Dianne Valentin, GA | Chair

Dianne Valentin is a consultant to small businesses and nonprofit organizations, working in national, regional, and community nonprofit organizations on the grassroots and executive levels, providing strategic advice, technical assistance, program development, community outreach and community organizing. As a political scientist with training in international affairs and national defense, Dianne has used her expertise to advocate grassroots and progressive issues on Capitol Hill. In addition to her consultancy and community service endeavors, Dianne is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Black Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, Inc. located in North Carolina. Dianne serves as President of the Georgia WAND Board of Directors.

Honorable Jennifer Maurine Seelig, UT | Vice Chair

Rep. Jennifer Seelig, a Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL) state director, was elected by District 23 residents in November of 2006 to serve in the Utah House of Representatives. She currently serves on the House Political Subdivisions, Legislative Management, House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice committees, Executive Appropriations Committee, as well as on the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee. In 2010, Jennifer was elected the House Minority Whip. In 2012, Jennifer was elected as the first woman House Minority Leader by the Utah House Democratic Caucus.

Jill Steger Rush, OK | Secretary/Treasurer

Jill Rush is a therapist with a therapeutic foster care agency working with abused and neglected children. She is president of the Mayfair Hills Neighborhood Association seeking to revitalize and connect urban neighborhoods in Oklahoma City, and she is active with the National Association of Social Workers. She participates in community organizing with VOICE in Oklahoma City for Medicaid expansion. Jill managed a 2014 city council race in Norman, OK and worked for Barack Obama in Michigan as part of Obama for America in 2008. Jill is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work.

Honorable Pan Godchaux, FL

Pan Godchaux spends her retirement volunteering as an archivist and lighthouse keeper in the Straits of Mackinac, while dabbling in local government. After retiring from twenty years in elected office, school boards and the Michigan legislature, Pan signed up for her second tour in the Peace Corps, serving in the former Soviet Republic of Moldova. She is a founder of the Institute for Local Government at the University of Michigan Dearborn and does planning consulting with local NGOs.  She has taught little kids, been a print and broadcast journalist and now teaches Taoist Tai Chi. She can also be found babysitting three wonderful grandsons.

Honorable Ana Sol Gutiérrez, MD

Delegate Ana Sol Gutiérrez has represented District 18 in the Maryland House of Delegates since 2002, when she made history as the first Latina elected to the Maryland General Assembly. Gutiérrez was born in El Salvador and attended Pennsylvania State University, garnering a B.S. in chemistry, followed by an M.S. in technology of management, scientific & technical information systems from American University. She did her postgraduate studies in applied engineering at George Washington University; and executive management at The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She currently sits on the House Appropriations Committee, the Joint Committee for Children, Youth and Families, and was the founder of the New American Caucus. She is also the co-chair of the Maryland Democratic Latino Caucus.

Kelli Hunnicutt, NC

Kelli Hunnicutt is an artist, mother and peace activist.  Trained as an artist, art has always been an important and influential part of her life. Though primarily a stay at home mother, she has also worked outside the home as both a paralegal and manager of a furniture store.  From 2007 to 2009, she returned to college and earned a certificate to teach art. In the build up to the Iraq war, she worked to prevent it, and then worked to end it through various channels. She has served as a lay leader in her church and as a leader and active member of various peace and social justice organizations. She previously served as a board member of Atlanta WAND. Her proudest accomplishment is raising two wonderful and socially conscious young women who both consider themselves children of WAND.

State Representative Joni Jenkins, KY

Representative Joni Jenkins, a WiLL state director, has represented the Kentucky 44th House District since 1995. She was recently appointed by the Speaker of the House to chair a special task force on the Foreclosure Crisis in Kentucky.  Her history of legislation reflects her concerns for the safety of women and children, from the establishment of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) program to workplace safety to legislation to strengthen the Sex Offender Registry. Additionally, Rep. Jenkins has passed legislation dealing with elder abuse, high school athlete safety and alternative education reform. She works at the Jefferson Community and Technical College with at-risk students.

State Representative Gael Tarleton, WA

Rep. Gael Tarleton began her career as a senior defense intelligence analyst for the Pentagon, working on U.S.-Soviet nuclear security issues. Following a decade at the Pentagon, Gael ran two international subsidiaries of a Fortune 500 company in Russia and helped rebuild U.S.-Russian relations after the Cold War.  She also worked for eight years as a research advisor at the University of Washington, helping establish the Institute for National Security Education and Research. A resident of Seattle's maritime industrial center where the North Pacific fishing fleet is homeported, Gael first ran for public office in 2007 and was elected as a Port of Seattle Commissioner.  She was re-elected in 2011 and in 2012 served as Commission President. Gael was elected to the Washington State House in 2012 to represent the people of the 36th District. She currently serves on the Higher Education, Rules, Technology and Economic Development, and Transportation Committees. She founded and co-chairs the Economic and Community Resilience legislative caucus, and serves on the board of The Ploughshares Fund. Gael holds a Master's Degree in Government and National Security, and Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Service, from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

WAND Education Fund Board

State Senator Charleta Tavares, OH | Chair

Charleta Tavares served as a member of the, Ohio House of Representatives (1993-98) Columbus City Council (1999-2010) and currently serves as a member of the Ohio Senate (2011-present). Ms. Tavares is a local, state and nationally recognized cultural competence, housing, health and human services advocate and policymaker. She is the Executive Director of the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC), a statewide non-profit membership organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of care in Ohio’s behavioral health system and to incorporate cultural competence into systems and organizations that provide care to Ohio’s vulnerable and at-risk populations. In addition, she was a founding member and is chair Emeritus of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation.

Betsy Rivard, GA | Vice Chair

Betsy has been active in Atlanta WAND for more than 16 years, serving on the board for at least eight years. Her chemistry background and Oak Ridge, TN past (her father worked for the Atomic Energy Commission) made her concerned about the nuclear issue (weapons and power). Betsy also serves on the boards of the UN Association of the USA, Nuke Watch South, Georgians for Gun Safety, and the Chattooga Conservatory.

Caitlin Worm, IN | Treasurer

Caitlin Worm, South Bend, Indiana, counsels nonprofits, small businesses, and political campaigns in fundraising, communication strategy, administration, and marketing. Since 2006, she has participated in nearly 25 political campaigns at all levels of government and is an active member of her community as a volunteer for several organizations focused on economic empowerment. She was named to the WAND Education Fund Board of Directors in 2012, serves as WAND’s Treasurer, and is proud of WAND’s international leadership in strengthening women’s knowledge of foreign policy related to nuclear arms and defense. Worm holds degrees from Indiana University and University of Chicago. 

Edith Allen, MA | Secretary

Edie Allen has been active with WAND for many years as a volunteer, board member and donor.  She is president of the Colombe Foundation, which supports organizations working to create a more peaceful world through changes in American policy, and was a long-time board member of the Ploughshares Fund.  She is also co-president of the Clever Hand Gallery, an artisans’ cooperative in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Brenda Gray, PhD, MPH, WI

Dr. Brenda Gray is the Center Director of Milwaukee AHEC. Brenda received her PhD from Jackson State University’s College of Education and Human Development, where she completed her dissertation on “Health Value, Self Efficacy, Health Locus of Control: Cognitive Perceptual Factors Influencing Health Promoting Behavior in Minority College Students.” She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama.

Sayre Sheldon, MA

A founding member of WAND and president emerita of the national WAND board, Sayre has been a long-time political and social activist. She was a college professor of literature and an author of several plays and articles about women's issues and peace issues. She edited the anthology Her War Story: 20th Century Women Write About War, published in 1999 by Southern Illinois University Press.