DPDC County Elected Officers and Staff

An * after  someone’s name indicates they are an officer elected directly by the DuPage County Democratic Central Committee. An organizational chart can be found here. If you would like to reach any of our officers, please go here to fill out a DPDC contact form or leave a message for them at the office 630-629-1125

OFFICERS

  • Robert Peickert*
  • Chair
  • (office) 630-629-1125
  • (vm) 630-421-2405

Chair, Bob Peickert, is serving his 5th term as the leader of the Democratic Party in DuPage. He is a lifelong Illinois resident with four decades living and working in DuPage. A member of four unions in his career, he was chosen for a team that helped Polish Solidarity teachers learn how to create successful unions and negotiate solid contracts back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was his idea, in 2006, to create a group whose single commitment was to Turn DuPage Blue and he has dedicated the last decade to see that realized. He also spends lots of time with his 3 children and 5 grandchildren, the oldest of whom is taking up politics as part of her service to DuPage as well.

  • Cathy Sewell*
  • First-Vice Chair

Cathy has lived in DuPage County for many years and enjoys participating in local politics. She has run for County Board, Villa Park trustee, York Township trustee, and is currently Precinct Committeeman. She is honored to serve the DPDC as 1st Vice-Chair (for the second time)! Cathy has served as CEO/Executive Director of an AHA personal membership group, worked as a business professional for more than 30 years at both profit and non-profit organizations. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Business and Marketing at Dominican University and Lewis University at the graduate school level. Cathy’s husband, John is currently retired and served as a guidance counselor at Joliet Catholic Academy for more than 20 years. Their daughter, Margaret, is Senior Trial Attorney at the US Department of Labor, having previously served as Assistant US Attorney in Washington, DC.

  • Robert Jeffers*
  • Treasurer

Bob Jeffers is currently serving his 12th term as treasurer of the DuPage County Democratic Party.  Although his family roots are based in New England, he’s spent most of his life in DuPage, growing up in Glen Ellyn and now living in Hinsdale.  He got his start in politics before he could vote, working with the McCarthy for President campaign in 1968.  In 1972 he was elected precinct committeeman in Milton Township and has been a dues paying member ever since.  He’s served as treasurer of township and county organizations as well as various campaigns over the years. Being treasurer has allowed him the time flexibility he needed while his kids were growing up and at the same time allowed him to provide an important service to Democratic Party efforts in the county.  He and his wife Sara have 2 children.

  • Michelle Gale
  • Vice Chair, Finance

Michelle Gale is vice-chair for finance of DPDC, chair of the 2017 DPDC Gala, and co-organizer of the 2016 Women Empowering Women event. With a masters degree in human rights law from SOAS, University of London, and bachelors degrees in international relations and political science from Richmond, the American International University in London, Michelle has lectured around the world on gender, economic development, and green economics, and has edited over 30 books, including The Greening of Global Finance . She is director of development at the Urban Muslim Minority Alliance (UMMA) Center in Waukegan, is on the board of directors of the Green Economics Institute (UK), and is a registered observer of the United Nations FCCC. Having lived in Brazil, Germany, and the UK, she is passionate about sustaining healthy democracies.

  • Sean Allen
  • Vice-Chair, Union Relations
  • Recently Elected Trustee in Lisle Township government

Sean joined the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union in 2008, working in the field for 8 years before becoming a field representative with the bricklayers’ benefit funds. In his day-to- day work, he deals with union contractors’ and union members’ benefits and hours while helping to create timely and efficient payment procedures. He has been a Lisle resident for 4 years and joined the DuPage Democrats to help build unions and to turn this county blue. Sean says his number one goal, always, is to improve the lives of working men and women in DuPage county as well as in Illinois. We are excited to have Sean’s youth and passion in growing this organization with an influx of Union support and with an ever-increasing younger, more Democratic demographic in DuPage.

  • Judy Pitts
  • Secretary

Judy has been a committed Democrat since 1968 and became involved with the Milton Democrats in the 1990’s. Prior to that, though thinking she was one of the only Democrats in DuPage County, she persevered as a judge of election for many years (her first year as judge there were only 5 Democratic ballots pulled in her precinct; this year they had 43%). Judy have been a PC since 2012. This is her second term as Secretary of the DuPage Democrats. She’s married to Larry Pitts (another committed Democrat) and they have 5 children, 8 grandchildren and 3 step-grandchildren.

  • Dan Bailey
  • Vice-Chair, Governmental Affairs

Dan is a father of 3 and grandfather of 3 girls who grew up in DuPage.  A retired  locomotive engineer and union activist for health and safety who studied at COD to become a Registered Nurse, Dan lives in Wheaton with his wife Maria. A Democratic Party activist in DuPage since 1988, Dan previously worked before in the Little Village Chicago Community with the Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (IVI/IPO). Dan has served as the Democratic Precinct Committeeman Milton precinct 64 in Wheaton since 1988. Active in the Sierra Club in the 90’s and many environmental efforts over the years.  Once on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Area Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, Dan has also run for many offices and helped others do so. 

SUPPORT STAFF

  • Amy Rohrer
  • Executive Director
  • (office) 630-629-1125 (messages are delivered promptly)
  • ED@dupagedemocrats.com

Our Executive Director, Amy Rohrer, came to politics by way of DuPage Against War Now, an organization she co-founded in 2002. In that role, she organized the gathering of almost 10K signatures for an anti-war referendum, was part of initiating the largest voter registration effort ever in DuPage and was chosen one of the top 100 people to watch in DuPage in 2003. For the last decade, she has dedicated herself to turning DuPage Blue, traveling occasionally and enjoying her three grown children. Amy would love for everyone who is reading this to commit to a new level of involvement and then call our office today! 630-629-1125

  • Dawnn Basaraba
  • Program Director
  • programdirector@dupagedemocrats.com

Dawnn Basaraba wears many hats in our organization but the most important is as the Director of our dozen Affinity Groups which range in scope from Events Coordination to Tech Support and everything in between. Her ability to manage volunteers and inspire their devotion is such an asset to DPDC. For these skills and more, she received, along with Karen Hoffman, the 2017 CHAIR AWARD at our April Gala. Dawnn has also served as the Chair of the Bloomingdale Townships Democrats for the last two years and was the major force behind all of the organization that brought in a 15 point win for Hillary Clinton in DuPage. An amazingly savvy top producer in her realty company (her real job), she is also the wife of Peter and mother of son Chris. 

  • Karen Hoffman
  • Associate Executive Director

Karen has been quietly and efficiently doing a huge part to turn DuPage Blue over the last 8 years. Aside from keeping the office and data humming for years, she also created and managed the Daytime Dems group monthly and swoops in to help bring into reality just about any project that has reached its chaotic apex. Her husband, Dave Khuon, is also a great part of this package deal. Dave has helped us at all stages of our IT development and knows where to find spring rolls just when they are most needed (usually at the chaotic apex). Our organization would be much the poorer without them both. Karen was co-recipient of the 2017 CHAIR AWARD at this year’s Gala in April.