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Board of Directors

March 2014 - March 2015       This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Executive Committee

Marie Doerner, M.Ed. – Treasurer

Program Chair, Disability Support Programs and Services, San Diego Continuing Education, San Diego Community College, San Diego, California

Term 2011-2014 (2nd Term) - extended to 2015

Marie Doerner was looking for authentic learning experiences for her students and found Women’s Perspectives in 2007. This led to attending the WE LEARN conference and joining the board in 2008. She is a Learning Disability Specialist who teaches reading, writing and math, as well as, supporting students in their mainstream classrooms. She loves her home in San Diego and misses her family in Australia. She continues to work with the San Diego Council on Literacy to bring students to each conference since 2007. Last summer, she decided to work on her drawing and is currently on a mission to draw a years’ worth of hearts. She also used her drawings in a book for her new grand-daughter.


Stacie Evans, M.A. - Chair

Director, Community Empowerment Program, Lutheran Family Health Centers, Brooklyn, NY

Term: 2010-2013 (2nd Term) - extended to 2015

Stacie Evans has been involved with WE LEARN since attending the first conference in 2005 and joined the Board of Directors in 2007.  Stacie lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  She has taught reading, basic education and GED classes.  As an adult educator, Stacie made publishing student writing a priority, so she was happy when WE LEARN began publishing Women’s Perspectives in 2006 and has been a reader on the Women’s Perspectives selection committee.   Stacie is a writer.  She writes stories, essays, and poetry.  Her work is included in both of WE LEARN’s anthologies: Empowering Women through Literacy: Views from Experience, and Our Stories, Ourselves: EmBODYment in Women’s Literacy Learning.  She is currently writing and drawing a comic about her experiences with racism.  She is also a knitter.  You may have seen her at a WE LEARN conference working on a pair of colorful socks or a lace shawl. 


Shellie Walters - Secretary

Adult Student Leader / Vice Chair for the Student Advisory Council for ProLiteracy, Sumner, WA

2nd Term: 2014 - 2017

“I am a student that started with my local program in 1999 reading at a fourth grade level and then got involved with WE LEARN and then started working on Women’s Perspectives. I am now on the board and my role is the secretary. I have come a long way and I am currently in my second year of college.



Geraldine Cannon Becker

Associate Prof. of English and Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, ME

Term: 2014-2017

Geraldine Cannon Becker is faculty advisor for SAGES (the Student Association for Greater English Studies).  This group advocates literacy for all ages.  She has worked with the Maine Humanities Council through "New Books, New Readers" programs, and leads reading circles and arts-based workshops in community ABE centers.  Geraldine has been on the Women's Perspective's selection committee since the second issue. She became a member and presented at her first WE LEARN conference in 2005. As well as academic papers and creative non-fiction, Geraldine writes poetry, personal narratives, and some short fiction.


Mev (Mary Evelyn) Miller, Ed.D. - Agent for Service of Process

Advisor-Consultant / Web Team Leader / Newsletter Editor

  • Community Resource Manager, RI Community Food Bank, Providence
  • Independent Educational Consultant in ABE Professional Development, Cranston RI


Past Board Members

Alicia Pantoja. Pennsylvania, 2008-2012, [2 Terms]
Alison Cunningham, Connecticut, 2003-2005 [Founding Member]
Amelia Onorato, Massachusetts, 2005-2011 [2 Terms]
Anna Fernandez-Buehrens, Massachusetts, 2004-2010 [2 Terms]
Catalina González, New York, 2011-2013
Cathy Kozlowicz, Wisconsin, 2005-2007
Dana Huber, Minnesota, 2003-2009 [Founding Member and 2 Terms]
Diana Hunter, California, 2008-2011
Geraldine Cannon Becker, 2014-Current
Karen Wyman, New Mexico, 2009-2010 
Laurie Bargstedt, New York, 2010-2012
Laurie Sheridan, Massachusetts, 2009-2011
Lorna Rivera, Massachusetts, 2003-2008 [Founding Member and 2 Terms]
Marie Doerner. California, 2008-Current, [2 Terms]
Meghan Doran, Massachusetts, 2006-2009
Michele Sedor, Massachusetts, 2009-2010
Nancy Howard, Rhode Island, 2003-2009 [Founding Member and 2 Terms]
Sally Gabb, Rhode Island, 2003-2005 [Founding Member]
Shellie Walters, Washington, 2010-Current, [2 Terms]
Stacie Evans, New York, 2007-Current, [2 Terms]

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