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LCU Fund for Women's Education announces 2018 grantees

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the following 2018 grantees:

General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, The New School - Mannes School of Music, New York Studio School, City College of New York, Lehman College, New York University Silver School of Social Work, Bank Street College of Education, The New York Academy of Art, Columbia University School of Nursing, Columbia School of Social Work, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch, Juilliard, The Jewish Theological Seminary, Metropolitan College of New York and Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus.

LCU Fund Announces 2017 President's Award Recipient

Established in 2012 to honor past LCU Fund for Women’s Education Board President Carol Farris, the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership recognizes a supported student who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in her school and / or home community. 

The Fund is pleased to announce that Anne Marie Witchger, a student at the General Theological Seminary, has been selected as this year's recipient.

As a student, Anne Marie is actively engaged in the formational life of the Seminary.  She is committed to daily spiritual practices, which include regular participation in communal worship and prayer. In and beyond the Seminary, she has taken initiative for her own education and formation. She has attended the Preaching Excellence Program and plans to attend Missional Voices. Committed to her ongoing theological education, she has decided to pursue a Masters of Arts in Ministry at the Seminary.  Seeing an opportunity for vocational growth, she has recently moved from her largely administrative position at All Angels' Church to a more ministry- focused opportunity at The Church of the Heavenly Rest.  As a reader, preacher, officiant and pastoral presence, she is developing into leader and a transformative agent for the community.

Other 2017 nominees for the award include Sharmin Uddin (Baruch), Mistee Denson (Columbia School of Social Work), Lucy Turnbull (NY Studio School), Leeanna Chipana (NY Academy of Art), Kalyca Seabrook (Columbia School of Nursing) and Elizabeth Ramos (Phillips School of Nursing).

The award will be presented at a celebration on Thursday, October 19th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Manhattan Club. Purchase tickets here.


LCU Fund Announces New Board President.

At the 159th Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors of the LCU Fund for Women's Education, the Board elected Leslie Ehrlich as President.

Following a distinguished career in the corporate world inventing products that make the financial lives of consumers simpler, easier and better, Leslie Ehrlich has devoted herself to education. She is the co-founder of Think Tank for Schools, a non-profit whose curriculum enhances college readiness by teaching high school students to think and work independently. Leslie also works to promote financial literacy. She is a founding co-chair of the financial literacy program of Dress for Success; and teaches financial literacy for that organization and others. Leslie began her career at The Boston Consulting Group and went on to lead marketing and product development organizations for Citigroup, Instinet, JPMorgan Chase, GE and Mastercard. An early advocate for the internet’s potential to transform our lives, her best-known and most widely used product is the redesigned online banking website. In addition to the LCU Fund for Women’s Education, Leslie also serves on the Advisory Board of the Association to Benefit Children, on the Alumnae Board of The Chapin School, and is the Treasurer Double Entendre Music Ensemble. Leslie holds an AB degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University. She lives in New York City with her family. Since joining the LCU Board in 2013, Leslie has been instrumental in efforts to reframe the Fund's investment approach, affirm our grantmaking priorities and strategy and extend our circle of supporters. 

At that same meeting, Margaret Dietsche was elected to her first full term as Board Secretary and Carol Starmack was appointed as Interim Vice President.


LCU announces 2016 recipient of President's Award for Excellence in Leadership

Breanna JoinerThe LCU Fund for Women's Education congratulates Breanna Joiner, the 2016 recipient of the LCU Fund President's Award for Excellence in Leadership. Named in honor of past LCU President Carol Farris, this award is designed to recognize a current student beneficiary who demonstrates outstanding leadership in her home and / or school community. Breanna will graduate from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the CIty College of New York this spring and will matriculate to the Albany Medical School in the fall. Read more about Breanna.

LCU elects new executive officers

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the following newly elected Executive Officers of the Fund's Board of Directors:

* Leslie Ehrlich - Assistant Treasurer

* Margaret Dietsche - Secretary


LCU Fund for Women's Education Announces Event Committee

The LCU Fund for Women's Education wishes to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to helping promising women students pursue a career in a profession that serves the community by signing on as members of the Fund's Fall Reception and Celebration Event Committee.

Many thanks to: Jana Bergdall, Garry Buff, Ligia Cravo, Christine Evangelides Donovan, Margaret Dietsche, Ronny Diamond, Peter Drake, Leslie Ehrlich, Gilbert Espinosa, HOlly Hughes, Mill Jonakait, Mary Keegan, Richard Kessler, Chelsea LeMar, Joseph Magdaleno, Mary Jo Mullan, Robin Pollock, Holly Roberts, Martha Sermier, Carol Ann Starmack, Jeanette C. Takamura, Lynn Videka and Linda J. Wright.

For details on the event, click here.

LCU Fund for Women's Education Fall Fundraising Reception Save-the-Date!

Save-the-Date! The LCU Fund will host a fall fundraising reception and celebration on Thursday October 8th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Riverpark - a Tom Colicchio restaraunt in Manhattan's Kip's Bay neighborhood. Tickets on sale at July 31st.


LCU Fund for Women's Education Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the appointments of Chelsea LeMar and Holly Roberts to the Board of Directors.

Chelsea LeMar is an Account Executive at Spector & Associates, a public relations firm. Chelsea started her career in politics and government, and then pursued her Master's Degree in Public Administration from London School of Economics. Chelsea is a public servant at heart, and has made a commitment to being involved in her community and promoting the advancement of women. In her spare time, Chelsea plays on a competitive women's soccer team and practices yoga. She enjoys trying new things and pursing her interests in creative ways.

Holly Roberts, MD is a Board certified Psychiatrist and has worked for many years as a clinician in both inpatient and out patient settings and private practice. Currently, she is a Medical Director at Acorda Therapeutics where she is responsible for the medical oversight of Acorda’s Post Stroke program. She has worked at both Pfizer Inc where she was involved in Medical Affairs for several medications in the Psychiatry and Neurology. She also served as a Medical Director for Forest Labs where she was responsible for large multi national trials in Depression, Schizophrenia  and Bipolar Disorder.

LCU Fund for Women's Education Board of Directors Welcomes New Member

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the appointment of  Valeta Prendergast to the Board of Directors.

Valeta L. Prendergast was born on the sunny island of Jamaica and immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was three years old. Growing up in the Northeast Bronx with her close-knit family and extended families, Valeta learned the value of hard work, dedication and compassion. It’s these life lessons that continue to drive her each day. She received a BA with a double major in English and World History from Hunter College. In 2004 she won the highly competitive Clark Fellowship Award through NYU Wagner while simultaneously obtaining a Master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Planning and working full-time for American Jewish World Service. Her focal point has been nonprofit management which directly correlates with her vast experience wearing many “hats” at start-up nonprofit organizations. In 2013 Valeta was promoted to a senior level position in which her portfolio entails contract management, implementing a travel management system for the entire organization, insurance review and compliance as well as records retention. On her downtime Valeta enjoys spending quality time with her husband and family, volunteering for her favorite charities, traveling, reading mystery novels, watching horror movies and writing poetry.

LCU Fund Partner Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing Receives National Recognition

Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing (PBISN) - a grantee partner of the LCU Fund, is delighted to announce that it has been designated a Center of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing (NLN) for the years 2014 to 2018. PBISN was one of six schools of nursing in 2014 to earn this prestigious distinction. The school received the designation in the “Student Learning and Professional Development” category. Recognition by the NLN as COE in Nursing Education distinguishes those schools that demonstrate sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, student learning, professional development and continuous quality improvement. Since the program’s inauguration in 2004, only 35 nursing schools nationwide have attained Center of Excellence designation. Throughout the four years that the school carries the COE designation, faculty and administration will serve as advisors and sounding boards to others that seek COE status. Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of the NLN noted that “We [the NLN] consider these institutions to be standard bearers of excellence—role models whose faculty, deans, and researchers are available to share knowledge and experience that lifts the entire nursing community.”

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