Chair -Carolyn VandeWiele
Carolyn VandeWiele moved to Bloomington 31 years ago and fell in love with the community. After working in a veterinary practice in Indianapolis for one year she was a self employed relief veterinarian for many years and retired from practice in 2016. She has been a member of the DWC since 2004 and is one of the producers of the Monday Morning News and currently serves as the Caucus’ vice chair.
Carolyn is in her third term on the Monroe County Parks Board and is the current Democratic Appointee to the Monroe County Election Board. She has been a DJ at WFHB Community Radio for the past 25 years, served two terms on their Board of Directors, and reads the Daily Local News once a week. She can also frequently be seen ushering at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
Carolyn is a passionate reader and was a co-owner Aquarius Bookstore here in Bloomington for 10 years until it closed in 1999. She enjoys photography and cooking and has written a food column for the HT for the past year.
Secretary - Karen Wrenbeck
Karen has a BS in French & Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan and a JD from Indiana University - Maurer School of Law. Karen was admitted to practice in Michigan in 2012 and Indiana in 2013. She found her calling at the Monroe County Public Defenders Office, first as a Paralegal and then as a Deputy Public Defender since May 2014. In this position, Karen represents indigent clients in cases ranging from criminal felonies and misdemeanor, CHINS/TPR, juvenile delinquency, child support contempt, mental health commitments, and appeals. Karen serves on the board of the Monroe County Bar Association.
Treasurer - Vicky Sorensen (email@example.com)
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 served two terms as Trustee.
Past Chair - Amy Swain (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 from Indiana University. 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. She served two four-year terms in office on the Indian Creek Township Board, and ran for State Representative, House District 62 in 2018
Amanda Barge is a mom, lifelong resident of Bloomington, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and business owner. She currently serves as District 3’s Monroe County Commissioner. In that capacity, she serves on several boards, including Stormwater, Solid Waste, Convention Center Steering Committee for Accountability, Opioid Commission, and Affordable Housing Commission. She has been a member of the DWC Steering Committee for six years, and believes the mission of the caucus represents her core value to help local women get involved in the political process.
Penny 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. She ran for the office of State Representative, 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 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 more than 17 years. Linda serves as the Chair of the Indiana Council for Community Mental Health Centers Addiction’s Committee and as Co- Chair for the Indiana Substance Abuse Professionals Chapter. Linda has participated in numerous political campaigns beginning with Jack Hopkins for City Council. Most recently she worked on Philippa Guthrie’s City Council campaign. She 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 Kinzie works in educational research at Indiana University and is committed to serving the community in a variety of roles including boards and commissions. She currently serves on the City of Bloomington Plan Commission, was past chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, and serves on the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation as well as being formerly on the Girls Inc. board. She joined the DWC Steering Committee in 2007, following her run for city council, served as Vice Chair, and has led efforts to refine the endorsement policy, coordinate election day point-of-sale, and develop training sessions to support women in their election bids. She hopes to continue to help empower women to run for elected office.
Olivia Reed is a research optometrist at the Indiana University School of Optometry, where she collaborates with a team of scientists and clinicians to improve the quality of vision in clinical populations. She is a three time graduate of Indiana University (B.S., O.D., & M.S.) and have been an Indiana resident for 22 of her 27 years.
Emily is a graduate of IU and the Mauer School of Law. She currently practices law with Salzmann Law in Bloomington. She is fluent in Spanish and has experience in both criminal law as well as immigration issues. She has attended the DWC meetings for several years, and most recently served on the Endorsement Committee in 2018.
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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