Board of Directors - 2017
President – Evelyn Cirincione
A resident of Tucson since 1995, Evelyn is a retired teacher of the deaf and worked for 40 years at The School for the Deaf in New York and for the public school system in Tucson. She has always encouraged her students to see the best for themselves, and began writing books with the intention of showing her students, their families and communities that deaf children are youth first and deaf second. She was a 2007 distinguished achievement award finalist for Excellence in Education Publishing, and winner of the 1988 Caritas Alumna Medal from Catherine Spalding University, Louisville, KY. Writing as Catherine Paul, Evelyn is the author of four books featuring the same teenage characters who investigate their family history from the time of the Roman occupation of the British isles to the present. She is currently working on the next book in her Waterview Manor series, as well a new series titled “Ghost, You Said.” Evelyn enjoys her great-grandchild, writing, speaking to groups, astronomy, reading, cooking, and playing with her dog, Bonnie.
Elaine Powers, Treasurer
A native of Peoria, Illinois, Elaine moved to Arizona in 2009 when her company, Sanofi Pharmaceutical Co., transferred her from New Jersey. By day, she’s a research investigator in regenerative medicine; by night, she pursues her interests in the performing arts, writing and nature. A performer and director, Elaine has served as treasurer and business manager and is on the board of directors for four theaters, two choral groups, a museum, and a church. She has written many audio scripts for radio, and is currently preparing two books for publication. Her work as an iguana rescuer has inspired many more stories that will be forthcoming as murder mysteries and children's books. Elaine enjoys swimming, kayaking, hiking, singing and traveling to places that are home to iguanas and other large reptiles. She lives in Oro Valley, Arizona, with her 90-year old mother, 10 iguanas, two tegus, three tortoises and a turtle.
Pamela Asbury-Smith and Kate Steele, Programs Vice Presidents
Kate Thornton and Bonnie Kappler, Vice Presidents of Outreach
Eva Eldridge, Vice President of Membership
Rebecca Dahlke, Member-at-Large