Board & Staff
Board and staff of the League of Women Voters of Portland.
The League of Women Voters of Portland is governed by a working board of directors. Each board member takes leadership of a portfolio suited to his or her interests and skills. Board meetings are held monthly from August through May.
League Leaders (2013-2014)
Kathleen Hersh, Co-President
After receiving her degree in Biology, Kathleen worked as an investigator for the Food and Drug Administration, first in the San Francisco office then in the Portland office. She then started and ran her own business, a travel agency, for a number of years. Most recently she worked as an administrative assistant through a temporary agency at a number of Portland area businesses--large and small. She has served the Portland League as Voters’ Guide editor, Unit Leader and Web Editor.
Margaret Noel, Co-President
Margaret first became an active volunteer with the League of Women Voters of Portland in 1993. She served on the LWVPDX Board from 1994 to 1998, and was elected to the LWV of Oregon Board in 1997. She was LWVOR President 2003-2007 and LWVOR Nominating Committee Chair 2009-11. As a League member and officer, she has worked on Voter Service,Action, Nominating, Development, Budget and Study Committees. For the 2008 LWVUS
Convention in Portland, she was Floor Committee Co-Chair. Professionally, Margaret worked as a middle-school science teacher and as a producer of educational audio-visual programs. Her husband Gordon is an emeritus professor of medicine at the Portland VA Hospital and OHSU. They have three daughters and four grandchildren. Margaret's interests include running and walking, her dog, grandchildren, gardening, antiques and travel.
Debbie Kaye, 1st Vice President, Membership/Outreach
With an international relations degree from Brown University, Debbie first worked in the peace education field. She spent two years in Santiago, Chile, where she learned Spanish (with a strong Chilean accent!), worked as a buyer for a Brazilian department store, and traveled extensively in Latin America. Bracketing her Chilean experience, Debbie worked in finance leasing in San Francisco. Returning to her native Portland with her husband and two young sons in 1990, Debbie joined the League and also became deeply engaged at Catlin Gabel School where she chaired the alumni board and served on the board of trustees as well as parent groups. Volunteer coordination became her strength, first at Friendly House Preschool, and then for Catlin Gabel’s legendary rummage sale (1,000 volunteers!), Eliot Institute summer camp, and the 2008 LWVUS national convention. She has led the nominating process for several organizations. For the Portland League, Debbie was a unit leader for many years and now serves as Membership chair, and with Voter Service, coordinating the Speakers Bureau and moderating candidate and ballot measure forums. She enjoys gardening, a book group, singing, target shooting, and travel.
Peggy Bengry, 2nd Vice President, Voter Service
Peggy joined the League in 2008, shortly after retiring from IBM as a software engineer. Her interest in the League came from seeing the respect accorded Kappy Eaton at a hearing in Salem on preference voting and learning from Kappy's testimony that LWVOR was doing a study on voting systems. Peggy volunteered to help with that study and, delighted with the talented, competent people she found in the League, went on to edit the Voters' Guide. Peggy lives with her partner on their 82-acre farm in Yamhill County where she has planted 10 acres of hazelnuts. Farming, gardening and sewing are her favorite activities.
Marnie Lonsdale, 3rd Vice President, Program, Co-Chair Development
Marnie Lonsdale moved to Oregon in 2007 after retiring from a long career working in environmental, chemical and microbial fields. Her career include community college teaching, quality control and environmental management in industry and project management for sanitary and stormwater utilities. She has lived in Illinois, Minnesota, and Bermuda. She served on the Park Forest Illinois School Board as a member and President. She holds a B.S. from Cornell University, a M.S. from Purdue University and MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Marnie first joined the League in Park Forest Illinois in 1980 and has been active in Leagues in Illinois and Minnesota, She served on the LWVOR state board and chaired both the Water and Coastal Issues studies. She joined the LWVPDX board in 2009.
Lynn Baker, Secretary and Voter Editor
Lynn is a native Portlander who has lived for short periods in Germany, on the east coast, and in Alaska. She is married to Ray and they have five children and numerous grandchildren. Lynn retired in 2007 from 23 years of teaching in Portland Public Schools. She joined the League about the same time. League activities have included: voter registration at the monthly judicial Naturalization Ceremony, chaired the local Education position study, Voter editor, and is on the board.
Mary Hepokoski, Treasurer
Mary and her husband, Peter, are native Minnesotans. She joined the League of Women Voters of Golden Valley in 1979 when her first son, Daniel, was one. She served on their board for most of the next 23 years in one capacity or another. Mary and Peter served as foster parents for 14 years. In 2000 the company Peter worked for was bought out in a friendly international take-over and two years later Peter was transferred to West Chester, PA. After Peter retired in 2005 they decided to move to Portland where Daniel lives. Their other son, Karl, his wife Natalie, and their now two-year-old daughter, Elodie, live in Windsor, Ontario. Mary has served as the Member Education Chair for the Portland League and co-chaired the LWV of Oregon Elections Method study. Mary enjoys among many hobbies cross country skiing and gardening. She and Peter are also volunteer tax preparers through the AARP Foundation.
Debbie Aiona, Action Chair
Debbie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and first joined the League in 1979 in Salt Lake City, UT. Other places where she was a member include Greenville, S.C., Lexington, KY and Portland. As a 25-year resident of Portland, she has held a number of positions in the local League including president. She now serves the organization as a board member and action committee chair. Issues on which she personally focuses include affordable housing, police oversight, campaign finance reform and urban renewal. In addition to her work on the LWV Portland board, she is a board member of the Coalition of Advocates for Equal Access for Girls, a statewide organization that works to ensure that girls receive equal access to all of the appropriate gender-specific support and services they need to help them develop to their full potential.
Corynn Buckholdt, Action Support
Corynn Campbell Buckholdt relocated to Portland in 2012 from Palo Alto, California. Corynn had been a member of the Palo Alto LWV in the early 1990s, focusing on the local Speakers Bureau. Corynn’s professional career in California included project management, fund development with a local university, non-profit administration and, most recently, eleven years in local government management. Corynn lives in southwest Portland with her husband Hank, and enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and learning. Corynn and Hank have three grown sons.
Jane Gigler, Co-Chair Development
Jane, formerly of North Bend, Oregon, is relatively new to Portland. A librarian by profession, she received her MLS from UC Berkeley and worked in public libraries in California and Oregon. More recently, she taught at Southwestern Oregon Community College. While living at the coast, Jane was active in the public schools and served six years on her local school board. A believer in helping her community, she served on the boards of the Women’s Crisis Center and the Coos Art Museum where she developed a strong volunteer program. Currently, in addition to her League responsibilities, she serves on the board of the Friends of the Multnomah County Library and during the school year, reads to children through the SMART Program. A thirty-two year member of the League, Jane values its voter services, member education on the issues, and in this time of political tensions among political parties, the League’s nonpartisan stance on candidates.
Kris Hudson, Administrative and Development Support
Kris joined LWVPDX in 1970. She served on the Board and as Vice President and President. She has also served on the Board and as President of LWVOR. She has served on the LWVUS Budget Committee and as its chair. She was elected to the Board of Directors of LWVUS for four years and worked on the membership and action committees. She worked for then Senate President, John Kitzhaber on school funding reform; as staff for the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education in the Portland Metropolitan Area; planning director and interim director of PORTALS (Portland Area Library System); and finally as a consultant with Cogan Owens Cogan. She also served eight years on the Oregon Board of Dentistry and on both the County and City Charter Review Commissions. Kris is just finishing up a six year term on the board of Friends of the Multnomah County Library.
Rita Fawcett, Co-Chair Development
Rita previously held various positions on the Portland Board and served 2 years as co-chair of Voter Service for the Oregon League.
She is the mother of three grown sons and many granddogs. She lost her husband to Parkinson's disease two years ago. Rita was a school librarian in the Beaverton Schools for many years where her love of books and information were nurtured. Being a League member is a natural for her since she became involved in social justice activities in the 1960's. The women in her life she admired most were League members, whether in Ann Arbor, MI, Lake Oswego, Portland or around the state of Oregon.
Barbara Masvidal, Units
Barbara is a newer member of the League who has long admired its goals and activities and the caliber of its members. Raised in the San Fernando Valley and graduating from Cal State Northridge, Barbara began her working life in the juve-nile justice system in California, then in Missouri. She migrated to the Northwest some 40 years ago and feels she is a "naturalized" Or-egonian. She spent several years raising purebred cattle while work-ing for a scientific chemical manu-facturing and distribution company in Portland. She changed careers and retrained in the graphics field doing layout and typesetting for Western States Angus and The Skanner newspaper, before being hired by US Bank Operations for their Documentation Services de-partment. She retired from US Bank in 2001. Barbara's husband, Bill Dietzler, hails from Pennsylvania; Bill has two daughters and a son, 10 grandchildren (including THREE sets of twins!)—for whom Barbara is Grandma—and two great-grandchildren.
Off Board Committee Leaders
Endowment Fund Committee
Corinne Paulson (Chair)
Anne Davidson (Treasurer)
Mary McWilliams (Chair)
Barbara Stalions (Chair)
Voter Registration/Naturalization Ceremony
Janine Settelmeyer (Chair)
Portland Economic Dev Study
Beth Burczak (Chair)
Facebook and Twitter
Liz Conroy-Yockim, Minda Seibert
Amy Beltaine, Office Manager
Amy Beltaine became LWV of Portland’s Office Manager in June, 2013. She is an Information Technology professional with management experience. Her other job is as a community minister where she preaches, teaches, counsels and does outreach and advocacy. She lives in southeast Portland with her spouse and the cutest beagle in the world, Zim.