HENRY WADE, CHAIR
Henry is an Air Force Veteran who moved to Arizona in 1980. He retired in 1993 and is the owner/broker of Northstar Homes LLC. He also co-owns NID-Housing Counseling Agency – Phoenix and is a certified housing counselor. He began his community activism while in the Air Force as the Chair of several Affirmative Action and Cultural Awareness Associations. Henry is the founder and current President of the Arizona Association of Real Estate Brokers and Chair of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers Political Action Committee (REALTIST® NATPAC). He resides in Maricopa and is the Vice-Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Henrys’ quote for life is, “If you want to be taken seriously, you have to be serious”.
BARBARA KELLY, IST VICE CHAIRBarbara was raised in Massachusetts until 1974 when her family decided to move to Arizona.She has been working for Pinal County since 1977.
Barbara feels it's important to let people know how much their vote matters in every election. "Many races have been won or lost by a few votes. Remember we are all important to the political process, no voice goes un-heard unless it is silent."
Phone: 520 868-4291
LAVERNE THORPE, 2ND VICE CHAIRLaVerne Thorpe is a native of Detroit Michigan. She has two grown daughters, three grandchildren and one great-grandson. She attended school in Detroit and Los Angeles.
In her 26 year career with the State of Michigan Department of Social Services, LaVerne advanced from error reduction reader, to case worker, to intake worker, to manager at the first and second level supervising anywhere from 6 to 70 people. In addition to the regular work assigned she also served as the community liaison addressing parent groups on behalf of the department. She also designed a training module to standardize the delivery of reunification services for families attempting to reunite with their children. She was required to conduct yearly training sessions to train every protective service worker, foster care worker, and purchase of service worker in the county. In 2002 she took advantage of an “early out” option and retired from the State of Michigan.
During her working years she also developed and operated “All By Hand” a business where she made and sold arts and crafts initially jewelry and later glass art. This business started with selling directly to friends and family, then she and a friend opened a gift gallery, after the gallery closed, using vacation time, she traveled all over the country selling at fairs and conferences. Her glass art work has been featured at the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Museum of African American Art, The Phoenix Center for the arts and several stores and boutiques.
LaVerne has traveled extensively, 40 states and 14 countries including South Africa, Ghana, China, Italy, Israel, Egypt, and with the Woman to Woman trip to Columbia and Venezuela in 2009.
LaVerne joined United Christian Church and kept her membership there for 25 plus years until her move to Arizona in 2009. Over the years LaVerne has served the church in a variety of ways at the local, regional and national levels of the church. Notably she served as the first African American President of the DWM for the Michigan region.
Currently LaVerne is serving as the Vice President of the International Disciples Women’s Ministries. She is the lead person learning about and educating others on our Social Emphasis Issue of human trafficking. LaVerne also serves as co-chair of the Arizona Regional Global Mission Team. At First Christian church Mesa, she serves as chair of the Mission Team, Elder, Adult Sunday school teacher and choir member.
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CONSTANCE JACKSON, SECRETARY
A native of Great Falls Montana, I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I lived in Baltimore Maryland, where I raised four children. I’m the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The joy in my life is spending time with my children and grand’s. I enjoy sports, the great outdoors, traveling, and bowling.
DAVID COWARD, TREASURER
David has been involved with politics since working in the phone bank for the Mc Govern campaign. He moved to Arizona in 2005 from the blue side of Washington State. He has been active in Pinal County Democratic politics since moving here and has been campaign treasurer for five candidates over the past several election cycles. David is an elected Precinct Committee person and head of the Northern Pinal County Democrats. He has a BS Ed and an MBA. He worked the majority of his working life in the aerospace industry.
HOLLY LYON, EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Retired out of the Pentagon, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, as a Colonel after 26 years as a communications and information technology leader. Career included US and NATO program management, two diverse instructor assignments, and two commands, and earned Joint Officer qualification. Worked on Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security contract proposals for industry, after retirement. Actively in all levels of national Democratic politics while enjoying retirement in SaddleBrooke.
AUDRA ANTON, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COORDINATOR