Members of the Board 2019 – 2020
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 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. 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.
1st Vice President 2019-2021
Member of LWV of Umpqua Valley
Sally has been a member of the Umpqua Valley League since 2004. She participated in the state Water Study, was vice president, president, roster manager and membership chair during the past. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1971 with a BS in Psychology, and moved with her husband to Watsonville CA in that year because he got a job at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory associated with San Jose State University as an oceanographer. She was employed by the Counties of Santa Cruz and Monterey for 8 years, working in public assistance programs until 1980 when the family moved to Oregon with a two year old child. After that she worked in public assistance programs in Oregon for Douglas County until 2005 when she retired. Hobbies are tennis, painting, reading, following politics, living with a small carbon footprint and cooking from the home organic garden.
2nd Vice President 2019-2021
Member at Large
Alice is an 8-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. She is a registered lobbyist on behalf of the League. 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 an active member of Zonta International, and serves as the parliamentarian of the International Board. She also serves on the board of the Virginia Gildersleeves International Fund, where she also serves as their parliamentarian. Alice is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians. She is a past president of the Oregon Association. She is currently the Vice President. She is also a Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She serves as the Parliamentarian for LWVOR. She has served on the boards of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, 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 the Social Ministries Committee Chair of her church. She also serves as the parliamentarian for the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon.
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.
Member of the Washington County State Unit
Member of LWV of Rogue Valley
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.
Member of the Washington County State Unit
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.
Program Chair Voter Editor
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.
Director, Outreach 2018-2020
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, and my work with the League constantly reinforces that politics impacts every aspect of our lives. . . .and I choose to be more than an idle observer!
Member of the LWV of Rogue Valley
Member of the LWV of Rogue Valley
Member of the LWV of Portland
Off-Board, Latino Outreach 2015-2019
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
Norman Turrill, Chair LWV of Portlabd
Jane Gigler, Member LWV of Portland
Sally Hollemon, Member LWV of Marion and Polk Counties
Office Administrator – Sarah Andrews
Office Support Specialist – Amanda Crittenden
Redistricting Campaign Coordinator – Candalynn Johnson
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