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IWA Leadership


Nila Bayvas, President

Rebecca Warnander, Vice-President and Director for Volunteers
Marian Jacobson, Immediate Past President and Treasurer

Virginia Bolen, Secretary

Laurie Ashcraft, Director for Administration

Nicola Crowe, Director for Cultural, Language and Activity Programs

Barbara Calabrese,Co-Director for Membership

Catherine Sinegal, Co-Director for Membership 

Francine Pappadis Friedman, Co-Director for Development

Susan Hanes, Co-Director for Development

Roya Mehrnoosh, Director for Community Service

Margo Binay, Director for Nominating Committee

Gay-Young Cho, Director for Philanthropy

Karen AbuZayd, Member at Large

Katarina Andersson, Member at Large 

Jill Brennan, Member at Large

Sheila Chin, Member at Large

Agnes Cikowska-Teczar, Member at Large

Ethel Gofen, Member at Large

Elizabeth Jia, Member at Large 

Suzanne McCormick, Member at Large


The past presidents exemplify IWA’s global diversity:

Doe Thornburg, 1978-1987 (U.S.A.)*
Ruth Ann Quinn, 1987-1988 (U.S.A.)*
Helen Padberg, 1988-1991 (U.S.A.)
Beverly Valentine, 1991-1993 (Jamaica/Canada)
Suzanne McCormick, 1993-1995 (Italy)
Elena Philips, 1995-1997 (Italy)
Sally Park, 1997-1998 (U.S.A.)
Rose-Marie Provo Kluit, 1998-2000 (The Netherlands)
A. Susana Ugarte, 2000-2001 (Argentina)
Sonia Aladjem,2001-2002 (Uruguay)*
Nancy Knapp, 2002-2004 (U.S.A.)
Yoko Mosher, 2004-2005 (Japan)
Lynnette Gaza, 2005-2007 (Australia)
D. Clancy, 2007-2009 (U.S.A.)
Sharon Barton, 2009-2010 (U.S.A.)
Ana Manglano, 2010-2011 (Colombia/Spain)
Gay-Young Cho, 2011-2013 (Korea)
Margo Bennett 2013-2015 (UK)
Sevil Kutay 2015-2017 (Turkey)
Marian S. Jacobson 2017-2019 (USA)

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