The League of Women Voters of Portland is governed by a board of unpaid volunteers. We have one paid part-time staff member. We are grateful for all the time these leaders and our other volunteers contribute to encouraging civic participation, empowering voters and “Making Democracy Work.”
Debbie Kaye, President email@example.com
Debbie was elected President of the LWVPDX Board of Directors in May 2019. She previously served as First Vice President, first with the Membership portfolio and then with the Development portfolio. Before joining the Board, Debbie was a Portland LWV unit leader for many years. She then helped coordinate the Speakers Bureau. She has continued to assist with Voter Service, as part of the Speakers Bureau and a moderator for candidate and ballot measure forums.
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. She enjoys gardening, a book group, singing, target shooting, and travel.
Marion McNamara, 1st Vice President, Administration firstname.lastname@example.org
Marion joined LWV in 2014. She served as the editor of the LWV of Portland Voter newsletter from 2015-17. She was 3rd Vice President for Civic Education from 2017-2019. At the same time, she was active as an observer for advocacy on environmental issues, especially the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. She also helped with compiling the results of membership consensus on studies and program planning, was a delegate to the LWVUS and LWVOR conventions and is an active member of Unit 6. Her background is in teaching and training. Before moving to Portland, she was a university administrator for international programs at OSU and a Peace Corps volunteer. She currently volunteers in Portland Public Schools.
Eileen Chase, 2nd Vice President, Voter Service email@example.com
Since 2016, Eileen has been an active League member, and beginning in 2017 has managed the League’s Voters’ Guide distribution.
Professionally, Eileen is a motivated, creative problem solver. She has extensive experience improving processes — spanning food manufacturing to health services — and is currently employed as a Process Engineer at Providence Health & Services. In this role, she focuses on systems efficiency and financial stewardship. Other responsibilities include data analysis, change management, and facilitation. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Biology and Master’s in Public Policy & Administration.
Outside the office, Eileen has penchant for cycling and cooking as well as a lifelong passion for science, women’s rights, and politics. Previously, Eileen has volunteered for Medical Teams International to Guatemala and was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.
Nancy Donovan, 3rd Vice President, Civic Education firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy was elected as the 3rd Vice President and Civic Education Chair for the Portland League in May 2019. In 2017 she was elected as alternate on the Nominating Committee. She also serves as the Chair of the LWVPDX Education Interest Group, which explores successful educational models in K-8 public schools in Portland and examines other possible educational initiatives for study or advocacy.
During legislative sessions, Nancy serves on the League of Women Voters of Oregon Action Committee and is active in state legislative housing policy. Her life-long career focus is to improve the lives of persons with low- and moderate- incomes and to help those experiencing homelessness to access affordable housing and services. For 25 years, first in her hometown of Omaha and then most recently in Portland, she was manager of programs for the community planning and development division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She retired from HUD in 2016 and joined the LWV of Portland that same year. Prior to joining HUD she worked as a program officer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in New York City to provide funding to local development corporations to build and revitalize housing in distressed neighborhoods. Throughout her career she has worked effectively with key agencies in federal, state, and local governments as well as private and nonprofit agencies.
Anne Davidson, Secretary email@example.com
Anne joined the Portland League of Women Voters shortly after she arrived in Portland 30+ years ago. Having moved away from everyone she knew, she says she joined LWV because she wanted to make sure that she continued to be “in the company of smart, well-informed and interesting women. How right I was!” Since then, she has served in a number of capacities including working on the newsletter, serving as Secretary, Board Treasurer and Endowment Fund Treasurer. Her involvement tapered off as her two children were born and her role in the family business increased. Her children are now out of the house and she hopes to retire in the next year or so. So, she’s back “and honored to serve as your Secretary and continue as the Endowment Fund Treasurer.”
Peter Englander, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Englander spent fifteen years at the Portland Development Commission, first lending to businesses of all sizes then managing all public investment as a development manager in Old Town/Chinatown as well as other central city districts, while also managing a citywide real estate loan program coordinating PDC’s involvement in the Central City 2035 Plan. Prior to moving to Portland, Peter was the CFO of an employee-owned outdoor recreation company with 600 employees in North Carolina, and earlier performed many real estate finance and treasurer functions for a real estate investment division of American Express in Chicago, IL. Peter grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, has a B.S. in Business from Indiana University and an MBA from DePaul University.
Debbie Aiona, Action Chair email@example.com
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 longtime 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.
Chris Cobey, Forums Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Cobey recently moved to Portland from California to live close to his daughter and her family. In California, he was engaged with various local Leagues in the Central Valley, southern San Francisco Bay, and San Luis Obispo areas. His League involvement began when he was a child and his mother was a member. Later he was involved as a candidate and elected official and, most recently, as an assistant and presenter at voter forums. In addition to coordinating voter forums, Chris enjoys serving as a docent and guide (most recently at Hearst Castle), coaching and scoring high school students in mock trial competitions, orienteering, monitoring redistricting reform, and auditing classes at PSU as an “honored citizen.” Professionally, Chris is an employment law litigator, but he’s now “at least on sabbatical.”
Carol Cushman, At-Large, assisting with Action email@example.com
Carol joined the Portland League of Women Voters in the late 70’s. An early initiation was working on a local energy study with members who became truly great mentors. She remembers working on plans for hosting the presidential debates at the Civic Auditorium. (It was canceled when the League insisted the third party candidate met criteria to be included; the political parties took over sponsoring the debates in future elections.) After retiring, Carol returned to active League participation and served in various capacities during the early 2000s, including helping with the LWVUS national convention in Portland. She served as local president 2005 – 2008. Recent activity with the League has been in the realm of Action. Carol regularly attends the Portland Utility Board (PUB) committee and sub-committee meetings, related to the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services. She is also active in areas related to campaign finance reform and police reform. Carol is a retired teacher; her career included various positions, primarily working with middle-school-age children in Minnesota, Tillamook, OR, and Portland.
Judy Froemke, Units Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy was elected to the Board as Units Coordinator in 2017 and reelected in 2019. In addition to keeping in touch with the Unit Leaders, Judy writes well researched LWV newsletter articles about the upcoming topics for Civic Education events and Unit discussions. Judy joined the Portland League of Women Voters in 2013. She helped to register voters off and on at Naturalization Ceremonies and organized and participated in Voter Registration Drives under the supervision of Janine Settelmeyer. She was Unit 4 Chair for two years and appreciated the counsel and support of former Units Coordinator Janet Youel. Before moving to Portland to live near her son and family, Judy was a Family Court Mediator for almost thirty years. She was on the state board of the Michigan Association of Family Court Mediators for ten years and organized/edited the training manual for Family Court Counselors/Mediators. During her time in Portland, she has spent many hours as a volunteer Master Gardener. Judy grew up in a home where the dining room table was generally covered with LWV material. She strongly believes in the grass roots role of the LWV units.
Linda Mantel, At-Large Director, assisting with Civic Education and Development email@example.com
Linda is a retired biologist (crustacean physiology) and academic administrator, with many years of experience in teaching, research, and student and faculty development. Linda became active in the League in time to work on the Study Committee for Public Higher Education, and she joined the LWVPDX Board in May 2019 “to try and do some more good works.”
Linda received a B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Illinois. Linda spent three years as a Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, after which she joined the Biology department at City College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she spent 25 years in a number of roles. Since moving to Portland in 1993, Linda has worked at Reed College, at Willamette University, and at the University of Portland, as well as playing a major role in the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, an NSF funded program to increase the number of underrepresented students in STEM careers. She is completing 10 years as President of Sigma Xi Columbia-Willamette
In Portland, Linda has become a connoisseur of wine, berries, geology, art, crafts, and mountains, and is involved in several community programs and boards in these areas. She also audits classes regularly at PSU, in a diversity of topics of interest.
Kim Mason, Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim was first elected to the Portland League Board in 2017 and became especially active in the Justice Interest Group. She was reelected in May 2019 as the Volunteer Coordinator.
Kim grew up in Portland. She received a BA from the University of Oregon and a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School. Kim is a practicing attorney and devotes a significant amount of her time to social justice and civic organizations, with a passion for criminal justice reform and civil rights. Kim joined the Portland League in 2016, where she has become involved in numerous programs and activities, and, most importantly, has been inspired by the deep knowledge, commitment, and insight of her fellow League members. When not writing briefs and attending meetings, Kim can often be found with her husband and their two children in a VW van in the great outdoors.
Margaret Noel, Website Editor and Communications Chair email@example.com
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. She then served as a co-president, president and 3rd VP for LWV of Portland from May 2013 through April 2017. 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 six grandchildren. Margaret’s interests include walking and hiking, her dog, grandchildren, gardening, antiques and travel.
Off-Board Committee Leaders
Adrienne Aiona, Budget Committee Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Adrienne attended her first League meetings as an infant with her mother, Debbie Aiona, in Salt Lake City. Since then the League has been a big part of her life through her Mom’s activism and as a volunteer herself. After college, she joined the League and served on the Board from 2002 to 2008 as the Voter editor and Treasurer. In 2008 she moved to California and earned a Master’s Degree in Water Resources Engineering at UC Davis. She returned to Portland in 2016 to work for the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services managing a team that develops the building code for stormwater management. All of the years she spent learning from her Mom about urban renewal districts, planning, affordable housing and greenway setbacks turn out to be quite helpful in her current work. Adrienne lives in SW Portland with her wife, Catherine, and their daughter. She enjoys the theater, knitting, gardening, the outdoors and political podcasts.
After retiring in March 2011 from a 30-year career at the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Philip has enjoyed a life of traveling, volunteer activities and hobbies. He joined the LWVPDX Endowment Committee in 2017. He also volunteers at the Northeast Emergency Food Program, walks dogs and works in the Medical Center at the Oregon Humane Society. He enjoys woodworking and walking with friends each week, when in town, and visiting the timber-framed style home he and his wife, Betsy Pratt, built in Sisters, OR. Philip and Betsy have taken numerous trips, including to Corsica, France, Japan, Great Britain (for several long-distance treks), Italy, Germany, Croatia, Greece, St. Lucia (bare boat sailing with friends), and Iceland.
(Please see Anne’s profile above under Board Officers, Secretary.)
Doreen Binder, Nominating Committee Chair email@example.com
Doreen Binder (re)joined the League of Women Voters in 2014. Doreen joined the Portland Board in 2016 and agreed to serve with Fran Dyke as Co-President in 2017-18. She then served as President in 2018-19. Doreen has spent more than 35 years advocating for the rights of women and children. She served as Executive Director of the Coos Women’s Crisis Service for ten years before moving to Portland to work on the issue of housing and homelessness. She retired in 2015 after serving for twenty years as Executive Director of Transition Projects. She also has served on numerous local, state and national boards and currently volunteers at Glenco Elementary School and at the Title Wave Library Book store. Doreen is originally from Chicago.
Mary McWilliams, Membership Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary and her husband Bob moved to Portland in 2005 to be close to their daughter and her growing family and other relatives. Mary joined the Portland League so she could learn about her new community. In the Portland League, Mary has been active as a board member, off-board member, and as an interested member with the SE Unit 2, various committees such as action, development, membership, and voter service, as president in 2011-13, and continuing on with publicity for Civic Education Programs and Voter Service Forums, the League’s Multnomah County Directory of Elected Officials, and observing the monthly meetings of the Portland Housing Advisory Committee with Debbie Aiona. One of her favorite, not too distant League activities, was organizing (with other League members) a trip for League members to Richland, WA for an all-day tour of the Hanford Nuclear Facility. Mary is a big reader and enjoys her books groups, sings in a community chorus, golfs, loves to cook, continuing to travel, and being close to family.
Betsy Pratt, Study Chair – City Government Study
Betsy grew up in the Boston area, started her working career in Washington DC, and moved to Oregon in 1981 with her husband, Philip Thor. As a third generation League member, the Portland League was the first organization Betsy joined when they moved here – as a way to learn about local issues and to meet bright women. Since then, she has served in multiple roles, from study committees to local organizing chair for the 2008 LWVUS Convention in Portland. She has held numerous positions on the Portland Board, including local president from 2008 to 2011. She also served as chair of the LWVOR Education Fund between 2011 and 2013, and led the LWVOR voters’ service activities for the 2012 and 2014 elections.
Both Betsy and her husband retired from the Bonneville Power Administration, where Betsy worked in management jobs ranging from internal consultant to library manager. Her last job was as facility manager for the agency’ s office buildings and leased spaces. Betsy and Phil are now active hikers and travelers. She also volunteers with the Oregon Humane Society and the SMART reading program.
Amy Beltaine, Facebook & technical assistance email@example.com
Amy first used technology to make connections for the Lewis and Clark College English department, using an Apple Macintosh in 1984! Outreach, or as Amy terms it, “relationship-building” requires skills she’s been developing as an entrepreneur. Amy serves as the webmaster for “UU Spiritual Director’s Network”. She grew up in the Willamette Valley with sojourns in Rhode Island and DC; graduated with a Religious Studies degree from Lewis and Clark College which she parlayed into a Cornell University job teaching computer competency (irony intended). Twenty-five years later, with an MDiv. from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, she returned to her beloved Pacific NW to establish her ministry while continuing the family tradition of supporting the League of Women Voters. (Her sister Rebecca served many years as the LWVOR Office Manager.) Amy lives in S.E. with her spouse Hawthorne, son Corey, a beagle, and a cat. She travels frequently, in her portable home, visiting Unitarian-Universalist congregations throughout the west.
Social Media firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Beltaine, Carolyn Buppert, Aelora Roush
Aelora Roush, Office Manager email@example.com
Aelora became our Office Manager in September 2018. She has an International Baccalaureate diploma and has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Portland State University. She comes to us from Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt.