Board Members

Current Officers and Board Members for 2016 – 2017

The Zonta Club of Rochester is led by a Board of Directors that includes the following Officer positions: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The immediate Past President serves as advisor to the current President. There are currently four additional Board Members.

Lil Paraka, President
My Why?  I joined Zonta to be able to help other women less fortunate and to be a part of a global organization in advancing the status of women.


screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-8-02-24-pmCheri Magin,  Vice President 
My Why?  I joined Zonta because their mission and vision directly corresponds to my passion to educate people on women’s issues and to help make a difference for the betterment of society locally and throughout the world. 


  • Laurie  Findlay, Secretary
  • Nancy McCulloch, Treasurer

Joanne ChaseJoanne Chase, Board Member
My Why? I joined Zonta to add my voice to the empowerment of women. I love the whole idea of community service, bringing women’s issues to the public eye, the support and friendship of the other women (and men) when some join. Supporting these causes with my money, time and deeds is the least I could do. We all should do all we can to help our women–sisters all over the world!


screen-shot-2016-11-10-at-11-18-00-pmEdna Silvernail , Board Member
My Why? I was contacted by the Rochester Zonta club as a potential member to fill my retiring boss’ slot in the club.  (In those days, you had to leave Zonta if you retired from your job.  There was a group of these retirees called the “EX-Zees” who stayed active and met on a regular basis, but they could no longer be active members of Zonta.  Glad that rule was changed many years ago!)  I was at the point in my life that finding a way to give back to the community was attractive to me as a way to share my good fortune with others.  In the years I had worked for Betty Lohr (my boss at Kodak and long-time Zonta member), I had heard a lot about Zonta and the great things they did to help the community, as well as the fun they had doing it.  This sounded like something I wanted to try.  So I joined in 1988 and have been a member ever since.

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-49-20-pmAndrea Somerville, Board Member
My Why? I joined Zonta to help make a difference both here in my community and hopefully in a larger community as well. I never expected to meet so many great woman and learn about so many wonderful organizations. The rewards from being in Zonta are priceless!


RachelRachel Straight,  Board Member

My Why?



  • Sheryl Dunbar, Immediate Past President