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
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
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 to outgoing board members for your service and dedication:
1st Vice President, Judge Cynthia Walker
Elected Director, Margene Scott
Elected Director, Coco Siewert
WON is supporting Camp Moxie again this year. More information is coming, but click here to learn more aobut Camp Moxie: www.campmoxiegirls.org
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.
Bye and Thanks!
from Pam Hansen Outgoing WON Administrator
It has been my pleasure to work with WON members and the WON Board since 2011.
The WON adminstrator role is the link between members and WON leaders; the value becomes evident when members arrive each quarter for a well-planned event that provides them with the connection to other women policy makers.
I am pleased to have been able to support the creation of WON and WON Foundation logos to further define our "brand" in Oakland County and surrounding areas. The increased visibility for WON through our Facebook page and improved website has made accessing WON information by current and prospective members much easier and has contriibuted to membership growth.
In addition the recent membership survey has enabled the Board to re-evaluate services and make changes in the areas members value most.
Thank you for being a great partner. I am looking forward to returning to WON as a member and will see you at future events.
National Association of Commissions for Women’s 43rd Annual Conference
July 24-27, 2013
The Michigan Women’s Commission would like to share the following information about the National Association of Commissions for Women’s 43rd annual conference this summer in San Jose on July 24-27, 2013. City, county and state commission representatives from across the United States attend the conference each year, and have the opportunity to share ideas and strategies for dealing with these challenging times, as well as to benefit from networking opportunities and to meet other women from around the country who also are passionate about women’s issues. Contact Sheryl Mitchell for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org