Our Leadership

 

Clay County Democratic Executive Committee Officers

 

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Jackie Cetnar, Chairperson

 

Jackie was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Farmington, Michigan.  She graduated from High School in 1972 and was married in 1978 to George Cetnar in Michigan. George and Jackie moved to Arizona in 1981 and later moved to Orlando in 1983.  In 1992 they moved to the Jacksonville area.  They have been in Middelburg since 1993. 

Jackie has worked in the restaurant industry (server, hostess, bartender, manager) for over 20 years which she truly enjoyed working with the public. She has also worked in some form of accounting for over 20 years and for H&R Block for over 7 years.  She enjoys filing her own taxes.  She is currently retired.  

Jackie joined the Clay County DEC in July 2018.  She has served on several committees including the Campaign Committee with the Clay County DEC and is currently the Volunteer Coordinator.  With her help the CCDEC has increased the Voter Registrations and the request for Vote by Mail ballots in Clay County.  She is currently serving as a member for the Hispanic Caucus and the Clay Chapter NAACP.

     

Cheryl Owen, 1st Vice Chair 

 

I am a Military Brat having been born in the Panama Canal Zone, living in Connecticut until I was 8 then moving to Colorado Springs which I consider my home after my Dad retired from the Navy.  Growing up in Colorado in the 60s before the State grew left an indelible mark on my soul.  My education is from the University of Colorado.  I have a BS in Psychology with minors in History and Economics as well as an MPA in Public Administration.  I was a Management Analyst in Colorado State Government/Medicaid and the Executive Director for a Visiting Nurse Association.  I have also had a couple of private small businesses and have been involved on numerous boards and committees.

I moved to Keystone Heights from Utah approximately 18 years ago.  I had lived in Ogden, Utah which is North of Salt Lake for 15 years.  I had also been an Adjunct Professor at the local State University and a Grant Writer for the County.

I retired to Florida in 2003 for health reasons and to be closer to family.  While here, I have been the Manager of two local Farmers Markets.  I am a lifelong Democrat and have worked on the occasional campaign in Colorado.  I sought out the CCDEC in 2015. 

My first CCDEC meeting, which was in Nov., 2015. Some members had quit which made it challenging to get things ups and ready for the next campaign. 

When the Combined Campaign assigned a coordinator to the office in April, we organized and cleaned up the office.  During that next 8 months, I spent almost every day in the office, working with the Combined Campaign Coordinator and the Volunteers that she slowly brought in so that by November we were able to  to phonebank and  knock-on doors.  But Trump stole it.

So, we went back to the drawing boards, looked at what we had done, and started over again, but this time we had a better idea as to what needed to be done for each election.  Bobby Poole was the Chair; I was 1st Vice Chair.  We were looking at the Midterm Campaigns for Gillum, and Nelson. I was not heavily involved in this campaign so I decided that I would run for Clay County Commissioner, District 4.

Running for County Commissioner in Clay County as a Democrat is difficult particularly in District 4, which is Keystone Heights, and Middleburg.  After talking to Bobby, who assured me that there would be all the support I would need from the CCDEC and talking with several people reassured me of their support.  Knowing that I had support, I decided to throw my hat in the ring.  Campaigning is long and tiring but I learned a lot, had some fun, and would consider doing it again.

The CCDEC has come an incredibly long way since 2015.  A lot of people have worked hard to bring us this far, but it has taken the special commitment of just a few that has made a big difference.  I am looking forward to being able to continue to work hard for the CCDEC.  There is so much more to do.  However, we can do it if we work together. 

 

 

   

 

2nd Vice Chair

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Diane North, Treasurer

 

Diane was born in Flushing, NY but raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from high school in Miami and attended a couple of years at Palm Beach Community College. Diane has been with her husband, Ronald for 40 years. She has one lovely daughter and three grandchildren. (Of which all live in Orange Park except one.)

After searching for just the right employment for stability, she settled into the US Postal Service for thirty-eight years. During that time she became a member of the American Postal Workers Union and soared with that career for the last forty years. As a member of the Broward County Area Local of the APWU she was a shop steward, an editor, legislative director and a delegate to the Central Labor Council of Broward County. After a short time Diane became a board member of the CLC and was asked to run for Precinct Committee Woman. She was a precinct committee woman and attended the Broward County Democratic Organizations meetings.

Diane relocated upon her retirement from the USPS to Orange Park in 2018. Since coming to Orange Park she has joined the NE Florida Area Local of the APWU where she has been nominated as a delegate to state and national conventions and a delegate to the North Florida Central Labor Council. Diane has been the treasurer of the NE Florida Area Local APWU Retiree chapter for the past two years. Most recently she has become a board member to that CLC as the President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women for the Jacksonville area.

Diane is also involved with her union on the state level. She has been the editor and on the board for sixteen years and was just reelected in an unopposed election. As a union member for 40 years Diane is a champion for helping working families. As the editor for the state union she has been a board member of the National Postal Press Association for the past eight years. She has volunteered under the union name to help in many areas in her community in south Florida. Diane has stepped up to the plate after finding the Clay DEC on line. She has volunteered many office hours and caravan hours.

She was a Clay County poll worker in the last two elections and a volunteer to count ballots at the Clay County Supervisor of Elections Office several times in the last election.

     
     
     

Larry L. Brown Jr., State Committeeman

 

Larry L. Brown Jr. was born in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey in July 1971. He is the oldest of five children born to Larry Brown and Deborah Lynch. Shortly after graduating from High School, Larry joined the U. S. Navy in 1989. During his time, he accumulated many awards and accolades most notably, Sailor of the Year at Naval Aviation Depot located at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Larry served in several operations including Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served his country honorably for 20 years until his retirement in 2009 having achieved the rank of First Class Petty Officer.

Since moving to the Jacksonville area in 1997, Larry has been active in the community by dedicating his time volunteering in several organizations from the Police Athletic League, I-9 Sports, YMCA, as well as other community organizations. For over 30 years, he has mentored and guided children in several sports and academic programs in an effort to develop and shape the next generation. While remaining active in the community, Larry decided to go back to school and obtain his Associate in Science degree in Information Technology and is currently working to obtain his Bachelor’s in Arts degree in Business Administration. Larry is married to his soul mate Dee Brown and together they have four kids.

Larry is a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church when he serves as a Deacon. He is also a co-leader of the men’s ministry “MOVE” (Men of Vision and Empowerment) whose purpose is to mentor youth and young men on the north side of Jacksonville.

Keeping with his desire to serve the community, Larry joined the Clay County Democratic Executive Committee (CCDEC) in October 2019. As a result, Larry has been involved in many functions from voter registration, vote by mail drives, assisted with local candidate election campaigns and provided notary services for the CCDEC. Larry recently was elected Co-Chairman of the Oakleaf Democratic Community Club and is a member of the CCDEC steering committee.  One of his greatest achievements during the 2020 election cycle was being elected as a Florida State Delegate for Joe Biden.

 

   

Michelle Wilger, State Committeewoman

 

Michelle holds a MBA from Nova University in International Business. An Undergrad from Florida Atlantic University and a local business owner in various businesses since she migrated to Clay county 14 years ago.

Mother of two, she consistently exhibits professional and organizational qualities of unlimited initiative, trustworthiness and accountability. Michelle has extraordinary interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, enthusiasm, and leadership in sync with her professional career and her volunteer activities. Her passion for volunteering is fueled by her zeal for learning.  As such, her dedication as a neighborhood team leader, committeewoman, is well-regarded and manifests throughout her volunteer service in local, state, and national campaigns.

Michelle’s several commitments, continuously includes; State Committee Woman, Clay County Democratic Club; Legislative Liaison, Clay County Democratic Women’s Club and VP, Caribbean Caucus for Clay/Duval county. Michelle has continued to build a diversity of relationships among our community leaders, and organizers who contribute their ideas and talents to uplift their communities to understand their power and to get out the vote. She can be counted on to cross all county lines to canvass each neighborhood, register each voter and encourage all democrats to get out to vote.

 

   
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Indira Moran, Recording Secretary

 

 Indira (Indy) Moran was born in Santiago, Chile, and lived in Santiago Chile until she was 21 years old.  After graduating from High School, she applied to Caritas Chile, a program under the supervision of the “Universidad de Chile” and the Chilean Department of Education. She completed her two year degree in Early Childhood Education.

Indy was 21 years old when she left home to come to live in the United States of America. She arrived in Washington DC in the Spring of 1980. She came to the USA with a work visa, which allowed her to work in the USA. Indy worked as nanny and used her free time to work with many volunteer programs in Washington DC, while she learned and mastered the English Language.

In 1983, Indy married her husband of 35 years and had two children. During the first year of marriage, Indy applied for her US Permanent residency. After getting her “green Card” Indy was able to work using her educational background.

In 1999, Indy moved to Virginia to start her own family. The same year she started a story time in Spanish at the local library in exchange for them to create library books in other languages. Her intervention and advocacy helped the library to develop an entire area with books in different languages, including Spanish. 

During 2001 and 2005, her work as a Family advocate got the attention of the local council members and County Commissioners. Her work on advocacy for immigrants and the under-served population was recognized by the higher office of the governor of Virginia. In 2003, she was appointed by then Governor Mark Warner, now Senator to serve in two State commissions; The Virginia Latino Advisory Commission (VLAC), which consolidated information and data about all the counties in the state that immigrants of Latino background lived, and how they were served by each county in different areas such as health, employment law enforcement, education politics, etc.

The same year Indy was also appointed to serve on the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) serving as a representative of the Latino Community at the state level and to represent the Latino community that uses Medicaid and CHIP for their families.

Indy Moved from Virginia to Florida in 2005, and her employment in Jacksonville includes DCF, UNF Early Steps, Lutheran Social Services, immigration Department, and Episcopal Children Services with their Head Start program in Green Cove Springs.

In 2017, Indy became a US Naturalized Citizen. In her new role as US Citizen, she has exercised her voting rights in the last two state elections and the 2020 presidential election.

In 2018, Indy began her career as a Community Coordinator for Reyes Legal Immigration law firm.

In October of 2020, Indy created and presides over the Clay County Hispanic Democratic Caucus

 

   

Fred Wainwright, Parliamentarian

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