About Our Members: Stories & Profiles

Our branch members reflect the diversity in backgrounds that you would expect from members of an organization over 40 years old. Learn more about our members, including their varied backgrounds and interests, their contributions to AAUW and to the Morgan Hill community, and their motivations for joining an organization that promotes gender equity for women and girls.

Sue Berghoff

Sue Berghoff was an accomplished professional looking forward to retirement when she was diagnosed with lewy Body Dementia. Sharing her story as an awareness building tool, Sue and her husband started a foundation (now called the Susan & Charles Berghoff Foundation).

2018 AAUW MH

Jane Blissett

Jane Blissett was a teacher and reading specialist before joining AAUW Morgan Hill. An accomplished dancer and singer, she also choreographed AAUW’s flag routine for the annual 4th of July parade before she moved east to be near family.

2009 AAUW MH

Susan Brazelton

Susan Brazelton joined AAUW Morgan Hill after retiring as a PE teacher. Her passion is photography; she started the Morgan Hill Photography Club in 2008 and coordinates club volunteers to photograph AAUW Morgan Hill’s annual Wildflower Run.

2015 MH LIFE

Laura Brunton

Laura Brunton was a long time member of AAUW Morgan Hill and its first scholarship chair (starting in 1990). She was also an active volunteer with many other Morgan Hill organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis, and the Downtown Association.

2013 AAUW MH

Nancy Casey

Nancy Casey was a flight attendant in the 1950s but, always interested in politics, returned to university after her daughters were grown and earned a degree in Women’s Studies.

2023 AAUW MH

Barbara Cate

Barbara Cate was co-founder (in December, 1981) of AAUW Morgan Hill and its first president.

2015 AAUW MH

Sandy Clark

Sandy Clark was a long time member of AAUW, devoted to its ideals and goals. She served the branch in many capacities over the years, including as President and Leadership Development chair.

2012 AAUW MH

Mary Cox

Mary Cox hosted an annual AAUW summer barbecue for many years. While she initially joined AAUW Morgan Hill for its book group, as a clinical scientist, her focus has shifted to coordinating the branch’s scholarships for women in healthcare and STEM.

2009 AAUW MH

Alissa Crispin

Alissa Crispin is a teacher, an artist, and a social justice advocate. She is also a commissioner on the Santa Clara County Commission on the status of women.

2019 AAUW MH

Donna Dicker

Donna Dicker is a long term member of AAUW Morgan Hill. A former teacher and past president of the branch, her passion is scholarships for women and girls, and she was chair of AAUW Morgan Hill’s Scholarship Committee for many years.

2019 AAUW MH
2019 AAUW MH

Joan Ensign

Joan Ensign is a past president of AAUW Morgan Hill and a long time Bylaws committee member. A college athlete (volleyball and basketball) pre-Title IX, she is still an avid tennis player.

2010 AAUW MH
2012 GONZAGA

Nancy Foster

Nancy Foster was a charter member of AAUW Morgan Hill. She was instrumental in starting the branch’s first scholarship program (at Gavilan College).

2016 AAUW MH

Marilyn Gadway

Marilyn Gadway was a charter member of AAUW Morgan Hill.She is also founder of the annual Wildflower Run, established in 1984. Outside of AAUW, she established Morgan Hill’s YMCA.

2015 AAUW MH
2015 MH LIFE

Suman Ganapathy

Suman Ganapathy moved to Morgan Hill in in 2012. She has been on AAUW’s board, including as President, as well as volunteering with other Morgan Hill organizations such as the Downtown Association and SURJ.

2017 AAUW MH

Judy Garrett

Judy Garrett was a charter member of AAUW Morgan Hill and a nurse. She was passionate about education for women, saying “Education gives you power.”

2016 AAUW MH

Inger Govin

Inger Govin is a member of the Friday Writers interest group.

2018 AAUW MH

Jeanne Gregg

Jeanne Gregg was a charter member of AAUW Morgan Hill. She says “AAUW is a membership of individuals, and you can always find a role model for anything.”

2016 AAUW MH

Margo Hinnenkamp

Margo Hinnenkamp has had many positions with AAUW Morgan Hill, including President and, for many years, Hospitality Chair. She is very active in the Climate Education and Action Committee (CEAC).

2019 AAUW MH

Carol Holzgrafe

Carol Holzgrafe joined AAUW Morgan Hill in 1987. She has been one of AAUW California’s strongest supporters of Tech Trek, serving as camp director and state project coordinator.

2015 AAUW MH

Chris Hopwood

Chris Hopwood is originally from England. She is coordinator of AAUW Morgan Hill’s Sunday Gardeners interest group, has been in the board of the South Valley Symphony, and is involved in social justice activities.

2017 AAUW MH
2017 MH LIFE

Lauren Jenkins

Lauren Jenkins was passionate about science education and sharing her enthusiasm with girls. She established the AAUW Morgan Hill group GEMS (Girls Engaged in Math and Science) to give former Tech Trek campers the opportunity to continue with science experiences.

2010 AAUW MH
2015 AAUW MH

Barbara Jensen-Bailey

Barbara Jensen-Bailey was keenly interested in women’s issues and politics. She was exceptionally well read and a valued member of both the Evening Books and the Film interest group.

2011 AAUW MH
2011 GILROY DISPATCH

Bill Keig

Bill Keig devoted his life to education, especially the education of women. He worked in administration with MHUSD before his retirement. Bill joined AAUW Morgan Hill in 1987 and helped raise money for scholarships.

2011 AAUW MH

Judy Kinker

Judy Kinker joined AAUW Morgan Hill in 2000 after retiring from a career as a special education teacher She became chair of the branch’s Bylaws committee in 2002, serving in that position for an amazing 17 years.

2022 AAUW MH

Elizabeth Mandel

Elizabeth Mandel coordinates AAUW’s Evening Books interest group, created the branch websites, and has held several board positions, including president and five years as Wildflower Run Director. Outside of AAUW, she is on the board of South Valley Civic Theatre (SVCT).

2009 AAUW MH

Peggy Martin

Peggy Martin joined AAUW Morgan Hill in 2008 and quickly assumed leadership positions.. She is committed to the organization because of its mission of advancing gender equity. Peggy also serves on other Morgan Hill boards, such as the Morgan Hill Community Foundation.

2011 AAUW MH
2019 AAUW MH

Elena Moreno

Elena Moreno was a lifelong resident of Morgan Hill and an Honorary Life Member of AAUW. She served on the first Wildflower Run planning committee and give the run its name.

2016 AAUW MH
2017 MH LIFE
2017 MH LIFE

Lesley Miles

Lesley Miles is a local architect who advocates for sustainable architecture and incorporation of native, sustainable landscaping.

2009 AAUW MH
2015 AAUW MH
2022 MH LIFE

Kathy Chavez Napoli

Kathy Chavez Napoli his one of the founders of AAUW Morgan Hill’s DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) action group. She is also on the board of the Morgan Hill Historical Society and a Gavilan College Trustee.

2023 GMH TODAY

Carol O’Hare

Carol O’Hare has a particular passion for literacy. In addition to various board positions with AAUW Morgan Hill, she has been president of the Friends of the Morgan Hill Library and was a key supporter in the building of a new library.

2006 MH TIMES
2007 MH TIMES

Barbara Palmer

Barbara Palmer was “almost a charter member”. She has held many roles with the branch, including President, Run Director (for 5 years), Membership VP, Wildflower Run Sponsor Chair, and more. Barbara is a member of AAUW’s Legacy Circle.

2023 AAUW MH

Donna Pettit

Donna Pettit was never at an AAUW Morgan Hill event without her beloved dog, Booker. Donna and Booker provided Animal Assisted Therapy to pediatric patients and their families.

2014 AAUW MH

Jean Pinard

Jean Pinard was an active member of AAUW Morgan Hill for many years, both on the board (as President and first Tech Trek coordinator) and later in interest groups such as Evening Books, Friday Writers, and Sunday Gardeners.

2012 AAUW MH
2015 MH LIFE
2018 AAUW MH
2023 AAUW MH

Faith Protsman

Faith Protsman served on the AAUW Morgan Hill board as Membership VP. She is a retired physician and former Chief of Staff at St. Louise Hospital.

2015 MH LIFE

Jenny Redfern

Jenny Redfern has served on the AAUW Morgan Hill board in many capacities such as President and Membership VP. Outside of AAUW she is a Master Gardener and plays the French Horn in the South Valley Symphony.

2021 MH LIFE

Joanne Rife

Joanne Rife is a retired journalist and a long time member of AAUW Morgan Hill. A lover of adventure and the outdoors, she has climbed Mt. Whtney and bicycled across the country. She instituted the Rowdy Outers interest group.

2013 MH TIMES

Margie Snively

Margie Snively retired from nursing and moved to Morgan Hill in 2014, volunteering for many local causes. She was Programs VP for AAUW Morgan Hill and also supported literacy programs, the library, SURJ, and more.

2018 FACEBOOK

Gisela Steffe

Gisela Steffe immediately joined both AAUW Morgan Hill and the South Valley Symphony (where she played the violin) upon moving to Morgan Hill in 1992. She remained active with both until moving away, chairing the Afternoon Books interest group for many years.

2017 AAUW MH

Kathy Sullivan

Kathy Sullivan has played important roles with AAUW Morgan Hill’s Wildflower Run. Outside of AAUW, she was President of the Morgan Hill Historical Society for many years, working with the city on joint projects to ensure continued funding for the society’s buildings.

2015 MH LIFE
2022 MH LIFE

Linda Tarvin

Linda Tarvin first joined AAUW while living in Texas. She later became a charter member of AAUW Morgan Hill. Linda can be seen on the Wildflower Run course each year, strumming her ukulele as she encourages runners onward.

2015 MH LIFE
2016 AAUW MH

Marianne Thornton

Marianne Thornton was a charter member of AAUW Morgan Hill. Although she never served on AAUW’s board, she immediately became involved with the Wildflower Run when it started in 1984 and was responsible for donations and sponsors for many years.

2015 AAUW MH

Patti Trantow

Patti Trantow was a charter member of AAUW Morgan Hill. AAUW is important to her because it “supports political things I believe in, as well as fosters wonderful friendships and community.”

2016 AAUW MH

Elsa Walton

Elsa Walton is a retired English teacher. She is active in AAUW Morgan Hill’s Evening Books and Friday Writers interest groups.

2019 AAUW MH

Donna Weisblatt

Donna Weisblatt has a passion for education. With a PhD in education, She has done educational research and career consulting. Since retiring, she has facilitated providing classes for adults 50+ at the Morgan Hill CRC as well as helping with resources for seniors.

2009 AAUW MH
20017 AAUW MH

Carolyn Wilson

Carolyn Wilson was a member of AAUW Morgan Hill for 35 years before moving to Santa Cruz. She served the branch in a variety of ways, especially those that involved building community.

2019 AAUW MH

Beth Wyman

Beth Wyman first joined AAUW in Walnut Creek in 1959. She is a former mayor of Morgan Hill. A published author, she founded the branch’s popular Friday Writers interest group, She is also active in the Morgan Hill Historical Society.

2015 AAUW MH
2019 AAUW MH
2022 MH HISTORICAL SOCIETY