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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

     

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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

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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

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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)

     

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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)

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Debi was not politically active before 2016, but since has become intensely interested in the electoral process. What she has learned may be a cliché but that’s because it’s true, Democracy is not a spectator sport. She grew up in Akron, OH and moved to Memphis, TN where she worked as a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines for 25 years. When her son went off to college in 2011, she and her husband moved to Hendersonville in search of adventure, nature and beauty. A believer in giving back, she has always volunteered but is currently working with the Literacy Council, and Guardian ad Litem programs. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling. Since moving to this artistic area, she’s been inspired to learn quilting and knitting.



Debi Miller, Director (E)

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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)

     

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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)

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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)

     

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