LWVT Board of Directors 2018-2019

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Teri Cleeland, President, Membership Chair
tcleeland@embarqmail.com

My life and career have led me to many different places and experiences. I grew up in a civic-minded family in the Mid-Atlantic states but was drawn to the west from an early age.  I went to Arizona for college and became an archeologist and historian, working for the Navajo Nation, National Park Service, and US Forest Service, where I spent most of my career.

I had assignments all over the country, from the Grand Canyon to Washington State, Mississippi, Alabama, and Pennsylvania working in leadership positions as well as in emergency response (fire, tornadoes, and hurricanes). I was a legislative specialist in Washington DC for 8 years. My reward was a posting to Tallahassee in 2009 as the Deputy Supervisor of the National Forests in Florida, where I learned so much about the beautiful lands and waters of our state. I got to retire in 2013 after a wonderful career in public service.

My husband Larry Lesko also retired from the US Forest Service and is a Master Gardner.  Our son Jesse lives with his wife Bonnie in Pittsburgh, and I love having my sister and her family here in Tallahassee. When not volunteering, we enjoy hiking, yoga, attending shows and concerts, and travel near and far.  Teri has been a League board member since 2014.


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Sally Butzin, Vice-President
sally.butzin@gmail.com

Dr. Butzin is the founding President and Executive Director of the Institute for School Innovation in Tallahassee, Florida. She has been an educator and child advocate for over six decades.  She was a classroom teacher in several elementary schools, including the Florida State University Developmental Research School. In 2008 she was named “Distinguished Educator” by the Florida State University College of Education.

Dr. Butzin has published widely in educational and technology journals. She is the author of Joyful Classrooms in an Age of Accountability: The Project CHILD recipe for success (Phi Delta Kappa, 2005). Her most recent book is Creating Joyful Classrooms: A positive response to testing and accountability in the elementary school (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). Sally and her daughter Charlotte Butzin Beal are co-authors of Best Buddies Birthdays: The complete guide for homegrown parties for ages 5-10 (Archway Publishing, 2015).

Now retired, Dr. Butzin has remained active in civic and education volunteer work, frequently featured as an opinion writer in The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. She is past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the International Alliance for Invitational Education. She was appointed by the mayor to serve on the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Tallahassee/Leon County Canopy Roads Citizen Advisory Committee. In 2013 she completed a term as commissioner on the Tallahassee/Leon County Status of Women and Girls Commission. Currently she serves as Vice President of the Tallahassee Chapter of the League of Women Voters, as well as a member of the Board of Stewards of the United Church in Tallahassee.

In her free time, Dr. Butzin enjoys golf, theater, music and travelling worldwide with her husband Peter. They have two daughters, Charlotte Butzin Beal and Jessica Butzin O’Reilly, and four grandchildren.


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Carol Weissert, Secretary
carolweissert@gmail.com

Carol is LeRoy Collins Eminent Scholar and Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. She also serves as director of the LeRoy Collins Institute, a statewide policy organization located at FSU that studies and promotes creative solutions to key private and public issues facing Florida and the nation.  She has published over four dozen articles in political science, public administration and public policy journals and is the author or co-author of four books including Governing Health: The Politics of Health Policy. Prior to coming to Tallahassee in August 2003, she was professor of political science and director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University. Carol served as editor of: Publius: The Journal of Federalism, an international journal on federalism and intergovernmental relations for ten years. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), chartered by Congress in 1984 to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable and transparent organizations. In 2016 she was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science  in Australia. Her doctorate in political science is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

Peggy Ball, Treasurer

Peggy.Ball@comcast.net


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Margaret Boeth (E 2018-20)

Voter Services Chair

rmbt1947@gmail.com

 

 

Liz Holifield (E 2018-20)


lizholifield@yahoo.com

 

Sabrina Hartley (E 2018-20)

sabrina.hartley878@yahoo.com

           

Joan Kanan (E 2017-19)

joankanan03@yahoo.com

 

Sandra Kendall (E 2017-19)

fitzkendall841@gmail.com

 

Erin Edwards (E 2017-19) 

Webmaster

erinedwards22@comcast.net

 

Steve Urse (A)

surse2@comcast.net

 

Phelicia Stiell (A)

pstiell@stielllaw.com

 

Sabrina Hartley (E 2018-20)

sabrina.hartley878@yahoo.com

           

Joan Kanan (E 2017-19)

joankanan03@yahoo.com

 

Sandra Kendall (E 2017-19)

fitzkendall841@gmail.com

 

Erin Edwards, Webmaster  (E 2017-19) 

erinedwards22@comcast.net

 

Steve Urse (A)

surse2@comcast.net

 

Phelicia Stiell (A)

pstiell@stielllaw.com

 

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Trish Neely (A)

neely.fame@gmail.com

  

 

 

         

Barry Munroe (A)

Munroe.Barry@icloud.com

 

Sarah Tyson Alfano (A)

SarahTyson223@gmail.com

 

Katie Bohnett (A)

Katie.Bohnett@gmail.com

 

 

Off-Board Specialists

 

Kathy Winn

Public Health Care Chair

kathywinnclan@embarqmail.com

           

Linda Lee

Climate and Sustainability Chair

leelindaLWV@gmail.com

           

Stuart Baker, Editor

Speakers' Bureau Chair

sbaker@fsu.edu

 

Margie Thomas (E 2016-18)

Public Education Chair

margie.thomas2010@comcast.net

 

Ramona Abernathy-Paine

Local Government Chair

rapweaver@embarqmail.com

           

Linda Davis

Communications Chair

lgdavis75@gmail.com