Judy Hopkinson retired from Baylor College of Medicine (TX) as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in 2008 and moved to Bellingham with her husband. Judy has a doctorate in botany/cell physiology, taught college in Ohio prior to her time at Baylor, and has contributed over 100 research articles, book chapters, and presentations related to her research in human reproduction and lactation to her credit. She also worked with the Texas Department of Health to develop and present a highly successful breastfeeding support training program or care providers throughout Texas and elsewhere. Judy joined the LWVBWC in 2014 after attending the series of programs on water issues in Whatcom County.
Rebecca Johnson, Co-President
Rebecca Johnson is a management consultant and federal grant writer for migrant and community health centers. Though most of her professional work is outside of Whatcom County, she’s been active in the local non-profit sector for over 25 years with a focus on human services and women’s issues. Rebecca has served on a number of local boards and commissions including Northwest Youth Services, Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood, Evergreen AIDS Foundation, City of Bellingham Capital Advisory Group, AAUW, Whatcom Housing Advisory, Bellingham/Whatcom Commission Against Domestic Violence, and PTAs. She is a member of the WES group and health care committee, and looks forward to supporting the launch of the LWV position study group. Rebecca has a Masters in Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University, a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Washington State University. She is married to WWU political science professor Vernon “Damani” Johnson, and has two adult children.
Allison Aurand, Vice President
Allison Aurand is Communications Director for the Timber Framers Guild, an international non-profit organization; the owner-operator of Flying Change Stables, LLC, just south of Lynden; and mother to 1- and 4-year old boys. She spent her previous career working in land use and agricultural policy issues, in both the private and public sector. She worked throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on comprehensive strategies to bridge economic, family, and land use issues related to agriculture, and worked with a coalition of organizations to lobby for the successful passage of a statewide farmland protection program in Virginia. She moved home to Washington and continued working on the same issues while Director of the Skagit Farmland Legacy Program, in addition to her responsibilities to the County related to farmland preservation and local land use policy and planning. While working for Skagit County, Allison developed the policy and framework for the Washington Office of Farmland Preservation, and served as the sole lobbyist for the related bill, which passed in 2007. Allison has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College (MA). She serves as Vice President and Communications Director for LWVBWC in 2017. PR@LWVbellinghamwhatcom.org
Susan Mancuso, Secretary
Susan Mancuso worked in the field of higher education her entire career, with 22 years at Whatcom Community College as both faculty and senior administrator during its initial years as a college, and another 17 years at Western Washington University as a professor, department chair, and director of the graduate program in adult and higher education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California-Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in Sociology and Doctorate in Higher Education/Policy, Governance, and Administration from the University of Washington. Upon retirement, Susan directed her energies to the LWVBWC, where she could continue her passion for education – this time offering it to the public as a whole, as she was quickly tapped to co-chair the program planning committee that presents the regular League educational programs. She will continue working on education programs while serving as LWVBWC Secretary in 2017. Secretary@LWVbellinghamwhatcom.org
Donna Williams, Treasurer
Donna Williams was born and raised in Denver, CO, and graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor’s in Accounting. She spent most of her career in public accounting, for many years operating a family kitchen and bath business in Eagle, CO. After living and working in Colorado for 20 years, and raising two sons, she moved to Bellingham in 2007. Donna is a music lover, and is a member of two community bands as a clarinet player. Donna serves as LWVBWC’s Treasurer in 2017. Treasurer@LWVbellinghamwhatcom.org
Riley Abel has lived in Bellingham since 2014, and will start graduate work in mathematics at Western Washington University this fall. His interest in the LWV stems from a desire to make the democratic process as accessible and transparent as possible and to increase informed public participation. He grew up in the League and has served in the League’s observer corps. Riley will continue to focus on youth outreach in 2017, bringing a new generation of League members into the organization.
Jean Carmean, Advocacy Chair
Jean Carmean taught more than 40 years at the high school, university, and community college levels. While teaching at Whatcom Community College (WCC), she founded the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, and during her final year there led faculty and administrators through a revision of the transfer degree, which still continues as the basis of the graduation requirements. Jean also initiated the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program, and made presentations on the WAC and Interdisciplinary Humanities Programs at other community colleges, the University of Texas-Austin, and at the National Council of English Teachers conference in Heidelberg, Germany. One of the founders of the American Federation of Teachers union at the community college, Jean served as president and chief negotiator for the negotiated agreement with WCC several times. Jean has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in English/American Studies from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. A member of the LWVBWC since 2013, Jean has been active in organizing advocacy on League issue, and will continue to do so as a board member in 2017. Advocacy@LWVbellinghamwhatcom.org
Caroline Correa, Program Chair
Caroline Correa is retired from the University of Pittsburgh as the Assistant Director of Research & Cost Accounting and has worked on accounting studies at a number of colleges and universities. She has been an active participant in Community to Community Development, and as Chair of the Immigrant Solidarity Committee, led the development of a good working relationship with Blaine Border Patrol personnel, the Whatcom County Sheriff, and regional groups working on immigration reform. Caroline also teaches Citizenship Classes and volunteers for other various non-profit groups. She is married to Joseph Correa, a former business professor at Pittsburgh and WWU, and they have two adult children. Caroline has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York (SUNY)-Fredonia, and a Master’s degree in Education from SUNY-Potsdam. Caroline serves on the LWVBWC as Program Coordinator, fulfilling program objectives, coordinating with the state and national League, and appointing study committees. ProgramChair@LWVbellinghamwhatcom.org
Janice Keller is a communications professional with experience in city, county, and state government agencies. Since 2001, she has worked for the City of Bellingham, with four mayors, two dozen city council members, and hundreds of city workers and community members on a wide range of city service priorities. Janice is currently the Communications, Community Relations, & Programming Manager for the Bellingham Public Library. She is married to J. Bruce Smith, an estate planning attorney and partner at Barron Smith Daugert, and is mom/stepmom to their three college-age children. Janice has a Bachelor’s in Journalism from WWU and a Master’s in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College; both experiences inspired her long-time interests in government information, accountability, and transparency. Janice serves on the board and as Editor of our League newsletter, The Voter.
Joy Monjure, Membership Chair
Joy Monjure has been a resident of Whatcom County since 1979. Married 42 years, she raised two sons and is a grandmother of three. Joy retired in 2009 after 23 years as Communications Coordinator with the City of Bellingham Public Works Department. Her job focused on informing our community about the services of the Public Works Department, with a focus on protecting our water resources. Upon retiring, she opened Field of Greens, a small organic farm stand in Everson. She closed the farm stand in 2015 and began a career in real estate.
Joy served for 10 years on the Everson City Council and ran for the state legislator in 2014. As a strong advocate for sustainable farming, she initiated the Whatcom Farm Map & Guide and annual Fall Harvest Dinner. Her community work has included Lake Whatcom Watershed Forestry Forum, Whatcom Watersheds Information Network, radio host of Water Whys on KGMI, Lake Whatcom Pledge Program, Whatcom County Flood Hazard Management Committee, Everson Lions Club, Bellingham/Whatcom Commission Against Domestic Violence, Coalition for Healthy Communities, Leadership Whatcom, Whatcom Council of Governments, and Everson/Nooksack Chamber of Commerce.