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Executive Committee

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Members of the 2019-2020 YURA Executive Committee

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Diane Beelen Woody, Co-President (Academic)
Steve Dranitsaris, Co-President (Non-Academic)
Marla Chodak, Secretary
Melody King, Treasurer

Members at Large:

Sheila Forshaw
Agnes Fraser
Rosanna Furgiuele
Jane Grant
Debbie Hansen
David Leyton-Brown (also Scholarly Presentation Skills Workshops chair)
Donna Smith
Stan Shapson
Peter Victor
Richard Weisman

Ex-Officio Members:

Anne-Marie Ambert, Newsletter Editor
Bruno Bellissimo, YURA representative on the Pension Fund Board of Trustees
Charmaine Courtis, Immediate Past Co-President
Fred Fletcher, ARFL representative (Association of Retired Faculty & Librarians) and CURAC (College and University Retiree Associations of Canada)
Patricia Murray, YURA liaison with AROHE, the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education

Board/Committee Representatives:

All University Pension Committee (AUPC) - Donna Smith
Association of Retired Faculty & Librarians at York University (ARFL) Executive Committee - Peter Victor
Pension Fund Board of Trustees - Bruno Bellissimo
Retirement Planning Centre Advisory Board - David Leyton-Brown
YU-CARE (York University Centre for Aging Research and Education) Executive Committee - Rosanna Furgiuele
YURA-York University Joint Committee - Diane Beelen Woody, Steve Dranitsaris, Stan Shapson

Biographical notes about Executive Committee members