Steering Committee


Amy_Swain_photo_-_cropped.jpg  Chair
 - Amy Swain (

 Amy is a marketing/advertising professional with more than 20 years experience serving multiple types of  businesses and organizations with communications, presentation, negotiation, budget and management skills.  She is a former EMT, and is currently serving her second term on the board of Indian Creek Township.



Vice Chair - Jillian Kinzie (

Jillian Kinzie served many years as a commissioner on the Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women, where she helped to produce reports on the status of women and partnered with different organizations to address gender inequities and celebrate women's accomplishments. She works at Indiana University as Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and NSSE Institute. In 2007, she ran a spirited campaign for city council (District 2), which she lost by just a few votes.  


 Secretary - Lisa Borrerro

 Lisa is a Bloomington native whose family has called this wonderful city home for multiple generations.  After  earning a B.A. in Psychology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, she returned to Blooming to earn an  M.S. in Counseling and a Ph.D. in Health Behavior, with a minor in Gerontology, from Indiana University.  She  currently teaches in the Center for Aging and Community and the College of Health Sciences at the University of  Indianapolis as an Assistant Professor of Gerontology. She is passionate about women’s issues, the well-being of  older adults, and social justice – especially among marginalized populations.  When not working, she and her  husband enjoy exploring the beauty of Monroe County with their two young daughters.

Vicky-Sorensen100.jpgTreasurer - Vicky Sorensen (

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 (

 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.


amandabarge.jpgAmanda Barge

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.

Penny_Githens_crop.jpgPenny Githens

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.


 Linda Grove-Paul

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.jpgPhilippa Guthrie

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.



Lyle_McNeil_0281web.jpgKitty Liell

Kitty is co-founder and Senior Partner at Liell & McNeil Attorneys,  PC.  She served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Indiana  Public Defender Council, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Innocence Project at Indiana University's Robert McKinney School of Law, where she graduated with a J.D. in 1988. Her education also includes a Diploma in Politics and International Relations from the University of Kent, Canterbury, England (1982), and a B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University (1983).  Kitty has been active in local, state and national politics since she can remember, and was a 2008 and 2012 Delegate to the State Democratic Convention.  Kitty serves on the Monroe County task force to study domestic violence, and  completed two terms on the Monroe County Public Defender Board.

TPorterPhoto_-_cropped.jpgTerri Porter


Theresa (Terri) Porter serves as the Senior Advisor for the Indianapolis Office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She has been with the Department more than 17 years.   Prior to coming to HUD, Ms. Porter was President and CEO of the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED). She was also the first Executive Director of the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA), and administered a state enterprise zone program in Bloomington, IN. Ms. Porter co-owned and operated a mechanical contracting company in Bloomington, and was the Democratic Candidate for Monroe County Auditor in 1996. 


Ms. Porter’s experience areas include executive leadership development, community and economic development, fund raising, marketing, public policy, and advocacy. 


reginamoore.jpgRegina Moore

Regina is currently  serving her third term 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!

visimpson.jpgVi 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.

Carolyn CarolynVan.jpgVandeWiele

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. 


charlottez100.jpgCharlotte Zietlow

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, 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.

Past Steering Committee members:

Jane Bradley
Nicole Bolden
Melissa Britton
Cathi Crabtree
Kerry Conway
Lu Cregar
Lorraine Farrell
Dorothy Granger
Pam Huggins
Isabel Piedmont-Smith
Susie Johnson
Jill Jolliff
Merridee LaMantia
Alexa Lopez
Rose Mahern
Mary Norman
Dee Owens
Linda Robbins
Lois Sabo-Skelton
Susan Sandberg
Lynn Schwartzberg
Kristina Simmonds
Doris Sims
Catherine Stafford