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Biographies of Our Steering Committee

Photo of Paula S. Marshman Paula S. Marshman, Co-chair
Project Manager, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Paula has been with the Womenís Fund of the Capital Region since 2007. She is the chair of the Program Committee whose members are moving forward the scholarship and mentoring initiatives of the Womenís Fund. She has also been a member of the Volunteer Committee. Her professional experience includes the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance where she currently is a Project Manager for training. Previously, she was with the NYS Coastal Management Program as a Waterfront Planner in the Department of State.

Her community experience includes President of the Board of Directors for the Mohonasen Foundation for Excellence, appointed to the Town of Rotterdam IDA Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009, Co-Chair of Rotterdam's successful CommUnity Day, and Co-chair of Mohonasen School District's Budget Advisory Committee. In addition, she joined the Human Services Planning Council of Schenectady County as a Board Member. Paulaís accomplishments in the environmental field include being a founding Board Member of the New York State Wetlands Forum, including serving as 1st Vice Chair and Secretary of the Board of Directors, and Past President and Board Member of the Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady.

In November 2017, Paula was recognized as a Distinguished Community Volunteer by the Schenectady County Community College Foundation.

She graduated from Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with her M.S. degree in Community Resource Development.

Photo of Tricia Tauss Tricia Tauss, Co-chair
IT Leader, Engagement Services, GE Corporate
Tricia has worked for GE for the past 26 years. She has worked in Information Technology roles for the majority of her career at GE Plastics, GE Financial Assurance, GE Global Research and GE Corporate.

She currently leads an engagement services team at GE Corporate, which delivers program and project management, training, and divestiture and acquisition support services. Her volunteer experience includes GE Volunteers and Steering committee member of the GE Womenís Network (Capital Region). She sits on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement, and volunteers in the classroom as a JA instructor. Prior to joining the Women's Fund Steering Committee, she was a member of the Grants Committee. She holds a Bachelorís degree in Computer Science from Siena College.

Photo of Megan Allen Megan Allen
Program Manager, Capital Region BOCES
Megan has worked with the Womenís Fund since 2006, first as a staff person while at United Way of the Greater Capital Region, and since 2009 as a volunteer. Her volunteer activities with the Womenís Fund have included organizing Freihoferís Community Walk teams, participating in strategic planning sessions and maintaining the groupís Facebook page.

Megan is Program Manager at Capital Region BOCES, where she leads a grant-writing service for school districts and BOCES. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Capital District Womenís Employment and Resource Centerís Board of Directors, as well as Chair of the organizationís Grants Committee.

Megan has a bachelorís degree in Communications from Alfred University and a masterís degree in Business Administration and certificate of non-profit management from the College of Saint Rose.

Photo of Pattie Beeler Pattie Beeler
Pattie Beeler has an extensive legal background in Court Administration. She was previously employed by the Office of Court Administration and for most of her 35 year career she was the Chief Clerk of Rensselaer County Family Court. She has been responsible for performance management, employee relations, analysis and projection of staff planning and all aspects of human resource management as well as the overall management and non judicial operation of the court.

Pattie was the recipient of 2007 Community Partnership Award presented by Unity House Inc., in recognition of her commitment and excellence in coordinated community response and outstanding service to victims of domestic violence.

Pattie is honored to serve on many Boards in the Capital District area of New York State, including the Woman's Club of Albany, Kitten Angels, and is please to be the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Mediation Matters. She also serves as Co Chair of the Third Judicial District's Gender Fairness Committee and is a Statewide Representative to the NYS Committee on Women in the Law .

Photo of Amy Clinton Amy Clinton
Healthcare Specialist, IPRO (Improving Healthcare for the Common Good)
Amy Clinton has over 25 yearsí experience in the private and non-profit sector. She formerly served as the Director of Public Policy and Grants at United Way of the Greater Capital Region, in Albany, where she has worked for the past ten years.

Public service and philanthropic involvement play a key role in Amyís personal and professional life. She serves on the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of the Capital Region, as well as the Advisory Committee for Heroes at Home, a peer support program for veterans. Amy has been a long-time volunteer for Womenís Fund of the Capital Region, which works to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in our region. Amy was one of seven Albany County Volunteers honored in 2015 by Daniel McCoy, Albany County Executive.

Originally from the Midwest, Amy resides in Albany County. She has a BA in English from the College of Saint Rose, where she was given the Ruth Jandreau Award. Amy has served in military.

Photo of Heather Seneca Heather Senecal
Associate, Center for International Development, Rockefeller College
Heather Senecal has over ten years experience in international development first as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Togo, West Africa) and currently as an Associate with the Center for International Develop, State University of New York (SUNY/CID). Heather began volunteering with the Womenís Fund in 2015.

While in the Peace Corps Heather worked with local schools, farm associations, womenís groups and youth leaders on community planning and development, girlsí education, developing own source revenues and public health initiatives. Moving to the Capital Region in 2008 for graduate school, Heather joined SUNY/CID first as a Research Fellow and spend her summer term working in the field on the program Uganda/LINKAGES monitoring and evaluation systems. Upon her return to Albany she began assisting SUNY/CID projects with monitoring and evaluation analysis and reporting, program design and planning work and developing short-term capacity development programs. She has since been promoted to Associate. She has served as Program Director for the Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program and Deputy Chief of Party for the Afghan Parliamentary Assistance Program is 2012-2013.

Heather earned her M.A. in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany. She received a B.A. in independent studies (history, political science, and French) from Providence College.