New Members 2021


Sue GolisI received her Master of Education from University of Toledo and taught 5th grade for 20 years in Toledo before moving to Reno. She taught in the gifted program in Reno where she lived for 28 years.  Sue and her husband John moved to Ashland to be near her daughter, Melissa Dukes, and her family (who own Progressive Optometry).  They just got settled when covid hit, so life has been challenging.  She have 4 grandchildren and loves reading, bridge, biking, tennis, and music.  She’s anxious to meet the gals in AAUW, which she joined in Reno in 1992.

Connie Minogue received a BFA in costume design from California State University  Long Beach in 1975 but did not pursue a theatre career for long. After a few years in Iran, she moved to Canada where many wonderful mentors helped her navigate a path to business management: marketing consumer packaged goods, advancing over 21 years at the Texas Medical Association, and running an international association management company in Vancouver (Canada). On her retirement she headed to Ashland,  a sunny, small, walkable town with many resources. She loves sewing for volunteer groups, such as Quilts of Valor, hospice, and wildfire victims, and cooking.

New member, Susan Gunn Schaefer, has stepped up to become our Dues Treasurer, effective this month. This important position was held by Diana Quirk for many years. Thank you Susan.

Lisa Verner, FAICP, is an urban planner who has retired after a 44-year career. Lisa served as the King County, WA, permitting department’s legislative coordinator and worked with the County Executive and County Council. Her professional experience included public planning, land use consultant, corporate real estate, and non-profit work. Lisa has led the American Planning Association Washington State chapter as both president and vice president. She enjoys traveling to Italy and Great Britain and obtained her Irish passport just as the coronavirus pandemic took off. Lisa moved to Ashland on a big adventure and because her great-grandparents had a pear orchard in Central Point in the late 19th Century.

Cathe Ledford is a registered nurse, graduating from CSU, Long Beach. She taught nursing at Shasta College and Simpson University in Redding, California. Cathe has been a member of AAUW, Redding Branch for 28 years, where she served as Newsletter Editor, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Co-Chair of Round Robin Book section, Membership VP, and Legal Advocacy Fund Rep. She was an active member of the book and drama sections as well as a member of the STEM conference planning committee. She looks forward to being an active member of the Ashland AAUW.