AWC Berlin Board of Directors 2022 NOMINEES
PRESIDENT – JENNIFER POST DRÄGER
Originally from Central Florida, Jennifer Post Dräger came to Berlin in 2015 following a three-year stint in Paris, where she met her German husband (in a Scottish bar.) As it happens, she was the very first new member to find AWC Berlin online and join the club after its 2015 relaunch, and since then, she’s been an active participant in a wide range of Club activities, including as a presenter for the Women’s Salon and the Newcomer Orientation program. She began her career with the Walt Disney Company in Florida, and later held executive roles at Overture Center for the Arts and the Madison Region Economic Development Partnership, both in Madison, WI. She served on the boards of numerous community organizations in the US, in roles from marketing to finance to vice chair. In Paris, she pursued graduate research on theatre in former industrial sites, translated the book “Rodin and the Dance of Shiva” (Niyogi Books: New Delhi), and began preparing international MBA candidates. She has taught communications strategy in business schools in Paris and Berlin, and in 2018 founded Bright Outlook Global Prep, an educational consulting firm. She and her husband are parents to two Kita-age children, both born in Berlin. Jennifer holds an MBA in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in Marketing from the University of South Florida, and listens to far too many nonfiction books on Audible.
FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT – SILVIA MALO RASINSKI
Silvia Malo Rasinski was born and raised in Mexico City. She studied Media and Communication at the Universidad Iberoamericana (majoring in Advertising and Filmmaking) and worked as a brand strategist. In 2015, After almost 20 years in the NY/NJ area, Silvia and her German husband Georg decided to move to Berlin with their 2 children, Nicolas and Verena, then 13 and 11, in order to provide an opportunity for the children to experience life in a different country, and where part of their heritage is. Upon landing in Berlin, Silvia deep dove into learning German, earning her C2 level. After 4 years, she is finally fluent -with some mistakes, yes, but happy to be able to communicate with those who do not speak English or Spanish. Silvia is passionate about authentic, well curated Mexican food. She is the queen of Guacamole and loves to cook for friends. A most enjoyable thing for her is a long “sobremesa” with a good mezcal accompanied with sliced oranges and some sal de gusano. Silvia worked as stage manager of the AWC Berlin’s 2018 production of The Vagina Monologues and volunteers in the club’s Programs team. Silvia currently serves as 2nd Vice President of AWC Berlin.
SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT – KATHY LYON
Kathy Lyon moved to Berlin in May 2018 when her husband accepted a position at a Berlin tech company. She grew up in Florida and got her master’s in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Since then she’s lived in Seattle, where she learned to sail; in Vermont, where she did not learn to ski; in Zürich, where she began an enduring love affair with fondue; and in New York City, where she became obsessed with real estate—just like a real New Yorker. Along the way she’s worked as a customer service rep for an Internet startup, a book buyer for an online retailer, and as an editor for a digital-first publisher. She served as managing editor for AWC Zürich’s monthly magazine and completed a short stint as a volunteer coordinator for a presidential primary candidate. Now happily back in Europe, she’s fighting the good fight to become a bona fide German speaker. Currently serving as the Club’s Second Vice President (Programs), Kathy served as Secretary on AWC Berlin’s 2020 Board and on the 2020 Constitutional Committee. She has volunteered as the editor of AWC Berlin’s blog, Berlin Americana. She has also volunteered as a co-organizer for the Book Club, Women’s Writes, and German Conversation (Ost),, and she served as co-chair for the club’s Newcomers Orientation Program (N.O.W.) in 2019.
SECRETARY – MELANIE BAUR
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Melanie Baur has lived in Germany for over four years; first in Düsseldorf and now in Berlin. Previously, Melanie served as the Vice President, Communications Chair, and FAWCO rep for AIWC Düsseldorf. In the FAWCO world, Melanie previously chaired the Brand Strategy Taskforce and is currently the Club Workshop Coordinator. Professionally, Melanie has worked in international education and marketing in both Germany and the US. She is currently working as a Project Manager for Quadriga Media, a professional development company based in Mitte. In her free time, Melanie is an indoor cycling instructor and avid trail runner and she also loves playing with her dog Moses and drinking a nice hoppy craft beer with her husband.
TREASURER – TWANA RHODES
Twana Rhodes: Lived in Berlin for many, many years, long enough to raise an “original Berliner,” who is now 20 years of age. Studied Business Marketing in the early 90’s and recently completed my studies with a Bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary Studies in 2017. I enjoy balancing numbers. Numbers are so ‘sane’ and reliably accurate. Having officially registered and established a small business in Germany in 1999 (Redwind Music Promotion), I’ve been solely responsible for providing tax returns, payroll, travel, miscellaneous expenses, cost/budget projections, profit/loss statements, et al. In 2014, I successfully cleared/completed an audit by the German Tax Office, with kudos from the ‘Colombo Style Female Auditor,’ who suggested that, in the future, I use Excel.