Making Democracy Work

Our Board


President, Melinda Hamilton
Melinda Hamilton
Melinda Hamilton retired from the Lockheed Martin corporate staff in Los Angeles. She moved to Charleston in 2002 and joined the League of Women Voters as a representative for the American Association of University Women. She is a widow, a mother, and a grandmother.
Co-President, Barbara Griffin About Barbara Griffin
Administrative VP, Nancy Finch About Nancy Finch
Community Relations VP,
Lori Glenn
About Lori Glenn
Issues & Action VP, Sarah Johnson About Sarah Johnson
Treasurer, Connie Dittrich
Connie Dittrich
Inspired to move to Charleston in 2007 to be closer to family, I lived in Fairfield, CT for 35 years before arriving here. While I work full-time in Real Estate, my passions are writing, volunteer work and being with my family and friends. I love the beauty and history of the lowcountry and hope to make a small difference through my efforts.
Secretary, Marie Vandivort About Marie Vandivort

Elected Directors (2-year terms)

Voters Service, Joan Zaleski
Joan Zaleski
About Joan Zaleski
Citizen Education, Barbara Zia
Barbara Zia
About Barbara Zia
Christen Warrington-Broxton

Christen Warrington-Broxton
Christen Warrington-Broxton has over a decade of experience in education and research. Since 2015, Christen has had the honor of working with Trident Literacy Association as the Downtown Charleston Site Manager, Transition Specialist, and Market Research Program Coordinator in conjunction with AmeriCorps as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA). Her passions are serving the greater community as a learning facilitator, citizen engagement advocate, and general mover and shaker.
Membership, Doris Lackey About Doris Lackey
Natural Resources, Christe McCoy About Christe McCoy
Communications, Shayna Howell
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.
Health Policy, Sandee Jackson About Sandee Jackson
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.

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, 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.
Historian, Tina Schaffer About Tina Schaffer
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.
Resource Development,
Donna Factor
About Donna Factor