Meet Our Team
Sylvia Szulkin is a retired trial attorney who engaged in both civil and criminal trial practice in Massachusetts for 22 years. Since retiring, she has served on the following Town of Falmouth elected and appointed volunteer committees: Board of Trustees of the Falmouth Public Library, Affordable Housing Committee ("AHC"), and the AHC Roundtable Subcommittee. She has also served as an officer of the League of Women Voters of Falmouth, an officer of Health Imperatives, a private non-profit that provides health care and social services to low income residents of southeastern Massachusetts, and the Falmouth Public Library Support Fund, Inc., a private non-profit that raises and distributes funds for library projects, programs and services not funded by the Town of Falmouth. When not attending committee meetings, Sylvia can often be found perfecting the art of power napping.
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 retired in Falmouth five years ago. She was a member of the National League of Women Voters while living in Puerto Rico. Once she settled here she immediately joined the Falmouth League. Membership and working for voting rights and promoting voting is important to Joanne to keep her responsibility to our democracy. Joanne serves on the Board of Directors, Steering Committee and Voter Services Committee.
In town Joanne is Co-Chair of the Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee, member of the Woods Hole Women's Club and on the fundraising committee for the Community Health Center. Joanne is on the Committee of Ministry at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth! She is also working to bring a Y to the Upper Cape for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. "I have spent the previous 40 summers here and love being a member of the Falmouth community!"
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.
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.
Kathy Mortenson moved to Falmouth in 1988 and immediately joined the League. She has served as Membership Chair twice, as a Natural Resources committee member, and communicator. A retired librarian, she also serves as a volunteer on the Town of Falmouth Board of Registrars.
Jacqueline joined LWVF in 2005, soon after retiring to Falmouth. Shortly after that, she joined the League's Observer Corps + observing in succession the Recreation Committee, the Conservation Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Being on the Corps was an excellent way to get to know Falmouth, and to understand the Town functions.
In 2012 she took over the Membership Chair of LWVF, a position that has enabled her to get to know our members, and to connect with other League Leaders in Massachusetts.
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 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 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.
Penny has been a LWVF member for 4 years. She serves as the coordinator for Facebook outreach to members and the community, which augments our website as a means to interact, share photos /videos and provide updates on news from Leagues at the national, state and regional levels in a close to real time available format.
Judy is a lawyer who was born in the Bronx, grew up on a poultry farm in a small Connecticut town, and lived in New Jersey, New York and Wellesley before moving to Falmouth. Here in Falmouth Judy has been active in grass roots politics and also helped establish a group called Prevent Foreclosures Cape Cod. Her prior League work includes participating in the local study committees, beginning with a project several years ago studying civics education in our schools. As Judy's first project as Legislative Chair, her aim is to focus on new legislation; the civics education law recently enacted here in Massachusetts. We are looking for new committee members so please, please, please let her know if you are interested.