Board of Directors Slate of Candidates- Voting ends July 12th!

Select your new Board of Directors for FY17! Please read the information pulled from the Candidate Information Form. Voting ends July 12th.

Below you will find the candidate's name, degree/year, metro city, and response to the following questions:

  • Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
  • What did/does your University of Chicago experience mean to you?
  • How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?

Anna Bokun
AB'14
New York

 

Caryn Capotosto
MAPH'03
Los Angeles

Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
My time spent as a graduate student at U of C was pivotal in shaping my path forward as a filmmaker. I am committed to giving my energy back to the community and helping to foster continued engagement by alumni. Connecting and re-connecting U of C graduates to the larger professional community in Los Angeles is a job that I would find both enjoyable and impactful.
What did/does your University of Chicago experience mean to you?
My career as a documentary filmmaker began in a classroom at U of C, where I workshopped my first documentary film. The multi- disciplinary format of the MAPH program shaped my approach to documentaries. For me, critical thought, curiosity and a deep respect for how history shapes the present are the building blocks for creative storytelling.
How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?
My goal as a board member in LA would be to continue connecting alumni across disciplines and generations to share their experiences, insights and resources. As a filmmaker, I am inspired by scientists and activists and artists and humanitarians -- I would continue to foster this cross-disciplinary conversation between professional women in Los Angeles. A big priority would be to create pathways for women to leadership roles in their respective fields, supporting one another.

Marilyn Janssen
AB'06
New York


Alicia Ross
MLA'04
Chicago
Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
I have a passion for my school and a desire to remain active in the Alumni. I have served on an affinity board previously and have enjoyed doing so at the time. I have held various leadership roles as a University Administrator and a volunteer in community organizations. I welcome this opportunity.
What did/does your University of Chicago experience mean to you?
My UofC experience has meant great deal to me educationally and professionally. I have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people while in school at UofC and it has led me to meet other great professionals who are UofC alum.
How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?
I would like to assist with events/activities. I look forward to helping increase our numbers and volunteer involvement. 
Shannon E. Runyon
AB'87
Washington D.C. 
Please briefly describe why you are interested in serving a leadership role for the CWA and how you are qualified to serve in the position.
I have been serving as the CWA's DC Metro Chair since returning to DC in September 2015.  We are just gaining momentum, having two successful events so far in 2016 (Art Her-story 101 in March and a viewing of the film "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness" in May).  We have a good core planning group and are beginning to expand.  Plus, we have several other educational, cultural and social activities planned for the remainder of the year, including events with other affinity groups, that I would like see through to fruition.
What did/does your University of Chicago experience mean to you?
I am a true believer in the U of C's Common Core and the values and skills that experience provides.  As a Foreign Service Officer, I have often relied on those basics lessons to bring another level of understanding to complicated international issues.
How do you see yourself potentially contributing to the CWA? What would you like to achieve in a board position?
I have a lot of ideas and contacts, but am also interested in listening to others ideas and leveraging their contacts.  So I can serve as both an instigator and motivator!