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Board of Directors

Executive Committee:

Cheryl L. Rowe-RendlemanDr. Cheryl L. Rowe-Rendleman, Board President, is a clinical research and development professional and serves as CEO of Omar Consulting Group, an ophthalmology consulting practice that specializes in creating business and clinical development know-how for companies with interests in eye diseases.

Dr. Rowe-Rendleman is a graduate of Princeton University and studied diseases of the eye at the University of Texas and the University of San Francisco Medical Schools. She is a member of several national and international scientific boards. She is committed to empowering women through scientific and medical literacy.

Outside of ophthalmology, Dr. Rowe-Rendleman serves in an advisory capacity for the Princeton Area Alumni Association, Princeton Alumni Executive Careers Committee, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering Association at Princeton, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, and FIRST Robotics.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Cheryl is an outdoor enthusiast, golfer, traveler, wife, mother, and baseball fan.

BlankSarina Prior, Secretary, Chair STEM Committee, has a BS in Electrical Engineering and worked in the automation and control systems industry before deciding to dedicate her time to raising her three children. This allowed her the opportunity to become active in her communities, volunteering at her church, in the local public schools, at an arts organization, and most recently with YWCA Princeton. Here at the YW, Sarina quickly became a leader, serving as president of Newcomers & Friends. In this role, she helped to welcome women from all over the world to the Princeton area, connecting them with the groups and projects that interested them. Currently, Sarina is an elected member of the YWCA Board of Directors and Secretary of the Executive Committee. She also chairs the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Committee where she serves as one of the pioneers of the YW’s first-ever All-Girls Competitive Robotics Program. She has especially enjoyed watching members of our YWCA teams learn about the scientific world around them. She has demonstrated that by encouraging girls and young women to discover their own talents while striving to succeed on the tournament trail, we witness empowerment on a whole new frontier.

BlankAnn Strootman, Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee is a financial professional with 25+ years of experience in leadership positions within the Finance Industry. She has been a member of the Finance Committee since 2014 and joined the YWCA of Princeton Board in 2016. She previously spent 6 years at Merrill Lynch is a variety of financial and business roles, including Director , Planning & Analysis – Retirement Group, Business CFO of the Client Solutions Group, Treasurer and CFO of the Merrill Lynch Variable Insurance Trust and Controller of the Merrill Lynch Life Agencies. Prior to Merrill Lynch, she served as Vice President and Controller of the Penn Mutual Insurance Company and was a Senior Audit Manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She has previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Pennsylvania Life & Health Guarantee Association and the Sargasso Mutual Insurance Company. She has a BS of Accounting and Finance from the University of Delaware.

BlankKirsten Braley, VP at Large, Co-Chair Development CommitteeCertified Financial Planner at Mercer Wealth Management, LLC. Kirsten earned her B.S. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University and has been in the financial services industry since 1996.

Kirsten is very involved in her community. She volunteers at her church, Ascension Lutheran Church in Newtown, PA. She is a current board member of the YWCA of Princeton and the past president of The Ewing Kiwanis Club. Her other memberships include The Penn State Alumni Association. Kirsten is committed to the fight against breast cancer, having participated in the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk seven times.

Born and raised in western New York State, Kirsten now resides in Ewing, NJ with her husband, Brian, and their dog, Pearl. Outside the office Kirsten enjoys visiting family and friends, singing in her church’s choir, reading, and watching football.

BlankLaurel Cameron, VP at Large, is a senior level business executive with 32+ years of food industry sales management and seven years in non-profit board management. Laurel began her career in retail grocery at two leading food brokers and then joined Ore-Ida Foods, concurrently earning her BSBA degree and serving on the board of the Idaho Humane Society. In 2000 Laurel became Senior Vice President, US Sales for Bumble Bee Foods, focused on leadership, team building and strategy; she championed the company’s values, served on the Executive Board, and became a part-owner of the company. Afterwards she served as a consultant with the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, educating retailers on seafood sustainability.

In 2008 Laurel redirected her skills into non-profits and earned a Certificate in Non-profit Management. She joined the YWCA Newcomers’ Club, served as VP Special Projects, then President. She chaired the YWCA’s Crafters’ Café for two years and Crafters’ Marketplace for four years. In 2012 she joined the YWCA board and since has served as Board and Executive Committee Chairs, VP @ Large and participated on a variety of committees. Laurel is currently focused on empowering young women as the NEXT GEN Committee Chair and Board Liaison. She is also actively involved in advocacy work and served as a UN delegate for the YWCA USA attending UNCSW60. Laurel and her husband Scott have four grown children between them and live in Tinton Falls.

BlankAnita Mary Thomas, VP at Large,has worked with both domestic and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) specifically in the areas of advocacy and project management. She is currently a Representative of the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF) to the UN focusing on Financing for Development (FFD) issues. Her previous roles include serving as the UN Representative for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and holding senior level positions at the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN and the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.

She has served as an NGO delegate to UN Conferences focusing on Women, Finance and the 2030 agenda including the UNCSW44-CSW 61 (2000-2017) and IMF/World Bank 2016-2017 Spring and Annual meetings. In 2017, she delivered a statement (on empowerment of women) on behalf of VGIF to CSW 61 at the UN and co-organized and moderated a panel on “Financial Inclusion as a tool for Social Development and Eradication of Poverty”.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from the Simon School Business, University of Rochester (2016) as well as Master’s Degrees in Public Affairs and Politics and in Economics. She is a Fellow of the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

She was introduced to the YWCA at an early age through her grandmother’s and mother’s involvement with YWCAs in Kerala, India. She is an avid photographer. Anita and her family have lived in Princeton for 14 years.


Board Members:

BlankAdriana Abizadeh is the Executive Director at the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) for almost one year. LALDEF's organizational mission is to defend the rights of the Latin American community, facilitate its access to health care and education, and advance cross-cultural understanding within the Mercer County region. All of Adriana's professional working experience has been in the nonprofit sector and she is passionate about serving others. Adriana has a BA from Rutgers University in Political Science and a MS in Public Policy from Drexel University. Through her graduate case work and research she became interested in the idea of second class citizenry in countries across the globe, particularly as it relates to social services, rights, and basic needs.

BlankMegan Adams is the Director of Risk Management, Princeton University. Megan has been the Assistant Treasurer and Director of Risk Management for Princeton University since 2002, having worked in the field of Risk Management for over 35 years. Prior to Princeton, Megan worked for Temple University and prior to Temple for various health system and academic medical centers in the Philadelphia area. Megan has served on a variety of boards over the course of her career, having connections to both the field of risk management and to local community base organizations. In addition to the YWCA, Megan is currently a member of the Board of the New Jersey Self Insurers Guaranty Association . She also recently served for many years on the Board of University Now Daycare Nursery and the Princeton Federal Credit Union. Megan has a BS in Business Administration and JD from Widener University . Megan resides in Pennington with her wife, Noreen Kemether and daughter, Katee Kemether.

BlankMaria Medrano Armington Maria Armington is a diversity specialist, bilingual executive coach, and global relocation consultant, interpreter and translator. She is a certified mediator whose insight into relational and intercultural processes has helped diverse teams become more cohesive and efficient. She has also ensured a smooth transition for management in corporations and organizations from over seventy countries relocating to the USA and twenty-four other countries. She specializes in cultural awareness, adaptation, and problem-solving, incorporating patterns common in various countries. As a long-time expatriate in the US, Maria offers an invaluable perspective on cultural adaptation and international business practices and education.

Maria professional language skills includes translation and interpretation in the legal and business fields. She has also been involved in bilateral agreements between Canadian, American, Panamanian and Argentine universities, both as a language specialist and liaison. As a legal interpreter, Ms. Armington covers asylum, insurance, medical, and workers compensation cases. She has participated in cases of major American corporations involving clients from Spain and Latin America. She has served as an interpreter at international conferences organized by the Inter-American Development Bank, the Pan-American Health Organization, and the World Health Organization. She has been involved in projects of Partners of the Americas, major American and Argentine-based multinational corporations, and federal government agencies.

Ms. Armington’s graduate work focused on cultural differences in business between Mexicans and Americans. She also co-authored Hispanic Micro-Entrepreneurship Business Initiative Project: Latino Enterprises at the Margins (published in September 2003), a bilingual intercultural report dealing with the diverse Hispanic population in New Jersey, sponsored by the Aspen Institute and its Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD). She has also conducted research on intercultural communications in business relations between the US and Mexico, much of which has been incorporated into her cross-cultural workshops. Wharton Business School, Pa., provided Maria’s business training.

BlankDiane Ciccone holds a BA in political science from Colgate University and a JD from Hofstra School of Law.

She is a practicing attorney in New York City, an Administrative Law Judge, arbitrator and certified mediator.

Diane has always been active in her community: Her current involvement include being a board member of the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie and the West Windsor Farmers Market. She is also member of the Council of Governing Boards of New York and Council of Independent Colleges and Universities in New York. Some of her prior board affiliations include, Princeton Community TV, West Windsor Arts Council, Colgate University Board of Trustees, Environmental Commission of West Windsor, the African American Parent Support Group of West Windsor, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Trenton and NJ Orators.

In New York City she was a board member of Bed-Sty Legal Services, the Urban League and Marcus Garvey Nursing Home. She was an elected official on the West Windsor Township Council from 2009-2011. She is a documentary filmmaker, author and TV producer. Her documentary film “Act of Faith” has won numerous awards.

Her Alma Mater Colgate University recently dedicated and named three residential commons in her name.

BlankKaren Delk has 25 years of diverse experience in corporate leadership and executive management. Karen is recognized for designing and leading organizational change, developing sustainable leadership, and leadership development initiatives enterprise-wide. She gained senior level experience as a consultant and executive coach in financial services, consumer packaged goods, and manufacturing industries. Her field experience includes designing and facilitating global talent development programs; strengthening leadership and team effectiveness; coaching executives to develop critical skills; assisting new and emerging leaders to integrate into organizations; conducting individual/team assessments; and improving team dynamics.

Karen is known for designing, managing, and delivering business solutions that support growth and new business development.

Karen coaches women who are:

  • Business professionals preparing for responsibility as CEO or senior level
  • Senior corporate or non-profit executives preparing for the next level
  • Newly promoted to senior management

In 2016, Karen joined Yale School of Management Executive Education Program to coach participants attending the Women’s Leadership Program.

BlankNell Talman Haughton is a Princeton resident best known professionally for her work in Communications and Marketing. A graduate of Dennison University, and a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, she is the former Director of Global Relations for Indus Interface, LLC. She also worked for Merrill Lynch as a Marketing Specialist. Nell’s v service to the community includes volunteer positions with Women’s Space, the Red Cross, the Woman’s Fund and Corner House. She also enjoys fund raising and event planning.

BlankCheryl Howard has an extensive background in the field of Accounting. She currently works at the New Jersey Department of Corrections in the Office of Financial Management. She has a BS in Business Administration; and also earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University.

Over a corporate career that spanned over 15 years, Cheryl held numerous positions of increased responsibility in Accounting within the Petrochemicals Division of Mobil Chemical Company. She began her career as an Auditor in the natural gas industry.

Cheryl currently serves as the NEXT GEN Mentor Liaison and is on the Board of the Trenton Children’s Chorus. Cheryl is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

BlankLisa S. Krueger is currently working as a senior consultant at ITHAKA, which is a not-for-profit organization that works with the global higher education community to advance and preserve knowledge and to improve teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies. She has also worked with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the OECD on assessment development, as an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Rider University and as an advisor to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to develop financial literacy lessons aligned to the Math Common Core.

For twelve years Lisa taught a wide range of mathematics courses at Princeton High School in Princeton, NJ. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Director of the Center for Economic Policy Studies at Princeton University, and Assistant VP for Strategic Planning at Merrill Lynch. She earned a BA in Economics with honors from Cornell University in 1983, and a Master’s degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT in 1985. She is certified to teach both elementary education (K-8) and high school mathematics. Lisa and her family have lived in Princeton for 29 years.

BlankGeniva Martin currently serves as the President Elect for the Junior League of Greater Princeton. She has been active in Junior League since 2005 and has served in numerous leadership roles, including as Community Vice President for two years. She received the Cherish the Children Award in Mercer County in 2009 and the Junior League Presidents Bowl award in 2010, both for outstanding community work.

She has also served on the board of the Corner House Foundation since 2009, where she chaired their 2009 and 2010 Spring Benefits. She first became involved in Corner House as a part-time employee. In 2011, Geniva joined the YWCA board, after successfully chairing the Bates Benefit in 2010. She has been a dedicated YWCA volunteer in the Bi-Lingual Nursery program for many years.

She and her husband Bill live in Skillman, NJ with their three children.

BlankKathleen Nash has spent most of her adult life writing and editing in places such as Pittsburgh, Virginia, Texas, and Colorado. Since settling in Pennington with her high-school sweetheart and their three children in 2005, Kathleen has provided fundraising and marketing for the Pennington Public Library and organizations within the Hopewell Valley School District. She currently serves on the Library’s Board of Trustees and on the committee working to upgrade its website.

A proud member of Newcomers & Friends, Kathleen is a past President, a former Newsletter Editor and a current Marketing co-Chair of that Club. She spearheaded Newcomer’s 50th Anniversary Reunion Celebration in March 2010 and later that year chaired the Bates Scholarship Benefit for the YWCA Princeton. 

A member of the YWCA Board, Kathleen is on the STEM Committee and Newcomers Connection. She has served on the Board’s Nominating Committee and is currently on the YWCA Friends Steering Committee. Kathleen is a native of Massachusetts and graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication.

BlankCindy Ricker Before joining Investors, Cindy spent 25 years with PNC Bank, where she held the position of Vice President and Branch Manager. She was charged with supporting non-profits, retail, and commercial clients in the bank's Princeton market. Cindy began her career in banking as a Training Coordinator with Princeton Bank and Trust in 1981.

Originally from Massachusetts, Cindy earned a bachelor's degree in education from Lesley University. Active in numerous organizations, Cindy currently is on the board of the YWCA Princeton. A nine-year breast cancer survivor, she is a volunteer for the Breast Cancer Resource Center at the YWCA Princeton, and a past grants committee member for the Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey Affiliate for the Cure. She also is a past co-chair for Komen's "Spirit of Jane Rodney" annual event.

Cindy also serves on the board of VolunteerConnect, an organization promoting service in central New Jersey with skills-based volunteers and educational programs. She is a past Board President of Womanspace, a leading non-profit agency providing services to individuals impacted by domestic and sexual violence. Ricker has been a member of the Rotary Club of Princeton and served on the board of trustees of the Pennington Public Library and the Pennington Day Grants Committee.

BlankAlice K. Small, a retired member of the New Jersey and New York Bars, practicing at private firms before serving as the head of the NJ Division of Purchase and Property prior to retirement. She served on the Princeton Consolidation Commission and also served as its liaison to the Transition Task Force Personnel Subcommittee.

She currently serves as the chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the board of Princeton Community Housing, serving as the YWCA Princeton representative to this organization.

BlankLeslie Straut Ward was born and raised in Princeton, received her BA from Hobart/William Smith Colleges, and her Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University.

Leslie joined the Board of the YWCA in June, 2016, in honor of her mother’s long-standing dedication and work on behalf the YWCA Princeton. She proudly serves on the facilities, nominating and development committees.

Leslie has also served on, or continues to serve on, a number of other boards and committees in Princeton, among them; Corner House Foundation, Morven Museum & Garden Fundraising, Princeton Day School Alumni Board and Annual Fund, The University Medical Center, Pretty Brook Tennis Club, Contemporary Garden Club and many more.

Professionally, Leslie has served as the Director of Nassau Nursery School since 2005, as well as a member of its Board of Trustees.

Beyond her professional and volunteer commitments, Leslie’s greatest joy is spending time with her three children, Walker, Sophie and Mason and her husband, Grant.

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