Our Board

Our League Board 2017-2018

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.

Officers

headshot of Sue GrahamSue Graham, President

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.
Contact Sue at [email protected]

headshot of Carol KuiperCarol Kuiper, Vice President, Program

 

 

 

 

 

Merrian Nevin, Vice President, Action

 

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.

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.

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.

Ellen Wheeler headshot50x150-1Ellen 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 Sc
hool 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.

Vicki Gilfix, Voter Services

Vicki Gilfix has lived in the Cupertino/Mountain View area since the mid ‘80s. Over the years she has owned her own business, served 10yrs on the Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors, the Senior Advisory Council for the City of Mountain View, was honored as a volunteer of the Year, and spent 5 years as an Eldercare Consultant at El Camino Hospital.

Vicki joined the Los Altos – Mountain View League of Women Voters in 2008, where she held various committee positions. Wanderlust hit in 2010 when she and her husband moved to Carmel Valley. Vicki became involved in several community activities, including the Monterey League of Women Voters, where she became a Vice President.

By 2014, the Gilfixes were on the move again, back to the Cupertino area, where she once again joined the Los Altos – Mountain View League of Women Voters. She stepped up to be part of the Voter Services Team in 2016.

Catherine Vonnegut headshot50x150-1Catherine Vonnegut, Data Manger

Catherine was born and raised in Indiana and moved to California after receiving her masters degree in computer science from Purdue. Catherine worked for many years as a software engineer. Her volunteer interest has always included emergency preparedness and health and safety and she is an EMT and volunteers with the American Red Cross First Aid Services Team (FAST). Catherine was on the board of various different PTAs for the entire time her son was in school and still belongs to a regional PTA. She is the webmaster for the Challenge Team of Mountain View-Los Altos-Los Altos Hills, a group of collaborative partners advocating for youth. She looks forward to the database job for the League and being involved particularly with education and healthcare projects of the League.

Sue Graham and Lisa McLain, Voter Editor

Sue Graham, Membership

 

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.

Tricia Jordan headshotTricia Jordan, At-large

Tricia found the 2016 election results to be a strong reminder that being a citizen in a democratic country is a two-way relationship and started looking for a way to actively participate in the process. After learning more about candidates and propositions reading Voter’s EDGE via the League’s website she joined the League of Women Voters. She serves as a member of the Tech Team focusing on the website and joined the Board as a Director-At-Large in 2017.

Tricia is a native Californian and has been in the Bay Area since the early 1980s. She spent decades working in the high tech industry as a software engineer and engineering manager. After receiving her Master’s Degree in 2005 in Counseling Psychology, she began her second career working with at-risk youth in agencies, and adults in Private Practice. She now works part-time as a psychotherapist working with Adults and Couples.

Tricia’s love of nature manifests itself in hiking, photography, birding, and monitoring bluebird boxes.

Lisa McLain, At-large