By the selection Committee of Joyce Hertz and Martha Isaacson

2008 Selva R-LWe are very pleased to announce that the 2008 recipient of the Carrie Chapman Catt award is Selva Reissig Lehman. Selva was born in Argentina and emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1955 during the Peron regime. She started work in her field of chemistry in New England but felt called to the ministry and was ordained in 1964. When she married Harold Lehman she moved to Alleman, Iowa where she served as a Supply Pastor for UCC churches, Chaplain at the Madrid Home for the Aging and then as an Intentional Interim Minister within the Iowa UCC Conference. Throughout this time, Selva and Harold were very involved in programs to promote international understanding. Harold died of a brain tumor in 1990 and Selva moved to Ames in 1994.

Selva joined the Ames League of Women Voters in 2000 because the League’s emphasis on studying the issues before taking a position and its non-partisan stand. Since 2002 she has served on the Board, first as Vice-president and then as Co-President with Jeannette Bohnenkamp from 2004-2006. In 2006, Selva co-chaired the LWVUS Ukraine Civic Hosting Program for the Ames League. She developed the Ames LWV website and currently serves as VOTER Editor and Webmaster. Our local League, and increasingly the Iowa League, look to Selva for all computer and digital communication needs.

Her volunteer involvement with the Ames community has been channeled through many church activities including International Dialogues, the Food at First program, and AMOS. She served as interim director of the Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance Cooperative (GNEAC) in 1997-98. Currently she is a member of the AIOFA Board and a member of the Community Conversations on Diversity.

Congratulations, Selva!