AWC Going Dutch April 2019


The monthly magazine of the American Women's Club of The Hague

Slate of Officers (cont.)

Continued from page 23

Club and Community – Amber Gatewood: I was born

and raised in West Virginia and received my BS in Dental

Hygiene at West Virginia University. A highlight of my

career was my time spent in pediatric dentistry, especially

community outreach in schools and the Give Kids A Smile

program. I was on the dental hygiene advisory board at

Bridgemont Community and Technical College and believe

that the mouth is a gateway to overall health (remember to

floss!). My husband, Mark, and I met during wild times

at WVU, then settled down and got married in 2006. We

moved to Charleston where I was active in the Bedford

Road Garden Club, attended Bible Center Church and

joined the Junior League. Shortly after moving to Houston,

a wonderful opportunity presented itself, and we relocated

to The Hague for Mark’s job in oil and gas. Currently, I

am the eNews Editor and enjoy meeting culturally diverse

women while working the front desk. I LOVE the cycling culture in the Netherlands,

the convenience of European travel, and meeting up with my husband after work trips

in places I might not normally venture. BUT my favorite place to go is back to ‘Almost

Heaven’; being in my grandma’s kitchen, hiking in the hills, kayaking with my sisters,

and simply spending time on the farm make me the happiest.

Clubhouse Administrator – shared by Jan Essad &

Sunita Menon

Jan Essad: I was born in Albuquerque, but have known the

expat life ALL my life, growing up in a military family and

then marrying Bob who served in the US Air Force for 29

years. I took advantage of the military lifestyle as an opportunity

to do many different things: working as a hospital

administrative assistant, dental assistant, substitute teacher,

and owner of a small pottery business. Since arriving in

The Hague in 2010, when Bob accepted a position with

NATO, I have been an active Member of the AWC, serving

various roles such as Secretary, chairing two Holiday

Bazaars, Activities and Tours Chair (I am very proud the

Walkie Talkies I started is still going strong!), Gala committee

team member for six AWC Galas and Heart Pillow

Project. Outside the Club, I enjoy fundraising for Stahili

and am also an active member of Redeemer Church enjoying outreach for asylum seekers.

Bob and I have two grown children, Grant and Natalie, and the cutest little granddaughter

Myra Grace. This past year, Sunita and I have loved giving the Clubhouse a

major facelift, by organizing a Club clear out, new furniture, painting, floor polishing and

repairs where needed. We have also installed a new printer, router and motion lighting in

the alleyway. Sunita and I look forward to serving on the Board again and accomplishing

the remaining things on our VERY ambitious checklist.

Sunita Menon: I was born in New Delhi, India and educated in various cities all over

the country. After completing my master’s degree in biology, I met and married Mohan


and moved to the US in 1991. I have lived in New York and Seattle, taught pre-med at

the State University in New York and worked as a science educator at a middle school for

several years. My family moved to the Netherlands in 2007 and in 2008 I started my business,

The Acer Company, specializing in product brokerage and business development.

My first AWC event was an evening wine tasting, as a guest; I enjoyed my time so much

that I became a Member shortly thereafter. Since joining the AWC, I have been a part of

the Gala team for six galas and the AWC Philanthropy Chair from 2013-2015. In 2015, I

joined the AWC Board as Secretary and served until 2016. Today, I am an AWC Board

Member and active volunteer at the Stahili Foundation, an organization that helps reunite

children with families in Kenya. I also volunteer at Ipse de Bruggen, a Dutch support center

for handicapped children and adults. I live in The Hague with my husband and grown

children Avanti and Ajay. I trained as an Indian classical dancer for 18 years. I also love

to cook, travel and learn languages – am learning Romanian at the moment. I enjoy being

on the board, especially working with Jan on the Clubhouse projects and I look forward

to another fun and productive year ahead!

Communications – Audrey Goodman: I was born in

Florida, spent my childhood moving around the US, and

am a proud Navy Brat. I spent most of my adult years in

Baltimore, where I call home. My background is in general

liability and property insurance, working in claims for over

seven years and insurance operations for the last three. I’ve

held various management roles over the past five years and

helped launch a new claims organization. My husband’s

job moved us to The Hague in 2018 for a two-year assignment,

and this the first expat experience for us both.

I joined the AWC Board mid-way through the 2018-2019

Club year, as the Communications Officer. During this

time, we launched a new website (thanks to AWC Member

and Webmaster Julie Otten), increased the activity on

our public Facebook account, and reorganized our private

Facebook page. I am also the Editor of Going Dutch, working with Terri Mahoney who

handles the design and layout. Additionally, I am serving on the Benefit Event Committee

as the Marketing and Promotions Chair for the re-Building Lives Benefit. In the upcoming

Club year, our goal is to further increase our social media activities, expand Going

Dutch advertising and article submissions, explore additional marketing options, and

fine-tune the new AWC website.

Did you know that any woman who speaks English is eligible to join the

American Women’s Club?

Invite your English-speaking friends, wherever they’re from, to join us today!

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