The Steering Team:
Donna lives in Elkton, MD with her husband, Dave and son, Josh. Donna grew up in West Chester, PA. After graduating from high school, Donna joined the DuPont Company and has been there for 27 years. Donna first became actively involved politically after watching Glenn Beck, who assured her that she was not alone and encouraged her to reach out and connect with like-minded citizens who also were very concerned about the direction the country was headed. After meeting with some folks in Delaware, she helped organize the first TEA Party on the riverfront in Wilmington, DE in April 2009. Heading back to Cecil County, she waited for someone to start a group here. Finally, she decided it was time to "step up to the plate" and do her part, and she became a co-founder of the Cecil County Patriots. While still working on federal issues, she felt it was now necessary to become more informed and actively involved with local and state issues. Donna believes that we need to work from the bottom up if conservatives are going be successful in returning our nation to its founding principles. Although she and the group work extremely hard on issues, she also enjoys the "down-time" with everyone. She feels so blessed to be part of the CCP. It is her extended family.
Al lives near Conowingo, MD with his wife June on their 25 acre farm. He has four adult children including twin sons. Al was born in Harford County but moved to Cecil County when he was 10 years old and graduated from Elkton High School. He attended Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) for two years and then joined the US Navy in 1965. Al served for six years in training for and in the submarine service as a nuclear reactor operator. He, upon leaving the military, worked for GE as a reactor operator in CA and worked his way up to a senior operator, relief shift supervisor position and specialist for isotope irradiations. After six years with GE the facility was decommissioned and he went to work for Bechtel Power Corporation as a nuclear startup engineer in PA, AZ and GA. Al worked for Bechtel for 28 years moving eventually to starting up fossil power plants and other industrial facilities in the eastern US. He was promoted to Project Startup Manager to perform the rehab of three BGE coal fired units in Baltimore, Maryland and ended his career as a senior mechanical startup engineer at the Army Aberdeen Proving Ground at Aberdeen, MD working in the first destruction of a mustard agent stockpile. Al retired in December 2006 and became involved in the TEA Party movement on February 27, 2009 by attending the first Washington, DC rally. He joined the Cecil County Patriots shortly after it was founded and has become actively involved in monitoring Cecil County government activities and spending.
Ron lives in Elkton, MD with his wife Chris. He is the proud father of one son and two daughters who all have military backgrounds. His son Ben was a Maryland Air National Guard Crew Chief for almost 11 years on C 130 transports; his daughter Casey is a munitions transporter on A 10's with the Maryland Air National Guard and daughter Rachel is an Air Traffic Controller in the U.S.Navy. Ron was born in Baltimore, MD but has lived in Cecil County for over 22 years. He is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics and Marketing. Ron's entire career of 32 years has been associated with residential and light commercial building. His expertise lies in the mill work and roofing business. Ron found his calling when he became a Tea Party organizer in May of 2010. He has had the pleasure of working on three Tea Party committees presiding over two of them. He joined the Cecil County Patriots in 2010 and has served respectfully on the steering committee. He continues to stay involved in county matters working as a watchdog, encouraging elected officials to be fiscally responsible, and resist the temptations of special interests. Ron also volunteers for the campaigns of political candidates who are like minded and adhere to conservative principles.
Jackie lives in Elkton with her husband Chris and their three children. Prior to the birth of her first son, she worked in Harford County as an English and drama teacher, and is currently a stay at home mom, working part time as an online instructor for a private company. Initially, Jackie became involved in the TEA Party movement through a meetup in Newark, Delaware, on March 17, 2009, where 150 concerned citizens gathered to watch Glenn Beck unveil the 9/12 project. From that initial meet up, Founder's Values and the Delaware 9/12 Patriots evolved in Delaware. After being involved in both Delaware and Harford County, Jackie decided that she wanted to become more involved in organizing in her own back yard, Cecil County. She organized a small protest against Cap and Trade at Frank Kratovil's office and later organized busses for the first 9/12 trip to DC in 2009. A few months after that Jackie co-founded the Cecil County Patriots, to give those who shared the values of the TEA party a place to network, share information, and become active together. The first meeting of the organization was held at the Wellwood in December of 2009, and approximately 70 people attended. Jackie can be contacted at email@example.com.
Kathleen and her husband Edward moved from Harford County to Fair Hill in 2003. Kathleen attended Tulane University and Mather School of Nursing where she received her R.N. degree later earning a bachelor’s in Business and Technical Management at Regis College Recep II. She lived most of her adult life in Colorado working in the Law Enforcement field with both County and City governments. Kathleen was recruited by a national medical transcription company to manage the start up of an office in Durham, NC in 1993. She transferred to the home office in Bucks County, PA and travelled extensively for the company managing the start up of 15 offices nationwide. In 2001, Kathleen went to work for USIS, a government contractor, as an investigator. After 9/11/2001, she travelled nationwide interviewing, testing and hiring new investigators. After moving to Cecil County, Kathleen decided to work closer to home and was hired by the CC Planning and Zoning Department in 2005. Prior to her retirement, she worked in the Department of Human Resources for about six months. Kathleen attended the initial 9-12 Project Meet Up in Newark, DE and subsequently became a member of Founder’s Values. When Donna and Jackie started Cecil County Patriots she and Edd became members. She became a member of the Steering Committee in January 2012.