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LWVHC Board of Directors 2021-2022

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Brenda Sherrer joined the League in 2017. In addition to serving as LWVHC’s President, she chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team, and co-chairs the Student Engagement Team. Brenda is a volunteer with the Hendersonville Rescue Mission and the Boys and Girls Club. She is an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. For over 30 years, Brenda provided strategic planning, career development training and education for Army Civilians and military personnel with the Department of Defense. She retired from the Department of the Army in 2016 and moved to Western North Carolina to golf, hike, kayak, and read more.

Brenda Sherrer, President


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Vacant, Vice President



Liz is a retired tech writer who moved to Hendersonville from Ohio in 2017. A native of New York City, she has a masters in non-profit management from Regis University (Denver CO) and has held leadership positions in various church and community-based nonprofits. She is new to the League but not to political activism, and appreciates the League's efforts to support the democratic process.

Liz Hill, Secretary


Ruth is a retired pharmacist and health services researcher with a PhD in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has had close ties to Henderson County for nearly 40 years, and has actually lived in the county for the past 12 years. Before that, Ruth lived and worked in many parts of the US, including Texas, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and even Nova Scotia. She joined the LWV Henderson County in 2017 in support of the League's mission of defending democracy and empowering voters. Her other interests include volunteering, cooking, gardening, reading, and quilting.

Ruth Baldwin, Treasurer


Paul Goebel is a retired high school social studies teacher and coach. Before his teaching career he was a professional basketball scout. He and his wife Louisa have two children and six grandchildren. Currently he happily serves on the LWVHC Board of Directors, teaches Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church, and volunteers at Meals on Wheels and Fishes and Loaves. He has a keen interest in politics,and readily praises the League of Women Voters for promoting and protecting the most essential ingredient safeguarding our democracy.

Paul Goebel, Director (E)



Gretchen, a lifelong Marylander, moved to the Hendersonville area in 2020 to join her husband who relocated for a new job opportunity. She had joined her local League in Maryland in late 2016 and transferred her membership to the Henderson County League last summer. Through the League, Gretchen hopes to help advance causes that are important to vibrant and safe communities for all including voting rights, transparency in redistricting, education and immigration. Gretchen has her Master's degree in the area of Special Education and has worked to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities obtain the education and support services they need to live safely in their communities for the last 4 decades.

Gretchen Levine, Director (E)


Jane Pulling is a native South Carolinian who grew up in a small town in the Low Country. She holds a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate from the University of Georgia. She is a retired educator with 38 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and superintendent. After retirement she consulted for several years on improving student achievement in underperforming schools and improving college application and admission rates. Married to the late Verne Pulling for 42 years, Jane is the mother of five grown children, six grandsons, and one great grandson. After vacationing at her summer home in Saluda NC for many years, she moved to NC permanently in 2019. She served on the Board of LWV-SC and LWV Charleston. Her hobbies and interests include reading, cooking, gardening, and travel.

Jane Pulling, Director (E)



Originally from Brookyn, NY, Caren taught English at a high school in upstate NY and a community college in southern California before moving to Hendersonville in 1979. She was originally hired by Blue Ridge Community College to develop the literacy council. In 1981 she began teaching English and developmental reading at BRCC and continued to do that until 2016, when she retired. At that time she joined the LWV with an interest in voter services. She also volunteers with the Housing Assistance Corporation and the food pantry at the Interfaith Assistance Ministry. She enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, traveling, and playing mah jongg.

Caren Kessler, Director (A)


Rachel Poller joined LWV Henderson County five years ago after she and her husband retired to Hendersonville in 2013 from Philadelphia. She served four years as President or Co-President of LWVHCNC. Having taught ESL in Peace Corps Zaire, Rachel worked for 25 years in the Camden, NJ city schools: seventeen years teaching and eight years supervising the Bilingual Department. Always politically engaged, Rachel has grown to appreciate the League's commitment to nonpartisanship while advocating for political issues. She's an ethical vegan, erstwhile gardener, and respectable duplicate bridge player.

Rachel Poller, Director (A)



Judy Katz joined LWVHC in 2007 and participated in League studies and observed county meetings. She served as President from 2011-2014 and was elected to LWVNC State Board from 2017-2019. She served on the Board of the HCLWV Education Fund (the Francee Sherman Fund) for 6 years and is currently President. Her community involvement is close to home; she has been a member of the Village of Flat Rock Planning Board for 4 years and a volunteer at The Park at Flat Rock.

Judy Katz, Director (A)



Lynn grew up in the Albany area of New York state where her father ran for public office and her mother helped to form a chapter of the League of Women Voters. She got a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Asian Studies and then spent a 30 year career in the Federal government working for the Department of Defense as a civilian and living in Maryland. She and her husband Stan retired to Hendersonville seven years ago and she is active in the Blue Ridge Ringers community handbell choir, the Joseph McDowell chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the League of Women Voters of Henderson County, focusing on Voter Services for the last two years.

Lynn McFarland, Director (A)


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