The AZS President is Carol Schwartz (Gamma). Schwartz served as AZS First Vice President. She was 2013-15 State Recording Secretary and 2011-13 State Corresponding Secretary. Schwartz served as tri-chair for the AZS convention from 2008-2011 and as 2004-06 Gamma Chapter President.
Schwartz retired after 37 years as an elementary school teacher in Trenton Public Schools. She played an active role in the Trenton Education Association. She held TEA positions of Vice President/Membership Chair, Recording Secretary, Public Relations Chair, Newsletter Editor and Chief School Delegate. Schwartz states her desire to serve, “For the past 6 years, I have served on the Executive Committee as Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary and First Vice-President of AZS NJ. These positions have been professionally, as well as personally, fulfilling. I would like to continue to contribute to AZS as Presi-dent. My experiences with the Trenton Board of Education, community outreach programs and my involvement with Alpha Zeta State have given me the background, knowledge and sensitivity to serve in the position of State President. Additionally, my attendance at both DKG Regional Conferences and DKG International Conventions has provided me with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. As Alpha Zeta State’s President, I will have the opportunity to continue to contribute and work with the other officers as well as our members. By working together, we will move our state organization forward.”
The Alpha Zeta State First Vice President is Ingrid Williams (Nu). Williams has served as AZS Corresponding Secretary. She served from 2009-15 as AZS Finance Committee Chair. Williams served as 2008-10 Nu Chapter President. She held chapter offices of both First and Second Vice President as well as Motivator, History and Archives Chair. She currently serves as Co-Chair of Rules and Bylaws.
Williams retired after 38 years (2012) as Math Teacher, Department Coordinator and Sen-ior Supervisor of Math at Shawnee High School in Medford, NJ. She also served as a mentor of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), a member of the Gover-nor’s Teacher Advisory Committee and as a member of the Math/Science Consortium of Burlington/Mercer Counties. Williams shares her thoughts, “…declining membership has been a problem for many years now and we need to continue to work on new ideas and ways to recruit new members while retaining our existing members. This has to be a priority if we are going to keep the Society moving into the future. I have watched many in-credible women fill the leadership positions since my initiation in 2003 and would be honored to continue to be part of the leadership team for Alpha Zeta State during the next biennium.”
Dr. Pamela Albert-Devine (Mu) has again been elected State Second Vice President. Albert-Devine served as 2013-15 AZS Corresponding Secretary. She has served as state chair for the Leadership Development, Research and Technology Committees. Under her leadership the first Alpha Zeta State website was created. She served as Mu Chapter President for six biennia. Albert-Devine is the Principal of the Point Road School in Little Silver. Prior to her current position she was Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for the Little Silver District.
Albert-Devine writes, “I can vividly remember my initiation in 1983 into Delta Kappa Gamma as if it were yesterday; clearly joining this organization changed my life. With each passing year my membership reminds me of the importance of recognizing outstanding women educators and challenges me to continue to grow, to learn and to assist Alpha Zeta State in their mission to pro-mote professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Although I have held various chapter offices and have served on many committees at the chapter and state level, it was not until the past two biennia that I had the privilege to serve on the Executive Board of Alpha Zeta State. I have learned so much from this experience and I feel confident that I will be able to assist with the recruitment, retention and reinstatement of members, which is crucial to the organization’s viability. Chapters are experiencing member-ship decline; others are struggling to figure out how to get the young members they do have involved, while others are attempting to balance keeping all members engaged. I hope that, if afforded this opportunity, I can make a difference in making membership in DKG something to be valued.”
Dr. Nora Pollard (Lambda) is the AZS Recording Secretary. Pollard currently serves as AZS Leadership Development Chair and Strategic Action Plan Co-Chair. She served as 2009-13 Initiation Co-Chair, 2007-09 Co-Editor of the State Newsletter and 2005-07 Newsletter Distribution Co-Chair. Pollard serves on the DKG International Editorial board. She has served in this position since 2014. At the chapter level, she has served as President, First Vice President, Secretary and chaired several committee positions since 2004.
Pollard currently serves as Senior Disability Policy Coordinator for the Educational Testing Service.
In her application, Pollard states, “Upon initiation into DKG, I began taking on responsibilities within the organization at both chapter and state levels because I believed strongly in the mission and purposes of the organization. Receiving the honor of acceptance into the 2010 Golden Gift Leadership Management Seminar proved one of the most inspirational experiences of my life. By providing me this opportunity the Society demonstrated their belief in me as a potential leader. It is now time for me to prove myself as a leader. I believe I possess excellent communication skills and have the ability to work well with others. I am a good problem solver who “thinks outside the box” and appreciate the complexities of problem solving. Serving on the executive board of AZS will allow me to continue my personal and professional growth while at the same time encouraging others to use their skills and knowledge to enhance the society by taking on leadership roles. My main purpose in seeking a position on the executive board is to serve the organization that I
Irene Maskaly (Iota) will serve as AZS Corresponding Secretary. Maskaly currently serves as AZS Co-Chair of Rules and Bylaws and is a member of the state Arts Advocates Committee. She served on the 2013-15 Educational Excellence Committee. Maskaly was Iota Chapter Treasurer 2010-12 and Chapter President 2012-14. She currently serves on the following chapter committees: Nominations, Installation, Exhibits, Record Books and Yearbook. Maskaly was featured (with other members) in a vignette at the 2012 DKG Inter-national Convention in New York City.
Maskaly currently works as a Territory Manager/Presenter at the Antonelli Institute of Graphic Design & Photography and is a Docent at the Rockwood Museum in Wilmington, DE. She recently retired as Educator of the Visual Arts at Sterling High School in NJ. Maskaly quotes from her DKG Vignette, “The sharing of an inexplicable connection within this membership of intelligent and committed educators reinforces one’s commitment to excellence and the unselfish support of one another.” Maskaly continues in her nominee statement, “In retrospect, that first impression still rings true and expresses my resolve for this organization as well as my willingness to serve its members. As I have been empowered by my colleagues at DKG, I will continue to extend this gift of empowerment to others.”
Carmela DeMarco (Gamma) is the AZS Nominations Chair. DeMarco served as AZS President 2007-09, First and Second Vice President and Recording Secretary. She also served as Chair of Legislation, Yearbook and Social Committees. She served as 1998-00 Gamma Chapter President, Second Vice President and held numerous committee chair positions. At the international level, DeMarco serves as the US Forum Chair. She also served as the 2013 and 2014 Northeast Representative to the US Forum.
DeMarco shares her passion to serve, “I served as the Alpha Zeta State President for the 2007 -09 biennium and continue to actively participate at the chapter, state and international levels of DKG. I currently hold positions of leadership in all of these DKG levels. Because I have continued to participate at the state level, I am very familiar with our members. Additionally, I have a very deep appreciation for the DKG purposes and our mission. I hope you will give me the opportunity to serve as the Nominations Chair for the 2017 – 2019 biennium.”
Barbara Smith (Omicron) is now the Immediate Past State President. Smith currently is serving her second term as State First Vice President and Program Planning Chair and prior to that served as State Second Vice President and Membership Chair. Initiated into Omicron in 1986, she served two terms as Chapter President and founded and served as the chair of their literacy project, Books for Babies.
Smith retired in 2010 from the Little Egg Harbor School District where she held positions of Acting Superintendent of Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Director of Instructional Services, and Supervisor of Instruction.
Smith in her nominee statement states, “I have had the opportunity of being a state officer and of learning more about our society while working alongside of three AZS Presidents, observing their leadership styles, and their implementation of the duties required for the president’s position. There are many challenges ahead of our professional organization. I am willing to work diligently to overcome as many of them as possible during the next biennium.”
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