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 2023.  Contact us.

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Taryn Upchurch

President

Taryn joined LWVSJSC in 2020, and quickly became involved with the Pros&Cons team, the local governance study committee, as well as the legislative interview process. When she is not volunteering with LWVSJSC, Taryn works full-time as the director of outreach at Tru School in Palo Alto, and also runs her own management consulting business on the side.

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 has been honored to serve as president since 2019 and enjoyed working with such a talented and dedicated board and active members in the last three years.

Martha Butzier

Secretary

Martha is new to California, San Jose and the League. After relying on the League for unbiased guidance wherever she lived, she knew she would join when she retired. She retired! Now, she is looking forward to discovering where her gifts might best be utilized and participating in the work of the League.

Anita Romero

Treasurer

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

Director

Vicki is the Chair of the LWVSJSC 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.

Gloria Chun Hoo

Director

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.

Roma Dawson

Director

Roma has served on the board as Program Director for five years. She will continue to lead our Housing/Homeless Committee. Roma is the President of the League of Women Voters Bay Area. In 2020 she added the LWVC Housing and Homelessness Committee as a legislative analyst. Having completed two terms on the San Jose Arts Commission, Roma was recently appointed to its Housing and Community Development Commission. Roma has an 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 Loventhal

Director

Gloria became a member of the League in 2020 and is honored to join the Board this year. She is not new to board work. As a native of San Jose, she co-owned Leadership Connection. They served as neutral facilitators for business, education, non-profit boards, and management teams. Their focus was strategic planning, and team and board development. Training in collaborative leadership was also an emphasis. Leadership Connection worked with the belief that the people in the room have the answers and everyone is a teacher, a leader and a learner. Because Gloria believes in equal rights for all people, she wants to work with the League to support educating the members and the public about the importance of voting and making good decisions.

Diane McNutt

Director

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.

Sandy Mory

Director

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.

Our Board of Directors meet on Zoom.

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!