LEADERSHIP & STAFF

Board Members


President
Lunell Haught, Spokane Area

Lunell is currently president of the LWVWA and has prioritized implementing the LWVWA Strategic Plan, adopted in 2017. She has worked with the Board to establish and reinforce connections between local Leagues and with Board members, and to emphasize all facets of the League’s work, including civic education, voter services, and advocacy, while including equity and inclusion in all League work. Creating structures and systems to make the LWVWA more effective has also been a priority. She is particularly interested in collaborations with other organizations and bridging political divides. Prior to joining the LWVWA Board of Directors, Lunell’s focus was on land use issues.

As a professional Lunell has her own consulting practice and teaches in Gonzaga University’s master’s and doctoral program in Organizational Leadership.

She has been the chair of the Spokane County Park Advisory Board and the County Plan Commission, President of the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition, and involved for decades in land use issues. Lunell three times chaired the successful citizen’s advisory vote to continue the conservation futures tax in Spokane County, facilitated the first Critical Areas Ordinance for Spokane County, and ran unsuccessfully for County Commissioner.


First Vice President
Mary Coltrane, Seattle-King County

Mary has been a member of the League for 40 years. Her League hats include president of the

LWV of Seattle-King County, Debates Coordinator (United States Senate debates), co-project manager for the LWVWA’s report Metro Transit Public Involvement, Coordinator, Money + Politics, a project of the League of Women Voters of the United States Education Fund; Chair, Civil Discourse in Action, League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, and a member of the state Board in 1995-1996 and 2017-2019. Mary has served as Voter Services Portfolio Director since 2017.

Mary obtained a master’s in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She worked in outreach as a community relations specialist for King County Transportation and in intergovernmental relations and in fiscal analysis for King County. Upon retiring, she renewed her involvement in the League because she so strongly agrees with the League’s mission.


Second Vice President

Beth Pellicciotti, Spokane Area

Beth’s League experience includes being president of the LWV of the Spokane Area (2019-2020), co-chair of the Nominating Committee for the Spokane Area (2018-2019), working on civics education (2017-present), serving as chair of the LWVWA Civics Education Committee (2020-present), and working on both the DEI Committee (2020-present) and Research Committee (2021-present).

Beth retired from her position as university administrator at Purdue University Northwest after 35 years of service. Her work involved student career development, enrollment management, strategic planning, academic accreditation, and extensive grant writing.

Beth has two children and one granddaughter.

Secretary

Jean Snider, Snohomish County

Jean has been involved with the League since 2011 after retiring and moving to the Northwest from the Washington, D.C., area. She joined the Snohomish County League and has helped with tribal voter registration, the statewide study of Washington redistricting, and served as a delegate to the state convention in 2011 and 2019. Since becoming a state board member in 2019, she has served as secretary, co-chair of the LWVWA 2019 Council, and chair of the state’s Research Committee examining the effectiveness of the League’s strategic plan.

Before retiring, Jean worked with the federal government on marine environmental issues, using her Ph.D. in oceanography. The continuing thread throughout her career has been managing and communicating scientific research to the public and government officials about human impacts on the oceans.


c4 Treasurer
Dee Ann Kline, Mason County

Dee Ann is a member of the LWV of Mason County Leadership Team, co-chair of the Mason County Speak Up School, member of the Mason County Bicentennial Committee, editor of the Mason County Voter newsletter, maintains the LWV of Mason County website, volunteered as a Zoom technician for the 2020 Council, and is a member of the statewide Journalism Affinity Group.

Dee Ann is a retired medical laboratory technologist and laboratory manager. She is the Naturalist Committee and Communications Committee chair for Olympia Mountaineer. She also leads hikes and teaches first aid for the Mountaineers. She is a board member of the Master Gardeners Foundation of Mason County and an active Master Gardener Volunteer. During the summer, she is volcano naturalist volunteer for the Mount St. Helens institute.

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Myra Howrey, Kitsap County

Myra has served in positions of leadership in the League of Women Voters for many years, including serving as president of the League of Women Voters of Kitsap. She has served on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters of Washington for 18 years, and is in her second term as the Ed Fund Treasurer.

Myra has been the Business Manager at Helpline House since 1998. She has a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado and moved to Bainbridge Island in 1979. She now lives in Suquamish. 

Director

Liz Bander, Seattle-King County

Liz is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. She volunteers with nonprofits that make STEM more diverse, equitable, and inclusive, including chairing AnitaB.org’s Mid-Career Women committee, and serving on the advisory boards for IGNITE Worldwide and Franklin-Pierce Public Schools’ CTE program. In her free time, she is an avid equestrian and pole dancer. She lives in Marysville with the partner dude, kinda kid, and their three dogs, two cats, and rabbit.

Director/Trustee, LWVUS/EF 2018-2002. Portfolio included Voter Access Committee Chair, 2022 Convention Program Planning Committee Chair, Liaison to UN Observer Team, DEI committee member, Advocacy & Litigation committee member. Director/Trustee, LWV Seattle-King County 2017-2018.

Director

Susan Daniel, Kitsap County

Susan first joined Kitsap League of Women Voters in the 1970’s. She took time off to go to law school and then to practice law. Upon her retirement, she rejoined and has been an active member of Kitsap League. She served as South Kitsap Unit chair for a few years and is currently on the program and Protect Our Democracy committees.

Susan attended Texas Women’s University, graduated from the University of Missouri and the Puget Sound (now Seattle University) School of Law. She has served on the boards of several nonprofits, including the Kitsap Dispute Resolution Center, the Kitsap Community Foundation, the Kitsap Historical Society, and Leadership Kitsap.

When she is not volunteering, Susan enjoys walking, birding and gardening.

Director

Roslyn Duffy, Seattle-King County

Roslyn spent the last two years as unit liaison to the LWV of Seattle-King County Board and currently serves on the state Research, Voting Facts, and MELD facilitator groups.

Roslyn is an early childhood education trainer and speaker. She helped found one of Seattle’s first all-day Montessori schools (the Learning Tree). Among the books she has co-authored, two of them (Positive Disci¬pline: The First Three Years and Positive Discipline for Pre¬schoolers) are available in over 15 languages, and her magazine column, “From A Parent’s Per¬spec-tive,” on the Child Care Exchange website, is now a book, Top Ten Preschool Parenting Problems.

Other positions include the Kids First Executive Council, the Childcare Resources Advocacy Committee, the Technology and Information for All Directors Circle, and the World Forum Foundation’s Early Care and Education international work.

Roslyn is married and has four children and four grandchildren.


Director

Susan Fleming, Clark County

Susan has spent the past two years on the LWVWA Board as First Vice President and as director of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) portfolio. She has written a comprehensive strategic plan, formed a working committee, and seen extensive growth in League projects supporting DEI.

She planned and orchestrated candidate forums for the Clark County League and has served on the Clark County League Board.

Other volunteer work includes several years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, antidiscrimination work with the Vancouver NAACP’s Legal Redress Committee, and supporting a local school through her church.


Director

M. Jayne Freitag, Seattle-King County

Jayne Freitag joined the LWV of Seattle-King County around 2006 and served on the Seattle-King County Board in 2008 and 2013-2015. Her work with the League has included serving as Action Chair, chair for the Social Justice Committee, and helping to plan several LWV forums. She is actively involved in social and political advocacy, including presenting LWV positions on issues before the King County Council on topics ranging from health care and social services to social justice and economic policy.

Jayne has been an R.N for over 40 years and she is passionately dedicated to working in direct patient care, and as a nurse educator.


Director

Miriam Kerzner, Benton/Franklin Counties

LWV: Assisted the Governance Issue Chair.

Work: Teach American Government at Columbia Basin College

Volunteer: Member of the Richland Public Facilities District, Chair of the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Outreach and Education Committee, Programming Committee member of the Columbia Basin Badger Club, member of the Strategic Planning and Communications Committees of the Arts Center Task Force.

Personal: Born in Toronto, Canada, I moved to Pittsburgh with my husband to pursue a graduate degree in Public and International Affairs.  Due to the various educational needs of my son, I became involved with both private schools and homeschooling, but have always been a staunch supporter of public schooling.  My American Government classes are designed to help my students develop an awareness of and respect for a variety of political approaches to the issues that arise based on a fundamental shared belief system in liberal democracy.  I also enjoy knitting, acting, cooking, and baking.

Director

Shelley Kneip, Thurston

Shelley has been a League member since 2008. She has been a Board member of both the Kitsap and Thurston Leagues. Shelley has been active in a wide variety of League activities at both the local and state levels, including candidate forums, working on the state debates. state and local studies and serving on various committees.

Work/Volunteer Life: Shelley is a retired attorney, with experience in municipal, land use and environmental law. She previously held positions on several local nonprofit boards.

Shelley resides in Lacey with her husband and two dogs.

Off Board Chairs

Barbra Chevalier, GOTV/Voter Registration 
Beatrice Crane, VOTE411 Project Manager
Lea Galanter, Communications Portfolio Chair

State Office Staff

Amy Peloff, Administrative Director

Stephanie Martin, Administration and Communications Assistant

LWVUS Liaison

Jessica Rohloff

Nominating Committee

Shelley Jones, Pullman, Chair

Kathy Sakahara, Seattle-King County

Amanda Clark, Seattle-King County

Beth Pellicciotti, Spokane Area

Mary Coltrane, Seattle-King County




We wish to honor our past presidents who have served us so well.

  • 2015-2019, Ann Murphy, Spokane Area
  • 2013-2015, Kim Abel, Kitsap County
  • 2011-2015, Linnea Hirst & Kim Abel, Seattle- King & Kitsap
  • 2009-2011, Linnea Hirst, Seattle-King County
  • 2005-2009, Barbara Seitle, South Whidbey Island
  • 2003-2005, Judy Golberg, Benton-Franklin Counties
  • 2001-2003, Judy Hedden, Lake Washington East
  • 1997-2001, Elizabeth Pierini, Seattle
  • 1996-1997, Alice Stolz, Spokane Area
  • 1994-1996, Karen Verrill, Thurston County
  • 1991-1994, Margaret Colony, Lake Washington East
  • 1987-1991, Wanda Haas, Snohomish County
  • 1983-1987, Ruth Schroeder, Seattle
  • 1981-1983, Fran Dew, Yakima County
  • 1979-1981, Jane Shafer, King County South
  • 1977-1979, Marilyn Knight, Lake Washington East
  • 1973-1977, Maxine Krull, Thurston County
  • 1969-1973, Jocelyn Marchisio, Lake Washington East
  • 1966-1969, Joan Thomas, Seattle
  • 1963-1966, Steven Edwards, Lake Washington East
  • 1959-1963, Marguerite Pearson, Seattle
  • 1955-1959, Julia Stuart, Spokane Area
  • 1951-1955, Mrs. Harlan Edwards, Seattle
  • 1949-1951, Mrs. H.A. Fowler, Tacoma
  • 1944-1949, Mrs. Carl Cooper, Seattle
  • 1944, Mrs. E.N. Torbert, Coulee Dam
  • 1942, Mrs. Fred A. Davidson, Seattle
  • 1937, Mrs. W.A. Carlson, Tacoma
  • 1934, Mrs. Paul A. Tilmont, Tacoma
  • 1920, Mrs. Edward P. Fick, Seattle


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