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.

USA Caucus Members by District

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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: Bonnie Altare

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


    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)

  • 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) and Bobbee

Ad Hoc Subcommittees

  • Rules

Latest From USA Caucus

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