District 30 Democratic Club Officers and Board of Directors
D30 Club Board members Wiil Rowel, Sean Mullin, Lauren Bloom, K. Jill Barr, Brooks Schandelmeier, Lee Finney, Anne Klase, Rachael Lemburg, Gail Smith, Melissa Miller. Not pictured: Michelle LeFurge, Briayna Cuffie, Allie Gilbreath.
(Officers are elected for one year terms every March and must have served one year on the Board prior to election)
K. Jill Barr, President
Jill has lived in Annapolis Maryland for almost 20 years. She was previously active with the District 33 Democratic Club and has facilitated strategic planning sessions for both of these Districts.
Jill currently works as the Senior Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment Management at UMBC. Jill has been with the University for over seven years and has worked in the field of higher education for 20 years. She has held previous positions at American University, Washington College of Law and Anne Arundel Community College. Jill is also a lawyer and worked as a legal services lawyer and advocate for four years in Washington DC as well as in upstate New York. She has served in a leadership capacity in a number of organizations including Equality Maryland and the National Association for Legal Placement.
Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Delaware. She also received her Master’s degree in Higher Educational Administration from Delaware and her law degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Law.
Jill was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections in 2008 and served until 2015. She has been an active member of the Democratic Party for many years, in both Delaware and Maryland. Her first door knocking experience was as a fifth grader in Delaware, where she "campaigned" for the Democratic candidate for Governor.
Her passions include outdoor activities, American history, and canine management.
(Jill’s term expires March 2018)
Bill White, Acting Vice President until March 2018
Bill is an Annapolis native and a lifelong Maryland resident. His involvement in politics began in 2008, as a volunteer canvasser on Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. Since then, he has interned for Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR 4) and worked in the office of Delegate Mary Washington (District 43).
During the 2016 elections, Bill worked as an organizer on the 2016 Question J ballot referendum campaign for affordable housing in Baltimore City, and volunteered on the campaigns for Rep. John Sarbanes, Rep. Jamie Raskin, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Bill is currently an Associate at Capitol Strategies, LLC, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Anne Klase, Secretary
Anne is a graduate of Salisbury University, where she studied Political Science. As an undergraduate, she completed several internships including one in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and in Salisbury University’s Government Relations Office. She was a Presidential Citizen Scholar in SU’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, a representative in the University's Student Government Association, Vice President of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and a member of its chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
She has volunteered on several political campaigns and has assisted in fundraising for various State and Federal candidates. She currently serves as Campaign Director for Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot.
Anne is a native of Prince George's County and a current resident of Annapolis. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and attending Baltimore Ravens and Washington Capitals games.
(Anne's term as Secretary expires March 2018)
Melissa Miller, Treasurer
Melissa is a native of Anne Arundel County and moved to the Wild Rose Shores neighborhood in Annapolis Neck in 2008. She comes from a family of strong civic engagement and has been actively involved in supporting Democratic candidates at every level of government, from volunteering on the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns to doorknocking for Speaker Mike Busch, Senator John Astle, Congressman John Sarbanes, and Councilman Chris Trumabuer. She has also organized and hosted many large and successful Democratic fundraisers at her home, including those for the D30 Democratic Club.
Most recently, Melissa served as the Operations Director of Cheryl Miller’s campaign for Maryland State Delegate representing our great District 30A. It was during this time that she gained invaluable insight on the diverse issues that affect our community, and more importantly, some of the common threads that can be used to strengthen it. This experience fortified her resolve and commitment to be a “Do-Something Democrat!”
Melissa graduated with Honors from Spelman College where she majored in Economic and minored in Management & Organization. Her varied professional experience includes being a Buyer for Lord & Taylor Department Stores in NYC, an Event Consultant for various organizations throughout Maryland, including Steps to the Cure and the Four Rivers Heritage Area, and a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in Annapolis. Melissa’s other interests include pillates, holistic health techniques, rooting for the Washington Redskins, and using her culinary talents to feed crowds from two to two hundred!
(Melissa’s term expires March 2018)
Board of Directors
(Board members serve three year terms)
Michelle LeFurge began her professional life as a political analyst, editor and foreign delegations director in Washington, DC. Michelle shifted from foreign policy activism to local activism with a move to Montana in 1986. Working with her partner and Montana-native husband, Dr. Dennis Winters, she developed community-led economic development programs for crisis communities and fought for workers’ jobs in the embattled natural resource industry as a grassroots coalition organizer. Returning to Washington after living overseas, Michelle and Dennis moved to Arnold in 2003.
Michelle completed her masters’ degree in management and community organizing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work. In 2008, Michelle volunteered for Barack Obama as manager of the Annapolis Obama phone bank. Michelle joined Zina Pierre’s campaign for mayor of Annapolis in February 2009, serving as volunteer campaign manager in Ms. Pierre’s successful primary run for Mayor of Annapolis. When Josh Cohen moved into the general election as the Democratic nominee for Mayor, Michelle joined his successful campaign as community outreach director.
Michelle served as Campaign Manager for George Johnson for Anne Arundel County Executive.
(Michelle’s term expires March 2019)
Sean Mullin is a relative newcomer to politics, starting his career as the legislative director to Delegate Shane Robinson of Montgomery County in 2013. As part of his current job at the Maryland General Assembly, he has worked on environmental issues such as hydraulic fracturing, Chesapeake Bay pollution, and the uses of antibiotics in animal agriculture. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Sean has volunteered and worked for several political campaigns in the state, from District 30, to Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, and Anne Arundel Counties. Sean has been involved with the District 30 Club since early 2015. He previously worked as an actor in Baltimore, New York, and London. He currently lives in Annapolis with his wife and 2 dogs.
(Sean's term expires March 2019)
Brooks began his political career at St. Mary’s College as a member of the Maryland Student Climate Coalition’s steering committee. After graduating from St. Mary’s, Brooks worked for a Washington-based firm fundraising for Democratic congressional candidates in Republican areas. In 2013, he began working as a fundraiser at Martin-Lauer Associates, raising money for candidates throughout Maryland, including Speaker Mike Busch, Delegate Kumar Barve, and Delegate Maggie McIntosh. Brooks is particularly well-versed in building donor lists, recruiting volunteers, and growing donor bases and hopes to use his experience to help grow the Club.
(Brooks’s term expires March 2018)
Allie Gilbreath is a native Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 with a degree in Political Science. Allie most recently served as Campaign Manager for Speaker Mike Busch. Her involvement in State politics began in 2009 when she worked as a Legislative Aide for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). After the 2010 legislative session, Allie moved to the position of Political Action and Legislative Advocacy Coordinator for AFSCME International where she worked on campaigns in Arkansas before returning to Maryland and serving as Field Organizer for all of Prince George’s County and parts of Baltimore City. On the weekends, she volunteered for local campaigns including Senator George Della, Delegates Veronica Turner and Kris Valderrama, Senator Jim Mathias, Delegate Norm Conway, and the District 30 Team (Astle, Busch, Clagget, and Legum). Allie then worked on campaigns in Wisconsin before returning to Maryland to join the lobbying firm Capitol Strategies. She currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Delegate Pete Hammen, Chair of the House Health and Government Operations Committee.
(Allie’s term expires March 2018)
Lee Finney was on the D30 Board for six years and the Vice President for three years (2006 – 2013) and was the club’s representative to the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee where she served on the Strategic Planning Committee. Lee was the Vice President and Chair of the Public Safety Task Force for the Eastport Civic Association (2006 – 2009). She serves as the Vice-Chair of the City of Annapolis Financial Advisory Commission since appointed by the mayor in 2010 and again in 2013. She previously served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on the City’s Finances from 2008 – 2010 and was on the City of Annapolis Redistricting Commission in 2010. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Annapolis Opera since 2010 and served as President from 2012 – 2016.
Lee has been actively involved in local Democratic campaigns since her arrival in Annapolis in 2005 as: Volunteer Coordinator for Anne Arundel County for Hillary for America in 2015-2016; Clinton Delegate to the Democratic Convention in 2016; Coordinator of the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in City of Annapolis election in 2013; Field Director for Trumbauer for County Council in 2010; various jobs in Speaker Mike Busch Campaigns in 2006, 2010, 2014; Campaign Manager for Ross Arnett’s for Ward 8 Alderman in 2007, 2009, 2013, 2017.
Lee is a lifelong Democrat who moved to Annapolis from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2005 following her retirement as a labor relations consultant representing public employers in the Bay Area. Previously a child welfare social worker for many years, Lee was a local leader in labor’s efforts to achieve pay equity for women and minorities during the 1980’s and worked on a number of local political campaigns during that period. She served several years as the Chair of the Contra Costa County Advisory Committee on the Status of Women as well as on nonprofit boards and received several awards for her efforts on behalf of working women. Less publicly political during her years as a consultant to public agencies, she was a member of the Wellstone Democratic Club in Berkeley, CA. She believes 2017 is the year the Democratic Party will emerge as the savior of liberal democracy in America.
(Lee's Term expires March 2020)
Gail Smith has throughout her career worked to enhance the lives of the residents of the community in which she lives.
As a young woman, Gail worked in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut and U.S. Representative Fernand J. St. Germain of Rhode Island, as well as with Sargent Shriver, Director of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Gail received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland with a specialty in community organizing in 1994. She later joined the Department of Family Services in Prince George’s County as program manager for the Community Integration Program and the Infants and Toddlers Program. She received the Governor’s Citation for outstanding contributions to young children and families of Prince George’s County.
Gail and Steve moved to Annapolis in 1995 and in 2001 she joined the staff of County Executive Janet Owens as a community and constituent services specialist. In an August 2003 Capital article, “She’s an Advocate of the People,” a community leader spoke of Gail's patience, her determination and her willingness to make one more phone call, to try just one more tactic at getting an answer to resolve the issue at hand. Ms. Smith was quoted as saying, quite simply, “Our job is to build relationships in the community.”
Following her work in the Owens administration, Gail served for three years as the legislative assistant to Anne Arundel County Council member Joshua Cohen. When Councilman Josh Cohen was elected Mayor of Annapolis, Gail served in his administration as the director of services, ADA coordinator for the City of Annapolis and a member of the mayor’s senior management team from December 2009-2013. Gail was also the mayor’s liaison to the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, working to build a strong and collaborative partnership between the City and HACA.
In 2014 Gail left city government and was honored to be able to serve as Legislative Assistant to our District 30 House Delegate and Speaker Mike Busch until her retirement in 2017. She has been active in Democratic politics her entire life.
(Gail's term expires March 2020)
Briayna Cuffie grew up in Annapolis, with family roots back nine generations. Her passion for social justice and civil rights stems from her family's commitment and her experience volunteering through Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.
Briayna has her bachelor's degree in International Relations with a focus on the Middle East from High Point University in North Carolina and is currently enrolled at the University of Baltimore in their global affairs master's program. She has served as an intern for former Congresswoman Donna Edwards and at the United States Naval Academy. She currently works in the State Assembly for Senator Delores Kelley (District 10, Baltimore County).
(Briayna's term expires March 2019)
Other Board members:
Lauren Bloom, Esq. Lauren's term expires March 2020
Rachael Lemberg. Rachael's term expires March 2020
William Rowel. William's term expires March 2018