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Board of Directors:  2018 - 2019 Officers and Members

 Phyllis Pressman Cohen  President
 Richard Mansfield
 Vice President of Administration
 Joe Bongiardina  Vice President of Operations
 Barbara Mende
 Secretary
 Joel Shwimer
 Treasurer
 Rochelle Gordon
 Chair: Let's Go
 Mary Mansfield  Chair: Curriculum Committee
 Carole Levy
 Chair: LLUNCH@LLAIC
 Shelly Levine
 Co-chair: Operations
 Maryann Wyner
 Chair: Membership
 Mark MaNamee
 
 Peter Schmidt
 Webmaster, Registration

To contact a Board Officer or Member, please send an email note to LLAIC.


Board members - May 2018   (left to right)
Front row: Shelly Levine, Carole Levy, Barbara Mende, Phyllis Pressman Cohen, Joe Bongiardina
Back row: Mary Manfield, Richard Mansfield, Joel Shwimer, Mark McNamee, Peter Schmidt
Photo - Harris Traiger


Nominations to LLAIC Board of Directors - Spring 2018

A nominating committee was named to recommend members to be elected. Additions to the Board were to be made via a slate (see below) which will be presented at the annual meeting, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. to be voted on at that time. The Board is responsible for LLAIC governance and actively manages Board and committee activities.

Slate of nominations to the Board, with brief biographies:

Mark McNamee

I joined LLAIC in 2016 after moving to Massachusetts following my retirement from 40 years as a professor and administrator in higher education.  I have taken at least one course every semester, co-taught a course led by my wife Carole, and I am currently teaching a 10-week course called “It’s Your Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience”.   Carole and I have enjoyed a number of the “Let’s Go” programs.

I currently serve on the LLAIC Curriculum Committee and I am committed to the continued growth of the curriculum, both in terms of subject matter breadth and increased member participation.   Lifelong learning has many positive dimensions, all of which contribute to good prospects for a long and healthy life.  Carole and I played a leading role in getting a lifelong learning program established in Blacksburg, Virginia with cooperation from Virginia Tech.   We moved just as the program was officially launched, but we have heard great reports about its success.

I was born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts.   I received a B.S. at MIT, a Ph.D. at Stanford, and did postdoctoral work at Columbia University.  I spent 26 years at UC Davis and 14 years at Virginia Tech.

Peter Schmidt

One of the founders and original Board member of LLAIC.  Developed and continuing to maintain our LLAIC website with information for members and as a window to the outside world. Became a go-to resource for our ProClass online registration system and database. Responsible for implementing the online evaluation form. Have led or co-led a number of courses at LLAIC, with subjects ranging from science and technology to short stories (Böll) and presently Foreign Films of the 50s and 60s. Over the years, have presented four lunchtime talks (including Robotics and A.I.).  Asked to return to the Board by the 2018 nominating committee after a one-year hiatus.

Joel Shwimer

I attended MIT receiving an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and two graduate degrees in Management Science.  I then lived in Paris for 20 months while my wife, Elaine, did research.  During this time I worked for a nationalized French oil and gas company.  Upon returning to the USA, I spent the rest of my career, both working for companies and as an independent consultant, designing and supporting various accounting and decision-support systems for financial institutions ranging from local savings banks to the World Bank, the Ford Foundation and many of the banks you read about in the newspaper. 

I have attended classes, typically two, during each and every term that LLAIC has existed.  I have been a class assistant.  During the past year I have “shadowed” the current LLAIC Treasurer (to learn the job) and assisted in a vendor selection.

Over the past 30 plus years, I have held financially related offices including VP Finance, Treasurer, Chair of the Investment Committee, tax preparation and electronic filing volunteer, etc. for a number of charitable organizations. 

Maryann Wyner

I have been a member of LLAIC for 7 semesters, and it has been a joyous and rewarding experience. During this time, I have been a class helper, directed and acted for the Lilac Players, taught a class and served as a member and acting chair of the Membership Committee.

As an educator I have taught high school English and History, worked as an assistant director for 33 plays and held the administrative position of Eleventh Grade Dean. I loved working with high school students, but I am thoroughly enjoying my new life as a busy and engaged lifelong learner!



Board members typically serve on one or more committees. Currently, heads of the Curriculum, Operations, Membership and Let’s Go standing committees are Board members. There are other ad hoc committees and task forces which require Board involvement or oversight, such as the periodic customer service survey task force and the ongoing luncheon program task force.

Nominations have been closed since the April 15 deadline. Members had been invited to identify potential candidates, including themselves, who were deemed appropriate for Board participation and involvement. We sought candidates who have shown an interest in being active in LLAIC governance and management. We are particularly in need of people with experience in marketing to a retired audience and outreach.


Qualifications to be a nominee:
  • Must have been a member for at least two of the last three semesters.
  • Must have participated actively on a committee or in another volunteer capacity in a formal or informal leadership position.
  • Must be willing to attend Board meetings on a regular basis (scheduled monthly year-round, and added as situations arise) and fulfill volunteer functions as required.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
  • Must have at minimum a working knowledge of computers including attaching documents.
Since LLAIC is an all-volunteer, collaborative organization, it is essential that all Board members be prepared to assist with any situation or responsibility as it arises. Members were asked to put a name into consideration, before the deadline for nominations, by contacting one of the five members of the nominating committee:

Richard Mansfield, Chair, richardscottnmansfield@gmail.com
Joe Bongiardina, Member, joebongiardina@gmail.com
Phyllis Pressman Cohen, Member saffta@gmail.com
Ruth Natanson, Member, ruth@natanson.net
Lois Silver, Member, loisfsilver@gmail.com


Board of Directors:  2017 - 2018 Officers and Members

 Phyllis Pressman Cohen  President
 Richard Mansfield
 Vice President of Administration
 Joe Bongiardina  Vice President of Operations
 Barbara Mende
 Secretary
 Mike Segal
 Treasurer
 Rochelle Gordon
 Chair: Let's Go
 Joel Kamer  Parliamentarian
 Mary Mansfield  Chair: Curriculum Committee
 Bonnie Lass
 Chair: LLUNCH@LLAIC
 Carole Levy
 Chair of Marketing and Outreach
 Shelly Levine
 Co-chair: Operations
 Maryann Wyner
 Chair: Membership

To contact a Board Officer or Member, please send an email note to LLAIC.


Board of Directors: 2014 - 2017 Officers and Members

 Richard Mansfield  President
 Phyllis Pressman Cohen  Vice President of Administration
 Joe Bongiardina  Vice President of Operations
 Barbara Mende *
 Secretary, 2016 - 2017
 Mike Segal
 Treasurer
 Rochelle Gordon *
 
 Joel Kamer  
 Mary Mansfield  
 Jane Kamer
 Secretary, 2014 - 2016
 Alorie Parkhill  **
 
 Peter Schmidt
 
 Lois Silver  


** In Memoriam: Alorie Prkhill
Compatriot, LLAIC Founder,
Curriculum Committee Chair
A tribute


* New Board members starting Fall 2016



Board Members May 2016 - from the left: 
Mary Mansfield, Alorie Parkhill, Lois Silver, Richard Mansfield,
Phyllis Pressman Cohen, Peter Schmidt, Rochelle Gordon,
Joel Kamer, Barbara Mende, Mike Segal, Jane Kamer,
Joe Bongiardina


May 2016: New Board members
Rochelle Gordon
and Barbara Mende


May 11, 2017:  Newly elected members of the LLAIC Board of Directors
 
The Nominating Committee is pleased to nominate the following to serve on the Board of Directors of LLAIC for 3-year terms beginning July 1, 2017:
 
Bonnie Lass
I have a professional background in teaching, writing, and editing (Ph.D. University of Illinois) and have taught remedial reading to kids in Brooklyn, reading and language arts techniques to teachers, and written and edited educational materials for both teachers and kids.  At BOLLI, and now at LLAIC, I’ve had a chance to stretch into avocations. I love popular music and its history and enjoyed teaching.  I love literature and have led courses in Reading Contemporary Memoirs and New Yorker fiction.

Shelly Levine
Shelly Levine has been actively involved and taking courses in LLAIC for the past three years since moving to Wayland from New Jersey. She is currently serving on the Membership, Curriculum, and Operations Committees and leading the Movie Mavens. Before coming to Massachusetts, Shelly was the Dean of Guidance and the English Department Chair at Delbarton School in Morristown NJ. She continues to work part-time as an independent college counselor with Dunbar Educational Consultants. She is married to Bert, a political science professor at Rutgers; they have two children, Robin Freeman and Michael Levine, and three grandsons.

Carole Levy
After working more than twenty five years as a high school teacher of English and raising three daughters with my husband in Lexington, I now have the opportunity to expand my learning and share my interests by being active in Lifelong Learning for adults.   In particular, I am proud of being one of the charter members of LLAIC, leading and taking classes and working with the curriculum committee to assure quality classes for the LLAIC community. I enjoy the study of history and literature and have led several courses on Israel where I lived from 1970 to 1983.   Previous courses I have led also include a history of US health care policy and on the literature of Philip Roth.  I have a B.A. from Penn State University and an MBA in management of not-for-profit organizations from the Heller School at Brandeis University. I enjoy reading, playing tennis, biking, x-country skiing and yoga, spending time with my six grandchildren…and now, having the time to travel.

Mary Mansfield (Incumbent)
Mary Mansfield was one of LLAIC’s founders and has served on the LLAIC Board since its inception. She has co-chaired the Membership Committee, while also serving on the Curriculum Committee. She will be assuming the role of Chair of the Curriculum Committee in July of 2017. Mary has taught a LLAIC course on the horse in literature and art  and has co-taught courses on issues in American education, the social consequences of increasing inequality, and emotional intelligence and grit. Her professional career included a variety of jobs, all relating in some way to education; elementary school teacher, reading teacher, reading consultant, college admissions officer, and school placement consultant.
 
How candidates were chosen:  Members were asked for their recommendations for nominees in The Quill several times in March and via the LLAIC website. The Committee also reviewed and vetted other candidates, including Mary Mansfield, who was appointed as chair of the standing Curriculum Committee and thus mandatorily considered by the Nominating Committee as required by the LLAIC bylaws.
 
Individuals chosen met all the necessary qualifications as outlined in the call for nominees:
  • Must have been a member for at least two of the last three semesters.
  • Must have participated actively on a committee or in another volunteer capacity in a formal or informal leadership position.
  • Must be willing to attend Board meetings on a regular basis (scheduled monthly year-round, and added as situations arise) and fulfill volunteer functions as required.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
Since LLAIC is an all-volunteer, collaborative organization, it is essential that all Board members be prepared to assist with any situation or responsibility as it arises.

The nominating process allows for the slate to be challenged by additional nominations from qualified candidates who submit a petition which has been signed by 10 or more members who are currently in good standing. If such requirements are met then a ballot will be prepared by the Nominating Committee containing the proposed slate plus the names of the additional candidates. This ballot will be distributed and voted on confidentially at the meeting.  These nominations must be made to the Chair of the Nominating Committee (joebongiardina@gmail.com) by April 30, 2017.
 
If there are no other candidates the slate will be accepted by voice vote at the Annual Meeting.
 
The sincere thanks and gratitude of the current board and the LLAIC membership are given to the departing charter board members who helped found the organization and served it so well during its first three years:
Jane Kamer
Peter Schmidt
Lois Silver


Spring 2017:  LLAIC seeks Nominations for the Board of Directors


LLAIC was founded three years ago by a governing Board of Directors of 10 members. That number was increased to 12 about a year ago and two new Board members were elected at that time. Terms of service were staggered to provide for a steady rotation of directors.

Four Board members are completing their terms this year, and standing committee chairs not currently on the Board are required by LLAIC's bylaws to be considered for Board membership.
A nominating committee has been formed to recommend members to be elected. Election to the Board will be made via a slate which will be presented at the annual meeting, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, and voted on at that time.

The Board is responsible for LLAIC governance and actively manages Board and committee activities. Board members typically serve on one or more committees. There are four standing committees, Curriculum, Operations, Membership and Let's Go, and the chairs of these currently are on the Board. There are other ad hoc committees and task forces which require Board involvement or oversight, such as the periodic customer service survey task force and the ongoing luncheon program task force.

You are invited to identify potential candidates, yourself included, whom you deem appropriate for Board participation and involvement. We seek candidates who have shown an interest in being active in LLAIC governance and management.

Qualifications to be a nominee:
  • Must have been a member for at least two of the last three semesters.
  • Must have participated actively on a committee or in another volunteer capacity in a formal or informal leadership position.
  • Must be willing to attend Board meetings on a regular basis (scheduled monthly year-round and added as situations arise) and fulfill volunteer functions as required.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
Since LLAIC is an all-volunteer, collaborative organization,  it is essential that all Board members be prepared to assist with any situation or responsibility as it arises.  If you wish to put a name into consideration, please contact one of the five members of the nominating committee:

April 15, 2016 - PROPOSED ADDITIONS TO LLAIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the two members who have been nominated to serve 3-year terms beginning in June 2016 on the Board of Directors of LLAIC.

Rochelle Gordon
Barbara Mende

After careful due diligence and deliberation, the 5-member committee, chaired by Joel Kamer, is proposing this slate which is to be voted on at the Annual Meeting which will be held on Monday, May 16, at 1:15 p.m., at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley.

Members were asked for their recommendations for nominees in several editions of The Quill. The Committee also had a list of about a dozen candidates whom they considered and vetted. Since LLAIC is an all-volunteer, collaborative organization without any paid administrative help at present, it is essential that all Board members be prepared to assist with any situation or responsibility as they arise. Additionally, the two people chosen met all the necessary qualifications as outlined in the call for nominees:
  • Must have been a member for at least two semesters;
  • Must have participated actively on a committee or in another volunteer capacity in a formal or informal leadership position;
  • Must be willing to attend Board meetings on a regular basis (scheduled monthly year round, and added as situations arise) and fulfill volunteer functions as required;
  • Must have demonstrated his/her ability to work collaboratively in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
The nominating process also allows the slate to be challenged by additional nominations from qualified candidates who submit a petition which has been signed by 10 or more members who are currently in good standing. If such requirements are met then a ballot will be prepared by the nominating committee containing the proposed slate plus the names of the additional candidates. This ballot will be distributed and voted on confidentially at the meeting.

If there are no other candidates, then the slate will be accepted by voice vote at the Annual Meeting.

Submitted by LLAIC Nominating Committee 2016:
Joel Kamer, Chair
Phyllis Cohen
Jane Kamer
Mary Mansfield
Lois Silver




Updated May 27, 2018

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