Board of Directors: Slate of Candidates

March 08, 2020 9:09 AM | Ksenia Annis

 Beth Graham stepped in to fill the WAS-H Vice President vacancy this winter. She served as Education Director for the last few years. While in that position she redesigned Art for Seniors, initiated the on-going Beginners Academy and set up our Monitor program. She is a retired elementary school principal, most recently in Fort Bend ISD. She has been a WAS-H member for four years and enjoys the wonderful instruction available in our classes, the beautiful artwork displayed in our gallery each month, and the friendships and community available here at WAS-H. She looks forward to continuing her work with the board and our members in the 2020-2021 year as President of the WAS-H Board of Directors.

 Karen Capper has been asked to serve as Vice President for the 2020 WAS-H Board. She has served on the board for 3 previous years as director of the Annual Member Exhibit and has been a member of WAS-H for over 8 years. During that time she has taken many class offerings, entered numerous shows, and enjoyed friendships. She looks forward to working together with other board members to make this a great year.

 Laurie Hammons has been nominated to serve as Secretary for the 2020 WAS-H Board. She has served on the board previously as Education Co-Director and Director and has been a member of WAS-H for almost five years. She is very nearly retired from Rice University (where she has previous experience taking the minutes for a couple of non-profit boards) and recently held a one-woman show at Alliance Française de Houston, “Petits Moments Français.” She is most grateful to have found a community of friendship, learning, and encouragement at WAS-H.

 Laura McMahon is the Immediate Past President, and previously served as President and Vice President. After our long-time Treasurer stepped down in November 2019, Laura and other current and former board members stepped in to help with a transition with tremendous help from the pro bono work of a financial professional. In January 2020, Laura was elected to fill the position of Treasurer for the remainder of this fiscal year and has agreed to continue as Treasurer for the upcoming fiscal year. She is an art lover and collector and particularly loves the luminescence of watercolor. Laura immediately recognized WAS-H as a gem. Laura retired two years ago as a business and finance lawyer with a large international law firm, representing large public companies in their disclosure and financial reporting requirements under securities laws as well as in business transactions. She has been a member of WAS-H for nearly five years, enjoying the collegiality, support and friendships at WAS-H.

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