Executive Committee

[From L to R:] Stacey Piesche, Maria Cervania, Rhonda Bond, Dustin Ingalls, Austen High, Rebecca Llewellyn, Montica Talmadge, DeAntony Collins, Kevyn Creech. Charles Stephenson not pictured.

[From L to R:] Stacey Piesche, Maria Cervania, Rhonda Bond, Dustin Ingalls, Austen High, Rebecca Llewellyn, Montica Talmadge, DeAntony Collins, Kevyn Creech. Charles Stephenson not pictured.

 

Rebecca Llewellyn, Chair
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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.

Charles Stephenson, 1st Vice Chair

A lifelong political and cultural activist, Charles C. Stephenson, Jr.  was born in Harlem and raised in Mt Vernon New York, he relocated to Washington D.C. after serving overseas in the U.S. Army.  In D.C., his 30-year professional career on Capitol Hill culminated as the Legislative Director for California Congressman Ronald V. Dellums.  For every year on Capitol Hill, he also found time to assist many grassroots campaign needs with GOTV and voter education efforts.  For 25 years, he co-chaired the annual Malcolm X Day Celebration in Washington's Anacostia Park, where the largest and longest running event to honor El Hajj Malik El Shabazz was held.   As a former chair of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Charles also expanded city funded arts experiences and programs to broader audiences across the city.  By 2012, he relocated to Raleigh, where he now shares his ongoing activism as: the Wake County 05-05 Precinct Chair; a member of both the State Executive Committee and the African American Caucus of the NC Democratic Party; and Secretary of the African American Cultural Festival held in Raleigh every Labor Day weekend. In his spare time he is an avid senior golfer at the Brier Creek course.  He is married to public affairs consultant Judith Burrell and they have two children-Brandon and Zora.

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.

Zainab Baloch, 3rD VICE CHAIR

Zainab “ZB” Baloch is a 26 year old Raleigh native who ran for Raleigh City Council At-Large  in 2017. She is a graduate of Wakefield High, NC State, and is currently finishing her Master in Public Administration at UNC-CH (her heart belongs to the Wolfpack though). 

ZB works for the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services monitoring and creating policies for mental health providers across North Carolina. She knows that in government there can often be a disconnect between how policies work and those they are intended to serve and she hopes to help bridge that gap. She, also, serves on some other boards including: WakeUP Wake County and Democratic Women of Wake County.

MARIA CERVANIA, CARY VICE CHAIR

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.

DEANTONY COLLINS, RALEIGH VICE CHAIR

DeAntony is currently serving as 3rd Vice Chair. In 2016, he was tasked with the redesign of WakeDems.org, and coordinated WCDP's very successful rides to the polls program during both the primiary and general elections. A lifelong Democratic voter, DeAntony first became involved with the party as a candidate for Raleigh City Council in 2015.

KEVYN CREECH, WAKE VICE CHAIR

Kevyn “Kev” Creech is a North Carolina native who grew up in Carteret County.  She arrived in Wake County in 1991 as an NC Teaching Fellow at NCSU.  She is married to another NC native and has lived in Apex with her three kids since 1997.  Outside of family and politics, she is passionate about animal rescue, public education, and reading.

Kev is a lifelong Democrat with a strong voting record.  She became heavily involved with WCDP shortly after the 2011 WCPSS School Board race.  Since then, she has worked hard to support organization and connection throughout Wake County.  Kev has served as Apex precinct 20-09 vice chair, 20-09 precinct secretary/treasurer, Apex’s first Co-District Coordinator, WCDP’s first Lead District Coordinator, and WCDP 2nd Vice Chair.  Currently, Kev serves as coordinator on the WCDP Data Management Corps, a second term delegate on the State Executive Committee, and Wake County Vice Chair. Wake County VC covers municipalities and unincorporated areas outside of Raleigh and Cary.  Keeping her initial experiences of trying to connect with the county party and get Apex organized in mind, Kev seeks to provide coordination with WCDP and organizational support for Democrats living in traditionally underserved areas of Wake.

STACEY PIESCHE, TREASURER

With almost 20 years of bookkeeping experience, Stacey owns a small tax preparation business boasting clients in multiple states, and currently also serves as Treasurer of the Wake County Progressive Democrats.

MONTICA TALMADGE, SECRETARY
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Politics has been part of Montica’s life since she was a little girl. A graduate of Millbrook High (‘97) and NC State (‘01), she has been a SEC member since 2006, and has served as 3rd Vice Chair of the 2nd Congressional District, 3rd Vice Chair of the NCDP African American Caucus, a NCDP Platform and Resolutions Committee member, and a 2012 Democratic National Convention delegate. Montica was the state delegation chair to the Young Democrats of America (YDA) Convention from 2009 to 2013; during that time, she became the first African American woman to be elected YDA National Committeewoman and to serve as a YDA standing committee chair. For these accomplishments, Montica was featured as a young woman to watch by Essence Magazine.

Austen High, Executive Director

Austen E. High is a native North Carolinian with a passion for ensuring high-quality education for all.  She has a bachelor's degree in history and secondary social studies education from NC State University and master's degree in School Counseling from NC Central University.

Austen facilitated statewide campaign efforts for Sen. Kay Hagan by managing the federal campaign committee, Forward NC through the Wake County Democratic Party.  In the same cycle, she oversaw the More with Four Campaign to flip four seats and win a 7-0 Democratic majority on the Wake County Commission.  Since taking over the leadership, Wake County Commissioners approved an historic budget for schools and expanded the school breakfast program.

In 2016, Austen led Wake County Democrats to an historic voter turnout of 75.33% that provided over 315,000 votes for Governor Roy Cooper.  Wake County has flipped three NC House seats, passed a transit referendum, and elected Democratic majorities on the Wake County Commission and Wake County School Board.

Austen also serves on the Board of Directors for Wake County Women's Center.  In her free time she enjoys cooking with wine and answering questions with her trivia team, the Bee's Knees.