2024 Candidates! The American Society of Panama.


Rosalind Baitel-
Rosalind is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, but she has lived in Panama since 1985. She originally came to Panama to teach for the Department of Defense schools, married a Panamanian (Allan Baitel) and stayed. In 2000, Rosalind opened Promises charity shop so she has a strong knowledge of charitable foundations in Panama. She looks forward to helping the American Society with its agenda of giving back to the community, and helping promote scholarships and education and other noble causes on behalf of the American Society in Panama. Rosalind also currently serves as a board member for the Patronato del Parque Summit and the Colon Chamber of Commerce.
Carson Dolan-
Since moving to Panama in 2002, I have been active with numerous local and U.S. NGO’s and community organizations like Fundayuda, Abou Saad Shiners, The Lions Club of Panama, Kiwanis, Voces Vitales, and The Rotary Club to name just a few. I worked for many years as the People to People Coordinator for the U.S. Embassy in Panama. I am currently the charity chair for the American Society as well as on the board for Nuevo Vida. I look forward to strengthening the relationship between Panama and the U.S. while supporting local charities and scholarships.
Francis Wilson-
My husband, Vernon and I moved to Panama in 2012 as Volunteer Missionaries with the US Episcopal Church.  Since moving to Panama I have been actively involved with the Cathedral of St. Luke where I served on the Vestry for 6 years.  I currently work with outreach programs and teach Bible study classes. I have volunteered with SpayPanama, the Ancon Theater Guild and the American Society where I have served on the Board for 5 years.  I also participate with two Book Clubs and several Women’s lunch groups.  
Jeanette Dekle-
Hi there my name is Jeanette I was born and raised in Panama left in 1988 and recently returned after my husbands retirement to my make Panama our home. While living in Florida I was involved with Foundations of Life  Pregnancy Center in conjunction with Catholic charities.  I am looking forward to being an integral part of American Society of Panama and helping any way possible.
Zenia Morris-
I am a daughter to a Panamanian Mother and American Armed Forces Father.  I was born and raised in Panama and am a mother of 5 children.  During my 20 year career as an elementary teacher at an international school I have always been involved in activities such as coaching cheerleading and on the board of directors of the Annual Ocean to Ocean Cayuco Race through the Panama Canal.  Now retired, I have more time to dedicate myself to charitable fundraisers such as the Polar Express Train fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald house.  I look forward to joining the board of the American Society to continue to foster Panamanian and American ties as well as raising funds for charities.
J Hatfield-
Originally born in the Bahamas but British by nationality, I moved to Panama in 1979. As a US Girl Scout leader in Panama for six years and Overseas Committee Chair for two, I’d like to share my experiences of community service, intercultural exchanges and social event planning for youth and their families to support the American Society’s objectives.
Shaleen White –
Shaleen White was born and raised in the former Canal Zone and has lived in Panama her entire life.  Her parents, Albert and Marta White, were active American Society members for many years.  She has been married to her husband, Erick for almost 20 years and has a 14-year-old son.  Shaleen has been working for the US government in Panama for the last 19 years.
Shaleen looks forward to helping to maintaining the spirit of the American Society alive for current and future generations.  She is interested in continuing the many wonderful initiatives that have been such an important part of the American Society for many years such the scholarships as well as working with the board and membership to organize new initiatives. 
Megan Carlson-
My name is Megan Calson.  I have been coming to Panama for 20 years (and actually started my college career at FSU at the Panama Canal College location in La Boca). I have been living here permanently since 2017, married to a Panamanian and have two young children.  I have attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church since I moved here and am striving to get more involved in the community as my children grow and begin school at Balboa Academy this year. It would be an honor to work with the American Society to strengthen the relationship between Panama and the US and be involved in charity work.  I was the President of a Charity club at my college in the states (Sweet Briar College) and absolutely loved the impact we had on the community. 
Nikki Fennel-
Nikki has been in the cruise line industry as a Chief Purser and Fleet Manager of Administration Services for Holland America Line since 1995.  She is very accomplished in the areas of Accounting and Administration. 
Nikki is born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and in 2013 moved to Panama to be with her husband.   She greatly appreciates the opportunity to be a part of and support the mission of The American Society of Panama.
Marcia Henry-
I was an avid volunteer in Aurora, CO & Atlanta, GA where I previously resided, holding different positions, up to and including President of The Telephone Pioneers of America –Auraria Council (4000+ members). I am Amsoc’s Scholarship Committee Chairman, served on the Board, and chaired a few events, to include the Gala at the US Ambassador’s residence (2014), and our Holiday Galas. I am a recipient of Amsoc’s Lifetime Service Award (2016). As a member of Samaap (Friends of the Afro-Antillean Museum), I participated on several committees, including Conozca Su Canal Gala; Chairman of the 40th Anniversary Celebration Honoring the Presidents (2021), Presided over the 2016 Elections, and current Treasurer.
Faye Pinzon-
My name is Faye Pinzón. I grew up in central Massachusetts and have lived permanently in Panama since 2005. I am married to a Panama Canal Pilot (Alejandro Pinzón) and have two teenagers who attend Balboa Academy. I have been an educator for 26 years (7 years in a U.S. public school in MA and 19 years in both Balboa Academy and the Metropolitan School of Panama.) Currently, and for the past 8 years, I have run a “gifted” program for advanced learners in grades 1-6 at Balboa Academy. I just shifted to working part time at Balboa Academy and am excited to be able to have some time to help the American Society and its future goals and endeavors.
I would love to be considered for the board and/or just an active contributing member of the American Society.