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LCU Fund elects new Treasurer

The LCU Fund for Women's Education is pleased to announce the election of Colleen Minde as Board Treasurer.


LCU Fund Announces 2018 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 Ithamar Grace Turenne, a recent scholar at Columbia University School of Nursing, has been selected as this year's recipient.

Ithamar recently received her Master in Science in Nursing from Columbia University’s School of Nursing. While enrolled, she made an indelible mark on the school through her involvement in a variety of student organizations and volunteer opportunities.  Among Ithamar’s many accomplishments, she served uninsured New Yorkers through CoSMO (Columbia Student Medical Outreach), she coordinated events for the School’s Critical Care Club, and she volunteered as a Visiting Day Ambassador. Most notably, Ithamar co-founded the Columbia Student Nursing Association. Ithamar is a leader outside of the Columbia community as well. She coordinates sewing sessions for Girls2Women, making economical and reusable feminine products for school girls in Ethiopia, and she is a wish-granter for Make-a-Wish. Ithamar incorporated her passion for working with vulnerable populations into her nursing coursework, spending six weeks in the Dominican Republic at a Columbia Nursing Global Site, where she honed many skills, including religious and cultural competencies. Ithamar is particularly interested in vulnerable and low-income populations, women’s health and global health.  She will no doubt utilize her strong leadership qualities to continue caring for, and advocating on behalf of, people in need.



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.

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