Bay Area Democratic Movement:
We stand together in support of each other for the protection of our constitutional rights, health, environment, immigrants, and uphold the belief that vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
We stand together in support of one another for the protection of our constitutional rights, health and environment and uphold the belief that vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
The name of the organization shall be the Bay Area Democratic Movement.
To support and promote Democratic principles at all levels of government.
To exert influence on the Democratic Party to continue its historic role as a party which promotes social justice, the local, state and national interest, and the needs of all people.
To keep the Bay Area Community informed of the Bay Area Democratic Movement and its principles by concentrating activities primarily in the Clear Lake and surrounding areas in cooperation with the Harris County and Galveston County Democratic Party and those elected or appointed Democratic Precinct Chairs in these precincts.
All persons at least age fourteen (14) who are interested in the political process and support the principles of the Bay Area Democratic Movement are eligible for membership in the organization.
Membership dues shall be set by the Executive Committee, approved by the general membership, and made a part of the by-laws.
Membership dues shall be paid annually, due in February each year and pro-rated for new members.
Only members in good standing shall be eligible to vote.
The Bay Area Democratic Movement shall have eight (8) board members:
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Candidate Support & Voter Outreach
The term of each office shall be 2 years, beginning May through April.
No term limits will be in place.
Elections shall be held at the regular April meeting of the organization.
Vacancies will be filled by a board majority. The foregoing named four (4) officers shall constitute the Executive Committee of the Bay Area Democratic Movement:
The Board of Directors shall consist of the Executive Committee plus:
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The President shall preside at all meetings and be the official spokesperson for the Executive Committee and for the organization. The President shall create committees as needed. The President shall have the power to call special meetings. The President shall be the official spokesperson at all meetings or gatherings with other Democratic organizations, Democratic officeholders and/or candidates seeking office.
The Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President. The Vice President shall additionally be responsible for arrangements of membership meetings and programs.
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings and be prepared to report those minutes at the next scheduled meeting if requested by the President. The Secretary shall make such records available to all officers as requested. The Secretary shall additionally be responsible for coordinating publicity for the organization through newsletters and/or in the media.
The Treasurer shall receive and deposit all moneys of the organization and shall record all financial transactions and report them to the Executive Committee for the general membership. Membership dues received by the Treasurer shall determine active membership status and the Treasurer shall supervise the accuracy of membership records.
The Treasurer shall additionally be appointed by the Executive Committee to be the Treasurer of the Bay Area Democratic Movement Action Committee and be responsible for filing all reports required by law with the Texas Ethics Commission.
The Bay Area Democratic Movement will meet at least quarterly. Special meetings may be called by the Executive Committee. A quorum comprised of a minimum of four (4) members shall be required to conduct business. The annual meeting to elect offers shall be held in April.
This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting as a meeting, provided the proposed amendment has been read as a proposed amendment at the previous meeting.
Bylaws shall be adopted by a majority vote of the members present and voting at a meeting.
The most current edition of Roberts Rule of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern, unless otherwise provided in this Constitution or Bylaws. This Constitution and Bylaws shall take effect upon adoption by a two-thirds vote of those in attendance at a mass meeting of the membership.
If, at any time, this club shall be dissolved, no part of the funds or property shall be distributed to or among its members, but after payment of all indebtedness of the club, its surplus funds and properties shall be donated to the Harris County Democratic Party.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
Students (high school and college) and seniors (65 and older) are exempt from dues.
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Join / Dues:
Come join Bay Area Democratic Movement and have some fun while staying informed, learning and being active in the political process. Dues are $25 per individual and $35 for a family membership. Students and individuals over 65 are free.
Our snail mail address:
Bay Area Democratic Movement
PO Box 590383
Houston, Tx 77259
Mail: Bay Area Democratic Movement
PO Box 590383
Houston, Tx 77259
Board of Directors
President: Kim Krist
Kim Krist graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BA in Marketing and worked in the retail industry before switching gears and becoming a teacher. She now works at Bright Futures as an Educational Consultant. She is married to Scott Krist and has 2 children who currently attend the University of Texas in Austin. Kim's hobbies are tennis, hiking, and running but her passion is politics and is a political news junkie. She started the Bay Area Democratic Movement with a group of girlfriends right after taking part in the 2017 Women's March. Kim is also a Precinct Chair for district 568 and believes in the power of individuals to make a change.
Vice President: John Cobarruvias
John joined the Democratic Party in the early 90's and joined Clear Lake's local club, Bay Area New Democrats. Later he served as Vice President and then President of the club. John worked as the volunteer coordinator of the Sherrie Matula campaign in 2008 and worked closely with the campaign. He did his share of phone banking and block walking. In the past John has been an advocate for consumers in the area of home building issues, electricity rates, and home insurance. John has testified at many hearings on consumer issues in Austin and hopes to resurrect his activism after retirement. He is excited to have been asked to serve at Vice President of BADM.
Treasurer: Tracey Baird Lewis
Tracey Lewis is a retired Labor and Delivery Nurse and holds a BSN, RN from The University of Texas Health Science Center and a BBA with a concentration in Management Information Systems from The University of Houston. Nursing was a second career after spending over 25 years in the Information Technology field. She is happily married to Steve Lewis and has two children, Leon and Emma. Tracey’s hobbies are traveling the world with her wonderful husband, and seeing live music with her friends. Tracey has been a democrat all of her life and has voted in every presidential election and most primary elections since she was 18 years old. After the 2016 presidential election, Tracey became active in trying to change the direction this country is heading. Tracey has participated in marches and actively supports local and national candidates, both financially and as a volunteer. Serving on the Bay Area Democratic Movement board is the first time Tracey has become actively involved in politics and feels it is an honor and a privilege.
Endorsement Committee Co-Chair
Ann Hammond has been a long time community volunteer and serves on Boards of numerous organizations as: PTA, PTSA, Special Ed PTA, Clear Creek Council of PTA’s, Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families, Friends of Bay Area Turning Point, Assistance League of the Bay Area, Communities in Schools Bay Area, Clear Creek Education Foundation, Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards and Go Public Gulf Coast. Ann was elected as an At-Large Clear Creek ISD Trustee in 2007 and served on the CCISD Board of Trustees for twelve years.
Having been born in Washington DC and raised in suburbs, Ann always had an interest in politics. Her 47 year long career at NASA as a Program Analyst began in Washington DC at Headquarters and moved to Texas on a one-year assignment and is still here. Raising two children, along with her volunteer activities, kept her busy for many years; but, after her children got out of school, she found that interest in politics again and became more active. She joined BADM shortly after it was founded and almost immediately became involved in the Club. She is passionate about public schools and choosing the right candidates for public office so it is a natural fit for Ann to co-chair the Endorsement Committee. Ann is a Parliamentarian and a crazy note-taker so she also serves as the Secretary/Parliamentarian.
Membership: Mary Kirasich
Mary Kirasich has been a lifelong Democrat and worked as a campaign canvasser even before she was eligible to vote. IBM and the Space Program brought her to the area. She “retired” after 8 years to become a stay-at-home mom to two children. She worked as a volunteer for Joe Roach’s City Council campaign and Lee Brown’s Mayoral campaign when her two children were young, pushing the kids in a stroller canvassing the neighborhood. Mary had to take a long hard look at where this country was headed following the general election in November of 2016. She found the Bay Area Democratic Movement after attending a Dayna Steele for US Congressional District 36 Meet and Greet. She was impressed by Dayna’s vision and block walked for her campaign. This led to blockwalking and throwing her support behind the Beto for Senate campaign. The mass shooting at the Majorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida had a profound effect on Mary and she became involved with March for Our Lives. She also participated in the march on Congressman Babin’s Deer Park office to protest the current administration’s immigration policies separating families at the border with no effort to track separated children to a parent in custody. Mary is also precinct captain for district 306.
During her children’s formative years, she volunteered and/or chaired numerous committees for the PTA, athletic teams, and band and athletic boosters. She also coached girls YMCA volleyball and was a Girl Scout leader.
Nina Johnston, Co-Chair
Matt Honeychuck, Co-Chair
Nina Johnston worked for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution in marketing research as well as at the Houston Chronicle as Senior Research Analyst, before moving into the National Sales Manager role there. After leaving the corporate world to raise her two boys, Nina has dedicated herself to volunteer work. She created and developed a Children Around the World festival for the Montessori school, a fundraiser which continued for about ten years. She was one of many activists who organized at the grass roots level to save the old Clear Lake Golf Course (now Exploration Green) from development. She worked in the early days of that effort as the public relations contact in a media battle for accurate reporting of the facts about the land use for flood control. It was a real life David and Goliath fight, and a true testament to what our community can do at the grass roots level to stand up for what is right and true. Since November 2016, Nina has devoted herself to political activism and community organizing. She is serving as Precinct Chair for Oakbrook (#745), as a member of the Senate District 11 Precinct Chair Vacancy committee, and is the Precinct Captain for precincts 692, 416 and 742. She is also serving on the board of Bay Area New Democrats (BAND) as Secretary. It is a great pleasure to work in the Harris County Democratic Party, and with all the tremendous people who are getting involved to turn Texas BLUE!!
Matt Honeychuck grew up in south central Pennsylvania. He moved to Houston in 2015 after graduating from Penn State University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. He currently works in spaceflight operations. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, Matt sought out ways to increase his civic engagement. He eventually got in contact with Nina, who introduced him to BADM and he has been helping with canvassing efforts in the area ever since. Matt feels honored to be a part of such a passionate team of volunteers, and looks forward to helping elect progressive Democrats to public office.
Marketing: Carla Medlenka
Carla Medlenka has been an entrepreneur much of her life, working mostly in communications, journalism and publishing. She joined the corporate world four years ago and currently works in health care marketing. Always politically aware, Carla has voted in every presidential election since she turned 18. Then, the 2016 election shifted her casual political attitude. She marched in Washington DC at the first Women’s March and has been an outspoken Democrat ever since. She is a founding member of the Bay Area Democratic Movement and now engages in as much political activism as she can squeeze into each day. Carla has been married to Galen Medlenka for 30 years and they have three grown children (but no grandbabies - yet).
Hospitality: Leona Coen
Leona Coen has been an advocate for most of her life. She has volunteered many years for various social outreach organizations as well as with her child’s school P.T.A. Even though her professional life has been working as a bookkeeper and currently a pet sitter, her true passion is helping others. Her main concerns are centered around public education, animal advocacy, the environment, and care for the elderly. She has always been an avid voter in the Democratic party however it wasn’t until after the 2016 election that she decided to get more involved. Since attending BADM meetings she has made phone calls for candidates, knocked on doors, worked the polls, and become a VDVR.
Yasmin Aliya Khan is a freelance writer who has always been prone to being a bit outspoken. A lifelong Democrat, she got her education from the University of Houston, earning a Bachelor’s in Literature as well as a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. Having worked for a time in digital marketing before breaking out as a freelancer, Yasmin’s true passion lies in politics on the global, national, and local levels. She believes that through effective communication, education, and most importantly, listening to one another, we can achieve a more unified and compassionate nation. Yasmin started casually attending meetings with BADM about a year ago and has gone on to become an active member of the group. In her free time, she maintains an active social media presence where she educates her followers on current events and political issues through blog posts and videos. Now, she’s taken on the role of BADM’s first social media coordinator.
Technology: Freddie Bean
After finishing high school in East Texas, Freddie joined the US Navy and served as a Submarine Torpedoman for 4 years, 3 patrols in the South Pacific. His Naval experience started his career and he later got a BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering. Working primarily in research and development he created products for Oil companies, and several Shuttle payloads for NASA at the Johnson Space Center. Embedded Microcomputers were his specialty.
Judicial Outreach: Sabrina Lee