CRWC GOP "Republican Women" "Alexandria CRWC" "Commonwealth Republican Women's Club"

THE 2020
LEADERSHIP TEAM

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  8. Jan Bates, Corresponding Secretary
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Linda App, 
President

Linda App (MBA/CPA) worked for thirty years in the fields of banking, public accounting, and government financial management.  Over the decades, she has served on a variety of boards in the fields of education, homelessness, the arts, and child protection, as well as on her church finance committee. She is a member of the Alexandria Republican City Committee and also serves on the Board of the nonpartisan, non-profit Agenda: Alexandria as Secretary.  She is married and has two sons, both Eagle Scouts. 

Susie  Miller,
Vice-President, Program

 Like so many of us in Northern Virginia, I was raised in the military, Dad was Army, and I moved with my parents and brother and sister to many assignments such as Verdun,France and Ankara, Turkey and lived in Ft. Monroe, Va, now a decommissioned fort with a moat. We moved to Annandale, VA  and my parents retired there. My husband, Lou and I have 2 children, our daughter was born in California and our son in Ohio. We have lived all over the country, Wheeling, St. Louis twice, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, Houston and Fairfax. We seem to have a wander lust, as we have lived in D.C., Brunswick , GA and Alexandria since we retired. We also  lived on a sailboat, but always had a home port. Our furthest sail, with our yellow lab, was a 7-day sail to Bermuda, then back again. Most of our time on the boat was spent in the Bahamas, but our last 2 winters were in Key West, Florida. I have always been a Conservative and voted Republican, except for the year I voted for Ross Perot. He, too, was against NAFTA. Of course, because of my vote and 20% of other Americans, Bill Clinton became President. I guess you could say “that was a hard lesson.” I was a member of the Washington, D.C. Republican Party and then a member of the Golden Island Women’s Republican Party when I lived in Brunswick, GA. That was a wonderful experience.  I learned  that women can make real changes, because they have the perseverance and fortitude to get things done. I am proud to say that with the prodding of Linda App, I ran as a write in candidate against Adam Ebbins, the Democratic state senator, and garnered over 1800 write in votes.  

Laurie Kirby,
Vice-President, Membership

Born in the Lakes Region of NH, Laurie Kirby grew up as a Navy brat, residing primarily in Virginia’s Tidewater Region during her grade school years. Following graduation from high school in NH’s Monadnock region, Laurie received her B.A. in English Literature from Keene State College and her MA in Accounting from Georgetown University. In 1990, she married Ron Kirby and the couple made their home in Manassas, VA where they raised Ryan and Tressa Kirby. Ron and Laurie moved to Alexandria in 2006 and Laurie retired during 2015 from her position as director of administration for the DC office of the NYC-based law firm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. These days, Laurie spends as much time as possible in Great Falls, VA watching granddaughter, Alexa, 2.5 years and grandson, Dean, 1 year old, as they journey all too rapidly through childhood. Laurie was inducted into P.E.O.’s Chapter J during 2017. She enjoys gardening, traveling and following national politics. Laurie has been a proud member of CRWC since 2007.

Suzanne Morrison,
Treasurer

A long time Realtor with McEnearney Associates, Inc in the Old Town office, Suzanne is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR) and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR). In addition, she is a graduate of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Marketing and Selling Historic Homes. For many years she has actively volunteered with TWIG, raising funds for Alexandria Hospital, volunteered for the Historic Garden Week tour and recently with the Alexandria Symphony (SOLA) and her homeowners association. She and husband James reside in Alexandria.

Jan Bates,
Corresponding Secretary

Jan is a retired programmer/analyst, technical writer, and technical translator. Born and brought up in the UK, she had the great good fortune to meet her husband Gerry while they were both working in France. She moved with him to the US in 1978 and when retirement rolled around in 2012, they chose to settle in the DC area to be close to the beating heart of American politics. Soon after settling here, they met Bruce and Linda Greenberg and through them were introduced to the CRWC and the ARCC and have been members ever since. For the past four years, Gerry and Jan have manned a table every summer for the CRWC/ARCC at the West End Farmer’s Market.  ​Jan served as Recording Secretary in 2015-2016 and since 2017 has been maintaining the CRWC website.

Susan Yonts-Shepard, Recording Secretary

Susan founded and leads the CRWC Book Club.  She has served the club in many roles, including two terms as President. She has over 35 years of government service including working on Capitol Hill, and at The White House. She has experience in fundraising, political campaigns and is a self-identified policy wonk. Most of her time in government she worked in the area of environmental policy.

Eileen Brackens,
Immediate Past President

A member of CRWC since 2012, Eileen served two terms as President, two terms as Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Hospitality Chair. She is a life-long Alexandrian and received her BA & MBA from Marymount University with majors in Accounting & Finance. Eileen and her husband of 46 years, Bob, raised two sons. She retired in 2009 from the Communications Workers of America as Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer. Eileen still consults part-time in accounting & tax reporting and her husband owns an Independent Car Dealership in southwestern Virginia. She is a long standing member of St Rita Church on Russell Road. 

Linda Greenberg,
Chair, Public Relations & Community Outreach

Linda has been a member of CRWC for over 10 years and has served the club in several positions. ​Two early events which hooked her on politics were: helping at the polls in the election of John F. Kennedy in working-class Syracuse in 1960 and going door to door for John Lindsay, Republican, in the lower East Side of New York City in 1965. Then, in 1976 Jimmy Carter’s policies convinced her that she was Republican. She voted for Ronald Reagan and has never doubted that she made the right decision. Nevertheless, for the most part, she didn’t resume political participation until she moved to Alexandria in 2002. At CRWC she found women who shared her concerns and values and weren’t daunted by the surrounding Democrat political dominance. Getting favorable news to the public about CRWC and its concerns and goals is work she truly enjoys.

Ruth Cleveland,
Chair, Fundraising Committee

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Nadine Bacaj,
Chair, Hospitality Committee

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