Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Meet Jane Leatherbury Newman - Woman of Distinction 2011

As a former teacher, Jane Newman has a love for education and the arts. She has been chairman of the board of directors for the Alabama School of Math and Sciences for the past three years. Newman created the Serendipity Dance Club, an organization that raises money to benefit the Hardin Center for the Cultural Arts in Gadsden.

Newman has served as benefit chair of Theater of Gadsden Masque, on the advisory board for the School of Nursing at Gadsden State Community College, on the board of Gadsden Metro Arts Council and as chair of Gadsden’s annual Fallfest. She has also participated as event chair for Hooked on Health, and is a member of the Antiquarian Society, Foundation for Women’s Health, ­Kappa Delta, Gadsden State Community College Endow­ment Committee and Callan Concert Association. She chaired the capital cam­­p­aign for the Humane Society of Etowah County, raising $1.2 million to build a new shelter.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Alabama, is the mother of three doctors and grandmother of seven.

Newman believes it is more meaningful to give than to receive. She states, “To those of us given more, more is expected, and I have truly received more than I have given.”

Newman will be honored at the East Alabama Women of Distinction Luncheon on March 24. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.girlscoutsnca.org/wodeast.