The Rosie the Riveter Movement

Creating projects that pull America together

Board Members and Advisors

Katherine Antolini, Ph.D.

Dr. Antolini has advised “Thanks!” since 2015. As a professor of Women’s History and International Studies at West Virginia Wesleyan College, she understands the ties between all-around issues of women and the Rosie the Riveter Program. Before becoming a board member, she supervised students, transcribed interviews, advised on oral history and academic issues, planned a Rosie the Riveter event, and arranged a Rosie display at the Mother’s Day Shrine, where she serves on the board. She obtained a Ph.D. from WV University, after a M.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University.


Bertha “Buddie” Curnutte, “Rosie”

“Buddie” is both a Rosie the Riveter and a veteran. During World War II, She riveted airplanes in Buffalo, NY for two years then joined the Coast Guard where she was in the medical corps when she met the West Virginian she married. He was an amputee injured at Okinawa with what is now called “post traumatic stress disorder“ for decades. She is a widow now. She is on several committee, helps “Thanks!” know Rosies’ needs and loves to “round ‘em up” and keep them informed.


Ruth Edwards, “Rosie”

Ruth was a friend of Charles Yeager in high school, worked at for Carnegie Steel inside the Naval Ordnance Center in So. Charleston, WV which made sheets for ships and much more. She married a high school sweetheart who was at the Bataan March in the Philippines and was left to die in the “death house” when another soldier saved him. She became the Director of Business Education in WV Public Schools, and then helped advance efforts in South Charleston about the history of that city, including helping to plan the Today Show taping in the Naval Ordnance Plant she had worked in. She lives in Greensboro, NC and teaches WWII veterans about contributions of Rosies.


Ronald Kelemen

Ron has volunteered and advised with “Thanks!” since 2010, when the Rosie the Riveter Park was unveiled. He is a Vietnam veteran (Hospital Corpsman) who helps “Thanks!” include veterans in “Rosie work”. He holds a B.A. degree from Marshall Univ and a M.A. degree from San Diego State Univ., both in sociology. He worked for the state of WV in protection of the elderly, children and disadvantaged adults. His interests include American modern history and world history.


Michael Kindred, President

Michael’s love is career-and-technical education with strong emphasis in administrative leadership, including classroom management, local and state school administration, and developing and implementing standardized policies and procedures; troubleshooting, building consensus among employees; and creating and coordinating special projects for youth to learn to lead through community service. He is particularly interested in interviewing Rosies and facilitating hands-on education with living Rosies.


Anne Montague, Executive Director / Founder

Anne returned to West Virginia after working in other states and internationally. She received two M.A. degrees without having to finish the B.A. based on professional-level research, writing and contributions. After an M.A. from Harvard Univ, she was a partner in a small Boston-area firm that launched technologies. She founded a nonprofit based on work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to find technologies to clean and use sediments from navigable waters. She is recognized for good ideas and to work to bring them to reality. Her mother, a Rosie, and her grandfather, a one-room teacher and carpenter on the C&O Raildoad influenced Anne to create ways for people to work together to meet, such as the Rosie the Riveter Project.


June Robbins

June is a Rosie the Riveter with relatives in occupied nations in Europe. She took drafting classes in high school, then she drafted ship parts in the Philadelphia ship yards while her mother riveted airplanes nearby. She had seven children, has been active nationally and internationally all her life, and has helped significantly in holding educating people in other nations and the Netherlands about the importance of Rosies.


Sally Steranko

Sally is an artist, is married to an active duty military man, and is especially interested in helping “Thanks!” to tie our Rosie the Riveter work to the arts.She is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), and her artistic skills include animation film making. She is from the Pittsburgh area, has Rosies in her family, now lives in Maryland with her husband who is in the US military.


Julie Tessiatore

Julie worked as Executive Assistant and supported engineering, operating, marketing and legal departments for a major communications company. She was invited to join the board because of her organizational skills to help take a project from conception to completion.


Advisory Committee

  1. Captain William Bonnett (US Navy Retired), previous board member since 2008, Weston, W
  2. Melissa Houghton, Ex. Dir, Women in Film and Video, Washington
  3. Ceryl Johns, Lt. Col. Government and US Military Liaison, Welsh-American
  4. Doug Jolley, DDS, WV state specialist in agriculture and other issues relevant to Rosie projects,
  5. Hugo Keesing, Ph.D, Music and Culture, Liaison with Netherlands Embassy, Columbia, MD
  6. Marick Masters, Ph.D. Labor History, Wayne State University, Detroit
  7. Becky Schergens, National Women’s History Museum, Washington
  8. Jay Wertz, Author and film producer, who edits films for Paramount Pictures. Los Angeles
  9. Pamela McCoy, President of the State Division of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs
  10. AKCG Public Relations, Philadelphia and Mt. Laurel, NJ


Launching the International Rosie the Riveter Movement

Submitted by Karan Trasi
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