V-Anne was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to California at the age of 11. She earned her B.S. and secondary teaching credential at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her M.S. in project and systems management at Golden Gate University. After an early career teaching middle school, she spent 40 years as an engineering / construction management consultant, her last ten years as Director of Modernization for two large bond-funded school construction programs in Marin: the Tamalpais Union High School District and the College of Marin. Today she chairs the Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the Transportation Authority of Marin and serves on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Social Services of Northern California. When she has time, feeds her passion for genealogical research and enjoys playing with her two youngest grandchildren. V-Anne and Michael have lived in Novato since 1975.
Ann was born and raised in Orange County, California. She taught kindergarten and first grade in Illinois. Ann, her husband, Dick and two daughters, Dayle and Denise moved to Marin County in 1969 and settled in San Rafael. They were immediately drawn into the community through school, work and Ann’s participation in the League of Women Voters. She served on many League boards including a term as president of LWV Central Marin. Through the LWV she developed skills that served her well when she was appointed to several commissions in San Rafael including eight years on the San Rafael Planning Commission. Along with two other League members Ann founded ABR Associates, a group that advised nonprofits and managed political campaigns. Now retired, she continues to be involved with the League and has added the Marin History Museum to her volunteer activities.
Julie is a 50 year League member. For the first 12 - 15 of those years, she was very active in the Claremont (CA) League, serving in almost every capacity (except treasurer), and also served 2 years on the Los Angeles County board. What an education in public policy! She then went to work, first at Pomona College, setting up a student service in Career Planning and Placement, then went to the University of Chicago to take over a larger program there. Five years later, she returned to California, first UCLA and then Scripps College in development, primarily foundation relations. At election time, she writes voter service articles for her local, West Marin papers and discuss ballot measures on her local radio station, KWMR. She and her husband, Jim met at Stanford. They have 3 fabulous children and 4 grandchildren.
Laurie joined the League in 2012 and moved to Marin County from Rhode Island in 1978, armed with her worldly possessions, i.e. her records and her cat. She is the owner and Managing Principal of Shira Ridge Wealth Management, a Larkspur-based firm that specializes in Retirement Lifestyle Planning and Investment Management, having launched that company after spending 25+ years in corporate management positions in finance and marketing. She is a CFP®, the proud mother of two sons, a dedicated Giants fan, an avid hiker, and an active skier with the Marin Ski Club.
Regina joined the League in 2014. She grew up in Marin County in San Rafael, obtained her B.S. degree in Business (Accounting) from San Francisco State University and earned her Master’s in Taxation from Golden Gate University in 1991. She is married and raising a family in Novato. She is a CPA and runs a tax practice in Downtown Novato since 2007. Her oldest is a college graduate, her second oldest will graduate from college soon, and her third child is in middle school. She has participated in their lives as a soccer coach, Cub Scout and Brownie den leader, school volunteer and all-around cheerleader and carpool driver. She is a member of the Novato Chamber of Commerce and was Valedictorian of her 2009 Leadership Novato class, and continued to contribute to that program by moderating a Social Equity Day in 2014 and 2015. She served on the Novato Human Needs Board for six years and was a founding board member of Novato School Fuel and continues to serve on its Advisory Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys open water swimming and playing the clarinet with the Las Gallinas Sanitary District Non Marching Band.
Elaine, Born in San Francisco, raised in Burlingame, graduated from UCLA in Business Education and obtained her teaching credential from SF State. She taught high school in Napa and Terra Linda High School in San Rafael. After her marriage to Larry Biagini, she taught in the San Fernando Valley. She moved back to Marin County before her two children were born. After her husband died at 31, she became a stay-at-home Mom and took in secretarial and bookkeeping work. Over the 16 years that she was President/CEO of the statewide Association of California Hospital Districts, it grew from a meager $24,000 operating budget to over $165,000,000 in programs and services. She retired in January, 2010, leaving her last “paid” position with the Kaiser Permanente Marin/Sonoma Marketing Department. She enjoys daily work outs at the YMCA, hiking, her book club; attending her grandchildren’s sports events and enjoying friends & family. Her new interest is drawing, and was thrilled to have her very first art work in pastel win a ribbon at the Marin County Fair in 2011.
Judy is the Chair of our Transportation/Land use/Housing Committee. An active and committed member of the community, she has been a member of the LWVMC since 1992 and served as President from 1995-1998. She is also Board Chair of EAH Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing corporation, and is well known as a tireless advocate for affordable housing, which she sees as the cornerstone to healthy, stable and productive lives for its tenants and for the community as a whole. Judy represented the League on the St. Vincent’s/Silveira Task Force from 1998-2000. She also sat on the Board of Directors for Ritter House. Judy has a JD degree from Hastings College of the Law and practiced as a Legal Aid attorney. She has been a resident of Marin for over 26 years.
Michael has had a varied career as an Electrical Engineer, Professional Manager and Entrepreneur. He garnered the attention of the League of Women Voters when he retired as Foreperson from the Marin County Civil Grand Jury where he had been involved in investigating many of the civic issues that were being pursued by the Marin League. At present he is a co-chair of the Justice Committee, Chair of the Membership Relations committee, and a Board Director. Mike enjoys all aspects of art and has a collection of his own paintings and stained and etched glass. He designed, created and installed all 29 windows at All Saints Lutheran Church in Novato, CA. He has also flown a small plane from coast to coast, sky dived, hang glided, bicycled, hiked and is trying to learn to navigate ocean-going kayaks.
John is our Transportation expert and keeps us up to date on the SMART train project between Sonoma and Marin. He works as a Transporation consultant and used to work for the County of Marin in the CommunityDevelopment Department and was the staff to the 101 Corridor Plan, one of the first efforts to do transportation planning in collaboration with Sonoma County. He met his wife Elizabeth when he joined our board a number of years ago. We aren’t sure how many other couples can claim that the League brought romance into their lives.
Veda Florez is a marketing consultant based in Marin County. Her work emphasizes environmental politics, minority causes, voting rights, and low-income issues such as affordable housing & transportation access. She actively serves as a member of the Marin County Election Advisory Committee, and the Metropolitan Transportation Agency Advisory Council, a member of the Advocacy Committee of the Board of Directors of the YWCA San Francisco and Marin. She represents underserved communities on the Latino Advisory Committee of the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, and Vice-Chair of the Multicultural Commission in Novato. The League is her passion. Veda participates on the Voter's Services Committee for the LWVCEF. She plays an active role in LWVC Communications, and is in the role of Communications Director for the LWV Bay Area. She has a firm commitment in educating the public through media communications and produces videos at every League level. Veda’s training includes the Rockefeller Foundation for Grant Writing and Fundraising. Veda has an MBA in Marketing Communications, certificates in Social Media Marketing and Marketing for Wordpress.
Steve was born and raised in Southern California. After high school, he served in the US Army, Infantry. He studied at UCLA and received his undergraduate degree in fine art photography and film from the San Francisco Art Institute and his Master of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton. While studying at the Art Institute, Steve discovered Marin County and was able to purchase a home in Lagunitas, in West Marin. Steve spent a career with the Sony Corporation of America; he was the co-founder and the International Director of the Sony Institute for Applied Technology, the educational consulting division of Sony. After retirement and graduate school, Steve and Pamela returned to their home in Lagunitas in West Marin, after an absence of thirty-four years. Steve has enjoyed fly fishing for over 30 years and has fished rivers all over the United States. He enjoys gardening and hiking and has sky dived. Most of his free time now is devoted to his personal photography. Stephen completed a year of service as a Marin County Civil Grand Juror.
Marcia is a Los Angeles native, a graduate of UCLA with a BA in history and a general secondary teaching credential. She moved to Marin to begin teaching at Drake High where she met her husband. In 1972, mother of two young children, she joined the League to further her interest in politics. She returned to work as a substitute teacher, and then in the non-profit sector, in 1979. For most of the 1980’s she was a financial aid counselor for the Marin Educational Foundation (now 10,000 Degrees). She became active again in the League in 1997 and published the Voter for several years. She has volunteered for the Library Foundation, Friends of the Marin County Free Library and the Drake Scholarship Foundation. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, visiting her four grandchildren and spending time with friends.
Linda is recently retired as the Planning Manager for the Transportation Authority of Marin. She has also been Vice President of the San Rafael Public Library Foundation and is currently a trustee of the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education. She has an M.A. in Latin American Studies, along with a M.S. in Community and Regional Planning. In the late 70s and early 80s she served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador. Later in life, she raised three daughters. She is a second generation LWVM member. Her mother was an inspiration to her in her ability to learn and be engaged in the world well into her 80s.
Annie was born in Boston to an activist family, descended from abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison and suffragist Lucretia Mott’s sister. All her mother’s friends belonged to the League, so she joined as soon as she could on her 21st birthday after registering to vote. (see her experience of being in League) She majored in American Government at college and worked in the 1956 election. She moved to Marin County in 1967, when her husband was recruited to the UCSF faculty. She wrote the PTA newsletters wherever her three children were attending school, and became active in the League during the days of Serrano v. Priest and Prop 13. She was LWVMC President 1989-92, and since then has been coordinator of Voter Service and monitor of the board meetings of the Marin Municipal Water District. Besides the League, Annie’s passion is her vegetable garden, and with her husband, Elderhostel trips and classical music, both symphonic and chamber.
Suki was born in London, England and joined the League in 1973. Back in the days when we were 2 Leagues, Suki was President of the Southern Marin chapter from 1978 to 1979. She went to UCLA and received a Bachelors in English and Masters in Theater Arts. She taught drama and dance at San Jose State and dance and physical education at Dominican College in San Rafael. She was an Aide to Marin Supervisor Al Aramburu (District 3) and an Aide to the Administrative Analyst in the Office of the County Administrator. She is currently a consultant to the Marin Telecommunications Agency. Suki lives on a houseboat in Richardson Bay, Sausalito and is active in our Transportation, Land Use & Housing (TLUH) and Local Governance committees.