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LWVHC Board of Directors 2020-2021

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Rachel Poller joined LWV Henderson County five years ago after she and her husband retired to Hendersonville in 2013 from Philadelphia. Having taught ESL in Peace Corps Zaire, Rachel worked for 25 years in the Camden, NJ city schools: seventeen years teaching and eight years supervising the Bilingual Department. Always politically engaged, Rachel has grown to appreciate the League's commitment to nonpartisanship while advocating for political issues. She's an ethical vegan, erstwhile gardener, and respectable duplicate bridge player.

Rachel Poller, President


Brenda Sherrer joined the League in 2017 and currently serves as Vice President. In addition to serving as LWVHC’s Vice President, she chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team, and co-chairs the Student Engagement Team. Brenda is a volunteer with the Hendersonville Rescue Mission and the Boys and Girls Club. She is an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. For over 30 years, Brenda provided strategic planning, career development training and education for Army Civilians and military personnel with the Department of Defense. She retired from the Department of the Army in 2016 and moved to Western North Carolina to golf, hike, kayak, and read more.

Brenda Sherrer, Vice President


Nan is a 5th generation Texan, raised in New Orleans, graduated from college in Sewanee, Tennessee but found her heart’s home in Henderson County 46 years ago. She worked at a variety of jobs - paralegal, camp administrator, business owner, caterer - but the most fun was training to be a sommelier and running a restaurant wine program. She has three children, three stepsons, four daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law and is Nana to five only-children grands. She loves her family, travel, wine, genealogy research, and voters rights. A LWV member since 2014, Nan has worked on multiple committees, served as Co-President, and is on the LWVNC Nominating Committee.

Nan Jennings, Secretary


Ruth is a retired pharmacist and health services researcher with a PhD in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has had close ties to Henderson County for nearly 40 years, and has actually lived in the county for the past 12 years. Before that, Ruth lived and worked in many parts of the United States including Texas, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and even Nova Scotia. She joined the LWV Henderson County in 2017 in support of the League's mission of defending democracy and empowering voters. Her other interests include volunteering, cooking, gardening, reading, and quilting.

Ruth Baldwin, Treasurer


Paul Goebel is a retired high school social studies teacher and coach. Before his teaching career he was a professional basketball scout. He and his wife Louisa have two children and six grandchildren. Currently he happily serves on the LWVHC Board of Directors, teaches Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church, and volunteers at Meals on Wheels and Fishes and Loaves. He has a keen interest in politics,and readily praises the League of Women Voters for promoting and protecting the most essential ingredient safeguarding our democracy.

Paul Goebel, Director (E)


Liz is a retired tech writer who moved to Hendersonville from Ohio in 2017. Liz has a masters in non-profit management from Regis University (Denver CO) and has held leadership positions in various church and community-based nonprofits. She is new to the League but not to political activism, and appreciates the League's efforts to support the democratic process.

Liz Hill, Director (E)


Originally from Brookyn, NY, Caren taught English at a high school in upstate NY and a community college in southern California before moving to Hendersonville in 1979. She was originally hired by Blue Ridge Community College to develop the literacy council. In 1981 she began teaching English and developmental reading at BRCC and continued to do that until 2016, when she retired. At that time she joined the LWV with an interest in voter services. She also volunteers with the Housing Assistance Corporation and the food pantry at the Interfaith Assistance Ministry. She enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, traveling, and playing mah jongg.

Caren Kessler, Director (E)


Debi was not politically active before 2016, but since has become intensely interested in the electoral process. What she has learned may be a cliché but that’s because it’s true, Democracy is not a spectator sport. She grew up in Akron, OH and moved to Memphis, TN where she worked as a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines for 25 years. When her son went off to college in 2011, she and her husband moved to Hendersonville in search of adventure, nature and beauty. A believer in giving back, she has always volunteered but is currently working with the Literacy Council, and Guardian ad Litem programs. She loves spending time outdoors with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and traveling. Since moving to this artistic area, she’s been inspired to learn quilting and knitting.

Debi Miller, Director (A)


Ernest Mowell is a retired Deputy US Marshal with an interest in both open government and citizen involvement. He serves on the Board of Directors and currently chairs the Observer Team and Home Team for LWVHC.

Ernest Mowell, Director (E)


Becky Poplin retired in 2014 from Henderson County Public Schools, where she was Principal of Upward Elementary and Director of Elementary Instruction. A graduate of Hendersonville High and Furman University, Becky taught and served as a principal in Greenville County, SC and in two north Texas school districts. In 2002, having been "too hot for too long" in Texas, she persuaded her Texan husband to return with her to her family and deep roots in Henderson County. Becky is relatively new to the League, but her enthusiasm grew while working on the Voter Services team. Other volunteer work includes Girls Empowerment/Women United, service as a Guardian Ad Litem, support of Smart Start of Henderson County.

Becky Poplin, Director (A)


Carol Weaver joined the League of Women Voters in September 2019, drawn by a sense of civic responsibility nurtured in the New York City public school system in the 1960’s. After retiring from a career in property and casualty insurance in 2005, Carol and her husband left the Philadelphia area for the beaches of North Carolina, and later relocated to Hendersonville. She enjoys editing community newsletters, supporting animal welfare organizations and learning about how our state and local governments work.

Carol Weaver, Director (A)

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