Penny Lancaster: President
Penny Lancaster is the Founder and Director of WeBelieveWeVote since inception in 2009. Seven years and seven universities after graduating from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane WA Penny had an MA in Special Education from EWSU and an elementary teaching position with Central Valley School District. She retired early at 55 to concentrate on pro-family advocacy in Spokane. Long before she focused on vetting candidates and encouraging the faith community to vote for Godly leadership, she fought to defend traditional family values against the encroachment of gambling, pornography, and public policies which encouraged harmful and unhealthy lifestyles. Together with her husband Kelly, they raised two sons and a daughter; now they are enjoying a new granddaughter, Gianna. Penny and Kelly attend Valley Bible Church in Spokane during the summer and Community Church at the golf resort where they live and golf during the winter in Yuma.
Bruce Booher: Vice President
After two short years at college in Colorado, Bruce returned to Anchorage where he started a business, North Pacific Sales, representing manufacturers to Alaskan business, a company he ran until retirement in 2004. Bruce also ran two small retail stores called Bathtique located in two Anchorage area malls. In 1994, he partnered with four others to form Mount Roberts Development Corporation which proposed, designed, built and operated the Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau, Alaska. Bruce and his beautiful wife Linda have been married since 1979 and have two boys, Eric and Steven. Bruce truly enjoyed his Alaskan life and spent many great years flying his plane around the state, fishing, hunting, picking berries and visiting friends. Now in Spokane, Bruce and Linda enjoy golfing, hiking, travel, visiting grandchildren, and church activities.
Carolyn Jacobs: Treasurer
Leslie Kerrigan: Secretary
Dean Whitman: Board Member
Dean has served on the We Believe We Vote board since 2014. He is a registered representative affiliated with Forester Financial, an independent financial services firm located in Spokane. He previously served as chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board of the Spokane Corps and is a founding board member of the National Association of Christian Financial Consultants. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. Dean and his wife, Kathleen, have five children and ten grandchildren and live in Liberty Lake.
Larry Batterton: Stevens County President
Larry began his career as a Mechanical Engineer after graduating from Texas Tech University. Job changes took him to several states, and in 1988 the Batterton family moved to the Spokane area, where he worked for several local tech companies. Larry and Susan have been married for 46 years, and have four children and 15 grandchildren. Larry is retired, and his time is now occupied by a hobby farm, woodworking, and church and political activities.
Perry Underwood: Board Memeber
Perry Underwood is currently the Director of Abortion Anonymous (AbAnon), an International Organization that provides a pathway to healing to the millions of people adversely affected by their participation in an abortion. In the past, Perry has been a Real Estate Broker in Colorado and Alaska. Perry and Susan, his wife of 37 years, enjoy raising chickens and cattle on their humble little farm near Spokane, Washington where their disabled adult son still lives with them. They also have two married daughters and two grandchildren. Perry has served as a Director for WBWV since 2014.
Carolyn Williams: Board Member
Carolyn Williams is a lifelong resident of Spokane. She attended Shadle Park High and Washington State University. She is a retired financial supervisor from Department of Social and Health Services – Community Services Division. As a financial supervisor, she supervised and trained staff and managed programs such as Food Stamps and Medicaid. She is married, has grandchildren, and enjoys crafting and journaling, and her women’s weekly Bible Study. Carolyn also serves on the Boards of Ponderosa Republican Women as their Communication/Outreach Chair and the Washington Federation of Republican Women as their Newsletter Editor. She is involved in local politics and holds the position of Precinct Committee Officer in the 6 th District.
Mike O’ Connor: Board Member
Mike O’Connor is VP of The Way of Business (TWOB) whose purpose is to teach God’s way of doing business and unite the church, social & civil organizations tothe needs of the community. He has a B.A. in Business from W.S.U. His time in Pullman holds a special place in his heart as he met the Lord and his wife there. After over 40 years of marriage they have 2 children and 6 grandkids. After 4 years of military service he settled into 24 years of Business Sales and Management. Wanting to serve in the Non-profit sector he worked for Consumer Credit Counseling and Crown Financial Ministries before helping to found TWOB. God has used Mike to “connect” people and build relationships with organizations. Understanding the privilege & responsibility to be informed voters it is fitting to serve with “We Believe We Vote”.
Peggy Paullin: Board Member
Peggy has been in Spokane for nearly a decade after living throughout the West. Her Montana roots attribute to her passion to see people pursue their dreams and be afforded the freedom to do so! Peggy was raised in church and accepted the Lord as a teenager. With this new found purpose, she went to college in Oklahoma and earned her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and Secondary Education. In 2003, she set out to earn her master’s degree as a young wife, mother of three and nonprofit professional. She earned a Master’s in Organizational Management in 2004 and is currently a Financial Associate with Thrivant Financial. Regardless of which state she resided within, Peggy pursued political activities and became involved by advocating for the poor, homeless and the most defenseless of all, the unborn. Today, Peggy is married to her husband Robin, a mother of their three adult children, and one son-in-law.
Amanda Jarvis: Board Member
Amanda Jarvis is a copy editor by trade, receiving her undergraduate degree in print journalism from Liberty University in 2009. She has been married to her husband, Jerod, for 5 years, and is a stay-at-home mom to daughter Rebecca. Amanda attends Valley Bible Church in Spokane Valley.