Title IX conference Speaker Bios
Alexandra BrodskyEditor and Law StudentAlexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com and student at the Yale Law School. Alexandra’s feminist and economic justice commentary and activism have been featured by news outlets including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, FOX News, NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, the Atlantic, and Al Jazeera Online. In addition to her work at Feministing, Alexandra has been published at the Guardian, Slate, Salon, AlterNet, the Huffington Post, and the Nation. In recent years she has worked at the Harvard Law School Gender Violence Program, the Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia, and Justice Now, a feminist prison abolitionist non-profit in Oakland. A 2012 graduate of Yale College, Alexandra is the co-organizer of Know Your IX, a national student campaign against campus sexual violence.
Public Safety Expert and Journalist
Susan Burhans was hired as Public Safety Educator reporting to the vice president’s office at Yale University in the aftermath of Suzanne Jovin murder. She worked at Yale University until recently. Her job included delivering crime prevention presentations to all incoming students, and working closely with Yale leadership to help maintain a safe campus environment. Susan participated in all police and security staff meetings, many student committees and advocated for public safety service improvements including services for sexual misconduct on campus for 11 years. Susan’s prior experience is in news broadcasting, print journalism and the film industry. Susan has a B.A. in Literature from Manhattanville College, studied abroad at Oxford University and has an M.A. in English from the University of Connecticut where she taught English Composition.
ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE
Vice President of the Phoenix Suns & Mercury, Olympic Silver Medalist, UCLA National Collegiate Champion, and Broadcaster
One of the first women to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, currently the president and general manager of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and the vice president of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, Ann Meyers Drysdale has been one of the greatest stars in the history of basketball. Time Magazine recently called her one of the 10 greatest female athletes of all time. A female first in many categories, she is still the only woman ever to sign a free-agent contract with an NBA team, the Indiana Pacers, back in 1979.
Meyers Drysdale was the first player to be part of the U.S. National team while still in high school. She then went on to become the first woman to be signed to a four-year athletic scholarship at UCLA, the first four-time Kodak All American, male or female, and the overall number one pick in the WBL (part of the now defunct Women's Professional Basketball League).
She took the first-ever U.S. women’s basketball team to the Olympic Games in 1976 and helped them bring home a silver medal. She continued to be a standout player at several international tournaments and was the only woman ever asked to compete in ABC Men's Superstars. Meyers Drysdale is also an award-winning sports journalist.
Alex V. Hernandez
Attorney, Pullman & Comley, LLC
Alex V. Hernandez is a member of Pullman & Comley’s Litigation Department and chair of its White Collar, Criminal Defense and Corporate Investigations Section. Prior to joining Pullman & Comley in 2007, Alex was the Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Fairfield County office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut where he supervised 12 attorneys and six support personnel in the investigation and prosecution of criminal tax fraud, white collar crime, fraud, public corruption, computer related offenses, theft of tradesecrets and violent felonies.
Alex worked at the U.S. Department of Justice for 16 years. He has handled and supervised hundreds of cases at all phases of litigation, from case assessment and intake, investigation, early case resolution, suppression of evidence, the presentation and cross-examination of expert witnesses, jury selection and trial. He has conducted hundreds of witness and document driven investigations before the grand jury, tried dozens of federal and state jury trials and briefed and argued dozens of appeals in federal and state court.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice in 1991, Alex served for five years as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
A highly experienced trial attorney, Alex has served for years as an instructor and lecturer in trial advocacy at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina; a guest instructor and lecturer in trial advocacy at the Quinnipiac Law School; and an instructor in trial advocacy at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Award-winning Author, Sports Columnist and Feature Writer, The Washington Post
Sally Jenkins has rejoined The Washington Post as a sports columnist and feature writer. After leaving The Post in 1990, she worked at Sports Illustrated. She is the author of eight books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers, most notably It’s Not About the Bike with Lance Armstrong. Her work has been featured in GQ and Sports Illustrated, and she has acted as a correspondent on CNBC as well as on NPR's All Things Considered.
In 2002 she won the Associated Press’s Columnist of the Year Award. She lives in New York City.
President and Founder, Sports Management Resources
Dr. Donna Lopiano is the former chief executive officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation (1992-2007) and was named one of “The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports” by Fox Sports. The Sporting News has repeatedly listed her as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Sports.” She has been nationally and internationally recognized for her leadership advocating for gender equity in sports by the International Olympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Lopiano also served for 18 years as the director of women’s athletics at the University of Texas at Austin and is a past president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. During her tenure at Texas, she constructed what many believed to be the premiere women’s athletics program in the country, twice earning the top program in the nation award. All eight University of Texas sports were consistently ranked in the nation’s top 10 in Division I where they earned 18 national championships in six different sports, produced 51 individual sport national champion athletes, 57 Southwest Conference championships, and 395 All-American athletes, dozens among them Olympians and world champions. Ninety percent of women athletes who exhausted their athletic eligibility at the University of Texas received a baccalaureate degree. Prior to Texas, Lopiano served as an assistant professor and assistant athletic director at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
Recognized as one of the foremost national experts on gender equity in sport, Lopiano has testified about Title IX and gender equity before three Congressional committees and served as a consultant to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights Department of Health, Education and Welfare Title IX Task Force and as an expert witness in 28 court cases. Lopiano has also served as a consultant to school districts, institutions of higher education, and state education agencies on Title IX compliance and to non-profit organizations on governance and strategic planning.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California and has been the recipient of five honorary doctoral degrees. She has been a college coach of men’s and women’s volleyball, women’s basketball and softball, and coached the Italian national women’s softball team.
As an athlete, Lopiano participated in 26 national championships in four sports and was a nine-time All-American at four different positions in softball, a sport in which she played on six national championship teams. She is a member of the National Sports Hall of Fame, the National Softball Hall of Fame, and the Connecticut and Texas Women’s Halls of Fame, among others.
Marilyn “Lynn” Malerba
Chief of the Mohegan Tribal Nation
Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba became the 18th chief of the Mohegan Tribe on August 15, 2010, and is the first female chief in the tribe’s modern history. The position is a lifetime appointment made by the Tribe’s Council of Elders. Malerba follows in footsteps of many strong female role models in the Mohegan Tribe, including her mother, Loretta Roberge, who holds the position of Tribal Nonner (elder female of respect). Malerba had a long and dedicated career as a nurse, nurse manager and director at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, and now serves on the hospital and corporation’s Board of Directors. Malerba put her health-care skills to work for the benefit of the Mohegan Tribe in 1997, eventually becoming executive director of the Tribe’s Health and Human Services department. Malerba was responsible for the development of the department and the programs that directly benefit the membership. In 2005, she made a decision to become more directly involved in tribal government, and was elected by her fellow tribal members to the Tribal Council. She served as vice chairwoman for four years, and moved into the chairwoman’s position in 2009. During her tenure on the council, Malerba also earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut in 2008, and in 2010 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Joseph College in Hartford. She is currently enrolled at the Yale Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Lynn lives in Uncasville with her husband, Paul, and they have two adult daughters, Elizabeth and Angela.
Attorney, Founder and Director, Victim Advocacy & Research Group
Wendy Murphy is an adjunct professor at New England Law|Boston where she has taught a seminar on sexual violence for more than 10 years. She developed and directs two projects in conjunction with the school’s Center for Law and Social Responsibility. The “Sexual Violence Legal News” project is an alert service that distributes appellate cases of interest, with editorial comment, related to interpersonal violence. The “Judicial Language Project” uses socio-linguistic research to critique the language used in law and society to describe violence against women and children.
Murphy was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School from 2002-2003 where her work focused on the status of women in their capacity as victims in the criminal justice system. She previously taught “Reproductive Rights and Technologies” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and in 2002 served as the Mary Joe Frug Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at New England Law|Boston where she has also taught courses in reproductive technologies and constitutional criminal procedure.
She is a trial and appellate attorney specializing in the representation of crime victims, women, children, and victim service providers and is the founder and director of the Victim Advocacy & Research Group, a volunteer legal advocacy organization that has provided free legal services to victims and other third parties in the criminal justice system since 1992.
Feminist and Journalist, The Durango (CO) Herald
Chase Olivarius-McAllister graduated in 2010 from Yale College, where she was the former political action coordinator of the Yale Women’s Center, a reporter for the Yale Daily News, and a writer for Broad Recognition: A Feminist Magazine at Yale. She is currently a staff writer for The Durango Herald in Durango, Colo. She also helped to start GenerationNext!, a charitable trust based in the U.K. that strives to create a world where education and cultural understanding can help ease suffering caused by disease and poverty.
Michael P. McKeon
Attorney, Pullman & Comley, LLC
Michael P. McKeon represents boards of education, municipalities and private-sector employers across Connecticut in both federal and state courts on both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before federal and state boards and commissions. An attorney for more than 25 years, he is a member of the School Law Section of the firm's Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department. Michael has established new case law in Connecticut in the areas of special education and Title IX. The favorable decisions he has obtained for Connecticut school districts have been cited by courts across the country and have been widely reported in The Hartford Courant, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Connecticut Law Tribune, as well as in television news reports.
Mike is a frequent speaker on both education and employment law issues, including on the national level at both the National School Boards Association's annual conference and the Council of School Attorney's annual conference. Attorney McKeon has repeatedly spoken at the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education's annual convention on special education law, gender equality in student athletics, and both gender and disability-based student harassment, regularly presents at Connecticut Council of Administrators of Special Education forums, and was an author of Employer's Guide to Federal Labor and Employment Laws and Regulations.
Mike has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law and in the University of Bridgeport's Department of Education Leadership, and was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Missouri prior to attending law school.
Women's Coaching Pioneer, Retired Teacher and Athletic Administrator
O'Neal retired from a successful career in 2006 after more than four decades as a college professor, coach and athletics administrator at Southern Connecticut State University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, and Wellesley College.
In 1994, NACWAA selected O’Neal as National Administrator of the Year, citing her “unmatched dedication to providing opportunities for women in athletics and for serving as a role model for all who aspire to greatness.” She was the recipient of the ECAC Katherine Ley Award, in recognition of her demonstrated leadership in creating programs and opportunities for women in athletics.
O’Neal was one of the coaching pioneers who paved the way for women’s college basketball. She coached a nationally successful basketball team at Southern Connecticut State University from 1962-1976. Her teams qualified for eight straight national collegiate championships and reached the Final Four four times. Individual players were selected for the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team and three U.S. National Teams competing in the World Games, the Pan-American Games and the World University Games. She also coached Yale’s team, taking the team from a previous best finish of fifth place to the Ivy Championship in three years. Her Yale teams qualified for post-season competition for each of these three years.
O’Neal served on the U.S. Olympic Games Selection Committee from 1976-1980.
Her last coaching role was for the U.S. National Team, winning the Gold Medal at the 1979 International Tournament. She was the inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988 and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
O'Neal served as Chair of the Wade Trophy and on the Jostens Award committees, which select the outstanding Division I and III women’s basketball players. In 2004, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association named O’Neal as the recipient of its Jostens-Berenson Service Award, recognizing her lifelong commitment of service to college women’s basketball.
In 1997, O’Neal was elected to the NCAA Management Council. She served on the Championship, Long Range Strategic Planning, Nominating, Women's Basketball Rules and Division III Women’s Golf committees. Former President of the EAIAW, O’Neal served as Commissioner of the AIAW Division I Championships and as chair and member of the National Women’s Basketball Committee. She also served on the NACDA Executive Board and the Sears Cup Selection Committee from 1994-98.
O’Neal, a resident of Wellesley, MA, and native of Fort Worth, TX, received her B.S. degree from North Texas State University and her M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management and the Institute for Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr.
In retirement, O’Neal continues to support the Boston Women’s Fund, Hearth, Rosie’s Place and Community Works, organizations that serve homeless and disadvantaged women. She is active in the Brookline Tai Chi and the Cambridge Insight Meditation centers. She spends more time in traveling, visiting New Zealand, Australia and France. She continues to play golf and increase her knowledge of wines and the French language.
Jonathan B. Orleans
Attorney, Pullman & Comley, LLC
Jonathan B. Orleans is a business litigator with more than 25 years of experience handling a broad range of cases, particularly employment litigation. He represents businesses and individuals in disputes arising out of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, employment contracts, and other commercial agreements. He also handles cases arising under federal and state anti-discrimination statutes, ERISA, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Connecticut Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, and advises businesses on compliance with laws and regulations concerning employment. Jon tries cases in both the federal and state courts and practices before state and federal administrative agencies.
Jon represents both employers and senior executives in the negotiation of employment contracts and separation agreements. He regularly assists employers with the development and application of personnel policies. Jon has lectured to lawyers and businesspeople on topics including classification of employees under the FLSA, restrictive covenants in employment contracts, employment discrimination law, employer regulation of employees' speech and appearance, wage and hour laws, and mediation of employment claims. Before joining Pullman & Comley, Jon clerked for the Honorable M. Joseph Blumenfeld, Senior U.S. District Judge in Hartford, and practiced for 23 years with another prominent Connecticut firm, where he served as Managing Shareholder for six years.
Jon was recently appointed to the Federal Grievance Committee by the judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. He also serves on the Civil Commission of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, a body charged with developing practices to improve the state courts’ handling of civil cases. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Practice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. In 2011-12, Jon taught Civil Procedure at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Award-Winning Journalist, Author and Blogger
Laura Pappano is an award-winning journalist, author, and blogger who has written about education, social issues, politics and gender (especially in the context of sports) for more than 20 years. She was the only girl in her middle school industrial arts class (thanks to Title IX) and the only girl on her Danbury News-Times carrier league baseball team in Northwestern Connecticut. Laura became attuned to the charged intersection of education, sports, and equity issues when she stole second base during a baseball game and was told by both teams (that’s a lot of 13-year-old boys) to “GO BAAAACK!!!!” She didn’t – and scored a run instead.
Laura is the author of Inside School Turnarounds (2010), co-author of Playing With the Boys (2008), and author of The Connection Gap (2001). A former education columnist for The Boston Globe, Laura's work has appeared in The New York Times Education Life section, The Harvard Education Letter, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Nick Jr. Family Magazine, and The Washington Post, among other print and online publications.
She is writer-in-residence at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, where she leads the Women’s Sports Leadership Project. As part of the project, Pappano participates in research on gender and sports with social scientists who are a lot smarter than she is. She and Allison Tracy, PhD, presented results of their study, Ticket Office Sexism, at the 2010 World Conference on Women and Sport in Sydney. Pappano founded and edits the FairGameNews blog which is both a journalism site and a vehicle for mentoring students and aspiring writers.
An active volunteer, Laura is on the board of the Long Wharf Theatre and is founder of The New Haven Student Journalism Project, which helps city students learn journalism skills and students in grades 2-8 at the Celentano Museum Academy in New Haven, CT, put out their own newspaper, The Celentano Sentinel.
She is vice chair of the board of New Haven Reads, a literacy organization that serves urban youth who struggle with reading. She is former chair of the West Suburban YMCA in Newton, Massachusetts, and has coached youth sports. A former goaltender for the Yale Field hockey team, she jogs, plays competitive tennis, and enjoys family touch football. She lives with her husband and three children in New Haven, CT.
MEGHAN PATTYSON CULMO
UCONN National Collegiate Champion, SNY Basketball Analyst
Meghan Pattyson Culmo learned basketball from her brothers. She played both basketball and soccer at Central Bucks East High School where she became the all-time scoring leader [1260 points] by averaging 15 points while pulling down 10 rebounds per game.
Meg continued her education and basketball career at the University of Connecticut from 1988-1992. She played forward for a UConn team that compiled an overall record of 101-28.
During her freshmen year, she was part of the 1988-89 team which won their first-ever Big East Championship and was named to the All-Freshmen Team. In UConn’s first-ever NCAA game, Meg scored 13 points and had 13 rebounds in 26 minutes in the loss to LaSalle. UConn retained the Big East title for two more years.
The 1990-91 team defeated Providence in the Big East Championship. That team went on to win the Big East Tournament and became the first league team to qualify for the Final Four. Meg was named Most Outstanding Player of that 1991 Big East Tournament as she scored 20 points and posted nine rebounds and five assists in the final. She earned Big East Third team honors and was named to the All-Tourney Team.
Meg graduated as the #9 all-time leading scorer at UConn with 1106 points (9.4 ppg) to accompany her 674 rebounds. Meg is an analyst on SNY broadcasts of UConn women’s basketball games. Prior to joining the network, Meghan has been a color analyst on radio and television for more than a decade. She has appeared on Connecticut Public Television, ESPN, MSG and Lifetime Television, among others. While at CPTV, she hosted "The Geno Auriemma Show" on CPTV where viewers had the opportunity to e-mail questions to the coach. Meg’s exchanges with Coach Auriemma, in addition to her insights and humor, helped make the show a popular preliminary feature of game broadcasts. In 2013, she was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
Belinda "Boe" Pearman
SCSU Associate Director of Athletics, Former Basketball Coach and Collegiate Player
Now in her eighth year as associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator at Southern Connecticut State University, Belinda “Boe” Pearman possesses a background of more than 20 years in collegiate athletics as a student-athlete, coach and administrator, in addition to experience in professional sports and the private sector.
Most recently, Pearman was announced as part of the 2013 induction class into the
New England Basketball Hall of Fame. She was inducted on June 22, 2013 in Worcester,
Pearman is responsible for the department’s compliance with NCAA and conference rules and regulations, encompassing more than 500 student-athletes and 60 coaches. She also coordinates all rules education programs for coaches and staff, as well as initial and continuing eligibility for all student-athletes.
She also serves as the sport administrator for the men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and gymnastics programs. In this role, she supervises all aspects of the daily operations of the five squads.
She also serves as the department liaison with campus constituents including the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Residence Life, the Registrar, Bursar and Institutional Advancement.
During her time at SCSU, Pearman has developed and implemented several new policies and procedures, including the Athletic Department Study Table and Tutorial programs. Academic success for Owls’ student-athletes continues to soar to an all-time high thanks to these initiatives. The department has had nearly 1,200 selections Northeast-10 Commissioners Honor Roll over the course of the past five years. In addition, more than 100 student-athletes were recognized at the conference level or higher for academic excellence within a specific sport in each of the past five years.
Pearman also serves as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Board and serves on several campus wide committees, including an appointment to the Student Success Task force by University President Dr. Mary Papazian. On the internal front, Pearman has also chaired several committees at SCSU and has served on the committees for several university wide searches.
She has also been active on the conference and regional levels, having served as the department representative on the Northeast-10 Conference’s Committee for Sports Administration. Pearman also completed a term on the NCAA Division II East Regional Women’s Basketball Committee.
Also a respected member of the coaching community with nearly 20 years of college and professional experience, Pearman was the head women’s basketball coach at Rhode Island from 1999-2004 and guided the Rams to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship game for only the second time in the history of the program. She also helped to reenergize the local community through extensive outreach and fundraising efforts and resulted in new benchmarks in annual giving and attendance.
In addition, Pearman’s teams had three consecutive winning seasons for only the second time in URI history.
Equally as impressive was the fact that all players that completed their eligibility under Pearman graduated during her stint with the Rams.
Pearman took over at URI after serving as the associate head coach with the New England Blizzard of the American Basketball League. In this role, she provided leadership in the pioneering effort to organize and conduct the first professional basketball league for women.
She joined the Blizzard after a successful stint as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland (1985-97). During her time at Maryland as both a student-athlete and coach, the Terps won six ACC championships and appeared in 12 NCAA tournaments with three Elite Eight berths and two Final Four berths.
Numerous individuals who once played for Pearman have since moved on into the college coaching ranks at institutions in several notable Division I conferences, including the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference, West Coast Conference, Atlantic-10 Conference and Northeast Conference.
A four-year starter and Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference player at the University of Maryland from 1980-84, Pearman earned a bachelor’s degree from UM.
Pearman, who also has amassed experience in the private sector as a community consultant, currently resides in Cheshire, Conn.
Dr. Troy RoNdinoneSCSU Professor and Author
Troy Rondinone is a Professor of History at Southern Connecticut State University. He additionally serves on the Executive Board of the Greater New Haven Labor History Association. Troy received his Ph.D. in History at UCLA, and his areas of scholarly interest include working-class history, economic history, and radical studies. He has published articles in American Quarterly, TheJournal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Connecticut History, and Labor Studies. His first book, titled The Great Industrial War: Framing Class Conflict in America, 1865-1950 (2010), was published by Rutgers University Press. His second book, Friday Night Fighter: Gaspar “Indio” Ortega and the Golden Age of Television Boxing, was published by University of Illinois Press in 2013. He is also the recipient of the Norton Nezvinsky Trustees ResearchAward for 2010. He is currently working on an analysis of working-class language with Graham Cassano of Oakland University and a chapter on boxing in the 1950s in the upcoming Cambridge Companion to Boxing.
Dr. Debra Rolison
Dr. Debra Rolison earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Florida Atlantic University in 1975 and a doctorate in chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, under Dr. Royce W. Murray in 1980. She joined the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory as a research chemist later that year. She is currently head of the Chemistry Division's Advanced Electrochemical Materials section and adjunct full professor of chemistry at the University of Utah. Rolison's research involves the design, synthesis, characterization, and application of nanostructured materials for rate-critical applications that encompass catalysis, energy storage and conversion, biomolecular composites, porous magnets, and sensors. She is renowned in particular for developing two metaphoric guides for nano-S&T: designing multifunctional nanoarchitectures and the importance nothing and disorder for high-performance nanomaterials. She was elevated to a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for her contribution to the chemistry of materials and her work on behalf of women in science. Her other honors include election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Materials Research Society (inaugural class), and the Association for Women in Science and Engineering. Rolison is a recipient of two ACS Division awards: the R.A. Glenn (2007 - Fuel Chemistry Division) and the A.K. Doolittle (2009 - Division of Polymer Materials: Science and Engineering) and was the first woman to receive the ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials (2011). In 2012, she received the Hillebrand Prize from the Chemical Society of Washington and the C.N. Reilley Memorial Award from the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry. Rolison has been honored at the NRL with publication and technology transfer awards, the 2010 Edison Patent Award, and in 2009 the high distinction of the Sigma Xi–NRL Edison Chapter's Pure Science Award, the first (and alas still only) woman recognized since the inauguration of this award in 1955. The author of over 200 scientific articles, she holds 26 patents and also writes and lectures widely on issues affecting women in science, including proposing in 2000 that departments of science and engineering be subject to Title IX assessments.
Director Emeritus of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Safety, SCSU
Carolyn Vanacore -- "Mrs. V," as her students refer to her -- is first and foremost a mentor to young women. Her career path was greatly influenced by Louise Ives, a young and energetic physical education teacher at Lyman Hall High School in 1947.
Competition at the time Vanacore was in high school was limited to round-robin playdays consisting of a few schools, and pick-up games with the boys. In college, she played club field hockey, basketball, and softball.
Vanacore attended New Haven State Teachers’ College (SCSC). After graduation, she obtained a job in the North Haven school system. She initiated sports programs at North Haven High School in field hockey, basketball, softball, and track and field.
Vanacore joined the faculty at SCSC in 1965 as an assistant professor of women’s physical education. She earned advanced degrees at Southern and in 1982 was named director of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Safety. Vanacore continued in this position until her “retirement” in 1989. Although “retired,” she remains on staff at Southern as professor emeritus, supervising student teachers and spearheading development efforts for the alumni and athletic departments.
Vanacore has received numerous honors throughout her career. Among these acknowledgements are the: CAHPERD Professional Merit Award, YWCA Women in Leadership Award, Yale Visiting Faculty Fellowship, CT Association of Athletic Directors Distinguished Service Award, Lyman Hall High School Hall of Fame, Eastern District (AAHPERD) Merit Award in Physical Education, and the National Girls and Women in Sports Pathfinder Award. Carolyn was most recently inducted into the North Haven High School Sorts Hall of Fame, and the Wallingford Foundation as a Distinguished Alumni.
Vanacore has devoted nearly five decades to improving student opportunities and expanding women’s athletic involvement. She is the proud mentor of many men and women who are now high school, college and professional coaches all across the country.
Noted Author and Historian
A pioneer in the field of women's history and a leading feminist biographer, Susan Ware is the author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century U.S. history. Educated at Wellesley College and Harvard University, she has taught at New York University and Harvard, where she served as editor of the biographical dictionary Notable American Women: Completing the Twentieth Century (2004). Ware has long been associated with the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and is active in a variety of professional organizations. She has extensive media experience in radio, television, and documentary film and is committed to bringing women's history and feminist scholarship to a wide popular audience. In 2012, Ware was appointed the General Editor of the American National Biography (ANB), the premier biographical encyclopedia of U.S. history.
Executive Director, Permanent Commission on the Status of WomenTeresa Younger is the Executive Director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW). The PCSW has been the State’s leading force for women’s equality for 40 years by fulfilling its mandate to: study all matters concerning women; inform leaders and the public about the nature and scope of discrimination; promote consideration of women for government positions; and work with State agencies to assess programs and practices as they affect women (per Connecticut General Statute 46a).
Prior to joining the PCSW, Younger was the Director of Affiliate Organizational Development at the American Civil Liberties Union National Office, where she assisted affiliates throughout the country with organization and management issues. Prior to her tenure with ACLU National, Younger became the first woman and the first African American to serve as Executive Director of the ACLU of Connecticut.
Younger has a diverse array of policy and management experience, from corporate philanthropy to youth development. She has recently concluded her role as two-term president of the board of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, which serves 46,000 Connecticut girls and 20,000 volunteers. Younger also serves on several other boards including the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, the National Advisory Board on Religious Restrictions on Care and previously served on the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Association of Commissions for Women.
She was recently recognized by Charter Oak Cultural Center with the Social Justice Vision Award and the Alpha Kappa Alpha New Haven Chapter Excellence in Leadership Award. She was identified by the Connecticut NAACP as one of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in the State of Connecticut” in both 2009 and 2011, and was named by Hartford Business Journal as one of “2008 Eight Remarkable Women in Business.” Younger is a noted speaker, advocate and activist. She has continually been recognized for her commitment to civil rights and civil liberties by numerous organizations.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and lives in Shelton with her husband, Ronald Preston.
Younger lives by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1959: “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”