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Meet the Ruth S. Shur Fellows

The Ruth S. Shur Fellows team is a team of dynamic and dedicated volunteers from across the country who work with states on engaging members and the community to make our democracy strong and vibrant.

The Shur Fellows program is currently focused on the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) vision for the organization:  The League has a reputation of being diverse, equitable, inclusive, and relevant. Participating states are working with their Shur Fellows on developing and executing action DEI focused action plans. This work will touch and enhance all areas of League work from membership to leadership to our mission impact work.

Read about each of our unique and talented National Coaches below.

Marjory Beal

Marjory (Margie) lives in Golden, CO with her husband.  She has two grown children and three grandchildren who also live in the Denver Metro area.  Margie is a retired Speech Pathologist and Teacher of the Deaf having worked at Denver Children’s Hospital and for Jefferson County Public Schools for the majority of her career.  She worked extensively with newly identified hearing impaired children and their parents as well as students who required support in regular classrooms.

Upon retirement, she became active in League of Women Voters of Jefferson County Colorado.  She served on numerous study committees developing positions on education, transportation, and affordable housing.  She also served on the Rocky Flats Stewardship Council, the group of municipalities monitoring the clean up and future use of the Rocky Flats facility which built triggers for hydrogen bombs.  She has also served on the Jeffco board as Action Chair, Social Policy Chair, Program VP, and President.  At the state level she has been 1st VP for Program and President.

She was a state MLD (MRI) coach when CO initially joined the program.  She became the state Coordinator when the previous one became a Shur Fellow, and became a Shur Fellow herself in 2014.  She  has found her time in that role  to be an educational and energizing experience as she has worked with a variety of Leaguers in different states.

Elianna Bootzin

Elianna Bootzin grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she excelled academically and pursued extra-curricular training in the arts, including theatre, dance, and music. She was 1 of 8 valedictorians at City High School, where she began connecting with nonprofits through a series of internships. She graduated summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland with majors in biochemistry and cognitive science and was inducted into the honor society, Phi Beta Kappa.

She returned home to Grand Rapids where she accumulated 7 years of nonprofit administration experience through several positions at Feeding America West Michigan. She has now been the Executive Director of Neighbors of Belknap Lookout for a year and a half.

She currently serves on the boards of the Monroe North TIFA and Nonprofit Innovations; she has previously served on the boards of the League of Women Voters of the Kalamazoo Area and Heritage Theatre Group. She remains strongly involved in the new Grand Rapids geographic unit being mentored under LWVKA. She recently completed Michigan State University’s Master Citizen Planner credential regarding land use and the City of Grand Rapids-funded Neighborhood Leadership Academy with GVSU’s Johnson Center for Philanthropy. She is excited to be working towards greater equity and inclusion in both her neighborhood and the League.

Kerry Butch

Kerry Margaret Butch is an active member of the League of Women Voters Township of Ocean located in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Kerry is currently employed as the Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the Center for Environmental Exposures to Disease at Rutgers University. She has over twenty years’ experience encouraging civic participation in cities throughout New Jersey, serving in a variety of capacities.

Kerry served as the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey and the Asbury Park Consortium. She was also the Urban Project Director of the Association of Environmental Commissioners of New Jersey, and a community organizer for the Ironbound Community Corporation and New Jersey Citizen Action. Notably, she produced the award- winning documentary entitled, “Greetings from Asbury Park” shown throughout the country and on PBS,  and assembled the same crew to create the inspiring mini-documentary, “Storming for the Vote: Hurricane Sandy and the Election.”

She learned about politics during her college years at George Mason University while being almost the head waitress at a Mexican restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia. She’s been working and or living in Asbury Park, New Jersey since 1994.

Lineah Davey 

Lineah Davey grew up in Nebraska where she began her career teaching English. After retiring from teaching high school social studies, she supervised social studies student teachers at Colorado College. Now she is retired from all except volunteering, mostly in LWV as a Shur Fellow and in her local LWV of the Pikes Peak Region.

She joined LWV in Boulder, CO, which had intrigued her since she read the LWV of Omaha Voters Guides. After moving to Colorado Springs, Lineah became more active in League and has since held several positions on the local board, including President and Voter Service chair. Lineah served on LWVCO Board from 2005-2012 as VP of Member Services, conducting Leadership Training for local league board members, and serving as state coordinator for Membership Leadership Development. Lineah also served as a member of LWVUS Streamlining Committee.  She became a Shur Fellow in 2012, one of the best jobs in LWV.

Lineah and her husband have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. In her free time, Lineah enjoys hiking, sewing, and reading mysteries.

Connie Ferguson

Connie has been an active Leaguer for more than 45 years. Locally, she’s been President, VP and NR chair. She held the same positions at the state level, as well as chairing the Nominating Committee. For LWVUS, she chaired the Nominating Committee in 2002-04 and served on the national board in 2014-16. She was a Shur Fellow in 2012-14 and rejoined the team in 2018. While focusing on natural resources and voter service, she has been involved with most areas of League activity.

Since retiring from the Kalamazoo Nature Center in 2006, she has continued to volunteer there, as well as with the local Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the county Brownfield Redevelopment Authority board, and several other organizations.

She lived in Australia for three years and in England for a year. She and her husband enjoy visiting one son in Mexico and the other wherever his job sends him. She loves getting to know League members from around the country and learning about what they are doing in their communities.

Judy Golberg

Judy has a broad range of League experiences in just about every aspect of the organization.  Over the years this has included LWV nominating committee, state president, and local president. Community activities range from educational, children's groups, civic/service oriented, parliamentary procedures, and political.

Hobbies and fun activities: playing bridge, reading, working out in the gym, hiking, knitting, traveling the world and spending time with her husband and the rest of the family. Work experience was in the medical field.  Judy and her husband live in eastern Washington and also have a summer home in Montana. 

Being a Ruth Shur Fellow means sharing knowledge. Our world is rich in cultures that can improve our lives by sharing with each other.

Terrie Elizabeth Griffin

Terrie is presently a member of the LWV of Greater Pittsburgh. Prior to relocating to her hometown of Pittsburgh from Forest, Virginia in 2017, she was an active member of the LWV-Lynchburg serving on the Board as 2nd VP and chair of the Voter Services Committee.  In addition to serving on the Board, Terrie was a member of the Statewide Task Force on Gun Safety, and the Membership Committee where diversity, equity and inclusion remains a major priority in the recruitment of new members.

Prior to her retirement, Terrie enjoyed two careers.  In state government, she worked as the minority services specialist with the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.  Her responsibilities included staffing the Multicultural Advisory Council and serving as cross-cultural trainer with forty Community Services Boards serving ethnic and culturally diverse communities.   As an administrator in higher education she provided leadership within historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the field of student affairs. Terrie is a graduate of Lincoln University in Lincoln, Pennsylvania and the Samuel DeWitt School of Theology, Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA.

Currently, Terrie is the director of Women’s Ministry for L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry, Inc. - Love Initiated Ventures that Invest in Neglected Groups, a grassroots Christian organization serving the homeless in the City of Pittsburgh. She resides in the North Hills section of Pittsburgh and maintains a home in Virginia where her daughter and two grandchildren live.

Deborah Macmillan 

 Deborah Macmillan is now on the board and has been president and voters service chair of the  League of Women Voters of East Windsor-Hightstown. She has also served as president of LWVNJ and chair of the LWVNJ Committee on Immigration, and served on the LWVUS study committee on immigration.

She is retired from careers in experimental psychology, survey/market research, and canoeing. She loves the intensity and diversity of the Leagues and League members she works with in the MLD program.

Linda Mahan

Linda Mahan grew up in the St. Louis area and after college in Ohio, began a career in teaching in Boston.  Following graduate school at BU Linda moved to Colorado in 1979 where she quickly was invited to "join the League" in Fort Collins.  In addition to leadership roles in the League of Larimer County and seven years on the LWVCO Board, Linda has enjoyed networking on health care with Leaguers and working in many other organizations related to health care, youth, the arts and my faith community.

Linda’s life has been further enriched through hosting international students and living abroad for three years with her family. Her educational background and League experience equipped Linda to teach English as a second language in France, Belgium and Nepal and most recently conduct civic education programs in Nepal and India.  Linda and her husband raised their two sons in Fort Collins and continue to appreciate biking, camping and hiking in their outdoor playground.

Eileen Olmsted

 Eileen has been a League member since 1977 when she re-settled back into life in CA after 12 years living overseas. Not being able to impact living conditions in a country where she was a visitor made her very aware of the need to be active in civic organizations and the League fulfilled that need very well especially at the local level.

She has done just about every job in the League, some more than once, both in CA and more recently in her local League of Pittsburgh PA. The role that all previous "training" in League has led her to has been to be a Shur Fellow. She has learned so much and is delighted to be associated with such an innovative and forward looking program. Her husband John is her great support and, having been in the League for almost as long as she, has been a frequent By-Laws reviewer and successful grant writer for the League.

She is currently Pubic  Relations and Social Media Director  for her local League. In addition to league she enjoys, attending life long learning classes, going to the theater, listening to “who done it” audiobooks and playing bridge.

Martha Pint

Martha Pint is a life-long Kansan, graduating with associate degrees from Butler County Community College and Friends University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Wichita State University with a field major in Political Science, History, and Philosophy. She currently works for the U.S. Department of Labor as a Wage and Hour Investigator, enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), among other laws.

Previous employment includes 12 ½ years as an encoder with the United States Postal Service while attending college and 10 years in various financial processing positions with Tricon (Pizza Hut, KFC &Taco Bell).  In the last 20 years she has served on numerous boards including President of PTO at Woodman Elementary and Truesdell Middle School, an Advocate with CASA of Sedgwick County, Treasurer for the Great Plains Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and Chair for the Wichita Chapter of Women for Kansas. Her involvement with the League of Women Voters has included positions at the local League and state League levels. 

She has served on the local board for the League of Women Voters – Wichita Metro both as Program Chair and Fundraising Chair.  She has served on the state for the League of Women Votes Kansas as the Membership Leadership Development (MLD) State Coordinator and as 1st Vice President, focusing on a review of the state League’s position on issues and planning the Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment.  Martha and her husband, Corey, are the parents of five and grandparents of five.

Kathy Sakahara

Kathy Sakahara is a lifelong political activist. She ran for the WI House of Representatives at age 23 and has been fascinated by the political process ever since. She served on the board of LWVWA for six years, and most recently served as Vice President of Advocacy.  She currently leads the Washington League’s lobbying efforts relating to elections, campaign finance and government ethics.  Kathy also served on the board of League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County for two years.

In her work as Vice President of Advocacy, Kathy had many opportunities to provide coaching and training on effective lobbying both within and outside of the League.

Kathy had a successful career as a presentation coach and trainer to Fortune 500 executives and technical experts. Her specialty was teaching scientists, engineers and other technical specialists to present complex information in a clear, understandable way that facilitated decision-making. She carried that work into her nonprofit career, providing speakers’ bureau consulting, communication, advocacy, and media outreach training to several nonprofits across Washington.

Suzanne Stassevitch

Voter Service is a first love, especially for first-time voters and the speaker’s bureau. Highlights of my career with LWVSF include a seat on the SF County Ballot Simplification Committee, providing access to voting materials city-wide in English, Spanish and Chinese through local newspapers, and coordinating vote-by mail- promotions and ranked choice voting education. After 10 elections in 5 years, joined the Board of Directors of the LWVC in 2009, for community education. With LWVC, participated in a statewide education for redistricting with an independent commission after the 2010 census. In 2013 we resurrected, revised and published the LWVC Guide to California Government.

In NYC, fulfilled an ambition to work as one of the LWVUS Observers at the United Nations focused on outreach to LWV members. Currently serving on the Board of Directors for the LWVNYS with eyes on the future of the organization, a member of the LWVNYS nominating committee and on the board of LWV of the City of New York.

My career was focused Costume and Wardrobe Departments in the San Francisco Bay Area Theaters, Ballet and the San Francisco Opera. Since 2001 my activities have been redirected toward Adult Literacy, LWV and study to develop my own work in textiles arts.

Working with the League has brought me opportunities for tremendous challenges and personal growth for which I am deeply grateful.

Shiquita Yarbrough

Shiquita Yarbrough is a single mother of four. She works for the Community Foundation of Boulder County as an office manager.

Shiquita is on the board of directors for the League of Women Voters Boulder County, YWCA, and on the program committee for Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA).

Shiquita co-founded a group called Families of Color Colorado. She also hosts a monthly radio show supporting and empowering single parents.