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
    Katherine Cleland (Chair), Mary Nagel, Denise Sylvester, Penny Briese, Barb Swartzel, Ela Pandya (Guest)
    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)
    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

Violence Against Women

Anniversary of the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence

The National National Domestic Violence Hotline policy team joined other advocates and senior Biden-Harris Administration [...]

Advocacy Voting + Democracy

Tips from Women Talk Politics

Women Talk Politics is a space for women to engage other women on the importance [...]

Advocacy End-Child Marriage

Missouri advances Law to End Child Marriage

The current Missouri state law allows 16- and 17-year-olds to get married in Missouri as [...]

Advocacy ERA Reproductive

USA Women’s Strike June 24

USA General Women’s Strike has been called for on June 24, 2024. Join the Women’s [...]

Advocacy DEI- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meet-Board Membership

Men for Gender Equity


Zonta Report from CSW to USA Caucus:

Zonta Report from CSW to USA Caucus: Pam Perraud  reported that this year’s CSW  was [...]

Advocacy End-Child Marriage

Virginia Ends Child Marriage

Virginia becomes first Southern state to abolish child marriage April 16, 2024 Virginia became the [...]


ERA status 2023/24 = Ratified and waiting Publication

EQUAL MEANS EQUAL President Kamala Lopez joins National ERA Publication Task Force Co-Chair Jean Sweeney [...]