Board & Staff
Board and staff of the League of Women Voters of Portland.
The League of Women Voters of Portland is governed by a working board of directors. Each board member takes leadership of a portfolio suited to his or her interests and skills. Board meetings are held monthly from August through May.
League Leaders (2015-2016)
Margaret Noel, President
Margaret first became an active volunteer with the League of Women Voters of Portland in 1993. She served on the LWVPDX Board from 1994 to 1998, and was elected to the LWV of Oregon Board in 1997. She was LWVOR President 2003-2007 and LWVOR Nominating Committee Chair 2009-11. As a League member and officer, she has worked on Voter Service,Action, Nominating, Development, Budget and Study Committees. For the 2008 LWVUS
Convention in Portland, she was Floor Committee Co-Chair. Professionally, Margaret worked as a middle-school science teacher and as a producer of educational audio-visual programs. Her husband Gordon is an emeritus professor of medicine at the Portland VA Hospital and OHSU. They have three daughters and four grandchildren. Margaret's interests include running and walking, her dog, grandchildren, gardening, antiques and travel.
Debbie Kaye, 1st Vice President, Membership/Outreach
With an international relations degree from Brown University, Debbie first worked in the peace education field. She spent two years in Santiago, Chile, where she learned Spanish (with a strong Chilean accent!), worked as a buyer for a Brazilian department store, and traveled extensively in Latin America. Bracketing her Chilean experience, Debbie worked in finance leasing in San Francisco. Returning to her native Portland with her husband and two young sons in 1990, Debbie joined the League and also became deeply engaged at Catlin Gabel School where she chaired the alumni board and served on the board of trustees as well as parent groups. Volunteer coordination became her strength, first at Friendly House Preschool, and then for Catlin Gabel’s legendary rummage sale (1,000 volunteers!), Eliot Institute summer camp, and the 2008 LWVUS national convention. She has led the nominating process for several organizations. For the Portland League, Debbie was a unit leader for many years and now serves as Membership chair, and with Voter Service, coordinating the Speakers Bureau and moderating candidate and ballot measure forums. She enjoys gardening, a book group, singing, target shooting, and travel.
Peggy Bengry, 2nd Vice President, Voter Service
Peggy joined the League in 2008, shortly after retiring from IBM as a software engineer. Her interest in the League came from seeing the respect accorded Kappy Eaton at a hearing in Salem on preference voting and learning from Kappy's testimony that LWVOR was doing a study on voting systems. Peggy volunteered to help with that study and, delighted with the talented, competent people she found in the League, went on to edit the Voters' Guide. Peggy lives with her partner on their 82-acre farm in Yamhill County where she has planted 10 acres of hazelnuts. Farming, gardening and sewing are her favorite activities.
Mary Hepokoski, Treasurer
Mary and her husband, Peter, are native Minnesotans. She joined the League of Women Voters of Golden Valley in 1979 when her first son, Daniel, was one. She served on their board for most of the next 23 years in one capacity or another. Mary and Peter served as foster parents for 14 years. In 2000 the company Peter worked for was bought out in a friendly international take-over and two years later Peter was transferred to West Chester, PA. After Peter retired in 2005 they decided to move to Portland where Daniel lives. Their other son, Karl, his wife Natalie, and their now two-year-old daughter, Elodie, live in Windsor, Ontario. Mary has served as the Member Education Chair for the Portland League and co-chaired the LWV of Oregon Elections Method study. Mary enjoys among many hobbies cross country skiing and gardening. She and Peter are also volunteer tax preparers through the AARP Foundation.
Debbie Aiona, Action Chair
Debbie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and first joined the League in 1979 in Salt Lake City, UT. Other places where she was a member include Greenville, S.C., Lexington, KY and Portland. As a 25-year resident of Portland, she has held a number of positions in the local League including president. She now serves the organization as a board member and action committee chair. Issues on which she personally focuses include affordable housing, police oversight, campaign finance reform and urban renewal. In addition to her work on the LWV Portland board, she is a board member of the Coalition of Advocates for Equal Access for Girls, a statewide organization that works to ensure that girls receive equal access to all of the appropriate gender-specific support and services they need to help them develop to their full potential.
Paulette Meyer, Program/Civic Education
Marion McNamara, Voter Editor
Fran Dyke, Development
Fran moved to Portland from Eugene in 2012 after retiring from the University of Oregon as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration. Prior to joining the University as a budget analyst in 1991 she worked for both national and regional public accounting firms. Since moving from the east coast to Eugene in 1974 she has been actively involved in community and civic organizations and served in leadership positions in Planned Parenthood, local school organizations, Rotary, her church and a continuing care retirement community. She is active in the Portland City Club and served on the 2013 research committee for property tax reform and now the property tax reform advocacy committee. She and her husband Tom enjoy hiking, the Native Plant Society, book discussion and travel. They are fortunate to be in Portland with their adult daughter and son, their spouses and their children.
James Ofsink, Voter Service Forums
James Ofsink is passionate about making this world a better place. He is humbled to be a part of the League of Women Voters and is excited to work to educate himself and others on the democratic details of our society. James has been a public servant for the last ten years and believes wholeheartedly in the positive effects that good policy has in our communities. He is a big-picture thinker, always imagining better ways of structuring complex systems and strives to find the key opportunities to make productive change. He began working directly with the League on redistricting reform and continues to lead a statewide coalition to improve the line-drawing process. Other interest areas include: campaign finance reform, reversing corporate personhood precedents, alternative voting methods, combating media degradation, and preserving our natural environment. James and his partner Stasia live in SE Portland.
Janet Youel, Units
I joined the LWV of White Bear Lake, MN soon after I moved there from St. Louis, MO. in 1992. I read in the once/week newspaper there that a meeting was being held in a member's home. Meeting nice people and learning about an issue of interest, I found I had time and wanted to get involved.
My educational background includes: Baccalaureate degree from U of MN (go Gophers!) and Master of Nursing degree, in Maternal-Child Health Education from UW (go Huskies!) My husband and I have three children, Charles, Anna and Nathan. We have two grandchildren, Attie, 3 1/2 years old and Charlie, 10 months old. We moved to Oregon two years ago.
My career path was varied and exciting; Teaching Nursing at college level, Staff Nursing in Pediatrics, also Labor and Delivery, Public Health Nursing, Expert witness in court cases (only one case went to trial) Home Health Nursing, Clinic Nursing in Women's and Men's Correctional Institutions...
Off Board Committee Leaders
Endowment Fund Committee
Corinne Paulson (Chair)
Anne Davidson (Treasurer)
Kathleen Hersh, (Chair)
After receiving her degree in Biology, Kathleen worked as an investigator for the Food and Drug Administration, first in the San Francisco office then in the Portland office. She then started and ran her own business, a travel agency, for a number of years. Most recently she worked as an administrative assistant through a temporary agency at a number of Portland area businesses--large and small. She has served the Portland League as Voters’ Guide editor, Unit Leader and Web Editor.
Kris Hudson (Chair)
Voter Registration/Naturalization Ceremony
Janine Settelmeyer (Chair)
Special Projects (Directory of Elected Officials, Other)
Website, Facebookc and Twitter
Kathleen Hersh, Liz Conroy-Yockim, Minda Seibert
Amy Beltaine, Office Manager
Amy Beltaine became LWV of Portland’s Office Manager in June, 2013. She was a computer programmer, trainer, and Information Technology manager with Cornell University for 20 years. Her current profession is as a Unitarian Universalist community minister where she preaches, teaches, counsels and does outreach and advocacy. She lives in southeast Portland with her spouse, Heidi, and the cutest beagle in the world, Zim.