ZIWA - Executive Board

President: Sandra Quartermaine

Nearly 20 years ago I left Canada to join my British husband in Switzerland for an adventure in a country we now call home. We’ve raised two daughters here who are now completing their education in the Swiss public school and university system. After all this time we no longer view ourselves as expats and feel very much at home in this beautiful country. My background includes experience in research, English writing & editing, and event management. I hold a degree in Economics and CELTA certification to teach English as a second language. In addition to family commitments, I have a small business teaching English privately and offering English writing and editing services to businesses here in Switzerland. I believe that ZIWA is an important organisation, which does a wonderful job of offering support and networking opportunities to women from wide and diverse backgrounds, nationalities and experiences. The 2019 ZIWA AGM will mark my third-year volunteering for a Board position. The first year was as Board Secretary, the second as President, and this year, I put my name forward, once again, for the position of President.

Treasurer: Amy Yarbrough

I was born and raised in a small town in the state of Louisiana, US. Since married, I’ve had the opportunity to live in many states and spent a couple of years in Denmark. My husband and I moved to Switzerland in December of 2016. We had spent several holidays in Switzerland and were thrilled to have the opportunity to live here. We have three grown daughters and two grandchildren who live in the US. While my daughters were in school, I was very active with the parents associations and volunteered in many sports, educational and charity events. In addition to volunteering, I have also held many titles, all in administrative positions. Having many interests I was thrilled to discover ZIWA, as it offers a variety of activities. I am happy to serve as treasurer of ZIWA and I am looking forward to meeting lots of new faces in the coming year.

Secretary: Elizabeth Halloran

My name is Elizabeth Halloran and I have been a member of ZIWA for the last 9 years, although not an active member. I am Norwegian/English and, most of my adult life, I have been an expat living mainly in various European countries but also in the USA and India. I am married to an Irishman and have three adult children, one studying in Scotland, one working in the UK and one working and living here in Zürich. My academic background is in art history and the decorative arts, but I have not worked in these fields due to travel and family commitments. I am also an English language teacher and, in addition, I share an art studio with two Finnish ladies, in Adliswil. While my children were in international school I was always an active volunteer, not least of all in the PA or PTA, often working as a secretary, so I do have some experience in this area. I look forward to becoming better acquainted with the activities and members of ZIWA in the coming year should the membership be happy to elect me as secretary.

Director of Events: Lixin Zhang

I am Chinese and came to Switzerland 14 years ago with my late English husband and our daughter. I studied English Language & Literature and Film Theory for my bachelor and master degrees but ended up being a businesswoman for almost my entire career. My husband and I ran our own specialty chemical trading company for many years and did import and export business with China. We represented a number of major international chemical companies, selling their products to Chinese textile, chemical, mineral and petrochemical industries. I heard about ZIWA many years ago but did not join until late 2013 when I moved back to Zürich after spending seven years in England for my daughter’s education. I have enjoyed being in ZIWA since. After my husband passed away I decided to close the business in China and focus more on what I enjoy. With more time in hand I would like to follow the footsteps of many ladies who contribute their time and efforts to ZIWA and recently set up a new group, “Cooking Around the World”. Last year I served as the director and seventh member of the Board and am looking forward to the new challenges as director of events.

Director Interest Groups: Maja Jhaveri

I am a Swiss citizen living in Thalwil with my Swiss/American husband. We have two boys in high school. Since 2015, I've been involved with ZIWA and have enjoyed my role in the New Members Welcoming Team over the last two years. My home base is Switzerland but I also have lived in Surrey, UK, for a year where I was introduced to the American Women’s Society, an organization similar to ZIWA. Before that I gained some experience as an expat in Vienna and in the USA. I enjoy interacting with people from different cultures and appreciate their unique perspectives about life. I would like to offer more of my time to ZIWA by increasing my role within this engaging organisation and helping our association succeed in the Zürich region. Currently, I work part-time at Castle’s Language School in Thalwil as the assistant to the principal. I like traveling, reading, classical music and pilates.

Director for Communications: Antonella Stainbrook

I’m a Swiss/Italian citizen, born and raised here in Zurich, married to an American/Swiss, whom I met on the plane between New York and Zurich when working as General Manager Passenger Sales and Marketing for American Airlines here in Zurich. Since my return from London, where we lived for 4 1/2 years between 1998 and 2002, we established ourselves in Herrliberg with our teenage son and daughter. I have known ZIWA for some time now through close friends who are actively engaged within the association. Because of previous time constraints - I’ve just completed my Bachelor’s Degree from University of Zurich (UZH) in Educational Sciences, Communication and Media this December - it was not possible for me to join ZIWA and actively participate until recently. Now with more time available and when approached by ZIWA friends for this opening, I felt and knew it was a good opportunity for me to engage and have some fun with like-minded international women.
I have fifteen years practical experience in Marketing and Communication in a multicultural environment from my time with American Airlines. Due to digitalization and technology, many processes have evolved in this field. I’ve updated my knowledge with the latest trends during my studies at UZH. I hope and wish to be a positive addition to ZIWA and the whole communications team to help further grow the association in the region of Zurich. In my free time I’m a passionate Ballet dancer, mother and cook. I like to travel, experience new cultures, languages and people and when not dancing I also do Yoga and Pilates. I’m a Swiss/Italian citizen, born and raised here in Zurich, married to an American/Swiss, whom I met on the plane between New York and Zurich when working as General Manager Passenger Sales and Marketing for American Airlines here in Zurich. 

Director: Liz Davies

Originally from the UK, I started my world travels as a newlywed, with my husband Richard, first in Oman, and then with our son Christian in Saudi Arabia, Indiana, Warsaw, Vienna, Sydney, L.A., Chicago and finally Zurich.  I have been involved with International Women’s groups in many of these countries, serving as an Activity group leader, Board Member and active member. My experience has always been very positive and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting ladies from different parts of the world, learning about their cultures and making many lifelong friends. We moved to Zurich 3 years ago and I immediately joined ZIWA and am currently serving as Membership Secretary. I am active in many of the ZIWA activities, Hiking, Off the Wall, Art and Museums, Book group and Mah-jong. 

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