Philo Board of Directors: 2020/2021

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Mary Starck


I am proud to be serving and supporting the Philo organization as President. My working background has been somewhat varied, and I enjoyed every minute, almost every minute. For 25 years I worked as an elementary librarian in the Thompson R2-J school district. During the summer of those years I worked for Boulder County Fair as assistant manager. Once retired from those positions I went to work for Larimer County at the Ranch serving as assistant to the director for 11 years. I am now happily retired for good. My husband of 55 years and I run 50+ crossbred cows and calves on an acreage outside of Loveland. Luckily our children, grandchildren and great grandson live close to us here in Colorado.

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Judy Gangle

Vice - President

I look forward to being a part of the Philo board for the next three years.  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 Watt


Shortly after moving here from Connecticut, I was fortunate to discover Philo. I have a BA Degree from Denison University, and certification from a Boston Secretarial School. I worked many years as a legal secretary and have been private secretary to such notables as Aristotle Onassis. I also worked for the Pres. & CFO of a huge NY advertising conglomerate, managed operations for Chicago Title Insurance Company in NY & CT for 17 years and was a Director for Business Network International. But my dream was to live in CO, so after my husband of 40 years passed away, I headed for the mountains. Through my Norwegian Elkhound dogs, I made many friends, but also got immediately involved with the Loveland Mountain Club, and became an avid volunteer with Hearts & Horses, Loveland's equine therapeutic center. I like giving back and connecting with new friends. I'm honored to be involved with the committed and amazing women of Philo and feel like I'm now living in Utopia!  

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Peg Isakson


I’m honored to support the Philo organization in the role of Treasurer. My background includes that of teaching and tutoring ages 4-50 in public schools and colleges. I have degrees in Literacy, Education Administration and Staff Development from the University of Colorado. Many years of my career were spent in Board positions for the Colorado Council of International Reading Association and in training teachers via multi-state travels for Scholastic, Inc. My living companion is a Norwegian Forest cat, and we get to connect with my two sons, their families and dogs, and two grandchildren. The thread of my life is to work with friends and colleagues in a common purpose of helping others learn and grow.

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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.