Making Democracy Work

Our Board


President, Barbara Griffin Barbara Griffin is a past long-term Assistant Director of a State of Florida Governor's Agency that operated numerous federal and state programs and initiatives, and was responsible for several billion dollars in public funds. Examples of programs operated are: Statewide Universal Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten and School Readiness; Job Training and Job Placement Programs; Unemployment Insurance; Labor Market Information; special programs serving Veterans, the Elderly, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, and Ex-Offenders; Economic Development; Apprenticeship; Disaster Recovery; and Employment programs for those on Public Assistance. After nearly 40 years of service, Barbara retired and moved to the Charleston area to be near her family (Kent, Coleen, Carter and Lindsey). Barbara joined the League several years ago and is especially drawn to the League's nonpartisan support of good government and citizen engagement.
Administrative VP, Nancy Finch About Nancy Finch
Community Relations VP,
Lori Glenn
Lori is originally from Connecticut and went on to live in Madrid, London, Paris and Washington, DC before landing in the Charleston area 23 years ago. She has an M.Sc in International Relations and is bilingual in Spanish. Lori works for a small international commodity brokerage firm primarily with Latin America. A LWVCA member for 20 years, Lori has served on the board as Voter Services Chair and currently is the Community Relations Vice President. In her view some of the best aspects of being a League member are community outreach, careful study of the issues, and the many friends she has made throughout the years.
Communications VP,
Shayna Howell

Shayna is a native of Hampton, SC and moved to Charleston in 1998. She joined the League while finishing her MPA at the College of Charleston, and has served on both the local board and the national membership and leadership team. She is also active with the Southern Environmental Law Center and Trident United Way. Shayna lives on Folly Beach with her husband Travis and their two kids.
Issues & Action VP, Sarah Johnson About Sarah Johnson
Treasurer, Kathy Squires
Kathy Squires, originally from Centerville, Indiana, has lived in many places including Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Charlottesville, Charlotte, and DC.  She currently lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, Jerry, their two cats, and their son's dog.  Kathy and Jerry travel as much as their discretionary income allows.  

A daughter and son-in-law live on James Island; a son and his family on St. Simons; and another son and his family live in Stavanger, Norway.  Kathy is also very fond of a special-needs brother-in-law, Jay.

Kathy volunteers for the MUSC Auxiliary and My Sister's House.   

Secretary, Vicki Westberg Vicki Westberg, a native of Washington State, retired to Summerville after 39 years with a company that encouraged leaders to give back generously of time, talent and product to the communities in which they served. To continue that spirit of community service she joined the League in 2017 after finding it to be a good fit with her preference to set aside partisanship when advocating for issues and good governance.

Vicki has the good fortune to have two daughters, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters, and two grandsons some of whom live in Seattle, some in Summerville and all of whom are happy and healthy.

Elected Directors (2-year terms)

Legislative Action,
Kirsten Abrahamson
Kirsten Abrahamson, originally from Delaware, has lived in Summerville for 18 years and joined the league over a year ago. She is a mother of two, a 20 year old daughter and a 17 year old son. She has been an architect for 25 years and currently has her own architectural practice, LeanToo Studios LLC.
Education, Regina Duggins
Regina Duggins received her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on K-12 education and policies. Born and raised in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn NYC, Regina moved to Charleston in 2010. She has raised 5 children and is a grandmother of one. Regina serves on the District 20 Constituent School Board. She is founder of Charleston Black Pride, Founder of Black Magic Girls Mentoring Program, Parent Advocate for Charleston Rise, and is a Reading Interventionist for CCSD. Regina is also a local poet and self-published author of two poetry books.
Membership, Roe Ferber Roe Ferber's career began in publishing, as Production Manager for McCall's (in New York City) and then Washington Calendar, a monthly magazine in the DC area. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Family/Community Health, has spent the better part of her adult life volunteering in a variety of capacities + among them, working on the Parents Anonymous Hotline, mentoring foster children, helping rising seniors chart their career path, conducting courthouse tours for the Junior League, serving as chairwoman for more than a dozen school functions, and, in recent years, on behalf of the League, promoting voter participation at Charleston's monthly Citizenship Ceremonies.

Roe grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, raised her family in Northern Virginia, then moved to Charleston in 2008.

Roe and her husband Steve have three daughters and four grandchildren, all of whom keep her young and engaged. She is an avid tennis player and music lover.

Natural Resources, Jessica Norris About Jessica Norris
Health Policy, Deborah Williamson Deborah Williamson received her undergraduate degree from Duke University, and her Doctorate in Health Administration from MUSC. As an Associate Dean at MUSC, she was awarded over six million dollars in federal and foundation funds for community-based initiatives to promote health equity. Currently, she is vice-chair of the Fetter Health Care Network board, and also serves on the New Morning Foundation Board, as Chair of the Grants, Research, and Evaluation Committee. Dr. Williamson has been recognized by the Charleston Regional Business Journal as a Health Care Hero, by the Trident Literacy Association for making a difference in the Charleston Community (Pat Gibson Founder's Award), and by the SC Primary Care Association, for being persistent in overcoming obstacles to provide quality care to those in most need (Margret J Weston Award).  She was also the recipient the MUSC Earl B. Higgins Diversity Award. She and her husband David have lived in Charleston since 1985.
Criminal Justice, Shirene Hansotia Shirene worked as a newspaper journalist, HUD community development representative, and as a covert intelligence analyst with the CIA for 10 years. Following law school, she worked as a public defender. Today she works on Criminal Justice policy reform issues and is affiliated with Turning Leaf in Charleston.
Voters Service, Joan Zaleski
Dr. Joan Zaleski is Professor Emerita at Hofstra University. She has spent more than 4 decades devoted to research in literacy education in libraries and classrooms. A native New Yorker, she is delighted to call Mt. Pleasant her home since 2013. In addition to her passion for libraries, education, social justice, and the League of Women Voters, she also volunteers at the Gibbes Museum of Art as a museum educator and docent. She fills her spare time playing tennis, reading, and enjoying the low country with her husband and visits with their two sons and daughters-in-law.
Citizen Education, Barbara Zia
Barbara Zia has served in League leadership positions since the 1980s--as president and board member of her state and local Leagues, and LWVUS board member. She is a retired developmental psychologist and taught in elementary, preschool and higher education programs. She moved to SC from Boston in 2000 and lives in Mt. Pleasant with her husband Bob.
Resource Development,
Donna Factor
Donna Englander-Factor moved to Folly Beach with her husband in 2017 after living in Northern Virginia for 30 years. She has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations as a fundraising professional. Currently she serves as Director of Development and Assistant Dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The Citadel. Her passions include public education and social justice issues.

Off-board Directors (1-year terms)

Web Technology, Nancy Moore Dr. Nancy Moore, a retired literature teacher and administrator from USC Upstate, began LWV service in 1977 as SC ERA chair. Among her passions are civil rights, for which she holds a statewide ACLU award; the arts, natural resources, and family. SInce moving to the Lowcountry in 2009, she has chaired the board of the Footlights Players and been named Folly Beach Citizen of the Year.
Good Government and Special Projects
Leslie Ogden
Leslie is strategic communications and marketing professional with a background in public policy and advocacy. She supports a myriad of clients' social impact initiatives and earned her MBA from Georgetown. She lives on James Island with her husband and puppy.
Historian, Christina (Tina) Shaffer Though a Mount Pleasant resident only since 2014, Tina is not new to the LWV. She was president of the League in Bucks County, PA, for four years in the 1990s and has been a member at the local, state and national levels wherever she has lived since then. Tina spends half the year in SC and half in Rhinebeck, NY, so that she can stay connected to the worlds of her four children and grandchildren.

Tina spent half her childhood growing up in France, graduated from Barnard College with a degree in anthropology, lived for two years in West Africa serving in the Peace Corps with her then husband, and subsequently raised the children on a working farm in Maryland. After moving to PA, in addition to the League she was closely involved with Planned Parenthood. Tina is excited that all her passions have come together participating in LWVCA at this particularly transformative time in the country.

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Carolyn Wright-Porcher (more information soon)