Sheena Patton spent the first 14 years of her career in the Human Resources field working for major corporations before entering the world of politics. A graduate of Bloom High School, she has a Bachelor of Science from DePaul University in Commerce and Human Resources. She is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s south suburbs and attributes her marriage to husband, Larry D. and their only child, Noah, as her greatest achievement. In 2007, she joined the Obama campaign and currently serves as its’ Director of Human Resources. Near the end of the 2010-midterm elections, it was Sheena along with Alan Cottrell, another south suburban activist, who recognized the need to pool together the efforts of Democratic women in the South Suburbs of Chicago. From their vision, Democratic Women of the South Suburbs was formed.
Zaveola Coleman also has a long history of serving, whether it be for her hometown village of Hazel Crest as the Veteran Commissioner, in her positions working as an educator, or in her 24 years of military service. Currently a retired veteran, she is an officer and member of the 8th Infantry National Guard Association of Illinois. Within The Association, she serves as the chaplain and chairperson of the Health and Wellness committee, and also as a member of both the Special Events and Scholarship committees. She’s an active member of the Dorie Miller 915 American Legion Post where she sits on the Housing committee. Zaveola, who has a bachelor's degree from Columbia College in Chicago, first became involved with the democratic process during the 2008 inauguration and hasn’t looked back since. She finds it a privilege to give back through DWSS, and firmly believes in the importance of supporting the process and planting seeds that nourish and grow the nation.
Secretary Lynne Rone is a retired Chicago Public Schools educator. She is a proud mother of three married children and a grandmother of five. She has been an instructor for the Chicago Junior Colleges, and has also held numerous writing workshops for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), served on the English Executive Board at Chicago State University, assisted the Westside Concerned Citizens for Education, worked as Human Relations Commissioner for the village of Richton Park, and has ghost written for three prominent Chicagoans. Besides being involved with the DWSS, Lynne currently volunteers weekly at President Obama’s downtown Chicago headquarters, leads a session at the Renaissance Senior Citizens Center, participates in church activities, and gladly spoils her grandchildren.
Retired elementary school teacher and school librarian, Hattie Hester, was born in Temple, Texas in June 1945. She graduated from Chicago State University, formally Chicago Teachers College, with a BS in Elementary Education and later received a MA in Political Science from Governors State University. As a founding member of DWSS, she envisions the organization as an important forum for women to become more informed on issues. In addition to her commitment to DWSS, her hobbies include reading, playing the piano, researching her family's history, acting and gardening.
Yvonne Perkins is also a retired educator, and has been a resident of Chicago's Southland for over 20 years. She is a long time member of Trinity United Church of Christ. She has worked on political campaigns and with elected officials from the municipal to national level since the early 1970's when she first volunteered for the late Senator Richard Newhouse. Yvonne first became involved with President Barack Obama's campaign beginning with his US Senate run in 2004. A DWSS founding member, she's very proud of the strides the organization has made in the South Suburbs and looks forward to seeing what Democratic Women of the South Suburbs can achieve in the future.