Helen Hutchison
LWV Oakland

Helen Hutchison is President of the League of Women Voters of California, having joined the board first as the Government Director and then as the Second Vice President for Advocacy and Program in 2008. While serving the state League, she has been active in strategic planning, initiative and referendum reform, human resources, training, legislation, ballot measures, and redistricting.

She has been a member of the League of Women Voters since 1969. She and her family have moved around the country, providing many opportunities to join Leagues in different cities: Claremont, California; Newton, Massachusetts; Los Angeles; Claremont (again); Clackamas County, Oregon; DeKalb County, Georgia; and she was the president of the LWV Oakland from 2003 to 2007. She served on the Boards of the Claremont, Clackamas County and Oakland Leagues in a variety of roles. Each League has provided new areas to learn about and get active in.

Professionally, Helen is a retired computer systems analyst. She is an active member of Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland and a foster care volunteer with the East Bay SPCA.

First Vice President
Gloria Chun Hoo
LWV San Jose/Santa Clara

Gloria is a Director of the League of Women Voters of California. She is a member of the Legislative Committee and the Nominating Committee. Prior to joining the state board, Gloria served a two-year term as the chair of the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County (which consists of the five local Leagues in the county), as a director on the LWV Bay Area board (serving nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area), and was president of the San Jose/Santa Clara League for three years.

A resident of San Jose, Gloria worked in marketing and communications/public relations in the science/history/culture museum industry working at The Tech Museum of Innovation, the Campbell Historical Museum and the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawaii. Before moving to California, she worked in the Boston area in PR, marketing and training in the private sector.  She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the YWCA of the USA Board of Directors (1985-1997) and also was past chair and member of the City of San Jose Planning Commission (2001-2008). Currently she is a member of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority’s Citizen Advisory Committee.

Gloria was born and raised in Honolulu, HI, attended the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in journalism and minor in East Asian history. Now retired, she and her husband Stan, a retired IBM engineer, enjoy travel and reading.

Second Vice President for Advocacy/Program
Joanne Leavitt
LWV Santa Monica

Joanne Leavitt has served as Vice President for Advocacy and Program since she was appointed to the LWVCEF Board of Directors in the summer of 2014 to fill the unexpired term of Helen Hutchison. Joanne joined the LWV of Santa Monica in 1984, was elected to that board two years later and has served on the board since then, filling almost every role except treasurer. She served as president twice, first in 1988 and again in 2010-13. She is currently communications director, monitoring Facebook and the Web site and producing a weekly news update.

Other League service includes several years on the Los Angeles County ILO board of directors, including president (2002-2004). She was cochair of the LWVC Juvenile Justice Study (1995-1999) and has served as a legislative consultant on prevention and early intervention issues since then. She was chair of the LWVC Education Update Study (2003-2005) and cochair of the LWVUS Education Study (2010-2012). Joanne has served as LWVC legislative consultant on early childhood education/universal preschool since 2005, and in 2014 was appointed to the position of LWVC Program Director for Early Childhood Education. She has been a member of the Working Party for Children since the mid-1990s.

Local volunteer activities include serving for over 30 years on the Virginia Avenue Park Advisory Board in Santa Monica, California. This activity culminated in 2014 with the dedication of a new branch library in the park, the first new library opened in Santa Monica in over 50 years. Joanne has been a member of the Santa Monica Child Care and Early Education Task Force since 1986 and continues to serve on the public policy committee there. Since 1994 she has been a member of the board of Community Corporation of Santa Monica, a nonprofit developer and operator of low income housing. She is currently serving her second term on the City of Santa Monica’s Housing Commission. Joanne also served a two-year term as the elected president of the Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council (1996-98).

In whatever spare time is available she enjoys puttering with plants on her patio, playing with her kitten, reading magazines for recipes she will never make, and keeping up with far-flung friends and family on Facebook.  

Caroline de Llamas
LWV East San Gabriel Valley

Caroline has enjoyed continuous LWV membership in various California Leagues since initially joining the LWV of Tulare County in 1968. She has held most portfolios at the local League level, including that of President, and is Co-President of the East San Gabriel Valley League.

At the state level, Caroline currently serves as LWVC Secretary, and is a member of the Executive and Personnel Committees. She is also the Southern Coordinator for the LWVC Management Training Advisor Program (MTAs), and MTA for several local Leagues. She chaired the LWVC 2013-2015 Nominating Committee, and served on the LWVC Board of Directors from 2009-2013.

In 2015, Caroline joined the LWVUS Shur Fellow Program. She previously participated in the LWVUS MRI Program (known as MGIK in CA) as a coach to five California local Leagues. 

A retired Professional City Clerk/Treasurer, she is a past president of the City Clerks Association of California and holds membership in various professional organizations, including the National Association of Parliamentarians. 

Caroline resides in Covina with her husband Lloyd de Llamas. They have two daughters, a grand cat, and a grand dog.

Jacquie Canfield
LWV Fresno

Jacquie is the Treasurer for the League of Women Voters of California. She has been a member of the League for over 24 years and has held several positions at the both the state and local level with more emphasis in voter service projects and League studies. At the state level, she served a total of three terms on the State Board. This past term she served as Treasurer and Voter Service Director for two terms years ago. She also served on the state League Education Study Update committee.

Locally, she has served as president, voter service vice president, Voter’s Edge California and Smart Voter coordinator for Fresno County since 1998, webmaster for Fresno League using the League’s Easy Web since 2002, and leader/facilitator for several studies. She is looking forward to continuing her service on the State Board as Treasurer and working with others to continue to have the League make a difference in California communities. 

Currently, Jacquie is the Executive Officer of Fiscal Services for Fresno Unified. Fresno Unified is the fourth largest school district in the State and largest employer in the Central Valley. She is responsible for the fiscal operations including a budget that is over $1 billion dollars, accounting, and payroll. She has worked for Fresno Unified for all of her professional career with 13 years in technology and over 20 years in the fiscal operations. She has a passion to ensure fiscal resources are wisely spent, so that all students have the maximum opportunity to succeed.

Jacquie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Quantitative Analysis and Decision Sciences from California State University, Fresno. She has been married over 33 years and has two grown children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and especially loves visiting nature’s wonders.

Amanda Berg
LWV San Diego

Amanda Berg is the Director of Voter Service for the League of Women Voters San Diego and has been working with LWVSD since October 2014. She became Director of Voter Service for LWVSD in January 2015 and has been working ever since to encourage voter participation, education, and civil political discourse.

Amanda spearheaded a series of local League events titled “Sips & Civility.” These quarterly events are targeted towards a young professional audience and offer free drinks and civil political discussion. Amanda presented the Sips & Civility model at the 2015 LWVC Convention workshop “Democracy in Dialogue” alongside LWVSD members Jeanne Brown and Nancy Phung. Since then, the event has grown in size, with the 2016 election event boasting 125 attendees.

In 2015-2016 Amanda also co-chaired a committee for a local League study on “Campus Justice & Sexual Assault.” This study led to LWVSD adopting a new position regarding how local campuses should handle sexual assault claims, education, and reporting.

Amanda was born in Wisconsin and moved to Southern California when she was 11 years old. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and an M.A. in Political Science from UCSD. In her professional life, Amanda is an Implementation Specialist at a medical software company. Amanda lives in San Diego with her boyfriend, Alex, who is also an active League member. In her free time outside of LWV, Amanda enjoys running half marathons and working on her side photography business.

Jeanne Brown
LWV San Diego

Jeanne is Membership Director of the League of Women Voters of California. Jeanne joined the LWV of San Diego in 2003 but wasn’t very active until she retired from teaching high school Math and Biology in 2006. She began volunteering at the League and for Common Cause in 2005 to get a running jump on retirement. That opened up a whole new perspective on being an informed voter. She was hired by Common Cause in October 2006 on a part-time basis to be the San Diego organizer. That experience allowed her to see the world of NGOs from a professional viewpoint. She started on the board of LWVSD as VP of Administration, which helped her see the big picture of how the League works and how everything fits together. A few years later, she took on Program and then President of her local League.  She also is on the Membership and Public Policy committees in her local League. 

Beginning in 2014, she was co-coordinator for the LWVC Convention in San Diego in 2015. In addition, she was on the LWVUS Committee on Money in Politics that kept her quite busy but impressed with how national studies are conducted and with the background of many of our members.

Jeanne went to high school in Glendora, CA, but grew up in Ohio. She moved to San Diego in 1965 for college at SDSU. She graduated with a BS in Biology and minors in Math and Chemistry. She taught high school math and science in San Diego for 33 years. She has been married for 47 years. She and her husband, Alexander (Sandy), have four wonderful grown sons. In her “spare time” she loves to read, garden, quilt, and cook.

Carol Burr
LWV Butte County

Carol grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey—something she hopes her accent does not reveal!  It’s right over the Hudson from New York City, where her father worked. She is the third of four children and the only girl. Carol went to Middlebury, a small college in Vermont, majored in English and got involved in student government. The girls were strictly regulated while the boys did whatever they pleased, so she worked to give the girls more freedom. She also completed an Honors thesis on Jane Austen, a writer she saw and continues to see as a feminist.

While visiting a friend who was teaching at Chico State, Carol received a job offer. She arrived in Chico in August 1970—and didn’t think it was possible for it to be so hot—to begin her 37-year odyssey at the university. She wrote her dissertation while teaching fulltime (bad idea!). The topic was the tension between self-sacrifice and self-fulfillment in the novels of Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Marian Evans (George Eliot); a female problem she has not resolved.

At Chico State, Carol helped launch the Women’s Studies program in the early 70s. She was chair of the English Department from 1885-1994, and then took over the troubled Multicultural and Gender Studies Center.

She married to an ornithologist with eight books under his belt, two of which we co-authored. They started traveling early and picked up the pace when retired.

Carol has been active in the League since 2000, serving as secretary, Voter Service director, president and fundraiser in chief, and overseeing the writing of several local action positions and the higher education consensus.

Carol’s ongoing pleasures over the years have been singing and horseback riding. She currently indulges the first love by singing in the Bidwell Presbyterian Church choir and the North Valley Community Chorale and the second by having two Tennessee Walking horses.

Sarah Diefendorf
LWV Oakland

Sarah Diefendorf serves as Executive Director of the Environmental Finance Center West located at Dominican University of California and University of Maryland. In that capacity, some of Sarah’s work includes working with indigenous people in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Hawaii, and Nevada to promote green business enterprises, improve their capacity for long-term sustainability, and protect their sovereignty. Sarah has also supported Tribal efforts to develop integrated waste programs, transfer stations, and recycling programs and has recently been funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to help develop a Tribal Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment program for the Native American Environmental Protection Coalition.

Internationally, Sarah is also working on the following three waste reduction projects in Mexico: 1) helping the Tijuana Compost Center develop a sustainable business and marketing plan to divert food and green waste from local landfills, 2) assisting USEPA with community outreach and education in Mexicali to help border neighborhoods protect their local watershed, and 3) developing a sustainable materials management symposium to be held in the border region in fall 2015.

She also serves as a national Leadership Trainer for the Environmental Finance Center Network (a community of ten universities throughout the United States) and in that capacity has provided multiple workshops for water systems, elected officials, and other government representatives from small and rural communities across the country. Sarah will continue to provide at least ten Leadership Workshops in ten different states throughout 2015 and will be developing additional curriculum to support Climate Resiliency for Small Water Systems.

Since 2001, Sarah has worked as a Grassroots Capacity Building Trainer for the League of Women Voters of the United States and has worked with marginalized communities in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Armenia, Jordan, Tunisia, and Jamaica. Other international work includes developing and leading training workshops on leadership, sustainable enterprise, and grassroots advocacy in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Thailand. Sarah is a past president of the San Francisco League, a past 2nd vice president of the National League, and currently serves on the California League state board. She is also the board president for the Carbon Cycle Institute and is working with that institute to promote the use of compost as a carbon sequestration tool in the US and abroad. Sarah serves as an expert witness on the USEPA Environmental Finance Advisory Board and holds a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Geography from Cambridge University. 

Christina Dragonetti
LWV San Francisco

Christina Dragonetti, a member of the San Francisco League, currently serves as Membership and Marketing Manager for the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). She has worked for ten years in nonprofit organizations providing support, training, and information to other nonprofits. She earned a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the Monterey Institute for International Studies and a BA in Politics from Whitman College. Christina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her free time fostering kittens for the East Bay SPCA, reading mystery novels, and learning to be an activist.

Carol Moon Goldberg
LWV Sacramento County

Carol joined the LWV of Sacramento County in 1994. She spent 10 years in various board of director positions, including two terms as co-president of the League. Throughout her time in the League, Carol moderated candidate forums, presented Pros and Cons and headed voter registration drives in area high schools. Carol served as coordinator for and LWVSC spokesperson on a local tv station’s election day phone bank. She is the League liaison working with the Sacramento County Voter Registrar’s Office on mock elections in area high schools.

Carol served as off board program director for LWVC in the reproductive choices portfolio. She followed legislation related to that portfolio and represented the League in a coalition of other organizations working on reproductive choice issues.

A lawyer who retired in favor of raising her two children, Carol spends many hours volunteering. She served on the Sacramento County Grand Jury. In addition to the League, Carol served her synagogue as co-chair of a capital campaign, on strategic planning committees, and personnel search committees. She served on parent advisory committees to her local school board. Of course, Carol supported the various sports and arts related activities of her children with fundraising, organizing and chauffeuring.

Carol feels that the current political climate is partly the result of the lack of civic education in America today. Educating voters and future voters is of utmost importance. The League’s mission of educating and informing voters is as vital to sound government and civic education now as it was 97 years ago. She is eager to pursue that mission.

Karen Vanderwerken
LWV North County San Diego

Karen joined LWV North County San Diego in 2016, and became an active member of LWVNCSD volunteering at voter services events. She previously served on LWV Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas Board 2009-2012. She served as Voter Services Chair and implemented Vote 411 for the local League. Karen currently serves on the American Association of University Women Del Mar Leucadia Board as Fund Director. She was previously Program Chair and President of AAUW Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas.

She grew up in Danville, Indiana, completed a BA in English/Psychology at Milligan College in Johnson City, TN, and an MA in English at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She taught English in Marion, IN. When she relocated to Fort Worth, TX, she taught freshman writing at Tarrant County College and Texas Christian University. The next 24 years, until retirement, Karen was Executive Director of American Institute of Banking (educational arm of American Bankers’ Association which later became Center for Financial Training, non-profit training for the financial services industry).

Karen received LWVTC volunteer of the year award; AAUW named gift award; 14 ABA national leadership awards, SafeHaven top volunteer award. She spends time with family and friends entertaining, cooking, reading, yoga, travel, and Happy Feet walkers!

Chair, Nominating Committee
Jennifer Waggoner
LWV San Francisco

Jenny was nominated and elected as California president from July of 2011 through June of 2014. She joined the LWVC board in 2007 as communications director and has taken a leadership role in the use of technology for our organization. She has also served on the audit and finance committees, human resources, executive transition team, fundraising (planned giving, major gifts, and annual giving), voter service, program, legislation, communications, and contributed to many others.

She first joined the League in San Francisco in 2001 and has served in many roles, including president, vice president, and budget chair. She strongly believes in the League’s core values, is grateful for the opportunities the League offers, and feels the greatest value for her has been the mentors she has found and their encouragement to mentor others through the League.

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Nominating Committee
Martha Cox
LWV North County San Diego

Martha is currently 1st Vice President of LWVC. Joining in 2007, she has served as a local League board member in the roles of Treasurer and VOTER Editor. She served as a member of the local League’s Initiative and Referendum study committee in 2012-13. Martha served as co-chair of the local League’s civil discourse group and served as chair of the 2015 LWVC Convention Fundraising Committee.

Martha’s League work in civil discourse included a year-long study and training in the field of deliberative dialogue through the Kettering Foundation’s Centers for Public Life program in Dayton, Ohio.

Born in Hanover, New Hampshire, and raised in a setting where political discussion was served daily with every meal, Martha’s interest in all things political came naturally. When Martha retired in 2006 from a career in education, she joined the League and became actively engaged in voter service activities, in addition to serving on the Board. Martha holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Keene State College in Keene, NH.

Martha and her husband, Hugh, reside in Cardiff by the Sea, a coastal town north of San Diego. They have one daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Nominating Committee
Susan Morris Wilson
LWV Redding Area

Susan Morris Wilson joined the League of Women Voters of the Redding Area in 1995 after someone suggested it was a group “perfect” for her. She has served in leadership roles at local, state, and national levels. As a member of the LWV Redding Area, she served as president, vice president, and voter service chair at various times. She and other members have worked closely with the Wintu Tribe in their effort to achieve federal recognition and facilitate elections for homeowner associations. At the state level, she has served as the treasurer (2005-09) and as a management training advisor (MTA) at various times. She has served as an off-board consultant to LWVC on issues pertinent to mental health. At the national level, she served as the budget chair (2008-10), the treasurer (2010-12) and as a director chairing several committees (2012-14). During that time she also served as the LWVUS liaison to Alaska, New Mexico, Utah, and Oregon and traveled extensively.

Currently, Susan works as a consultant in the community at a variety of nonprofit organizations primarily focused on children and youth. She manages the Youth Violence Prevention Council, an organization that focuses on youth as a critical part of a healthy community. She also manages Right Road Recovery Programs Inc., an organization that focuses on outpatient therapy for individuals with drug and alcohol problems. She teaches Early Childhood Education classes at Shasta College and has served as a commissioner on the First 5 Shasta Commission. She continues to be involved in programs that address community mental health issues including the Shasta County Mental Health Board and the California Mental Health Planning Council.

She is a certified Master Gardener and she enjoys her garden full of roses and herbs and an occasional weed or two. She is the proud mother of Jennifer, who works on the central coast of CA as an engineer, and rides her bicycle hundreds of miles a week to relax. Susan has lived in Redding for the past 25 years with her many feral cats.