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Philo Board of Directors: 2022/2023

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Judy Gangle


I have been a member since 2015 when my daughter, also a member, encouraged me to join.  My husband and I had recently relocated here from Texas following his retirement.  I had been very active in my church for the previous 10 years and prior to that I spent 30 years as an Occupational Therapist.  I spent many years providing direct patient care to all age groups with many different diagnoses.  The 6 years prior to my retirement were spent as a Director of Rehabilitation Services in a hospital system that included 2 acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital and an offsite outpatient clinic with multiple disciplines under my direction.  I also had the pleasure of teaching Bachelor level OT students courses in physical disabilities and administration. It is great to now be a part of this women’s service organization.

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Carol Rieser

Vice - President

Carol moved to Loveland in 2007. Prior to moving to Loveland, she lived in Longmont for over twenty years. She recently retired from a lengthy career in nursing and hospital administration. Between she and her husband, they have four sons, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Carol enjoys baking cookies for the grandchildren, reading, golfing, and knitting. Carol has been a member of Philo since 2019, serving as chair of the Rotary Duck Race Ticket committee, and most recently as vice president of Philo.

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Ruth Swanty


Originally from Arizona, I moved to Loveland with my husband and three children
in 1994. I am a graduate from Arizona State Univ. with a degree in Elementary
Education. After working with my husband to start an insurance business for 2
years I began to look for a local teaching job along with substitute teaching only
to discover I was going to have another child. She was born in 1997. Later, I
volunteered with another daughter’s nonprofit; Animal Friends Alliance, for over
10 years. I headed up the fundraising activities. After a short break I began
looking for volunteer work that focused on people and the community. Philo
stood out and I joined in 2018. I am glad to be a part of this caring and
community engaged group of wonderful women.

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Peggy Pellizzari


As a 16-year member, I recently volunteered to be the Philo Treasurer for the 2nd time during my membership.  (I was treasurer from 2010 – 2014)   I’m happy to be back on the board where I stay up to date on all the upcoming events and inner workings for Philo.  I have also served as chair of the Canned Food Drive and was the Web Administrator for Philo for the past 8+ years.  Prior to joining Philo, I worked for Hewlett Packard for 32 years, retiring in 2005.  I now manage my daughter’s on-line Costa Rican coffee business in between traveling, golf, bowling and spending time with my family and friends.

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Florence Doksansky

Corresponding Secretary

I have been a Philo member for about 10 years ever since moving from Rhode Island to Colorado with my husband, Alan. We followed our only child, Sarah, who had married a Denver native, and have been loving Colorado and Loveland ever since. I am a retired academic librarian, having worked at MIT for 11 years and Brown University for 28 in many administrative capacities. I have always participated in community and professional activities. Since retiring I have been involved in service and therapy dog training. My Philo experience has been on Philo's Blood Drive, Scholarship, Early Childhood committees and is currently chair of the Sunshine Committee. I’m excited for this next opportunity to serve Philo and the Loveland community.

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Rita Harden

Past President

It was an honor to represent Philo this past year as president. I am a long-time member of this wonderful organization. I have witnessed firsthand the energy and caring of its members to make lives better for people of our community. I was born and raised in Idaho and attended college in Kansas. I met my husband of 60 years in college. We both attended graduate school in Kansas City before moving to Loveland. I am now retired from a 34-year teaching career and have two grown daughters. My husband and I enjoy traveling in our small motor home, reading, church volunteer work and socializing with friends.

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