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.

     

Steve Nix, 1st Vice Chair

 

Dr. Stephan J. Nix was born in Forest, Mississippi on July 20, 1952.  He was raised in Homestead, Florida, graduating from South Dade High School in 1970.  Dr. Nix attended the University of Florida, where he earned a BS in Engineering Science (1974), and MEng and PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering Sciences (1976, 1982).

After a brief stint with an environmental sciences consulting firm (1980-81), Dr. Nix went on to a career in academia where he served on the civil and environmental engineering faculties of Syracuse University (1983-94), the University of Alabama (1994-97), Northern Arizona University (1997-2001), Florida Atlantic University (2001-04), the University of North Florida (2004-09), and Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2010-17).  He held leadership roles at all of these institutions, including Director of the School of Engineering at the University of North Florida (2004-09) and Dean of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (2010-2016).  All of Dr. Nix’s leadership roles involved either starting, reviving, or rescuing academic units.  Dr. Nix also authored over 75 technical publications and consulted with over 20 municipalities and other agencies.  His areas of expertise are water resources, environmental systems, and computer modeling.

Dr. Nix has been involved with several professional organizations, including the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH) and many others.  He served in leadership roles in these and many other organizations, including terms as national president of both AWRA (1997) and AIH (2014, 2015).

Dr. Nix has also been involved - usually in leadership roles - with many community organizations including his church, local and regional science fairs, the Boys and Girls Club, and running clubs.  His political activities have mostly been with presidential campaigns at the local level (1972, 1980, and 2020).  Dr. Nix is a registered Democrat in Clay County and a member of the Clay County Democratic Executive Committee (since 2020).

Dr. Nix and his late wife Aulaire Bloski Nix have four children and six grandchildren.  He and his spouse Janice Louise Nix moved to Green Cove Springs, FL in 2018, after returning from a post-retirement, 13-month trip to 49 US states and 8 Canadian provinces.

 

   

David (DJ) Willard, 2nd Vice Chair

 

David (DJ) Willard was born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His wife, Jennifer, is a local educator and they have two small children. David and his family made Clay County Florida their home in 2015. Before moving to Clay County to grow their family, David and his wife resided in St. Augustine Florida from 2011-2015 and Tallahassee Florida from 2005-2011.

A graduate of James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan South Carolina, David excelled in Air Force JROTC, establishing a lifelong foundation of citizenship and leadership skills. David earned his Associate in Arts degree from St. Johns River State College in Orange Park, graduating summa cum laude and as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Currently, David is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University.  After graduation from Florida State University, David plans to pursue a law degree, and a career in public service. 

Prior to returning to school, David enjoyed a successful 20-year career in the hospitality industry. During his time in the hospitality industry, David held senior leadership roles in several regional and national restaurant chains. Currently, David serves as a lead patient advocate in the medical cannabis industry. 

David Joined the Clay County D.E.C. in June of 2020 and Join the Clay County NAACP in June of 2021. During his time in the Clay County D.E.C. David has volunteered in the office, as well as participating in phone banking in the vote by mail initiative. During the Presidential primaries and in the general election of 2020 David served as a poll watcher for the Clay County D.E.C. and the Biden campaign. David has participated in several Democratic candidates’ political campaigns, most recently as an intern for Tom Wells’ Congressional campaign for Florida’s district 3 in 2020. 

 

   

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.

 

   

E. Elaine Conley, Asst. Treasurer

  My name is Eden Elaine Conley. My husband Glen and I have been married for 35 years. I first came to Orange Park in 1980 and Graduated half a year early in January of 1984 from Orange Park High School. I started sewing in 1982 and have run my own business since then. I have always handled my own advertising, manufacturing, and finances for my sewing business. I also handle my family budget and finances. I have a MSO 2007 Certification which I earned in 2013, with a passing grade of 96%. I use Excel as my primary software for budgeting, spending, and financial planning. I am interested in the Assistant Treasurer position because I can learn the financial operations of the CCDEC, building my knowledge over time, possibly for a future seat as Treasurer. I have also worked in other jobs where I was tasked with ordering, budgeting, payroll, and banking. I have been a member of both Primary Political parties over the years where I have volunteered as a Phone Banking team member, Voter Registration, Organizing and arranging events. I supported the Obama-Biden campaign in 2008 by Canvassing door to door on my own. I left the Republican Party after supporting Trump for 3 years when I realized I no longer had anything in common with the Republican Party and Trump. I personally went over all the issues and determined that I hold my beliefs close to my heart, especially when it comes to race relations, women's choice, and immigration. I left the Republican Party as a volunteer and joined the Democratic Party as a full member for life. My current political interests are in the Black Lives Matter organization and Prison Reform and Voting rights for inmates in the State of Florida. I will be incredibly grateful for this opportunity to serve my County and help build the Democratic party in Clay County.

 

   

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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