Portable Sanitation Association International

Association Insight May 12, 2021

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ASSOCIATIONINSIGHT Portable Sanitation Association International News BIWEEKLY EDITION MAY 12, 2021 Page 2 Continued on page 4 Women Leaders of the PSAI…continued from page 1 While numerous individuals can be profiled, I have chosen five remarkable and inspirational members that represent many "firsts" in our beloved Association. Dorothy Sansom—First Female PSAI President 1989-90 Dynamic. Generous. Visionary Leader. Force of Nature. These are but a few of the phrases that fellow PSAI members have used to describe Dorothy Sansom. The 19th President of the PSAI, she was the first woman to serve in this position, setting the stage for the many female leaders that have followed in various positions throughout the PSAI. Born in Lebanon, Missouri in 1930, Dorothy spent her life in the Show Me State and made a positive impact on its business environment. Dorothy and her husband Clyde founded Able Sewer Company (later Able Industries) in St. Louis in 1965. In 1971, they joined the relatively new portable restroom industry by founding Johnny On the Spot. In addition to building two successful businesses, Dorothy also gave back to the St. Louis community. She served on numerous boards of charitable organizations, and the St Louis Post-Dispatch published many articles highlighting her participation. Typical of Dorothy, not only was she a member of these groups but she served as president of several charitable nonprofits over the years. Ever the enthusiastic leader, Dorothy joined the PSAI Board in the mid-1980s and became President in 1989. Michael McCarthy of Mr John of Pittsburgh served as the Vice-President with Dorothy, and he remembers her as a good friend and as "a force of nature" in terms of getting the job done. She and the Board were tested in 1990 when the PSAI Executive Director Ted Anderson left the organization. Through Dorothy's leadership as President and then as Past President serving with President McCarthy, a new Executive Director, Bill Carroll, was hired in 1990. After her retirement from the industry, Dorothy remained involved in civic and charitable causes. She passed away in St. Augustine, Florida on January 17, 2009. Mary Macialek—First Female Andy Gump Distinguished Service Award Recipient (with Husband) 2002 "Hard-working individuals with humble beginnings who transformed our industry." This phrase is descriptive of many in the PSAI, but perhaps none more than Mary Macialek. Mary was born on April 3, 1933 in Port Royal, Pennsylvania. To say that this was a small town is perhaps an understatement; the population was 925 in the 2010 Census. Placed in an orphanage at the age of 12, Mary worked hard and graduated from Sunbury High School in 1951. Sunbury was ten times larger than her birthplace with a population of 9,905 in 2010. Mary married Richard (Dick) Macialek on June 30, 1951 and the couple began a lifetime partnership in rural Pennsylvania. In 1955, the enterprising young couple moved to Bellafonte, population 6,187, to manage a Sunoco Gas Station. Dorothy Sansom Want to know more about Dorothy Sansom? Past President and fellow Andy Gump Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Lee Sola, has shared his own wonderful remembrance of Dorothy starting on page 19. Mary Macialek

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