Board of Directors


2018 Executive Board of Directors

Cathy Stroh
President and River Valley Director

Shelley Thomas
Vice President and River Valley Director

Pat Zimmerman
Treasurer and North Valley Area Director


Janice Davis
Tournament Director/Rules and East Bay Area Director

Leslie Clark
Secretary and North Bay Area Director

2018 Board of Directors

Frankie Spiva
Membership/Marketing and South Valley Director

Naina Biswell
Open Day and Monterey Area Director

My name is Naina Biswell. I moved to the Bay Area in 1979 from Maryland. I attended San Jose State University and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management. Shortly following this, I realized my personality was better suited for being involved with patients rather than administration. I then pursued my career in Diagnostic Ultrasound. I obtained several licenses in various modalities of ultrasound and ultimately completed a Masters Degree in Health Sciences from San Jose State. My career spanned over 30 years with my retirement from UCSF Medical Center from Genetics and Prenatal Diagnosis at the end of 2016.

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Lynda Donahue
Assistant Tournament/Social Media and San Francisco Director

My name is Lynda Donahue. I have lived in the Bay Area all of my life. After graduating from Loma Linda University, Riverside, CA, I began my career as a Speech and Language Specialist. My education was continued at the University of San Francisco where I earned a Masters and Doctorate in Education. After 38 years in education, I recently retired from the Vacaville Unified School District as the Director of Special Education. With the shortage of Speech Therapists in California, I have the opportunity to work part-time, providing a much needed service.

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Meet 2018’s Five New Board Directors

Pam Dowd
North Bay Area Director

My name is Pam Dowd. I am excited to serve as a director for WGANC and give back to the organization possibly as much as it has given to me. I became interested in golf in the early eighties due to the influence of the guy who soon became my husband. We became members of Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club but eventually joined The Fountaingrove Club when we built a house in the Fountaingrove area. We have been members there since 1997.

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Debra Ferguson
East Bay Area Director

My name is Debbie Ferguson and I am honored and excited to be a director for the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California for 2018. My interest in golf started when my husband took me to the driving range for our second date. I’ve been hooked ever since. My husband Bob and I have been married for 32 years and love to travel, play golf, fly fish, and spend time with our 3 children. We have lived in New Jersey, Washington State, and California where we play golf near our home at the Orinda Country Club.

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Donna Grover
Central Valley Area Director

My name is Donna Grover.  I grew up on the East Coast but moved to California over 30 years ago.  My passion for golf started 17 years ago when I met my current husband and he asked me if I played golf.  I quickly got hooked and am a past President/Tournament Director for the East Bay Chapter of EWGA as well as the Tournament Director for the Silicon Valley Golf Club, an NCGA Associate Club.  I’ve been a member at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton for the past 10 years but have moved to Brentwood so will join Discovery Bay.

My professional career has been as a Medical Secretary (on the East Coast) and an Executive Assistant where I have worked at McKinsey & Company, Cisco and Cadence.

I look forward to being a Director with WGANC and helping others enjoy the sport that I love as well.

Dianna Stein 
Central Valley Area Director

My name is Dianna Stein. I was born and raised in the Central Valley. I received my college education in Santa Cruz County before attending the Academy of Stenographic Arts in San Francisco and becoming a Certified Shorthand Reporter 35 years ago.

I began my professional career in the Monterey County Superior Courts. I married my late husband, Steve, who was a teacher and coach in Lodi, and returned to the Central Valley. We raised our son, Zak, and I was a business owner for many years.

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Leslie Jones
River Valley Area Director

My name is Leslie Jones and I am a Sacramento native. I am looking forward to serving as a Director of WGANC for so many reasons but most of all to give back to an organization that has given me so much in golf experiences and friendships through the years.

I am a scientist by education with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. I worked for 15 years as a senior food chemist and quality assurance specialist for the Campbell Soup Company. For half of every year I oversaw the quality assurance programs of our own tomato processing facilities, grade stations, and vendors’ laboratories in California and Mexico. I retired when my son was born and I started my new life as a volunteer.

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Sheri Erskine
Director at Large

Kelly Downey
Director at Large

Leigh Dreo
Director at Large

Theresa Grandi
Director at Large

Marti Lathrop
Director at Large

Cindy Taylor
Director at Large


Sandi Zrnic
Director at Large

Kim Algren

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