Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats Board Members

  • Dan Cole, Acting President

    Dan Cole, Acting President

    Dan Cole is a Legal Aide to New Castle County Clerk of the Peace Ken Boulden. In this role, he has been instrumental in the implementation of Civil Unions and Marriage Equality statewide. Before his employment with the County, Dan was a student at the University of Delaware majoring in Political Science and Women's Studies. He garnered recognition for his programming and advocacy as he led the LGBTQ Student Union, served on the Executive Board of the Student Government, and led the non-partisan political student union. Currently, he also serves on the Pride Council of the United Way of Delaware, working for a healthier LGBT community and youth in Delaware. Before becoming President, Dan served as New Castle County Coordinator and then VP for Development. Dan is dedicated to role the Party and Stonewall have to play in advocating for a better life for all of Delaware's citizens.

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  • VP for Development

    Currently vacant.zoom

  • Joseph Daigle, VP for Political Action

    Joseph Daigle is employed with the Asset Management team of J.P. Morgan's private bank. Joseph graduated from the University of Delaware in 2011 where he served for three years as the Drum Major of the Pride of Delaware, The Fighting Blue Hen Marching Band. Currently, Joseph serves on the board of the Newark Arts Alliance and as the North American East Coast Chair of J.P. Morgan Chase's Global Pride Leadership group. Joseph and his husband Dan Cole were the first to marry in Delaware, and firmly believe in the mission of BGDSD.

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  • Jeffrey Davis, VP for Membership/Secretary

    Jeffrey is a1993 graduate of Temple University. He grew up in the Philadelphia area and lived for many years on Chincoteague Island , VA. While on Chincoteague, he worked for the local library, where he was also a member of the board of directors. He moved to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in May of 2011, to be with his partner, Peter.

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  • Jerry Williams, VP for Public Relations

    Jerry Williams, a life-long resident of Sussex County, is new to the political scene.  Having volunteered on some past campaigns Jerry is looking forward to becoming more involved in the Democratic Party as well as helping to forward Delaware’s LGBT equality needs. Jerry’s has experience in Business Management and website design and development. Having also volunteered at the Sussex County AIDS Committee (1996-1999) where Jerry helped create a Junior Board with focus on reaching out to local college students regarding AIDS awareness and prevention, he was able to gain experience with leadership, organization and accountability. Jerry and his partner Charlie reside in Lincoln in their newly built home (2010) with their two dachshunds, Rusty and Isabella.

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  • Peter Schott, Treasurer

    Peter Schott is one of the founders of both National Stonewall Democrats and the Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats and served as its first Executive Vice President. A Democratic activist since the late 60's, he served in numerous elected, volunteer and appointed positions. Peter worked for the US House of Representatives for 25 years, and served as a member of DC's Human Rights Commission. After retiring to Rehoboth he maintained his activism and has become a recognized face and force in local politics. He is also a member of the State Human Relations Commission and of the Governor’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity.

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  • Kent County Coordinator

    Currently vacant.

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  • Alyssa Vessey, New Castle Coordinator

    Bio coming soon.

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  • John Workman, Sussex County Coordinator

    John Workman retired from the US Army after serving 22 years.  He began his service as an infantryman and was a Staff Sergeant when he left the service.  John is employed with the United States Postal Service.
    In addition to his work with Stonewall, John was twice elected to the Milford City Council and is currently president of the Lewes Senior Center. He has been a Democratic Party committeeman since 2002.  John is the proud father of his daughter Kelli.  John resides in Lewes with his partner Mitch.

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  • Peter Schott, Board Member At-Large

    Peter Schott is one of the founders of both National Stonewall Democrats and the Barbara Gittings Delaware Stonewall Democrats and served as its first Executive Vice President. A Democratic activist since the late 60's, he served in numerous elected, volunteer and appointed positions. Peter worked for the US House of Representatives for 25 years, and served as a member of DC's Human Rights Commission. After retiring to Rehoboth he maintained his activism and has become a recognized face and force in local politics. He is also a member of the State Human Relations Commission and of the Governor’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity.

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  • Mitch Crane, President

    Mitch Crane, Past President

    Mitch Crane is the immediate past president of the BGDSD and prior to that served two terms as political vice president. Mitch oversaw the drafting and eventual enactment of the Hospital Visitation Bill, which enables patients to be visited by whom they please. Mitch is a Board Member of Equality Delaware and is active in the effort to bring Civil Unions to Delaware. Mitch is a former PA district judge and a member of the Bar for over 30 years. He also served 10 years as a member of the West Chester (PA) city council, including two years as president. In January, 2011, Mitch ended his service with the Delaware Department of Insurance, where he was Regulatory Counsel and Acting Director of Consumer Services. Mitch resides in Lewes in the home he and his partner John built in 2009.

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