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Our Board of Directors

The board meets via Zoom on the first Thursday of the month at 3pm. All members are invited to attend: just send an email to the President to get directions for attendance.  We are happy to have more members participate! 
The next election for the Board of Directors is at our Annual Meeting in 2024.  Contact us.

Martha Butzier


Martha joined the League in January 2022. In an effort to gain greater insights into how the League functions, she volunteered to join the Board as Secretary last July. She discovered serving on the board is a great way to find what interests her the most and get more involved. Her faith has compelled her to support quests for diversity, equity and inclusion for people who tend to be on the margins of society. She has discovered the League at all levels, national, state and local, seeks to recognize and give voice to all by ensuring the right to vote. She offers a bit of new member advice - Pick an area of interest and get involved!

Diane McNutt


Diane McNutt is a native of San Jose with a B.A. in Journalism and M.S. in Mass Communications from San Jose State University. She owned her own PR/marketing communications business and worked on several community celebration milestone events in San Jose including Destination Downtown and the openings of the Convention Center, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Guadalupe River Park and Santana Row. She founded and served as Faculty Director of the SJSU Certificate in Marketing Communications program. Diane also has experience as an elected official, serving on the Los Gatos Town Council for 12 years including two stints as Mayor. She is a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose and recently retired as the Coordinator of Silicon Valley Reads. She joined the League in 2018 and became Communications Director in 2020. She also is Chair of the Public Events Committee and was a member of the Position Study Committee on San Jose Governance.

Carol Watts

Vice President

Carol joined the League in about 1994 after retiring from IBM while living in Los Altos. She
served on the board of LWV Los Altos/Mountain View for several years including two years
as president. She worked on the first or very early editions of several League web sites:
local, state, SmartVoter, and League Easy Web. Moving to San Jose in 2004, she joined our
League. She was honored to serve as president from 2019-2022 and enjoys working with
such a talented and dedicated board and active members. Currently she is co-chair of the Membership Committee.

Linda Marquez


Linda joined the League in July of 2022 after retiring from Lam Research. She knew of the League of Women Voters through her mother and she also used information provided by the League to help make an informed vote. She is very passionate about keeping voting rights and providing correct information on the candidates and the issues, so she joined the League and works on our Vote411 project. After attending some in-person events, she decided to become a member of the Climate Change Committee and was encouraged by that committee to join as a volunteer of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority as a Trail Patrol and a citizen member of the Expenditure Oversight Committee. She is currently serving as Secretary.

Anita Romero


Anita joined the League in 2020. She retired from Silicon Graphics in 2007. For the last 15
years of her career, she managed a multi-million dollar remarketed workstation business.
She has admired League of Women Voters from afar for many years, appreciating their
insightful and comprehensive election information. She is especially interested in
supporting voter registration efforts.

Vicki Alexander


Vicki is the Co-Chair of the LWVSJ/SC Action Committee. Previously, she was the Co-Chair of the Local Governance Study Committee and she also served as the Co-Chair of the Natural Resources/Climate Change Committee. Vicki is a longtime community volunteer working with organizations including the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Cambrian Community Council, Save Our Shores, Yosemite Volunteers in the Parks, and Union and Campbell Union High School Districts. She is currently serving on the Board of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. She has an MA in teaching and has spent the last 20 years managing a family-owned manufacturing business.

Martha Beattie


Martha Beattie joined this League in 2004 when she retired from Santa Clara County Drug and Alcohol Services, having served as Director of Evaluation. She was previously a member of LWV in Youngstown, Ohio and Providence, RI. She most enjoys working on local, state and national studies and, for LWV California, as Legislative Analyst/Policy Director for Open Government bills. In our local League she has been Action Chair, President, Treasurer, and now director of our Pros and Cons team for several years.

Roma Dawson


Roma is Chair of our Housing/Homeless Committee and currently serves as president of the LWV Bay Area which includes all Leagues within the nine Bay Area counties. Her portfolio is social policy. In 2020 she added the LWVC Housing and Homelessness Committee as a legislative analyst. In the community, Roma is Vice Chair of the City of San Jose Housing and Community Development Commission. She previously served two terms on the San Jose Arts Commission. Roma has a extensive background as a policy analyst and chief of staff for several City of San Jose officials and for Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. She also has held marketing positions with the San Jose Downtown Association and San Jose Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

Gloria Chun Hoo


Gloria is 2nd Vice President for Program and Advocacy for LWV California and sits on the State Board. She served as president of our San Jose/Santa Clara League (2013-2015) and has served in a variety of roles with League. Now retired, she worked in marketing and public relations in both the private sector and in the museum field. For ten years she produced and hosted a public affairs program “Asian Focus” for the Boston CBS affiliate. She has served on the national board of the YWCA, the City of San Jose Planning Commission, and the Citizens’ Advisory Committee of the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. Gloria is also co-chair of the CreaTV San Jose Board of Directors.

Gloria Loventhal


Gloria became a member of the League in 2020 and was honored to join the Board in 2022. She serves as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and believes that the work of the League is very important to support educating the members and the public about the importance of voting and making good decisions. A quote that guides her: “None of us are free, until all of us are free.” (Emma Lazurus).

Sandy Mory


Sandy has been a League member since 2002, holding positions of Co-president, Voter Service chair and Vice President. Sandy has been the co-chair of the state convention and secretary/treasurer of the League County Council. Her current main interests are organizing candidate forums and promoting Voter Registration.

Julie Pollitt


Julie is co-chair of our active Action Committee.
Now retired, she worked in aerospace for the federal government, spending 25 years at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As an engineer at NASA, she had a varied career, that Included technical program/project management while working locally at Ames Research Center, then on the policy and planning side while at Headquarters in Washington, DC. She was the lead of strategic planning and performance management, was a member of the NASA Administrator’s Strategy Team recommending future directions, and had a stint as the Deputy Budget Director, developing the budget request to the US Congress. Prior to moving to NASA-HQ, Julie spent a year working as US congressional staff in an Ohio office writing law on military aerospace and defense, specifically to govern decision-making at the Air Force on science and technology investments. Ms. Pollitt also was the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Implementation Executive responsible for the successful implementation of this Presidential priority at NASA. She formulated the objectives and priorities for NASA’s implementation, and assured compliance with the Recovery Act, at all 10 NASA centers. Upon retirement, she returned to California to lay a foundation for a possible future career in wine making.

Charlene Siddens


Charlene has lived in San Jose for 50 years in multiple neighborhoods including Almaden Valley, Willow Glen, Naglee Park and downtown. She is a retired Physician who trained at UCSF and Stanford in Pediatrics. She worked as a Pediatrician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center with expertise in Pediatric Endocrinology for nearly 40 years. She served as a Stanford Clinical Professor and was also in private practice in Almaden for 14 years. She is interested in voter education and registration and looks forward to working with the women and men in our organization.

Rosaleen Zisch


Rosaleen joined the League in 2004 and served as Vice President for three years. She has also been active in Voter Service, working on voter registration, Candidate Forums and as Kids Voting State Coordinator among many other roles in the League. A retired teacher, she is a Supervisor of Student Teachers for San Jose State University and the moderator of Presbyterian Women for three counties.

We are pleased to have our local League "Coach", Ann Havlik, join us for most of our board meetings.  Thank you, Ann, for your support and advice!

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