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Executive Officers for 2018-2019

AWC’s Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the results of the online election for our new Co-Presidents. Congratulations to Cindy Shotliff and Jennifer Sparks who were elected by a unanimous vote in favor by the 33 members who cast their vote between June 19th and June 22nd using the online ballot. Their term of office begins immediately.

Thank you to every member who took the time to vote!

AWC Nominating Committee June 2018 – nominate@awcthailand.org
Joette Berkompas, Chair
Laura Bagin
Shannon Blocker

June 22, 2018

Robyn Menzies was elected by a unanimous vote in favor by the AWC Board of Directors to fill the role of Assistant Treasurer. Thank you, Robyn!

March 13, 2018

AWC’s Nominating Committee is pleased to share with you the results of the online election for our 2018-19 Executive Officers. The following women were elected by majority vote in favor by the 36 members who cast their vote using the online ballot:

Lauri Barrett, President
    • Angela Somwaiya, 1st Vice President
    • Cheryl Histand, Secretary
    • Donna Seagle, Treasurer

Congratulations and thanks... to these women for volunteering to lead AWC forward next year! Their term of office begins on February 1, 2018.

AWC still needs someone for two positions on the Executive Committee so we can complete the leadership team.
Please consider how YOU might be able to volunteer your talents and time. Any nationality may serve in these positions:

  • 2nd Vice President, oversees the Club's efforts to raise money for our philanthropic efforts
  • Ass't Treasurer, helps the treasurer as needed

Thanks to everyone who voted!
AWC Nominating Committee, nominate@awcthailand.org
Laura Bagin
Jennifer Sparks

December 2, 2017

Co-Presidents ~ Cindy Shotliff and Jennifer Sparks (as of June 22, 2018)

Cindy and Jennifer bring more than 40 combined years of professional work and community volunteer experience to the role of Co-Presidents. Cindy is a speech-language pathologist, and Jennifer is an entrepreneur and business owner. Together they have combined experience volunteering in their respective local and professional communities around the world, including positions with organizations such as Girl Scouts, fire department, churches, universities, PTA and even with our own AWC (Jennifer as Membership & Oscars Breakfast Chair).

In their words: "We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to move the Club forward. As Co-Presidents filling the role through the end of the year, we anticipate finishing up the second half of 2018 in what we have come to know as the AWC style of the 3Fs: FUN times, FABULOUS friends, and FULFILLING missions! Together, with all of you, we hope to maintain the wonderful traditions of AWC while stepping boldly into the AWC of the future."

1st Vice President ~ Angela Somwaiya

Chicago-born Angela Somwaiya came to Thailand in 1993 via Japan. She holds a BA in Japanese Studies and an MA in Thai Studies and is currently the owner of Paul’s Antiques, an antique and custom-made furniture shop serving expats in Bangkok for over 20 years. Angela is married to lawyer, Kowit, and has two daughters, Sofia and Anya. She previously has served on the AWC Board in the capacity of Luncheon Coordinator. 

2nd Vice President ~ Vacant Position

Secretary ~ Cheryl Histand

I am a recently retired senior high-tech business executive with 30 years of global experience. I moved to Bangkok in May 2017 on a Thai retirement visa, following 18 years living and working based in Hong Kong. In my career I had a successful track record setting global corporate strategies, starting up new businesses in many countries, managing large scale global programs, with expertise in business design, product management, complex project leadership, business planning and application of IT to the business. I was most recently employed as Vice President, IDT Telecom Asia Pacific, and was previously employed by AT&T for 20+ years. I lived in my younger days in New Jersey, hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, and a Master’s Degree in Systems Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Always a career girl, I have travelled extensively for both business and pleasure and am happily single with no kids

Treasurer ~ Donna Seagle

My name is Donna Seagle and I have been enjoying Thailand for over two years. I am originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. We came here for my husband's job and the whole family loves it here. I have been the treasurer at AWC for two years. In my spare time I teach English to underprivileged Thai women. I enjoy reading and traveling and I love doing activities with all my friends at AWC. I have two sons who are ages 15 and 9. They attend Berkeley International School. I also have a dog named Charlie and a cat named Fat Boy.

Assistant Treasurer ~ Robyn Menzies (as of March 13, 2018)

The Election Process

The election for the 2018-2019 Executive Committee of the AWC will take place online from Tuesday, November 28 though Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Every AWC member, whether Regular or Associate, is allowed to vote for officers of the Executive Committee.
  • No write-in candidates will be accepted (Bylaw V.D.4.). All names must appear on the official ballot. 
  • Nominees can be added to the ballot before 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2017, with prior written approval of said nominee.
  • The Nominating Committee will collect and count all ballots and announce the results of the election by email within 48 hours of the election.

Please contact the Nominating Committee Chair at nominate@awcthailand.org if you have any questions.

Updated November 2017

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