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DC Chapter Leaders

AWC-DC is overseen by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of active Board members and Chapter advisers.

When you join the Board of Directors of the Association for Women in Communications, Washington, D.C. Chapter (AWC-DC), you to engage in meaningful work with a dynamic group of women helping women advance in their communication careers.

Visit our Chapter Leadership page for information on board position roles and responsibilities.

The 2014 – 2015 Board:

Kristen Putch  |  President
Kristen is the communications manager for Phi Sigma Sigma Inc., an international sorority. She oversees the day-to-day communications and marketing strategy and implementation for the organization, including social media and special campaigns throughout the year. Kristen studied newspaper journalism at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she served as president of the university’s student chapter of AWC. She also earned a dual degree in history, with a focus on modern American history and women’s history. Prior to joining the staff at Phi Sigma Sigma, Kristen worked as the food editor at the York Dispatch in York, Pa., and the North American travel editor at Lost Girls World. In her free time Kristen enjoys being an indulgent foodie, traveling, watching Syracuse basketball and binge watching shows on Netflix.

D’Oniece Dillard  |  VP of Membership
A chapter member since November 2005, D’Oniece (D’O) has served as Chapter President, Matrix Chair, Board Advisor and Clarion judge. She is currently the Church Administrator at The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC; her duties include oversight of internal and external communication. D’O holds a B.A. in History from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY, and an M.A. in Communication from Trinity University Washington. She enjoys meeting and working with members from varied communication backgrounds. In her spare time she attends theater performances, Washington Nationals games and loves diving into a great book.

NatalieNeumann1Natalie Neumann  |  VP of Programs
Natalie is a marketing & communications specialist for the international development company, Futures Group. She enjoys supporting strategic communication with a tie to public health and works to enhance communication and visibility of the organization through events, social media, and electronic and print promotional materials. Natalie studied broadcast journalism and political science at the University of Montana in Missoula. She has worked for public radio stations in Montana and Washington, DC, including WAMU 88.5 News, and has produced work for CBS and PBS affiliates. She enjoys baking, trying new food, traveling and indulging in the latest DC-based TV shows.

MayCurry1May Curry  |  VP of Finance (Treasurer)
May is a Principal and Art Director at Spark Design. Spark Design is a graphic design company focused on creating the powerful pieces that establish an organization’s visual identity and unifying all of an organization’s creative projects toward their overall communication goals. Before co-founding Spark, May designed for a variety of government, association, and education clients through studios in Virginia and Maryland, created press-worthy pieces in-house at Discovery Communications, and helped build national retail brands for an Atlanta-based firm. May has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and graduated from Pratt Institute’s graphic design certificate program with highest honors. May is excited to help grow the AWCDC chapter and build upon past professional and personal accomplishments.

Frances Correa-Ufnar  |  Secretary
Frances is the Digital Media Specialist at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Frances produces web content including video, audio, graphics and interactive features targeting a diverse audience. She also works with a team to strategize and implement web-based media campaigns. Frances has worked in the digital media arena since 2009 when she founded the multimedia department at The Commonwealth Times She previously worked as a multimedia healthcare reporter at a Maryland-based trade publication where she covered healthcare policy and trends. In 2010, she launched, covering local news in Germantown, Maryland, as the site’s local editor. Frances received her bachelor of science in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Melanie Padgett Powers  |  VP of Communications
Melanie, owner of MelEdits, provides award-winning writing, editing and social media content strategy to associations, nonprofits and companies. She helps clients communicate effectively with their audience through her unique perspective as an editor passionate about social media. She has been a managing editor or content manager for magazines, newspapers, convention social media strategies, websites and newsletters for nearly 20 years. Melanie received her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a news-editorial focus from Franklin College of Franklin, Indiana. She was a newspaper reporter and editor for about seven years before moving to Washington, D.C., where she has been an editor/writer at the American Public Health Association, Association of Fundraising Professionals, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and McMurry/TMG (managing editor for National Hemophilia Foundation and the Lupus Foundation of America). Learn more at and follow her on Twitter @MelEdits and

Shifra Novograd  |  Matrix Committee Chair
Shifra is the vice president of marketing for Write Now America! LLC, an award- winning web-based writing and communications company that helps corporate and non-profit enterprises shape their verbal and print communications. Under her direction, Write Now America! produced and hosted a Sunday evening radio program that aired on major radio stations in the mid-Atlantic region. Among her many diverse projects, Shifra has written and recorded radio commercials, company telephone scripts, and corporate videos. Her favorite project is “The Interview” during which she holds meaningful, engaging conversations with celebrated authors, entrepreneurs, educators, and entertainers, several of whom have requested her expertise in preparing their marketing materials. Write Now America! is currently focusing on introducing The Great Will Seminar™, a live conference designed to help office staff members generate great will through effective, energetic telephone and email communication. Shifra is a published author and poet, and her radio program interviews are being prepared for publication. Her past includes a decade of service as the managing director of an Olney-based philanthropic foundation. She has been invited to speak to university students and retreat participants on the topic of personal growth and to facilitate panel discussions at corporate and education events.

Marcia Drucker-Holberton |  Webmaster
Marcia is an independent editor and desktop publisher. She has more than 25 years’ experience as a marketing program manager in the field of converging communications technologies and as an analyst and technical writer on information systems projects for the Federal Government. Marcia received her bachelor of arts in communications from Washington State University and her master of science in information systems technology from the George Washington University. Now semi-retired, she is updating her communications and programming skills by pursuing a certificate in Web Design and Development which she will complete in the spring of 2015. She enjoys outdoor photography, western equestrianism, baking sourdough bread, and spending time with her husband and two grown daughters.

President-elect:  Open

Past Presidents (Back to 1927!):

Year President
2013-2014 Dara Kahn Peskin
2012-2013 Jacie Roberts
2011-2012 Bina Handa and Gail Peck
2010-2011 D’Oniece Dillard
2009-2010 D’Oniece Dillard
2008-2009 Maurine Beasley
2007-2008 Lynn Osborne
2006-2007 Elaine Graves
2005-2006 Elaine Graves
2004-2005 Telah Jackson
2003-2004 Jennifer Slawson
2002-2003 Lynn Osborne
2001-2002 Natalie Doyle-Hennin, Acting
2000-2001 Lynn O’Connell
1999-2000 Annette Licitra
1998-1999 Karen L. Rugg
1997-1998 Marcia Stepanek/Lynn Osborne
1996-1997 Minna Morse
1995-1996 Marcia Drucker
1994-1995 Tristan Miller
1993-1994 Sharon O’Malley
1991-1993 Mary Margaret Walker
1990-1991 Emilie Davis
1989-1990 Cynthia Bisset
1988-1989 Andrea Pendleton
1987-1988 Madalyn Cafruny
1986-1987 Becky Chidester
1985-1986 Karen Lubieniecki
1984-1985 Nancy Vaughan
1983-1984 Patricia Bleicher
1982-1983 Marcia Horn
1982-1983 Christine Quinn
1980-1982 Patricia Miller
1979-1980 Cheryl Palmer
1978-1979 Jo Hartley
1977-1978 Nancy O’Neall
1976-1977 Pat Meid
1975-1976 Nancy Poland
1974-1975 Linda Vance
1972-1974 Gail Beagle
1972-1972 (summer) Meg Hibbert
1971-1972 LeGene Anderson
1969-1971 Helen Anderson
1967-1968 Mary Jane Fisher
1966-1967 Peggy N. Phillips
1965-1966 Abby Davis
1963-1965 Mimi Simms
1961-1963 Georgia Hadinn
1960-1961 Mary Boyette
1959-1960 Esther M. Stovall
1956-1959 Lillian P. Say
1955-1956 Rubye F. Mullin
1954-1955 Frances K. Hunt
1953-1954 Margaret C. Jones
1952-1953 Faye J. Marley
1951-1952 Kathryn L. Gilje
1950-1951 Frieda W. Everett
1949-1950 Helen B. Hamer
1948-1949 Bernice Strawn
1947-1948 Gretchen M. Thorp
1946-1947 Nadine Golladay
1945-1946 Janette Harrington
1944-1945 Florence Taaffee
1943-1944 Betty B. Melvin
1942-1943 Agnes S. Hathaway
1941-1942 Helen Hostetler
1940-1941 Zelda Branch
1937-1938 Mary A. McCanany
1936-1937 Ellen H. Young
1935-1936 Ailese Parten
1934-1935 Catherine R. Simms
1933-1934 Zelda Branch
1932-1933 Geneva S. Booker
1930-1932 Marguerite Young
1929-1930 Edith P. Lapish
1928-1929 Geneva S. Booker
1927-1928 Alice W. Hostetler