Our Board

Our League Board 2016-2017

A nominating committee recommends a slate of candidates in late spring. A quorum of members attending the June annual business meeting votes on the slate as part of the meeting agenda.


Katie Zoglin headshotKatie Zoglin, President

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. Contact Katie at [email protected]

Cathy Lazarus headshotCathy Lazarus, VP-Action and Advocacy

Cathy Lazarus was born in New York City, raised in New Jersey and moved to California in high school.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning from Stanford University and Master of City Planning from Harvard University. After receiving her Master’s Degree in 1975, Cathy began an 18-year career with Santa Clara County where she held many positions including Senior Planner, Local Agency Formation Commission Executive Officer, Deputy Parks Director, Strategic Issues Manager and Risk Management Director. In 1994, Cathy joined the City of Mountain View, retiring as Public Works Director in 2009. Her professional areas of expertise include infrastructure and capital project planning, water resources policy, environmental sustainability, solid waste management, transportation policy, personnel management, organizational structure and budget strategy.

Now happily retired, Cathy continues involvement in local government as VP – Action of the Los Altos-Mountain View League of Women Voters, a member of the Community Services Agency of Los Altos-Mountain View and as a member of the Santa Clara County-Florence, Italy Sister Province Commission.

Julie CatesJulie Cates, VP-Program

Julie is looking forward to working with local League of Women Voters’ programs to increase understanding of local public policy issues.  Julie joined the League of Women Voters in 2013 as part of her quest to improve public policies serving low income youth and their families.  She also serves on the League’s Santa Clara County Education Committee and the State Legislation Committee. Beyond the League, Julie is active in multiple coalitions and collaborations serving youth, such as Kids-in-Common, MVLA Challenge Team, Santa Clara County Strong Start and the San Mateo County Big Lift initiatives.

In her previous career Julie spent over 30 years in the high tech industry in a variety of strategic, product and marketing roles.  She has a Masters and a Bachelors of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Julie and her husband, Fred Ware, have three grown sons who all went through Los Altos schools.  Free time is spent with family and friends hiking, sharing books and hanging out.

Abby Longcor, Secretary

Abby Longcor has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Education from Santa Clara University.  She is a fully credentialed teacher. Currently, Abby leads The Tech Challenge, an engineering design competition serving about 3000 4th-12th grade students annually, where teams of students design and build solutions to a real world problem. All of her work has been focused on providing opportunities to students of need. In addition, to her work with students, Abby guest lectures at Santa Clara University in the graduate teaching program and provides professional development to educators on how to incorporate engineering into their K-12 classrooms and programs. 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. Abby is a fluent speaker of Spanish.

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.


Vicki Gilfix, Voter Services


headshot of Sue GrahamSue Graham, Membership

A graduate of Mills College, 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. In 2005, Sue joined the League of Women Voters and has served as Secretary, Membership Chair, VP – Program and President.

Sue joined the League because it is the perfect place to learn about what is going on in local, state and national government and to be in the best position to advocate for good government that serves everyone.

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Ellen Wheeler, Social Policy Portfolio

As Social Policy Director Ellen follows the issues she loves – education, health care, juvenile justice, and mental health. Ellen also serves as the education committee chair of LWV Santa Clara County. Ellen spends most of her non-League time serving as a school board member in the Mountain View Whisman School District. A licensed attorney since 1992, Ellen graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law with an extra certificate in public interest law. Ellen also holds a multiple subject teaching credential.

Ellen is the proud mom of Nathan (a second generation Cal bear), Sarah and Owen. Ellen loves to read, go to movies and plays, go for walks, and have good conversations.

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 Chair of the Los Altos Environmental Commission, helping to implement the city’s climate action plan and investigate community choice energy. Gary is the Energy Lead for GreenTown Los Altos, a local environmental group. He also works on exhibitions at the Los Altos History Museum and last year took the lead on Pedal Power: From Wacky to Workhorse, and he enjoys his role as editor of the Museum’s newsletter. He leads bike rides too. The Historic Bike Tour of Los Altos is in its fourth year, and last Spring he led the Lawn-Be-Gone Bike Tour.

Nancy Brewer CavagnaroNancy Brewer Cavagnaro, Government Portfolio

Nancy Brewer Cavagnaro is an attorney licensed to practice law in California since 1981. She practiced in Santa Clara County at the Office of the Public Defender for thirty years before retiring. She has special interests in criminal justice, constitutional law issues
(particularly Fourth Amendment), juvenile justice and voting rights. After retiring, Nancy taught a course at Stanford Law School for five quarters and was a research consultant for Stanford’s Criminal Justice Center. Now truly retired, Nancy enjoys volunteering in the community and is an avid cookie baker and decorator. A long time Mountain View resident, Nancy is married with one adult son.

Max Beckman-Harned headshotMax Beckman-Harned, Tech Team Chair

Max moved to Mountain View from North Carolina in the fall of 2011 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; accepting a job offer with Microsoft after a successful internship (also in Mountain View) during the summer of 2010.  Overwhelmed by the relative complexity of his first California election in the fall of 2012, he found SmartVoter.org and spent hours learning about the candidates and measures on the ballot. After the election, he joined LWVLAMV; started attending League events, and joined the board as a Director-At-Large on July 1st, 2013. He began layout of the Voter in October 2013 and officially became the Voter (Production) Editor in January 2014. In his spare time, Max attends plays all over the South Bay and reads (mostly) fantasy and science fiction books.

headshot Dorethea Grimes FarrowDorothea Grimes-Farrow, At-large

Dr. Dorothea Grimes-Farrow joined the League in 2012 and serves as a Director at Large and as an observer for the El Camino Hospital. She works for Cisco Systems, Inc as the Director of Supply Chain Operations. At Cisco, she promotes and sponsors broad-reach opportunities to help others grow professionally through mentoring, coaching and shared career experiences.

Dorothea has served as a panelist and keynote speaker supporting various initiatives and programs focused on women’s leadership, professional, and personal growth. She was a Regional White House Fellow Finalist, recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry Award, and the AT&T Chairman’s Quality Award. She holds four patents and is a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

Merrian Nevin, At-large