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GovStephanieGovernor, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Stephanie Smith has served on the Northwestern Region board since 2012 when she was elected to the position of District 1 Director. She then served as Governor Elect from 2014-2016 and is now serving a two year term as Governor. Stephanie also served as the region’s Professional Development Coordinator from 2009-2016, where she created and presented workshops and presentations on a variety of leadership subjects to enhance the Soroptimist membership experience. She has been an active member of Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor since 1994, serving in a variety of leadership roles for her club. Stephanie is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams by leveraging their talents. She believes that through Soroptimist we can provide the necessary education and awareness to both local and global communities regarding important issues that affect the lives and livelihood of women and girls. As a Vice President/Learning and Development Senior Consultant for Wells Fargo Bank for the past 26 years, Stephanie is called upon to coach, consult and partner with leaders on team building, professional development, leveraging strengths and much more. Stephanie lives in Oak Harbor, Washington with her husband and they have three sons. In addition to her Soroptimist activities she conducts board retreats for local non-profits and has previously held leadership roles in local youth sports organizations.


GEMartiCrookGovernor Elect, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Marti Crook joined Soroptimist International of McMinnville in 1997 and has held many leadership roles at the club, district, and region levels. She served on the Region Board as District 2 Director 2012-2014 and served as the 2014-2016 Northwestern Region Secretary. She works as the office/accounting manager for the heating and air conditioning business she owns with her husband. Between them they have one son, three daughters, and one grandson. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, hiking, and reading. Her passion is volunteering through Soroptimist to help women and girls improve their lives and live their dreams.


SecKristiPuckettSecretary, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Kristi Puckett has served on the Board of Northwestern Region of Soroptimist since July 2010 when she began her term as District 3 Director over 13 clubs. She has been a member of Soroptimist International of La Grande since 1990 and has served in many leadership capacities. It is her passion to help women live their dream. She accomplishes this through her leadership and participation in local club activities to raise awareness of important, relevant issues affecting women and girls. Kristi has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University. She has been with the Grande Ronde Hospital for 38 years – the last 25 years as a Human Resource Manager. She has her certification as a Senior Human Resource Management and recently was certified as SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Professional). She is active member of Zion Lutheran Church. She enjoys singing in the community choir. She lives in Cove, Oregon with her husband of 39 years Jeff recently retired from banking and they have two children, a wonderful son-in-law and their first granddaughter, Free time involves cooking friends and family..


TreasKathyDollTreasurer, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Kathy Doll joined the Board of the Northwestern Region on July 1, 2016. She has been an active club member of Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor for over 20 years and has served various leadership levels in her club as well as the region. Kathy lives in Oak Harbor, WA with her husband and enjoys family time with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting in 1987 from Chapman College. Kathy knows the importance of giving back to the community and servers on several other Boards in her community. She also knows how important helping women achieve their dreams is and is proud to be a part of our wonderful organization whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Kathy feels by accomplishing our mission, we are not only helping the women and girls, but their families, their communities and society.


D1DReneeReckerDistrict 1 Director, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Renée Recker has been a member of Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor since 1997, having served in various leadership roles at the club, district and region levels. Soroptimist has given her the means to give back to not only her local community but worldwide. “It is rewarding and motivating to hear how women in unfortunate circumstances are able to gain knowledge, esteem and joy through programs sponsored by Soroptimists.” Born and raised in San Diego, California, Renée moved to Washington in 1986 via New Jersey…it’s a long story. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles. She lives in Oak Harbor, Washington with her husband and works at the Island County Sheriff’s Office. A life-long learner, she enjoys a good story, listening to music, puzzles and observing this amazing world.


D2DTheresaVandershootDistrict 2 Director, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Theresa Heidt-Vanderschoot has been a member of Soroptimist International of McMinnville since 2001. She has held various leadership roles within her club and served as the District 2 Secretary during the 2014-2016 biennium. She is passionate in improving the lives of women and girls. She believes in the mission of Soroptimist and honored to be a part of a global organization that values the worth of women and girls, Theresa has been married to her husband Bill for 22 years and has a 19-year-old son, William. She received her Master’s in Counseling from George Fox University and currently works in utilization management and compliance for county mental health supporting individuals on Medicaid in their behavioral health recovery. Theresa and her family also operate an adult foster home for developmentally disabled adult males. She has been a volunteer for Special Olympics, been on her son’s school board, and various other committees in an effort to advocate for and empower those who need that support. She is committed to helping other women find their voice and improve their lives as Soroptimist has helped her find her own voice and power as a woman.


D3DJoBrenemanDistrict 3 Director, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Jo Breneman. It was a warm and wonderful member social in 2004 that enticed Jo Breneman into Soroptimist International of Pasco-Kennewick (SIPK). Uniting with like-minded women and aspiring to be the change that is vital to gender equality and gaining access to education for women and girls everywhere, Jo has been active in SIPK, District 3 and the Northwestern Region in a broad span and scope of volunteerism. In business, Jo is responsible for office organization, equipment, and facility operations at United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties. She also supervises and coordinates work study students and volunteers, and she manages set-up and scheduling for the on-campus community training center and in-house events and meetings. Jo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Montana. She’s fun-to-be-with, witty, charming and good looking.


D4DSandraKokorudoDistrict 4 Director, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Sandra Kokoruda joined Soroptimist International of Helena in 1998. Since then, she has held many offices and chaired several committees, the favorite being the Project’s Committee. The true friends she has made in addition to serving the women and girls in her community has made this a win-win situation for Sandra. She is married to her supportive husband Bill, and they have two grown children. Having an “empty nest” has made it possible for Sandra to give more time to support the mission of empowering the lives of women and girls through Soroptimist International. Attending the district meetings and regional conferences has been so rewarding in getting to know so many like-minded women and learning from them. Sandra has been an entrepreneur for many years and has been involved in Real Estate sales for 4 years. She is excited to be part of the Region Board and to lead District 4 for this biennium.



District 1 Secretary, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Karen Marshall joined Soroptimist in 1994 and is currently a member of SI of La Conner. She has been a member of the Laurel Society and Laurel Legacy since 2000. Her professional experience includes 25 years in the nonprofit sector as executive director of several organizations. She currently teaches nonprofit administration. When not working or volunteering she can be found traveling around the world or teaching Scottish country dance or calling Contra dancing throughout the Pacific Northwest.


D3SRayJeanKelleyDistrict 3 Secretary, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Rae Jean Kelley has been a member of Soroptimist since the mid-80’s. She started with the Chelan Club, had a short break when she moved to Ritzville where there was no Soroptimist Club, then joined the Okanogan Club in 1994 and has been with the Okanogan Valley Club since that time. She has served in a leadership role most of her tenure with Soroptimist, i.e. several terms as President, Vice President, Secretary and as a Board Member; she served one term as Treasurer. The mission of Soroptimist to improve the lives of women and girls is extremely important to Rae Jean. Promoting Soroptimist and the ideals for which it stands brings her great satisfaction and encourages women and girls to apply for the Club High School Scholarships and the Live Your Dream award. From the time Rae Jean graduated from high school in 1980, she has worked in law offices. Her post high school education includes a Legal Secretary AA Degree and Paralegal AA Degree. Since 1983, she has been an office manager and handled most all aspects of a law office which included assisting attorneys with cases, trial, billing, etc. Currently, she is the office manager and Paralegal for the Law Offices of Douglas G. Webber, PLLC in Omak. She has work with Douglas Webber for 18 years. From 2006 through 2016, Rae Jean served her community as an Okanogan High School Board Member. She has been happily married for 26 years, has a 33-year-old step-daughter and a 24-year-old son. Walking, swimming, shopping, and baking make Rae Jean a very happy person.


D4SJanMartinDistrict 4 Secretary, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Jan Martin is an active member of Soroptimist International of Helena, serving as club President, District 4 Director, Northwestern Region Secretary, and Region Governor. She served on the SIA Federation of the America’s board of directors for two years, one year as Secretary/Treasurer. She has worked in banking for over 30 years and is now semi-retired and working part time for Valley Bank of Helena, a division of Glacier Bank. She and her husband Jeff, have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. They enjoy camping, sailing and visiting their grandchildren. Jan has also served on the board of the Helena YWCA and Family Promise of Greater Helena. She is a member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church and serves as the Montana/Wyoming Synod Hunger Coordinator. She received her designation as a Lay Pastoral Associate of the Lutheran Church, Montana Synod in June 2016.

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Soroptimist International Northwestern Region

Soroptimist International Northwestern Region improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

Our region structure includes 86 clubs, over 3,000 members, and services five states in the Pacific Northwest of the Unites States of America. Our headquarters located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is Soroptimist International of the Americas" which is one of four organizations under its parent organization, Soroptimist International, which is headquartered in Cambridge, England.

Soroptimist International has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations and is a recognized authority on matters that women value most. Visit www.soroptimist
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