About Us

The Democratic Women of McDonough County, founded in January of 2019, is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization focusing on increasing the participation of women and girls in civic engagement, politics, and public policy-making at the local, state, and federal level. We believe that women’s energy is a powerful force for positive change in the world, and to that end, we use activism, advocacy, education, networking, training, and service to our community to improve awareness of and access to services and support for those in need.

Leadership Team

Elected Officers​

  • President: Heather McMeekan
  • 1st Vice President: Verna Parkins
  • 2nd Vice President: Becky Danner
  • Recording Secretary: Roberta Moore
  • Corresponding Secretary: Candace Whitman
  • Treasurer: Diana Blue

Appointed Officers

  • Animal Welfare Task Force Chair: Bailey Carey
  • Labor Coalition Chair: Emiliano Vera
  • Mental Health Task Force Chair: Candace Whitman
  • Multicultural Outreach Advisor: Janell McGruder
  • Women’s Health Task Force Chair: Becky Danner
  • Racial Justice Coalition Chair: Regina Matthews
  • Technology Coordinator: Melissa Calhoun


A young organization organized under the guiding principle of “allyship first,” the Democratic Women of McDonough County is an official charter of the Illinois Democratic Women and affiliated with the National Federation of Democratic Women.


Led by founder and current President Heather McMeekan, the org became official in late January of 2019 with 23 initial members.

Now over 120 members strong, with multiple active committees, several hybrid task-forces, with the collective wisdom of over 25 advisors/allies/experts from around the state, and 8 active social media teams, the org has grown to become the second largest county Democratic Women’s org in the entire State of Illinois. …and we’re just getting started!!!

Proud Liberal Intersectional Feminist Democrats

We believe in embracing our strengths, rightful space, voice, passion, intelligence, and drive for progressive, intersectional transformation of our communities to address the many challenges before us.

We hope to help our county grow into becoming one in which all people of good will and a desire for community belonging truly feel and are welcomed, valued, respected, protected, and treated with equal dignity and respect in all spaces by all of our community members.