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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

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 Membership

I am a 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

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!

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