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Janet Sullivan – Chair
Jan is from farm country in west-central Illinois near the Mississippi River. She spent a majority of her working life at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois, and enjoyed the various opportunities a large corporation offers– working with new people and learning new business functions every couple of years– which is probably why she can’t stand still in retirement. A majority of Jan’s career was in IT, but her favorite job was travelling to various universities to recruit interns and new hires to work at Caterpillar. Jan is married to Peter Wentworth who spent his childhood as a “Diplomat’s brat” in Africa and the Middle East. Jan and Peter recently lost a majority of their small business due to Covid-19. They are rather discombobulated by it all, but are mostly concerned about the three employees who lost their jobs. Jan and Peter moved full-time to the Hammock in 2013 (Precinct 29) where Jan is a Precinct Leader. Jan is Vice-Chair of the Hammock Community Association and Recording Secretary of Scenic A1A Pride organization. Both of these organizations work to preserve the environmental and ecological systems in the Hammock. Jan is very grateful to be a two-time breast cancer survivor. She is an accomplished pianist, enjoys gardening, and she and Peter play pickleball several times each week. They love their life here and both look forward to serving the Democrats of Flagler County for the next four years.
Clyde Jones – State Committeeman
Clyde Jones, is a retired Human Resource Executive and business owner. More than 30 years as a knowledgeable and effective executive/owner growing businesses.
Clyde Jones, has over 25 years HR experience in the professional services, pharmaceutical, and chemical businesses. Mr. Jones has held various leadership capacities in Human Resources encompassing Employee Relations, Compensation, Diversity, Organizational Effectiveness, Labor Relations, and EEO/AAP. In his leadership roles he has focused on developing and driving corporate wide strategic initiatives designed to achieve business goals.
In his last corporate assignment Clyde was the VP, Chief Diversity Officer for ADP. In this role he was responsible for the design, implementation and management of diversity strategies across ADP. This included being accountable for providing strong, effective leadership, direction and professional expertise in building the framework for the company’s first significant corporate diversity initiative.
Mr. Jones joined ADP after spending 7 years with KPMG, LLP in various HR leadership roles. In his last assignment with KPMG he was the National Director, Diversity & EEO/AAP. In this role he was responsible for leading the firm’s efforts in the area of Diversity. Responsibilities included taking the lead role in maintaining and expanding relationships with organizations such as the National Association of Black Accountants, Catalyst, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, National Asian American Society of Accountants and the AICPA Minority Initiatives Committee. Clyde’s previous position was National Director, Policies & Procedures where he was responsible for creating knowledge channels that serve to identify emerging trends and issues to equip HR professionals at KPMG with the knowledge, tools, and information necessary to better meet HR needs. As National Director, Human Resources he was responsible for all of KPMG’s Human Resources infrastructure operations and related “e-hr” initiatives. His responsibilities included the HR Technology Systems, National Support Services (NSS) HR, EEO/AAP, and the Dallas Human Resource Service Center. Prior to being elevated to the National Director HR position, Clyde was the Director of Organizational Effectiveness & HR. He joined KPMG in October, 1998 as the Director, NSS HR.
Before joining KPMG Clyde was employed by the Hoechst Celanese Corporation (now Sanofi Aventis) where he held various roles of increasing responsibility in human resources at the plant, group and corporate level. The last position held at Hoechst Celanese was Corporate Director HR, Equality and Work/Life Initiatives. He was responsible for developing and driving corporate wide strategic initiatives to achieve preferred employer status.
Clyde and his wife Sherra have two children, Chad and Jasmyn. He is a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Morristown where he is a member of the Deacon Board and is active in several other ministries. He sits on the boards of several national and community based non profit organizations and is an active member in various professional organizations.
Clyde received his BA from South Carolina State University and a MS in Human Resource Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
I am looking forward to representing Flagler County Democrats as the newly elected State Committeewoman, having been one of the Precinct Leaders in Precinct 29 in 2020. I had the chance to meet and work with some dedicated members of the DEC as well as some awesome volunteers in the Precinct.
I was born and raised in St. Louis and moved to Flagler County 3 years ago with my husband, our rescued Golden Retriever and Chocolate Lab. After our honeymoon in Ponte Vedra/St. Augustine 35 years ago, and annual trips to the beach, we were finally able to realize our dream of living by the ocean. Both of us were happy to leave the cold winters and snow behind us.
My education and professional background include a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Counseling. I was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker until my retirement. I spent almost 12 years as a Juvenile Officer before transitioning to my work with child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending family members. During my 24 years in this field, I worked on local, state, and national levels to advocate for and make a difference in the lives of child victims. I served on the Missouri Governor’s Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, wrote and developed a National award-winning sexual abuse/assault prevention education program, was a member of the Missouri Network of Child Advocacy Directors, and served on the “Best Practices” committee of the State Chapter of Child Advocacy Centers. As the Executive Director of a Child Advocacy Center, my responsibilities included managing prevention education, forensic interviews, medical and mental health services, and advocacy.
My background has always been focused on making a difference in the lives of others. This is where I see using one of my greatest skills with the DEC; that is to be an advocate for and support others in our democratic beliefs. I feel strongly about supporting diversity & equality for all Americans, reforming our criminal justice system, making sure that affordable quality healthcare is available for all, and supporting immigration reform. I will continue learning how to support and represent the Democratic beliefs.
I recently moved to Palm Coast after retiring from the U. S. House of Representatives where I oversaw the area of payroll, benefits, and retirement for Members of Congress and congressional staff. I have a consistent record of leading large teams, directing process improvements, team-building, and am passionate about providing world-class customer service. Over the span of 48 years, I have held management positions, within finance or human resources departments, for various large private industry leaders such as FMC Corporation, Siemens, Dell Computer, America Online and Nasdaq OMX.
Ralph Lightfoot – Vice Chair
Ralph is a community activist. Primarily in the area of politics. He was the Chair of the Democratic Party for serval years. He also worked in different capacities with serval campaigns from City Council to County commissioner. Ralph still participates with the party as the Precinct Captain of Precinct 24. Sports is another area that Ralph dedicated his time. He worked with the Flagler Palm Coast High School Boys and Girls basketball teams. He also started a Booster Club for the Flagler Palm Coast High School football team. Ralph was one of the first Mentors in the African American Mentor Program. Along with Walter Sarden, he started the first “group mentoring” program at Bunnell Elementary School. He is currently a member of the African American Cultural Society and sits on two committees: Membership and Public Affairs. Ralph supports the Flagler County Branch of the NAACP by initiating the ROBO calls that announce the monthly meetings. Ralph is a current Board member of the Flagler Auditorium Governing Board. He is also a member of the United Way of Volusia/Flagler County’s Community Impact Cabinet. He is a dedicated member of the Palm Coast United Methodist Church. Ralph was recently elected to the East Flagler Mosquito Control District. He was also elected recently as the Vice-Chair of the Flagler County Democratic Executive Committee.
I am proud to be an officer for the Flagler County Democratic Executive Committee. I am relatively new to actively participating in the political process but am looking forward to helping to move our Democratic ideals forward. I grew up in an Army household and travelled a great deal until my parents settled us in Northern Virginia for my high school years. I stayed in Virginia for college and then went to the University of Maryland to become a Physical Therapist. I happily worked in that wonderful profession for 35 years, including 20 years in the UK. My British husband, Ian, and I retired at the same time and moved to Florida to support my mother and play lots of golf. I have taken up Bridge beside my golf and politics and hope to stay active in each for the foreseeable future.
Parliamentarian – Vacant