Committees and Leadership

Committees and Leadership

LWVNCC Board (as of July 1, 2019)


  • Marjorie Johnson, President
  • Richard Johnson, 1st Vice President
  • Patti Christopher, 2nd Vice President
  • Carmela Longobardi, Secretary
  • Katharine Olinchak, Treasurer
headshots of five  individuals - officers of LWVNCC in 2019

L to R: Marj, Dick, Patti, Mel, Katharine



  • Catriona Binder-Macleod
  • Lorraine Botticelli
  • Jill Itzkowitz
  • Susan Mitchell
  • Kay Palmer
  • Cami Seward
  • Kim Wells
headshots of 7 individuals - board members of LWVNCC in 2019

L to R: Catriona, Lorraine, Jill, Susan, Kay, Cami, Kim


Nominating Committee*

  • Linda Barnett, Chair
  • Letty Diswood
  • Alan Evantash
headshots of three individuals - nominating committee of LWVNCC in 2019

L to R: Linda, Letty, Alan

* Plus two board members to be appointed at a later date


Advocacy Corps

The Advocacy Corps is a state-wide committee comprised of volunteer lobbyists and League members from all three counties. The Corps researches pending legislation, decides which bills to support or oppose, and testifies in committee or otherwise advocates for important changes to Delaware law. The Delaware Advocacy Corps also hosts "League Day in Dover" once a year in the spring. League Day is an educational event and luncheon followed by visits to our senators and representatives in Legislative Hall.

Some of the most important work of the League is done in the state Advocacy Corps. League members are encouraged to visit a meeting to observe and consider joining in their efforts. Corps meetings are generally held once a month, on a Wednesday morning in Dover. 

Committee members gathered around a table, working

Sandy Spence from Sussex League, who is a well-known figure at Leg Hall, chairs the LWVDE Advocacy Corps.

Voting and Elections Subcommittee

A new subcommittee of the Advocacy Corps was formed in 2018 to concentrate on the Voting and Elections portfolio. This subcommittee has already had very good success in meeting with officials and advancing legislative reform efforts. Co-chaired by NCC Members Catriona Binder-Macleod and Jill Itzkowitz, under the advice of Letty Diswood, the Voting and Elections Subcommittee generally meets in Smyrna on the first Tuesday of each month.

Observer Corps

Volunteers are needed to attend and observe meetings of government bodies at the county and city levels... County Council, County Planning Board, Wilmington City Council, Newark City Council, area school boards, etc. When League members attend, often they are the only members of the general public present. Meeting observers help keep our elected officials accountable to their constituents. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the LWVNCC Observer Corps.

Environmental Committee

The LWVNCC Environmental Committee (EC) has members from throughout the state and works on problems that are statewide as well as those that are particular to specific areas. We also collaborate with other state and local Leagues on problems of regional and national interest. Chad Tolman, chair of the subcommittee on Climate Change, played a vital role in developing a national position on this issue. We have also worked with our neighbor Leagues in the Delaware River Basin to prevent contamination of the river with toxic chemicals from fracking. Within the state, we continue to be involved with renewable energy and slowing climate change, toxic air pollutants, and water pollution from agriculture and poultry processing (particularly in Sussex County).

Coralie Pryde and John Sykes are co-chairs of the EC.

Land Use and Transportation

The LWVNCC Land Use/Transportation committee is co-chaired by Jane Dilley and Peggy Schultz. This committee keeps a watchful eye on development issues in our county, and transportation policy and open space preservation across the state. Based on a statewide study conducted by the committee, it has an ongoing commitment to advocate for improved public transit and neighborhoods characterized by walkability and bike-ability, a strong sense of place, mixed use with a broad range of housing choices, connectivity, compactness, and environmental integrity. The committee also has a particular interest in transportation and land use solutions which reduce the carbon footprint.