[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 31 (Tuesday, February 25, 2014)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E245-E246]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                           HON. ALAN GRAYSON

                               of florida

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  Mr. GRAYSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Women's History 
Month, to recognize the accomplishments of Dr. Rita Bornstein. Dr. 
Bornstein served as the 13th president of Rollins College from 1990 to 
2004. In 2001, she was named the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair 
of Distinguished Presidential Leadership when Rollins received $10 
million for the first endowment of a college presidency in the nation. 
At the conclusion of her 14-year presidency, she was appointed the 
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Philanthropy and Leadership 
Development at Rollins.
  A recognized leader in higher education, Dr. Bornstein serves as a 
speaker and consultant on issues of leadership, governance, and 
fundraising in the nonprofit sector. She is also the author of over 40 
articles, 14 book chapters, and five books, including Legitimacy in the 
Academic Presidency: From Entrance to Exit, published in November 2003 
by ACE/Praeger. She has been featured or quoted in over 200 
publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The 
Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and The Chronicle of Higher 
  Under Dr. Bornstein's leadership, Rollins conducted the largest 
fundraising campaign in its history, raising $160.2 million on a $100 
million goal. Before coming to Rollins, she was vice president for 
development at the University of Miami, where she led what was then one 
of the largest and most successful campaigns in the history of American 
higher education.
  She has received numerous awards including the John Young History 
Maker Award, E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from CASE, 
Orlando Magazine's ``50 Most Powerful People,'' Central Florida Woman 
of the Year, Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate, Laureate for 
Lifetime Achievement in Fundraising from the Institute for Charitable 
Giving, the Henry A. Rosso Award for Lifetime Achievement in Ethical 
Fund Raising from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, 
Citizen of the Decade from the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, and 
three honorary doctorates.
  Dr. Bornstein has served on numerous commissions, committees, non-
profit and corporate boards including: Tupperware Corporation, Barnett 
Bank, NationsBank, Council for Advancement and Support of Education 
(Chair), American Council on Education, and the National Association of 
Independent Colleges and Universities. Currently, she is active on the 
boards of the the Association of Governing Boards, Dr. Phillips Center 
for the Performing Arts, and the Winter Park Health Foundation.
  Dr. Bornstein earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in English literature 
from Florida Atlantic University and was awarded a Ph.D. in Educational 
Leadership from the University of Miami.
  I am happy to honor Dr. Rita Bornstein, during Women's History Month, 
for her accomplishments and commitment to education and public service.

              Recognizing the Contributions of Lisa Lopez

  Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Women's History Month, to 
recognize Lisa Lopez, a leader and advocate for workers' rights. Lisa 
was born in The Bronx, New York. She was raised by a very caring single 
mother of five, including Lisa's twin sister Elizabeth. She attended 
Grace Vocational High School and worked in retail stores while living 
in New York City.
  In 1990, Lisa moved to Florida in an attempt to improve her quality 
of life. She worked tirelessly in the fast food and supermarket 
industries; working two jobs a day for many years. Lisa has a strong 
work ethic and is often recognized as a team leader. She believes in 
equality and fair pay for all.
  As such, she joined Our Walmart, an organization that envisions a 
future in which Walmart treats its Associates with respect and dignity. 
After two years of employment at a Central Florida Walmart, Lisa took 
the courageous step of going on strike after Walmart retaliated against 
her for speaking out about working conditions.
  I met Lisa when I visited the Walmart where she worked on Black 
Friday 2012. I delivered bagged lunches to employees along with flyers 
on their right to organize. Lisa was exceptionally brave and committed 
to her rights as an employee. She was the only employee to walk out on 
strike with me that night.
  Lisa has become a spokesperson for Our Walmart, traveling throughout 
the country and meeting with workers and government officials. In her 
spare time, she volunteers at her church and spends time with her three 
sons, Giovanni, Christopher, and Justin. She is also a grandmother to 
Giovanni Jr.
  I am happy to honor Lisa Lopez, during Women's History Month, for her 
dedication to workers' rights.

              Recognizing the Leadership of Deirdre Macnab

  Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Women's History Month, to 
recognize Deirdre Macnab, a leader in the Central Florida community. 
Macnab is in her third term as President of the League of Women Voters 
of Florida. During her presidency, the Florida League played a 
leadership role in the passage of Amendments 5 and 6 to the Florida 
Constitution. The Amendments lent a decisive blow to decades of 
partisan gerrymandering that plagued Florida's redistricting process. 
In addition, the League is a leading organization in voter education.
  Macnab's background includes an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 
marketing and finance, and a B.A. from New York University in history 
and political science. She has worked for Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, 
Manville Corporation and Bankers Trust, and was president of her own 
direct marketing consulting firm in Nashville, TN.
  Macnab has served on several boards including the Board of 
Correction, a watchdog agency working in New York City prisons. She was 
also elected to the Board of Education in Nashville, TN and appointed 
by Mayor Shirley Franklin of Atlanta to serve as her designate on the 
Fulton County Library Board. In addition, Macnab is a former member of 
the Board of MyRegion.org, a seven-county visioning coalition in 
Central Florida and a former member of WMFE's Citizens Advisory Board.
  Macnab has received La Prensa newspaper's Mujeres Destacadas Award 
for being a ``Community Champion,'' the Florida Commission on the 
Status of Women Florida Achievement Award for 2012, and been named the 
Orlando Sentinel Most Influential Central Floridian of the Year for 
2012. Senator Bill Nelson and Senator Marco Rubio appointed Macnab to 
sit on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the state of 
Florida. The Commission submits candidates for Federal judgeships to 
the President.
  I am happy to honor Deirdre Macnab, during Women's History Month, for 
her leadership and dedication to civic engagement and service.

 Recognizing the Leadership and Contributions of Former Congresswoman 
                      Patricia ``Pat'' Schroeder)

  Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Women's History Month, to 
recognize the outstanding contributions of former Congresswoman Pat 
Schroeder, who now lives in Central Florida. Born in Portland, Oregon 
in 1940, Patricia ``Pat'' Schroeder graduated magna cum laude in 1961 
from the University of Minnesota while working as an insurance claims 
adjuster to support herself through college. Mrs. Schroeder went on to 
Harvard Law School, where she was one of only 15 women in a class of 
more than 500 men. She earned her J.D. in 1964 and moved to Denver, 
Colorado with her husband, James.
  In 1972, Schroeder won election for Congress in Colorado's first 
district, based in Denver, over freshman Republican incumbent James 
McKevitt. At age 31, Schroeder was the second-youngest woman ever 
elected to the United States Congress. A mother of two young children 
at the time of her election to the House, Mrs. Schroeder went on to 
serve 12 terms.
  While in Congress, she became the first woman to serve on the House 
Armed Services Committee. She was also a member of the original U.S. 
House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, established in 
  Schroeder, who was known in her early tenure for balancing her 
congressional work with motherhood, even bringing diapers to the floor 
of Congress, also became known for her advocacy on work-family issues. 
She was the main force behind the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 
and the 1985 Military Family Act.
  Schroeder was also involved in the reform of Congress itself, working 
to weaken the longstanding control of committees by their chairs, 
sparring with Speaker Carl Albert over congressional ``hideaways,'' and 
questioning why Members who lived in their offices should not be taxed 
for the benefit. Mrs. Schroeder left Congress undefeated in 1996 after 
representing Colorado's First Congressional District in the House of 
Representatives for 24 years.
  Following her retirement from Congress, Schroeder was a Professor at 
the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at 
Princeton University. Currently, she is very active in all aspects of 
the Central Florida community. In addition to heading the Association 
of American Publishers (AAP), she also serves on the Marguerite Casey 
Foundation Board of Directors, the American Bar Association's Center 
for Human Rights Executive Committee, and is the Chair of the Council 
for a Livable World's PeacePAC.
  Mrs. Schroeder is the author of two books: ``Champion of the Great 
American Family'' and

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``24 Years of House Work . . . and the Place Is Still a Mess.'' She 
lives with her husband, James in Celebration, Florida.
  I am honored to recognize former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, during 
Women's History Month, for her many contributions.