Dr. Nora Pollard, Lambda Chapter, is the State President. Pollard has just served as the state’s 1st vice-president. She has also served as state’s recording secretary, state leadership development chair and co-chair, initiation co-chair, and co-editor of the state newsletter. Pollard had served as Lambda Chapter’s president, rst vice-president, secretary, newsletter co-editor and publicity chair.
Pollard is currently employed as a senior disability policy coordinator for Educational Testing Service. She began her career in education as a teacher of the handicapped. During her career, Pollard has been a learning disability consultant, county supervisor of child study, director of special services and an assistant professor of education at several universities.
Pollard shared her desire to lead, “ DKG has provided me with an abundance of opportunities to grow personally and professionally. During my 16 years of membership, I have Held many roles within the organization and have learned more about t(e organization and myself as a leader through each opportunity. I feel it is important for me to be able to give back to DKG by providing any service I can.
Annabell Boehm, Lambda Chapter, is the State Organization second vice-president. Boehm has served as the state SAP co-chair and Rules co-chair. She has served as Lambda Chapter president, second vice-president, world fellowship chair, rules co-chair, and SAP cochair.Boehm holds certication as Teacher of the Handicapped K-12, Elementary Education N-8, Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, National Certication for Educational Diagnostician, Supervisor, Principal, and Superintendent Certicates.
In her application Boehm wrote, “ I am happy to help the new chapter chairs with their responsibilities. It is an opportunity to welcome new members and start them off on a positive footing.”
Dianne Papadinec, Iota Chapter, is the State Organization recording secretary. Papadinec has served as Iota Chapter’s corresponding secretary. Papadinec as has worked at Highland Regional High School in Blackwood for 31 years, rst as a special education teacher and then as a guidance counselor, and Rowan College for 20 years in the Continuing Education Department. She is currently the treasurer for both the New Jersey Retirees’ Education Association and the Camden County Retirees’ Association.
Ingrid Williams, Nu Chapter, has been elected to the position of New Jersey State Organization’s State Nominations Chair. Williams is the Immediate Past State President. She has also served as the state’s first vice-president and as the state’s corresponding secretary during the 2015 – 2017 biennium. She held the position of the state’s finance chair from 2010 – 2015. Williams has served as Nu Chapter’s president and on the rules & bylaws committee.
Williams was a math teacher, department coordinator and senior supervisor at Shawnee High School in Medford, New Jersey. She retired after 38 years as a math educator. She also served as a trainer, validator and test developer for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Williams served as a member of both the Math/Science Consortium of Burlington County and the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee.
Williams wrote, “Annie Webb Blanton challenged us to be “ever moving forward” and the past year has shown how willing we are to keep this Society current and forward-moving. Change brings challenge and we are facing new challenges that need to be met head on and embraced. I have watched many incredible women fill leadership positions since my initiation and have had a wonderful experience serving on the state board. I have watched and learned. I would be honored and humbled to be the state president.”
Irene Maskaly, Iota Chapter, has been elected to the position of New Jersey State Organization’s First vice-president. She has just finished a biennium as the state’s Second Vice President. Maskaly has been Corresponding Secretary, a member of the arts advocates committee, co-chair of rules & bylaws and educational excellence chair. She has served Iota Chapter as president, treasurer and as a member of several committees.
Maskaly was an educator of visual arts at Sterling High School in Somerdale, New Jersey for over 30 years. She has also served as admissions management at Hussian College in Philadelphia,
In her application, Maskaly wrote, “The challenges set before us this year have strengthened our resolve to move this society forward using technology in creative ways we never could have imagined less than a year ago. Every challenge gives one the opportunity to grow, learn, share, and inspire others with newfound success. The women of DKG International have raised the bar for future inductees with their creative techniques to learn, connect, and communicate our mission: To promote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellent in education. As First Vice-President it would be my privilege to plan and create relevant programs to inspire our membership in their professional and personal lives.”
Gail Starr, Omicron Chapter, has been elected to her second biennium as New Jersey State Organization’s corresponding secretary. She has been the state newsletter editor. Starr has served as Omicron Chapter president, both first and second vice-president, corresponding secretary as well as treasurer. Additionally, she has been the chapter webmaster.
Starr was an educator for over 30 years. She has certification in special education, elementary, teacher of the deaf and as a speech therapist. In 1991, Starr was recognized as Teacher of the Year at the Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School. Currently, she is a student mentor/classroom volunteer at the Little Egg Harbor School District.
In her application, Starr wrote, “I believe membership in DKG is an honor, but it also carries the responsibility to actively participate in order to address our Society’s mission to promote the professional and personal growth of women and excellence in education. I recognize and readily embrace the need to do my part to help sustain the seven purposes of our organization through dynamic involvement with the programs, projects and logistics of DKG at all levels of our organization.”