Elevating Women in Politics, From Galax to Gainesville
NWPC-VA Board Candidates
From being part of the advocacy team that delivered smoking ban legislation in Virginia restaurants, to Medicaid Expansion, to the rights of all women to access equitable working conditions, pay, FMLA, and Women's Health, to ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, Eileen has been an on the ground advocate in Central Virginia for decades. She was a cofounder of Women-Matter, which became VaRatifyERA, which after the Virginia General Assembly ratified the ERA, became nationally focused as VoteEqualityUS.
She is a Leadership Metro Richmond Alumna, an Emerge Virginia Alumna and Board Member, a Nursing Instructor at JSR Community College, a member of NAACP State Health Committee, and a Board Member of Richmond Behavioral Health.
A strong community advocate, Karen is the current Sully District Representative on the Fairfax County Tree Commission and serves as the Land Use Chair for the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations. She was a graduate of the Emerge Virginia program.
Karen is the Environment and Climate Justice Chair for the Virginia State Conference NAACP, and the Co-Director of the Green New Deal Virginia Coalition. Karen provides resources and support to local communities to address environmental injustices, promote efforts to improve quality of life and health, and advocate for transformative policy and program changes. She is also the Co-Chair, Transportation for the Sierra Club, Virginia and believes addressing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector is a crucial link towards building sustainability and equity in our communities.
Yvonne J. Lewis matriculated from Howard University in Washington D.C. where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1971 and Master of Arts in 1973. She notes that she is a “Washingtonian” and grew up there during the 50’s 60’s and 70’s.She has always taken an active role in her community. Mrs. Lewis has served as a member of the Virginia Beach Community Service Board, the Virginia Beach Re-Entry Council, African American Round Table, the League of Women Voters-SHR and her Community Civic League. She is a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a member of the Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter, as well as serves on the Delta Sigma Theta South Atlantic Region Team. She has done tireless work on behalf of the VaRatifyERA campaign. Yvonne is a member of the Virginia African American Advisory Board. She believes “Love one another is our greatest command.”
Meredith Dean has been working with and for women in southwestern VA for over 30 years. In that time, she has co-founded four nonprofits dedicated to the safety, security, health, and well-being of women and families in Appalachian communities, including Appalachian Women of Action and Healthy Floyd. She has taught Appalachian Studies and Ecological Ethics at Virginia Tech and Radford University, with Masters degrees in Education and Rural Development from UVA and Antioch, graduate Theological study at Drew, and a B.A. from Davidson. Meredith’s family roots go back eight generations in Carroll and Wythe Counties, and she lives with her husband and son in Floyd County. In her spare time, she hikes, swims, gardens, and spends as much time outdoors as possible.
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