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.
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.
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.