Chair - Amy Swain (email@example.com)
Amy has more than 20 years experience serving multiple types of businesses and organizations with communications, presentation, negotiation, budget and management skills after receiving a Bachelors Degree in Business. Amy is an active community volunteer with her local Exchange Club and Lions Club. She helped reorganize and restart the defunct Grace Center Food Pantry which serves residents in Clear Creek, Indian Creek and Polk Townships. Amy is a former Girl Scout, earning the First Class Scout Award (a.k.a. the Gold Award), and is a former Girl Scout Leader as well. She is a former EMT with BHAS and Dunn Memorial Hospital. Amy is married to Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain. They live on a farm in Springville. She is currently serving her second four-year term in office on the Indian Creek Township Board, and is currently running for State Representative, House District 62.
Vice Chair -Carolyn VandeWiele
Carolyn VandeWiele is a veterinarian and radio host of “Womenspace” on WFHB community radio in Bloomington. She has also served many years as a member of the WFHB Board of Directors.
Secretary - Karen Wrenbeck
Treasurer - Vicky Sorensen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vicky has lived in Monroe County since 1976. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from IU and has worked for IU, the Monroe County Probation Department, as Program Manager for Monroe County Healthy Families, and Assistant Special Educator for students with learning disabilities at Highland Park Elementary. Vicky was endorsed by the DWC in 2010 when she ran (and won!) her campaign for Indian Creek Township Trustee. She is very concerned about fire protection in her township, especially with the contruction of I-69, which will impact access for many residents in Indian Creek.
Past Chair - Julie Thomas (email@example.com)
Julie Thomas has served as chair of the DWC since 2010. She holds a PhD in Russian History and Gender Studies from Indiana University and currently teaches history at IUPUI, Franklin College, and online at Southern New Hampshire University. She has served as Monroe County Commissioner since 2013, and before that served on the Monroe County Council.
Amanda is a lifelong Bloomington resident who has volunteered for local political campaigns since she was a teenager. In 2000, she served as a Delegate to both the Indiana State Convention and the Democratic National Convention. She has a BA in Gender Studies and Political Science from Indiana University as well as a Masters in Social Work. Amanda is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who started a private practice after several years of working in community mental health. She also serves on other local boards and is a mother of two children.
Originally from Gary, Indiana. After graduating from IU in 2005, Jennifer and her husband decided to stay and make Bloomington their home. They have three beautiful children: Sydney, Mason, and Kendall, and she usually takes them with her when active in the community. Jennifer loves having an active role in her adopted hometown and is involved in groups such as Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence, Black Democratic Caucus, Monroe County NOW, and Rise to Run.
Penny considers the DWC her political home and wants to help more progressive, Democratic women be elected to political office, from local township boards all the way to the White House. Her roots as a Democrat run deep, and she likes to tell about her maternal grandmother, who at the age of 100 insisted on being picked up from her assisted living quarters so that she could attend the monthly meetings of her county's Democratic party. Penny is especially focused on issues of public education, corporate power in elections, voting rights, and an improved, accessible health care system. She is currently running for the office of State Repesentative, House District 60.
Rachel Guglielmo is currently state chapter lead for the Indiana chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and a coordinator of the Bloomington Hub for Rise to Run, which is mobilizing and training progressive high school girls and college-aged women to run for office and become involved in the political process.
Before moving to Bloomington in 2007 and taking up her favorite job to date – mothering triplets born that year – Rachel served in the Peace Corps in Hungary from 1991-1994; conducted field research and wrote reports on minority rights protection for Human Rights Watch in Hungary and the former Yugoslavia; worked with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, first as a human rights and elections monitor in Bosnia and then with the High Commissioner on National Minorities in The Hague; and spent five years with the Open Society Institute developing and directing various projects to promote civic participation and activism globally
Linda Grove-Paul, is the Vice President of Adult Services for Centerstone of Indiana. Linda has a Master’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Public Administration from Indiana University. She has worked at Centerstone of Indiana for over 17 years. Linda serves as the Chair of the Indiana Council for Community Mental Health Centers Addiction’s Committee and the as Co- Chair for the Indiana Substance Abuse Professionals Chapter.
Linda has been an active member of the Bloomington community and has participated in numerous political campaigns beginning with Jack Hopkins for City Council. Most recently she worked on Philippa Guthrie’s City Council campaign and is currently Vice Precinct Committee Chairperson.
Philippa serves as the Corporation Counsel for the City of Bloomington. She also serves on the board of directors of Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County, Centerstone of America, and the Centerstone Foundation. She holds a JD from the IU Maurer School of Law.
Jillian returned to the DWC Steering Committee in mid-2018 to fill a vacancy.
Regina served three terms as City Clerk for the City of Bloomington. Her more formal political activities began in 1992 when she was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention for Jerry Brown, and she has continued to be active through many elections on many levels. She has served as precinct committee chair since that time, and served as the Vice Chair of the Monroe County Democrats with three different Chairmen. She is one of the founders of the Democratic Women's Caucus and served as its first Chair. Prior to her public service with the City of Bloomington, Regina was a home economics teacher with time spent teaching in Guam as well as in a Native American school. She has made it her mission to recruit more local women into politics, and she has succeeded!
Vi Simpson - Honorary Member
Vi Simpson was elected to the Indiana Senate in 1984, after a term as the Monroe County Auditor. She was instrumental in creating the "Women at the Statehouse Day" Program and served as leader of the Senate Democrat Caucus. Vi was the first woman to serve on and lead the powerful State Budget Committee, and is considered an expert on state finances. She authored legislation that created Indiana's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has become a national model for delivering cost-effective health services to uninsured children. She is also credited with creating national award winning legislation dealing with voluntary environmental cleanups. In 2002, Simpson and her colleagues initiated the debate on tax restructuring and property tax reform which led to the passage of historic legislation that revamped the state's entire tax code.
In 2012, Vi ran as the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor with John Gregg as the gubernatorial candidate. She retired from the State Senate at that time, but she has remained active in state politics and remains an inspiration and mentor.
Charlotte has had a lifelong involvement in government, business , education and not-for-profit organizations, no doubt growing our of her immersion in service as a Lutheran minister's daughter. Since the JFK presidential election in 1960, Charlotte has worked in political campaigns for Democrats every year.. In 1971 Charlotte was part of the Democratic revolution that changed the Bloomington government, winning a seat on the City Council as the first woman in memory, and becoming the first women president of the Council. She and Marilyn Schultz established the local kitchen specialty store Goods, Inc.in 1973. Charlotte was the Democratic candidate for US Congress in Indiana’s 7th district in 1978.
In 1980, Charlotte was elected the first woman Monroe County Commissioner. Charlotte spearheaded the campaign to Save the Courthouse, which is the cornerstone of our downtown community today. Over the years Charlotte has headed the Monroe County United Way, worked as a Community Coordinator for Planned Parenthood throughout southern Indiana, and served as Economic Development Coordinator for Middle Way House, Inc. The Monroe County Justice Building is named in her honor.
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