Democratic Executive Committee Officers
and STATE COMMITTEEMAN
Current State Committeeman Ian Whitney was elected to the additional post of Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Executive Committee by a unanimous vote at the November 2013 meeting and will now take on this additional to provide the leadership in the Democrat's goal of unseating Governor Rick Scott as well as helping Democrats win across the county and the state in 2014.
"Over the past four years, our party's leadership has worked closely together to create an organization that wins elections," said Whitney. "Thanks to this organization, we're going to pick-up seats this year. It's easier to recruit strong candidates when we have a track record like the one we've established since 2008."
Whitney has represented Monroe County on the Florida Democratic Party (FDP) State Executive Committee since 2009, serves as chair of the 26th Congressional District Democratic Committee, as Vice Chair of the FDP Affirmative Action Committee, and as a member of the FDP Campaign Committee. He served as Vice Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Executive Committee in 2009.
He is currently President of the Key West Innkeepers Association and serves on the Key West Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee. He has served on the Visit Florida Public Relations Committee, two terms as Vice President of the Key West Business Guild, as chair of the Guild's Marketing Committee, and on the Key West Pops Orchestra Board of Directors. Ian is a member of The Rotary Club of Key West, Key West Chamber of Commerce, Key West Business Guild, the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys, and the Key West Attractions Association. He lives in Key West with his partner Justin, who works in the telecommunications industry.
Pauline Sherman was elected Vice-Chair in December 2012 and will serve a two year term. Before that she served as Democratic Executive Committee Precinct Five Committeewoman. Prior to moving to Key West five years ago, she resided in Bloomfield Hills Michigan but has lived all over the country.
Since moving to Key West she has been involved in the Frances Street Neighborhood Association, The Key West Business Guild and The Key West Garden Club. She currently works as the Marketing Manager for Floridakeys.com.
She has a degree in Social Work and loves working with people. She is driven by a purpose to make a difference in her community, and is a passionate advocate for the rights of woman, LGBT, children, the elderly, and patients. She has worked as a Student Liaison in a residential housing program for teenagers and a volunteer in every school district her daughters attended. She also spent time working at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan as a Patient Liaison and Hospice Volunteer. Pauline & Chuck have two daughters, the eldest Alicia is a graduate of Maryland Inst. College of Art and lives in Seattle. Their youngest daughter Emily will graduate from Ringling College of Art & Design this coming May with a degree in Graphic Design.
Bert Sise was elected Treasurer in December 2012 and will serve a two year term. Before moving to Key West in 1978, she worked as a “headhunter” in Lancaster, PA. In Key West she worked for the original Key West Hand Print Fabrics for a few years in Accounting, Payroll, and Human Resources. Bert then went to work for AAA Cooper Transportation in 1983 retiring after 29 years as a Terminal Manager at their LTL facility on Big Pine Key.
You can now find Bert working part time at Strunk’s Ace Hardware in Key West and spending her spare time working in her yard – “jungle taming” and enjoying time with friends. Bert is a member of the Xi Nu Tau chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and serves as its Corresponding Secretary.
Sue Sullivan was re-elected to serve as Secretary at the December 2012 meeting of the DEC, She will serve a 2-year term. She has been the Membership Chair and Secretary for the Henry Woods Key West Lower Keys Democratic Club.
Sue is retired from the health care field in Massachusetts where she managed a clinical lab and private medical practice for 25 years. She has been very active in the Key West Garden Club for many years and is their current President. Sue lives in Old Town Key West.
Liz Lustberg was elected from her current role of Vice-Chair to become the new State Committeewoman for the DEC in December, 2012. Before that she served as both DEC Chair and Key West Lower Keys Chair. Since moving to the Keys eleven years ago she has taught economics at Florida Keys Community College, tutored English with the Literacy Volunteers of America, and served on the Board of Directors of Key West Chamber of Commerce.
She is currently a Member of the Board of the Florida Keys Chapter of the ACLU, and is the Planning Commissioner for District 3 on the Monroe County Planning Commission. She has the same small business on Duval St. that she opened in 2001 and teaches dance on occasion.