The Board of Directors 2018/2019

Back row – L to R – Sylvia Miller, Penny Weiss, Gina Wolcott, Peggy Grove (President), Sandra Flattery, Sandy McCullough, Gail Landis, Margery Friedlander
Front row – L to R – Kat Vanden Heuvel, Terri Bullock, Terri LeFaivre, Kathleen Eder

Board Members

President Peggy Grove

Terri Bullock
Kathleen Eder
Sandra Flattery
Margery Friedlander
Kat Vanden Heuvel
Gail Landis

Terri LeFaivre
Sylvia Miller
Sandy McCullough
Louisa Moats
Penny Weiss
Gina Wolcott

Emeritae Foundation 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.  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 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, and as a board member of Capital City Communicators in Boise.

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. Barbara has served on the Grants, Membership and Events committees.

Marcia Liebich and husband Don moved to Sun Valley in December 2001. In 2005, Marcia was one of the founding members of WRWF.   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.  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 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 is currently serving on the boards of The Community Library and Idaho Nonprofit Center in Boise.

Jan_DeBard_2013Janet 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 and 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.   

President’s Council

Back Row: Peggy Grove, Joanne Wetherell Front Row: Janet DeBard, Barbara Thrasher, Marcia Liebich

Founding Members of the Wood River Women’s Foundation

  • Ellen Campion
  • Jeanne Cassell
  • 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
  • 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