Meet Our Team
Karen Rainey is an advocate for the League of Women Voters of Ohio, focusing on the issues of housing and human trafficking. She has been a League member for more than 50 years, with experience on League boards in five jurisdictions, including serving as legislative director and a vice president on the LWVO board and as president of LWV Delaware County. In 2006, she coordinated the League’s voter protection project grant from LWVUS, and in 2012 she directed the LWVO human trafficking study. She was the LWVO representative on the board of the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) for 15 years and was named its advocate of the year in 2007. Other activity includes representing LWVO in its participation in the Midwest Democracy Project, and coaching local Leagues in the MLD program.
Karen also served as a registered lobbyist for AAUW/Ohio for several years, where her focus was primarily on education and reproductive rights. She represented AAUW on several coalitions and chaired its Public Policy Committee. She is also a former president of the Worthington Branch.
Karen has a BA in Social Sciences from Thiel College, Greenville, PA, and an MPA in Urban Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Her working life was spent in city, county, and state government, including stints in urban planning and community development, administration of job training programs, marketing and communications, and coordination of state-local government relations. In retirement, she served as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with the Delaware County Juvenile Court for nine years, working with abused, neglected, and dependent children.
In 2000, Craig became a member of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, as
well as other Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) Groups.
In 1999, her daughter’s friend, 15-year-old Penny Chang had been gunned down
by a jilted boyfriend. The 21-year-old assailant had purchased his 9MM pistol at a gun
show despite his history of mental illness and a court record.
Craig joined her local chapter of the League of Women Voters in January of
2003. Soon thereafter she took the volunteer position of Gun Control Lobbyist for the
League of Women Voters of Ohio where she remains their official spokesperson.
Craig has attended committee hearings and testified at the Ohio General
Assembly against Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) legislation and subsequent
amendments since 2002.
Craig feels unequivocally that implementation of common-sense gun laws is
essential to breaking the cycle of gun violence, a public health crisis for all Americans.
Peggy Ann Berry
Peggy Ann Berry, PhD has worked in occupational safety and health since 1990, earning a Master in Nursing Science in 2007 followed by a doctorate in Nursing Research from University of Cincinnati in 2015. Peggy has been a League member since 2012. Peggy’s LWVGDA activities was inputting on the social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn but now broadened into initiating contacts within Dayton on Medicare for All and Food Pantry volunteers as VP of Community Services for the LWV of Greater Dayton Area. In addition to being the LWV Ohio volunteer lobbyist, she has been an environmental advocate since 2012, participating in EPA and OSHA requests for testimony on chemical transparency and Methane New Source Rules, collaborating across many NGO to promote clean water, air and tillable soil. She has presented and published on the human health effects of workplace bullying, climate change, lean ergonomics, servant leadership, and on research design. Dr. Berry received the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses’ (AAOHN) Lillian G. Cater Humanitarian Award in 2020 and inducted as a Fellow with AAOHN in 2021. She participates in AAOHN’s national legislative committee and the Ohio Nurses’ Association’s Health Policy Council and the Environmental and Community Health Caucus. She is a research associate with ReImagineAppalachia working on the “cost of doing nothing” related to health outcomes. She participates in “Ready for 100” and Ohio Equity Team with the Sierra Club and delves into clean water through the Alliance of Nurses for Health Environments and Freshwater Futures through the Great Lakes Network.
Susan Murnane, Director
Susan Murnane received her BA at Carleton College in Northfield MN and her JD from the University of Minnesota. She practiced law specializing in tax litigation and white-collar crime from 1978 to 1996. In 1996 she enrolled in graduate school at CWRU where she earned her Ph.D. in American History in 2006 specializing in American Legal History. Susan taught law and history as a visitor at the University of Toledo, Wooster College, and in CWRU’s Sages program. In 2014 she published Bankruptcy in an Industrial Society: A History of the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio (Akron University Press). Since 2014, Susan has become increasingly involved in the League of Women Voters. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of LWV of Greater Cleveland in 2014, and she was appointed to the LWVUS national study on Money in Politics in 2014. She was elected Co-President of the LWV of Greater Cleveland in 2016.