Dennis Kucinich-Campaign Organization
Kucinich for President Committee
Headquarters: 11808 Lorain Ave, First Floor, Cleveland, OH 
(this is the same building, although not the same floor where Kucinich had his 2002 re-election headquarters)
-As of September 24, 2003 the campaign had about 60 national staff, including interns.  By January 1, 2003 national staff, including interns, had grown to about 95.
-This page reflects the campaign as of January 3, 2003.  There were changes as Kucinich continued to compete through to the later primaries.
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Campaign Manager Dorothy J. "Dot" Maver
(Started Sept. 1, 2003) Dot Maver is an educator with a background in health, physical education, philosophy and psychology.  A teacher at both the high school and university levels, she has also worked extensively with youth/adult partnership models in community development.  As Dr. Dot she presents a revolutionary fast pitch softball hitting technique: The Maver Method.  Dot also works with ADD/ADHD children using an innovative technique: Transformational Kinesiology.
Deputy Campaign Manager Paul Constanzo

Strategist Steve Cobble
Cobble volunteered for his first presidential campaign at the age of 20, running his home county in New Mexico for George McGovern.  He later served as political director and speechwriter for the National Rainbow Coalition, was National Delegate Coordinator for Jackson for President '88, and directed the Keep Hope Alive PAC.  Cobble has conducted election training workshops for the African National Congress in South Africa, served as a Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, was once selected as a Young Political Leader in America, and is listed in Who's Who in America.  He served as executive director of the Arca Foundation.  In 2000 he was a senior strategist on the Nader campaign.
Communications Director/Advisory Jeff Cohen
(from April 1, 2003 as Communications Director, now more advisory)  Cohen founded FAIR, a national media watch group, in 1986.  He served as the group's executive director and later on its board of directors, and co-authored four books.  In May 2002 Cohen left FAIR to work at MSNBC, where he was senior producer and on-air contributor on "Donahue;" MSNBC ended the show in Feb. 2003.  Before launching FAIR, Cohen worked in Los Angeles as a journalist producing investigative articles and as an attorney for the ACLU.
Press Secretary David Swanson
David Swanson earned a Master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 1997 and worked as a reporter for newspapers in Virginia and for the Union Labor Report prior to becoming in 2000 the first-ever Communications Coordinator for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.  Swanson left ACORN in 2003 to work for the Dennis Kucinich for President campaign on communications and organizing. Swanson's writing has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines.  His website is
Speaker's Bureau, Endorsements, House Parties Ellen Augustine Schwartz
(started June 2003 Director of Operations )  Schwartz is an author, entrepreneur, former congressional candidate, and founder of several nonprofits. In her bid for Congress in Northern California in 1994, she garnered the most votes of anyone running against an incumbent on the West Coast.  She founded and led Invest in Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to providing mentors and scholarships to low-income youth.  She founded Healing Our Nation from Violence to raise public awareness about negative influences of the entertainment industry.  She has organized numerous Earth Day exhibitions, served on the Executive Committee of the Kauai Group of the Sierra Club, and was an Advisory Board member of Kauai Community Radio KKCR.  She is the co-author of "Taking Back Our Lives in the Age of Corporate Dominance."
National Phonebank Chris Kuwamoto

National Technology Coordinator/Webmaster Karen Kilroy

National Marketing and Advertising Director Deborah and Carlton Jackson
("Fear Ends.  Hope Begins.")
Director of Development Lynne Hardin
(October 1, 2003)  Hardin is president and CEO of her own consulting firm in Oklahama City, Integrated Solutions, Inc., and has been in the fundraising field for many years.  She served as Director of Development for the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics.  She initiated the Oklahoma Breast Cancer Bill, which was signed into law by Democratic Governor David Walters.  She attended the Woman’s Global Peace Summit for Religious and Spiritual Leaders, in Geneva, Switzerland.  Hardin confirmed a report in ABC News' "The Note", "I was a Republican however, I have changed my party affiliation because of Dennis and his platform."
Finance Director Phil Mohorich

Ballot Access/Delegate Selection "Ayela"
Moved from New Mexico to start as a volunteer on the campaign.
Scheduler Amy Vossbrinck
Active in the Palo Alto, California based Foundation for Global Community.
Office Manager/Business Manager Cheryl Binzen
(started September 17, 2003)


Field Director Kimon Kotos
(September 3, 2003)  Kotos has extensive experience in campaign field work, particularly in Southern California.  He recently served as president of Democrats for Change, a Southern California Democratic club; in 2000 he helped run Democratic campaign offices in the San Fernando Valley; and in 1999 he served as chair of the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley.  In 1995 he worked on the Hollywood Beautification Team.  Kotos has worked on campaigns around the country, including in 2002 as GOTV coordinator on Dan Wofford's congressional campaign in Pennsylvania and several months as Bob Shrauger's State Senate campaign in Michigan.  A native of Flint, Michigan, Kotos started in politics at age 11 working on Dale Kildee's campaign for the State House.  He disengaged from politics after 1968 but returned to the fray in 1994.  Kotos has worked as a painting contractor for 30 years.  In 1971-72 he ran a natural foods business in San Francisco.  He has been a professional drummer since 1970.

Katherine Scott

Jim Goettler
(October 2003)  Activist > from Suquamish (Seattle), Washington.  In 2000 he worked events/fundraiser for Nader/LaDuke.

Kevin Spidel
(January 2004)  Spidel served as Arizona State Director before driving to Cleveland to work on the national field staff starting in Jan. 2004. He earned his BA in Political Science from Arizona State University, Main Campus ’02.  He is active in many civic groups and is a third generation Arizonan.
National African American Outreach Director Darlene White
(July 2003)  Native Clevelander.  Has worked in radio and as a marketing consultant.  White's husband, Robert J. White, III, serves on the Cleveland City Council.
National Director of Community Outreach and New Voter Development (organizing 18-24 year olds) Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

National GLBT Outreach Coordinator Mari Engelhardt
A member of Stonewall Democrats Cleveland Chapter and an HRC supporter.  Engelhardt serves on the board of her local YWCA.  A divorced mother, she lives in Lorain with her two teenage boys and her partner Janet. 
People of Color Outreach Placido and Bobbie Salazar
(Based in Corte Madera, California)  Placido is a Northern New Mexico native of Hispanic and First American ancestry who formerly chaired the Latino/Chicano caucus of the California Democratic Party.  Bobbie is a longtime grassroots organizer.
Labor Liaison Alan Zmija
initial had title "National Representative"
Policy-Agriculture/Environment Richard Rinell

National Liaison for Colleges and Youth Corey Bennett
(Jan. 1, 2004) Drove up to Cleveland from Arizona with Kevin Spidel.  Succeeded Jessica Davis.


Midwest Political Director John Friedrich
Midwest political director for Clean Water Action, from Aug. 2002.  Founder and executive director of Community Harvest, a Washington, DC non-profit, 1997-2002.  National political director of Clean Water Action, 1993-97.  Friedrich served as Illinois campaign manager for Harkin for President in 1991-92 and as a field organizer on Harkin's 1990 Senate campaign.  He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987) and a native of Iowa City.

N E W   H A M P S H I R E

New Hampshire State Director Mary MacArthur
(Started Oct. 6, 2003--based in Portsmouth)  Resident of Milton Mills.  Most recently has taught cross cultural studies and conflict resolution in Massachusetts as an adjunct professor.  In the 1970s and 80s MacArthur served as assistant director of the literature program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. Publisher.  Peace Corps volunteer.

S O U T H   C A R O L I N A  (February 3 primary)
Contacts: Midlands - Michael Berg    Upstate - David Bracey  Lowcountry - Kevin Wooten or Anna Shockley 

A R I Z O N A  (February 3 primary)

Arizona State Director Cindy Digeronimo
Succeeded Kevin Spidel, who started on national field staff in January 2004.

O K L A H O M A  (February 3 primary)

Oklahoma State Director Beth Skye
(Started September 1, 2003)  Skye has a background in small business, non-profit management and corporate training.  Her most recent emphasis has been on consumer education and health.  She first met Kucinich in 1986 in Cleveland while there on business. 

D E L A W A R E  (February 3 primary)

State Coordinator Daniel Verinder
(volunteer Melissa Camoirano)

N E W   M E X I C O  (February 3 caucuses)

New Mexico Liaison Stephen McIlwain
(volunteer)  Succeeded Clarissa Duran.

N O R T H   D A K O T A  (February 3 caucuses)

M I C H I G A N  (February 7 caucuses)

Michigan State Coordinator Bob Alexander
(On staff since June 20, 2003)  Bob Alexander has been involved in six presidential primary campaigns, starting in 1976 when he was Michigan co-chair of Sen. Fred Harris's campaign.  In the closing weeks of the1992 NH primary campaign he organized in Durham area for Sen. Tom Harkin, and in 2000 fulfilled a similar role for Bill Bradley's campaign.  In 1991 he led a recall effort against Gov. John Engler.  All told, Alexander has been involved in several hundred campaigns.  He has worked as a state employee, in the Michigan Senate, and as a teacher.  Alexander is a resident of East Lansing.

W A S H I N G T O N  (February 7 caucuses)

Washington State Coordinator Gerri Haynes
(state coordinator since May 2003, volunteer)  Haynes' background is in nursing and palliative care; she works as a pediatric palliative care consultant.  She is also very active in Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, the local chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility; she served as chapter president in 2002 and has served as the chair of the Middle East Task Force since 1993.

V I R G I N I A  (February 10 primary)

Virginia State Co-Coordinator
Virginia State Co-Coordinator
Peter Rush, Leesburg
Steve Cerny


T E N N E S S E E  (February 10 primary)

Tennessee State Coordinator Jane Boram
(since mid-September "VERY volunteer")  Nashville social worker.  Graduated from Vanderbilt University's Divinity School in 1984 and pastored Disciples of Christ parishes for eight years. 

W I S C O N S I N  (February 17 primary)
State Steering Committee Co-Chairs
Sue Holmes, Baraboo
Lee Brown, Madison

C A L I F O R N I A  (March 2 primary)

Northern California Coordinator Judy Kimmel
California Political Director Dotty Lemeiux
Southern California Coordinator Thia Stephan


N E W   Y O R K  (March 2 primary)

New York Coordinator Chad Elson
New York Political Director Bob Ginsberg
New York City Michael Locker

The campaign brought the website in house in early July 2003.  Karen Kilroy, who hails from Northeastern Ohio and has
20 years of experience in the tech field, is webmaster.
Website: Initial design by Tree Media Group (Santa Monica, Calif.). (Oct. 31, 2003) (May 2004)

Legal Counsel   Donald J. McTigue, Columbus, Ohio
National Co-Chair John Robbins
Author of Diet for A New America (1987), The Awakened Heart, Reclaiming Our Health, and The Food Revolution.  Robbins founded EarthSave International, an organization which seeks to promote a plant-based diet, in 1988.  He is the only son of the founder of Baskin-Robbins.  Robbins lives in the Santa Cruz area.

National Field Administrator Claudia Jabo
Previously worked in Kucinich's district office.  -left to work on Rep. Kucinich's re-election campaign
Labor Liaison Greg Somerville
Former President and Business Manager of the Cleveland Municipal Light Workers, and an IBEW member, Somerville has known Kucinich since 1976.  He played a key role in the initial development of the campaign starting with discussions in Dec. 2002.  Somerville served as Director of Operations until June 2003.  -left to work on Rep. Kucinich's re-election campaign
National Liaison for Colleges and Youth Jessica Davis
Graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in international affairs.
Field-including National Field Director Amy Hochadel
(From the beginning of the campaign through early September 2003, Hochadel played a central role in the campaign serving as national field director, based in Ohio; in Sept./October she worked in New Hampshire as New England Regional Coordinator)  Worked on Kucinich's congressional staff as Special Projects Coordinator for the past four years, taking leaves of absence to run the field operation for his re-election campaigns.  Previously a union organizer for the AFL-CIO for four years; prior to that was a union organizer/community organizer for UNITE for one year in New Orleans.

Field - Will Reynolds

Field - Rollin Reimer
Served as President of Eastern Oklahoma State College starting in July 2000.   Worked with the State Auditor and Inspector in Oklahoma City coordinating the Rural Economic Action Plan.  Served in the Oklahoma state legislature from 1978-86.  Owner and publisher of the Cheyenne Star and Leedey Star newspapers, 1975-86.  Reimer has also worked as an instructor, principal, science teacher, and research scientist. 

National Phonebank Director/Operations Manager - Donna Fox
National Fundraising Director Dan Spinner
(announced June 25, 2003 through August)  Partner in LMI Enterprises; has 20 years experience in nonprofit, charitable and political fundraising.  He has been CEO for the Chopra Foundation and Senior Campaign Counsel for Esalen. He has held staff and leadership positions with United Way, and in healthcare and universities. He also has background in the labor movement.

Joe Bailer-Major Donor Fundraising

Lisa Casini-National Media Coordinator

Stacey Vicari worked for a bit as National Fundraising Director-She founded Ideal Life™ and has been working as a personal coach in Louisville, Kentucky.  Named president of EarthSave International at age 27.  Founded an environmental/vegetarian non-profit organization.

Copyright © 2003, 2004  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action