Executive Committee

ChairSoon-Young Yoon (former Vice-Chair) is the UN representative for the International Alliance of Women and works as a consultant for the World Health Organization. She was one of the organizers of the NGO Forum during the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and was a columnist for the EarthTimes newspaper. Ms. Yoon currently serves as a board member of the International Advisory Council at the Harvard AIDS Initiative and of the International Foundation for Ewha Womans University. A former Fulbright Senior scholar, she holds an AB with honors in French literature and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

Vice ChairSusan O’Malley is a UN Representative for the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, as well as the Corresponding Secretary for the Working Group on Girls. She has contributed to the NGO/CSW/NY in several capacities, including editing the Handbook, organizing an interactive panel at the UN, chairing a breakout group, and assisting with general planning. In addition to serving as the Faculty Trustee and Chair of the 22-campus City University of New York (CUNY) Faculty Senate, Dr. O’Malley has taught English Literature and Women’s Studies at CUNY (Kingsborough and the Graduate Center).

TreasurerMary Ann Tarantula is currently the Chairman of the Zonta International United Nations Committee, wherein she is responsible for overseeing UN Committee members in New York, Geneva, Paris and Vienna. In addition to her new role with the NGO/CSW/NY, Ms. Tarantula is a member of the Human Rights Committee (CoNGO), the Working Group on Girls, and is the Treasurer of the NGO Committee on UNICEF. She is also dedicated to helping plan the annual CSW events, having done so for both CSW 55 and CSW 56.

Communications SecretaryDr. Padmini Murthy is an OBGYN and Certified Health Education Specialist who has practiced medicine in several countries and also holds Master’s degrees in both Public Health and Management. She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Global Health Program Director at New York Medical College School of Public Health. Additionally, Dr. Murthy is a Co-Representative to the United Nations for the Medical Women International Association, a member of the board of the National Council on Women and of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill. Her book, Women’s Global Health and Human Rights, was published in 2009.

Angeline Headshot -resized-1 Recording SecretaryAngeline Martyn joined Save the Children in August 2012 as Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Resource Development Division.  Prior to that, she worked for six years at Friends of UNFPA, the support organization for the United Nations Population Fund.  From 2004-2006, she served as Director of Communications for Day One (formerly the Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center of RI) where she handled their name change, re-branding and creative marketing campaigns including the launch of its the Capital Campaign. Angeline holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Social Policy from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts (BA, Honors) in Communication Studies and Political Science from the University of Rhode Island. In 2006 she became the youngest participant in Leadership Rhode Island and was recognized in Providence Business News top “40 under 40.”

HouryMember-at-Large: Houry Geudelekian is currently the UN Coordinator for Armenian Relief Society, Inc., an over a hundred year old women’s organization present in 27 countries with over 15,000 members helping women and children through education, health and the needy during times of crisis. She is Armenian, from Beirut Lebanon and moved to NYC in the late 70′s when she ran a family business that grew to over 30 employees. She specializes in Marketing, Public Relations and event planning. She has been a consultant/advisor to many nonprofits, schools and campaigns. She is currently an active advocate for women’s and girl’s rights on social media. She is also a member at large for the NGO Human Rights Executive Committee at UN. She was also an advisor for NGO CSW/NY Executive Committee and an integral part of the Forum’s Planning Committee, where she chaired Women of Distinction Award for CSW56 and CSW57.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMember-at-Large: Bette Levy is a Permanent Representative to the United Nations/New York Centre for Soroptimist International and is actively involved with a number of NGO committees. Bette is the Treasurer of the NGO Committee for Social Development and on the Core Committee of the Poverty Eradication subcommittee, the co-facilitator of the European/North American CSW Caucus, and an active member of the Women’s Major Group (Sustainable Development). She is also co-convener of the Trauma work group of the NGO Mental Health committee and a member of the Working Group on Girls.  Prior to retiring in 2011, she worked for the NYS Office of Mental Health for 38 years with an expertise in children/ families and disaster mental health. Currently, she is a Management/Culture Change Consultant with agencies that provide mental health or foster care services.

Past Chair, Ex-officioDr. Vivian B. Pender is the main Representative of the Committee to the UN of the International Psychoanalytical Association. She a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell University Medical College where she has been a faculty member since 1983. She is also a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at Columbia University, Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Dr. Pender has been a faculty member of Columbia University since 1990 and is the Past President of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine, the Society of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, the Past President, NY County District Branch, American Psychiatric Association, and the Past President of the Payne-Whitney Faculty Council of the Weill Cornell University Medical College.