About Us

UN Women USA Gulf Coast Chapter (GCC)

The Gulf Coast Chapter of UN Women USA works to support UN Women in its mission towards gender equality and the empowerment of women. We do three things:

  • Raise funds to support the initiatives of UN Women
  • Educate the community about global women's issues and UN Women 
  • Advocate for U.S. policymakers to support UN Women and the implementation of international women's rights treaties

The Gulf Coast Chapter, founded in 1993, is one of the largest U.S. Chapters. Through the volunteer work of our dedicated members, sponsors, and supporters, we raise community awareness about critical issues and funds for UN Women. And we find joy and richness in coming together for diverse activities. 

Board of Directors

Read more about GCC's board below!

Cathy Berna, Membership Director

…was raised in Europe and holds a BA and MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Environmental Physiology from Arizona State University. Cathy  worked in health care administration for 9 years then moved to Florida where she raised her family and worked part-time in education. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts and for 10 years trained over 800 girls a year in Product Sales aka cookies! Cathy continues to work on behalf of girls and women, both locally and globally, and truly enjoys meeting all our wonderful members.   

Kim Cartlidge

Bio Coming Soon

Susann Chalhub, Treasurer

…brings to her position over 25 years of accounting experience working with various nonprofits and small businesses.  Born and raised in Georgia, Susann earned her accounting degree from the University of Georgia.  She and her family moved to Sarasota in 2013.  Susann enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

Debby Jennings, Programs

…is a global citizen and Francophile. Her areas of expertise include international education, school safety, and disability rights; currently, she is an activist for gender equality, diversity promotion, and culturally-responsive learning.   Her work has taken her to many countries and enabled the exploration of diverse cultures and languages. Debby spends part of the year in Florida and the rest in France. Her hobbies include gardening and hosting a variety of educational tours in Southern France.

E Scott Osborne, President

…has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents, working in international development, law, and education. She speaks regularly on activism and the global gender gap; right now she is working on a book about the lives of women and girls in India. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and MPA from Princeton University and a JD from New York University School of Law. Scott was a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa and is an avid amateur athlete.

Chris Serio Martin, Communications Director

…calls herself a warrior for positive change, especially in her work as a journalist. Her passion is using words and art to cultivate understanding and advocacy. Chris received a BA from Northwestern University and an MS from the University of Illinois. She serves as Secretary of the UN Women USA National Board. Chris loves to travel and explore the world, sometimes alone and sometimes with her husband Todd and their two sons.

Debbie Vale, Film Festival Director

…worked in the film and entertainment industry and then fell in love with teaching. She has taught elementary school for over 30 years and in 2019 was nominated by her school as Teacher of the Year. She also trains teachers in the Montessori method of education.  Debbie is originally from New York and lived in Southern California before moving to Sarasota and she still loves to travel. Her enthusiasm for our Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival helps bring the best films made by, for, and about women to our audiences every year.