Stephanie Vaughan -- Chair & second representative of the 10th Congressional District
Stephanie is a native of Winchester, Virginia, and studied at James Wood High School, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC), Virginia Tech, Shenandoah University, and currently attends the University of Phoenix. President of the student council association at James Wood HS, Stephanie earned her BS at Virginia Tech and MBA at Shenandoah University. She is currently enrolled in the DBA program at University of Phoenix where she is completing her dissertation that concentrates on the leadership role of stakeholders in closing the manufacturing skills gap. Part of Stephanie’s research has been with the Aspen Institute where she has written a white paper in conjunction with Dr. Tom Duesterberg entitled, “Manufacturing Skills Shortages and the Untapped Resource“.
A member of the Board of Directors at Fabritek Co., Inc. and Winchester Tool since 1980, she served on a steering committee for creating corporate leadership programs at LFCC based on her business experience. Other business experience includes starting the non-profit Habitat for Humanity in Winchester Virginia as a steering committee member. Following graduation from Shenandoah University with her MBA, Stephanie’s next entrepreneurial adventure was creating and running SPLASH! International, Inc. SPLASH is an on-line store that specializes in swimming, aquatic therapy, and water fitness products and services including swim lessons and aquatic fitness classes.
Stephanie participates in other business ventures as a consultant and works part time as Marketing Director at Fabritek and Winchester Tool, a networked modern industrial machine shop.
Her recent political leadership includes Chair of the Winchester- Frederick County Democratic Committee and Director of the Shenandoah Valley Democratic Business Council, a new organization to promote democratic business owners and their businesses in the Shenandoah Valley. Stephanie is married and has three children who are all college graduates: Carol (University of Miami, Georgetown University), Eva (Virginia Tech), and Robert (Old Dominion University).
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Jeremiah W. Jenkins -- Technology & 1st Vice Chair Frederick County
Jeremiah grew up in Strasburg, Virginia and spent a lot of his childhood in Winchester and Frederick County as well as Shenandoah County. Jeremiah graduated from Strasburg High School, Lord Fairfax Community College and has a BS in Business and MBA degree from the University of Phoenix.
Jeremiah is a technologist who has over 16 years working in IT and technical project management. Jeremiah holds his Project Management Professional credential and a Certified Scrum Master credential.
Jeremiah is excited to be back in the Shenandoah Valley and excited about leading the technology for the Winchester Frederick County Democratic Committee! Jeremiah is married to his wonderfully supportive wife (Sarah) and they have two great kids!
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Ed Jaffee -- Second Vice Chair Frederick County
Ed Jaffee is a lifelong Democrat, his father having been a Franklin Roosevelt appointee to the National Labor Relations Board in 1937. Ed is a journalism graduate of The George Washington University, and has worked for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and United Press. He was assistant PR director for the National Capital Area direct predecessor to the United Way before joining IBM as a speechwriter and industrial editor.
Ed later was manager of environmental quality information for a trade association before joining PPG Industries in 1973 for a 20-year career there, ending as head of PPG's Washington Office. He was on the Boards of the Washington Opera and Washington Ballet, as well as a PTA president at the elementary and high school levels and president of the Fairfax County (VA) Council of PTAs. He was named Outstanding Member of the Springfield District (Fairfax County) Democratic Committee in 2011 and Virginia Citizen Activist of the Year in 2010 for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
Ed's hobbies include politics, classical music, reading, writing (he authored a 2010 book, Dodging the Bullet: An Inside Washington Look at High-Stakes Lobbying Against an Oil Giant) and following Washington's pro sports teams, especially the Nationals.
Ed and his wife Sharon moved to the Winchester area in 2013.
Marie Straub -- Treasurer Frederick County
Marie was raised in Norfolk, VA in a Navy family. Her father was a WWII Veteran and served in the Navy for 30 years
Educated in Catholic schools for 12 years. Attended Old Dominion University.
Moved to Northern Virginia in 1984. Moved to Winchester in 1991. Became active in politics during the Stephenson's Depot rezoning fight in the late 1990s.
Served on the Frederick County Planning Commission from 1999 until 2003.
Became a member of the Frederick County Democratic Committee in 2004.
Became Treasurer of the FCDC in 2009.
Mary Rodriguez -- Secretary Frederick County
I have had a rich and full family life with a son and daughter who today live in California and Michigan. My professional life has also been extremely blessed with rewarding experiences in fundraising, marketing, and volunteer management.
The highlights of that career include: doing entrepreneurial events for the Georgetown University Medical Center, working in Financial Development for DCCollege Access, where I was paid by ExxonMobil and recruited The Honorable US Senator of Illinois, Barack Obama, to address 1,500 minority parents, while successfully cultivating and soliciting a million dollar pledge from the Marriott Foundation.
Prior to these experiences, my husband of 20-years died shortly after moving to Old Town Alexandria. Four years later, I accepted a position as VP Development at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), where I met, dated and later married a retired WDC police detective who was the Director of the NCMEC exploited child unit, Ruben Rodriguez. He and I together cultivated acquaintances at Microsoft and, ultimately, we created a law enforcement training program, traveled the world teaching cops through a Microsoft underwriting that totaled $3.5 million.
Shortly after we met, we bought (the late) Dr. and Mrs. Phil (Betty) Banning's home Northwest of Winchester for a weekend retreat. After we married, we relocated to Winchester full-time. And most recently, I organized an educational symposium on mental health that benefited Concern Hotline, Inc. Then in 2013, together with prominent local women, I led a Women for Women Educational Initiative at Shenandoah University; its purpose was to showcase women's health issues and President Obama's Affordable Care Act.
I'm honored to now serve as your recording secretary and am looking forward to working again with Marie Straub and others affiliated with this organization. Thank you.
Rev. Joe Fowlkes - First Vice Chair Winchester
John Hill - Second Vice Chair Winchester
Kevin Kennedy - 10th Congressional District Representative