The Center for Ethics in Action was established in 1996 as a non-governmental organization within the University of New England with a focus on women’s leadership. In 2002, the Center applied for and received its own tax exemption from the IRS.

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Arvonne Fraser, Martha Burk, Anne Zill, Kathleen Hendrix CEIA Board members
Arvonne Fraser, Martha Burke, Anne Zill, Kathleen Hendrix
Lois Barber, Marjorie Lightman,Mary Louise McGregor, Anne Zill, Barbara Goodbody, Mal Johnson, Kathleen Hendrix

Board Members include:

Anne B. Zill has been a program associate with the Stewart R. Mott Foundation for more than 30 years, and for the last 14 years she has also been the director of the University of New England Art Gallery.  Her traveling photography exhibition, Women on War has been seen in eight venues to date.  She has curated several United Nations exhibitions on the Progress of the World’s Women, most recently, Women's Work, Women's Lives exhibition at UNESCO, March 2011.

Lois Barber is the founder and president emerita of 20/20 Vision, and founder/director of Earth Action, a global network of over 2,500 civil society organizations in 165 countries.  She also has helped create the World Future Council, a global council of ethical leadership.  She is an artist as well as the author of an award-winning children’s book.

Martha Burk is a PhD political psychologist and the co-founder /president of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy, the past chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO), and the current director of the Corporate Accountability Project for the NCWO.  She is the Money Editor for Ms. Magazine, and the author of two books, Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be done About It and Your Money and Your Life: The High Stakes for Women Voters in ’08 and Beyond.

Denise Froehlich is a professor of Fine Art who has taught at a number of colleges, and is, in addition, an arts educator with many years of teaching experience at the elementary and secondary school levels.  She is also a fine arts photographer whose work has been featured in numerous museums and private collections.  She is a co-founder of the Maine Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Kathleen D. Hendrix, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and longtime feature writer with The Los Angeles Times, was a State Department political appointee during the Clinton Administration where she worked on policy preparations for and follow-up to the 1995 United Nations Beijing World Conference on Women.  Later she was associate director of the President’s Interagency Taskforce on Women.  Currently she is a senior program advisor at Vital Voices Global Partnership and a consultant to the Conrad Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize.

Marjorie Lightman has a doctor of letters degree in History, and is a founder and principal in Q.E.D. Associates LLC.  She has been the consulting editor for Women Writing Africa, and has co-authored two editions of A Biological Dictionary of Ancient Greek and Roman Women.  She held the original Ford Foundation grant to organize the National Council for Research on Women, and co-founded the DC Women’s Working Group on Human Rights in preparation for the United Nations Beijing World Conference on Women.

Victoria Mares-Hershey, a graduate of Michigan State University, is a writer and playwright.  She has founded the Institute for Practical Democracy, and edited its publication, Stories We Must Tell Ourselves.  She is a member of the Maine Arts Commission and serves on the Board of the Maine Civil Liberties Union.

Elizabeth Moss trained at the Smithsonian’s Hirschhorn Museum and at the Smithsonian Institution itself.  In 2004 she opened Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth, Maine.  She also advises collectors on acquisitions and sales.  She is a co-founder of the Maine Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Katharine Sreedhar is the director of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program which has identified and supported more than 100 groups of marginalized people across India through long term partnerships to build leadership skills, social, economic and human rights, advocacy and government accountability.  She is a graduate of Radcliffe Colllege.

Mimi Wolford, a graduate of Mills College is an arts educator and the founder/director of the M’Bari Institute dedicated to the promulgation of contemporary fine art by artists from African countries.  She has co-curated an exhibition at the World Bank and another in Cape Town, South Africa in connection with the Vital Voices Global Partnership Women’s Leadership Summit there.  She has mounted two exhibitions at the University of New England Art Gallery, Colors of Africa and Out of Bounds.

Mimi Wolford is an arts educator and the founder/director of the M’Bari Institute dedicated to the promulgation of contemporary fine art by artists from African countries. She has curated two exhibitions at the University of New England, Colors of Africa and Out of Bounds, and co-curated an exhibition of African women artists in Cape Town, South Africa in connection with a Vital Voices Women’s Leadership Summit in January, 2007.