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 Program Committee members at the Twelfth Trailblazer Awards Luncheon, March 5, 2020

Paula S. Marshman, Co-chair
Project Manager, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

Paula has been with the Women’s 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 Women’s 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. Paula’s 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.

Tricia Tauss, Co-chair
Retired IT Leader, GE

Tricia worked in Information Technology roles for the majority of her 31 year career at GE Plastics, GE Financial Assurance, GE Global Research and GE Corporate. She is an experienced Director of Information Technology and is skilled in business process, program and project management, ITIL, IT Service Management, and Six Sigma.

She has been with the Women’s Fund of the Capital Region since 2007 when she joined the Grants Committee. She joined the Steering Committee in 2008. While at GE, her volunteer experience included GE Volunteers and the GE Women’s Network (Steering Committee, Women in IT, WomenConnect) and was champion for the GE weCgreen committee. She was on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Northeastern NY from 2010 through 2015. She was recognized by the YWCA NENY with a REACH award in 2010. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Siena College.

Megan Allen
Program Manager, Capital Region BOCES

Megan has worked with the Women’s 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 Women’s Fund have included organizing Freihofer’s Community Walk teams, participating in strategic planning sessions and maintaining the group’s 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 Chair of the Capital District Women’s Employment and Resource Center’s Board of Directors, as well as Chair of the organization’s Grants, Nominating and Executive committees.

Megan has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Alfred University and a master’s degree in Business Administration and certificate of non-profit management from the College of Saint Rose.

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.

Amy Clinton
Healthcare Specialist, PCG (Public Consulting Group)

Amy Clinton has over 25 years’ experience in the private, non-profit, and public sector. She previously served as the Director of Public Policy and Grants at United Way of the Greater Capital Region, in Albany.

Public service and philanthropic involvement play a key role in Amy’s 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 Women’s 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, and is currently working on her master’s degree in public policy at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Amy has served in the military.

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Kate Dudding
Storyteller, Retired Computer Scientist


Kate worked in the computer industry for 31 years: as a research assistant in the Psychology Department of Tufts University, and in Cardiology Research at Tufts Medical Center; as a computer programmer for Jarrell-Ash, a division of Fischer Scientific, programming atomic emission spectroscopy instruments; and as a computer scientist at GE Global Research working on many projects including transmission of digital mammograms using a Ku-Band satellite, and a preventative maintenance system for aircraft engines. She has been awarded two U.S. patents. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and French from Tufts University, and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Union College.

Since 1995, Kate has been a storyteller, now specializing in stories of real people who made a difference. Many of her five CDs have received national storytelling awards. She won the story slam (competition) at the 2010 National Storytelling Conference in Los Angeles. She  received the 2008 Northeast Region ORACLE Award from the National Storytelling Network for her leadership and service among storytellers. She and her producing partner Alden (Joe) Doolittle received the 2015 Brother Blue and Ruth Hill Award "in recognition of extraordinary commitment, dedication and loving encouragement to the storytelling community", presented by Northeast Storytelling.

Kate has been the volunteer webmaster for the Women’s Fund since 2006. 


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Gloria H. Rodgers
Owner/Principal, GHR Media Buying


Gloria Rodgers is a long-time volunteer with The Women’s Fund of the Capital Region and has worked on the Program, Events, and Trailblazers committees.

Among her volunteer activities are Habitat for Humanity Albany and New Orleans (Katrina Relief) and Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.

An advertising consultant with 45+ years’ experience, Gloria’s field of expertise is media buying and planning as well as training media buyers for ad agencies. She is a member of the Alliance for Women in Media (she was the inaugural roastee of AWM's annual Toast and Roast fund-raising event) and the Capital Region Advertising Federation, which awarded her the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the industry and to her community.

Gloria holds a BA in French and Russian from the University at Albany.


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 Women’s Fund in 2015.

While in the Peace Corps Heather worked with local schools, farm associations, women’s groups and youth leaders on community planning and development, girls’ 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.