2017-2019 Foundation Board

 

suzanne bio photo Suzanne Wheeler, President - AAWE Paris

Suzanne Wheeler is accustomed to new places as her father’s occupation took them all over the US, then by joining the military, her profession kept her on the go every two years. Once she was married her husband’s work contributed to the fact she has now moved over 33 times in her lifetime. As a consequence of this lifestyle both of her children live outside the United States. This is a mixed blessing as it is nigh on impossible for her to put down roots yet it has exposed her and educated her in a global perspective she never would have been privy to otherwise. It was this very need to make a connection and make differences that lead her to The FAWCO Foundation. Suzanne has been there ever since. She’s been blessed with wonderful FAWCO friendships and just as importantly, she knows The Foundation is making a difference through the passions and projects of FAWCO member clubs.

 

Janet Bio Photo Janet Davis, VP Communications - AIWC Cologne

Janet Davis began her expat life the day she was born in Rome, Italy. She grew up in Bethesda, MD and spent her entire life on the East Coast, most recently in upstate New York, before moving to Cologne, Germany in 2010 with her husband, Mark. She joined the AIWC Cologne and six months later became the Secretary and subsequently President, a job she held for three years. She is currently the AIWCC Parliamentarian, co-chair of Programs and a member of the Charity Committee. She attended her first FAWCO conference in Marrakech and was immediately bitten by FAWCO Fever, being particularly struck by the work of The FAWCO Foundation and the women and families it serves. She took over as the VP Communications for The Foundation in September, 2015.  She is very pleased to be continuing in the position, seeing it as a wonderful opportunity to further challenge herself and learn more about The Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking and especially traveling. She and Mark also love biking in and around Cologne, throughout Germany and sometimes even the farther reaches of Europe. They have two children, Lindsay and Andrew, both currently living in Chicago.

 

Barb Bio photo Barbara Bühling, VP Fundraising - AWC Düsseldorf

Barbara Bühling was born and raised in New Jersey and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Suffolk Law School. Barbara is just about to celebrate her 25th anniversary in Düsseldorf, Germany where she and her husband Jochen live with their 3 children - Anna, Louisa and Max. Her first job in Germany was to learn the language. She began working part-time as an American lawyer and as an English teacher, but quickly recognized that working as a volunteer was more satisfying. Barbara has been a very active parent in her children’s schools, serving as head of the Schulpflegschaft (PTA) for 5 years. She has been an active member of the AWC Düsseldorf since 1993 and has served in many capacities there and is the club’s only 5-time President.

Barbara is looking forward to the challenge of serving as VP Fundraising as well as the opportunity of working together with a great team. "I applaud the work of the FAWCO Foundation and am happy to have the opportunity to contribute to its endeavors.“

 

Tracy Bio Photo  Tracy Moede, VP Programs - AWC Hamburg

Tracy Moede is from Maryland, the Washington D.C.-Baltimore-Annapolis Triangle to be exact. In 1988, during her year in Hannover on a Fulbright Scholarship, she met her husband, Dietmar, and has been living in northern Germany ever since. They have two girls, Rebecca and Allison. She attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she received her degrees in German, Linguistics, and Education. Most of her working career has been teaching English as a Second Language at various language schools and kindergartens in Hamburg and Kiel, Germany. During her 19 years as a member of the AWC Hamburg, she has been circulation chair, membership chair and the FAWCO Representative. For the past three years she has also served on the FAWCO Sites Committee. She has held the VP Programs position since 2016.

 

Louise Bio Photo cropped Louise Greeley-Copley, Secretary - FAUSA

Louise Greeley-Copley has lived, worked and traveled all over the globe and parts of the USA, including: Sultanate of Oman, Dubai, Sharjah, Trinidad and Tobago, New York, California, Texas, England, Ireland, and now Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.  She has degrees in Buying and Merchandising and in International Marketing and worked as a Fashion coordinator and in the travel industry as a Meeting and Incentive Planner. After a disabling accident, she turned her attentions to Volunteering in community organizations despite physical limitations.  She has 40 years of volunteer experience with many community organizations including women’s groups in Trinidad, UAE, California and England, Human Trafficking and Refugee groups. She has served on the boards of parent teacher groups, arts and music, and philanthropic organizations including the Long Beach Symphony, Long Beach league for John Tracy Clinic, League of Women Voters Houston, FAWCO Board 2003-2005, Voting from Overseas Chair 2005, FAUSA President 2009-11, American Women of Surrey, and American Women of Eastern Province. Louise is currently the Region 9 Middle East coordinator and FAUSA Counselor.  Louise is passionate about her family, travel, education, empowering women and children, fundraising, art, theater, reading, book clubs, cooking, music, research, writing, human rights with a focus on equality, refugees and ending human trafficking, and finding solutions to organizational issues.

 

 Jodi Bio Photo Jodi Gentilozzi, Treasurer - Individual Member, Qatar; FAUSA

Jodi Gentilozzi is a U.S. CPA with over 30 years of international experience working in the areas of Finance and Accounting as well as Business Development. Additionally, she has advised numerous non-profit organizations on financial and organizational matters.  Jodi began her expat life in 1995 when she moved to Vienna, Austria where she joined AWC Vienna.  She continued on to South Africa (joined FAUSA as there was no AWA chapter there), then on to AWC Hamburg and most recently AWA Qatar where she has served 2 terms as FAWCO Rep.  Her passion is education.  “Having a solid educational foundation is a door-opener to a world of opportunities.  Every child deserves a chance to learn, a chance to become all he/she can be.”  Further, she believes: “Every single individual can make a difference in the world every day: one act of kindness at a time, one person at a time.”

 

Patti Meek, Parliamentarian - AWC Dublin

Born in San Diego, Patti lived in California until she graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1977 with a BS in Environmental Design. She lived in Alaska for 7 years and worked in engineering. After moving back to San Francisco, she met her Irish husband, Eamonn, married and had 2 wonderful sons- Austin and Rory. When the boys were small they moved "back" to Dublin where they have settled happily these last 18 years. Patti is a member of AWC Dublin and has held a variety of positions on the Executive Board including co-chair of the 2012 FAWCO Conference Committee. She was active in supporting the boys’schools, serving for many years on the Board of Management, and also spent a few years managing Rory’s youth orchestra. Patti was elected in 2013 to the FAWCO Board as Secretary and for the last 15 years has been a dedicated member of her parish conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

 

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The FAWCO Foundation was created in 1967 and is the philanthropic arm of FAWCO, a network of independent American and international volunteer organizations representing private-sector American citizens overseas. FAWCO consists of over 64 clubs throughout the world. We are a U.S. non-profit corporation, registered in the State of Missouri as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

The FAWCO Foundation supports the philanthropic goals of FAWCO by developing, administering and fundraising for programs that improve the lives of women and children worldwide. 

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