committees and meetings.  I reached out to our club’s Area Director at that time to seek advice and guidance and to understand what other clubs were doing.  As a result, I established our committees and chairs of which we still have in place today.  This was the first step in helping our members to become more empowered and prouder as they clearly understood our mission statement.  It allowed more collaboration among those in our clubs.  This in turn provided an opportunity to us to further promote our club through our Zonta Zing and support of our local Z Club.

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

Responsibilities of my position include business development and providing business banking solutions to commercial customers. Additionally, I am an acting regional commercial lender of Allegany and Cattaraugus counties which encompasses working with ten branches to support and assist them in achieving their commercial business goals.

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

My professional experience will contribute to the position of Area Director because, on a daily basis, I communicate with individuals both internally and externally that are in need of assistance and solutions. Additionally, my skills in promoting my company and maintaining relationships would be of value to the role.  I know possessing a high work ethic is critical for success as well as adhering to the policies and procedures which I believe will be critical in this position. Lastly, my experience in collaborating with other branches to reach their goals can be carried over into this new role with Zonta.

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

None

What are your goals for advancing globally the objects of Zonta International and how do you propose to accomplish them?

My goals in advancing the objects of Zonta International is to make sure that each member knows the goals and how each of us can play a role in achieving them.  For example, my work on the Olean club’s advocacy committee provided me an opportunity to not only work on the poster project but for us to bring in speakers and to take part in a community project that brought further awareness. On an international scope I believe it is critical that members understand how situations such as the withdrawal of US Troops in Afghanistan will impact the women and girls that live in that country and what we can do to support them.

What special competencies and attributes, do you possess which qualify you to serve in the position(s) for which you have been nominated?

I believe I am qualified to serve as Area Director as I possess solid organizational and communication skills.  I am a strong leader and maintain a high work ethic. I see the value in all members of a team in achieving a goal. I believe it’s one’s goal to do the best with the talents and skills which we possess.

Lindsay Edwards

Candidate for:  Area 4 Director

Zonta Club of  Batavia-Genesee County

Years in Zonta: 7

Classification: 2392 Veterinarian

District appointment:  Z Club/Golden Z Club Chair 2020-2022

District elected:  N/A

Club appointed: Hat Luncheon Chair 2017

Club elected:  Vice President 2016-2018, President 2018-2020

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

As a member of the Niagara Falls, NY club I was an active member within my club including running a major fundraiser and serving as an officer.  I have also made efforts to attend events put on other clubs within the district including the Niagara Falls, ON Lighting the Falls Orange for the start of the 16 Days of Activism, Kenmore SaladFest, St. Catharine’s English Tea, and the Batavia-Genesee Lucky Numbers Luncheon.  I have attended 4 Area Workshops (Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, ON, Batavia and Kenmore).  I attended the 2016 International Convention in Nice, France and the 2018 North American Inter-District Meeting in Dallas, Tx.  I am particularly proud of educating my club about our international projects through powerpoint presentations about ZI and ZIF.  These have included presentations on Ending Child Marriage in Niger, Ending Obstetric Fistula in Liberia, Let Us Learn Magadascar, Human Trafficking in Nepal, Eid bi Eid and UNCSW.

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

I graduated with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2011 and have worked as a Veterinarian since then. I have been with Corfu Veterinary Clinic for almost three years.

As a veterinarian, I diagnose and treat small animals (dogs and cats), work with a staff of licensed professionals and support staff, and work with clients to educate them about their pet’s care and medical ailments.

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

My job involves delegation of tasks to appropriate team members which is something I utilized as president of Niagara Falls, NY Zonta Club.   I am required to multi-task heavily as a veterinarian both within and across cases.  I therefore have very good organization and recall/recognition of complex situations.  I have found this skill particularly helpful when dealing with committee chairs, individual members, and community partners across simultaneously running activities.  Another big part of my job is educating, so I am used to looking at problems from multiple angles in order to find the best way to explain what is going on and how to move forward.

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

Within my profession I am a member of my local, state, and national professional organizations (Western NY Veterinary Medical Society, NYSVMS, and American Veterinary Medical Association, respectively).  I actively volunteer my veterinary skills for the Genesee County Animal Shelter and Spay Our Strays (SOS) clinics.  I am a member of both the Genesee Chorale and Robert Dean Chorale.  I am also a current board member for the Amadeus Chorale, Inc. and the Genesee Chorale.

What are your goals for advancing globally the objects of Zonta International and how do you propose to accomplish them?

I would like to work so that members of clubs better understand the impact that ZI makes and how combining our talents and resources on a club, area, and district level will make us resilient in a rapidly changing future.  In my own club I have done presentations on ZI and ZIF projects to improve member knowledge and connectivity with our international organization.  As area director I would work to help bridge interconnectivity between clubs to create larger impacts and utilize member talents that may not exist in all clubs.

What special competencies and attributes, do you possess which qualify you to serve in the position(s) for which you have been nominated?

Although I have only been in Zonta for a short time compared to some, I have experienced the wide effect our organization has both locally and internationally.  As a “younger” member I also bring new perspectives to an organization that is at a crossroads for staying relevant in a new digital millennial generation.

Anita Gatti

Candidate for:  Area 1 Director

Zonta Club of  Kitchener-Waterloo

Years in Zonta: 25

Classification: 2129 Engineering Professional

District appointment:  N/A

District elected:  N/A

Club appointed: Co-Chair of Betty Thompson Golf Classic, Chair of the Advocacy Committee

Club elected:  President 2010-2012

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

I have been a member for over 25 years. During that time, I have held many leadership positions, including Club president from 2010-2012. I also co-chaired the Betty Thompson Goif Classic for 5 years. This tournament has raised over $1 rniilion for women’s health in Waterloo Region. When i was President, we started a new fundraiser, the Zonta Film Festival (ZFF), which raises money to support women locally. While I was chair of Advocacy, we started the ‘women on the bridge’ initiative and we also organized a social media campaign via a video series for the 16 days of activism to end violence against women. For each of the 16 days a Zontian spoke about a different aspect of VAW.

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

I manage a team of 10 professionals and together we are responsible for driving transformational change within Economical Insurance’s claims organization. I am also responsible for Economical’s claims customer experience program. I think my expertise and experience can positively contribute to the role of Area 1 Director, as can bring leadership experience, communication skills, process improvement expertise, and systems thinking to this role.

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

I am a community board member at Ste Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener since 2019. I am a member of Emmanuel United Church in Waterloo and have been for past 25 years. During that time, I have held several volunteer positions, including Chair of the Official Board for 2 terms.

What are your goals for advancing globally the objects of Zonta International and how do you propose to accomplish them?

If elected Area 1 Director, I will work to advance the empowerment of women globally, my focus will be to help the leaders and members of Area 1 clubs to collaborate and share successes so that we can collectively be more effective in our service and advocacy work.

What special competencies and attributes, do you possess which qualify you to serve in the position(s) for which you have been nominated?

I have a very collaborative, team-oriented leadership style that seeks to leverage the skills and voices of all. I also have strong communication and facilitation skills. I also have excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

Faria Latif

Candidate for:  Area 2 Director

Zonta Club of  Toronto

Years in Zonta: 6

Classification: 1112 Director of Major Organization

District appointment:  None

District elected:  None

Club appointed: N/A

Club elected:  Secretary 2010, President 2020-Present

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

Successfully moving all club meetings, board meetings and other events on an online platform due to Covid. I also increased several Club memberships after a decline at the initial stages of Covid. Successfully continued to have Club service and fundraising activities despite Covid challenges. Successfully held first online Club IWD Event in 2021, with Keynote Speaker and Panel discussion. Started a Book Club at Zonta Club of Toronto in 2020. Increased Club’s online Social media presence, new updated website (almost complete), Instagram page being updated, Facebook page posting increase.

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

As the Director of GO Stations Capital Delivery Group I am responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for the design, development, and execution of capital infrastructure projects across the GO network. I have over 20 years of experience in the Planning, Design and development of transit, transportation and building sector including several years of international Rapid Transit project experience. I have been involved in and contributed to the strategic planning and development of transit expansion projects working closely with municipal agencies, development partners, consultants, and other stakeholders. With my background in Architecture and experience as a senior level Manager, and through my advanced knowledge of principles and practices of architecture, urban planning, engineering design and their application to the construction of large-scale infrastructure facilities, and related works, I have led my team to come up with innovative solutions in successful project delivery. In recognition of the Project Delivery achievements in a highly demanding environment of the Transit sector, I have received several of the industry’s top awards, including – Project Manager of the Year – Construction Week Awards, 2014 and Project Manager of the Year – Big Project Awards. 

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. Member – Project Management Institute (PMI). Member – Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC). Member – Women in Transportation (WTS). Mentor – Project Management Institute (PMI). Mentor – Ryerson University Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Women in Engineering. Mentor – U of T Women’s Association UTWA.

What are your goals for advancing globally the objects of Zonta International and how do you propose to accomplish them?

I am passionate about serving the mission of Zonta – advancing the status of women both locally and globally. I am committed towards achieving this goal by assisting in improving greater collaboration between the Clubs of Area 2 and increasing membership, participation of members, education about Zonta Rules of Procedure & Guidelines, nurture leadership through coaching and mentoring, help with Communication from International and District direction to Area Clubs. Assist Area Clubs dealing with challenges during Covid and possible changes post Covid – increased online and social media presence, creative fund-raising ideas, membership growth, service projects.

What special competencies and attributes, do you possess which qualify you to serve in the position(s) for which you have been nominated?

I am an experienced Leader and Director with a demonstrated history of working in the Engineering industry. Through over 20 years of working in the industry I have gained considerable skills in Management, Negotiation, Leadership, and business development that I would like to bring to this position to serve Zonta.

Donna Monaco

Candidate for:  Area 3 Director

Zonta Club of  Grand Island

Years in Zonta: 5

Classification: 2241 Recruitment Specialist

District appointment:  N/A

District elected:  N/A

Club appointed: N/A

Club elected:  2017-2019 Secretary, 2019-Present President

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

As Club Secretary, I helped the President keep the communications current. I also organized a district Centennial event for the Summer Solstice at the Tribute garden. As President, I led the club through some very difficult times and kept the club together during the Covid pandemic.

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

The communication and organization skills that I have gained during my 20 years with PrintLink will help me encourage cooperation between all the clubs in Area 3. We are stronger together! I will develop a framework that builds on the District 4 initiatives and provide a consultative approach that will foster collaboration.  

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

The time that I dedicate to volunteering has been devoted to Zonta during the last 5 years. I did participate in a WIPA Town Hall recently:  https://www.sgia.org/communities/women-in-print

What are your goals for advancing globally the objects of Zonta International and how do you propose to accomplish them?

Building a team-oriented Area 3 is the key to advancing the objectives of ZI. ZI is not just about international service projects. Although that is an important component, advocating for gender equality and ending violence against women and girls is of local importance. Raising brand awareness and bringing these goals down to the local level is very important to keep Zonta top of mind and relevant in the twenty first century.

What special competencies and attributes, do you possess which qualify you to serve in the position(s) for which you have been nominated?

I am collaborative, tenacious, and dedicated to Zonta. We are all very busy with our home and professional lives. I hope to work with District 4 to keep making information and communications quicker and easier for all members.

Nancy Peacock

Candidate for:  Treasurer

Zonta Club of  Cheektowaga-Lancaster

Years in Zonta: 10

Classification: 2244 Community Development Consultant

District appointment:  United Nations Chair 2018-2020

District elected:  Treasurer

Club appointed: Chair, Zonta Cheektowaga-Lancaster Foundation 2015-2018; Board Member & Secretary 2018-2020

Club elected:  President 2016-2018, Vice President 2014-2016, Secretary 2012-2014

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

Streamlining internal club operations, including increasing efficiency of Club committees, reducing from 12 to 5 and creating CAMPS-Communications, Advocacy, Membership, Program and Service Committees. Worked with two other club members in the development of the Zonta Cheektowaga-Lancaster Foundation. Develop the AWESOME campaign for the Club, which is used as our slogan for equality – All Women Everywhere Seek Opportunities for Mutual Equality. Worked with the Advocacy Committee in redesigning and promoting Sixteen Days of Activities by carrying out specific actions on each of the 16 Days – Marketing as Sixteen Days/Sixteen Ways. Outreach and development of new partnerships with organizations that align with Zonta. Served on the planning committee for the 2019 District Conference. Developed, updated, and streamlined procedures that are used by the District 4 Treasurer.

 

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

Working with communities throughout the US and Puerto Rico providing advice and guidance on grant administration of federal programs. Prior-Responsible for the administration of federal grant programs in 48 counties of NY and worked at the federal level in the development and implementation of programs based on recent legislation or existing regulations. I have managed and had oversight for a variety of federal programs at both the national and local level which include housing, homeless and economic development programs, both on a competitive and grant basis.  This experience has provided me with skills and abilities that would be transferable in serving in District 4 leadership roles.  Skills and abilities demonstrated include ability to deal with diverse groups (low income, elected officials), communication skills, organizational and management experience, strategic planning, goal setting and achievement, financial oversight of a grant portfolio of approximately $800 million, as well as, managing and supervising many personnel.  Consultant work has also addressed capabilities while dealing with local elected officials and community personnel.

 

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

During the last five years my primary focus has been dealing with the Zonta organization since it addresses numerous activities and programs that impact women and the community.  More specifically, working to create partnerships with local organizations and Zonta for our Club.  I have also been involved in Roswell Park Support Groups addressing issues related to cancer patients and caregivers.  Additionally, working with St. Mary’s Alumni Association toward the continual development of school and opportunities for students in furthering education.

What are your goals for advancing globally the objects of Zonta International and how do you propose to accomplish them?

The delivery of Zonta objectives is achieved through the membership.  Leadership is about engaging those members to achieve the objects.  Therefore, the primary goal I would work toward as D4 Treasurer is to engage Club Treasurers by working together in a more collaborative approach through training, development of mentors and sharing of information to ensure that information is shared, and club treasurers have the tools they need to support the administration operations of their clubs to address Zonta’s mission.

What special competencies and attributes, do you possess which qualify you to serve in the position(s) for which you have been nominated?

Leadership, organizational skills, and ability to work with diverse groups and individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds were demonstrated while serving as a federal government management official both on a national and local level.  Such competencies were also demonstrated while working with various city officials and groups as a consultant.

Diane Balaban

Candidate for:  Nominating Committee

Zonta Club of  Olean

Years in Zonta: 14

Classification: Teaching Professional

District appointment:  District Conference Chair 2020-2021

District elected:  Area 5 Director 2018-2020

Club appointed: Various committees 2008-present

Club elected: President 2014-2016; 1st Vice President 2011-2014; 2nd Vice President 2010-2011; Board Member

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

I have risen through the ranks from board member all the way to club president.  I was asked and proudly served as the Area Director 5.  I was recognized with our club’s award of Zontian of the Year. 

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

I have recently retired from working.  I was a greeter/registration clerk at our local hospital and a teacher assistant in a high school Special Education class.  I had to interact with a variety of people and situations in both jobs.  I believe these experiences will certainly benefit me with working with a much larger organization and a vast array of people to be sure that we pick the right candidates to serve.

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

I am very involved in my synagogue.  I am presently Co-President of the organization as well as Treasurer of the Sisterhood.

Describe your understanding of succession planning for future Zonta leaders and how you will identify, engage, and recruit candidates?

This is a wonderful organization and succession planning is of utmost importance.  We must continue to build and stay strong as we continue to address the problems facing us today.  Future leaders need to be involved and knowledgeable with all that is going on and ready to jump in and help when asked.  Everyone has something to offer to this organization.  Sometimes it is the quiet ones that will surprise you the most.  We are in Zonta because we all have the same determination in making the world a better place and by encouraging and recruiting the right people we will continue to thrive.

Haydee Kocchiu

Candidate for:  Nominating Committee

Zonta Club of  Brampton-Caledon

Years in Zonta: 13

Classification: 1243 Manager, Information & Communication Technology

District appointment:  Secretary 2016-18

District elected:  N/A

Club appointed: Membership, Fundraising, Service, Communications

Club elected: President 2014-16, & positions leading up: President-Elect, Director, Interim Treasurer

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

Leadership: Club President, District Secretary. In my years and many roles within my club and my participation in conferences, conventions, and workshops I feel I have developed a stronger understanding of the management and administration of Zonta International, Districts and Clubs.

Service: Chair of the Birthing Kits project committee: 1000 kits completed

Advocacy: Orange the World for The International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women: engaged with organizations in Canada to invite them to participate. Volunteer with Zonta Club of Toronto for White Ribbon Campaign’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ events to raise awareness of gender-based violence.  Gained a raised awareness of the many obstacles for advancement women worldwide face daily and of the need for advocating and educating others about women’s issues

Fundraising: Member of the Annual Golf Tournament organizing committee

Communications: Webmaster, monthly newsletter editor, flyer, and brochures creator

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

Currently retired. Last Position: Management of the provision of services in Cybersecurity, disaster recovery, business continuity, training, service management and metrics. Prior to this, I worked in management of computer data centres, networks and information centres, and the development and operations of information technology systems, the improvement of management processes and the optimization of operational methods.

Before retiring in 2014, I held leadership positions at various private and public organizations for 30 years.  Responsibilities were cybersecurity with disaster recovery, business continuity, training, service management and metrics as areas of focus.

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

During my working years, I served in professional organizations such as Business Continuity Management and Institute of Industrial Engineers. I volunteer in city, province and national events related to organizations and causes I support.

Describe your understanding of succession planning for future Zonta leaders and how you will identify, engage, and recruit candidates?

Succession Planning for future Zonta leaders lets Zonta respond to strategic changes that create new leadership needs or roles and be prepared for transitions when necessary. Embeds leadership development as a core organizational system, rather than as an ad hoc process, so the organization is ready for inevitable change. Plans for smooth and thoughtful transitions of leadership, identifies potential leadership candidates, and establishes a plan or orientation for onboarding into the new roles. My goal as member of the Nominating Committee will be to find qualified candidates to fill District 4 leadership positions that will carry Zonta’s mission now and in the future by: creating an inventory of existing skill sets, asking people about where they would like to be, asking incumbents to identify potential candidates for their positions. Evaluating each person’s future potential, grooming according to skill sets, desired trajectory, and potential.

Cheri Magin

Candidate for:  Nominating Committee

Zonta Club of  Rochester

Years in Zonta: 11

Classification: 1223 Supply and Distribution Manager

District appointment:  Membership Committee 2020-2022

District elected:  N/A

Club appointed: Advisor 2020-2022

Club elected: Vice-President 2016-2017; President 2017-2020; Nominating Chair 2020-2022

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

As President for three years, I led members and the Board Directors to achieve a healthy financial club by holding many fundraising events, several service projects and increased advocacy awareness.  This includes an event on CEDAW to educate the community.  I believe in mentorship and a team approach for members to have the best Zonta experience of giving back to the community and the world.  My Club was open to try new things in fundraising and service activities.  Also, we had good programs with quality speakers that helped the members to continually learn issues related to the Zonta mission.  In 2020, I was given the Status of Women Award that was a huge honor from the members.

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

I am currently retired. However, as a previous Administrator, I was managing daily operations, grant process, financial reporting, and communications with internal departments. Team player for speaker event series helping with planning and implementation.
 

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

My career in Supply Chain Management and Operations provided me with the opportunity to work with many people in many different functions including senior level leaders.  Three years of President of the Rochester club allowed me to understand the roles and skills needed for a club to be successful.  As Past President I currently lead the Nominations Committee, Public Relations and Co-Chair of Membership.  From a district level I have served on the D4 Membership Committee led by the Lt. Governor for the past year.

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

None

Describe your understanding of succession planning for future Zonta leaders and how you will identify, engage, and recruit candidates?

I have been involved in succession planning at the club level.  It is important to identify members who have potential to learn and lead, then have a good mentorship program for the best success.  Ideally knowing how a person is viewed by others (as a leader), willingness to learn new skills and easily adapt to change are some key factors.  A person who seeks diversity in members and is open to new ideas would be ideal.  A person who looks to the future and is an inclusive, open communicator will be an ideal candidate.

Nita McCown

Candidate for:  Nominating Committee

Zonta Club of  Toronto

Years in Zonta: 15

Classification: 231 Manager, Sales & Marketing

District appointment:  United Nations Chair 2020

District elected:  Area 2 Director 2018

Club appointed: Membership, Service, Advocacy

Club elected: President 2011-2016; Treasurer

Describe your main achievements in Zonta.

I have been Area 2 Director.  I am currently District 4 UN Chair.  Integral in setting up the Zonta Says No Award in Area 2.

Responsibilities of position: (Current company/previous company)

 

Describe how your business or professional experience and skills will contribute to the position for which you are submitting your nomination:

I am currently retired. I had to work daily with people from different backgrounds, skill sets and temperaments.

Involvement with civic, community or professional organizations, positions held in the last five years and any future commitments:

I am most active with “The White Ribbon Campaign” that works with Men and Boys to end Gender Based violence.

Describe your understanding of succession planning for future Zonta leaders and how you will identify, engage, and recruit candidates?

Through this nominating process, I hope to engage new and long-time members of Zonta who aspire to higher office in Zonta.  Participating in elected positions ensures that we plan a route of succession for those who wish to move higher into Zonta.  We can also bring fresh ideas to our District.