V-Anne Chernock             President

 V-Anne Chernock

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 and Expenditure Plan Advisory Committee for the Transportation Authority of Marin and serves on the Board of Directors of Lutheran Social Services of Northern California and the Novato School District Bond Oversight Committee.  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 Monson Director

Julie Monson

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 Nardone 2nd Vice President

Laurie Nardone
2nd Vice President

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.

  Doug Cooper Secretary

Doug Cooper

Nearing the end of a term on the 2015-16 Marin Civil Grand Jury, Doug sought similar service opportunities and quickly found a welcoming home with the League.  Raised in Bryn Mawr, a suburb of Philadelphia, he went to Brown University and then UCSD for a Ph.D. in Biology.  There he met his wife, Vicki, a clinical psychologist, and they moved to Marin in 1987 for Doug to join the faculty at UCSF, where for the next 24 years he taught medical students and led a small research group.  Since 1991 Doug and Vicki have lived in Fairfax, raising fraternal twin sons and enjoying Marin’s natural environment.  They are also fans and students of ethnic arts, especially from pre-Columbian cultures of West Mexico.  

 Regina Bianucci Rus Treasurer

Regina Bianucci Rus

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.

  Judy Binsacca Director

Judy Binsacca Director

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 Chernock Director

Michael Chernock

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 Eells Director

John Eells Director

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. 

  Linda Jackson Director

Linda Jackson Director

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.

  Anne Layzer Director

Anne Layzer Director

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 Sennet Director

Suki Sennet

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.

  Ann Wakeley Director

Ann Wakeley

Ann was born in eastern Tennessee, and moved to California at age 12. She, her husband, and young son settled in Marin County in 1968, attracted by the county’s natural beauty. Their daughter was born soon after. When the children were young, Ann was actively involved in their schools and group activities, cultivating a life-long interest in child development and education. While raising her family, she earned a B.A. and M.A. in developmental psychology at SF State and, later, a Ph.D. in early childhood special education from UC Berkeley/ SF State’s joint doctoral program. Much of her work as a researcher and educator has centered on mathematical development and learning in infancy and early childhood, including promoting ways for families and teachers to support children’s learning through play and everyday experiences. Ann joined the League in 2013, after retiring from her research position at UC Berkeley, and immediately joined the Education Committee which offered new opportunities to pursue her interests in educational policy and equity. She and John have two children and four delightful grandchildren whom they visit with as often as time and distance allow.