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Amanda Berg
Position: 
Director
Local League(s): 

Amanda Berg is a Director of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, and has worked with LWV San Diego since October 2014. She became Director of Voter Service for LWVSD in January 2015 and has been working ever since to encourage voter participation, education, and civil political discourse.

Carol Burr
Position: 
Director
Local League(s): 

Carol is a Director of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. She grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey—something she hopes her accent does not reveal!  It’s right over the Hudson from New York City, where her father worked. She is the third of four children and the only girl. Carol went to Middlebury, a small college in Vermont, majored in English and got involved in student government. The girls were strictly regulated while the boys did whatever they pleased, so she worked to give the girls more freedom.

Position: 
Second Vice President for Voter Service
Local League(s): 

Carol is the Second Vice President for Voter Service of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. She is a 20-year League member who joined the LWV of Sacramento County in 1994. She spent 10 years in various board of director positions, as administrative and program vice president, and two terms as copresident of the League. She chaired the budget committee for many years. Throughout her time in the League, Carol moderated candidate forums, presented Pros and Cons, and headed voter registration drives in area high schools.

Position: 
Secretary

Caroline is the Secretary of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund for 2015-2017. She has been a League member since 1968, when she joined the Tulare County League, and has held most portfolios at the local League level, including that of president. She was on the board of the East San Gabriel Valley League for 2014-2015.

Position: 
Director
Local League(s): 

Christina Dragonetti is a Director of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. She is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area currently living in El Cerrito and working for the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), based in San Francisco. She is a member of the San Francisco League and has served on the California Voter Service Committee for the past year.  

Position: 
First Vice President
Local League(s): 

Gloria is a Director of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. Gloria Chun Hoo is the Council Chair of the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County (which consists of the five local Leagues in the county) and previously served for three years as president of the San Jose/Santa Clara League. During her term as president, LWVSJSC hosted a regional training workshop and the LWVC 2013 Convention, and re-vitalized its public affairs TV program, “LWV Presents: Insights and Perspectives,” shown on CreaTV, a community channel.

Position: 
President
Local League(s): 

Helen Hutchison is President of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, having joined the board first as the Government Director and then as the Second Vice President for Advocacy and Program in 2008. While serving the state League, she has been active in strategic planning, initiative and referendum reform, human resources, training, legislation, ballot measures, and redistricting.

Position: 
Treasurer
Local League(s): 

Jacquie is the Treasurer for the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. She has been a member of the League for over 22 years and has held several positions at the both the state and local level with more emphasis in voter service projects and League studies. At the state level, she served two terms as Voter Service Director. She is most proud of the Easy Voter Guide and Smart Voter work completed during her term. She also served on the state League Education Study Update committee researching and reporting on fiscal matters.

Position: 
Director
Local League(s): 

Jeanne is a Director of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. Jeanne joined the LWV of San Diego in 2003 but wasn't very active until she retired in 2006. She began volunteering at the League and for Common Cause in 2005 to get a running jump on retirement. That opened up a whole new perspective on being an informed voter. She was hired by Common Cause in October 2006 on a part-time basis to be the San Diego organizer. That experience allowed her to see the world of NGOs from a professional viewpoint.

Position: 
Director
Local League(s): 

Joanne Leavitt has served on the LWVCEF Board of Directors since she was appointed in the summer of 2014 to fill the unexpired term of Helen Hutchison. Joanne joined the LWV of Santa Monica in 1984, was elected to that board two years later and has served on the board since then, filling almost every role except treasurer. She served as president twice, first in 1988 and again in 2010-13. She is currently communications director, monitoring Facebook and the Web site and producing a weekly news update.

Karen Vanderwerken
Position: 
Director
Local League(s): 

Karen is a Director of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. She joined LWV North County San Diego in 2016, and became an active member of LWVNCSD volunteering at voter services events. She previously served on LWV Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas Board 2009-2012. She served as Voter Services Chair and implemented Vote 411 for the local League. Karen currently serves on the American Association of University Women Del Mar Leucadia Board as Fund Director. She was previously Program Chair and President of AAUW Tarrant County in Fort Worth, Texas.

Position: 
Director
Local League(s): 

Martha is the First Vice President of the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. She is a member of the North County San Diego League. Joining in 2007, she has served as a local League board member in the roles of Treasurer and VOTER Editor. She served as a member of the local League’s Initiative and Referendum study committee in 2012-13. Martha is currently cochair of the local League’s civil discourse group and has been actively engaged in the study of civil discourse for the past four years.

Position: 
Director
Local League(s): 

Sarah Diefendorf is serving her second consecutive term on the LWVCEF board for 2015-2017.