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Governor, 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, Northwestern Region Secretary 2014-2016, and Governor-Elect 2016-2018. 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 two grandsons. 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 realize their dreams.

Governor Elect, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Kristi Puckett has served on the Board of the Northwestern Region 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 roles. It is her passion to help women and girls live their dreams. 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 her certification as a Senior Human Resource Management and SHRM Senior Certified Professional. She recently retired from her job as Personnel Director from Grande Ronde Hospital, after 40 years. She is an active member of Zion Lutheran Church. She enjoys singing in the community choir. She lives in Cove, Oregon with her husband Jeff of 40 years. They have two children, a wonderful son-in-law and a granddaughter. Free time will be a new challenge with retiring but she knows it will involve family, friends and Soroptimist.

Secretary, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Theresa Heidt-Vanderschoot has been a member of Soroptimist since 2001. She has held various leadership roles within her club and served as the District 2 Secretary during the 2014-2016 biennium. She has served on the Region board since 2016 when she was elected as District 2 Director. Theresa believes in the mission of Soroptimist and is honored to be a part of a global organization that understands and values of women and girls. She received her Master’s in Counseling from George Fox University and currently works in compliance for Yamhill Community Care Organization. Theresa is married and has one child. Together they operate an adult foster home for developmentally disabled adult males. She has been volunteering since she was 16 years old in various capacities, including coaching Special Olympics, 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.

Treasurer, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Becky Taft NWR Treasurer. Thank you for electing me your NWR Treasurer for 2018-2020. With 24 years of Banking experience I hope to bring to the organization not only my skills with my financial background, but to also bring my experience as being involved in the community. I had become a member of Soroptimist International of Sedro Woolley after my two children went off to college in 2004. As a member of the Sedro Woolley Club, I was excited to attend conferences, meetings and Federation Events. I learned at the very beginning how much great works can be accomplished as we all work together with a common goal. Fundraising Chair, Finance committee and my many roles as a member of Soroptimist has enlightened me to see the Big Picture. I hope to be a resource for all clubs, both with the simple financial needs, to the things that can help you protect the funds of your club. I am so looking forward to working with the great Board that we have put together.

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

Karen Marshall joined Soroptimist in 1994 and is currently a member of SI Cascadia Online Club, one of the first clubs in the Federation that meets and conducts all business and programs online. She served as District 1 Secretary during the 2016-2018 biennium. She has been a member of the Laurel Society and Laurel Legacy since 2000. Her professional experience includes over 25 years in the nonprofit sector as executive director of several organizations. She is on the national steering committee for Gender Equity in Museums Movement. 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.

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

Wendy Falkenstein officially joined Soroptimist in 2003. Having grown up with Soroptimist, she un-officially joined in 1972 and proudly shares with everyone that she is a 3rd generation Soroptimist. Throughout her life, Wendy experienced how Soroptimist made a difference for so many women and is honored to continue the mission. Wendy has held several positions at the club level and most recently was District 2 Secretary for the 2016-2018 biennium. Wendy has been in the retail industry for 30 years and is currently the Store Manager for J.Jill in Eugene. When not working, Wendy enjoys spending time with her 3 “F’s”: family, friends and her pup, Fritz. She also finds great joy in working in her yard and around her home. Wendy is also a big fan of the Hallmark Channel and watches every new movie that premiers on Saturday evenings.

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

Sally Peatow has been a Registered Nurse for 52 years working in acute care, long term care, risk management, quality improvement and utilization management. She was the charter president of her club in 2001 and twice since then. She has also been secretary, chair of the Membership Committee and assists with management of the club Facebook page. She has held several positions on her church board and currently is a member of the Domestic Violence board for Umatilla and Morrow County in Oregon. She am a certified counselor for SHIBA, a Medicare-funded free service that assists others with Medicare questions. Through Soroptimist she feels empowered to stand for women and appreciate the wonderful support and encouragement of both the Federation and International organizations to find new ways to “improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.” She has been in leadership positions and is a team player.

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

Terry Kunz. Well they want me to tell you about myself. Hmmm, well I have been a Soroptimist since 2001 when Jan Martin introduced me to a great organization that makes a difference. I am a member of SI of Helena. I live south of Helena with my husband, Bob, dogs, cat and cattle. We love living where we are in Montana because of the abundant wildlife that crosses our land. We have a son living nearby with his wife and our granddaughter (who is perfect!). I am an elected official for Jefferson County serving as Treasurer. I have served on boards for my church, United Way and other non-profits. I have traveled to many places for business, personal vacations and mission trips. I have seen firsthand the issues for women and girls in Haiti and in the US. We can make a difference if we don’t grow weary – one of my favorite Bible verses (Galatians 6:9). So don’t grow weary in all the good works that you do, everything no matter how small makes a difference. Looking forward to serving on this board and serving you.

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

Kate Espy joined SI of Port Orchard in 2010 and has held a variety of leadership roles within the club. She has a passion to help women and does this by her work and volunteer activities. She is so excited to be the District 1 secretary and help the NWR in any way she can. Kate has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She has worked at Harrison Medical Center for almost 35 years as an ED nurse for 20 years and overlapped her ED job with being a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). For the last 15 years she has been the clinic nurse for the SANE department. Her volunteer activities include groups that raise the awareness of important issues relevant to women and girls like Girls on the Run, Kitsap TriBabes, and of course Soroptimist activities. Being outside is a must for her, so hiking, doing 5-10k runs, bike races and short triathlons keep her enjoying nature. She has a small backyard, but has many flower pots and loves to enjoy the sounds of all the birds that use her bird feeders. She has a son and daughter both who live near Seattle, plus a spoiled Westie and an elderly fat cat.

District 2 Secretary, Northwestern Region, Soroptimist International of the Americas

Chris Christensen began her career as a Soroptimist in 1985 with SI of Gresham where she was a member for 13 years. While a member of SI of Gresham she served in many board positions and served as President in 1995-96. After moving out of the area, with no other club nearby, Chris took time away from Soroptimist to raise her young daughter and work for the local YMCA for 13 years until she retired. She and her daughter Hannah moved to Southern Oregon in 2014 when Chris immediately joined SI of Ashland. Her daughter joined SI of Ashland two years later. Chris has spent her life working for her community and non-profit organizations. In her spare time she writes mysteries, dabbles in stain glass art and loves to travel the world while supporting SI of Ashland. She is passionate about empowering women and girls to find their voices and become leaders. She is looking forward to serving District 2 as Secretary.

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

Angela Comstock joined Soroptimist in 2006 and has been an active member of the Coeur d’Alene Club since 2009. She has served as club secretary, president-elect and president and serves on several committees. After graduating with her BS and MS in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2005, she worked as a geotechnical consulting engineer for 11 years. Currently, she works for J-U-B Engineers as a project manager and engineer assisting with funding and project development for their public and private clients, specializing in transportation projects. She also serves on the State Board for the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers as the Junior National Director. Her favorite days are spent on her 20 acre property in rural Kootenai County, Idaho, with her husband of 9 years, 16 and 7 year-old daughters and her 4-year-old son. They all enjoy camping and hiking and a good game of Go Fish.

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

Lynette Hintze has been a member of SI of Whitefish since 2004. She served as club vice president and president. She has served on her club’s policy, public relations, Smile of Hope dental program and funding request committees, and currently she is chairwoman of the funding request committee that considers donation requests from nonprofits and women in need. She also volunteers at her Soroptimist Thrift Haus in Whitefish. She is a founding board member of Whitefish Community Foundation and served on the board from 2000 to 2006. As an editor at a daily newspaper, she uses leadership skills on a daily basis as she works with the news staff. She also has taken a leadership role in her club, mentoring new officers and working on a variety of committees.

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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
for complete information on current projects. Read Soroptimist International's magazine, The International Soroptimist

The other three organizations belonging to Soroptimist International are: