2016-2017 Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Board of Directors - July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017

President Dr. Cheryl Mae Craft  
President Elect Donna Tohidi Anderson  

Executive Board

VP Finance Kathie Giordano  
VP Development Jessica Niblo & Monica Zacharia  
VP Membership Virginia Young & Leslie Young  
VP University Relations Priscilla McClure  
Recording Secretary Marlene Dennis & Christina Conti  
Corresponding Secretary Judith Mancini  
Parliamentarian Judith Buter  
Advisory Council Liaison Keitha Russell  


Special Events Chair Betty Hollingsworth  
Scholar Recognition Luncheon Yolanda Walther-Meade  
  Sharon Fadem  
  Donna Tohidi Anderson  
  Audrey Jessup  
Spring Fundraiser Audrey Jessup  
  Mary Hiestand  
  Donna Tohidi Anderson  
  Keitha Russell  
Hospitality Diane Deshong & Marcela McKenna  
Immediate Past President Yolanda Walther-Meade  
Directors-at-Large Linda Bowling  
  Lynne Brickner  
  Glenda Patton  
  Carol Towne  
Honorary Directors Rosemary Booth  
  Mary Y. Davis  
  Gay Goerz  
Web Adminstrator Peggy Vogt  


Past Presidents

Florence Malouf* 1958-1960 Marion Defore 1960-1962 Julie Bergin 1962-1964
Jeanne Sully* 1964-1965 Rosemary Herd Booth 1965-1966 Vera O'Larry Handley 1966-1968
Jean Douglas*  1968 Penny Alison  1968-1970 Marilyn McDaniel  1970-1971
Midge Clark  1971-1973 Barbara Knight* 1973-1974 June Ruud*  1974-1976
Norma Coyle*  1976-1977 Jeanne Bailey*  1977-1978 Sharon Swaton Black*  1978-1980
Marilyn Puckett  1980-1982 Darla Mueller*  1983-1984 Bobbie Galpin*  1983-1984
Barbara Harris*  1984-1986 Gay Goerz  1986-1988 Barbara McCoy*  1988-1990
Nadine Acker  1990-1992 Charlotte Meier*  1992-1994 Suzanne Dillard*  1994-1996
Sandy Midgley  1996-1998 Judith Miller  1998-2000 Mary Y. Davis  2000-2001
Maggie Russell*  2001-2002 Linda Bowling  2002-2004 Edwina Broderick  2004-2006
Sandi Walker*  2005-2006 Lynne Brickner  2006-2008 Mary Hiestand  2008-2011
Gay Goerz  2011-2012 Yolanda Walther-Meade  2011-2014  


Thanks from Janelle Liu, Graduate Student at University of California, Los Angeles

"Thank you for your generous financial support towards my higher education.  I am investigating the neural basis of language learning in the infant brain.  To do this, I use neuroimaging techniques to examine the functional and structural connectivity of the developing brain.  Ultimately, I plan to pursue a career in academia to become a leading professor in my field.  In the world of academic research, the quest to secure funding is a constant struggle.  The ARCS Foundation has alleviated that burden for me and made it possible for me to pursue my passions in scientific research.  Thanks to you, I am able to devote more time to my research and focus on what I love to do."

Thanks from Clayton Bingham, Graduate Student at University of Southern California

"I am writing to express my sincere gratitude at having been selected for the ARCS Foundation Scholarship.  I am currently in the middle of my second year of pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at University of Southern California.  My own work is centered on modeling the response of brain tissue to electrical stimulation, which is an increasingly important type of intervention in brain pathologies such as epilepsy, Parkinson's, dystonia, and depression.  It is my career ambition to further develop novel interfaces between computers and brains, both as a means to mitigate cognitive impairment and to enhance natural function.  I will not be quick to forget the significance of this award in helping to ensure my progress along the path to becoming a respected expert in engineered neural systems."

Thanks from Victoria Sun, Graduate Student at University of Southern California

"The guidance I've received from my advisor, professors, and mentors have helped shape my career path, but the support from the Foundation has helped make goals attainable, providing me with the confidence and financial freedom to pursue my dreams.  Being a part of the ARCS Foundation has allowed me the privilege of meeting extraordinary students, entrepreneurs, and professors through events such as the luncheon and annual spring gala.  It is a great privilege and honor to be recognized as an ARCS Scholar.  Your support and dedication to students like myself drive us towards excellence in research and inspire us to leave a lasting impression on our community.  Thank again for your generous support."