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NYS Women, Inc. Slate of Candidates 2012/2013

Author: Communications Committee/Wednesday, May 23, 2012/Categories: General

Below are the job descriptions for the treasurer and secretary. Please review them and consider if you would be willing to serve, or if you know of someone that could be nominated from the floor that, meets the qualifications and is willing to serve, then please contact the Nominations Committee Chair, Linda Provo, as soon as possible.

Duties of the Treasurer:

  • Responsible for all NYSW, Inc. fiscal matters
  • Prepare budget reports for 3 meetings (2 Board meetings and the annual Conference) 
  • Work with the Finance Committee to prepare a budget
  • Participates in monthly NYSW, Inc. Executive Committee meetings
  • Submit monthly budget updates to the other members of the Executive Committee
  • Organize and distribute insurance certificates to chapters

Duties of the Secretary:

  • Participate in monthly NYSW, Inc. Executive Committee meetings
  • Type the EC conference call minutes and submit to the EC members 
  • Attend 2 Board meetings and the Annual Conference 
  • Type the 2 Board and Conference meeting minutes and submit to NYSW, Inc. Board
  • Assemble two Board books and the Conference book - a limited number of program books are printed and one copy is placed online
  • When requested, attend District meetings

The Board meetings are usually in September/October and March, on a weekend. Conference is usually the first weekend in June.

Susan Mager, Incoming President

Sue Mager has been an active member of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter (formerly Buffalo BPW) since 1984. She has held many positions on the local and district level, including president of the former Buffalo and Hamburg Orchard Park BPW clubs and serving as District VIII assistant district director. Susan has served on a state level as the first Career Recognition chair (former BPW/NYS New Careerist Program) and was elected to the executive committee filling positions of 2nd and 1st vice president. In 2007, President Linda Provo appointed Susan to fill the executive committee secretarial position due to the resignation of the previous secretary, and Sue dutifully completed the term. She regularly attends state meetings and conferences and has been active on the state level for many years.

Sue is a founding member of the BPW of Buffalo Investment Club and past president and founding member of the Bishop McMahon High School alumnae association. For the past 29 years, Susan has been employed by Leon Ber, DPM, where she manages a small medical practice. She also holds a position as
part-time bookkeeper at Trinity Tower of Buffalo, a senior apartment building. Her interests are caring for her family, women’s equality, beach combing/fossil collecting on Lake Erie and travel. And of course, enjoying her first grandchild.

Amy Kellogg, Candidate for President Elect

Amy Kellogg is a candidate for New York State Women, Inc. President-Elect. She is currently a partner at Harter Secrest & Emery. Her law practice focuses on representing a variety of New York State professional associates and businesses before the New York State legislature. This practice includes providing government related services, monitoring, analyzing and reporting the status of pending legislation, communicating clients’ positions to members of the NYS Legislature, state agencies and the Governor’s office, drafting legislation on behalf of clients, lobbying for the introduction and adoption
of legislation and researching and ensuring compliance with state and federal lobby and election laws.
She has been a member of NYS Women, Inc. since 2005 serving as Tech Valley BPW president-elect from 2005-2006, Tech Valley BPW president from 2006-2008, and Tech Valley NYS Women, Inc. immediate past president from 2008-2010, District IV assistant district director for NYS Women, Inc. in 2009 and District Director IV 2010. She is currently the 2nd vice president of NYS Women, Inc. In addition to NYS Women, Inc. she is the secretary/treasurer of the National Alumni Association of Albany Law School, 1st vice president of the State University of New York at Potsdam Alumni Board of Trustees, chair of the programs committee for the American Bar Association’s Government Affairs committee, a member of the Committee on Women in the Law of the New York State Bar Association and a member of the National Association of State Lobbyists.

Colleen Ostiguy, Candidate for 1st Vice President

Colleen has been a member of New York State Women, Inc. for approximately six years and during that time has served a one-year term as New York State Women, Inc.’s Recording Secretary, a two-year term as Tech Valley’s President and a two-year term as Tech Valley’s Secretary. She also maintains the Tech Valley webpage. Colleen received her Masters in Library Science from SUNY Albany and a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School. Colleen’s professional job is Electronic Services Librarian at Albany Law School. In this position, she is responsible for updating and maintaining the library’s website, developing ways to market the library, responding to law student and faculty reference questions and teaching an advanced legal research course. Previously she was employed with the Honorable Anthony J. Carpinello as a Confidential Legal Secretary.

Colleen is a member of the American Association of Law Librarians, Academic Law Librarians Special Interest Section, Legal Sourcebook Committee and a board member for the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Association of Law Librarians. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Electronic Communications Committee. This Committee provides recommendations to the Bar Association about its website.

Renee Cerullo, Candidate for 2nd Vice President

Renee has been very involved with New York State Women, Inc. for the last seven years. She has been Buffalo Niagara chapter president for two years, District VIII webmaster for at least four years, state public relations chair for two years, and worked with the state Young Careerist committee. In 2007,
she was a BPW Young Careerist finalist. Renee has helped bring New York State Women, Inc. and the Buffalo Niagara Chapter to a new level in their online presence to help market the organizations. Buffalo Niagara Chapter has gained 20 new members since September, many due to them finding the chapter website. She has brought online payments for meetings and memberships for Buffalo Niagara Chapter and will soon have this available to New York State Women, Inc. Online renewals have helped BNC members renew instantly instead of tracking people down for months – 90 percent of BNC members now renew online – as well she developed the online membership system that New York State Women, Inc. currently uses to maintain all membership records.

She is president of RLComputing which she founded in 2000. She provides web and print design services to companies and organizations. The company was built from the ground up by customer referrals. She also consults for colleges all over the U.S. and Canada. She is currently the president of the Educational Technology Foundation of Western New York which provides technology to kids in underprivileged areas.


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