NYS Women Inc - Equal Pay, Womens rights

Mary A. Stelley - Secretary

Local Chapter: Lakeshore

I am the CEO and board of directors treasurer for the Gowanda Area Federal Credit Union, assets $22,000,000.00, a Notary Public and currently serve as a Town of Collins councilman and Deputy Supervisor.  I started my career as a stenographer for the FBI from 1961-1967, working in the Washington Field and Buffalo Offices.  I am the current NYS Women, Inc. secretary, a Lakeshore Chapter member and Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce secretary-treasurer.

I served as 1995-96 BPW/NYS treasurer and other officer positions until becoming the 1999-2000 president.   I served as NYS Women treasurer from 2012-2019.  I have held various positions at chapter, region and BPW/NYS, now NYS Women, Inc., including finance chair and NIKE business manager.  I served as treasurer and board member of the NY Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc.

I was selected the 1991 Gowanda BPW Woman of the Year and received the 1997 Gowanda Chamber Spirit of Gowanda Service Award.  I was honored to be selected the December 2018 honoree Women In Leadership by Buffalo Niagara Chapter, NYS Women, Inc. in partnership with WKBW-TV and appeared on AM-Buffalo on 12/26/2018.

I have held volunteer leadership roles since 1974 with community organizations:  Women of the Moose, Friends of the Collins Public Library, St. Joseph’s Altar & Rosary Society, religious education teacher and lector, Gowanda PTA.  I served as Society of FBI Alumni national treasurer and most recently NE Regional VP, 5 years on the Gowanda Central School District budget committee and two years on the Village of Gowanda UDAG Committee, approving loan applications for Gowanda businesses.

Giving back is important to me.  NYS Women, Inc. enriched me through workshops, friendships, and instilled in me the importance of women seeking political office.  Bob and I have two children, Lisa and Michael and three grandchildren, Dylan, Kyle and Alayna.