Lunch with Leader to feature Voices of Los Alamos

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This month’s League of Women Voters’ community event, Lunch with a Leader on Dec. 12, will feature three women from Voices of Los Alamos.

The speakers will be Becky Oertel, Cristina Olds, and Anagha Dandekar.

The lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. upstairs at Mesa Library. The speakers will discuss how and why they formed Voices of Los Alamos, the activities they have accomplished and their plans for the future.

Oertel grew up in Los Alamos and is the daughter of Jay and Carol Wechsler, who were active volunteers and founding members of the Los Alamos Community. After obtaining a degree in Biochemistry from University of Wyoming, Oertel enjoyed 30 years of working with people from all walks of life - from remote valleys and mountains of eastern Kentucky to the white sterile halls of biomedical research facilities. Oertel has been a Volunteer Fire Department officer and a PEEC board member. She is a board member for Living Treasures of Los Alamos and a founding member of Voices of Los Alamos.

OIds lived in Albuquerque for about 25 years before moving to Los Alamos three years ago to be with her wife who works at the lab. They co-parent two large, poorly behaved mutts who dominate their lives. She is a graphic designer and writer, and currently works with the Communication Arts and Services group at LANL. After organizing the publicity for the Women’s March on Washington - Santa Fe, she wanted to continue being politically active and to connect with like-minded people in her new community. She found a handful of women were also talking about creating a local group, and we subsequently started the monthly Voices of LA meetings on Feb. 1.

Dandekar came to Los Alamos in 1996 when she married her husband who works at the lab. Last year’s election and the results propelled her to action. I couldn’t just cry and complain. So she and some friends got together to brainstorm about their worries,  their  hopes, and what could be done  in our community. She is president and co-founder of Hardware Renaissance, a manufacturer of high end, hand crafted door hardware and accessories.

Although not mandatory, to order a lunch from the Co-op’s extensive menu for just $10, call Karyl Ann Armbruster 231-8286 or email kaskacayman@gmail.com to get the menu. Orders need to be to her by Dec. 9.