Grace Chimene, President/LWV-TEF Chair (Austin)
A pediatric nurse practitioner, Chimene has served two terms on the LWVTX board. As child health issue chair, she advocated for Medicaid expansion and gun violence prevention. Chimene coordinated advocacy for LWVTX in the 85th Legislative Session and Special Session. In addition, she implemented new technology to further the League mission, improved advocacy with One Click Politics, and expanded online visibility with an updated website and a social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Janet Imhoff, Vice President (Collin County)
Imhoff has been an active member of the League since 1972, serving in various positions on LWV of Sherman/Grayson County and LWV of Collin County. She served on the LWVTX board from 2002-12, as program vice president, voter service chair, and issue chair for education for two legislative sessions. Imhoff is also a Membership & Leadership Development coach.
Eileen Rosenblum, Vice President (Dallas)
Prior to opening her own grant consulting firm in 2003, Rosenblum was grant administrator for the Richardson Independent School District. Her current priority is leadership participation in the LWVTX. She is a past president of LWV of Dallas. Rosenblum earned a PHD in policy analysis from the University of Illinois.
Miriam Foshay Treasurer (Dallas)
Foshay has been an active League member since 1986, serving as treasurer and in other capacities for LWV Naperville and LWV Dallas. In Naperville, IL, she was the business manager of the Naperville Area Recycling Center, a LWV/AAUW project. In her third term on the LWVTX board, Foshay is the current treasurer and chairs the Fiscal Management and Administration Committee. She is a tax preparer with Enrolled Agent certification.
Marguerite Scott-Johnson, Vice President (The Hill Country)
Marguerite "Meg" Scott-Johnson is a longtime member of the League in Kerrville, now named LWV-Hill Country. She served as president for two terms, as well as several years as Voters Service Chair, and Chair of the local Immigration Issues Study. For LWV-Texas, she served on the Human Trafficking Issues Study Committee and is currently the Issue Chair for Human Trafficking. Scott-Johnson is a LCSW in private practice in Kerrville. She is a member of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team, currently serving on the Refugee Ministry Team. To keep herself grounded, Meg is a Hill Country Master Gardner.
Connie Born, Vice President (Comal Area)
Connie Born joined the League of Women Voters in the Comal Area in 2013. She served as the Director of Membership, and in 2015, as Chairperson of the Payday and Auto Title Loans in Texas Study. Born is a registered medical technologist with a specialty in blood banking and certification as a Quality Auditor. She managed clinical laboratories, quality assurance/training departments and conducted quality and regulatory audits for 35 years before retiring in 2012. She holds a Master of Public Administration and has served as an adjunct faculty instructor at Creighton University.
Amber Briggle, Director (Denton)
Briggle is a civic volunteer, a small business owner and entrepreneur, and an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights. She chairs LWVTX's Communications Committee and serves as the Equal Opportunity issue chair. Briggle is also the national co-chair for the Human Rights Campaign's Parents for Transgender Equality Council. She previously served as a board member for LWV-Denton before joining the LWVTX board in 2016, and frequently speaks and writes about the importance of voting and equality.
Susan Majors, Director (Richardson)
Majors joined LWV of Richardson 30 years ago. Since then she has served on the local board as organization vice president, membership chair, and most recently secretary. As a former LWVTX issue chair, she covered behavioral health and later child health. Majors has been a Membership & Leadership Development coach for 4 years..
Carol Olewin, Director (Austin Area)
Carol Olewin served on the LWV-Austin board for 9 years, 7 as Treasurer, and 3 as Co-president and President. In addition to the LWV, Carol has served on various Boards and Commissions, recently serving on the City of Austin Flood Mitigation task force. Olewin retired from the Texas Racing Commission as the Pari-mutuel Compliance Audit Administrator. Some photographs provided by Matt Lankes
Marjorie Wallé, Secretary (Tyler)
Wallé is vice president of community relations of the LWV of Tyler/Smith County and currently serves on the boards of Smith County Historical Society and East Texas Genealogical Society. She is a past board member of Tyler AAUW and the East Texas Book Festival. Wallé enjoys photography and graphic design.
Alyssa Garza Director (Hays County)
Garza serves as a Research and Evaluation Specialist at the Texas School Safety Center. She earned an M.A in Sociology and a B.S in Applied Sociology from Texas State University. Her research interests include educational equity, school safety, and Hispanics in higher education.
She was born and raised in Laredo, Texas. She is very passionate about empowering people with voter education. She is involved in several organizations including the Hispanic Policy Network, League of Women Voters of Hays County, Hays County Women’s Political Caucus, and the League of United Latin American Citizens. She has coordinated various GOTV tabling efforts within Texas State University campus and the local community, focusing on traditionally under-served and underrepresented populations.
Janis Richardson, Director (Lavaca County)
Richardson worked as Executive Director for Grassroots Grantmakers, a professional association of funding organizations in the United States and Canada. She has more than two decades of experience working with and within philanthropic organizations to support civic engagement and neighborhood change at the grassroots level. She served as Vice President of Programs and Executive Vice President at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. Since her retirement, Janis has consulted with grantmaking organizations on community engagement strategy development and has been part of The Kettering Foundation’s Place-Based Funding and Civic Engagement work team.