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Meet Our AAUW Leadership Team

I love being part of AAUW for many reasons—joining the community of like-minded people with a purpose, and the chance to support women in pursuit of their educational goals. I’m inspired by every single woman I have met through AAUW—we get stuff done!

President
2022-2023

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Chessa Hickox

I joined AAUW in 2019 — right before the pandemic hit! I hold a BS in geology and biology and am manager of the Walla Walla County Conservation District. I love to make chocolate-chip cookies, play Uno, and laugh until my sides ache. I am excited to meet fellow AAUW members!

President Elect 2023-2024

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Renee Hadley

After retirement, I was looking for a way to give back to my community, and stay relevant and connected. When the opportunity to serve as the Walla Walla AAUW president presented itself, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I am thrilled and honored to be part of this valuable organization.

Past President 2021-2022

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Mary Cleveland

Treasurer

In the 1980s, I unexpectedly found myself a single mother with two children to support. Suddenly it became crystal clear that I needed to finish my college degree. I was fortunate to receive a scholarship awarded by AAUW-WW.
I joined AAUW when I retired from teaching to help with fund raising for scholarships. It is important to me to be a part of providing this valuable support for others.

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Kate Venneri

VP Programming

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Debbie Dumont

I joined AAUW when I moved to Walla Walla 20 years ago and was able to connect with a wonderful group of delightful women who “flat out get things done.” As a parent of four daughters, I worked for their futures and now for the futures of all girls and women. I’m happy to be joining the board again now that I am retired!

VP Membership

I am proud retired educator who has been fortunate to call Walla Walla home for the past 36 years. I joined AAUW in retirement as a way to serve with a purpose, and to engage with women from diverse backgrounds and professional careers. I see AAUW as a national organization that has the potential to reach across generations for the common purpose of advancing equity for women and girls. I am currently Tech Trek chair and Membership chair, but my favorite current role is grandma! 

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Judy Peasley

Secretary

Twenty years after graduating from the University of Washington with my Women's Studies degree I returned to Walla Walla. I was impressed by the annual book sale – what a wonderful way to encourage literacy by providing affordable books! Once I understood the mission of AAUW and how the book sale proceeds contribute to scholarships and other educational opportunities, I wanted to be a part of it. I now manage the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section and love sorting books throughout the year. AAUW is a fantastic opportunity to work with fun, intelligent, empowering women to make a difference in our community.

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Glenda Montgomery

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