Making Democracy Work



Elaine Wiante

Elaine Wiant, President/LWV-TEF Chair (Dallas)

Elaine Wiant is serving her second term as President. She returned to the Texas board in 2014 after serving as LWV-TX Treasurer (1997-2003), and Director (2003-06). She was on the LWVUS Board from 2006-12, serving 4 years as Secretary/Treasurer. She served for 12 years on the LWVUS Budget Committee (2004 - 2016), including 2 years as the Budget Chair (2012 - 2014). In her professional life, Wiant is Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a licensed private investigator. She provides financial investigations in complex litigation cases after allegations of fraud and mismanagement.

Grace Chimene

Grace Chimene, Vice President (Austin Area)

Chimene is a registered nurse who has long been active in health care issues in Texas. She was active in the Capitol Corps is 2013, giving testimony on health issues and writing a report for LWV-TX called The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and the Health Insurance Marketplace in Texas.

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Elizabeth Erkel, Vice President (Plano/Collin County)

Erkel taught public health nursing and related courses and held nursing administration positions in schools of nursing in Texas and South Carolina for 34 years, retiring in 2009. She has been a member of the League since 1983 and is past president of LWV Collin County.

Margaret Hill

Margaret (Peggy) Hill, Vice President (Bay Area)

Hill joined the League of Women Voters in 1973 in Richardson, Texas where she became President. In 1979 she moved to Houston, Tx and joined LWV Houston Area serving on the Board, as a Unit Chair and Chairperson for Election Central and Education. She served on the LWVUS Board of Directors between 2010 and 2012 and co-chaired the National Education Study. Currently she is a Shur Fellow working with Arizona and California Leagues. She will be on the LWVTX Board of Directors beginning in 2014 and is currently a member of the LWV Bay Area. Dr. Hill is a teacher in Language and Literacy and directed the National Writing Project site at University of Houston-Clear Lake for 20 years.

Nancy Parra

Nancy Parra, Vice President (Houston Area)

Parra has served one term as Director of Voters Service. She was on the Citizen Education/ Advocacy committee, and was chair of the Long Range Planning committee. She is a past president of LWV-Houston Area. Nancy represents the League on the Galveston Bay Council, which guides the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, and serves as chairman of the Council's Public Participation and Education subcommittee. Nancy worked in the software industry for over fifteen years, retiring from BMC Software. Before that she had a career as a university professor. She holds a Master's and Ph.D. in Literature and has taught at the University of Illinois Chicago, Louisiana State University, the National University of El Salvador and Florida Atlantic University.

Miriam Foshay

Miriam Foshay Treasurer (Dallas)

Foshay has served one term as Director, serving on the Development & Marketing committee and the Policy/Bylaws/Rules committee. She is a past treasurer of the Dallas League and the Naperville, IL, League, and former treasurer/business manager of the Naperville Area Recycling Center, a joint AAUW/LWV non-profit. Miriam has a PhD in chemistry and has worked in environmental consulting and biochemistry research.

Meg Scott-Johnson

Marguerite Scott-Johnson, Secretary (The Hill Country)

Marguerite "Meg" Scott-Johnson is a longtime member of the League in Kerrville, now named LWV-Hill Country. She served as president for two terms, as well as several years as Voters Service Chair, and Chair of the local Immigration Issues Study. For LWV-Texas, she served on the Human Trafficking Issues Study Committee and is currently the Issue Chair for Human Trafficking. Scott-Johnson is a LCSW in private practice in Kerrville. She is a member of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team, currently serving on the Refugee Ministry Team. To keep herself grounded, Meg is a Hill Country Master Gardner.

Connie Born

Connie Born (Comal Area)

Connie Born joined the League of Women Voters in the Comal Area in 2013. She served as the Director of Membership, and in 2015, as Chairperson of the Payday and Auto Title Loans in Texas Study. Born is a registered medical technologist with a specialty in blood banking and certification as a Quality Auditor. She managed clinical laboratories, quality assurance/training departments and conducted quality and regulatory audits for 35 years before retiring in 2012. She holds a Master of Public Administration and has served as an adjunct faculty instructor at Creighton University.

Amber Briggle

Amber Briggle (Denton)

Amber Briggle is a small business owner. She serves on the Denton Planning & Zoning Commission. She served on the LWV-Denton board, but stepped down to run an unsuccessful bid for the Denton City Council in 2015. Briggle is also a dedicated advocate for the Denton Fracking Ban and transgender rights.

Marlene Lobberecht

Marlene Lobberecht (Houston Area)

Marlene Lobberecht is a Child/Family Life professional, contributing textbook author and is a consultant, coaching non-profits. She taught for 34 years at the secondary and college level. She authored the Texas Advocacy Playbook, a free advocacy eBook, and provides advocacy training to Texas community groups and coalitions. She has served on the LWV-Houston Area board of directors and organized a new League unit in Cy-Fair, TX. Since 2007, Lobberecht has also served as the LWV-TX Early Childhood Issue Chair.

Barbara Montoya

Barbara Montoya (El Paso)

Barbara Montoya is an award winning writer, producer, and director. She is the sole proprietor of Barbara Montoya Productions, a marketing, advertising and public relations firm; Video Production, Inc. a production company; and The Talent House, a talent and model management company. Montoya served on the board of the American Advertising Federation, as well as El Paso's Board of Economic Development. She joined the LWV-El Paso in 2005. She chairs the annual LWV-EP Bravo Award Luncheon, which has become a successful fund-raiser and a source of great, lasting PR for LWV-EP. After Joining LWV-EP, she negotiated a partnership with KCOS-TV, El Paso's PBS station, to broadcast forums and debates on all El Paso elections which she still produces and directs.

Susan Morrison

Susan Morrison, Vice President (Austin Area)

Morrison is an attorney and has served one term as Director. She served on the Development & Marketing committee and the Policy/Bylaws/Rules committee. She is interested in fundraising and development. Susan brings over twenty five years of experience in personnel law, education law, constitutional law and ethics expertise to the Texas LWV Board. Ms. Morrison ran a statewide private law practice representing public entities and employers from 1985-2009. She is an experienced harassment prevention trainer and investigator as well as an expert in religious rights, free speech & other civil rights matters. She currently serves as general counsel to employers, schools and other governmental entities for employment matters, construction contracts, open meetings and public information, grievances, student discipline, special education, and other matters before the TEA, TWC, EEOC and the courts. Susan worked with the League for five years to pass the legislation and constitutional amendment allowing for garnishment of wages for child support in Texas, which voters approved in 1983.

Carol Olewin

Carol Olewin (Austin Area)

Carol Olewin served on the LWV-Austin board for 9 years, 7 as Treasurer, and 3 as Co-president and President. In addition to the LWV, Carol has served on various Boards and Commissions, recently serving on the City of Austin Flood Mitigation task force. Olewin retired from the Texas Racing Commission as the Pari-mutuel Compliance Audit Administrator.

Some photographs provided by Matt Lankes