Board of Directors
Lise Bernstein is a consultant to nonprofit organizations in the areas of fund development, marketing and public relations. She has been a board member of several nonprofits and is a former president of the National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Section. She was a CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) with Voices for Children.
Fran moved to St. Louis in 2012 to be present in the life of her grandchildren. After a career in library administration and research she enjoys the opportunity to not just acknowledge the need for social justice but to join a dedicated group of women who serve that calling.
Barbara Newsham – is a certified public accountant who has worked for a variety of not-for-profit organizations. She has taught accounting as an adjunct instructor at several area colleges. For the past six years she has been teaching math.
Mary Clemons is a retired church administrator. She managed the church finances and oversaw fundraising activities. Mary served as the Treasurer for Women’s Voices before becoming President in 2011.
Susan is retired from Medtronics where she was National Program Sales Manager. A former teacher, Susan graduated from Ohio University and earned a master’s degree from Cleveland State University. She has a small jewelry business. She is a Sustainer with Junior League of St. Louis and is on the board of Father Bob’s Outreach in North St. Louis.
Joan is a retired Nurse Educator, having worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for more than 25 years. She helped organize and was the past president of the New York City Affiliate of the Association of Nursing Professional Development. She has an MPH from Columbia University. Access to health care, and the impact of gun violence have been areas of particular interest. She was introduced to WVs upon return to her native city and has been inspired to become involved in WV, and to work for social justice here in our city and our state.
Allison has a master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in human sexuality and is a certified sexuality educator. She is the retired Executive Director of Missouri’s Teen Pregnancy & Prevention Partnership and worked in abortion care for many years. She is the board Treasurer for the Gateway Women’s Access Fund and a longtime members of the Ethical Society of St. Louis.
Judy Arnold is a freelance communications consultant who has been an editor of a national journal for health care administrators and a teacher. She has previously served on the Women’s Voices board and the board of the Friends of the Kirkwood Public Library.
Becky Clausen is a retired computer business analyst who has been inspired to work on social justice issues by Women’s Voices. She especially is interested in heathcare, taxation and food equity. For fun, she volunteers for AARP doing taxes, helps with a church youth group and makes suggestions about web site design.
Ruth Ehresman is a Distinguished Alumni of the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. She is a former teacher and social worker, and spent the past 17 years working as a policy analyst and organizer for several statewide public interest groups. Ruth has served on many boards and advisory groups, both locally and statewide. She loves dogs, tennis and playing the piano, but her greatest passion is social justice.
Judi Jennetten is a retired fifth grade teacher whose expertise is integrated learning. Her passion was teaching students about Native Americans and their unique cultures. She also conducted training for colleagues to assist them in development of Native American curriculum and, in particular, to recognize and avoid stereotypes. To gather knowledge and teaching materials, she and her family visited numerous Native American reservations throughout the country. Prior to a career in teaching, Judi was a social worker at a state hospital and a high school.