Board

Kathrine Antolini

Ph.D.

Dr. Antolini has advised “Thanks!” since 2015. As a professor of American History at West Virginia Wesleyan College, she  see the connection between all-around issues of women’s equality and the American Rosie Movement. Before becoming a board member, she supervised students, transcribed interviews, advised on oral history and academic issues, planned a Rosie the Riveter event, and arranged a Rosie display at the Mother’s Day Shrine, where she serves on the board. She obtained a Ph.D. from WV University, after a M.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University.

Bertha "Buddie" Curnutte

Rosie

“Buddie” is both a Rosie the Riveter and a veteran. During World War II, She riveted airplanes in Buffalo, NY for two years then joined the Coast Guard where she was in the medical corps when she met the West Virginian she married. He was an amputee injured at Okinawa with what is now called “post traumatic stress disorder“ for decades. She is a widow now. She is on several committee, helps “Thanks!” know Rosies’ needs and loves to “round ‘em up” and keep them informed.

Ruth Edwards

Rosie

Ruth was a friend of Charles Yeager in high school, worked at for Carnegie Steel inside the Naval Ordnance Center in So. Charleston, WV which made sheets of metal for ships and much more. She married a high school sweetheart who was at the Bataan March in the Philippines and was left to die in the “death house” when another soldier saved him. She became the Director of Business Education in WV Public Schools, then helped advance the history South Charleston, including helping to plan the Today Show taping in the Naval Ordnance Plant where she had worked during World War II. She lives in Greensboro, NC and teaches WWII veterans about contributions of Rosies.

Michael Kindred

President

Michael’s love is career-and-technical education with strong emphasis in administrative leadership. He is experienced in classroom management, local and school administration, and developing standardized policies and procedures in education. Michael’s forté is building consensus among people and creating special projects for youth to learn to lead through community service. He is particularly interested in interviewing Rosies and facilitating hands-on education with living Rosies.

Anne Montague

executive Director & Founder

Anne returned to West Virginia after working in other states and internationally. She received two M.A. degrees without having to finish the B.A. based on professional-level research, writing, and contributions. After an M.A. from Harvard University, she was a partner in a small Boston-area firm that launched technologies. She founded a nonprofit based on work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to find technologies to clean and use sediments from navigable waters. She is recognized for good ideas and bringing them to reality. Her mother, a Rosie, and her grandfather, a one-room teacher and  a C&O railroad operator, carpenter on the C&O have influenced Anne’s as she strives to create way for people to pull together to meet America’s potential. The American Rosie Movement is an example. 

June Robbins

June is a Rosie the Riveter who had relatives in occupied nations in Europe during the war. She is a self-starter who  took drafting classes in high school, then drafted ship parts in the Philadelphia ship yards while her mother riveted airplanes nearby. She had seven children, has been active nationally and internationally all her life, and has helped significantly in educating people in America and  other nations and the Netherlands about the importance of Rosies.

Sally Steranko

Sally is an artist, is married to an active duty military man, and is especially interested in helping “Thanks!” to tie our Rosie the Riveter work to the arts.She is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), and her artistic skills include animation film making. She is from the Pittsburgh area, has Rosies in her family, now lives in Maryland with her husband who is in the US military.

Julie Tessiatore

Julie worked as Executive Assistant and supported engineering, operating, marketing and legal departments for a major communications company. She was invited to join the board because of her organizational skills to help take a project from conception to completion.

Search for new board members

In order to expand into a national movement, we are looking for additional board members with expertise in management, communications, fundraising, and strategic planning. Our four year plan is available on request.

In Memory of...

Ronald Kelemen

Ron volunteered and advised “Thanks!” starting in 2010, when the Rosie the Riveter Park was unveiled. He is a Vietnam veteran (Hospital Corpsman) who helps “Thanks!” include veterans in “Rosie work”. He held a B.A. degree from Marshall University and a M.A. degree from San Diego State University, both in sociology. He worked for state government in protection of the elderly, children, and disadvantaged adults. His interests included American and world history. Ron dies in the fall of 2018, leaving a permanent impact on the American Rosie Movement.

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