IDW is a statewide grassroots organization working for more equitable representation and participation of Democrat women in all levels of the Democratic Party and government.
Our organization is comprised of mothers, wives, sisters, nurses, teachers, students, firefighters, environmentalists, activists, police officers, and retired women.
IDW works to unite this wonderful diversity of devoted women behind one common goal — the support of our Party and the involvement of women in the political process.
Now known as Illinois Democratic Women, the Illinois Democratic Women’s Caucus (IDWC) was founded in 1971 by five Illinois women who attended the Women’s Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Democratic National Committee. The conference encouraged the formation of Democratic women’s groups on a state by state basis to work for full and equal participation by women in party functions. The IDWC had its first statewide convention in November of 1971. In 1983, the Caucus was reorganized and renamed the Illinois Democratic Women.
IDW is an affiliate of the National Federation of Democratic Women, which was formed in October 1971. The Federation has two seats on the Democratic National Committee.
2017-19 Board Members
Jennifer Lee, Co-President
Kim Savage, Co-President
Donna Black Miller, 1st Vice President
Barbara Brumfield, 2nd Vice President
Barbara Mason, Treasurer
Lee Franklin, Secretary
Quiana McKenzie, Youth Outreach Director
Pam Monetti, Union Liaison Downstate
Laura Fletcher, Union Liaison Northern Illinois
KIM SAVAGE (Co-President)
Kim Savage, who was born and raised in Lemont, attending the village’s public grade and High Schools, now resides in Darien. Savage earned a degree in mathematics at North Central College in Naperville. She has a Master of Education in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, with a minor in Business Administration. She has over 30 years of experience in the public sector with a proven record of leadership and creative problem solving.
Currently, Savage is serving a six year term on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees. Elected in 2009, Savage sought to extend her advocacy for higher education by sharing her experience to benefit the community college district. She was also recently appointed to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
Prior to becoming Membership Chair of the Illinois Democratic Women, active roles with the Democratic Party included Downers Grove Township Democratic Organization Chair and Democratic Women of DuPage County President, as well as more than 10 years as a Precinct Committeeman. Savage has served the Democratic Party as a candidate for State Representative and for Township Trustee. She has also assisted on many local and statewide political campaigns.
Savage retired in 2011 from her position as Assessment Program Coordinator and Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at UIC. In 1996 she received the Chancellor’s Award of Merit from the University of Illinois in Chicago and received the Campus Union Board President’s Award of Excellence from the University in 2000. Savage has been included in multiple editions of Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who Among College and University Students in the United States.
Savage regularly volunteers at the Lemont Area Historical Society where she is a life member. She also has served on the Board of Directors for the 1000+ member Alford American Family Association.
DONNA BLACK MILLER (1st Vice President)
Donna Miller has over 20 years experience in the healthcare industry and has worked for some of the top healthcare companies in the world. A graduate of Lane Tech HS in Chicago, she has a business degree from Howard University. While in DC, she was an intern on Capitol Hill and saw how public policy affects the everyday life of everyone!
From a Red Cross Volunteer back in high school and beyond, to working in communities dealing with HIV/AIDS, Sickle Cell Disease and Cystic Fibrosis issues, she has always volunteered her time and expertise. It was equally important that she maintained memberships in other professional, women’s and political organizations as well. She is committed to raising awareness of the political process not only for our youth but also so women will be elected to public office. She was also a candidate for the State Senate seat in 2012.
The creation of DWSS was so important during the Obama campaign where she spent countless hours volunteering for the campaign across the Midwest. As the work continues for DWSS beyond 2014, her vision is to continue the momentum started by this fantastic team and expand to more south suburban committees to further the cause.
Donna is married to Dr. David Miller, a former legislator, and is the mother of sons Daniel, 10, and Donovan, 9.
QUIANA MCKENZIE (Youth Outreach Directory)
Quiana McKenzie is currently the Finance Director for Citizens for Lisa Madigan. She most recently served as the Director of Field and Operations during the Attorney General’s 2014 re-election campaign. Prior to working for Attorney General Madigan’s campaign, Quiana worked in a variety of roles in government and higher education.
Quiana has been active in politics in Illinois, Virginia and Iowa, volunteering for Democratic political campaigns on every level. In 2012, she was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the State of Iowa. She was a 2014 Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership (IWIL) delegate and a 2014 New Leaders Council Fellow. In 2014, Quiana was elected as a community representative on the Local School Council for the Mildred. I. Lavizzo Elementary School in the Roseland community.
Pam Monetti worked as a staff assistant for former Congressman Phil Hare, overseeing his Carlinville District Office. A Summa cum laude graduate of University of Illinois-Springfield with a degree in Political Science, Monetti has been involved in politics for over twenty years serving as precinct committeeperson, the Lady Chair for the Macoupin County Democratic Party and a member of the Macoupin County Democratic Women’s Organization.
Monetti, who resides in Bunker Hill with her husband, Dave, has two children, Kristina and Michael. She served on the Bunker Hill Board of Education for 12 years, serving for six years as President. She has been active in many community volunteer projects, served on the 7th Circuit Judicial Screening Committee, is President of the Bunker Hill Education Foundation, and spearheaded the fundraising for the 2007 Sen. Deanna Demuzio campaign.
Laura Fletcher served as 2nd VP and
the Membership Chair where she established the role of Regional Chair. The purpose of this role is to promote IDW in their assigned area. Laura was able to recruit women throughout the state and the role continues to generate much interest. Laura is also the Vice President, Union Liaison, past Training and Education Chair, and one of the founding members of the Democratic Women of DuPage County. She is a proud member of the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership class of 2010. Laura was the DuPage Coordinator for Robin Kelly’s run for Illinois State Treasurer in 2010 and has volunteered for numerous campaigns on the local, state, and federal level. She is a past Chair for the Democratic Party of Wayne Township and Union Liaison for the Democratic Party of DuPage County. Her day job is as a Principal Technical Writer for a large computer software company.