|Candidates for the OLLI Board of Directors 2016|
Stephen seeks re-election to continue his work with OLLI on Strategic Planning--specifically how do we accommodate our growth and how do we grow? Last year, he headed a small Strategic Planning Group that confirmed our desire to remain at Tallwood for the next 5-7 years provided the facilities were safe or could be made safe. The facilities have been made safe, and the parking lot will be refurbished in the spring / early summer.
Pat Carroll, Colonel, USAF, (Ret) retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1977 as the Director of Programs for Information Technology, Deputy Chief of Staff, Command, Control, Communications and Computers after 27 years and immediately joined Sperry Univac. He retired in 1998 from Unisys as Vice-President, Program Management.
Jim has been a member of OLLI since 2010; his wide education and experience will serve him well in advancing the great work OLLI does. He is a West Point graduate, serving for than 30 years in the US Army and US Army Reserve, retiring as a Colonel. He holds graduate degrees, in, among other fields, Public Administration, Strategic Studies, Military Studies, History and Education (the latter two from George Mason), along with a law degree.
For 20 years, Jim was a Senior Attorney for the Veterans Administration. After retirement, he taught middle school language arts and was the Director of Education for the union representing VA workers, both of which provided experience in educational organizations.
Jim is Chair of the Liaison Committee, where he has instituted new procedures to improve the assignment and training program. He is an active member of the Member Services Committee, serves as an office volunteer, is a member of the Outreach Committee, and is active on the Social Committee, where he initiated the idea of the winter beach party, along with themes for future events. He also represented OLLI at the 2015 Veterans Event, which was a front page story in the Fairfax Connection.
Terri has been an OLLI member for seven years and has enjoyed many aspects of the program. Aside from the lectures, field trips and clubs, she has enjoyed the comraderies and friendships made. She found OLLI at a time of transition in her life while looking for a Great Decisions group. She is currently serving on the Humanities and Social Sciences Program Planning Group and is involved in coordinating courses for current and future terms.
Glenn is running for reelection to the Board after completing two terms as OLLI President. During his tenure, OLLI significantly strengthened its’ relationship with George Mason University. As a result of an extensive evaluation of Tallwood buildings and grounds requested by OLLI, the University has paid for major safety and structural improvements that will enable us to stay at Tallwood for years to come.
Marianne appreciates your wading through the verbiage created by 11 candidates. She’ll keep it short. After majoring in mathematics at Brown, Marianne proceeded to employment involving little math, working at various times as a legal editor, a librarian, and an audio describer for blind theatergoers.
At certain stages Marianne was primarily a stay-at-home mom, active in her children’s schools. She served on the Board of Trustees of one school, and chaired the Curriculum Committee at another.
Always eager to learn – Smithsonian classes and Road Scholar offerings have been staples of her life – Marianne was thrilled to discover OLLI right in her own backyard! Four years ago she took an afternoon off to visit one particular class, and was bowled over – not only by the teacher’s knowledge, but also by the students’ thoughtful, insightful questions. She couldn’t wait to join these people in their pursuit of learning. Taking classes led to teaching them: Marianne has now taught or co-taught a dozen OLLI courses. She co-chairs Art/Music Program Planning.
Having been introduced by a fellow OLLI member to Radio Fairfax, Marianne began producing and hosting a weekly radio show, and she is now President of the Radio Guild.
John has been a member of OLLI for more than eight years. In addition to enjoying classes and trips, he is an editor of the OLLI E-News and helps design the electronic advertisement each term for the Mason marquee.
John has organized field trips that have included several visits to the Fairfax Water treatment plants in Herndon and Lorton, tours of the Fairfax County landfill and transfer station, and a trip to the Marine Corps Evening Parade in Washington, DC. A member of the Photo Club, he also organizes a fall program that provides photography for Wounded Warriors and Families at Fort Belvoir.
John strongly believes in giving back to the community. He volunteers each week at the USO at Dulles and Fort Belvoir, participates in the Honor Flight programs which bring veterans to Washington, DC, delivers Meals on Wheels, teaches ESL at the public library, works with the Workhouse Arts Center and participates in church activities. He also keeps busy with contract work involving his photography, design/layout.
John is a retired Air Force officer whose wife, Patricia, retired from Mason. They have twin sons, both of whom are married and have families. No dog.
Manny has been an OLLI member since 2001, when like everyone else, he heard about OLLI from a friend. He retired as a civilian technical program manager for OPNAV, but that was only the last job of a 42-year career in DoD, which included cryogenics, electronics, electro-optics, lasers, labs, technical intelligence, and management.
His function at OLLI has been just as difficult to characterize - he has been a front office volunteer, an AARP Safe Driver Instructor, Readers' Theater coordinator and ham, Nat King Cole and Johnny Mathis impersonator, and MC for our annual Valentine/St Patrick's Day/May Day/Ice Cream Socials. He takes many classes in hopes of understanding at least a few of them.
Manny previously served on the Board, including two years as President, but was hesitant to note this, unsure whether it would add or subtract votes. (His successful winning platform was “Chocolate Chip Cookies for Everyone!”) He is running to demonstrate that everyone has an obligation to contribute; you need not be exceptional to contribute, only willing. He points out that makes him qualified on all counts.
Russell joined OLLI in 2011. He is co-chair of the Program Planning Committee, chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, and tries to keep up with the dizzying pace of improvements in classroom technology. He co-coordinates the Tai Chi Club, has coordinated Readers Theater, and performs with OLLI Players. He learned to play Bridge in OLLI, but is still not very good.
It was August 2014, the OLLI fall semester had not started, yet there was Rita Way sitting behind the reception desk as a new volunteer. Since then, Rita has taken on many jobs at OLLI; teacher, committee member, liaison, coordinator and mentor.
John is an Illinois farm boy with three degrees from the University of Illinois including a PhD in adult and continuing education, which is especially relevant to OLLI. He has made the world his home having worked in 55 countries and visited 89, the latest being Cuba.
March 30, 2016
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