2015 - 2016 LWVLA Board of Directors
Marķa Montero received a BA from UC, Berkeley and a MA from CSULA, both degrees in Political Science. She teaches American government and global politics in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Prior to joining CSUDH, she taught politics at Santa Monica College and was a bilingual teacher at LAUSD. Originally from San Francisco, Marķa has lived and worked internationally, including several years in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ecuador. She is a member of the Western Political Science Association and has served as a consultant with various organizations. Marķa became an active member of League of Women Voters of LA in 2011 when she worked on the Common Core Consensus and the Realignment Program. She served on the LWVLA board as secretary and chair of the Program Committee before becoming co-President of the League of Women's Voter of Los Angeles in 2015.
Martha Sklar was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to Detroit, MI when she was eight and a half years old. Martha has a BA and MA in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Mathematics Education. She taught mathematics at high school and community college levels. Later she entered administration and was Dean of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles City College until her retirement eleven years ago. Upon joining the League she served on both the LWVLA and the LWV Ed Fund Boards. She previously served as Treasurer of LWVLA for six years and is currently co-President of the League with Maria Montero. She has two sons, Benjamin and Jonathan.
Michelle Dennis participated in the local government public policymaking process in varying roles and policy arenas for 38 years: at Los Angeles County (1965-1978) as urban planner; public welfare budget analyst and director of welfare research; budget analyst in a county CAO's office; Health Department contracts administrator; budget director of a county mental health agency; and as a private sector financial consultant to various public agencies (1979-1983). She was also Director of Finance/City Controller for the City of Santa Monica, California (1983-2003).
She served as president of the League of California Cities Fiscal Officers Department during FY 2000/2001. She was on the Board of Directors of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO), and she is a Past President of the statewide Utility Users Tax Technical Task Force.
She has a BA in Political Science (1964), an MPA (1965) from UCLA, and completed all requirements except dissertation for a doctoral program in Public Administration at the University of Southern California (1981). She is also a Certified Public Finance Officer. Michelle studied under Professor A.G. Ramos at the University of Southern California and assisted him in the preparation of his book, The New Science of Organizations: a Reconceptualization of the Wealth of Nations. She has published in Administration & Society, the National Tax Journal, and her article "Beyond `Root' and `Branch': Towards a New Science of Policy Making" was published in Brazil in the book Politicas Publicas E Desenvolvimento, Bases epistemologicas e modelos de analise [Public Policy and Development: epistemological grounds and frameworks for analysis]. She has taught public administration at the University of Southern California, the Universidade Federal De Santa Catarina, Brazil, and at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA (2004- 2015). Michelle Dennis is transgender and formerly was Charles M. (Mike) Dennis.
Crissi Avila has been an active Real Estate Agent in the City of Los Angeles since 2004 and is now working with Deasy/Penner & Partners. In the last few years she also started her own company CnC Group LLC partnering with other investors to provide above average returns in real estate during the financial downturn. Crissi has been a resident of LA since her beginnings and has volunteered with many local community groups and organizations. She started in the 1990's with the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Political Committee and helped elect local officials. Later she worked with the California Clean Money Campaign as the Pasadena Coordinator, sat on the Board of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and now volunteers with the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council. She also has volunteered with the Southern California Biodiesel User's Group, Amnesty International among others. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning a BA in Communications and is very excited to be a member of the Board of the League of Women Voters!
Among her varied positions, Dr. Johnson serve as President/CEO of the Compton Chamber of Commerce (15 years); President of Compton Community College District Special Trustee Board (6 years); Vice President of the Concerned Citizens of Compton; Area Governor for Toastmasters International; Board Member Christian Clergy United Action Team (CCUNAT); Secretary for the Love of Our Veterans; Charter Member Compton Optimist Club; and immediate Past 1st Vice President of NAACP Compton (past 4 years).
Dr. Johnson holds a Doctorate Degree in Education with an emphasis on Literacy; A MBA Degree, with an emphasis in Organizational Management; A Masters of Science Degree in Legal Studies; A Bachelor Degree in Business Management; and an Associate of Art Degree with an emphasis on Business. Dr. Johnson continues to progress her passion for people and enthusiasm in making sure a job is well done.