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LWVHC Committees and Teams

LWV Henderson County (LWVHC) has a variety of committees and teams that members may join. While teams focus on public policy issues, committees support the operation of the organization. Members decide what they can contribute based on their personal interests, expertise, or time. The best way to get active within the League is to join a team or committee! (Regular team meetings are posted in the meetings calendar; committee meetings scheduled as needed.)

[Below, click person name to see bio; click committee or team to send email for more information or to join.]

 

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

The Communications Committee works to promote LWVHC events, maintain the website, post to LWVHC’s social media feeds, produce the bimonthly Update, produce the Annual Report, and increase LWVHC’s visibility in the community.

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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      Communications Chair

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION TEAM

The Diversity Team Henderson County has joined the LWVUS and LWVNC in its outreach commitment to support inclusion, diversity, and equity not only in recruiting members but also in educational programming and advocacy events.

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Brenda Sherrer joined the League in 2017 and currently serves as President. 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      DEI Chair

EDUCATION TEAM

The Education Team focuses on issues impacting public schools in Henderson County and NC. Some members of this committee observe Henderson County Board of Education meetings.

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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    Education Team Chair

FAIR DISTRICTS TEAM

The Fair Districts Team works with LWVNC Fair Districts and Fair Districts WNC to get reasonable redistricting reform in place for the 2021 redrawing and end unfair maps in our state. The team works to disseminate information to the public on the urgent need for redistricting reform to support our democracy.

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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. 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      Fair Districts chair

FINANCE COMMITTEE

The Finance Committee works with the Treasurer to ensure the fiscal stability of LWVHC. Committee members review financial statements, evaluate expenses, and develop an annual budget.

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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 United States 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      Finance Committee Chair

HOME / OBSERVER TEAM

The Home/Observer Team (H/OT) invites you to join us to explore common ground with our elected and appointed officials and to represent LWV at local board and commission meetings that interest you. Please share what you learn and help all of us become more active, informed participants in matters of community, local, state, and national significance.

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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. 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      Home /Observer Team Chair

IMMIGRATION TEAM

The Immigration Team works to educate and advocate in our community on issues such as DACA, hate rhetoric, unaccompanied minor children, human trafficking, and uncertainty of deportations. We work to support our vibrant local immigrant population along with our friends and community partners.

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Marcella Lesher has not entered biographical information yet.

Marcella Lesher    Immigration Team chair

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Membership Committee promotes recruitment and retention of League members. It manages membership databases and hosts new member orientation events.

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Sharon has lived in Hendersonville for the past 42 years, arriving from Kathmandu, Nepal, with her husband, and first of two children. She studied in Massachusetts and Washington DC, lived in Michigan, Fiji, and Thailand, always looking for transparency and voter voices in kingdoms, Commonwealth, and democractic governments. After 29 years teaching exceptional education students in the Henderson County Public Schools, she is retired, enjoying swimming/yoga, garden/travel, and grandchildren (Seattle and Boulder). Hearing about The League at her mother’s knee in Rochester, NY, she continues to be eager to share the potential of League study, action, and friendships to build wise, inclusive, communities.

Sharon Burlingame     and
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Nan is a 5th generation Texan, raised in New Orleans, graduated from college in Sewanee, Tennessee but found her heart’s home in Henderson County 46 years ago. She worked at a variety of jobs - paralegal, camp administrator, business owner, caterer - but the most fun was training to be a sommelier and running a restaurant wine program. She has three children, three stepsons, four daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law and is Nana to five only-children grands. She loves her family, travel, wine, genealogy research, and voters rights. A LWV member since 2014, Nan has worked on multiple committees, served as Co-President, and is on the LWVNC Nominating Committee.

Nan Jennings      Membership Committee co-chairs

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The Nominating Committee identifies nominees for election and appointment to the LWVHC Board of Directors. Members of the Nominating Committee are elected at the Annual Meeting.

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Annette Dubrouillet has not entered biographical information yet.

Annette Dubrouillet   and
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Marcella Lesher has not entered biographical information yet.

Marcella Lesher    Nominating Committee co-chairs

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

The Strategic Planning and Governance Committee has formed to ensure that programming, processes, and activities align with the LWVHC annual plan and work toward the goals established and intended outcomes/results.

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Nan is a 5th generation Texan, raised in New Orleans, graduated from college in Sewanee, Tennessee but found her heart’s home in Henderson County 46 years ago. She worked at a variety of jobs - paralegal, camp administrator, business owner, caterer - but the most fun was training to be a sommelier and running a restaurant wine program. She has three children, three stepsons, four daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law and is Nana to five only-children grands. She loves her family, travel, wine, genealogy research, and voters rights. A LWV member since 2014, Nan has worked on multiple committees, served as Co-President, and is on the LWVNC Nominating Committee.

Nan Jennings      SPG Committee chair

STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Strategic Development Committee designs a fundraising campaign vision, the steps to achieve it, and how this plan reinforces the LWVHC’s mission of Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy.

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Liz is a retired tech writer who moved to Hendersonville from Ohio in 2017. Liz 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      Strategic Development Committee chair

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT TEAM

This team is responsible for outreach to full-time students, 16+ years, to engage them in the work of democracy. To continue to support the vital discussions on societal and political issues that LWV has built its reputation upon, the League needs a membership that is reflective of our communities including new and young people.

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Kathy is a retired media buyer who moved to Hendersonville from South Carolina in 2014. She had been active in the League in South Carolina in the 1990s and joined the LWVHC to become involved in the community here. Kathy has served on the Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the Student Engagement Team. She also serves on the Communications Team and sends out press releases for the League.

Kathy Trice      Student Engagement Team chair

STUDENTS VOTING FOR DEMOCRACY

This team works to promote civics education and student participation in the election process by working in coordination with Henderson County Public Schools to have students cast informed on-line votes on candidates and issue questions appropriate to their age levels, K-12, during midterm and Presidential election years. The Students Voting for Democracy team has helped thousands of Henderson County Public School students practice voting in the 2014, 2016 and 2018 elections. The team organizes and prepares for the 23 public schools’ mock elections in the odd-numbered years.

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Bettie Liebzeit is a retired educator who grew up in Texas. She and her husband spent 40 plus years in education, in the U.S. (Texas and Michigan) and also in American independent schools abroad. She has lived in Greece, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Germany, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Libya. She taught U.S. history and civics to middle and high school students from over 35 different countries--many of whom wanted an American based education so they could come to the U.S. for advanced education and return home to help instill American values of democracy.

Bettie Liebzeit     and
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VACANT has not entered biographical information yet.

VACANT    SVFD co-chairs

VOTER SERVICES TEAM

The Voter Services Committee organizes voter registrations, develops nonpartisan voter guides, educates voters about the election process, and hosts candidate forums in the community. Some of the committee members observe public meetings of the Henderson County Board of Elections.

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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      Voter Services Chair


Propose A New Committee Or Team

 The Board of Directors forms new committees to work to support the LWVHC. With the approval of the Board, members may form a new committee to work on an issue that supports a League policy position. Contact the President for more information. Please review League policy positions. The project proposal form can serve as a useful guide for getting started.