Ellen Holly, Chair
Ellen Holly is a community activist/organizer/educator. She has served as chair, vice chair, committee chair and campaign office coordinator for the Walworth County Dems and is a volunteer for the Elkhorn Fund and APFV/New Beginnings. Ellen is a retired educator and Wisconsin Education Association member and enjoys camping and hiking, reading, music, Outlander and her grandson, Alton Henry aka Boo.
Cathy Bloss was born and raised in Wisconsin, but lived most of her professional life in Illinois with her husband of 50 years, Bill. They raised their three children there (and in several other states).
Cathy’s professional experience is primarily in education. She taught Special Education in Chicago, and Humanities and Language Arts in both 6th and 8th grade, in Northbrook, IL. She helped to develop the Humanities curriculum there and was on the Blue Ribbon team that helped bring that award to her middle school. Cathy received her B.A. at the University of Illinois and her masters in Reading Education at National Lewis U. She retired in 2011 and moved back to Wisconsin with her husband.
Cathy and her husband have been active volunteers at DPWC for several years and Cathy currently chairs the Membership/Hospitality Committee. She also manages a local Book Club and has been a volunteer at Aurora Lakeland Hospital. Her favorite pastime, however, is being grandma to her six grandchildren ages 11 months to 19 years.
Patti Guilfoyle, a longtime Wisconsin resident, recently moved to Elkhorn from Fontana, where she raised four great kids with her husband of 50 years, Jim.
Patti’s experience includes serving two terms as Fontana Village Board member, former owner/operator of the Grog Shop in Lake Geneva, co-owner/business manager of Hairloft Ltd and ten year employee with Horizon Behavioral Health. As a receptionist there, Patti was able to attend Gateway and Upper Iowa U in Beloit to earn both her Associates and Bachelor degree, graduating in 2004 with her BS in Accounting. Using her experience, she worked for Newport Financial Services LTD and Frederick Tax & Accounting.
Since retiring in January 2019, she has become more involved with the DPWC, finding a niche on several committees and volunteering for New Beginnings APFV. Patti is looking forward to the challenges as Treasurer.
Bob Cole worked as a union ironworker for 40 years throughout the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas. After retirement, Bob became active in the Recall Walker campaigns with the Democratic Party of Walworth County. Bob does everything from knocking on doors and lit drops to putting up campaign signs around the County. Bob has been promoting the Walworth County Dems in various parades driving his antique tractor. Look for him at the County Fair in the Dems tent every day!
Char Staples, Vice-Chair
Charlene was raised in Sugar Creek township and is a life-long resident of Walworth County. Her love of history fuels her political views and care for her community. Charlene retired after 22 years of service caring for the residents of Lakeland Health Care Center as a C.N.A.. She served as a union steward, Vice President and President of her local Union and was elected to serve on Wisconsin state executive board for AFSCME Council 40. She has served as past officer of the Daughters American Revolution and presently serves as President of Daughters of UNION Veterans of the Civil War chapter. Her commitment to community has called Charlene to serve on the Walworth County Board of supervisors and the Walworth County Democratic Party.
Chris Hammerstrom, Secretary
Christine (Chris) is officially retired (education and farming) but found the changes in our government so shockingly negative that she needed to get involved in ways that were more pro-active. She has always been interested in government and has noticed how over the past 40 years the power, money, and greed of a few has slowly but surely corrupted far too many politicians. They forget “service for the people.” During the past 10 years in our government, she feels the loss of ethical behavior and common sense norms by certain members of Congress is dangerous to a fair democracy.
The Walworth County Dems Board meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30pm. Members interested in attending are welcome, more on upcoming meetings here.
The membership/hospitality committee is for anyone who is interested in growing our membership base and welcoming new and existing members! Membership in your local county party also means you are automatically a member of the state party (Democratic Party of Wisconsin) – in order to vote as a delgate at the state convention for items like DNC reps and State Party chair, you must be a member of your local county party. It’s thanks to this committee that we have lots of tasty treats around the office. Membership/Hospitality committee meets the last Monday of every month at 1:30pm. Join the Walworth County Democratic party here; more on upcoming meetings here.
The fundraising/finance committee is in charge of raising funds to keep our doors open and lights on, keeping our financial house in order, and ensuring we can continue to grow and flip Walworth County Blue! Donate to help support our efforts here; more info on upcoming meetings here.
The elections/legislative committee is for all who are interested in developing a local plan to influence elections and create real political action! Subcommittees of the political action committee include the environmental committee and the legislative action committee. More info on upcoming meetings here.
The communications/outreach committee is tasked with developing our weekly email newsletters (sign up here), updating our website, being present at local events, writing blogs and letters-to-the-editor, and ensuring all members are informed of meetings and events through the mail. More info on upcoming meetings here.