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LWVMA Board of Directors 2020-2021

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Judy Zaunbrecher

Co-President | Local League: Concord-Carlisle

Judy has been a LWVMA Board member since 2017 and is in her second year of a two-year term as Co-President. Besides sitting in on many Board committees, she currently serves as the LWVMA lead in all things 2020 Census and as chair of the LWVMA 100th Anniversary Committee. Read more…

Elizabeth Foster-Nolan

Co-President | Member-at-Large

Elizabeth Foster-Nolan completed one year as a LWVMA Director and is now serving as co-president. She joined the Weymouth LWV in 2010 and became a Member-at-Large when Weymouth disbanded. She has moderated candidate forums, chaired the LWVMA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and Moderator Training and Mentoring Sub-Committee, and was a member of the Voter Engagement Committee. Read more…

Kathy Leonardson

1st Vice President | Local League: Marblehead

Kathy is in her second year on her two year term on the LWVMA Board as First Vice President.  Kathy enjoys learning about State League activities, sitting on the 100th Anniversary Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Legislative Action Committee. She has been a member of the LWV Marblehead since 1995, serving as co-president, newsletter editor, publicity chair, and legislative envoy. Read more…

Amy Smith

2nd Vice President | Local League: Topsfield-Boxford-Middleton

Amy is completed her first year on the LWVMA Board as a Director and she is now serving as a Second Vice President. She co-chairs the LWVMA Membership Steering Committee and also serves on the Communications Committee. Amy joined the LWV of Topsfield/ Boxford/Middleton in 2015, serves on their Board of Directors, and manages local website and social media. Read more…

Courtney Rau Rogers

Secretary | Local League: Norwood

Courtney Rau Rogers has been a member of the League of Women Voters since 2009 and is president of the LWV Norwood. Her local League has sponsored forums on the Community Preservation Act, Ranked Choice Voting, and local energy resources. They have also partnered with the Yes For Norwood Schools political action committee advocating for an operational override for the schools. Read more…

Tanya Roy

Treasurer | Local League: Wellesley

Tanya Roy completed her first year as a Director on the LWVMA Board and is now serving as Treasurer during the second year of her term. Tanya is a board member and Legislative Specialist for LWVMA, as well as a board member and Legislative Envoy for LWV of Wellesley. She also works with the Wellesley Students’ Aid Society, Community Fund for Wellesley, and the Wellesley ESL program. Read more…

Jo-Ann Berry

Director |Local League: Acton Area

Jo-Ann has been a LWV member since 1988 and a member of the Acton Area LWV since 1993. She co-chaired the After-School Child Care study (93-94), has held many and varied local board leadership and steering committee positions. On the state level, Jo-Ann served as a LWVMA Director and Scharfman Fund Trustee (07-09), was a member of the LWVMA Citizen Education Committee, and has been moderating candidate and issue forums for local and state offices since 2006. Read more…

Susan Flicop

Director | Local League: Wayland

Sue Flicop has been a League member for over 10 years and has served as President, Co-President and member of the Steering Committee of the League of Women Voters of Newton over the last 8 years. Her particular focus has been on voter education and organizing Candidates’ Forums for Newton municipal elections and she has moderated candidates’ events for several other Massachusetts Leagues and communities. Read more…

Marie Gauthier

Director | Local League: Franklin County

Marie Gauthier contacted LWVMA about starting a League of Women Voters of Franklin County in November 2016 and has served as its president since its founding as a Unit in January 2017. The Unit was recognized as an official local League on August 1, 2018 and has been a vibrant new League presence in Franklin County ever since. On the state level, Marie has served on the LWVMA Membership Steering Committee since November 2017. Read more…

Judith Reilly

Director |Local League: Salem

Judith Reilly joined the League as a founding member of the LWV Salem (2018) and is currently finishing her term as the Salem League’s first Voter Services & Civic Engagement chair. She is a native New Yorker who loves her adopted home of Salem. A mid-life career-changer, she earned AS, BS, and MBA degrees from Johnson & Wales University and has worked for 12 years as a performance auditor for a federal agency. Read more…

Hartell Johnson

Director |Local League: Greater Haverhill

Hartell Johnson is in the second year of a two year term as a LWVMA Director. This past year she served on the LWVMA Development and 100th Anniversary Committees as she completed her Masters in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy at the UMass Boston, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. She is a member and former Vice President of the League of Women Voters, Greater Haverhill. Read more…

Vedna Lacombe-Heywood

Director |Local League: Plymouth Area

Vedna Lacombe-Heywood has been a board member of the Plymouth Area LWV since 2018 serving on the voter services committee, as well as a co-chair for the state DEI board. She is an RN who currently works at Brigham & Women’s Hospital as a Surgical Trauma Burn I.C.U nurse and has been a part of several hospital committees as well as being a recent Essence of Nursing honoree. Read more…

Susan Millinger

Director | Local League: Amherst

Susan Millinger has lived in Shutesbury since 2008 and she joined the Amherst LWV in 2010. She has been Publicity and Public Relations chair, 2012-2014; Editor of the electronic bulletin, 2016-present; and on the Board from 2012-2014 and 2017-present. She is convener of the Centennial Commemoration Committee, and member of the Sustainability and Climate Action Committee Read more…

Brenda K. Safford

Director | Local League: Worcester Area

Brenda Safford is currently a Tenured Professor at Quinsigamond Community College.  Before accepting this appointment, she served as a Coordinator of Admissions and was an Adjunct Faculty at the college for more than nine years.  Previously, Brenda worked at YWCA of Central Massachusetts as the agency’s first Director of Women’s Economic Empowerment where she oversaw programing that empowered women to achieve economic independence.  Read more…


Patricia Comfort

Executive Director|

Pattye joined LWVMA in November of 2019. She comes to LWVMA after seven years as Executive Director of the Women’s Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Foundation of Massachusetts. Pattye began her legal career as in-house counsel to the National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) where, among other things, she was responsible for maintaining First Amendment access for the PIRGs political canvassers throughout the U.S. She also worked at the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation as the Director of the Equal Justice Coalition, building support among the private bar for access to justice through increased funding for civil legal aid programs in Massachusetts. She is an experienced community organizer having worked with tenants in Boston’s public housing developments as well as with low-income tenants in Lowell. Pattye is a graduate of Boston College and Northeastern University School of Law.

Brynne Gorman

Membership and Community Engagement Manager |

Brynne Gorman joined LWVMA in April of 2014. Prior to joining LWVMA Brynne served in Data Governance at Covidien. Previously, Brynne managed the office of Business Network International and interned on a congressional campaign in the 2012 election. Brynne holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Taylor Grenga

Administrative and Program Associate |

Taylor Grenga joined LWVMA in June of 2018. Prior to joining LWVMA, she attended Northeastern University and held internship positions at Planned Parenthood, Health Care For All, the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, and WilmerHale. Taylor holds a B.S. in Political Science.

Martha Maguire

Business Manager |

Maribeth Canning

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Philanthropy |

Alexa Williamson

Operations Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Philanthropy |

LWVMA Legislative Specialists

Legislative Action Chair | Kathy Leonardson
Legislative Action Vice Chair | Nancy Brumback
Affordable Housing | Clare Gordon, Lori Stewart
Agriculture, Casino Gambling | Louise Haldeman
Basic Human Needs | Clare Gordon
Children and Family Issues | Palma McLaughlin
Criminal Justice and Courts | Nancy Bettinger, Lucy Costa
Education (Finance) | Mary Frantz
Education (Higher Education) | Susan Loffredo
Education (Policy) | Karen Mazza
Elder Affairs | Pat Costello
Elections and Voting | Linda Freedman, Nancy Brumback
Environment: Climate Change and Energy | Launa Zimmaro
Environment: Natural Resources |Loring Schwarz, Carolyn Lee
Fiscal Policy | June Michaels
Good Governance | Carolyn Lee
Gun Control | Jennifer Muroff, Sue McCalley
Health Care | Janice Goodell, Valentina Pasquantonia
Immigration | Jennifer Muroff
Racial Justice | Vedna Lacombe-Heywood, Jennifer Muroff
Transportation| Tanya Roy, Lois Levin
Water Resources | Carolyn Lee
Women’s Issues | Susan Loffredo, Jan Soma

To reach any of the legislative specialists, email