Marcy Lindberg, Chair
Marcy Lindberg has worked in communications for over 25 years -- from her first job as an editor in Washington DC to her current role as V.P. of Marketing and co-owner of an ecommerce business in Traverse City. She spent six years as the PR director for Special Olympics in Michigan. She holds a B.A. in English as well as a master's degree in library science. Marcy has volunteered as the Program Coordinator for Battle of the Books Grand Traverse since its inception in 2015 -- promoting reading to hundreds of area 4th and 5th graders. The issues most often on her mind these days are public education, preserving and protecting natural resources, and women's issues broadly defined.
Linda Profitt - Secretary/Treasurer
Linda J. Proffitt graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio with a BA in sociology and was awarded both an MSSA and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Linda worked for several not-for-profits, being instrumental in establishing hospice programs in Cleveland in the early 80s. She operated her own health care consulting company for fifteen years and most recently was the Director of Adult Guardianship Services, a program which took guardianship of older adults and of individuals with a severe mental illness. Linda and her husband retired to Traverse City in 2010. She currently serves on the Board of the Leelanau Conservancy and is the immediate past-president of the Newcomer’s Club of Grand Traverse.
Phoebe Hopps is a community organizer and activist. She was the leader and founder for the Michigan chapter of the Women's March on Washington, mobilizing thousands of participants to attend the march. In November 2016, Hopps traded a career in project management and global travel to dedicate herself full-time to community organizing. Her focus is on immigration rights, religious and racial freedom, upholding the Affordable Care Act, and environmental protection. A native New Yorker, she has called Michigan home for the past five years. She lives on Lake Michigan with her husband and son and has a passion for international adventure travel.
Marilyn Jaquish is Faculty Emeritus at Northwestern Michigan College. Marilyn taught English, Journalism, and Professional Communications at NMC from 1980 to 2016. She, with a small group of students, founded White Pine Press, the student newspaper, in 1983. Currently serving on the Traverse City Human Rights Commission, Marilyn has lived in Traverse City since 1978. In addition to her NMC teaching career, she served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippine Islands, was a reporter for the Indianapolis (IN) Times, and a writing coach at the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
Sondra Shaw-Hardy, a 1985 law school graduate, has devoted her life to helping women achieve equality. Her work has included co-founding the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University, writing six published books about women’s philanthropy and adjunct professor at Indiana University. Shaw-Hardy has been actively involved in politics as an elected official, campaign manager and fundraiser, having raised millions of dollars for candidates and for education in Washington DC, Wisconsin and Michigan. In 2016, Ms. Shaw-Hardy received the Athena Leadership Award for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
Roberta Teahen, living in Traverse City since 1968, served as Associate Provost and Director of the Doctorate in Community College Leadership at Ferris State University. She earned BA, MA, and PhD degrees at Michigan State University. Her activism dates back to early college days when she was the Secretary of Young Republicans followed by service as a precinct delegate and as president of the GT Area Republican Women's Club. Today she identifies as a progressive, who is committed to assuring equity through education, career preparation, health care, and other services that will enable more to enjoy the American dream.
Ashlea Walter has worked in marketing, communications and fundraising for almost twenty years in northern Michigan. She and her family live in downtown Traverse City. Ashlea was elected to the Traverse City City Commission in 2019 to a four-year term. She has served on the boards of the Glen Arbor Art Association, Michigan Legacy Art Park, Norte, the Traverse City Arts Commission, and the TCAPS Montessori PTO. She is active with Democratic Party and is a regular community volunteer with her family.
Lynn Larson - Emeritus
Lynn Larson has been an educator for 40 years. She has taught in Micronesia, China, the Bahamas, Tanzania and at Traverse City Central and NMC. Lynn is a political activist having served as chair of the Grand Traverse Democratic Party for eight years and on the Traverse City Human Rights Commission. She was Vice President of the Michigan Education Association for six years. She was also President of AAUW and the First Congregational Church.
Susan Rogan - Emeritus
Susan Rogan is a retired librarian who has worked in university, community college and elementary school settings. She was the first woman full professor in the history of Central Michigan University’s library and was the first person to teach the Internet in CMU’s School of Business. Susan has lived in Traverse City since 1997 and is the mother of 11 adopted children and the grandmother of nine. Two days after the 2016 election she began what is now Rogan’s Listfor people who are unhappy with the current administration and who want to become more politically involved in their federal government.
Carmen Stevens - Emeritus
Carmen Stevens is an entrepreneur who recently relocated to New York after residing in Traverse City for over 20 years. As a businesswoman, she remains active in consulting with organizations in the public and private sectors seeking to strategically advance their philanthropy and communications, as well as operating a photography studio in the metro NYC area. She is a former vice president within the insurance industry, development officer for women’s and children’s services, and researcher on giving trends of women. A humanist, her current advocacy work centers on protecting the civil liberties of those without a voice, including women, minorities and our planet. Carmen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Science from Central Michigan University.