Indiana Stonewall Democrats

Executive Board:

Dana Black, President (CD-7) - is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis and loves being a resident of the great state of Indiana. After the introduction of HJR-3 and recent RFRA legislation, I realized change was needed in Indiana and and became a candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives; District 88 in 2016. Although the bid for House Rep fell short, I continue to work with the Indiana Democrat Party as the Deputy Chair for Engagement. From this role I am able to engage the community at large and spread the message that the Democrat Party is here for ordinary people. I also host a weekly radio show called Turn Left on which features candidates and elected officials who represent Indiana Democratic Party.
Rick Sutton, Vice President (CD-07)
Nickolas Dunlap, Secretary (CD-6) - Born in Goshen, and raised in Richmond, Nick has lived and worked in Indiana for most of his life. He has worked on many campaigns more recently with Indiana’s 2018 coordinated campaign for Henry, Randolph, and Wayne Counties. Past campaigns include Wisconsin Senator Baldwin’s 2012 election as well as Senator Sander’s 2016 presidential primary election. Besides the campaign work Nick has done, he has also volunteered with Indy Pride working on the 2017 and 2018 Indy Pride Festival. Politics aside, Nick loves to support the many small business in and around Richmond and wants to do all he can to help the LGBT community in and around the 6th Congressional District.
Russ Sipes, Treasurer (CD-7) - After serving in the Army, Russ attended IU for a degree in Public and Environmental Policy. While there, he served throughout college on the Board of the Indiana Public Interest Group, beginning his work on progressive policy issues. He spent the last semester as an Intern with the Indiana State Senate, then worked on the Senate staff for another session, before working on several campaigns.

Board Members:

Zach Adamson (CD-7)- As a small business owner in downtown Indianapolis and community development advocate for nearly 2 decades, Zach spends much of his time advocating for the issues important to working families on the Indianapolis City-County Council where he currently serves as Vice President. Zach is a member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and serves locally on many community organization boards. He was voted Best Progressive Lawmaker in the NUVO Best of Indy Readers Poll in 2014 and Best local Political Advocate in 2015. In March of 2017, Zach was selected at Circle Citizen of the week by NUVO. Zach is the owner/operator at Urban Designs, a downtown hair salon and he and his spouse​, Christian, live in the Willard Park neighborhood on the city’s Near Eastside.
  Dr. Robert Dion (CD-8) - is the chair of the Department of Law, Politics, and Society at the University of Evansville. He is a founding board member of the Indiana Stonewall Democrats. For over a dozen years, he has chaired the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission, and he has twice been selected to serve on the Indiana State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is faculty adviser to the College Democrats on his campus, a longtime precinct committee-person, and has been a frequent delegate to party conventions. His dissertation focused on the politics of the debate over gays in the military.

  Katie Doyle (CD-5) - Katie is a lifelong Hoosier, Indianapolis native and graduate of IUPUI. She has worked on numerous campaigns, including the US Senate campaigns for former Congressman Baron Hill and former Governor Evan Bayh. Katie has been a member of Stonewall Democrats since 2016 and is a finance consultant for Democratic campaigns and organizations.
  Chris FitzGerald (CD-9) — With a mission to expand opportunity for ALL Hoosiers, Chris is excited to help amplify the voices of LGBTQ Democrats within Indiana. After recently moving back to his hometown of New Albany, IN, Chris is currently the Operations Coordinator with the Vacant and Public Property Administration within the Louisville Metro Government. Chris brings nearly 2 decades of experience of helping elect Democrats across the nation at every level. Beyond his professional and political work, Chris enjoys the many coffee shops and restaurants that are reinvigorating downtown New Albany. 2018 is already shaping up to be a dynamic year, and in 2018 Chris has announced his candidacy for the Indiana State House of Representatives - District 72. 
  Bruce A. Hayes (CD-3) is a political activist, long-term not-for-profit volunteer, project management professional, special event planner, and avid roller coaster enthusiast. "I have voted in every Primary and General Election. Then I started to offer financial support and volunteered to help with canvassing. I see it still is not enough. We need to come together so we can move the needle in the left direction and ensure we do not lose the progress made during my lifetime. I stayed in Indiana to make it a better place. I am a Member, and Board Member of the Currently I hold the office of Allen County Stonewall Democrats. I have been a Democratic Party State Convention Delegate in the 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 conventions and have been a Precinct Committeeman since 2010.
  E. Thomasina Marsili (CD-8) Thomasina’s life began in rural Spencer County, where at 16 she not only built trails at the Lincoln National Boyhood Memorial but also earned a spot in the trail-blazing movie, A League of Their Own. An activist from the age of 17, her perseverance in fighting for equality and standing for love paid off when she and her wife Janet married in 2011. Although business opportunities pulled Thomasina to Marion County for over 15 years, she realized that in order to make a difference in Indiana, change was needed in rural communities. Relocating to Owen County 7 years ago, Thomasina serves her community as a precinct chair and was the first LGBTQIA candidate to run for Indiana House District 46. She has a degree in Psychology from Marian University, is a small business owner, a nationally registered EMT, and a certified life coach and motivational speaker. It is her passion to bring recognition to the inequities within our rural areas and to give voice to the voiceless. 
  Christopher Roman - (CD-7) Originally from Philadelphia, Chris came to Indiana to attend Wabash College. A recent graduate with a degree in Political Science and minors in Rhetoric and Spanish, Chris has developed a passion for politics and government. In 2016, he was a Research Fellow for Sourced Strategies where he worked on various opposition research reports for political candidates in Indiana. Since then, he has worked with the Indiana Democratic Party on voter outreach projects, executing Days of Action across the state, and helping to build a foundation for the 2018 field program. He spent the spring of 2017 in Spain developing fluency in Spanish and traveled around Europe as a recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Additionally, he was selected to be a member of Phi Beta Delta for his academic achievements as an international scholar. In 2018, he joined the Sourced Strategies team as a full-time researcher to push forth candidates up and down the ballot in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and other states around the country. Chris is also the Political Liaison for OutCare Health, an online nationwide LGBTQ provider list and patient resource database. He is determined to foster positive change in politics and promote diversity and inclusion in society. He is eager to continue pushing forth candidates and policies that move Indiana and country forward. 

Kate Sweeney-Bell (CD-07) - In 2014 Kate was elected Marion County Recorder and this is Kate’s first publicly elected office. As Recorder, she served on a 2015 advisory committee with the Public Records Industry Association to review changes in the mortgage industry and was elected to serve on the 2016 National Association of County Recorders, Elected Officials and Clerks board of directors. Also in 2016, Kate was appointed to the Indianapolis City Market board and elected by her peers as District Vice President of the Indiana Recorder’s Association. ​In 2017, Kate received the William A. Crawford Public Service Award from the Coalition for Homeless Intervention and Prevention for her work to maintain funding for homeless programs and services through recording fees.

A graduate of IUPUI and recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, Kate has more than 20 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors. Kate lives in the historic Herron-Morton neighborhood with her husband and their two children.

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