Board of Directors

Marie Chiodo, DW

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Marie Chiodo has worked as an organizational consultant to nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad. She has also served as a member of the Dominican Leadership Conference NGO at the United Nations, focusing on women's and ecological issues. Marie has a Masters in Theological Studies and a Masters in Organizational Development. She has served on an International Justice Commission and in leadership in her congregation, the Daughters of Wisdom. In 2011 Marie became full time Executive Assistant to the Director of SEW.

Patricia Flynn, SSND

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Patricia has worked in many parts of the world experiencing the variety of cultures, religions, political ideologies and government structures on four continents. A member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Pat was an elementary school teacher and principal mostly in Appalachia or in the inner city. As principal in an all-black school following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Pat came to understand the root causes of racism, the pervasive oppression of people of color, and eventually oppression of many people in many forms. She became committed to ways and processes that would lead to reconciliation and healing as a way of life.

As an administrator in her religious congregation, Pat served as Supervisor of Schools, Coordinator of Apostolates, Provincial Councilor and Leader of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. From 1987-1998, Pat was engaged in coordinating the work of SSND in twenty-seven countries. She continues to be committed to the struggles for religious freedom, racial equality and the empowerment of women. Pat works as a facilitator in Silver Spring, MD.

Anne Marie Gardiner, SSND

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Sister Anne Marie Gardiner is a woman who believes the empowerment of women will change the world into communities of justice, peace, mutual respect and care of all generations. In earlier ministries, Anne Marie received a Masters in Religious Education and a Masters in Social Work. In 2003, with funding and support from her Baltimore Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, she began Salvadoran Enterprises for Women (SEW). SEW is an independent nonprofit organization. Together with the Board, Anne Marie works for the economic and social development of Salvadoran women by funding employment opportunities. She is Executive Director of SEW.

Mary Gunning

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Mary M. Gunning is the Director of St. Jerome’s Head Start and has completed 32 years of service with Catholic Charities of Baltimore. She holds a B.A in Theology and Sociology from Fordham University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She has served on numerous boards and councils, including the National Head Start Association, Maryland Committee for Children, South Baltimore Learning Center, South Baltimore Family Health Center, Washington Village/Pigtown Neighborhood Planning Council and the Judy P. Hoyer Advisory Council. She is the immediate past President of the Maryland Head Start Association, and the Region III Head Start Association. She currently is a board member of the Maryland Family Network where she chairs the Public Policy Committee. She is the Co-Chairperson of the Maryland Head Start Association’s Public Policy Committee, and the Chairperson of the Community Action Board for CEASE (Communities Engaged and Advocating for a Smoke-free Environment.)

Mary is a Lay Associate member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and presently acts as the Regional Coordinator for the Baltimore area. In 2007 she was named one of Baltimore’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. She enjoys reading, traveling and officiating girls’ basketball and lacrosse.

Tom Howarth

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Tom is the former director of the Father McKenna Center at Saint Aloysius Church in Washington, DC. He has been a frequent visitor to El Salvador since 1991. Tom served in government and politics in Washington since the mid-1970's and served as a legislative aide to Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and as vice-president of Peyser Associates, a government relations firm where he represented cities, transit systems and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Tom served as director of community relations for Jubilee Housing from 2002-2005. Tom holds degrees from the University of Connecticut and the LBJ School at the University of Texas.

Susan Saudek

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Susan grew up in Argentina. Arrived in the US to attend Elmira College. Ages ago, in the 1960’s, she graduated with a degree in Biochemistry. She worked in lipid research at the Rockefeller Institute in NYC, where she met her future husband Chris Saudek.

The unsettling 1960’s were a time of self discovery through work in the Women’s movement and engagement with the civil rights and the anti-Vietnam War movements.

A year in India in 1965 confirmed her wish to work in international affairs. After raising 4 children she returned to the work force as a videographer and program coordinator for JHPIEGO, a Johns Hopkins program For International Family Planning. Simultaneously she joined the SHARE Foundation in response to her church’s (Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian, Baltimore) concern over US involvement in El Salvador. At SHARE, she started out as a volunteer Sister Parish coordinator, moved on to head the Advocacy office in DC and ended as chair of the Board.

Her accompaniment of the Salvadoran people has been a 26 year, and counting, journey. Now retired, she volunteers at an inner city elementary school in Baltimore and relishes dreaming up adventures with her 9 grandchildren.

Mary Beth Schluckebier

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Mary Beth is an attorney at Saul Ewing, LLP in Philadelphia. Mary Beth practices in the firm’s litigation department, focusing on Higher Ed and white collar matters. She most enjoys representing her pro bono clients in the areas of immigration, prisoner civil rights, and most recently, a non-profit organization fighting the threats of developers to protect its longstanding community garden. Mary Beth graduated from Temple University Law School as a Public Interest Scholar in 2015 and also studied International Human Rights Law at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Prior to law school, Mary Beth worked in both Philadelphia and Washington, DC doing social services work, non-profit development, community organizing, and migration and refugee policy.

Mary Beth is grateful for the opportunity to work with SEW, as it allows her to maintain her connection and commitment to women in El Salvador. While in college at the University of Scranton, Mary Beth spent a semester living and learning with the Jesuit Casa de la Solidaridad program in El Salvador. Her time spent living in El Salvador and on return trips since then have very much shaped Mary Beth’s heart and person. Accompanying the women of SEW provides an inspiring reminder of the resilience, courage, and dedication of the Salvadoran women who fight so hard for equality and justice.

Hannah Shultz

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Hannah Shultz is a proud Iowa native. Her family is committed to justice and that has always been a central part of her life. Hannah’s connection to El Salvador began as a student at the University of Iowa; she traveled to El Salvador twice with a delegation from the Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist campus ministry. She was affected by the resilience, perseverance and spirit of the people she met.

Hannah’s professional background has been focused on connecting people through translation with 350.org, feminist oral history projects at the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan, family planning research and outreach in Iowa, and more. These projects are connected by a desire to work for social justice, equality, and the belief that stories and connection strengthen us all.

Hannah enjoys training for half marathons, marathons, and triathlons. She is an indoor cycling instructor. Hannah’s commitment to empowering girls and women shows through her professional, academic and volunteer experience. She has volunteered with several organizations including coaching Girls on the Run teams in DC and in Maryland.