MYRA VAN HOOSE
Myra Van Hoose, president of the Institute for Women in Politics, has been interested in politics since she was twelve years old canvassing for her father’s run for school board in the Westmont school district in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Since then she has worked on several campaigns, including volunteering for her brother, Mark Singel, in campaigns for positions from state senator to governor of Pennsylvania. Myra’s day job took her to Virginia where she was elected chair of the Frederick county Democratic Executive Committee, where she supported many candidates during her stint and resigned to actively support her husband’s political endeavors with an opposing political party. Locally, Myra has volunteered and consulted on a variety of campaigns and served as campaign manager in the general election of a candidate for U.S. Congress in 2016. Myra holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston with a concentration in Accounting and minors in English and Psychology and a Certificate of Completion towards a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Shenandoah University. Professionally, Myra earned her CPA in 1996 and worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen and Co. the largest accounting firm in the world at the time. Leaving public practice for private industry, Myra worked in internal audit primarily in health care and as a chief financial officer, ultimately, for an international distribution company, but her preference for assisting small businesses drew her back to the not-for-profit sector. She has run the finance department for a United Way, a Chamber of Commerce, churches, festivals, fundraisers, and a Louisiana family trust and was a founding member of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Over the years, Myra’s volunteer work has focused upon women in need – serving on the board of The Shelter for Abused Women in Winchester, Virginia, now the Laurel Center, and volunteering for Eden House in New Orleans. She also was happy to serve on the board of Louisiana Artworks, an incubator for emerging artists. Locally, Myra has volunteered as treasurer for the Pensacola Museum of Art Guild, financial consultant for the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation and treasurer for the Escambia County Democratic Executive Committee. Lots of time, these days, is spent in continuing education to share with the IWP membership; anything from Podcasting and Public Speaking to Leadership and Candidate training to The Constitutional Revision Commission Amendment Analysis, hosted by IWP and the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. Any time left over Myra spends enjoying nature and gardening in her backyard with the hope that the exercise will offset the inevitable downside of frequenting Pensacola’s fine dining establishments.