WCRW Officers & Committees


President

Lesa Spendlove Sandberg

Daughter of Dallen Reed and Karen Sue Walker Spendlove, was born and raised in Virgin, Washington, Utah. She was the first child and only daughter with three younger brothers, who along with her parents and their families still live in Virgin. Lesa grew up on a farmlearning the value of work and self reliance. She attended her primary and secondary education in Hurricane. Lesa attended Dixie College and in 1987 married a hometown Hurricane boy Jerald Seegmiller Sandberg, son of Lloyd and LaNorma Seegmiller Sandberg.

Jerald and Lesa have made their home in St. George owning a yard care business of whichLesa keeps all the financial books. They have two children, Trued attending BYU, and Sela serving an LDS mission in Sweden. Lesa's enjoyed the benefits of being a stay-at-home mom and has loved it. It has afforded her many opportunities for volunteering and service in the schools and community. She's been a PTA president 6 times, an avid scouter, extremely committed to her Church service, and heavily involved in politics for many years now. Jerald's favorite saying is, "I work really hard to keep my wife at home, but I can never find her there."


1st Vice President

Cleo Atkins

Married Lee C. Atkin, a St. George native. After years of military service and dental school, they settled in Lee’s hometown of St. George to raise their family of four. They have eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Lee passed away in 2003, leaving Cleo without her best friend and supporter.

Cleo has had many years of community, political, state and national service. She is presently serving on The Foundation Board of the Dixie Regional Medical Center. She served on the Dental Auxiliary Organization as State President, National Vice President and National Treasurer. She spent six years as Washington County Fair Chairman, and twelve years as Committee Chairman of the Women’s State Legislative Council. She was President of the Utah Republican Women and Vice Chairman of the Utah Republican Party for three terms. She was a two-time delegate to the National Republican Convention and the platform committee-woman from Utah at National Convention.

She served for eight years as the Vice Chairman of the State Fair Board, and nine years as Vice Chairman of the Utah State Centennial Commission. Then served on the Foundation of “This is the Place Heritage Park”, and chaired the St. George Heritage Days celebration for six years.

During all of this she has also been active in the LDS church, serving endlessly in many callings. Cleo’s top priority though has always been and will always be to her family. She is a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother to every member of her family and loves being able to spend time with them.


2nd Vice President

LaRene Leavitt Cox

Daughter of Edward Leo and Rena Gubler Leavitt, was born and raised in right here in beautiful Washington County. She grew up twenty miles north of St. George in the small town of Veyo. On the family farm, her parents taught her the value of hard work, self reliance and education. After graduating from Dixie High School she attended Brigham Young University earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree. It was there that she met and married her sweetheart of 34 years, Dean J. Cox.

Together they made their home in St. George and raised four beautiful children. While their children were living at home, LaRene enjoyed her favorite full-time career meeting their needs. She loved participating with her children in PTA, scouting, sports, and other youth programs while assisting Dean with the family business. As their children grew, she was able to become more involved in the business and community. In 2002, when her husband, Dean, was recruited to work full time for Washington County she took on the responsibilities of management and finances for their family business.

Their interest in politics began early. She and Dean enjoyed helping Republican Candidates with various local, state and federal campaigns. She has served the Republican Party for many years, including the elected offices of County and State Delegate, Neighborhood Caucus Secretary/Treasurer, State Central Committee Member and is currently serving as Treasurer for the Washington County Republican Party.

In 2011 she served as 1st VP for Washington County Republican Women and in 2012 as President. She is excited to serve a third term, as president, for the year 2014.


3rd Vice President

Judy Peterson Houston

Judy was born in Heber City, Utah a long time ago. I was lucky enough to grow up in the tiny beautiful town of Midway. The population was barely 500 people then. I had 2 older brothers who regularly practiced Chinese torture on me. I graduated from Wasatch High School and went on to Snow College to get my degree.

I met my husband there, a smooth talker from Las Vegas. We married in the Salt Lake Temple and both went on to attend BYU. After graduating from the Y, Dave decided to join the United States Marine Corp. Thirty years later he retired and we moved to our favorite place, St. George.

We have 5 children, two boys and three girls. We are lucky enough to have 6 grandchildren with one on the way. We have lived all over. My favorite duty station was Stuttgart, Germany. It was beautiful there, green and lush with rivers and vineyards and cobblestone streets. We also were stationed in Okinawa, Japan. We spent most our military life in Southern California with a few tours back to Quantico, Virginia.

Needless to say I am passionately patriotic. Living with the military who honored and respected this country gave me the right perspective. Our tours overseas made us more grateful for exceptional-ism of this amazing country. I mostly stayed at home with my wonderful children, but I did work in the banking business for a few years. We love living here in "Zion". It has everything we could want, a college, culture, wonderful people with the Dixie spirit and to top it off a Costco. Dave works at Coral Canyon and I am busy trying to finish my BYU degree.


Secretary

Courtney Brinkerhoff

Courtney Brinkerhoff was born and raised in sunny St. George. Growing up she loved dancing, camping, and being involved in thoroughbred horse racing with her family. She attended Pine View High School and then Southern Utah University where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. During her time in college, Courtney was involved in College Republicans and the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service.
She interned for the Iron County Commission, the Utah State Legislature, and Senator Orrin Hatch. Courtney then began working as a full time staff member for Senator Hatch. She is currently his Southern Utah Director and oversees his operation in nine Utah counties. Courtney is a member of the Utah National Guard and is currently assigned to the 65th Field Artillery Brigade. She is also a part of several community service organizations. She loves spending time with her sister and three brothers, traveling, and making new friends. Courtney is happy to be involved with WCRW and serve as their secretary!


Treasurer

LaStar Richins

Daughter of Einar andGeorgia Erickson, LaStar grew up inNevada. She went to BYU and graduated with an Elementary Education Degree with a Specialty in Music. She met her husband, Lyle Richins, while attending BYU and they married while still attending college.After they both graduated from BYU, they moved toArizonawhere LaStar became a stay at home mom and had seven wonderful children. (She now has 13 cute grandchildren)

She was an active member of the community by helping out at the schools and co-heading the formation of the PTVO organization for the school and teaching piano. The family moved to St George in 1996.
She was involved in her children’s high school music program under Mr. Lister, being on the Parent board and overseeing the Singing Valentines for about 8 years.
She has been involved in music in her church and in the community and has just recently become involved in politics.
LaStar loves her family and country and wants to keep informed so that she can somehow make a difference.


Member At Large:

Charlotte Devlin

Charlotte was raised in a military family; my father spent 21 years as an officer in the U.S. Army and, consequently traveled the world. I began school in Yokohama, Japan, finished 8th grade in Stuttgart, Germany and ended up in Moscow, Idaho where I attended 3 years of High School and 4 years of college, majoring in Psychology and English. At the University of Idaho, I encountered a Navy recruiter on campus and decided military service was a calling I needed to answer. I was Commissioned Ensign, USNR upon graduation from the U of I in 1967. I was assigned to NAS Lemoore, CA; the first Navy woman to be assigned to NAS Bermuda; then to NAVCOMMSTA San Francisco at Stockton, CA.

I met and married my husband Joe, a Naval Aviator, in Bermuda. I resigned my commission in 1973, but continued to travel the Western Pacific as Joe served on aircraft carriers.

During Joeʼs tour in Hawaii, I began working in department store retail where I became interested in Interior Design. Upon returning to San Diego, I worked at a furniture store while I attended Interior Design school. In 1983 - 1992 I operated my own retail Design shop with a business partner. In 1997 I put my college major to use by tutoring English and SAT Prep for Huntington Learning Center and later for Tutoring Club.

In 1995 I joined the the Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated, San Diego, CA and served as Chaplain, Membership Chair, President, Newsletter Editor, Legislation Chair and Scholarship Chair. I have also held positions at the San Diego County, CA Southern Division, and CA State levels of the Federation. I am pleased to bring my experience and enthusiasm for Republican Party politics to WCRW!


Standing Committees

Following are the 2013 WCRW Committees and their Chairs If you have an interest in any specific area, please contact the chairperson or a Board member. We’d love to have you serve!



By-Laws Vice Chair

Rachelle Shumway


Public Relations:

Lisa Thorpe













Legislative/Campaign:

Bette Arial


Bette, along with partner husband, Rick, presently conducts the affairs of the Sutherland Institute and the Utah Manufacturers Association in Southern Utah. A long-time member and supporter of Republican  women, she served as President of the Washington County Republican Women and board member of Professional Republican Women and Utah Federation of Republican Women. Bette has worked on the campaigns of  Orrin Hatch, James V Hansen, Norm Bangerter, Val Oveson, John Swallow, David Clark and numerous legislators. A graduate of BYU with a Bachelor of Science degree, she was an Adjunct Instructor of Modern Dance/Physical Education, Dixie State from 1984-2000. She was the Congressional Field Manager of U.S. Representative James V. Hansen before accepting a position managing Public affairs for the Dept of Interior, Arizona Strip BLM office in St George, In 2001, she relocated to Salt Lake City - and the Salt Lake Rotary Club - where se served as the Vice President of Government Affairs for Energy Solution.

She has served on--and presided over--numerous local and state boards and committees including the Arizona Strip Interpretive Association, Celebrity Concert Series, A Trustee of Dixie State collage, Utah  Humanities Council, chairman of the Committee of Consumer Service under the Department of Economic Development. In 1997 she was elected to the Utah State School Board for 3 1/2 years.

She loves to read, play tennis and has an extensive collection of WWII movies and books. She is married to Rick Arial with four children and eleven grandchildren.



Caring for America:

Yvonne Wall

Yvonne is a native of St. George and is happily married to Robin (31 Years). Yvonne has 5 great kids, 2 son-in-laws and 2 grand-babies with a third on the way. Yvonne has largely been a community activist the past 20+ years being involved with everything from PTA, booster clubs, the American Cancer Society's Relay for life, hospice volunteer and youth leader. Yvonne co-founded Southern Utah's Song Writer Association in 2002, initiated and produced the 2011 Dixie Care & Share Christmas CD project as well as 2012's Christmas compilation benefiting the Dove Center as well. Yvonne is a part-time musician and manages student housing on the side, but is mostly a mom.



Chaplin:

Vacant


Historian:

Charlotte Devlin

Charlotte was raised in a military family; my father spent 21 years as an officer in the U.S. Army and, consequently traveled the world. I began school in Yokohama, Japan, finished 8th grade in Stuttgart, Germany and ended up in Moscow, Idaho where I attended 3 years of High School and 4 years of college, majoring in Psychology and English. At the University of Idaho, I encountered a Navy recruiter on campus and decided military service was a calling I needed to answer. I was Commissioned Ensign, USNR upon graduation from the U of I in 1967. I was assigned to NAS Lemoore, CA; the first Navy woman to be assigned to NAS Bermuda; then to NAVCOMMSTA San Francisco at Stockton, CA.
I met and married my husband Joe, a Naval Aviator, in Bermuda. I resigned my commission in 1973, but continued to travel the Western Pacific as Joe served on aircraft carriers.
During Joeʼs tour in Hawaii, I began working in department store retail where I became interested in Interior Design. Upon returning to San Diego, I worked at a furniture store while I attended Interior Design school. In 1983 - 1992 I operated my own retail Design shop with a business partner. In 1997 I put my college major to use by tutoring English and SAT Prep for Huntington Learning Center and later for Tutoring Club.
In 1995 I joined the the Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated, San Diego, CA and served as Chaplain, Membership Chair, President, Newsletter Editor, Legislation Chair and Scholarship Chair. I have also held positions at the San Diego County, CA Southern Division, and CA State levels of the Federation. I am pleased to bring my experience and enthusiasm for Republican Party politics to WCRW!


Hospitality

Penny Barben

Penny Rae Hafen Barben was born and raised in Santa Clara, Utah. She graduated from Dixie High School and Dixie Junior College, where she was a cheerleader and homecoming queen. She was also crowned as Utah Dairy Princess and Miss Utah while she was a college student.

After Dixie, Penny went on to major in English and minor in French and art at Utah State University. The English teachers at Dixie and USU were an inspiration to her and, as a result, Penny became an English instructor, teaching on and off for 40 years.

Penny and her husband, Gordon Barben, have seven children, and 28 grandchildren. While raising her family, Penny completed her master’s degree at SUU. She also found time to get involved in the community, serving as the chairwoman of the Miss Washington County Fair contest, an officer in the Republican Women, and a longtime member of Red Hills Reviewers Literary Club. Additionally, on the Dixie campus, she was a member of Dixie Scholarship Associates, Dixie’s Got Talent, and served as chairwoman of Musical Memories, an invitational concert band comprised of Dixie alumni and local musicians.


Literacy

Elna Rae Snow Page

Elna was born in Cedar City, Utah. My parents, Bill (William) and Grace Snow moved from Cedar City to St. George during my formative years and I have spent all but a few select years of my life in St. George since

I truly love serving my family, my community and my faith.During my time in St. George I was a Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher for 30 years, my love for teaching manifested itself through storytelling, I enjoy telling stories and listening to stories and have represented Washington County as the District Story Telling Board Member for many years.When I was outside of the classroom, I enjoyed serving my community and have lent my home to host voting for over 15 years, I oversaw the Washington County Fair Home Arts Department for 6 years, I was one of the founding members of the Heritage week board for the city of St. George and then served on the board for 6 years, thereafter.

I had the opportunity in 1996 to serve on the Utah Centennial Committee representing Washington County, I have also served on the central committee and I am currently serving as the Vice President of the Washington County Republicans Women’s Committee.The Dixie spirit runs deep in my veins, as an alumni of Dixie State College I currently serve on the alumni board, and have done so for the past 5 years.I am also an active member of my church and have held many callings over the years.One year while visiting my daughter, she took me to a nativity display, I was so inspired by what I saw I came back to my own community and spear headed the Nativity for 10 years.I enjoy being an active member of my community and playing a part in its growth and development.Something I’ve gathered that is beyond measure is the many friends I’ve met along the way.Many of my closest friendships have been formed with the wonderful people I serve with.My greatest achievement by far would be finding the love of my life, my husband, Dan who has supported me and encourages me in all I do, my 2 awesome children, Geary and Danell, who are h2 leaders because they learned by helping, and my adorable 4 Grandchildren.


Sunshine Chair

Judy Bozeman












Website

Judy Peterson Houston

Judy was born in Heber City, Utah a long time ago. I was lucky enough to grow up in the tiny beautiful town of Midway. The population was barely 500 people then. I had 2 older brothers who regularly practiced Chinese torture on me. I graduated from Wasatch High School and went on to Snow College to get my degree.

I met my husband there, a smooth talker from Las Vegas. We married in the Salt Lake Temple and both went on to attend BYU. After graduating from the Y, Dave decided to join the United States Marine Corp. Thirty years later he retired and we moved to our favorite place, St. George.

We have 5 children, two boys and three girls. We are lucky enough to have 6 grandchildren with one on the way. We have lived all over. My favorite duty station was Stuttgart, Germany. It was beautiful there, green and lush with rivers and vineyards and cobblestone streets. We also were stationed in Okinawa, Japan. We spent most our military life in Southern California with a few tours back to Quantico, Virginia.

Needless to say I am passionately patriotic. Living with the military who honored and respected this country gave me the right perspective. Our tours overseas made us more grateful for exceptional-ism of this amazing country. I mostly stayed at home with my wonderful children, but I did work in the banking business for a few years. We love living here in "Zion". It has everything we could want, a college, culture, wonderful people with the Dixie spirit and to top it off a Costco. Dave works at Coral Canyon and I am busy trying to finish my BYU degree.



Thank you to all of these awesome Volunteers!