WCDP Leadership


Rebecca Llewellyn, Chair

Rebecca serves on the NCDP State Executive Committee, and was previously WCDP’s First Vice Chair, Democratic Women of Wake County’s President, and Democratic Women of North Carolina's 2nd Vice Chair. She is a North Carolina native, lifelong Democrat, and longtime resident of Raleigh. She has served as a precinct committee member, WCDP District Coordinator for Downtown Raleigh North, and core founding member of the WCDP Voter Assistance Task Force.

Rev. Clayton Brooks, 1st Vice Chair

Clayton is a Baptist minister with a passion for social justice and a commitment to transforming society to be more fair and equitable. His work in activism has spanned electoral campaigns, fair budget policy, housing justice, and LGBTQ rights. His service to the Party began in 2011, when he organized the founding of the LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina. He has also served as a precinct chair, SEC member, and Congressional District officer. Clayton received his Bachelor's Degree in Religion from Harvard University and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Currently a resident of Knightdale, Clayton is originally from Laurinburg, North Carolina. 

Rhonda Bond, 2nd Vice Chair

Rhonda was previously WCDP’s Lead District Coordinator, served as a co-District Coordinator for the Mills District, and was a precinct chair for a number of years. She has volunteered for Howard Dean, Erskine Bowles, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Kay Hagan, Doug Berger, Hillary Clinton, and others, and was a field organizer for the successful 2011 Wake County school board coordinated campaign. She is a member of the SEC, the African American Caucus, and the Democratic Men’s Club, and has worked with the Wake County Voter Education Coalition.

Antoine Marshall, 3rD VICE CHAIR

Antoine Marshall is an attorney, activist, and Wake County resident for over 20 years. Antoine first got involved in politics while an undergrad at Claflin University where he had various Congressional Internships in the office of Congressmen Clyburn and Congresswoman Donna Christensen. Licensed to practice law since 2012, Antoine has worked representing low income individuals for Legal Aid of North Carolina and worked as a legislative assistant in the North Carolina General Assembly. He previously served as Vice President of the African-American Caucus of the WCDP, and currently sits on the board of the WCDP Men’s Caucus and WCDP Progressive Caucus.
Antoine is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc. and resides in Southeast Raleigh with his wife and two daughters.


Maria has dedicated her life to the party at every level, from working as a Data Corps and Neighborhood Team Leader for Obama in 2008 and 2012, an elected precinct committee person and Legislative District Neighborhood Team Leader in 2014, and a Data Management/Tech Corps Member and co-District Coordinator for West Cary starting in 2015.  Maria is an SEC member.  Maria is also vice chair of the WCDP Asian American/Pacific Islander Caucus.


Schnika Pender began her involvement in the Wake County Democratic party by organizing her precinct in 2014.  She is Glenwood District co-Coordinator, a member of the Wake delegation to the State Executive Committee, and a member of the Data Management Corps. She also represented NC as a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the 2016 DNC.  She was precinct chair for many years and 3rd Vice Chair of the 4th Congressional District 2017-2019.  She holds a BS in Computer Science from NC A&T SU (Aggie Pride!) and MBA from NCSU.

Marina Lail Kelly, WAKE VICE CHAIR

Marina Kelly is honored to represent the citizens of Wake County as the County Vice Chair. She serves the municipalities of Angier, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell, and Zebulon, as well as the Unincorporated and Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) areas. 

Marina is a native of North Carolina and grew up in Democratic politics. She is currently a member of the State Executive Committee (SEC), the Chair of Precinct 18-07, and Treasurer of the Southern Wake Democrats. She is also a member of the Democratic Women of Wake County and Wake Democratic Men’s Club. 

She received B.A. degrees in History (Honors) and Education from St Andrews University and a M.S. in Computer Science from UNC Greensboro.


  • Wake County native, Raleigh resident

  • Graduate of Garner High School and Campbell University

  • Retired from NC Dept. of Transportation serving in Administrative and Information Technology positions

  • Precinct officer during most the last 20 years

  • SEC member for 12 years, but chose not to run in 2019

  • Treasurer of Wake Democratic Men’s Club 2007 - 2012

  • President of Wake Democratic Men’s Club 2017 – 2019 (term ended June 10th)

  • Member of NC Delegation to Democratic National Convention 2012 and 2016

  • Treasurer of a number of candidates’ campaign committees

  • Treasurer of Wake County Democratic Party, elected 2013, 2015, and 2019


I am a lifelong Democrat, thanks to the values instilled within me by my parents.  One of the greatest lessons I learned from them is that being a Democrat was a way of life, not just a political party.  

I am a long time grassroots activist at the precinct, county, and state levels. Served as:

  • Precinct Chair 2004-2009 and 2017-2019

  • Precinct Vice-Chair 2003-2004

  • President of the Wake Democratic Men’s Club


  • Wake County 2nd Vice-Chair 2009-2015

  • 2nd Vice-Chair of the 13th Congressional District 2015-2017

  • Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte-2012

  • Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia-2016

  • Volunteer with campaigns John Kerry and Barack Obama as well as Congressman Bob Etheridge for the 2nd Congressional District.

  • SEC Member since 2005

Laurel Birch KilGore, Executive Director

Laurel started her career as a teenaged volunteer canvassing, registering voters, and stuffing envelopes. She worked in local, Congressional and Senate campaigns and in State Government and Federal Government before leaving public service to study social anthropology and African Art. For twenty years Laurel worked in academics, University development  and non profit consultancies in
St Andrews, Edinburgh and Malawi Africa. 

After returning to the USA, and moving to Raleigh, North Carolina, she re-engaged with politics as she passionately believes our democratic principles are at risk. In Wake County she was an Organizer for Hillary, 2016 and was Campaign Manager for Dahl HD 11 in the primary election 2018. During the General election 2018 she served as regional GOTV in north Indianapolis, her home town. Laurel is married to a true southerner, Sidney Wallis Kilgore and has a daughter Sara, and stepsons David and William.