» Women of Chapman Steering Committee

2020-21 Steering Committee 

President Laura Baratta
President Elect Sheri Nazaroff
Benefit Chair Barbara Eidson
Benefit Co-Chair Elect
Program Co-Chair
Donna Bunce
Benefit Co-Chair Elect
Program Co-Chair
Kristen Rhynerson
Recording Secretary Susan Villeneuve
Financial Recorder Phyllis Shafer
Corresponding Secretary  Lauren Karg Johnston
Membership Chair Jane Bigcas
Membership Tea Co-Chair Donna Di Bari
Membership Tea Co-Chair Mona Nesseth
Membership Tea Co-Chair Sheri Nazaroff
Parliamentarian/Nominating Committee Chair  Anne Manassero
Student Filmmaker Endowment Chair       Adrienne Brandes

Standing Committee Chairs


Donna Bunce
Kristen Rhynerson


Donna Bianchi
Jacqui Penner

Members at Large

Amber Bennett
Leslie Cancellieri
Sally Crockett
Janet Curci
Cynthia DeBaun
Kathy Hamilton
Donna Hood
Sue Hook
Melinda Kartsonis
Eve Kornyei
Mikey Lares
Kristin Martin
Kimberly Oswald
Jodi Salerno
Kim Smith
Marci Sorensen
Christine Sullivan

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Presidents Emeritus

Mildred Mead*, Founder and Founding President, 1971-1984
Mary Lou Hornsby*, 1985-1997
Mary Dell Barkouras, 1998
Joan Riach-Gayner, 1999-July 2000**
Donna Bunce, 2000-2001, 2001-2002
Betty Belden Palmer*, 2002-2003
Adrienne Brennan, 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2010-2011
Karen Elliott, 2005-2006
Leslie Cancellieri, 2006-2007, 2007-2008
Charlene Prager, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
Kathy Hamilton, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
Donna Bianchi, 2013-2014, 2014-2015
Barbara Eidson, 2015-2018
Anne Manassero 2018-2020 


**Fiscal year change

Steering Committee Responsibilities (2020 - 2021)


  • Preside at General Meetings and Programs
  • Preside at Steering Committee Meetings
  • Liaison to the University including serving on Chapman University’s Board of Trustees as an ex-officio member
  • Communicate ongoing activities to the membership

President Elect:

  • Preside as President 2022-2024

Benefit Chair:

  • Chair “Christmas at The Ritz” benefit, 2020

Benefit Chair Elect:

  • Chair “Christmas at The Ritz” benefit, 2021

Program/Luncheon Co-Chairs:

  • Plan and produce programs with committee approval
  • Produce and mail invitations
  • Submit program information for press releases
  • Chair Annual Meeting Luncheon in June

Recording Secretary:

  • Record minutes
  • Distributes minutes to Steering Committee

Financial Reporter:

  • Prepare and give financial reports at the Steering Committee meetings
  • All revenue is received and deposited by Chapman University
  • All checks for accounts payable are written and distributed by Chapman University
  • Prepare and submit an annual financial report

Corresponding Secretary:

  • Write thank-you notes
  • Send get-well, sympathy and congratulatory cards

Membership Chair:

  • The Chapman University liaison is responsible for mailing dues notices and requests for roster information to members
  • The Membership Chair is responsible for:
    • Preparing the letters, dues notices and memos to the membership and submitting to the liaison for distribution
    • Contacting delinquent members
    • Maintaining a current list of members, their addresses and phone numbers, including new members as accepted
    • Submitting new member information and revisions to membership list to Roster Chair
    • Accepting applications for new members from current members and presenting their applications to the Steering Committee
    • Coordinating the membership activities at the membership event in May 

Membership Tea Chairs:

  • Plan and make arrangements for a membership event in May

Nominations Chair:

  • Meet with the Nominating Committee to select Steering Committee members for the following year
  • Submit the Steering Committee slate for approval to the Steering Committee at the May meeting
  • Announce the newly elected Steering Committee at the annual Summer Luncheon in June

Parliamentarian: Immediate Past President

Student Filmmaker Endowment Chair:

  • Chair committee that determines who the Dodge College student finalists are for WOC’s annual student endowment recognition

Roster Chair:

  • Update roster information 
  • Have roster printed
  • Make arrangements to distribute roster


  • Keep history of Women of Chapman
  • Oversee photographs taken at events and programs
  • Maintain a publicity scrapbook

Members at Large:

  • Assist in promoting the Women of Chapman in their support of Chapman University