Who are we?

AWN Board Members

Birgitt Adams – Co-President

Sara Healey – Co-President

Sara is American but was most recently resident in the UK, where she worked as a counsellor. She has two grown daughters, one in the UK and one in the US.  

Sara has been involved with AWN since arriving in 2016, having served as bridge coordinator and membership chair, and thoroughly enjoys being a part of this dynamic group of women.

Mary C. Corrado – Honorary Chair

Mary Corrado was the founding Country Director of AMIDEAST UAE, a non-profit American education and training organization that brings educational opportunities to the Middle East and North Africa. In 1996, she created the headquarters in Abu Dhabi and launched Dubai and Sharjah offices. MIDEAST in the UAE delivers thousands of professional and academic tests, teaches English, delivers professional training and programs and manages the Fulbright Scholarship Program for students to study for Masters degrees in the US. Since retiring from AMIDEAST, she is the Head of the Advisory Council for Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with life threatening conditions. Mary is the Honorary Board Chair of the American Woman’s Network (AWN). AWN is a voluntary group that facilitates contact, support and information exchange for both new arrivals and long-time residents. She also serves as an Advisor for the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF), and as a Governor at Al Shohub School, a K-12 British curriculum school for girls in Abu Dhabi. Mary is a graduate of the University of the University of Minnesota and first came to Abu Dhabi in 1977. Her nursing and education careers have enabled her to make a positive contribution to the development of the UAE.

Susan Foster – Honorary Chair

Susan Foster is from Colorado and has lived in the UAE since 2005.  She’s been an Expat for 27 years in 8 different countries.  She has three grown sons and one grandson!

Shivani Wanchoo – Secretary

Shivani grew up in India. She has lived in Dubai and Hong Kong before arriving in  Abu Dhabi in 2001. 

A Masters in History from University of Delhi, she has worked in Marketing Research and taught in Elementary Schools. 

As a long time expat, she appreciates the support that AWN provides to new comers in Abu Dhabi. An active member of AWN, she is the Coordinator for the Bridge Club and enjoys serving the AWN Community as a Board Member.

Kimberly Goad – Treasurer

Kimberly is from the US and has resided in Abu Dhabi for the past 3+ years. She was born in Italy, but spent most of her life in the US with a short stint in Germany. She is married with three grown children. Her oldest daughter is a teacher at AIS in Abu Dhabi while her other two reside in the US. She has been involved with AWN since 2016 and loves all the activities, experiences and friendships it provides!

Marta Rodriguez – Coffee & Speaker Series Chair

Spanish by birth, German by education, Dutch by upbringing, English by marriage. As a multi-lingual P.A. I have been able to use my skills and experiences in a wide range of jobs globally as we have moved countries with my husband’s job. After starting a family, I focused on using my experiences to help others adjust to an international lifestyle.

Mimi Prendergast – Membership Services Chair

Mimi was born in Cleveland,  Ohio USA and is married to retired Admiral Jack Prendergast United States Navy. They have three boys and three grandbaby boys. Mimi,  a retired school teacher, and her family have moved multiple times in the US because of her husband’s naval career. During their military life,  she held many board positions with the Navy Supply  Corp Officers Wives Clubs as well as participated in many volunteer programs through the Navy for local communities where she lived. Her favorite place was Hawaii where she did outrigger canoe paddling and took Hula lessons. One of Mimi’s greatest strengths is reaching out and meeting new people, so she has enthusiastically embraced her role as Membership Services Chair person for AWN.  Mimi hopes to continue learning all about her new home in Abu Dhabi while enjoying the new friendships she has developed along the way.  

Cindy Dodge – Community Outreach Chair

M. Cristina Guzman – Explorers Chair

Born and raised in Argentina and having spent many years in the US, I am now basking in the sun of the UAE. I moved to Abu Dhabi with my husband in early 2017 and joined AWN soon after, where I met many of my great friends. In October 2018 I was very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to lead the Explorers Team. This enriching experience not only let me connect, learn from, and work with a wonderful group of women from different backgrounds and cultures, but also gave me a sense of community and belonging. I work remotely as a medical translator and love every second of it. I feel very passionate about learning in general and some of my many interests include reading, history, linguistics and psychology. I am blessed with two children, my son who works in Cleveland and my daughter who works and lives with us in Abu Dhabi.

Kim Cottin – Marketing and Communications Chair

Kim was born and raised in Texas, is married to a Frenchman and has a daughter born here in Abu Dhabi. She lived in the Southwest of France before arriving in Abu Dhabi in 2016. Kim has a degree in Journalism and is a graphic designer. As the AWN Marketing & Communications Chair, she creates the AWN newsletter each month. Being involved in AWN has helped Kim settle and make friends quickly in Abu Dhabi. She appreciates the community AWN has provided here and is happy to be involved with such a great group of women.