Officers and Members

Officers
Cyliene Montgomery, Chair Pro Tempore

Cyliene represents the Brunswick County Democratic Committee, and has previously served as Vice Chair of the 5th District Committee. She has been Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Disability Issues Caucus; Legislative Assistant to Delegate Roslyn Tyler of the 75th District; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coalition For Delaying Parenthood In Youth, Inc.; Vice Chair, Board of Directors of the Improvement Association; Chair of the Resolutions Committee of the 5th District; as well as being an active member and officer of the Brunswick County Democratic Committee.

Jody D. Brown, Secretary

Jody has served on the Franklin County Democratic Committee since 1978 and has held various offices on its Executive Committee since 2003. She has served on the 5th Congressional District Democratic Committee since 2005 and since 2009 has been its secretary. A faculty member at Ferrum College since 1975, Brown now is a Professor Emeritus, and after 30+ years she recently retired from the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre as its Executive Director. She is the President of the Franklin County Electoral Board and looks forward to having its composition change after Terry McAuliffe is elected Governor in November. Brown works on political campaigns because she believes that elections matter in the sort of world she and others will leave her outstanding grandchildren.

Patti Cooper-Jones, Treasurer

Patti is Chair of the Prince Edward County Democratic Committee, and she is continuing her service as a Member and Treasurer of the 5th District Democratic Committee. She also serves as a member of the Prince Edward County Board of Supervisors, where she has lived for 30 years. She has worked as a Property Manager for 30 years.

Paige O. Alvin, Sgt. At Arms

Paige continues to serve on the 5th District Democratic Committee representing Cumberland County. He is the Vice Chair of the Cumberland County Democratic Committee and former Chair. He has been involved in Democratic politics for over 45 years as a supporter and campaign worker.

The Other Members
Arthur D. Dell’Aria

Representing Halifax County, Art currently serves as the Secretary of the Halifax County Democratic Committee. He has been a Food Safety and Compliance Consultant, provided consulting services to the food industry for several years after his retirement from government service as Program Manager, Bureau of Food Inspection, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Art has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bridgewater College, Bridgewater VA, and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. “I have been a life long Democrat having voted in every election since turning 21.

Ann B. Duncan

Ann is currently Chair of the Bedford Democratic Committee and has been serving on the 5th District Committee. Ann has always been a Democrat and the first campaign she worked on was the Jimmy Carter presidential election. Over the years she has worked on local, district, state and national campaigns, including her own campaign when she ran for statewide office in the Virginia Education Association. She has attended both state and national nominating conventions.

Carter Elliott

Carter Elliott is a Dairy Farmer and a former teacher. He served as Chair for Campbell County from 1990 until this last re-organization. He ran for the House of Delegates in 1989 and served on the Board of Supervisors in Campbell for 14 years. He was also past President of the Virginia Assoication of Counties. Carter will be helping to work with Buckingham County as they re-organize, and to keep them informed.

Henry B. Gorfein

Henry represents Rappahannock County on the Committee.

Steven Gould

Steven represents Danville City on the Committee. He was elected to the Committee in April, 2015.

Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth is the Chair of the Pittsylvania County Democratic Committee. She was the Democratic candidate for the 16th District House of Delegates in 2013. She is a retired educator having served 32 years in public school education as a teacher and supervisor. She was also self-employed as a licensed real estate broker for 27 years. Elizabeth completed the UVA Sorensen Institute’s Candidate Training Program in 2011. She is host and producer of “Community Wake Up Call”, a weekly progressive, grassroots talk radio show. Known as “Sister Truth”, she reminds her radio listeners, “As a community with many good people, we all have a role to play for a better quality of life.” A longtime community and political activist, she works with a variety of local groups including the NAACP, Public Library Board, and It’s All About the Kids, Inc.

Richard Koepsell

Dick is co-Chair of the Fluvana County Democratic Committee and past Treasurer of the 5th Congressional District Democratic Committee. He is Past President of the South Keswick Owners Association. He grew up in western New York state and earned his BA and MAH at SUNY Buffalo. Dick taught at Niagara County Community College for 4 years and Erie Community College-City Campus for 28 1/2 years. He retired in 2000 and moved to Virginia in 2003.

Suzanne M. Long

Suzanne has served as the Chair of the Madison County Democratic Committee for over ten years, focusing on the power of rural, grassroots Democratic politics to make positive change. Suzanne works to ensure her rural committee members have access to resources, events, activities, candidates, fundraising, speakers, and strategy sessions that are usually only found in much larger jurisdictions. Suzanne joined the State Central Committee in 2002, and became Treasurer of the 7th District Committee in 2005. (Madison County was in the 7th District prior to the 2011 redistricting.) Suzanne is a self-employed performance consultant designing training and other interventions for all levels of employees within government, corporate and small business arenas.

William H. Moore

William is the Mecklenburg County representative on the Committee. He is a member of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Committee; President Obama’s Presidential Partners; American Legion; and Moose Lodge. He is a life member of DAV and VFW, and Chairman of the Board of the Mecklenburg Senior Citizens, Inc. He is a retired Capt, USAF, and has retired as a computer systems design analyst and project manager, Unisys Corp. His education includes a BS in Economics from the University of Nebraska, and a Masters in Religious Education(MRE) and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology( DST) from the Inter-Denominational Bible Institute. He is married to Minnie P. Moore and has two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Sam Mosely

Sam is active with the Campbell County Democratic Committee and has served as Vice Chair and Program Chair of the Committee. He volunteered on the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012, and was a Delegate from Virginia to the 2012 National Democratic Convention. He also is a member of the Campbell County Voters League. Sam has been a small business owner for 60 years as well as having provided distinquished military service. He is a Disabled American Veteran.

Lenor Peay

Lenor is acting Chair of the Appomattox Democratic Committee. She served as Secretary of the Appomattox Committee and has been in charge of their office since 2007. She currently serves on boards for two preschools. Lenor worked in early childhood development with the Federal government, and is now retired. Her family is from Appomattox.

 Robert Goad
Robert represents the Nelson County Democratic Committee.
Gloria M. Rockhold

Gloria represents the Charlottesville Democratic Committee. As Community Engagement Manager for Albemarle County Public Schools since 2006, Gloria provides leadership in the development and promotion of the division’s educational objectives, working to create bridges of understanding between families and the school system. She has a Masters in Foundations of Education from UVA and a Masters in Multi-Cultural Psychology. Gloria is Secretary of Democratic Latinos of Virginia; Chair of the Executive Board of Creciendo Juntos; Charlottesville Free Clinic Board Member; Board Member of Citizens Action Committee for the Office of the Public Defender; former Transitional Board President of the Child Advocacy Center; and former member of the Dialogue on Race Steering Committee.

Martin Silverman

Marty joined the Committee in 2015, representing Albemarle County. He is an Attending Anesthesiologist at Martha Jefferson Hospital and a Member, Albemarle Anesthesia, in Charlottesville. Marty moved back to Charlottesville in early 2014 from Bellevue, WA, where he was Attending Anesthesiologist at Overlake Hospital. He received his undergraduate and Medical Doctor degrees at the University of Virginia. He was active with Democratic organizations in Bellevue, WA and is continuing his activism here with the Albemarle County Democratic Committee.

Gloria Talbott

Gloria is Chair of the Charlotte County Democratic Committee.

Bob Zwick

Bob began his service on the 5th District Committee, from Fauquier County, after the redistricting that moved part of Fauquier to the 5th District. Bob first joined the Democratic Party’s Central Committee when he was elected to the 10th Congressional District Committee to represent 4 counties: Clark, Fauquier, Fredrick and Warren. He has been a Democrat since he was conceived and grew up in a very political family. His father was President Johnson’s Budget Director. In 2011, Bob ran for the 18th House of Delegates seat. Bob has an undergraduate degree in economics from Connecticut College, and his graduate work was at the London School of Economics. Bob was one of the founders and President of a software development company that produced Accounts Receivable Management (ARM) systems, with offices in six states and four countries. Bob is now retired and lives on the family’s 200 acre cattle farm in Fauquier County. Bob has a deep love for the outdoors and has been involved with environmental issues since the 60’s.

National & State Party Officials
The Committee also includes the following residents of the 5th District who are automatically members due to their state or national Party positions.
Doris Crouse-Mays

Doris is a Democratic National Committee Member and a member of Virginia Democratic Party Steering and Central Committees. She is the President of the Virginia AFL-CIO, the first female to be elected to that position. Doris started her Union career with the Communications Workers of America. Her first political campaign was for Congressman Rick Boucher, who unseated a sixteen year incumbent. In 2001, Doris was the statewide coordinator for the Labor Program, and worked to elect Mark Warner as Governor and Tim Kaine as Lt. Governor. In 2003, Doris went to work for the Virginia AFL-CIO as Political Director. Doris led the Labor 2005 program to elect Tim Kaine as Governor. In 2008, Doris was elected to the Democratic National Committee.

Fred W. Hudson

Fred is 2nd Vice Chair of the Virginia Democratic Party. He served as Chair of the 5th District Committee for two terms and continues to be a key advisor to the Committee. Fred is an attorney who served on the staff of US Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas. Fred moved to Virginia in 1996 and has been extensively involved in Democratic Party politics. He is past Chair of the Albemarle County Democratic Committee.

Elected Members of Committees of the State Central Committee
The 5th District Committee has elected the following individuals to serve on Committees or Caucuses of the State Central Committee.

Sylvia Hutto, Resolutions Committee. Sylvia has served as Chair of the Franklin County Democratic Committee since 2008.
Suzanne M. Long, Women’s Caucus. (See information above.)

Appointed Positions
Bob Zwick – Parliamentarian
Ren LeVally – Technology Coordinator (non-voting)
Taikein Cooper – Youth Coordinator (non-voting)