The IDWC elects officers at its annual breakfast meeting in Boise the morning after the Frank & Bethine Church dinner. Information about elections can be found in our by-laws.
The executive committee is comprised of the president, vice president, secretary, past president and directors for regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Representatives of member counties also nominate a representative to serve on the IDWC State Executive Committee as an ad-hoc member. Our organization represents Idahoans from various parts of the state and backgrounds who are interested in running for public office at every level of government.
Gini Ballou serves as the IDWC President. She lives in Hailey, Idaho with her husband, Jeff. They have raised four children and have five beautiful grandchildren. Before serving with the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus, Gini was co-chair of Blaine County for Obama, past Chair of the Blaine County Democrats, Chair for her county chapter of Mothers of the Military, Chair of the City of Hailey Planning & Zoning Commission, and involved with several community organizations. She owns the Ballou Agency, selling life and disability insurance, and volunteers with the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Cancer Society. When not at a training event or rally, you can find Gini and her husband on the dance floor or the golf course.
Mary Kuehler serves as the IDWC Vice President. She has served as our webmaster for many years and as non-voting board member. She is the Treasurer of the Bannock County Democrats and the D29 Democratic Campaign Committee. She is a fourth-generation Idahoan who lives in Southeastern Idaho. She has a masters degree in healthcare administration and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She works in healthcare and enjoys serving in her community.
Julie Dahlgren serves as the IDWC Secretary. She is a retired educator with a career encompassing thirty-four years as a public school teacher. She also spent nine years as a Trustee and Chair of the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees. She was one of five nominees for the 2010 Idaho Mountain Express Woman of the Year award. Her political volunteering includes precinct captain, secretary to Blaine County Democrats, state delegate, and a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. She splits her time between Boise and Mackay and enjoys spending time with her family. She has three adult children and two granddaughters.
Bev Robinson serves as the IDWC Treasurer. She is retired and lives in Hailey with her husband, Brent, and their dogs, Annie and Mandy. They have six children, 31 grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Bev has served as Treasurer of the Blaine County Democrats and currently serves on the State Central Committee as State Committee Woman. She serves on a local Board and volunteers with several local non-profits, including “I Have a Dream Foundation” and “Hunger Coalition”. When not traveling with her husband, she spends her time quilting, knitting, golfing, and spending time with the “grands”.
Barbara Harris serves as the most recent Past President of the IDWC. She has been a devoted Democratic activist for decades. She has been a strong leader of the labor movement including 15 years as president of the Northern Idaho Central Labor Council and is still a dues-paying member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union even after retirement in 2009. She chaired the board of United Vision for Idaho (UVI) from 2000 to 2002. She has participated in UVI’s efforts to reform campaign finance reform and to provide healthcare access to all Idahoans. She was a co-founder of UVI’s political arm, United Action for Idaho. She lives in Caldwell with her family including 5 great-grandchildren.
Pat Day Hartwell serves as the Region 3 Director for the IDWC. She has a passion for helping people and bettering her community. She organized the Idaho Network to Stop Violence Against Women (aka the Idaho Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence), which secured the passage of legislation to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They gained statewide funding for the shelters and created the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence. She was appointed to the Council and later served as the Chair. Her efforts with the Council helped gain federal Victim of Crime Funding for all Idaho victims of violent crime. She and her husband currently farm 20 acres where they raise sheep for their wool and have a spinning and weaving shop.
Chrystal Allen serves as the Region 4 Director for the IDWC. She lives in Boise with her partner, Nick, and their two cats. In 2007, she received her bachelor’s degree in political science. She returned to the mountains of McCall where she grew up before making the move to Boise in 2014. She was active in the Boise State Young Democrats club until she completed her master’s degree in public administration in 2016. She has served as the Chair for District 19 since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, and snowboarding.
Karen Bliss serves as the Region 5 Director for the IDWC. She is a third-generation Japanese American who retired two years ago from the Blaine County School District after 27 years as a Kindergarten and Dual Immersion teacher. As an advocate for minority students and teachers, she held positions in her local and state teacher’s association and served on the Idaho Education Association Board of Directors as the state Minority Representative. She was the Minority Caucus Chair for 6 years and was on the IEA Human and Civil Rights Committee as a board liaison. Karen’s passion now is teaching ESL to adults at the College of Southern Idaho, playing the violin in a community orchestra, and spending time with her grandchild.
Linda Leeuwrik serves as the Region 6 Director for the IDWC. She is a current Pocatello City Council member and a former ISU professor. She has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree from Georgia State University, and a Master’s and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Before becoming an educator, she worked in the design and architecture field, gaining valuable experience in managing multi-million dollar projects. She is active in a number of non-profit organizations, holding leadership and board positions, and has continued to organize events to inform and benefit her local community. She is a strong advocate for women in public office.