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NEWS RELEASE: New Staff Join Soroptimist Headquarters

Will help global organization bolster its women's agenda

August 8, 2013
Contact: Darlene Friedman, Senior Director of Communications, 610-389-7817,

Philadelphia, PA—Soroptimist International of the Americas today announces new staff to its team of women’s empowerment professionals.  Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization of women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The organization also powers, an online community that encourages offline action on behalf of women and girls.  

Joining the staff this summer are:

  • Alice Gens, Senior Director of Finance & Administration
    Alice Gens comes to Soroptimist with an esteemed career history, including corporate finance at AT&T as well as a recent position as director of finance and operations at Newtown Friends School, an Independent Quaker School.  She holds an MBA from LaSalle University as well as a bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University of New Jersey.  Gens resides in Yardley with her husband and two children, Mary and John.

  • Susan Doughty, Director of Corporate Sponsorship
    Soroptimist is happy to welcome Susan Doughty back to the team, now operating in the role of Corporate Relations Manager.  Doughty was Director of Membership and of Corporate Relations respectively over the 2005-2008 period, as well as being an active member of Soroptimist’s Center City club.  She is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in communication, and was employed by the university recently as the director of development for Rutgers School of Law-Camden.  She resides with her husband in southern New Jersey and is the proud mother of two, Greyson Irene and Piper True.

  • Sarah Burke, Development Manager
    Sarah Burke’s passion for global gender equity lead her to Soroptimist after spending time as a fundraising program manager for a number of non-profits via Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey, a multi-channel fundraising agency located in Washington, D.C.  Before that, she was a news researcher working in London. Burke holds a bachelor’s degree in media and communication with a minor in anthropology from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.

  • Megan York Parker, Public Relations Specialist
    Megan York Parker recently joined the Soroptimist team as public relations specialist focusing on media relations for the organization.  Parker is a well-rounded marketing communications professional, having worked at agencies throughout the Philadelphia area, as well as a private consultant through her business, MYP Communication.  She is both an animal advocate and a staunch supporter of woman’s empowerment and equity.  Parker holds a master’s degree in communication from Rowan University in New Jersey, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University. She lives in rural southern New Jersey with her husband and is the proud mother of a son, Jack.

“We are so pleased to welcome these excellent professionals to our team here at Soroptimist headquarters,” says Elizabeth Lucas, Executive Director and CEO of Soroptimist International of the Americas.  “Each of these strong and talented women bring much promise to the organization, and to our public by extension.  Through the dedication of these women—indeed, all of our staff—we are able to help greater numbers of women change the direction of their lives and achieve their full potential.”

More about Soroptimist:
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist ( improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Its major program, the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards, provides cash grants for women seeking to improve their lives with the help of additional education and training. Since 1972, the award-winning program has disbursed more than $25 million to tens of thousands of women, helping them to achieve their educational goals. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.




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