Grandmothers Against Gun Violence Board Members
Margaret Heldring - President
Margaret Heldring PhD, is the president of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence. A retired clinical psychologist, she has served as clinical faculty in the UW Department of Family Medicine, as health care legislative assistant to former U.S. Senators Bill Bradley and Paul Wellstone, as a senior policy advisor on Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign, and as the founder and Executive Director of the national nonprofit, America’s HealthTogether. She delights in being a thriving grandmother.
Marsha Donaldson - Co-Treasurer
Marsha brings a background of having worked in higher education advancement at the University of Washington, serving on the board of a non-profit supporting a school and orphanage in rural Kenya, along with personal experience to the GAGV Board. At the age of four she was blinded in her left eye from an unsecured BB gun shot by her 6-yr. old sister. Marsha is a grandmother dedicated to gun safety – especially for kids!
Susan Woods - Co-Treasurer
Susan has been a full-time homemaker most of her adult life, active in many volunteer organizations including the League of Women Voters, PTA, Seattle Young Artists Music Association and some political campaigns. She has four grandchildren between the ages of 8 and 23.
Jane Skrivan - Secretary
Jane has had two careers outside the home. The first was a French teacher at Chief Sealth High School and the second was as a Registered Nurse working at Group Health. She ended her career as the RN in the Residency Clinic where she helped the young medical residents navigate the medical system. Since retirement, Jane has found great satisfaction as a hospice volunteer and a Chronic Condition Workshops facilitator at various Kaiser clinics.
Debbie McDonald - Partnerships & Collaborations Co-Chair
Debbie McDonald worked as a probation officer, clinical psychologist, reading specialist, and most recently, Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. In retirement she serves on the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Foundation Board and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Common Purpose. She has visited all 410 Seattle Parks and is on a mission to see all the National Parks. Debbie has 4 children and 6 grandchildren who give her great hope in the future. Her motto? Show Up.
Liz Brandzel - Partnerships & Collaborations Co-Chair
Liz received her BA in Psychology from Wellesley College and M. Ed.(Counseling) from Seattle University. She served as the director of an educational center and worked as an academic advisor for 16 years. She also worked as a cancer information specialist for the National Cancer Institute for 8 years. She is passionate about volunteering and has served on the board of various organizations including Ryther Child Center and Pottery Northwest. She also volunteers her time for cancer counseling, tutoring, editing, and community project planning/lead for neighborhood improvement projects.
Cherie Rowe-Proctor - Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair
Cherie Rowe-Proctor is a native of Seattle and attended North Seattle College and University of Washington . Ms. Rowe-Proctor is active in her community and holds the office of 1st Vice President with the National Council of Negro Women, Seattle Section. Currently, she serves as the Mount Zion Baptist Church representative on the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Cherie has a son and a daughter and is the proud grandmother of five.
Winona Hollins Hauge - Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair
Winona graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s in Clinical Social Work. She is a former Officer for the US Public Health Service, Manager of Social Work for Children’s Hospital, Odessa Brown Clinic, Outreach Manager for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and served as Vice President of the Washington State Association of Black Professionals in Health Care (WSABPHC). Winona served two gubernatorial (Gregoire and Inslee) appointments to the Commission on African American Affairs. She is passionate about reducing disparities in healthcare. She retired in 2014 as a clinical therapist and private practice therapist. She is a member of the Links, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the NAACP, NCNW and Jack and Jill Associate Mothers Association. She attends Mount Zion Baptist Church and is Co-Chair of the Women’s Ministry Circle and serves on the Advisory Council. She was a national presidential delegate and PCO for Innis Arden. Winona hosts two radio shows www.kbcs.fm and 91.3fm.
Sharon Friel - Events Co-Chair
Sharon Lund Friel is a Washington native having grown up in Spokane. She earned her BA in Communications from the University of Washington in 1961, Sharon worked for Cappy Ricks Advertising, heading up the press headquarters for the Seattle World’s Fair. She and her husband Dick were charity auctioneers for 25 years, raising millions of dollars for charities in the US and Australia. She served as Chair of the Board for Seattle Children’s Guild Association and Vice President of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Board. Sharon also served as Chair of the Board for the Seattle Center Foundation.
Susan Simon - Events Co-Chair
Susan began her career working on the staff of U. S. Congressman J. J. Pickle (Texas) in Washington, D.C. In Seattle she was the assistant catering director at the Columbia Tower Club. She is passionate about serving her community and has served as President of the Mt. Baker Community Club, as well as President of the John Muir PTA. Susan is also a member of Mothers Against Violence in America (MAVIA), and the founder of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) at Garfield High
Donna Stringer - Membership Co-Chair
In 2012 Donna left the Organizational Management firm she founded in 1986 to become a sole proprietor, teaching and consulting on cross-cultural issues. Donna is the mother of four sons, grandmother to six and great grandmother to seven. Her interests include politics, theatre, movies, reading, and needle/fabric arts.
Paula Salewsky - Membership Co-Chair
Paula received her BA. Ed. in Physical Education and Health Sciences from Western Washington University and M. Ed. in ESL from the University of Hawaii. Paula spent 18 years as an educator including classroom teaching, coaching and administrative duties. She ended her career by working two decades as a supportive services employee for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Paula is spending her retirement volunteering in a wide range of community organizations.
Pati Otley - Legislative Affairs Co-Chair
Pati has a long interest in public policy, working in Congress, the US Department of Transportation and obtaining a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington, before a 25-year career in the private sector directing a government relations department. With that policy focus, she has served on a number of non-profit boards, including GAGV where her focus is changing gun laws.
Jennifer Dolan-Waldman - Legislative Affairs Co-Chair
Jennifer is a retired educator with an EdD in Education Administration from Fordham University. She has served in various roles in the realm of education as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent of a public school district. Since her retirement in 2013 she has focused on serving her community by advocating for common sense gun reform.
Hazel Tutor - Programs Co-Chair
Hazel is not a native Northwesterner, but because she’s been here since 1968, she feels like one. She is originally from Mississippi where she got her BA in Communications and Theatre Arts from the University of Mississippi. For years she worked as a medical social worker at various hospitals in Seattle and Tacoma and at the Northwest AIDS Foundation. Hazel also worked in program development for the Washington State Office on HIV/AIDS.
Kathleen McLaughlin - Program Co-Chair
A Seattle native, Kathleen has a background in both non-profit and government management. She worked on the issue of youth violence prevention at the UW where she brought together professionals from a variety of educational disciplines and former gang members. While employed at the City of Seattle, she worked at Seattle Center’s Peace Academy where she partnered Seattle Public high school students with Seattle Police Officers and members of the community to build projects that improved their schools. She and her husband are proud parents of two amazing adult children and two remarkable granddaughters.
Yvonne Banks - GAGV Foundation
Yvonne is originally from San Francisco, CA and earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1987 she has owned Art Consulting Services in Seattle, WA. Her work has been published in Seattle Magazine, American Ceramics and Seattle Homes and Lifestyles. Yvonne is passionate about community service and has served as President of the Seattle Women’s Commission, Vice President of the YWCA. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Seward Park Art Studio, Northwest Women’s Law Center and the Central Seattle Community College Foundation.
Sue Cary - At-Large
Sue joined the original board of GAGV when the organization was formed, and has served as Chair and Member of the Legislative Committee. She retired in 2012 after a 25-year career in developing and managing affordable housing, most recently with Capitol Hill Housing where she served as Director of both Property Development and Asset Management. In 2013 she was presented with the Friend of Housing Award by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission for her achievements in support of affordable housing. Sue currently serves on the Boards of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation and the Mt. Baker Housing Association.