Date: May 16, 2008
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, IL, May 16, 2008 – Alicia Rodman McCray of Park Forest was elected to a third term on the National Coordinating Board of the YWCA USA during the recent 2008 YWCA National Conference and Annual General Assembly in Washington, D.C.
“The mission of the YWCA is to improve the lives of women and girls, and our work is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women,” said McCray. “These are lofty but attainable goals that require determination, inspiration, and hard work. I feel fortunate to be a part of this mission.”
McCray has long been active in the YWCA, serving in several leadership positions throughout the organization. She was first elected to the National Coordinating Board in 2004 and will serve on the board until 2010.
McCray is also the Director of the Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education (MILE) at Governors State University. MILE serves as a resource for public school districts in Cook, Kankakee, and Will counties with leadership education opportunities, principal mentoring programs, teacher enrichment programs, and special presentations and speakers for school board members and parents.
McCray has also served as a member of the Matteson Elementary School District 162 school board for 13 years and been president of the board for five years.
“One of the most important ways to help women, girls, and our communities as a whole is to improve the education provided,” said McCray. “My work with the YWCA, at Governors State, and on the school board is with the goal to enhance educational opportunities. It is a great challenge. I enjoy working with people who are equally dedicated to meeting it.”
“I appreciate the commitment and dedication shown by our board members to the mission and work of the YWCA. Each woman on our board is truly accomplished in her own right but, working together as our national board, they create a broad vision to improve lives of women and girls in this country,” added Dr. Lorraine Cole, CEO of YWCA USA.