The Board of Directors 2017/2018

Top row – L to R – Heather Horton, Kat Vanden Heuvel, Sandra McCullough, Joanne Wetherell, Kathleen Eder
Middle row – L to R – Gina Wolcott, Louisa Moats, Sandra Flattery, Terri Bullock, Sara Nelson, Terri LeFaivre, Sylvia Miller, Lynne Heidel
Front row – L to R – Gail Landis, Esther Ochsman, Peggy Grove (President), Margery Friedlander

Board Members

Terri Bullock
Kathleen Eder
Sandra Flattery
Margery Friedlander- Secretary
Peggy Grove- President
Lynne Heidel
Kat Vanden Heuvel
Heather Horton
Gail Landis
Terri LeFaivre
Sylvia Miller
Sandy McCullough
Louisa Moats
Sara Nelson- Treasurer
Esther Ochsman- Vice President
Penny Weiss
Joanne Wetherell- Past President
Gina Wolcott

Executive Committee

Peggy Grove- President
Esther Ochsman- Vice President
Sara Nelson – Treasurer
Margery Friedlander- Secretary

Founding Members

  • Ellen Campion
  • Penny Coe
  • Bonnie Curran
  • Cody Curran
  • Jessie Curran
  • Janet DeBard
  • Gale Ellkins
  • Janis Fulton
  • Sue Green
  • Judith Jellinek
  • Harriet Joseph
  • Ann Leonardo
  • Debra Levin
  • Marcia Liebich
  • Camille McCray
  • Willa McLaughlin
  • Jo Murray
  • Esther Ochsman
  • Susan Reinstein
  • Jeanne Cassell
  • Carol Nie
  • Pricilla Pittigio
  • Susan Rhymes
  • Carol Scheifele-Holmes
  • Gayle Stevenson
  • Diana Strandberg
  • Maggie Sturdevant
  • Barbara Thrasher
  • Charlotte Unger
  • Joanne Wetherell
  • Maryanne Whitcomb
  • Melisa Willams

Emeritae Members

  jo wrwf bio picJo Murray was a founding member and first president of WRWF. In the nonprofit arena, she has served on advisory boards of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley; the Last Monday Club, an organization of professional women in Oakland, California; and the Oakland-Nakhodka (Russia) Sister City Association. She worked with the Rotary Club of Oakland to send Americana business owners to Nakhodka to teach children about the free enterprise system in the years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The resulting exchange program, requested by the mayor of Nakhodka, also brought Russian high school students and young business people to America. Professionally, she is principal of Jo Murray Public Relations, serving San Francisco and the Sun Valley and Boise areas. She previously was a reporter and editorial page editor of The Tribune newspaper in Oakland California. She has received awards for her writing from the Press Club of San Francisco, the Society of Professional Journalists, the California Trial Lawyers’ Association and the State Bar of California, She has served as a board member of the Public Relations Round Table of San Francisco, the nation’s oldest public relations organization; as president of the East Bay chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, which won an award as the best chapter of its size in the nation during her presidency, and as a board member of Capital City Communicators in Boise. Her work on expansion plans for Oakland International Airport won an award from Airports Council International. Jo also is a life master in bridge, and is certified as a teacher and club director by the American Contract Bridge League. Her favorite memory in the history of the WRWF: “When Barbara Thrasher and I started talking about the foundation, we invited people we knew plus a few others suggested by the Idaho Community Foundation. In other words, one of us knew everybody in the group in the early days. A few years later, I was at a gathering and commented to Barbara that I didn’t know all the women in the room. She said she didn’t, either, and we decided a round of introductions was in order. That was a true measure of success to me: Our organization had grown beyond its original founding members, and they in turn were bringing in colleagues of their own.

wrwf barabara thrasher Barbara Thrasher is a founder, past President of the Board, and emeritus board member of the Wood River Women’s Foundation. Coming from Seattle, Barbara was actively involved in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center Development Board where she began a summer program to bring scientists to Sun Valley for a yearly forum to engage the community in their cancer center and the research vital to a cure. She has been a member of the development committee of the Blaine County Recreation district where she founded the Harriman Tea to fund the summer trails endowment and helped to create the idea of a premium gold pass to fund the trails. She served for 12 years on the Wood River Land Trust Board. In 2004 Barbara founded the Wood River Women’s Foundation with Jo Murray. A great idea in philanthropy from The Washington Women’s Foundation and Colleen Willoughby struck a chord that she thought would resonate in the valley. An invitation to tea and a chat about this idea brought two dozen women together to begin what has now become a more than 250 member organization that has donated more than a million dollars back into our community and has brought the charitable community to a new level of sustainability. Barbara has served on the Grants, Membership and Events committees.

 Marcia Liebichmarcia wrwf bio pic and husband Don moved to Sun Valley in December 2001 to be near their two sons who had moved to Boise following college and graduate school. In 2005, Marcia was one of the founding members of WRWF. She had joined the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation when she moved to Idaho because her daughters-in-law were members of a similar organization in Boise. Marcia was the first grants chairman and served as President from 2011-2013. She currently serves on the Impact Team and is on the Nominating Committee for the Women’s Collective Giving Network. Marcia served many volunteer organizations in the Capitol Region of NY and in the state of New York. She served as President of the Alumni Association and then as a college trustee from 1978-1994 at Elmira College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She was a member and President of the American Association of University Women and a member of the Junior League. She was Campaign Chair and then President of the Schenectady United Way and served as President of the board of Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital and then as Executive of the Sunnyview Hospital Foundation from 1992-96. She has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women for many years where you can find a biography. Since moving to Sun Valley, she has served on the board of Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation, been a member of Chapter CH of P.E.O., Stewardship Chairman at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and is currently serving on the boards of The Community Library and Idaho Nonprofit Center in Boise. She and Don have six grandchildren in Boise who are their greatest joy.

Jan_DeBard_2013  Janet DeBard, a founding member of WRWF, served on the Board of Directors for nine years. She chaired the Grants Program, creating the co-chair concept.  Janet was Editor of the News Brief, establishing a format for brief insightful articles that allowed the membership to stay informed and connected.  As President, Janet encouraged efficient functioning of the Board as well as a strong Committee structure, resulting in strategic planning and membership involvement. Chairing the Nomination Committee, her team embraced leadership development as a means to have strong succession planning. Janet’s educational background includes an M.A. from Case Western Reserve and Doctoral Studies at U.C.L.A. in the area of inner-city education and curriculum development.  Her work experiences encompass: inner-city teaching; retail marketing; public relations; designer of fabrics, jewelry & visual arts.  Janet has been involved in nonprofit work since childhood, beginning with volunteering in a summer program for blind children in Michigan. In Los Angeles she was active in Las Fortunas – fundraising for a day-care center for low-income children; Barnsdale Arts Center – Advisory Board of this LA arts organization developing after school arts programs for LA City school children; Uplifter’s Ranch Association – President, developing by-laws and chairing a major fundraising effort.  Janet’s association with WRWF has been her most cherished work and she is forever grateful that the community has embraced the concept of pooled giving to support positive social change in our community.