League Board 2021-2022

Officers

Karin Bricker, President

Karin recently retired from the City of Mountain View as Manager of Youth and Outreach Services at the Library. Eager for meaningful volunteer opportunities, she chose the League for its mission and passionate team of volunteers. Karin hopes to see many new voters added to the rolls this year. A graduate of U.C.Berkeley, she has lived in Santa Clara County since 1969.

Ellen Wheeler, Vice President – Action

Ellen Wheeler has been a member of the League of Women Voters Los Altos-Mountain View Area since 2002. She’s served on this board in many capacities over the years – as Membership Director, 1st VP of Action (many years ago), and most recently as Social Policy Director. She returns to this board as 1st VP of Action for 2021/22. Ellen is the chairperson of LWV Santa Clara County’s Education Committee, and has also served as the education chairperson of LWVLAMV. Ellen is a past member of the board of the League of Women Voters of California and now serves in a state-wide capacity as a member of the Local League Coach team of advisors to local Leagues. Ellen is a member of the Mountain View Whisman School Board, serving in that capacity since 2002.
 

Lisa McLain, Vice President – Programs

Lisa joined the League to help tend our democracy and has enjoyed registering new voters, working on election related events and community conversations. She has served on the board for the past five years and president from 2019-2021. A resident of Mountain View for almost twenty years, Lisa is also involved in her local neighborhood CERT and along with her dog are part of Furry Friends Pet Therapy visiting retirement and convalescent homes.

headshot Natalie ElefantNatalie Elefant, Treasurer

An active community volunteer Natalie joined the League when she moved back to Los Altos in 2011. One of Natalie’s primary interests is quality public schools and is often seen in classrooms. She also helps with local bereavement programs.When Natalie isn’t gardening you’ll probably find her helping with some of her six young grandchildren.

Cynthia Topole, Secretary

Cynthia is new to League activities. She is a recent retiree after working 30 years at Lockheed Martin-Subcontracts. Cynthia joined the League to understand the working of local democracy. She has lived in Mountain View for over 20 years. Her other volunteer efforts include Stanford Blood Center and member of local Credit Union Branch Advisory Group.

Directors

 

Katie Zoglin headshotKatie Zoglin, Government

Katie Zoglin was born and raised in Santa Clara County. She has served as a lawyer for local governments in the Bay Area for 20 years. Katie has also worked to promote the rule of law and democracy in the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East, and Latin America. She has served an international elections monitor and has also advised local election officials. Katie volunteers time as a community mediator in Mountain View, a Trustee for the World Affairs Council, and a Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Health Advisory Commission.

headshot of Sue GrahamSue Graham, Membership Chair

Sue began volunteering in the community in the early 90’s after a 20-year career with Pacific Bell working in Information Technology. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Mountain View/Los Altos High School for two terms and served on the board of Community Health Awareness Council, a counseling service for young people, for nine years.  Sue joined the LWV because it is an organization that explores issues thoroughly and shares the information with the community. She continues to engage with the League because of the wonderful women and men she has met.

Gary HeddenGary Hedden, Natural Resources Portfolio

Gary Hedden moved to the Bay Area from Oregon in 1972. A pharmaceutical research chemist, he worked at Syntex, and then Roche for 37 years, retiring in 2009. Gary is Board President of the Los Altos History Museum, editor of the quarterly History Museum newsletter, Board President of GreenTown Los Altos, on the Leadership Team for the Los Altos Affordable Housing Alliance (LAAHA) and on the Citizens Advisory Committee on Finance (CACF) for the Los Altos School District. In his spare time he enjoys bike rides and leading bike tours.

Abby Longcor, Social Policy Portfolio

Abby grew up in Mountain View and after college returned to the area to build and manage Beyond the Bell for the Mountain View Whisman School District. She later became a high school math teacher and now leads The Tech Challenge, an engineering design competition for 4th-12th grade students. In 2014 she received the Extraordinary Service Award from the League of Women Voters of California and in 2016 she was recognized as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. She is also an active member of the LWV Housing Committee and a fluent speaker of Spanish.

Pamela Baird, Voter Service

A resident of Mountain View for over twenty years, Pamela has concentrated her community involvement over the past decade. She served four years on the Mountain View Environmental Commission. Currently she is a member of the MV Downtown Advisory Committee and president of the MV Historical Association. Pamela is completing her second term on the board of Friends of Deer Hollow Farm. She and her husband have hosted incoming Stanford foreign graduate students in their home for over fifteen years through a program called “Homestay”.  Pamela has been a member of the League since 2014.

Thida Cornes, Data Manager

Thida Cornes moved to Mountain View in 1999. She served as Vice-Chair on the Mountain View Environmental Sustainability Task Force and was on the Mountain View Parks and Recreation Commission for eight years. Thida is on the board of Carbon Free Mountain View and co-founded Great Streets Mountain View. She has a service dog from Canine Companions for Independence.

Sara Jenez, Director at Large

Sara Jenez has lived in Mountain View for 25 years. As a local LWV member for three years, she has helped register new citizens to vote and pre-registered high school students who will soon be eligible to vote. Sara has been a school volunteer for almost 20 years — as a classroom volunteer, PTA leader, reading tutor, and is currently a mentor to AVID students at MVHS and a first year student at SJSU. In her spare time, Sara loves to play pickleball and hike.

Robin Lin, Director at Large

Robin grew up in the South Bay and has lived in Mountain View since 2010. She’s excited to be a part of the League and further its nonpartisan mission! She is currently a software engineer at Amazon.