County Officers and Staff
Our Chairman is a lifelong Illinois resident with four decades 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, that we create a group whose single commitment was to Turn DuPage Blue and 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 which is taking up politics as part of her service to DuPage as well.
- Robert Peickert
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Cathy has lived in DuPage County for 40 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 2O years. Their daughter, Margaret, is Senior Trial Attorney at the US Department of Labor, having previously served as Assistant US Attorney in Washington, DC.
- Cathy Sewell
- First-Vice Chair
Immigration attorney by profession and environmentalist. Strongly believe that access to healthcare is a human right, college education should be available to all Americans regardless of their economic standing, and a humane treatment of all living creatures and the environment we live in with compassion should be the value of every human being. Currently the Secretary for the York Township Democratic Organization. Worked for 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns as well as other national and local campaigns.
- Nobuko Kudo
- Vice Chair, Finance
- Paul Fessenbecker
- Vice-Chair, Governmental Affairs
Paul is a retired locomotive engineer. The last fifteen years of his career he was also a working local union representative for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. His union responsibilities included collective bargaining disputes, including grievance and discipline, engineer certification,safety, and legislative issues. Working under the Railway Labor Act, Paul learned early on the importance of a labor friendly President, Court, and Congress since virtually every aspect of the railroad workplace is regulated by either a Presidential appointee or legislated. Paul asserts, that if you are a working person,either blue collar or white collar, your vote should go the the only party that historically protects workers rights the DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Paul enjoys traveling and working on and building cars.
- Sean Allen
- Vice-Chair, Union Relations
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 and helps 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.
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 startin 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 adues 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.
- Robert Jeffers
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 manyyears (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.
- Judy Pitts
- Recording Secretary
- Sadia Gul-Covert
- Vice-Chair, Women and Minority Outreach
Sadia Covert is an Attorney, owner and partner at Covert & Covert, LLP, focusing on foreclosure defense, real estate, business law, and criminal law. As an activist for social justice and community building, she was the recipient of the 2013 Lansing Mayoral award for uniting communities against hunger, the founder of the Annual Mayor’s Ramadan Unity Dinner in Lansing, Michigan and the co-chair on the Mayor’s Diversity Commission. She has also served as a board member for Family Support Services working with battered women in the South Asian Community and is active in interfaith initiatives. She publicly speaks on numerous topics relating to our legal system, social and gender equality, hate crimes, and Islamophobia. Currently, Sadia Covert trains Police officers, law enforcement, and other organizations about the Islamic faith, and is in the process of working with the State legislature and Congress on amending the current hate crime law and eradicating hate and bigotry from our society. She is the also the founder and CEO of UCARE which is a non-profit speakers’ bureau that raises awareness about Muslim Americans and their culture and traditions. She is married and a proud mother of two beautiful children.
- Amy Rohrer
- Executive Director
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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!
A founding member of Operation: Turn DuPage Blue, Gary Kleppe works as
a web application developer by day and for progressive candidates and
causes during off hours. He lives in Villa Park with his wife Nayana
and son Ted where he has served as party chair for York Township from
2012 to 2018.
- Gary Kleppe
Bill Lavin was born in Oak Park, IL and raised in Wheaton, IL. Bill is currently a Trainer with UNITE HERE HEALTH, the non-profit health insurance fund for the UNITE HERE Union. Bill joined the Naperville Township Democratic Organization (NTDO) in 2011 where he has served as Vice Chair and PC Director. Bill started working with the Democratic Party of DuPage County (DPDC) in 2014 as Director of PC Development. He feels that elections are won and lost by the “feet on the street”, and he is honored to work with all the great Democratic Precinct Committeemen and Committeewoman throughout DuPage County. He has said that he has never met a more dedicated group of individuals, and they truly inspire him. Bill lives in Aurora with his lovely wife Cathy, and their two adorable dogs, Jack and Lucy.
- Bill Lavin
- Director of PC Development