WON is dedicated to encouraging women to become involved in public policy through elected and appointed office. WON provides networking opportunities for women officials and presents training to inspire and empower current and future policy makers. (Est. 1997)
Welcome to WON
Women Officials Network
~2014 WONder Woman Award Banquet ~
The 2014 WONder Woman Award Banquet will be held on April 30, 2014. Now announcing the 2014 WONder Women on the WONder Woman Awards page!
Welcome 2013-2014 WON Board:
Two-year elected positions:
1st Vice President: Sheryl Mitchell, term July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015
Secretary: Pam Williams, term July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015
Elected Director: Mary Schusterbauer, term July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015
Elected Director: Ruth Holmes, term July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015
One-year appointed positions:
Appointed Director: Mary Kerwin, term July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Appointed Director: Deb Macon, term July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Appointed Director: Lena Epstein, term July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Appointed Director: Maureen McGinnis, term July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Appointed Director: Jan Roncelli, term July 1, 2013 to June 30 2014
Continuing on for the second year of a two-year term (terms end June 30, 2014):
President: Casandra Ulbrich
2nd Vice President: Eileen Pulker
Treasurer: Kindra Speech
Elected Director: Cynthia vonOeyen
Elected Director: Marcia Gershenson
Thank you to outgoing board members for your service and dedication:
1st Vice President, Judge Cynthia Walker
Elected Director, Margene Scott
Elected Director, Coco Siewert
Lori Kitchen WON Administrator
Please welcome Lori as she begins her new role in WON as Administrator.
Lori is a public policy, grantmaking, and program management professional.
Before coming to WON Lori served as Program and Advocacy Manager for the Michigan Women’s Foundation. In her time at MWF, Lori coordinated and oversaw the campaign to end the sex trafficking of Michigan's children, managed the foundation’s grant portfolio and provided leadership to MWF’s many Youth Programs, including Young Women for Change, Camp MOXIE, and University of Life.
A passionate public speaker, Lori traveled around the state on behalf of MWF to educate Michigan communities on child sex trafficking, mentorship, and how to advocate.
Before MWF, Lori worked for United Way for Southeastern Michigan as a Public Policy Associate, lobbying, advocating and researching on policy and legislation around citizens meeting their basic needs, including the Michigan Benefits Access Initiative, The Calling for 2-1-1 ACT and Federal and State food policy programs affecting access in metro Detroit. At the U.S. Agency on International Development (USAID), Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition, Lori served as a Program Assistant by coordinating, organizing, and supporting the federal multi-million dollar Child Survival and Health Grants Program and its global grantees.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC, with a specialization in Women Policy, and Political Leadership from the Women and Politics Institute. Lori has worked and volunteered on several federal, state, and local political campaigns in Michigan, Washington DC, and Maryland. In 2007, Lori also graduated from the Women and Politics Institutes competitive WeLEAD program, a bipartisan leadership training program to prepare and increase the number of women, aged 21-27 in politics. Her co-authored essay, "Non-Profit Leadership: A Gendered Perspective." was published in the Women and Politics Leadership Monograph: Perspectives from Men and Women in Politics Vol. 1.
Lori is a passionate advocate for women’s and girls’ empowerment.
Lori resides in Metro Detroit, with her husband Kenneth Buschel and their rescued two cats and a basset hound named Whiskey Joe.