Board of Directors



Laura Helmer


Laura lives in Chanhassen and has been an active member of LWV Eastern Carver County since 2005. Laura joined the LWVMN Board in 2017 as Voter Service Chair and became the 2nd Vice President of the LWVMN State Board in September 2018. 

Laura is passionate about affordable housing and solving the crisis of homelessness. She currently serves as Board Chair for Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, a nonprofit affordable housing developer. She also sits on Boards for The Family Housing Fund and The Community Foundation for Carver County. She holds a B.A. in both Economics and Spanish from St. Catherine University and an MBA in Strategic Management from the Carlson School.

Laura is excited to be a part of celebrating 100 years of the League of Women Voters and moving us forward into our second century!


Susan Clark

1st Vice President

Susan joined LWV Edina about 10 years ago and serves on the local Board as 1st Vice President/Voter Service. She joined the LWVMN State Board in 2015 as Finance Chair. 

In 2017, she became a Vice President of the LWVMN State Board and Finance Chair and joined the LWVUS Finance Committee. In September 2018 she became 1st Vice President of LWVMN State Board and continued her roles as Finance Chair and as a member of the LWVUS Finance Committee. 

Susan’s interests are everything related to finance and science. She is semi-retired after working for RSM McGladrey, consulting in healthcare finance and strategic planning. She enjoys the outdoors, exploring our country and world, gardening, and being with friends and family. She graduated with a BA in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke and an MBA from Cornell University. She is ready to empower voters and defend democracy throughout the future! 


Adrienne Falcón

2nd Vice President

Adrienne first joined LWV in 2012 when she was impressed by their efforts to defeat the Voter ID Constitutional Amendment. She has served on LWV Northfield-Cannon Falls’ Board for almost 5 years, including the last year and a half as President.

In addition to her League activities, Adrienne teaches in and serves as the Academic Director of the Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership program at Metropolitan State University. She is currently very involved in promoting education and mobilization for Census 2020, especially with regards to institutions of higher education in Minnesota.

In her community engagement efforts, Adrienne combines her academic training from her PhD in sociology with lessons learned from being a community organizer and youth program developer in Chicago. As the granddaughter of a League member and the daughter of a Cuban immigrant who has lived both in the Twin Cities and rural Minnesota, she is committed to listening to and honoring the diversity of voices across the state.

She is excited to join the State Board to work on efforts to promote the Census and also work on ways of linking local chapters with each other and with state endeavors. 


Miriam Simmons


Miriam joined LWV St. Croix Valley in 1997 after a significant job change that was accompanied by a desire to be more engaged in civic life. She met some fabulous women in St. Croix Valley as a result, and, as a bonus, learned about libraries, coffee shops, and most of the elected officials in Washington County.

She was elected to the LWVMN Board in 2001, served three terms, and held Member Resources and Program portfolios. She left the Board in 2007 and has been doing various projects for LWVMN since then: reexamination of LWVMN’s judicial position, briefing papers (editing or co-writing), and bylaws amendments and revisions. 

She is a now a member of LWV White Bear Lake Area. She currently is the Chair of a community foundation in Stillwater and on the boards of two other organizations. She is retired from running a business in the technical sector and is a retired Patent Agent. A late-in-life career development was obtaining a credential as a Professional Registered Parliamentarian in an effort to help people have better bylaws and better meetings. 


Zandra Zwiebel


Zandra was first exposed to LWV in 1985, when working at the Minnesota Legislature as a student environmental lobbyist for MPIRG. Zandy was a coalition member of environmental groups including LWVMN, joining forces to promote pertinent issues including container deposit and petroleum storage tank legislation in Minnesota. She became a member of LWV Duluth in 2004, when someone reached out and asked her to join. Zandy has since played an active role in both local and state leagues, holding multiple board positions for both LWV Duluth and LWVMN.

Zandy is passionate about anything that gets citizens civically engaged, and she volunteers in a leadership capacity for many community endeavors, including the City of Duluth Planning Commission, the Duluth Historic Preservation Commission, and Minnesota Governor’s Coastal Council. She has served as a board member for both local and district-wide PTAs, and is currently starting a second term as the MNPTA State Treasurer.

Zandy’s background is in Environmental Sciences and Education. She holds a B.A. degree in Earth Science and Communications, a B.S. degree in Geology, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Education. She is a Registered Professional Geologist in the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin and a Nationally Certified Masters Level Hazardous Materials Manager. She currently works as a consultant to the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD), implementing their organics diversion program for local businesses. 


Laurie Boche


Laurie has lived in Minnesota much of her life, but no matter where she lived, she has been a part of LWV! She was a local League member in Texas and California holding various offices. In Mississippi, she was privileged to be State President. 

She has lived in many communities in Minnesota due to her work, so she has been a member of the St. Paul, St. Croix Valley, Mankato, and Duluth Leagues, which were wonderful experiences. She currently is a member of LWV White Bear Lake Area. She lives in North St. Paul and is enjoying time with family while getting to travel and even do some writing. 


Gay Clapp


Gay is vitally interested in the area of voter education and registration. Gay is an estate planning attorney with Twin Cities Legal Service, PLLC, in Edina. Gay has practiced in a number of jurisdictions: Tennessee, Colorado, Wyoming and now Minnesota. She hopes that the span of her personal and professional experience will allow her to better serve her community through working with LWVMN. 

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with distinction in Economics from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and from the Cecil B. Humphries School of Law at the University of Memphis. She has variously served as an in-house banking attorney, a hospital attorney and a family mediator. She is co-chair of the HOPE LODGE estate study group, and volunteers for Cancer Legal Care and Wills for Heroes. 

She fell in love with the League of Women Voters through her extensive efforts in voter registration and volunteering at citizenship ceremonies. This has led to her to make her association with the League a lifetime commitment.


Shelley Colvin


Shelley has served as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) since 2017. She believes access to voting is important for everyone and that LWV advocates for all to be included in our democracy. She believes that listening is a first step. She cherishes lifelong learning. She truly believes DEI is important to the work of LWVMN throughout Minnesota. 

Shelly grew up in Edina. She received a BA in secondary education, with a concentration in Latin American Studies at Syracuse University. She later received a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, and experiencing the world through travel, study, and cooking. 


Sue Hnastchenko


Sue, after recently downsizing and returning to her roots, is once again a resident of Minneapolis and a member of LWV Minneapolis. 

She embraces living in the city and enjoys walking and biking around the lakes, exploring new neighborhoods and sketching in her journal. She joined LWV South Tonka in 2011 because she wanted to become a more informed citizen and participate in the political process in a nonpartisan way. After meeting the amazing and inspiring women of South Tonka, she joined the board. 

Over the last eight years, she has worked on expanding membership, defeating the Voter ID amendment, planning LWV community events, and ushering through a briefing paper on the effect of neonicotinoids on honey bees. During this time, she also worked at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts and chaired the Excelsior Art on the Lake event.

LWV has proven to be a wonderful and educational experience for her and she looks forward to contributing in new and challenging ways.


Vivian Latimer Tanniehill


Vivian has been a member of LWV Woodbury-Cottage Grove Area chapter for more than four years. She served two years as the Program for Action Chair and coordinated the legislative interviews for the Annual Legislative Interview Brunch. 

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Theatre from Macalester College and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Augsburg University. Vivian has earned numerous certifications including Professional in Human Resources, HR Generalist, Master Strategic Workforce Planner, Master Human Capital Strategist and Wedding and Event Planner. 

Her career with Northwest Airlines spanned nearly thirty years. During her time there, she held managerial roles in Inflight Services, Ground Operations and Diversity Programs. After leaving NWA, she joined Regions Hospital as Manager of Workforce Planning, and HealthEast Care Systems as a Director of Talent Acquisition and Diversity. She retired from HealthEast Care Systems in 2014. 

Vivian is the widow of Albert “Larry” Latimer, who passed away after a brief illness in 2015. They have two gifted daughters and four wonderful grandchildren. Vivian enjoys classes in floral design, Silver Sneakers Yoga, reading, gardening, cooking and genealogy.