The AWGA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who serve as the Association's policy-making body and are elected from the Northern, Central, and Southern regions of Arizona. The selection of members is accomplished through the Board Development Committee's recommendation, followed by a two tiered process consisting of a combination of election by the Membership and appointment by the full Board. The Executive Committee (comprised of Board Officers), AWGA Board of Directors and Committee Members serve without compensation.
L-R: Ann Martin, Mariann Peterson, Kristin Baumgartner, Lynne Peters, Juna Rowland, Michelle Cross
Vera Ciancola, Leslie Kramer, Sally Larson, Suzy O'Hara, Barbara Fitzgerald
Not pictured: Lauren Todd-Mariano
Suzy O'Hara of Gilbert, AZ is serving her third year as a member of the AWGA Executive Committee and her first year as President, having previously served as Vice President, Officer-at-large and Board member.
Suzy is a retired educator, most recently working as a school principal. She served as a leader on districtwide school improvement and curriculum committees and was a member of a business/school partnership organization. Suzy founded the O'Hara Education Consulting firm, which developed and implemented educator training courses in conjunction with the American Natural History Museum New York, NY and the International Baccalaureate Organization. She holds certificates in Professional Learning Communities, Group Facilitation and Reading Recovery.
Suzy is a member of the Associated Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Michigan Association of School Administrator. She was a founding member of the IB Schools of Michigan organization and served on the IB Educators board for Oakland University Oakland MI, where she was also served as an adjunct instructor.
Suzy is an active member of several golf leagues, volunteers for the Junior Golf Association of Arizona, the LPGA/USGA Girls' Golf of Phoenix, the LPGA Founders Cup and the Joanne Winter's Arizona Silver Belle tournament.
Suzy earned a MEd (Master of Education) degree in reading language arts from Oakland University, MI, and school counseling from University of Dayton, OH.
Leslie Kramer of Sonoita, AZ, is serving her second year as a member of the AWGA Executive Committee and first year as Vice President, having previously served as Officer-at-Large and Board member.
Leslie has been practicing law since 1981, initially as an owner of a legal publishing/seminar business and a managing partner with an appellate practice at a Madison, Wisconsin law firm. She subsequently practiced law as a partner in a small-town firm outside of Madison while also serving as an elected municipal court judge. In 2002, Leslie moved to Arizona and thereafter founded Kramer & Dagucon, LLP, where she currently focuses on estate planning, small businesses and non-profits, real estate and intellectual property.
In Arizona, she has continued the extensive volunteer tradition she established in Wisconsin. Leslie has chaired her Rotary Club's annual “Golfing for Scholars” tournament for more than ten years, has served as the Representative for her golf club and a second two-year term as President of the Southern District Women's Golf Association. She served on the Board of Directors for the Sonoita-Patagonia Chamber of Commerce, her local Rotary Club including creating a charitable foundation for its fundraising activities, and other community boards.
Leslie earned her JD (Juris Doctor) and Bachelor of Arts (Medieval History) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Vera Ciancola of Scottsdale, AZ, is serving her second year as a member of the Executive Committee and her first year as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, having previously served as a member of the Finance Committee and Board member.
Vera is a Senior Tax Executive with over 30 years tax experience. Her professional career incorporates expertise in financial analysis, strategic planning, risk management, auditing, process improvement, and mergers and acquisitions. She served as Vice President of Finance with the Finova Group, a Fortune 500 financial services company. Subsequently, Vera served as Vice President with CIT, and concluded her career as Managing Director – Corporate Taxes with US Airways. She was responsible for complying with all international, federal, state and local tax filings; researching complex tax issues that impact profitability; implementing tax saving strategies; analyzing tax legislation, and defending the company's tax positions on audit. Vera was also engaged in M&A tax planning for the New American Airlines Group, and executed effective tax rate management and issue identification.
Vera is a CPA with the state of Arizona, and currently serves as the Treasurer of the Women's 9-Hole League at Gainey Ranch.
Vera earned an MBA in Finance degree from the University of Connecticut, and a BS in Accounting and Finance from Fairfield University, CT.
Juna Rowland of Vail, AZ is serving her second year as a member of the AWGA Executive Committee and her first year as Secretary, having previously served as Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair and Board member.
Juna's professional career incorporates more than 30 years of multi-industry leadership, financial acumen and communications serving Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies. As Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, she was responsible for strategic positioning, competitor and market intelligence, corporate branding strategies, company communications, and relationships with the financial community.
Juna is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and has served on various NIRI Chapter Boards, including the Annual Conference Planning Committee. She also served on the Finance Advisory Council of Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA.
In conjunction with NIRI and the University of California, Irvine, she helped establish the west coast's first certificate program in investor relations. In 1998, Juna was recognized as "Investor Relations Professional of the Year" by Investor Relations Business magazine. Most recently, Juna co-authored the NIRI “Book of Knowledge” which is being used in the certification of investor relations professionals.
Juna earned a MS in Finance (Master of Science in Finance) degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and a BS in Business from the University of Phoenix.
Michelle Cross of Scottsdale, AZ, is serving her first year as a member of the AWGA Executive Committee and as Strategic Planning Chair, and her third year as a member of the AWGA's Board of Directors.
Michelle presently serves the Phoenix/Scottsdale Metro area as REALTOR® with the Mike Domer Group; the Southwest US Region's top RE/MAX agent and top 10 nationally. She has more than 30 years of experience as an international Human Resources leader and executive in Fortune 100 companies including Honeywell, Textron, Amazon and Kodak.
Michelle is a member at The Country Club of DC Ranch and serves on the club's Golf Committee. She is a member of AWGA's Rules Committee, and volunteers at Foothills Animal Rescue. Michelle is the Recording Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Lagotto Romagnolo Club of America (an AKC certified breed).
Michelle earned an MBA from The University of Michigan and a BS in Business and Marketing from the University of New Hampshire at Keene.
Kristin Baumgartner of Prescott, AZ, is serving her first year as a member of the AWGA Board of Directors.
Kristin's professional career spans more than 30 years of sales, marketing, communications and organizational change management. Her early career focused on technology sales, sales management and sales operations for AT&T, Verizon and Williams Communications. In 2002, Kristin joined Bristol-Myers Squibb to lead global employee communications in support of this Fortune 500 biopharmaceutical company. She directed the change management strategy for a global Microsoft desktop applications roll-out that used multiple communication and training channels and was delivered in eight languages to 68 countries.
Formerly a resident of the Princeton, New Jersey, area, Kristin was a member of the Hopewell Valley Golf Club where she served as the Ladies Golf Association (LGA) President and Vice President and on various club committees. In 2016, Kristin served on the AWGA Board Development Committee and is currently serving as the President of the Northern Arizona Women's Golf Association. She is the Secretary for the Talking Rock LGA and sits on the Board of Directors.
Kristin earned a BS in Marketing degree from Louisiana State University, and holds an accredited business communicator certification from the International Association of Business Communicators.
Barbara Fitzgerald of Carefree, AZ, is serving her first year as a member of the AWGA's Board of Directors.
Her professional career incorporates 24 years with Sears, Roebuck and Co. in New Jersey in numerous store operations, home improvement support positions, and strategic planning. In her last assignment, Barbara was Vice President/General Manager for Sears Freestanding Hardware Stores where she helped grow the chain to 150 stores in three years. Subsequently, Barbara joined Toys R Us as Vice President/General Manager for New York and New Jersey, the company's largest market with annual sales of $1 billion. As Vice President of People Development, she led the companywide initiative designed to transform Toys R Us into a customer-focused organization. In early 2000 Barbara was named President of Harmon Auto Glass. She then joined PetSmart as Senior Vice President of Store Operations, retiring in 2007.
Barbara has served on the Boards of the Schwann Food Company, PetSmart Charities and the Be Kind People Project. She has been a member of the Marietta College Board of Trustees since 2005 serving as Board Chair from 2011 to 2015. She is a member of the Desert Forest Golf Club in Carefree, Arizona, where she is President of the women's golf association for 2017-2018, having previously served as association Secretary and Vice President.
Barbara earned a BA in Business Administration from Marietta College, Marietta, OH.
Sally Larson of Tucson, AZ continues to serve as a member of the AWGA Board, having previously served as two-term President, Vice President, and Board member since 2010.
Sally's professional career incorporates more than 25 years of financial reporting, accounting, and cash and project management. Following a brief career as an educator, Sally served 15 years in various management positions, most recently as Director of Financial Reporting for the Woolworth Corporation, an international retailer. She subsequently served as Controller for a New Jersey manufacturing company.
Sally is an USGA Certified Rules Official and Senior Rules Official of the American Junior Golf Association, and served as Chair of the AWGA Rules Committee for six years. She serves on the Board of the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship and is a former Board member of the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Tucson.
Sally earned an MBA in Finance from New York University, an MS in Education from Northern Illinois University, and a BS in Education from University of North Carolina, Greensboro.
Ann Martin of Tucson, AZ, is serving her second year as a member of the AWGA's Board of Directors.
Ann's professional career spans more than 30 years of development experience in the high tech arena, most recently as Vice President of Software Engineering with a computer hardware and software systems company (acquired by SanDisk Corporation in 2014) that designed and manufactured products using flash memory technology. Her experience was focused in leading groups of high tech individuals to develop complex computer systems usually across multiple geographic locations. Ann has been involved with developing engineering talent in the United States, and addressing student groups about engineering opportunities. She also served on the Advisory Board for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Kansas State University for 15 years.
Ann rates courses for the AWGA, and is currently serving as the President of her local women's golf association.
Ann earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton, and has taken numerous graduate level courses in Engineering Management.
Lynne Peters of Prescott, AZ, is serving her fourth year as a member of the AWGA's Board of Directors, having served as a member of the AWGA Handicap Committee.
Lynne's career incorporates more than 30 years in the education profession, having served 25 years as a secondary school Principal. Lynne's experience extends to policy development, counseling, fiscal accountability and regulatory compliance. As Principal, Lynne earned several awards for excellence including the Governor's Exemplary Award; the Texas Successful Schools Award for Sustained Academic Performance; and a National School of Excellence from the US Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools program. More recently, Lynne established an education consulting firm and a property management business.
Currently, Lynne is President of The Club at Prescott Lakes, and is serving her third year on the Board of Governors. She is also serving her fourth year as the Northern District AWGA Treasurer and served as the Handicap Chairman for five years. Lynne is a member of Philanthropic Education Organization, Chapter O, where she previously held the offices of Treasurer, Vice President and President.
Lynne earned a MEd (Master of Education) degree and Superintendent Certification from the University of Houston.
Mariann Peterson of Sun City, AZ, is serving her second year as a member of the AWGA's Board of Directors and Fundraising Co-Chair.
Mariann's career encompasses 35 years in the manufacturing and finance industries including 15 years in various management positions with American Home Products, Miller Brewing and Kerr Glass. She also worked for 20 years in management in the credit union industry, serving as President/CEO of a credit union in Des Moines, IA for the last 10 years. Mariann was the recipient of both the President's Award and Crystal Achievement Award from the Miller Brewing Company. She was also an instructor at the post-secondary level for several years, and an adjunct instruction during her tenure in the financial industry.
Mariann served as a member of the Board of the Iowa Credit Union Foundation for several years and was Chairperson for last two years. She also served as a Board member of the P Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education for six yrs and was Chairperson for the last three years. Mariann's organizational skills and fund raising expertise were a positive impact on both organizations. Additionally, she was an active volunteer with the Festival of Trees (Blank Children's Hospital) in Des Moines, IA for 15 years.
Mariann earned a BA degree in Business from Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA.
Lauren Todd-Mariano of Phoenix, AZ, is serving her fourth year as a member of the AWGA's Board of Directors.
Lauren is currently a team leader in business intelligence with a major healthcare organization. Her career incorporates data warehousing, strategic planning, customer experience management, and cross-channel and web analytics. Lauren is a certified expert in both Adobe Analytics and Scaled Agile Framework software.
She was named the National Golf Coaches Association and Golfweek All-American in 2007 and was a member of the Pac-10 Academic Team for three years while attending Stanford University. Lauren also led the Stanford Women's Golf Team to four NCAA appearances and started in all but one event for the Cardinal over the course of four years. Lauren also won the USGA Mid-Am Qualifier in 2013. She is a co-founder and Director of Operations for RPM Sand, Arizona's top junior sand volleyball club that is recognized as a top-5 club nationally in competitive youth and volleyball programs.
Lauren earned an MBA from Pepperdine University, and a BA degree in Economics from Stanford University.