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UNA Women Members Attend CSW 58
March 10, 2014
Members of UNA Women are attending the 58th session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, March 10-21, and get the opportunity to sit in on official CSW sessions at the United Nations. Read their bios below!
Dr. Elizabeth Semon Bonczar is a resident of Dalton, Pennsylvania, USA. She is the first woman to receive a doctorate in Mineral Economics from the Pennsylvania State University. She spent many years as Vice President of Administration for her family owned manufacturing business Casket Shells, Inc. Currently she is a grandmother of two wonderful grand children while staying active in the business world as a marketing manager for School Power, Inc a company owned by her daughter that sells electricity to educational institutions in Pennsylvania and also is a sales representative for a company owned by her son, Bet'a Bread Bakery & Deli. She has been very active in her community serving as President of many Boards of Directors of which she is currently President of the UNA-USA Chapter of Northeastern Pennsylvania and also Co-President of the Scranton Branch of the American Association of University Women.
Lia Cairone currently serves on the Board of Directors for the UNA-USA Southern New York State Division. She also acts as the Social Media Lead for UNA Women, as the Director of Strategic Planning on the UNA Young Professionals Economic Development Committee, and as a member of the UNA Southern New York Energy Project. Cairone has a background in media and technology, and was the Founder and President of a film production company based in Brooklyn, and the Co-Founder of a technology startup in New York. Cairone received her B.S. in International Business and Marketing from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Her interests include global sustainable development, environmental preservation, and gender equality.
Aicha Cooper is Program Associate at Gender at Work. She support and executes directives of the office of the Executive Director. In her role, she develops and coordinates various programmatic, research, fundraising, Board, logistics, communications and high-level administrative activities. Given the scope of her work, she is instrumental in leading the implementation of outreach initiatives that delivers cutting edge ideas and innovative ways of working with a wide variety of partners and participants across the globe.
Prior to joining Gender at Work, Cooper worked and volunteered for non-profit organizations in areas of engagement, strategic partnership, fundraising and community organizing to promote gender equality, women, peace and security efforts. As a Liberian native, Cooper is a survivor of war and is passionate about women's role in peace negotiations as well as Africa's development. She holds a MA degree in Sustainable Development -International Policy and Management from World Learning's School for International Training.
With over five years’ experience of public service at the state and local level, Sophia James has helped guide significant initiatives and policies that address the coordination and efficiency of education and health services for children and families. Sophia has been dedicated to opening the dialogue on educational and juvenile justice issues. As a 2008 Fellow with the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society, she recognized how policy can affect the lives of young people, and how it must be more responsive to their needs. She has also trained at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, a leadership program that seeks to increase the number and influence of women in elected and appointed office in the United States and around the globe.
James worked as a consultant with the Early Childhood Advisory Council at the New York State Council on Children & Families, working in areas of policy planning and strategy development to address and improve management of critical services for children and families throughout New York State. She has used these skills to assist in policy and campaign initiatives at the New York State Democratic Committee and other political campaigns.
Nlandu Nzeyidio Lukelo, a former nurse from DR Congo and mother of 5, lives in New York City. She graduated from Touro College with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and science in psychology. Lukelo is the founder and president of a grassroots non-profit organization to empower women and children of DR Congo through education, leadership, health and microfinance, and is a Model UN advisor to Congolese youth. She recently graduated from Fast Track Business Venture at Suny Levin Institute, and is the co-founder of a T-shirts design and clothing company in partnership with her son who is an artist and plan to donate 25% of the profit to charity for vulnerable and disabled children. She is also a candidate for an MBA at King Graduate School Monroe College.
Sara McMillan received her Master of Arts in International Relations from Salve Regina University. Her academic and work experience has led to humanitarian projects in the areas of poverty relief, microfinance, and disaster management. She has a passion for learning and working collaboratively with diverse cultures, religions, and nationalities in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue to address contemporary global issues. She currently serves as the President of the United Nations Association Tampa in which she leads several advocacy projects.
Janeth Moreno is an internationally trained and educated Counsel, admitted to practice law in Mexico and pending admission in the State of New York. She is a member of the United Nations Association New York Chapter. She has more than 6 years of experience in the legal industry; she has held positions in the public and private sector in Mexico and in the United States. She is experienced in international law with a strong interest in human rights, global affairs, gender equality and women empowerment. She is a current participant at the Worldview Institute winter semester 2014 at the United Nations Association in New York.
Stephen F. Moseley has spent his career serving nonprofit organizations and associations devoted to meeting the needs of people and their communities who are disadvantaged by poverty, discrimination and injustice. He is the Chair of the Advisory Council of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and is a member of the Association’s Executive Committee of the Board. He also serves as a Policy Advisor to the Alliance for Peacebuiding in Washington, DC. Mr. Moseley is an active volunteer for these organizations, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for International Development, Washington Chapter, where he earlier twice served as President.
Mr. Moseley served as President and CEO of the Academy for Educational Development from 1987 to 2010, and prior to that as this nonprofit organization’s Executive Vice President and founding Director in 1970 of its International Programs Division.
Dr. Farhana Shah earned her Ph. D in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1997. Her diverse educational and professional experiences have nurtured her mind with new insights to work and manage across both cultural and physical borders. Shah's life long struggle to be more fully human is a way of seeing recognition of human rights in general and gender equity in particular. Despite growing up in restrictive environment, she believes that philosophical building blocks with fair sensitive nature would help develop a just society and a harmonious world.
Jeanne Betsock Stillman is President of the UNA Southern New York State Division and Co-Chair of UNA-USA Members’ Day at the UN / the Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. She consults in non-profit management, international public health and program development. She is President of Strategies for Development, Inc., a consulting firm. She also represents the Public-Private Alliance Foundation (PPAF) to the UN Department of Public Information. Stillman designed and led training programs for health professionals in the U.S., many sub-Saharan African countries, Tunisia, Haiti and for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. She produced the video series Going Global with the UN. Stillman holds a BA from The American University School of International Service and an MSPH from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health. She carried out doctoral coursework at Columbia University School of Public Health where she was also Associate Editor of the two-volume International Encyclopedia of Population (Macmillan Free Press).
Daniel Sullivan served for over a decade as a legislative aide & chief of staff in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Currently, he serves as an ambassador for the Gabr Fellowship. Dan is a regional representative to the UNA-USA CCR-Steering Committee, chairs the young professionals group at UNA-Greater Boston, and is a Youth Advisory Board member at UN-HABITAT. Dan is a Truman National Security Project Partner, New Leaders Council Fellow, and was a youth ambassador with United Religions Initiative. He has been a delegate to the UN Commission on Social Development and delegate to the UN Youth General Assembly.
Kimberly Weichel is a passionate advocate for women as well as educator, author and peacebuilder with extensive global experience. She has been active with UNA for over 20 years. Until recently she was CEO of Peace X Peace, an international women’s peacebuilding and leadership organization that lifts and multiplies women's voices, promotes leadership and gender equity, and nurtures a global network of 30,000 peacebuilders in 125 countries. www.peacexpeace.org.