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)
Brooks Schandelmeier, President
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 candidates nationally and throughout Maryland, including Speaker Mike Busch, Delegate Kumar Barve, and Delegate Maggie McIntosh. During the 2017 Mayor's election Brooks was part of the coordinated campaign, being part of the team that lead to an overwhelming Democratic victory in Annapolis. He is honored to be D30's President and looks forward to help the blue wave take Anne Arundel County and Maryland.
(Brooks' term as President expires March 2019)
Lauren Bloom, Esq, Vice President
(Lauren's term as Vice President expires March 2019)
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 2019)
Jill Barr, President Emeritus
Board of Directors
(Board members serve three year terms)
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)
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)
Gail 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.
Dylan Behler is pursuing a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. He is a Committee Analyst/Intern in the office of Maryland State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., where he researches and addresses constituent-related inquiries, analyzes committee hearings and voting sessions, and assists with administrative duties. Previously, he worked as a Government Affairs Intern at the AFL-CIO, North America’s Building Trades Unions, Washington, D.C. Dylan is a member of the Student Honor Council of the University of Maryland Student Judiciary; he also serves as a Governance Board Justice on the Student Government Association and is a member of the Terrapin Democratic Club. He is also Campaign Coordinator for the Sarah Elfreth for State Senate Campaign. His academic honors include the Dean’s List at the University of Maryland and a Delegate Scholarship awarded by Seth Howard, Delegate from District 30B.
Jessie is a fourth generation Annapolitan. With undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, Jessie spent the bulk of her career at The Key School, serving as an administrator -- overseeing the school’s communications, public relations, and enrollment -- and most recently as Assistant Head of School. Upon her retirement in 2016, Jessie joined the District 30 Democratic Club, attending events and volunteering -- knocking on doors and making phone calls in support of Democratic candidates in the national election. In 2017, she was recruited to serve as a Precinct 06-01 supervisor, helping to orchestrate a successful block captain program and joining canvassing and phone banking efforts to help elect Gavin and other Democrats; she also served as a poll watcher. Jessie is currently serving as Precinct 06-01 co-captain. Her key competencies include public relations, written communications (including electronic communication and newsletter production) and educational counseling.
Brian has lived in Annapolis for five years, becoming increasingly involved with community and local democratic campaigns and events. Most recently, Brian was elected to serve on his local housing board for 2018. Throughout 2017, he actively volunteered for Mayor Gavin Buckley’s campaign through extensive door knocking, campaign research, debate prep, and hosting a ‘Meet the Candidate’ event at his home. Prior to moving to the area, Brian was active in his local democratic clubs for Washington state districts as a precinct captain and volunteer for several campaigns. Brian is a strategic planner with the U.S. Federal Government in Washington, DC where he has worked for the past 8 years. In that time, Brian has worked in various positions at the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Management and Budget, and U.S. State Department on issues such as border security, the environment, and national security. He holds a Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and International Studies as well as Bachelor Degrees in Computer Science and Political Science from the University of Washington. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy from 1993 to 1998.
Jacqueline (“Jackie”) Wells
Jackie was born in Annapolis, raised in Eastport and graduated from Wiley H. Bates High School. As president of Bloomsbury Square Resident Council, where she resides, Jackie has been successful in implementing community programs to improve the Bloomsbury Square residents’ quality of life: the Let’s Talk social youth group; the After School Program; and Leadership Skills: Preparing Our Youth for the Future. She is president of the Resident Advisory Board, which oversees all of the Annapolis Housing Authority’s Resident Councils. As a Board Commissioner of the Housing Authority City of Annapolis (HACA), appointed by the Mayor of Annapolis and confirmed by City Council, Jackie has been successful in developing various opportunities for educating the public, providing assistance to those in need and problem solving. She also serves as Vice President of the Ward One Residents Association, which allows her to address issues of concern within Ward One and beyond. She is Chairman and founder of Bloomsbury Square Day (now Bloomsbury Square Unity Day), and was Instrumental in obtaining the Bloomsbury Square community signage. Her awards and recognitions include: Martha Wood Leadership Award presented by the Mayor of Annapolis and City Council; Community Service, Annapolis Police Department; HACA Pathways to Opportunity Initiative; St. Phillips Church Strengthening the Family and Community Program; and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Humanitarian Award. Jackie attended Morgan State College and Sojourner Douglas College. She is currently employed as a retail associate with A.L. Goodies; her previous work experience includes substitute teacher in Anne Arundel County and social/case worker with the Anne Arundel County Department of Child Protective Services. Jackie’s passion continues in all of her endeavors and she believes there is more work to be done!