Making Democracy Work

LWVF Board of Directors (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

Meet Our Team

Sylvia Szulkin, Steering Committee Chair

Sylvia Szulkin

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.

Alice Carey, Steering Committee

Alice Carey is presently the 2nd vice-president of the Falmouth League. She has lived in East Falmouth since July of 1993 and is a retired music educator who after twenty years of teaching in New Jersey taught for another 21 years in Middleboro, MA. Her first League position was as Membership Chair but she soon moved to Chair of the Voter Service Committee. She currently serves as a member of the League's Steering Committee, a five-member group that sees to the organization of League activities.

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

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 Morreale, Observer Corps Chair

Denise Morreale

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

Kathy Mortenson

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.

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

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, 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.

Penny Duby, Social Media

Penny Duby

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.

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.

Judy Ziss, Legislative Chair

Judy Ziss

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.