Meet Our 2021-22 Leadership Team


AAUW is a great opportunity to join with engaged community members to work towards a more equitable world.

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Kathy Saunders


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

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.


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Mary Cleveland

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!


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Chessa Hickox

AAUW's commitment to promoting equity for women and girls is dear to my heart.  Serving as President for this branch of tenacious trailblazing women was an honor this past year.  Our branch making a positive difference in our local community continues to be gratifying.

Past President

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Kathy Jones

I joined AAUW when I moved back to Washington from Utah about three years ago and was looking for a way to be part of the Walla Walla community. I have always enjoyed reading and found out about the interest groups (especially the book groups) on the website. My goals were purely selfish! I also thought that working in membership would help me get to know more people. Now that I have come to know about the mission and values of AAUW, worked sorting books and at the sale, as well as participated in board meetings, socials, knitting group, lunch bunch book group, library talks, listened to the candidate forums, etc., I appreciate what a wonderful group and mission we have. It has been a lifeline for me, a way to get to know new people, and a way to be engaged and interested and continue to learn.

VP Membership

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Helen Brownell

VP Programming

I was introduced to AAUW at their annual book sale - and immediately loved their mission of empowering women and girls.  I've made wonderful friends, and through work locally, state-wide and nationally I know I've contributed to improving the lives of women and girls.

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Tracii Hickman