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LWVMA Board of Directors 2020-2021

To reach a member of the Board email lwvma@lwvma.org.

Elizabeth Foster-Nolan

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…

Susan Millinger

1st Vice President | Local League: Amherst

Susan Millinger has lived in Shutesbury since 2008 and she joined the Amherst LWV in 2010. She was Publicity and Public Relations chair, 2012-2014; Editor of the electronic bulletin, 2016-2020; and on the Board, now Steering Committee, 2012-2014 and 2017 to the present. She was convener of the 2019-2020 Centennial Commemoration Committee, and is a member of the Sustainability and Climate Action Committee. 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…

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…

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…

Ginger Navickas

Director | Local League: Worcester Area

Ginger Navickas was born and raised in Worcester, and has lived there her whole life. She has been involved in local organizations, particularly those organizations committed and focused on social change issues, since young adulthood. Her career at the YWCA of Central MA (YWCACM) spanned 40 years and allowed her to be both a social worker and a community activist, working to empower women and girls and committed to racial justice. Read more…

Jen Goldman

Director | Local League: Andover/North Andover

Jen Goldman started her path in charity and non-profit work early on and was awarded the Good Citizenship Award in elementary school, the Humanitarian award in middle school, and President of Varsity Club and Honors Society in high school. She graduated with honors, went onto college to graduate early while working to help those less fortunate gain financial freedom. Read more…

Lois Hartman

Director | Local League: Greater Haverhill

Lois grew up in Kansas and received her BS degree from Kansas University.  After getting her degree, she spent the next 48 years working in elementary education. Lois also created an oral language program for preschool children, kindergarteners, and first graders. She got her Masters of Education in Reading from the University of New Hampshire. Read more…

Lucy Kennedy

Director | Local League: Central Berkshire

Lucy Kennedy grew up in western Massachusetts and currently lives in Lenox.  She has a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard. After completing her business degree, she worked in advertising and then consumer product marketing. Read more…

Hannah Kimberley

Director | Local League: Cape Ann

Hannah Kimberley is an educator and author who is passionate about history, civics, and recovering uppity, unruly, and unladylike women from the footnotes of history. She has twenty-four years of experience as an educator and currently teaches American History and Civics to high school students, who know her mantra very well: Democracy is not a spectator sport!” Read more…

Jeanne Morrison

Director | Local League: Cape Cod

Jeanne has over 30 yrs of managerial experience in non-profit and state government agencies in the health care, human services and transportation industries.  She has held senior manager positions overseeing state service provider contracts, federal civil rights compliance programs and corporate diversity initiatives. Read more…

Staff

Patricia Comfort

Executive Director| pcomfort@lwvma.org

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 | bgorman@lwvma.org

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 | tgrenga@lwvma.org

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 | mmaguire@lwvma.org

Maribeth Canning

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Philanthropy | mcanning@lwvma.org

Alexa Williamson

Operations Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Philanthropy | awilliamson@lwvma.org

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 specialists@lwvma.org