The Salt Lake County Democratic Executive Committee is made up of volunteers who meet bi-weekly to help plan the Direction of the Party.
Clare Collard, Chair
Clare is an activist at heart. Her involvement in local politics began in 2003 when she attended her local caucus meeting and became a delegate.
She has also served as a Regional Director for our County Party, overseeing the West Side of the Salt Lake Valley. In that capacity she oversaw Neighborhood Caucus Meetings and was the primary contact for Legislative Chairs and Vice Chairs. She was also heavily involved in rewriting the County Party By-Laws, and chaired the state Women’s Caucus from 2008 to 2012.
Clare worked with the Working Families Campaign with Utah AFL-CIO as a Regional Field Manager during the 2010 election cycle and most recently ran for Utah State Senate in District 12 in 2014.
She has also served and chaired the SSBG/Social Service Block Grant Allocation Committee for Salt Lake County and currently serve on the Salt Lake County Planning Commission for the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County.
Diane Lewis, Vice Chair
Diane was born in Rockford, Illinois, and then her parents decided to move their family to Southern California when she was 8. She grew up in a middle class family. Her dad was a school bus driver and her mother worked in a health food store. She moved to Utah nearly 20 years ago.
She has watched politics on the sideline for years and complained about what our legislature was doing. Then she realized that she had no right to complain if she wasn’t willing to get involved and be part of the process.
She is a Business Manager of a construction trades union and she is honored to represent and advocate for the middle class working families in our state.
She believes in Democratic values such as good jobs, equal pay, and giving everyone a fair shot to succeed.
LaVonne Maloney, 2nd Vice Chair
La Vonne started her career with IBM in 1976 as the first woman salesman in Montana. IBM moved her to Minnesota, the East Coast, then Paris, then out to California and ended her corporate life in Connecticut (all ‘Blue’ states….). After her husband, Ron, retired early from IBM in 1992, she decided to join him a year later. A decision to take ‘time over money’ has led to 20 years of being very good at being retired; traveling for months at a time in a 1987 Volkswagon Vanagon.
After moving to deep red Utah in 1995, she spent many years believing that her vote didn’t count and there was nothing that she could do about it. After sitting through the 2008 election and seeing Democrats starting to make a difference here in Utah, she got involved both with OFA as well as local candidates, culminating in a “Farmer’s Market Meet the Candidates” event with 24 state, county and local candidates. She feels that being a Democrat means understanding that “We are all in this together”. Purple (a great mix of blue and red) is her favorite color.
La Vonne received a degree in Economics, Business Administration and Vocal Performance at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT.
Amy Harrington, Treasurer
Amy grew up in a small town called Iona, Idaho (just outside of Idaho Falls). She moved to Utah in 1997 to attend Brigham Young University, where she graduated with a degree in Business Management with a Finance emphasis. She also attended Rutgers University to earn her Master of Accountancy - Governmental Accounting. She worked as an accountant, financial analyst, and treasurer for a local municipality for nine years. She left her job to spend more time with her three young kids.
Amy loved working in local government and is excited to be part of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party. She is grateful to be living in such a beautiful area and is hoping our great state will be able to achieve more balanced representation.
Cree McNulty, Secretary
Cree grew up in Salt Lake City, attended elementary school on the west side of the valley and went to high school on the east bench.
She currently lives in the Central City neighborhood with her fiancé and their three year old Boxer Pit Bull.
In 2014 Cree attended her first caucus meeting and left both a delegate and a life long Democrat. Cree is a proud resident of House District 26 and is currently serving as Legislative Chair for the district.
She is a full time student studying political science at the University of Utah.
When not studying, Cree enjoys playing video games, organizing her inbox, and knocking on the doors of her neighbors for various political campaigns.
Mike Stuiksma, Voting Member
Mike is a native of San Diego. He came to Utah to attend BYU for his BA. He met his wife, Grace, there. Mike’s professional odyssey took him to jobs in 7 different states from the East to the West Coast.
The Struiksma family moved back to Utah in 2005. Mike started teaching as an adjunct instructor at several different colleges. He currently teaches math and other general education courses for the Eagle Gate Group at Provo College. He also teaches in their online division.
Politically, Mike has just become active in the last few years. He is a recovering Republican who was a closet democrat for many years before making the change official. He has served as a precinct chair and delegate, and as a vice leg chair. He has been an active member of the functions committee, helping with fundraisers and activities.
Recently, Mike was the coordinator for volunteers for our 2016 county convention. That will be his primary responsibility on the executive committee going forward.
Tammy Cousey, Voting Member
Nick Frederick, Executive Director
Nick moved to Utah in January 2015 from Washington, D.C., where he was the Correspondence/Data Manager in the Office of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). Prior to that, he worked as a Field Organizer in the 2012 Election for the Democratic Party of Virginia on behalf of Tim Kaine. He is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, CA.
Nick moved to Salt Lake for the outdoor recreation, political opportunities, and to be in the same city as his sister, a hydrology graduate student at Utah University. Nick is involved in the community as a baseball coach for East High School.