Meet our Board

Meet our Board members

Officers

Co-President – Theresa Lawler (2019-2021) Theresa (“Terri”) Lawler received her BA from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) and JD (with Honors) from the University of Maryland School of Law.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, her legal career spans 36 years: ten years as an officer in the Probate Department of Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Company (now PNC Bank), ten years as an attorney in private practice with a focus on estates and trusts law, and sixteen years (eight as Chief Judge) serving Baltimore County residents as an Orphans’ Court Judge handling cases involving estate and inheritance disputes and Guardianships of Minors. 

While on the Bench, Terri served as Chair of the Conference of Orphans’ Court Judges, was President of the Maryland Association of Judges of the Orphans’ Courts and served on the Board of the Judicial Institute (responsible for ensuring the continuing legal education of Maryland Judiciary).  In Baltimore County, Judge Lawler initiated a mediation program as an alternative form of dispute resolution for families involved in inheritance battle which became a model for Orphans’ Courts around the State.  At the State level she was instrumental in developing several courses which became part of the Judicial Institute’s core probate curriculum, as also the Orphans’ Court Bench Book, a reference book for Orphans’ Court Judges. The Daily Record named Terri one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2008, 2010 and 2013 and she was inducted into the “Circle of Excellence” in 2013.  She also was recipient of the “Leadership in Law” Award in 2014.Since her retirement from the Orphans’ Court at the end of her fourth term in 2014, Terri has served on the Towson University Foundation Board and on the Board of the League of Women Voters of Baltimore County.  After joining our Board four years ago, Terri became involved with the Speakers Committee and Finance Committee, assisted with polling place evaluations, and currently serves as Chair of the Membership Committee. 

Co-President – Camille Wheeler (2019-2021) Camille has been a member of the Baltimore City League of Women Voters and subsequently the Baltimore County League since 1964.  Active in the sixties, with recent retirement from teaching at the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work Camille has resumed her interest and participation in the League. Since 2015, first as a Board member and then as a Co-President since 2017, she has come to understand the structure of the County League, its history in Baltimore County and has attended the last two National League conventions to better understand the US League.

As Co-President, Camille has worked in general to strengthen and modernize the County League by participating in most of the Board committees, including the Finance Committee, the Membership Committee and the Program Committee.

Camille is a social worker by profession. She worked for the City Department of Social Services from 1964 to 1979, when she left to become the Director of the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.  In 1998, she was invited to become a Visiting Professor at the School of Social Work and subsequently an Adjunct faculty member.  Her specialties include management, community organization and social policy with an emphasis on child welfare policy.

1st Vice President – Barbara Hopkins

2nd Vice President – Jennifer Haire (2018-2020) Jennifer was thrilled by the invitation to join the Board of the League of Women Voters of Baltimore County (LWVBC) in 2013, after a 37-year career at nine locations, with the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL), where she first partnered with the LWVBC.  She retired in 2012 as manager of the Towson Library.  The LWVBCo had been the most trusted, energetic and effective partner she had encountered professionally.  Originally a New York native, she lived in Panama as a child, attended high school in Mamaroneck, NY, graduated from the University of Connecticut and received a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland.  In addition to helping plan issues programs with the Library Lecture Committee, her most treasured time is spent with her grandchildren and in NY with her 96-year-old dad.  She is an avid walker, loves music and manages the ever-hopeful Best Sellers Investment Club with longtime friends and former colleagues.

Secretary – Betsy Sexton (2019-2021) Betsy Sexton joined our League when she and her husband, Carlton, moved to Baltimore in the 1980s.  She has served as a Co-President, Treasurer and Finance Committee chair, and has participated in numerous committees. This year she served on the committee that presented consensus meetings on the State League (LWVMD) study of Death with Dignity and The Bail System in Maryland.  She was also a member of our Candidate Forums Committee.

Betsy was the LWVMD Membership/Leadership Development Program Coordinator for Maryland from 2011-2013 and chair of the Nominating Committee in 2017.

Betsy worked part time from 2006-2013 as an ESOL instructor through the Community College of Baltimore County, teaching English to adult immigrants.  She is a board member of the Green Burial Association of Maryland, a member of the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle and the Hamilton Street Club.  She enjoys traveling with Carlton (who is an active League member), visiting her sons and grandchildren in California, knitting, swimming and studying Italian.

Treasurer – Neilson Andrews (2019-2020) Neilson has been a member of the Board of the Baltimore County League for many years.  She has served as 1st Vice President for two terms and has been serving as interim treasurer since January.  She serves on the Finance Committee and the Lecture Series Committee.  Neilson and Betsy Sexton chaired the Capitol Steps fundraiser in 2016 and will do so again in 2020.  Neilson is the health reporter for Report on State Circle and substituted in 2013 as the Action Chair for the Maryland League. She is the former executive director of the Baltimore County Medical Association where she worked for more than 25 years.  At the BCMA, she focused on issues pertaining to the physician community and patients, including legislative efforts in Annapolis and Washington.  Neilson is a graduate of the Bryn Mawr School and Mary Baldwin College where she received a BA in Psychology. 

Directors

Sue Garonzik (2019-2021) Trained as a MEd reading specialist at Loyola University of MD, Sue was devoted to the education of young children.  Sue both taught school and worked as a director of religious education in her professional career.  Sue currently serves on the board of the Green Burial Association of Maryland.

She formerly served on the Baltimore County League of Women Voters lecture series committee, and as a LWVMD coach for the Membership and Leadership Development program of Maryland.  Sue has always had a keen interest in politics and the environment.  Sue served on the Air Quality Control Advisory Council for Maryland’s Department of the Environment for 16 years.  Sue chaired “Earth in Every Classroom,” a successful program to place the iconic NASA photo of the Earth taken from space in every classroom in Baltimore County and the City of Baltimore.

Sue travels with her husband, also a League member, to see their son, daughter, and grandchildren in North Carolina.   She and her husband enjoy classical music concerts, plays, movies, and public lectures.  She enjoys gardening, travelling and reading.

Sue finds meetings of the League of Women Voters at all levels, county, state and national, to be engaging and enriching. The League helps us stay informed and connected.

Camille Marx (2109-2021) Camille Marx is a long-time member of the League.  She is retired from Baltimore County Public Schools.  She served on the League Board for several years before becoming co-president.  She is currently finishing her second term as co-president and has led the strategic planning effort.  Camille has served on the Program and the Membership Committees, and the Education Committee is of special interest. She currently lives in Essex on the banks of Middle River with her 17-year-old dachshund, Lily. 

Eileen Robier (2019-2021) Eileen joined the League of Women Voters a year ago.  She has participated in voter registration at USCIS, attended the Legislative Luncheon, the Death with Dignity Study, and the discussion on Bail Reform. She also evaluated two polling sites during the general election. Eileen will be the event chair for the Perry Hall Association Town Fair.

Eileen volunteered for several years with the Greater Homewood Community Association where she taught English Literacy to adults. While there, she received a certificate from Baltimore City for her "outstanding contribution to literacy." She was also interviewed by Baltimore Magazine for their volunteer issue. Moving to Baltimore County, Eileen joined the Community College of Baltimore County. She has worked as adjunct faculty/site registrar with the English for Speakers of Other Languages for the preceding 12 years. She also was employed by the Baltimore County Public Schools where she worked with middle school level students who had learning, behavioral, or emotional issues.

Working to keep memories alive, Eileen has been a part of her high school reunion committee for the 50th, 55th, and upcoming 60th reunions. On a bi-monthly basis, she continues to meet with former class members for informal luncheons.

Judith Schagrin (2019-2021)  Judith Schagrin became a member of the Baltimore County League of Women Voters this past year.  She is a social worker who retired last year from the Baltimore County Department of Social Services after three decades working with children in foster care, for the last twenty years as the assistant director for Children’s Services.  In 2001, with the capable assistance of colleagues, Judith founded Camp Connect, a weeklong overnight camp to reunify brothers and sisters separated in different foster care placements, a program in which she continues to be involved. 

After earning a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, Judith moved to Baltimore to attend the University of Maryland  School of Social Work.  She now teaches a course at her alma mater, and works for Digital Management, Inc. as a subject matter expert.  Judith is also a member of the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team, who respond to local and national disasters.  She has served as the legislative chairperson for Maryland’s Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for the last two decades, and is a long-term member of the Children, Youth, and Families Committee. 

Judith enjoys spending her spare time with family, including her husband, also retired (and NOT a social worker!), and their three dogs.  Her 24-year-old daughter is graduating with her MSW in May, and her stepson and his wife, also social workers, live in Ithaca, NY with their two young daughters.

Tracy Miller – (2108-2020) Tracy has worked for the past 40 years at Towson University in the dual capacity of teacher and administrator.  She has just retired.  

Concerned with securing appropriate rights for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq, Tracy testified in Annapolis on a bill which was subsequently passed by the Maryland Assembly.  To further this involvement, Tracy sponsored a Veterans’ College Fair, designed to inform veterans of opportunities available to them of which they might otherwise not have been aware, and worked with Towson University to implement a “Thank-You Grant” for recent veterans. This involvement led to the founding of the Towson University Veterans Center.

For years, Tracy has been active in the non-partisan League of Women Voters of Baltimore County, serving as Co-President and Secretary. In the 2006 election, Tracy ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the House of Delegates. She was active in the PTA of whichever schools her children attended.

Currently parent of two sons, and the proud grandmother of a granddaughter, Tracy became a Gold Star mother when her younger son, Nicholas Ziolkowski, was killed in Iraq. A scholarship she established in his name helps to fund veterans at Towson University, and another scholarship at The Boys’ Latin School of Maryland has assisted almost 10 boys. Unhappily for her, her older son, Peter, and his wife and daughter live in Minnesota.

Ralph Rigger – (2018-2020) A potential engineer, educated at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (High School) who before attending the University of Maryland worked summers at Camp Greentop with The League for Handicapped Children and Adults. It was there that I decided I would rather work with children than design things. That led to the Industrial Education Department at the University of Maryland with summers at the camp where I fell in love with Becky Rogers [Rigger]). We married, and Becky eventually attracted me to the LWV.  Soon after graduation and beginning to teach at Towson Junior High School; I was commissioned a Navy officer and served two years on minesweepers during the Korean War.  When I returned to Baltimore County school system I taught and opened a number of new Junior High School Industrial Arts Departments.  In 1965 I was drafted to head the department at Dulaney High School.  I taught for over thirty years, the last 25 years at Dulaney HS. I should add that Becky and I continued to work at Camp Greentop until 1970.

I have lost track of how long I have been a League member and been on the Board of Directors, but I still realize how important the work of the League of Women Voters is to this county and Nation.    

Betsy Sexton – (2018 -2020) Betsy Sexton joined our League when she and her husband, Carlton, moved to Baltimore in the 1980s.  She has just completed a term as Treasurer and Finance Committee chair. This year she served on the committee that presented consensus meetings on the State League (LWVMD) study of The Primary Election System in Maryland.  She is also a member of our Candidate Forums Committee.

Betsy was the LWVMD Membership/Leadership Development Program Coordinator for Maryland from 2011-2013 and chair of the Nominating Committee in 2017.

Betsy worked part time from 2006-2013 as an ESOL instructor through the Community College of Baltimore County, teaching English to adult immigrants. She is a board member of the Green Burial Association of Maryland, a member of the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle and the Hamilton Street Club.  She enjoys traveling with Carlton (who is an active League member), visiting her sons and grandchildren in California, knitting, swimming and studying Italian.

Jessa Goldberg Endowment Fund

Carol Allen (2019 -2022)  Carol Allen joined the League more than 10 years ago.  She worked on the Speakers’ Series during her early membership.   Voter registration is a priority for Carol, and she helps the League in those endeavors.  She has particularly appreciated the League forums as not only informative but give all sides to the issues.  Carol was a legislative aide in the House of Delegates from 1986-90 and the Executive Director of Historic Towson, Inc.  She is the immediate past chair of the Baltimore County Landmarks Preservation Commission.  She served two terms to the Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee and was a candidate for the House of Delegates in 1994.  She enjoys reading, theater, ballet, movies, traveling and educational opportunities.

Carolyn Seamon