Members of the Board 2017 – 2018
Members of the LWV of Oregon Board of Directors are elected by League member representatives at our annual meeting in May. All Board members are volunteers and are members of the LWV of Oregon.
Member of the LWV of Portland
Norman Turrill is no stranger to political action or causes in the public interest. After college at the University of Washington he served as a teacher from 1966 to 1968 in the Peace Corps in Somalia. “My experience in Africa gave me a fresh perspective on the advantages we take for granted, as well as the political foundation that makes our opportunities possible.”
Mr. Turrill joined the Seattle League in the 1970s shortly after they began to accept male members, but did not become active. Instead, he was active in Common Cause for many years, serving at different times as state president in Nebraska and Washington and a state Board member in New York and Oregon. For Common Cause, he worked on such issues as sunshine public disclosure, sunset laws, annual legislative sessions, campaign finance, government ethics and redistricting. These were often in close coordination with the League.
In Pennsylvania, Mr. Turrill became more active in the Hershey League, serving as treasurer and acting president, and represented them at the LWVUS 2000 national Convention.
Beginning in 2001 in the Portland Oregon League, Mr. Turrill was active in Voter Service and coordinated DNet. He was a member of the Portland Board for 2002-03 and represented Portland at the LWVUS Conventions in 2002 and 2004. He later joined Portland’s Action Committee and helped successfully lobby for Voter Own Elections and Lobby Disclosure ordinances for the City of Portland.
Mr. Turrill joined the Oregon state board in 2004 and served as Voter Service Co-chair. He then joined the state Action Committee and was appointed its Vice-chair and Campaign Finance Chair. Representing the League, he helped organize the Oregon Building Better Campaigns (BBC) coalition and was elected as its interim chair. In 2004, he was appointed by Secretary of State Bill Bradbury to his Campaign Finance Disclosure Panel, which eventually led to the 2005 Oregon legislature instituting the ORESTAR online continuous campaign disclosure system. In 2005, he was elected as the state League’s First Vice President, was re-elected in 2007 and served as Action Chair. Representing the Oregon League, he attended the LWVUS 2006 and 2008 Conventions and the 2005 and 2007 Councils.
As a member of the LWVUS Board between 2008 and 2014, he is the first man to ever serve on the national board. Mr. Turrill served as Technology chair, Program chair and Bylaws Chair, and has served on the Advocacy, Communications, Development, Education Fund and Membership committees. He organized the League Geeks volunteers to aid members with their use of the League’s various computer systems, and the Clearinghouse Committee for sharing League study and other documents at clearinghouse.lwv.org.
Mr. Turrill has MS degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science from University of Washington. He has worked as a teacher in the Peace Corps in Somalia and as a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corp., Merck and several medical centers. He worked at Boeing while his wife, Joanna Cain, completed her residency at the University of Washington Medical School. Career opportunities took the couple to Nebraska, Seattle, New York, Seattle, Pennsylvania, and then Portland, where Dr. Cain chaired the OHSU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and served as Director of the Women’s Health Center. Dr. Cain next served in a similar position at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, RI, and now works as an Associate Dean at UMass Memorial Hospital in Worchester, MA. They have two children. Daughter Zoee Lynn, who graduated Magnum Cum Laude from University of Denver and studied international law at Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC, clerked for Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer, and is now in private practice in Portland in land use and real estate law. Son Daniel has English and Psychology degrees from Southern Oregon and Portland State universities and is now working on a degree in computer science at PSU. Mr. Turrill is now mostly retired and self-employed as a consultant, computer analyst/software engineer. When doing nothing else, he enjoys skiing and singing in his church choir, and served as an adult leader for the Boy Scouts.
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1st Vice President 2017-2019
Member of the LWV of Lane County
League work is needed now more than ever and it is encouraging to see the upsurge in participation-welcome! I have served as 1st Vice President for LWVOR, Chair for LWVOREF, Secretary for LWVOR and LWVLC, with service on every LWVOR committee. I am currently serving as Voter Service Chair during election seasons and as Governance Portfolio Coordinator during legislative sessions.
Oregon politics became a top priority for our family when we moved here in 1992, as Measure 5 cuts hit our public schools. For me that meant Parent and Site Council leadership at each school, District Technology, Netiquette, and Parent Councils. I chaired book and science fairs, Library Volunteers, magazine sales, and an all-night HS graduation party. I costumed six HS musicals, with large casts and costume changes, from bolts of fabric. I established an ongoing e-newsletter and high school student/parent directory. I was a six-year career center counselor. Public school support led to lobbying, campaigns and political party work including volunteer coordination for county, congressional district and state-wide outreach, with two national conventions as a delegate. I served two terms as an elected state political party secretary, then recruited my replacement.
I grew up as an Army (Intelligence) Brat, mostly overseas, moving a lot. My husband and I met in Honors Organic Chemistry, UW in Seattle, where he went on to UW Medicine and I graduated from UW School of Fisheries in 1979. I worked in an analytical lab then became a very active Navy Wife, enjoying a daughter born in Virginia, another in Bethesda, Maryland, ten days before two years on Guam. I had an early subscription to Ms. Magazine, knew that NOW stood for National Organization for Women and Naval Officers’ Wives, bridging them. I volunteered along the way: Red Cross, Smithsonian greenhouses, Navy Relief budget counseling, selling for scholarships at the Wives’ Club Bazaar on Guam, Children’s Story Hour at the Orange, Ct. Public Library, then every school along the way.
I am married to Igor, a Eugene neonatologist. Daughter Anna is a UO computer science grad student and daughter Laura is an MIT Physics PostDoc. When I have time, I blog, including the 1912 Suffragist costumes I “built” for our 2012 Rose Parade Entry (http://bit.ly/1bzWRRA). I have served as LWVOREF Chair, and Secretary for both LWVOR and LWVLC.
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2nd Vice President 2016-2018
Member at Large
Alice is a 3-year member of the League of Women Voters, but has worked on legislative issues for many years on behalf of the American Association of University Women of Oregon (AAUW). Alice has served on the Action Committee of the League since February 2009 and has been the Chair since June 2009.
Since 1970, Alice has been an active member of the AAUW. She has held many offices at the branch level, including president. At the state level, she served as the president from 1998-2000. In addition, she has served as the Public Policy Chair on several occasions. At the national level, from 1991 until 1995, Alice served on the Convention Procedures Committee, which is responsible for running the association conventions. From 1999 until 2001, Alice served on the Association Resolutions Committee. Alice served on the Association Public Policy Committee from 2001 until 2003, as well as the Resolutions Committee. She served two terms as Mountain Pacific Regional Director, from June 2003 to July 2007.
Alice is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians. She is the immediate-past president of the Oregon Association. She is also a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She serves as the Parliamentarian for both LWVOR and AAUW of Oregon.
Alice is the current President of the Affiliate Board of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon. She has served on the board for the last ten years. She has also served on the boards of the Women’s Rights Coalition, Oregon Women Lawyers, the Columbia Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Diversity Section of the Oregon State Bar. She is serving her third year on the Vestry of her Episcopal church.
In March 2007, Alice retired from SAIF Corporation, where she worked as a staff attorney. Alice practiced workers’ compensation law for 25 years prior to her retirement.
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Development Chair: 2017-2019
Member of LWV of Marion & Polk Counties
Chris’ introduction to LWV was in her early twenties in Washington State where she edited the LWVWA legislative newsletter in the late 70’s. Drifting from League for career and family priorities, she reconnected with LWV in Oregon and co-chaired the Children at Risk, Early Learning Study beginning in 2013, published in 2015, and has been a member of the LWVOR Action Team since 2015.
Chris began her professional career in public affairs with an oil company. She later worked in corporate relations and consumer affairs at an electric utility; worked for a DC utility trade association; then served as a consultant on stakeholder relations, regulatory affairs, and corporate social responsibility for various electric, gas, telephone and water utilities in the USA and Canada. Some contracts included: implementing utility low-income life-line rates, training front-line employees to watch for seniors in crisis with gatekeeper observers, consulting with utility commissions about high complaint areas and changing utility policies, energizing low-income black communities in south-central Los Angeles to advocate for new water-mains for health and safety, supporting electric utility executives in implementing social responsibility policies and practices, advising companies to operate customer advisory panels to change internal operations, and listening through public-participation.
Chris earned a peer awarded accreditation in public relations with PRSA; an MBA with an emphasis in business ethics, corporate social responsibility; an MS in micro-economics and statistics; and a BS in education.
Defining moments in life include:
- Growing up in rural Colorado where mom was a math/science teacher, dad was a hunting and fishing tour guide and gunsmith; Chris’ summers were spent on the headwaters of the Rio Grande where her parents ran a summer resort. Chris’ first job was digging worms and baiting hooks.
- Spending school years in a small New Mexico town where mom was a math teacher and dad was a police officer; graduating in the bottom thirty in her class, and also valedictorian (yes it was a VERY small school)!
- Going to India in college as a missionary-wife for a very conservative church to “save the heathen” accompanying an early-marriage husband; yet finding that the ethnic diversity and rich cultural history was enticing—the beginning of an agnostic era, a divorce, and a move toward very progressive, liberal perspectives.
- A later-life marriage, a foster-adopt adventure at about age-40 with four toddlers experiencing fetal-drug exposure and abuse-neglect histories led to a challenging journey and an appreciation for brain plasticity with early intervention.
- Repurposing career skills in public relations, governance, and advocacy for vulnerable populations; Chris is now the Education Policy Coordinator for LWVOR Action with advocacy responsibilities for early education, K-12 and higher education. She has a particular interest in using League Positions on equity, inclusion, poverty prevention and children at risk to help shape legislation and encourage funding to assist historically underserved at-risk populations.
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Member of the LWV of Marion & Polk Counties
Sally grew up on U.S. Forest Service Ranger Stations in Oregon and Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1958 and then taught elementary-school music in Wenatchee for a year and 7th-grade English and social studies in Oregon City for three years.
She met Ray and they were married in 1961. His career as an air traffic controller moved them from Portland to Los Angeles, where Sally joined the League in 1965. LWV was her continuity as Ray’s career moved them to Hillsboro OR, Tacoma WA, Washington DC, Tulsa OK, and finally Fort Worth TX. They enjoyed acting as tourists in each new location.
Sally was a stay-at-home mom and school volunteer until their two sons were in high school. Then she began doing clerical work, was hired at a bank, and worked up to Trust Officer in charge of guardianships. She represented the bank to manage the VA benefits of veterans in north Texas who couldn’t manage their own money and didn’t have a reliable family member to do so. When Ray retired in 1994, the couple moved to Salem.
During fifty-plus years of LWV membership, Sally has held all the local League offices. Her favorite, however, is newsletter editor, which she has done in several local Leagues, including currently for LWV of Marion & Polk Counties and for LWVOR 15 years ago. She is also the newsletter editor and secretary for AAUW Salem Branch.
Sally and Ray have a cat, Scooter, who has made it clear that he likes being the Only Cat. Their son Mark is a hospitalist in San Jose, married, and the father of two daughters. A hand quilter, Sally is currently making a bed quilt for her older granddaughter’s July wedding. She reads a lot, is a member of two book-discussion groups, and leads an LWV Great Decisions group.
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Member of the LWV of Lincoln County
I, Ruth Kistler (nee Goldstein) was born in the Bronx, the only mainland borough of New York City, and lived there for the first three decades of my life. I was raised in the intellectual ferment of socialism and Zionism. My interest in the natural world was nurtured by frequent visits to the world-class Bronx Botanical Gardens and Bronx Zoo, as well as to the American Museum of Natural History (one subway trip away). As a girl child, I was pressured to be “beautiful but dumb” and I knew I could be neither. Although urged to attend a high school that would develop my artistic talent, I chose instead to attend the Bronx High School of Science and concentrated on mathematics and biology. After high school I spent eight years dropping in and out of City College (with one disastrous year at Cornell) , and graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics. During my college years I was a volunteer math tutor, and was employed variously as an actuarial trainee, a payroll clerk, and a bookkeeper.
After graduation I went to work in New York City for the Service Bureau Corporation (SBC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBM, as a computer programmer. In 1969, I got SBC to request me to transfer to San Jose, California, where a new development lab had been established. I transferred into the mother corporation when SBC was sold. During my 35 years with IBM, I worked in Research and Development Divisions, and was involved in the design and development of several large operating systems and database systems (most of which actually became released products). In 1978, I married another IBM programmer, Jack Kistler, a native of Portland. In 1980 our son David was born. During those years, working long hours, raising a child, and maintaining a home, left little time for community involvement, although I managed to find time to volunteer as an Algebra tutor at the high school. Recreation was mainly hiking and camping, and planning when and where to retire.
In 2000 Jack and I retired from IBM and moved to Newport, drawn by the ocean, the wonderful climate (cool), and the lack of Willamette Valley allergens. (Jack has hay fever.) I became aware of the local League of Women Voters and agreed with the League’s progressive positions and its mission to involve citizens in government. I joined LWV of Lincoln County in 2000. I volunteered to serve as our local League Treasurer in 2005, and served as President from 2009 through 2013. I edit our local newsletter, Wavelengths. Husband Jack now serves as our local Treasurer, membership database manager, webmaster, and newsletter publisher. I was a member of the recent LWVOR Coastal Study group. When LWVOR Council 2014 did not have a Treasurer nominee, I volunteered for the job. I have been learning and working at that position since.
Besides my involvement with the League, I am a volunteer interpreter at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, at the Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center, and at Port Dock 1 (the sea lion pier) in Newport. Last year I got my Oregon Master Naturalist certification. I am a volunteer math tutor for GED and community college students. I also enjoy reading, especially history and economics books. And I am the proud mother of the cutest apricot standard poodle, Ginger.
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Mock Election Chair
Member at Large
Anne grew up in Portland, Oregon learning the importance of civic education and community involvement from her parents, Lyn and Bob Gerber, who were both involved in the Portland School District; Portland’s Neighborhood Association Program; and Portland’s League of Women Voters. Anne graduated from Grant High School in 1972.
After attending college at Portland State University for a year, and wanting to learn more about Oregon outside of Portland, Anne transferred to Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande, Oregon. While at EOSC, Anne was the Student Body Secretary, and a clerk in EOSC’s education department. The City of La Grande also hired Anne as a community school coordinator to assist teachers and students in connecting with their community.
After student teaching at year-round school in Gresham, Oregon, Anne graduated with a degree in elementary education, and accepted a teaching position in Hermiston, Oregon where she taught elementary school, coached high school gymnastics, was district coordinator for Outdoor School, and a school coordinator for the Talented and Gifted Program. After earning an endorsement for teaching mid-level social sciences with the state of Oregon, Anne moved to middle school and taught medieval history and civic education. During the summer break, Anne returned to college at Oregon State University to work toward a master’s degree in science.
Anne introduced the concept of neighborhood associations in Hermiston to assist residents with communicating with their city council, and building connections to their community. Working with her husband and neighbors, Anne started the first neighborhood association in Hermiston that worked on a land use development in their neighborhood.
Anne retired from teaching in 2009, and found she had time to devote to The League of Women Voters. However, upon discovering the Pendleton League had disbanded in 2000, and with no other chapters in the area, Anne brought together some friends, and formed the League of Women Voters of West Umatilla County MAL/State unit.
When not working on LWV activities, you will find Anne bicycling all around Oregon, kayaking on the Columbia River, spinning wool at community art events, or playing music at Pacific Northwest bluegrass festivals and local jam sessions.
Anne is married to Ron, who holds a cultural anthropology degree and elementary teaching degree from Eastern Oregon College and Eastern Oregon State College respectively. He taught third/fourth grade for 25 years in Umatilla, Oregon. Anne and Ron’s son, Duncan, earned a cultural anthropology degree from Southern Oregon University. Duncan’s wife, Caroline, who is French, helped the family learn the current process involved in immigrating to the U.S. They live and work in Napa, CA. Anne and Ron’s daughter, Emily, holds degree in Spanish Culture from Southern Oregon University and is employed rebuilding watersheds in Montana, Arizona, and Nevada.
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Member of the LWV of Portland
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 a unit leader, Voters’ Guide editor, Web Editor and Co-President.
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Member of the LWV of Clackamas County
Karan was born in Connecticut and lived all over the eastern half of the United States as her father moved from site to site as a restoration architect for the National Park Service. She received a B.A. in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College, married her husband Joel and moved to New Haven, Connecticut where she earned a MPh in biophysical chemistry from Yale University.
For two years, while Joel served at El Toro Marine Air Station in California, Karan worked as a part-time instructor in an oceanography program serving elementary schools in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. With their one-year-old son, Karan and Joel moved to Lake Oswego in 1974. A daughter was born in 1977.
Karan soon got to know her new community well, serving on the Natural Resources and Open Space committee, as Lake Oswego prepared for its Comprehensive Plan. Recruited by former state and local LWV president, Norma Jean Germond, Karan joined the then West Clackamas County League of Women Voters in 1976. She soon joined the local LWV board and has served on the board in many positions. The company of interesting, intelligent women and compelling issues helped maintain sanity during the years as a stay-at-home mom! In the mid-1980s, she took a break from League activities and, in a mid-life crisis, earned a second bachelors degree, this time in music. She taught piano for approximately 20 years and returned to the local league board, first as the treasurer. More recently she has served as Webmaster, newsletter editor, and member of Clackamas County LWV executive committee. At the state level, she has participated in the Judiciary study and currently is a member of the Coastal Management study committee. She is also the state Voter editor.
When not enjoying League activities, Karan loves reading, “techy” toys, piano, white water rafting, kayaking, nature, Trailblazer basketball and traveling. Not a lover of cities, Karan has particularly enjoyed journeys to French Polynesia, Alaska, the Galapagos Islands, and Tanzania. Her most recent trip took her to Costa Rica and through the Panama Canal.
Contact Karan: K.Kuntz@lwvor.org
Director, Outreach: 2016-2018
Member at Large
I consider myself an East Oregonian even though I spent a few childhood years in Michigan. Visiting my grandparents in Boardman was a highlight of any summer. Eventually we returned to the northwest where I graduated from Riverside High School in Boardman, and then Portland State University.
I began my teaching career with Portland Public Schools and finished out 31 years later with the Hermiston School District.
My husband plays “cowboy” with his cattle out in the Echo Meadows; the granddaughters from Maryland love to ride out in the field, too, whenever they visit.
Travel has been a life-long passion and the best way I know to continue learning. My involvement with the Oregon Education Association at both the local and state levels made me realize that politics impacts every aspect of our lives. . . .and I choose to be more than an idle observer!
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Member of LWV of Portland
Debbie Runciman has been a LWV member for over 30 years, first with the Corvallis League and now with the LWV of Portland. She has a Masters degree in Mathematics and taught part-time on the college level. Debbie worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Oregon legislature more than 20 years – first with Rep. Barbara Ross (Corvallis), over ten years with Rep. Carolyn Tomei (Milwaukie, SE Portland), and most recently with Rep. Kathleen Taylor (Milwaukie, SE Portland). She has recently retired, and is serving on the LWV State Action Committee. Debbie and her husband, Lex, live in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland; they have two grown daughters and four young grandchildren.
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Director, Latino Outreach: 2017-2019
Member at Large
Luis Nava, small business owner and business consultant, he is a native of Lima – Peru, who studied Industrial Engineering at Federico Villarreal National University, Architectural Design and Mechanical Design at Metropolitan Technical Institute, Marketing and Textile Quality Control at SENATI. New to the Board in 2015, Luis brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in civic engagement. He devotes much of his time to serving a multitude of organizations. He is on Metro’s MPAC (Metro Policy Advisory Committee) and PERC (Public Engagement Review Committee). He is a Board Member on the Human Rights Council of Washington County. He is Vice Chair of CPO 6, WC-CAN and Multnomah County Ground Work. He was member of City of Hillsboro 2020 Vision Plan and now is on the City of Hillsboro 2035 Task Force. He’s member of the Conflict Resolution Team, the International Festival Committee and the Diversity Task Force at City of Beaverton. EPAP (East Portland Action Plan) – Civic Engagement Committee at City of Portland. He started a Quarterly Latino Town Hall Meetings with the Cornelius City Council and Administrators (in Spanish). Luis is Executive Board Member at Centro Cultural de Washington County, as well as, an Economic Development and Education Committee member. He is School Council member and the Latino PTO co-chair at Brown Middle School. He is member of the Science and Middle School Committees at Hillsboro School District. He is member of OSU – ECAN (Extension Citizens Advisory Network) Steering Committee and 4-H Tech Wizard Volunteer. Multnomah Early Learning HUB member and Washington County Early Learning HUB parents committee member. Former Chair at LLN (Latino Leadership Network of Washington County) and at the DPO (Democratic Party of Oregon) – Latino Caucus. He is also Community Outreach Chair for the Democratic Party of Washington County and Oregon Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Also he is a member of Oregon Action, HispanicPros and SW Washington LULAC. OLAA (Oregon Latino Agenda for Action) Board of Directors
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Diana Bodtker, Chair
LWV of Marion and Polk Counties
Pamela Ashland, Member
LWV of Clackamas
Mary Sinclair, Member
LWV of Rogue Valley
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