Making Democracy Work


Meet Our Team

Sylvia Szulkin, Steering Committee Chair

Sylvia Szulkin


Alice Carey, Steering Committee

Alice serves as the Second Vice President of the Steering Committee AND....

Doris Epstein, Steering Committee

Doris Epsteiin

Doris summered in Woods Hole from the late 1960's and moved here permanently in the 1980's. Doris was a League member in Lexington, MA from the 1960's and joined the Falmouth League when she moved here permanently. Doris was attracted to the League by its membership of thinking people who care about all levels of government and actively supported LWV positions. Her particular interest is in Local Agenda items and serving on these committees. She is presently a member of the Steering Committee.

Joanne Treistman, Steering Committee

Joanne Treistman


Denise Morreale, Observer Corps Chair

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Denise lives in North Falmouth Village and serves as Chair of the Observer corps. Denise is also the Bulletin reporter and editor. She has been a member of the League since the early 1990s. Denise was on the committee of study which produced "Children in Focus". She also previously served on the transportation committee.

Mariam Cronin, Secretary

Miriam Cronin

Mariam Cronin moved to the Hatchville area of Falmouth in 2012. Mariam joined the League in 2017 and is currently Secretary of the Board of Directors and a member of the Observer Corps, focused on the Water Quality Management Committee.

Joanne Voorhis, Treasurer

My husband and I came to Woods Hole with one baby in 1957. Within five years I had two more babies and was president of the League of Women Voters of Falmouth.
LWV of Falmouth organized as a provisional league in 1955 and within a year or two became a local league and part of the LWV of Massachusetts and the US. Our league was mostly comprised of women in their 40's and 50's plus younger women with small children. Each month the program was presented three or four times (Wednesday and Thursday mornings, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday night) to what were called units.
Early in the 1960's I was sent to speak to the Rotary Club about the Town Manager Form of Government which the LWVF had studied and was supporting. What hubris. How naive.
Based on league experience I ran for Town Meeting Member and served for 35 years. I think I and many other league members served well as TM members, and in elected and appointed town positions. We did our homework, studied the issues and listened to our constituents,
I dropped out of active league participation when I returned to college for teaching credentials. I then worked in the Falmouth Public Schools as an elementary teacher, a psychometrist and elementary assistant principal. Some time after retirement I became treasurer of our local league and continue in that role for now.

Joan Boyer, Webmaster

Joan Boyer A North Falmouth resident, Joan is currently webmaster. A long-time LWV member, she has been President, Treasurer, and Bulletin Editor. She has also served as LWVMA Treasurer for two years.

Kathy Mortenson, At-Large

Carrie Chapman Catt, LWV Founder


Olivia M. White, At-Large

Olivia White Olivia Masih White, LWV member-at-large came to the United States in 1962 from India to study at Southern Methodist University. She met her husband Terry at SMU and became a U.S citizens in 1971. After finishing her Ph. D in Biology (Genetics), she taught at University of North Texas in Denton, TX for 20 years and John Carroll University in Cleveland OH for two years. She was a member of LWV in Dallas, TX. In 2011, she retired and moved to Falmouth, MA to be near her daughter Sheri White, who is a Senior Engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institutions. In Falmouth Olivia was the President of the Falmouth Newcomers Club in 2014-2015. She now serves on several boards in Cape Cod such as: the Cape Cod Council of Churches; Church Women United of Cape Cod; Falmouth SWIFT (Supporting Women in Financial Transition)and Falmouth Historical Society Board.

Jackie Webster, Membership Chair

Jackie Webster


Richard Johnson, Natural Resources Chair

Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson joined the League in 2017 and is the Observer for the Zoning Board of Appeals and Chair of the Natural Resources Committee. He is a registered Landscape Architect and has taught at Virginia Tech and Rhode Island School of Design.

Olivann Hobbie, Publicity Chair

Olivann Hobbie

Olivann has lived in Falmouth since July 4, 1976. She was active in the League in Raleigh, N.C., but only rejoined the League in Falmouth after retiring from a 40-year teaching career (history and English) at Falmouth Academy. As a long-time witness to the enthusiasm of high school students, she feels very strongly that the League's efforts in Voter Services are crucial to keeping a strong and resilient democracy. She is in charge of Public Relations for LWVF, and hopes to build a small cadre to further information about League discussions and positions. She has also served on the town Cultural Council.

Carol McKeon, Voter Servies Chair

Carol McKeon

Carol is a retired psychologist who made her summer home on Bournes Pond into her year-round home in 2011. She joined the League in 2015, impressed with the dedication, thoughtfulness and good cheer of Leaguers she had met. The League's non-partisan commitment to studying issues and building consensus before taking action is what keeps her involved. She currently chairs the Voter Service Committee.

Meghan Hanawalt, Follow-Up Coordinator

Meghan Hanawalt LWVF Meghan moved to Cape Cod in 2004 when her wife joined the WHOI family. They live in East Falmouth with their dogs, chickens and goats. Meghan joined the Leaque of Women Voters in the winter of 2017 and became Follow-Up Coordinator in the summer of 2018.