2019-2021 Slate of Officers

Notice to Woman's Democratic Club Membership


The WDC nominating committee proposes the following slate of officers for 2019-2021. All members present at the June 6, 2019, general membership meeting may vote on the slate.  Members may nominate additional candidates from the floor.

Diana E. Conway, President

Political: 1st Vice President, WDC 2018-19; Co-Chair WDC Community Education Committee 2016-2019. Volunteered for many federal, state and county candidates from Mondale-Ferraro 1985-86 to Bill Conway for Council 2018. Team Potomac, 2015 to present. Founding member, board member, president, Montgomery Countryside Alliance, 2001 to present. Founding member, C&O Canal Trust, 2007. Founding member, board member, Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition, 2008 to present. Member, County Executive’s Sustainability Working Group, 2008-10. Member, County Executive’s Transition Team, 2019. Member, VP, president, West Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) 2004-10. Member, County Zoning Advisory Panel, 2009-10. Member, Potomac Master Plan Advisory Group, 2000-2002. Board member, West Montgomery County Citizens Association, 1999-2011.

Professional: Wickens, Koches & Cale LLC, Associate, 1990-91. Research analyst, Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, 1991-96. Volunteer: Board member, president, Potomac ES PTA 2003-08. Delegate to MCCPTA, 2006-08. Founding member, board member, Hoover MS Parent Foundation, 2008-2010. Board member, St. James’ Children’s Center, 1997-2000. Reading for the Blind, 1988. Migrant Farm Worker Justice Program, 1989.

Education: BA in Public Policy, Brown University 1987; JD, University of Virginia 1990.

Leslie Milano, First Vice President

Political: Former Democratic Candidate for Maryland State Delegate, District 18 (2018); WDC Advocacy Day Coordinator (2019); WDC Working Families Issues Captain for Advocacy Committee (2018-19); Democratic Precinct Official (2018-present); District 18 Caucus Member(2018-present); Volunteer Fundraiser for Hillary Clinton (2016). Volunteer for local, state, congressional and presidential races, (2005-present.)

Professional: Executive Director, APIC Consulting Services, Inc., 2012-present; Sr. Director, Business Development, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, 2008-2012; Co-Founder/Director, Educating for Justice, 2000-2008; Healthcare Legal Information Specialist, California Medical Association, 1998-2000. Jesuit Volunteer Corps, 1996-1997.

Volunteer: Committee for Montgomery, Board Member; Chevy Chase Elementary School PTA, Co-Treasurer; Girls on the Run Montgomery County, Assistant Coach; Member of the following groups: Montgomery Women, Rollingwood Citizens Association, Rosemary Hills Elementary School PTA. Former President, Board of Directors, US Dept of Labor Child Development Center.

Education: BS Biology, St. Joseph’s University; MA Theology/Ethics, Union Theological Seminary; Master’s in International Public Policy (MIPP), Johns Hopkins University; Certificate of Nonprofit Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Karissa Miller, Second Vice-President

Political: Captain on Affordable Housing, WDC Advocacy Committee, 2018-19; Mailchimp Manager, WDC Communications Committee, 2017-19; Volunteer for many local, state and national candidates over the years, on communications, event planning, fundraising, and canvassing; Volunteer, March for Truth, 2017; Corporate Entity Researcher, Oregon AFL-CIO, 2014-15; Canvasser, GMO Labeling Campaign, 2014-15.

Professional: Program and Communications Specialist, Montgomery County Medical Society, the National Capitol Physicians Foundation, and the Maryland-DC Society of Addiction Medicine, 2016-Present; Program Assistant, UO Labor Education and Research Center, 2013-15; Mentor and Financial Literacy Coach, UO Office of Financial Aid, 2014.

Volunteer: Organized Winter Donation Drives to benefit The Treatment and Learning Centers, Rockville in 2018, Interfaith Works Clothing Center in 2017, Manna Food Center in 2016. Advocate and organizer for the Student Public Interest Research Group, Students Against Modern Slavery, and the Eugene, Oregon Historical Preservation Society, 2012-15.

Education: BAs in History and Political Science, University of Oregon. Scholar of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

Aruna Miller, Third Vice President

Political: Maryland State Delegate Legislative District 15 (2010-2019); Former Democratic candidate MD06 Congressional District (2018); MD State Democratic Party, Director Women’s DLC; DNC Delegate for Barack Obama (2012); Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee D15-At Large Member (2006-2010); Precinct Official (2006).

Professional: Executive Director, Indian American IMPACT; Transportation Engineer, Montgomery County DOT.

Volunteer: MD State Ethics Commission, Commissioner; Madison House, Board Member; Round House Theater, Board Member; Montgomery County NAACP, Member; 21st Century School Facilities Commission, Past Commissioner; Women Legislators of Maryland, Past President; Universities at Shady Grove, Past Board Member; Interstate Commission-Potomac River Basin, Past Commissioner; Black Rock Center for the Arts, Past Board Member; Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Past Board Member; MCPS Educational Foundation, Past Board Member.

Education: BS Civil Engineering, University of Missouri Science and Technology.

Martha Morris, RECORDING and Corresponding SECRETARY

Political: Secretary, Community Education Committee, Montgomery County Woman’s Democratic Club; canvassed and volunteered for many candidates, most recently Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chris Van Hollen, Jamie Raskin, Brian Frosh, Rushern Baker. Member, Indivisible Montgomery, Do the Most Good.

Volunteer: Volunteer, Manna Food Center; Board member, Montgomery Bird Club; volunteer, Brookside Gardens; Bird Walk Leader, Audubon Naturalist Society; Former President, Board of Directors, Kenwood Place Condominium, Bethesda.

Professional: Current: Owner, Minutes & More, Recording Secretary Services. Former: Commercial Banking, Riggs National Bank; Director of Administration, Director of Finance, and Director of Development for a variety of national and regional non-profit organizations (performing arts, women’s reproductive rights and environmental advocacy).

Education: B.A. English, Wheaton College, Massachusetts; M.B.A. Finance/minor Marketing, Georgia State University; Certification in Natural History Field Studies, Graduate School USA; Spanish I, II and III, Montgomery College Workforce Development and Adult Education.

Mary Lou Fox, Treasurer

Political: Treasurer, WDC, 2018-19; Co-Captain Health Issues, WDC Advocacy Committee 2016-18; Volunteer for many federal, state and county candidates over the years; Team Potomac, 2016 to present; Steering Committee and Assistant Treasurer, WE LEAD, a political action committee, 2002-6.

Professional: Board of Directors at Prescient Applied Intelligence 2001-9 and Cambar Software 2000-3; Chief Operating Officer, Nextlinx Software, 2000-1; Senior Vice President et al, Manugistics, 1979-2000; Research Associate and Lecturer, Fairfield University 1969-79.

Volunteer: Treasurer and Board of Directors, Consumer Health First, 2006 – present; several Advisory Committees for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, 2011-18; presenter for The Climate Project 2006-14; MD Judicial Nominating Commission 1987-94; Montgomery County Commission on the Future, 1986-87; MNCPPC Citizen’s Technical Advisory Committee on Adequate Public Facilities Law, 1983-84; President, Fox Hills Green Association, 1979-81.

Education: BS in Mathematics, Boston College; MS in Computer Science, Polytechnic University of New York.

Submitted by WDC Nominating Committee on April 18, 2019

Teddi Pensinger, Chair Diana E. Conway, Linda Kolko, Aruna Miller, and Nik Sushka