Terese Grant, President 2019-2021. Terese was Director 2017-19. She has always had a great interest in issues that affect us here and abroad. She was introduced to League by attending local forums and eventually joined the Grinnell League because she could see that the League cared about many of the same issues as she did. She states, "I was also very impressed with the talented and intelligent people that I met through League." After joining she was asked to be in charge of Voter Services. Currently Terese serves as Co-President of the Grinnell LWV. She continues to be impressed and inspired by the work of LWV at local, state and national levels. By profession Terese is a French teacher, now retired. She has taught in public and private schools in Iowa and New Jersey. She and her husband, Warren, also taught at international schools in Dongguan, China and Kiev, Ukraine. They have two sons who are also teachers. Her older son is married with two children and lives in Fairbury, Illinois and her other son teaches in an international school in Xiamen, China.
Nancy Halvorson, Vice President 2019-2020. Nancy was a Director, appointed in 2018. She grew up in Omaha and in 1975 moved to Ames. She was employed by Iowa Department of Transportation for 26 years, beginning as a secretary and moving up to Manager of Relocation Assistance. She served the IRWA (International Right of Way Association) in several state, regional, and international offices. She retired in 2010. Nancy joined LWV because she wanted to be more visibly politically active. Before she knew it she was membership co-chair., then secretary, and has just completed a two-year term as co-president of Ames and Story County.
Polly Horton, Secretary 2019-2021. Polly was Vice President 2015-2018, and was a LWVIA Director 2014-2016. Polly joined the League in 2004, after being invited to a local League of Women Voters Johnson County event by a League member. She was impressed with the knowledge of government issues and governmental process that the League members discussed. She began attending forums, programs, and meetings, that the LWVJC sponsored. In 2006, Polly was invited to serve a two year term on the LWVJC Board, and then elected to serve two terms as President (2008-2013). Post-Presidency, she remained on the LWVJC Board as Membership, Leadership & Development (MLD) chairperson and volunteered as Finance Campaign chair this year. Membership in League has been fulfilling in forming friendships and leadership skills. As a LWVIA Board member, Polly will work to maintain the collaboration between Local Leagues that MLD has fostered. The issues of Voting Rights and Water Quality are her priorities for advocacy.
Linda Meloy, Treasurer 2018-2020. Linda was also treasurer from 2016 - 2018. She is a long-time League member, having served as President more than once in Muscatine where she lived for more decades than she likes to count! She now lives in Iowa City and belongs to the LWV of Johnson County. She is a retired Professor Emeritus, having trained teachers at the graduate level to work with children with learning and behavior problems due to her school psychologist credential. Linda is Nonna to three little boys who live in Marshalltown. Their parents (the Daddy is her son) are both engineers at Emerson. Linda has two other children - a biological son who is a computer engineer in Scottsdale, AZ, and an adopted Korean daughter who is a chef-in-training (and poet) in Portland, OR. Linda has been part of a number of studies during her early days in LWV and was very involved in emergency medical services (EMS), helping move such a service from private providers to a fire department-based tax-supported service in Muscatine. She also was part of the State League’s EMS study presented at the 2015 Convention. Linda credits her involvement in League at the beginning of her life in Iowa with providing her an avenue to not only know more about her new community and her new state, but in forging life-long friends of like minds and interests. She has found similar benefits from her long-time involvement in Muscatine Sister Cities and more recent involvement in Project Green in Iowa City and her new League friends in Iowa City.
Mary Rae Bragg, Past President 2019-2020. Mary Rae was President 2016-2019 (serving the second year of a two year term and then an elected two year term). Mary Rae previouslly served as Secretary on the LWVIA Board from 2013-2016. Mary Rae retired in June 2009 after 13 years as a political reporter for the Telegraph Herald, Dubuque. As political reporter, she covered forums and legislative update sessions sponsored by Dubuque’s League of Women Voters. Upon retirement she joined LWV because of a personal commitment to the League’s goal of an informed and involved electorate. Through her League membership, she became active in the "50-50 in 2020" voter initiative and was named to that group’s board of directors early in 2012. A native of Jefferson, Iowa and a 1964 graduate of Drake University, she lives in Dubuque, with her three sons and their families living in Troy, Michigan, Zimmerman, Minnesota, and Bluffton, South Carolina.
Sue Wilson, Director 2019-2021. Previously served as Director 2017-2019. Sue received her BSN from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1980, practiced community health nursing in Omaha, earned an MSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center two years later. When she moved to Milwaukee to join the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee she taught nursing students and conducted independent nursing research. When moving to Iowa to teach at the University of Iowa College of Nursing she studied issues related to health care through the Iowa Nurses Association Legislative Committee. She became more politically active first by participating in the Iowa Caucuses and then by working for local and state candidates. After moving to Dubuque she was happy to find an active chapter of the League of Women Voters which worked hard to inform the public and encourage participation in our democracy. She continues to serve as a Dubuque League's Recording Secretary since 2001.
Mary Ann Nelson, Director 2019-2021. Previously served as Director 2017-19. Mary Ann joined League of Women Voters Linn County with the hope of being able to advocate for better mental health care and more family empowerment after living through situations with five family members that had serious mental health diagnosis. However, leading a mental health advocacy was difficult given the raw emotional scars left behind from the past. With a BS in art and MA in Education, she taught art and regular classroom in elementary for 33 years before retiring in 2003. She is vice-president of LWV Linn County. Mary Ann took over the MLD (Membership & Leadership Development) State Leadership in 2014 and would like to make the MLD committee in every local league to be a vibrant, active group leading to growth. Working on Clean Water has become an important issue for which she believes the league can make a difference. Often you will find her visiting her children and their families in Denver, NYC, and D.C
Gaylen Wobeter, Director 2018-2020. Previously served as Director 2016-2018. Gaylen retired in 2006 from many years as a school guidance counselor. She became interested in the League of Women Voters by attending Legislative Forums the Johnson County League conducts every winter. Soon she joined the League and gradually became more involved, first on the Board of Directors, then as Secretary on the Board, and for the last two years as President of the Johnson County League. Gaylen has learned much from the League and appreciates the long term commitment of League members past and present who work on making our democracy viable and alive. The work of the League is often not glamorous and takes time and effort, but it is the way to get goals accomplished. Gaylen is married to Tony Wobeter, and they live in Iowa City. Since retiring they have had several European trips and plan to do more traveling while they are able. They also travel to visit two daughters and their families, Audrey in Berkeley, California, and Amy in Missoula, Montana. Gaylen enjoys outdoor activities, especially biking, walking, and cross country skiing.
Bev VerSteegh, Director 2019-2021. Previously served as Director 2017-19. Bev is currently President of the Ottumwa LWV chapter. She is retired from DHS and is employed part time as a mental health therapist. Bev joined the League 10 years ago after watching a televised candidate forum. She serves on the Regional Mental Health Advisory Board and also volunteers as a poll worker for Wapello County. Her important issues are mental health care as well as water quality and protecting the vote.
Nancy Lefgren Porter, Director 2018-20. Previously served as Director 2016-2018. Nancy currently serves on several executive boards including the Iowa City and Iowa State Education Associations, the East Central Uniserve Unit, the Johnson County League of Women Voters, the Altrusa International Club, United Nations Association of Iowa and the National Education Association Peace and Justice Caucus. She enjoys activities with the Retired Educators of Iowa and the University of Iowa Club. Nancy substitutes in the educational psychology ward of the University of Iowa Hospital. She volunteers with the free lunch program, Peace Iowa and Hancher Auditorium Guild. With a Master in science education and a reading endorsement, she continues mentoring student teachers. Nancy taught for more than 40 years in the Iowa City Community School District before retiring in 2010. She has written curriculum and taught for the University of Iowa and Viterbo University. She was recognized last spring by her HS with an induction to the Hall of Fame. In her spare time, she enjoys her five grandchildren. She has seen all of them perform on stage. They entertain her through their activities such as class officers, athletics, singers, dancers, playing musical instruments, frisbee golf and lacrosse. They live in the state of NY. Porter has traveled to all 50 states and three foreign continents. She also enjoys dancing and many forms of music. She has always been proud to say she is from Iowa and grew up with Midwest corn in her blood. She has a life long love of education. Her mother always said, “Work to the best of your ability and get a good education. They can’t take an education away from you!” Nancy has been active with the Johnson County LWV in some capacity since Jean Loyd Jones was acting president.
Raven Hollenhorst, Director 2019-2021. Raven became interested in the League of Women Voters after being recruited to join and learning about the consensus process used in determining our positions. She believes it is the answer to the current conundrums we commonly face when we try to talk about politics in the world at large. Raven is currently working to rebuild the Davenport League and is president of the Davenport Unit of the Johnson County League of Women Voters. Raven currently works as a paralegal, and has a huge interest in criminal and juvenile justice reform. Raven has also worked as an advocate for victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and human trafficking. She is very committed to those causes as well. Raven looks forward to helping bring new faces to the League with diverse voices and experiences.
Doris Kelley, Director 2019-2021. Doris Kelley, previously a Director 2017-2019 and a member of Black Hawk-Bremer Counties League of Women Voters, has an extensive professional background in community economic development, marketing and public relations. As the Director of Consulting Services for DesignLiNC, Inc. a consulting and design company based in Lawrence, Kansas, Kelley lead the company’s telecommunications consulting efforts throughout the United States. Kelley served as the Director of the Cedar Falls Main Street Program from 1993 to 1995. She served as Cedar Falls Utilities chief spokesperson and marketing director from 1995 thru 2000. Kelley also served as the Utilities legislative liaison, playing a key role in securing legislators’ support for amending Iowa’s open meetings and open records laws. From April of 2003 thru January 2004, she served as the Telecommunications Coordinator for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities. Kelley served as an elected legislator in the Iowa House of Representatives (2007-2011). During 2012-2014, she served as Chair, Vice-Chair and Executive Director of the Iowa Board of Parole. In 1998 she was inducted into International WHO’S WHO of Information Technology and in 2010 the Cedar Falls Business and Professional Women recognized Kelley as the Cedar Valley Woman of the Year. Besides Board membership to League of Women Voters of Iowa, Doris is a board member of 50-50 in 2020, and chairs the 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration Project. Doris was married to the late Ralph Kelley, a longtime employee of John Deere. Together they have one child, Dr. Eric Kelley, Ph.D. who is an Associate Professor, University of West Virginia’s School of Medicine. Since 2010, she has been married to Dr. Steve Corbin, Professor Emeritus of Marketing at the University of Northern Iowa.