Board of Directors

About

Members of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Chapter of UN Women USA serve a two year term. Elections for new board members are held in May every year.  Please e-mail us at northcarolina@unwomen-usnc.org if you are interested in receiving more information about our work.  

2019-2021 Board of Directors

Tsegga Seyoum Medhin

Tsegga Medhin is currently president of the North Carolina Chapter of UN Women USA.  Starting in 2011 when Tsegga was instrumental in IBM’s sponsorship of the Raleigh-hosted UN Women USA national conference, Tsegga has been committed to the organization because UN Women’s mission aligns perfectly with her core values of empowering women and girls globally.  She has applied her experience and passion to build our organization and has been instrumental in representing us in the community. Tsegga retired from a career at IBM focused on corporate citizenship and corporate affairs; is the executive director of The Pearl Leadership Institute, dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls; serves as a board member with RTP STEM High school. She is the founder and president of The Pearl Leadership Institute a not for profit focused on the UN SDG2030 women and girl's STEM education. She hosts summer camps and women's forums. Tsegga lives in North Carolina with her spouse.

Ginger Garner

Ginger is honored to be a board member of the North Carolina Chapter of UN Women USA. She received her doctorate in physical therapy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has worked in women’s health and healthcare advocacy for 25 years. Ginger is a longtime women’s health physical therapist working in orthopaedics and chronic pain. She has presented her work across the globe from South Africa to China and is focused on tackling the global maternal health crisis, which fits perfectly with her role as a board member for UN Women USA NC Chapter. Her past efforts also include projects in Haiti and Afghanistan to improve health for women, young girls, and children. Her long-term dedication to women’s empowerment and equality influenced her decision to run for North Carolina State Senate in the 2018 mid-term elections. Dr. Garner is the founder and executive director of Professional Yoga Therapy Institute® and author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, slated for translation in 4 foreign languages. Ginger lives with her husband and three sons in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Diane Jordan

Diane served as a vice president and treasurer for the North Carolina Chapter of UN Women USA. She feels privileged to participate in advancing the mission of UN Women programs and in the renewed growth of the NC Chapter. As a retiree, she has time and energy to work to advance the rights and impact of women. Over the course of her life, Diane has enjoyed advantages arising from work of women before her. Educational and career opportunities have provided her the potential for economic and social impact. She wishes to give back and especially values the global perspective of UN Women. Diane has over 30 years of professional experience in management, leadership and technology, with international engagements that provided insight into cultural differences in commerce and society. She was always aware of her role as a female leader, role model and mentor and worked to advance both individual careers for female colleagues as well as company programs. Diane has extensive experience in project management working across culturally diverse teams. She is honored to contribute to the NC Chapter of UN Women USA and looks forward to continuing to do so as a board member.

Sondra Rivers-Kobler

Sondra is an IT executive with 38 years of extensive experience. She recently retired from Credit Suisse (CS) in March 2019 after a long and distinguished career. Her most recent role was as a senior Director in CS’ Global Markets Technology Division. She began her career with CS in 1987 (NYC), and held several IT management positions with responsibilities that included leading multi-disciplinary teams and managing multi-million-dollar global IT programs that delivered technology solutions across a diverse group of financial products for business stakeholders in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. Sondra lived/worked in Switzerland, UK and Singapore, and traveled extensively to many other countries. During her tenure at CS, Sondra’s leadership extended beyond her “day job”. She led and fostered a culture of active employee engagement and responsible corporate citizenship at CS, as well as in the greater Triangle region. Some of her extra-curricular responsibilities included CS Black Professionals Network (founding member & senior sponsor); CS IT Women’s Council (founding member & co-senior sponsor); Citizen School – Lowes Grove Middle (senior sponsor); CS RAVE (Recognizing And Valuing Excellence) Peer-to-Peer Global Recognition Program (Program Creator & Lead), and UNC-Chapel Hill and NC A&T Campus Recruiting Team Senior Sponsor.

Sondra is passionate about supporting and helping to empower women and young people. Since her retirement, she continues working in the community promoting STEM education and careers for girls and under-represented populations.  Her current service includes: Research High School Board of Directors (Vice Chair); Triangle Women in STEM Steering Committee (K-12 STEM Pipeline Lead & Membership Lead); Girls Who Code (Community Partner) @ 3 High Schools; UN Women USA (co-Vice President). Sondra holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Master’s of Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

CJ Scarlet

CJ Scarlet is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author. A victim advocate for women and children, CJ has given speeches and workshops at national and international events, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including MSNBC and NPR. The former roller skating carhop and U.S. Marine photojournalist holds an interdisciplinary M.A. in Humanities with an emphasis on Human Violence and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Old Dominion University. CJ is the author of the award-winning The Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators and Neptune’s Gift: Discovering Your Inner Ocean. Named one of the “Happy 100” people on the planet, CJ’s personal story of triumph over adversity is featured in several books, including bestsellers Happy for No Reason and Be Invincible.

CJ became involved with UN Women USA’s North Carolina Chapter in June 2018 after hearing an inspiring speech by a Women of Courage award recipient. Because her work on behalf of women resonates with UN Women’s mandate, she decided to join the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Chapter of UN Women USA to have a greater impact.

 

Past Presidents

Septina Florimonte, President (2014-2016) Mary Beth Loucks Sorrell, President (2012-2014) Younghee Overly, President & Founder (2008-2012)