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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Benson, Clallam County
President of League of Women Voters of Clallam County; Past Chair Voter Services Committee; Member of Education Committee.
Work/Volunteer life: Spent career working in Public Education, teaching, facilitating meetings and trainings for teachers, parents and administrators. Volunteer with Boys and Girls Club, working with students and training staff.
Other: Married, one son who lives in California with his wife and daughter. Retired from Fairbanks, Alaska School District.
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.
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.
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.
Lea Galanter, Seattle-King County
Lea has been a member of the Seattle-King County League since 2016 and helped lead the North Unit before joining the LWVWA state board in 2019. She is the current Communications Portfolio Director, where she helps promote the League through various media. She publishes the state’s newsletters, The Voter and This Month in the League, posts about the LWVWA in social media, assists with League publications of all kinds, and provides writing guidance for the League. She also edited two editions of The State We’re In: Washington.
Lea is a professional editor who owns Gallant Editorial Services. In her spare time, she writes poetry and enjoys attending Toastmasters meetings.
Joan Lawson, Seattle-King County
Joan began her League involvement in North Carolina, where she served as president of a local League. In Seattle, she was a unit leader and a board member of the Seattle-King County League; she currently serves as LWVWA Advocacy Portfolio Director.
Joan’s professional experience includes administration at an architectural firm, the local Chamber of Commerce, a law office, summer conferences, the state legislatures of Maine and Washington, co-founding an alternative junior high school, and serving on the national boards of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the United Nations Association. Her political experience includes voter registration, poll worker, precinct officer, district chair, county officer, and candidate for state representative in Maine and Washington’s 48th Legislative District.
Julie Sarkissian, Seattle-King County
Since 2016, Julie has focused on voter services, providing voter registration, training, and organizing volunteers for voter registration and Get Out the Vote events. She was co-chair of the Mercer Island unit for two years, organized the unit’s response to a Black Lives Matter march, and assisted with organizing candidate forums for city, school board, and legislative district elections.
Julie is retired from a career in public health working as an administrator and manager in a variety of programs, including family planning and outreach/access to medical coverage and services. In addition to serving on two boards, she has volunteered for a variety of nonprofits.
Julie is married with one adult son and enjoys travel, hiking, and cooking.
Off Board Chairs
Barbra Chevalier, GOTV/Voter Registration
State Office Staff
Amy Peloff, Administrative Director
Shelley Jones, Pullman, Chair
Kathy Sakahara, Seattle-King County
Amanda Clark, Seattle-King County
Beth Pellicciotti, Spokane Area
Mary Coltrane, Seattle-King County