Meet your 2019-20 Board Members
Branch Officers and Committee Chairs
AAUW/Durango Branch 2019-20
President Marcy Jung firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Galie Helphrey email@example.com
Programs Judy Spolum firstname.lastname@example.org
College/University Liaison Kathy Fine-Dare email@example.com
Membership Beanie Archie firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance Grace Deltscheff email@example.com
Communications Andrea Dalla firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarship Chair Kathleen Adams email@example.com
Historian Marilyn Sandstrom firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Policy Liaison Faye Schrater email@example.com
Member-at-Large Cindy Werland firstname.lastname@example.org
BIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION ON BRANCH OFFICERS
Born and raised in the Midwest, Illinois, I chose to attend Fort Lewis College where my childhood hero, also my aunt, worked. After graduation, I taught physical education and health while also coaching athletics at Monte Vista Public Schools. In 1986, I split my time between graduate school and coaching women’s volleyball at Fort Lewis. After a full and fulfilling career there, finishing my last years as Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Gender & Women’s Studies, I retired in 2013. I like to call it the best promotion of my life; I retired to be a “stay-at-home” daughter for my Mother. That was a nourishing and inspiring role that helped me transition into doing, today, the things that meet me at my heart: AAUW that is committed to the education of women; and Caregiver Outreach, St. Marks that supports my need to acknowledge the beauty and necessity of caregiving. I am completely honored to serve AAUW-Durango as its president and look forward with the officers and members to furthering our mission and goals.
Kathleen has a BS in Nursing and has worked and volunteered in the medical field for years. She founded a non-profit disease association in 1993, now international, based on the undiagnosed chronic illness of one of her children, Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome – a migraine variant. She continues to administer the association and function as the research liaison to the medical team. Her community involvement is broad based and lends itself to her inherent drive to network. She is a board member of the Community Foundation Serving SW Colorado, on the leadership core of the League of Women Voters – La Plata and actively involved in the work of the La Plata County Democrats. She is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Association from the national to the local level. Kathleen is widowed but surrounded by the six children and grandchildren who have grown up in her blended family. The family thrives on pushing boundaries and living out their values.
Grace Deltscheff – Treasurer
I was born and raised on a farm in The Netherlands. For the first six grades I attended a one-room school house and then passed the entry exam for a college-preparatory high school in a nearby city. Upon graduation thereof, studied at/graduated from the Schoevers College in Amsterdam and subsequently worked for an Import Company as the Assistant to the Director. During that time I had the opportunity of traveling to various European countries.
Married in 1960 and came with my husband to Washington, DC where I worked for an Airline company until our twins were born and I became a stay-at-home Mom. After having lived in Bethesda, Md. and Wyomissing, Pa., my husband was transferred to the Houston, TX area in 1977. Here I became a student once again and graduated in 1982 from the Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX with an accounting degree and also obtained my CPA certificate.
After having worked for the Getty Oil office in Houston (later taken over by Texaco) in the various accounting departments I retired in 1997 and with my husband moved to this wonderful place called Durango. Became a member of several organizations and joined AAUW in 2004. This association attracted me in particular because of its support and encouragement to students as well as assisting women in various ways to accomplish their goals. I have been Branch Treasurer since 2012.
Marilyn Sandstrom – Historian
Born in Minnesota and raised in Minneapolis, I received my BA in Mathematics, Magna cum Laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1958. My computer programming career began at Martin Marietta in Denver and continued at Honeywell in Phoenix, Blue Cross in Boston, and Pillsbury in Minneapolis. I changed my goals and in 1992 I received my MSW at Boston College and worked at a shelter for battered women, gratifying but difficult work. Durango became my home eleven years ago when I chose to be close to my daughter and her family. I joined AAUW when I moved here so as to meet women with common goals; it proved to be a wise decision.
Faye Schrater – Public Policy Liaison
Faye was born and raised in rural Wyoming. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Microbiology from the University of Wyoming, then spent two years in the Peace Corps in Guatemala. After the Peace Corps she worked as a research technician, then went back to school and earned a Ph.D. in Immunology and Infectious Disease from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and academic career included positions at New York University Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Smith College. At Smith, in addition to teaching, she worked with the Project on Women and Social Change to study gender issues in science. She served as a consultant on the development of new contraceptive methods for women for the World Health Organization, and was the U.S. liaison to WHO’s Gender Advisory Panel. Throughout her professional career she advised, consulted, worked on, and advocated for gender equality and reproductive rights.
Faye moved to Durango in 2003. She supports the Women’s Resource Center where she sits on WRC’s scholarship committee. She also is a member of the Board of Ethics for Mercy Regional Medical Center. She is proud to be a member of AAUW, whose mission to support women in achieving their goals aligns with hers. As Public Policy Liaison, she will bring to the membership information on issues of today that affect women, and provide means of advocacy.
I graduated cum laude from Fort Lewis College in April 2016 with a BA in Sociology with a Psychology minor. I was a very non-traditional student not beginning college until I was 43. At that time I was a single mom of two young adults. The cost of my education and living expenses were always a strain. During my senior year at FLC, I was awarded a scholarship from AAUW– The Virginia Schoser Scholarship. It was a great help to me as well as a little poignant. You see, as a fifth generation Durango native, I spent lots of time with my grandparents , great-grandparents and even great-great-grandparents. I had 6 grandmothers and 5 grandfathers when I was born; and they all lived in Durango. My moms grandmother (my sweet grandma Judy) was actually friends with Virginia Schoser and I remember meeting her as a child. I was touched to be awarded her scholarship. I am glad to be able to give back to AAUW and serve on this Board.
I was born in Germany to German parents. Our family of 7 came to the US in 1952. When I was 13, I spent a month in a Catholic hospital having 2 surgeries. I knew then I wanted to be some part of that hospital setting. In 1972, I stared my nursing career in Davis, California working in the Recovery Room and then in the operating room. In 1976, I moved to Columbus, Ohio, working as Head Nurse in Recovery at OSU Hospitals, and later as operating Room director at the Veterinary School of Medicine where I met my husband who was teaching surgery there. In 1982, we moved to Clearwater, Florida, where I worked as an OR Director until I retired in 1998 moving to Asheville, North Carolina. While there I volunteered with the homeless for 5 years and then volunteered as a Guardian ad litem for 10 years representing foster children in court. My son graduated from FLC in Durango and stayed here so my husband and I moved to Durango full time in 2017.
KATHLEEN S. (Kathy) FINE-DARE (PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; BA, DePauw University) assumed the rank of Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Gender & Women’s Studies after teaching for 34 years at Fort Lewis College and serving twice as Chair of the Department of Anthropology and three times as Coordinator of the Gender & Women’s Studies (now Gender & Sexuality Studies) program. She also served as faculty affiliate for the FLC Native American & Indigenous Studies program, and in 2005 received a second Fulbright grant to teach in the Anthropology & Culture MA program at the Salesian Polytechnic University in Quito, Ecuador. She is the author of Cotocollao: Ideología, historia, y acción en un barrio de Quito (1991), Grave Injustice: The American Indian Repatriation Movement and NAGPRA (2002), and Urban Mountain Beings: History, Indigeneity, and Geographies of Time in Quito, Ecuador (2020). She has published several book reviews, book chapters, and journal articles, including a 2014 piece on gender rights under the 2008 Ecuadorian Constitution that was selected for inclusion in a globally focused 2018 collection, Gender and Constitutional Law, edited by C.A. MacKinnon. She has published two articles about Mesa Verde National Park, one of which was co-authored with FLC student B. Durkee (“Interpreting an Absence: Esther’s Legacy at Mesa Verde National Park,” 2011), and has co-edited two works: Border Crossings: Transnational Americanist Anthropology (2009, with the late S.L. Rubenstein); and The Andean World (Routledge, 2019, with L.J. Seligmann). She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, sits on the Mesa Verde Museum Association Board of Directors, and is a member of the FLC Hozhoni Ambassador Committee and the FLC Professional Associates. She co-directs (with S.J. Tisdale) the “FLC NAGPRA Documentation and Consultation Project” (National Park Service grant P17AP00302), and serves as the FLC Tribal Liaison under President T. Stritikus. Kathy was born in Indianapolis and is married to FLC Professor Emeritus of Political Science Dr. Byron Dare.