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.
Natalie 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.
May 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 Germantown.patch.com, 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 MelEdits.com and follow her on Twitter @MelEdits and Facebook.com/MelEdits.
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.
Past Presidents (Back to 1927!):
|2013-2014||Dara Kahn Peskin|
|2011-2012||Bina Handa and Gail Peck|
|2001-2002||Natalie Doyle-Hennin, Acting|
|1998-1999||Karen L. Rugg|
|1997-1998||Marcia Stepanek/Lynn Osborne|
|1991-1993||Mary Margaret Walker|
|1972-1972 (summer)||Meg Hibbert|
|1967-1968||Mary Jane Fisher|
|1966-1967||Peggy N. Phillips|
|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|
|1947-1948||Gretchen M. Thorp|
|1943-1944||Betty B. Melvin|
|1942-1943||Agnes S. Hathaway|
|1937-1938||Mary A. McCanany|
|1936-1937||Ellen H. Young|
|1934-1935||Catherine R. Simms|
|1932-1933||Geneva S. Booker|
|1929-1930||Edith P. Lapish|
|1928-1929||Geneva S. Booker|
|1927-1928||Alice W. Hostetler|