USA Caucus

Zonta USA is a “caucus” or group of Zonta Districts with clubs in the USA coordinating on aligned issues for political purposes.

USA Caucus Goals

  • Encourage development, consideration and passage of appropriate legislation by
    • the US Congress, its members and committees and
    • by state legislatures.
  • Take action in support of, or in opposition to, proposed or enacted legislation and executive orders and regulations that directly or indirectly impact the lives of women and girls.
  • Promote women’s representation in decision-making positions on an equal basis with men.

Zonta has more than 250 clubs in the USA, divided into 15 districts. The USA “caucus” brings those clubs together to advocate for policies at the national or state level to improve the lives of women and girls.

USA Caucus Members by District

ZontaUSA logo white on black

Sonya Baskerville
International Advocacy Chair

Bobbee Cardillo
Caucus Convener

Verna Frasca
District 1

Alternate: Chris Haley

Siobhan O'Hara
District 2

Alternate: Eileen Gilligan

Pam Garvin
District 3

Alternate: Linda Thomas

Marcia Restivo
District 4

Alternate: Kathleen Scanlon

climate action

Kayla Galey
District 5

Alternate: Lois Jones

Mary Nagel
District 6

Alternate: Susan Bursztynsky

Penny Briese
District 7

Alternate: Tania Hughes-Kremers

Katherine Cleland
District 8

Alternate: Connie Campbell

Sheila Cook-Cohen
District 9

Alternate: Debbie Anglewood

Therese Hartwell
District 10

Alternate: Mary Quinn

Betty Houbion Zonta

Betty Houbion
District 11

Alternate: Kathy Johnson

Denise Parrish
District 12

Alternate: Ranelle Randles

Denise Sylvester
District 15

Alternate: Barb Swartzel

USA Advocacy Committees 2022-2024

  • ERA —
    Katherine Cleland, Erma Barron (Guest member) and Bobbee Cardillo, Linda
  • CHILD MARRIAGE —
    Katherine Cleland (Chair), Mary Nagel, Denise Sylvester, Penny Briese, Barb Swartzel, Ela Pandya (Guest)
  • ZONTA SAYS NO to VAW —
    Denise Parrish (Chair), Mary Nagel, Marcia Restivo, Linda Johnson Thomas, Pam Garvin, Susan Bursztynsky, Sheila Cohen-Cook and Leslie Wright (Guest member), Terri Purtee-Stein
  • HEALTH —
    Therese Hartwell (Chair), Bonnie Artale (Co-Chair), Kathi Scanlon, Jill Follows (Guest member), Erma Barron (Guest member)
  • Women in LEADERSHIP (FORMERLY WORK& EDUCATION (combined)
    Ranelle Randels (Chair), Penny Briese, Betty Houbion, Terri Purtee-Stein and Bobbee
  • Gender Equal CLIMATE action —
    Connie Campbell, Siobhan O’Hora, Verna Frasca, Kathy Johnson, Eileen Gilligan, Angela Brokmann (Guest member and Chair), Julie Trone (Guest member and Co-Chair), Joanne Gallos (Guest member), Terri Purtee-Stein and Bobbee Cardillo

Ad Hoc Subcommittees

  • Rules

Latest From USA Caucus

Resources, Articles, News and Updates

Advocacy Bulletins

ZontaUSA Feb 2024 Advocacy Bulletin

Updated information about: Ending Child Marriage UNCSW Equal Rights Amendment Violence Agains Women Climate Action [...]

Advocacy Violence Against Women Zonta Says No!

Materials to Print and Share on Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Awareness Materials. Download or request and share at your next Zonta Club meeting.

Advocacy Climate Action

COP 28 Climate Conference: Key Takeaways

What happened at COP28? Here are some takeaways, focusing on Collaboration, Public and Private Partnerships, [...]

Climate Action

Severe Winter Weather – What Can Zontians Do to Make a Difference?

 After the November Think Tank Zonta USA Caucus Think Tank presentation recap:Severe Winter Weather – [...]

Climate Action

COP28 signals new Agreements

COP28 Agreement Signals “Beginning of the End” of the Fossil Fuel Era COP28 closed today [...]

Advocacy ERA

Sign 4 ERA Petition

Support the Equal Rights Amendment! Sign4ERA.org What the Petition Says: I strongly support the Equal [...]

Advocacy Equal Pay USA Women at work

Equal Pay Day for Native Women

The USA Caucus of Zonta International, representing over 8000 members in the US, has issued [...]

Advocacy End-Child Marriage

End Child Marriage in WA Chain-in Press Event in Olympia

Please RSVP by Dec 15th Child marriage is an urgent problem in Washington. Dangerous legal [...]