Meet the Party Leaders
In 2015, Alexis Tameron became the first female and first Latina ever elected State Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party. A Pinal County native, Alexis was born and raised in the mining town of Superior. She first got involved in politics as a Young Democrat at Arizona State University, and would later become the President of the Young Democrats of Arizona (YDAz) and Executive Vice President of the Young Democrats of America (YDA).
Since then, Alexis has worked within government, public policy and electoral politics for nearly two decades, serving in various management capacities at the congressional, state and local level. Most recently, in 2012, Alexis served as the statewide Campaign Manager for Dr. Richard Carmona’s U.S. Senate race – an effort that captured more votes statewide than any other Democratic candidate in Arizona history. In 2006, she worked for Harry Mitchell’s congressional campaign, an effort that resulted in the upset victory over six-term incumbent J.D. Hayworth. She served as Congressman Mitchell’s first District Director before becoming his Chief of Staff in Washington. Alexis is a graduate of Arizona State University and attended the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University as a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow. She and her husband Adam reside in Tempe with their two pugs, Lofa and Sirius.
First Vice Chairman
For more than 35 years, Bill Roe has dedicated himself to improving Arizona’s environment and championing land conservation efforts. Bill has served on the boards of directors of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters, served two six-year terms on the Arizona State Parks Board, served on the Arizona Land and Water Trust Board, and dedicated years to long-term service as a leader in developing the Nature Conservancy in Arizona. More recently, he served as Arizona's Democratic National Committeeman, and upon his election as Chair, became the first Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party from outside Maricopa County in a generation. Bill graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio and received his law degree from Columbia University. He and his wife, Alice, have been married for 45 years and have two children and three grandchildren.
Rick McGuire is an Executive Producer at Health & Medical Multimedia and Executive Editor of the several monthly publications including the cardiology magazine, CardioSource WorldNews. He co-authored the Democratic PC Handbook and Resource Guide that is used here in Arizona as well as in several other states. For more than a decade, Rick has travelled Arizona, on behalf of the party, to train treasurers and other leaders on Managing Money in Politics: How to win Elections and Stay Out of Jail as well as conduct general PC training. Rick is married to Anne Greenberg, a past vice chair of the state party and the current President of the Paradise Valley Unified School District Governing Board. They have two sons.
Senior Vice Chairwoman
Phone: (520) 822-6566
Phone: (602) 796-4901
Karyn Lathan spent over 25 years in law enforcement and corrections as a Police Officer, Correctional Officer, Probation and Parole Officer and as the Restorative Justice Coordinator for Arizona Department of Corrections, where she built a program that received both national and international attention. She is an Air Force veteran with service in South Korea as well as stateside.
Karyn has been involved with several victim services organizations; Past Chair of the Chandler Domestic Violence Commission, past chair of the Coalition to End Arizona’s Sexual Exploitation (CEASE), and member of the Arizona Coalition of Victim Services (ACVS). She has worked very closely with many victim organizations and has received awards from Parents of Murdered Children and End Stalking in America for her dedication and commitment to victims of crime. She currently is the chair of the newly formed Tempe Family Justice Commission.
Karyn saw a need to change policy at the state policy making level so in 2011 she stepped up to run for the State House in the east valley. Since that time, she has been an active part of Arizona politics.
Karyn holds a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Public Administration.
A junior at the University of Arizona, Joseline Mata studies Political Science and Communications. Joseline cut her teeth in politics during the 2012 election season when she worked as a field intern for Congressman Ron Barber, which she followed up by serving a one-year internship with the Pima County Democratic Party. In 2014, she had two roles: working as part of the finance team for Congressman Barber’s re-election campaign & as Deputy GOTV Director for the Pima County Democratic Party. Today she is proud to be the Political Consultant for Arizona List, a group that helps elect pro-choice Democratic women to Local & state office. Joseline has come a long way from the first leadership position she held in High School Democrats of Arizona. Today she holds the titles of President Emeritus of UofA Democrats, President of Young Democrats of Arizona & National Development Director of College Democrats of America.
Phone: (503) 502-3419
Sue Castner is a community activist with years of experience working with elected officials from across the country including President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and a myriad of others, most recently serving on Hillary’s 270 Leadership Circle on the National Finance Committee.
Sue has worked tirelessly to improve the status of women and to get more women elected to office, serving as a gubernatorial appointee to Chair the Oregon Commission for Women, director of the National Association of Commissions for Women, founding board member of Emerge Oregon and a delegate to Drexel University’s Vision 2020.
She has long been an advocate for a wide variety of women’s issues, once making law at the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals as a plaintiff in a Title VII sex discrimination case against one of the world’s largest entertainment/communications conglomerates.
In what little spare time she has, Sue enjoys scuba diving with real sharks, not the political kind, at remote sites far and wide with her husband, Mark Kaltenbach.
Jevin D. Hodge
Phone: (928) 580-3769
Dante Mitchell is the youngest person to be elected as an officer for the Arizona Democratic Party at 20 years old. He is a junior at Arizona State University majoring in Public Service and Public Policy. Growing up in Yuma County Dante began his political experience at 14 volunteering for local, state, and federal elections in Arizona. Dante serves as a vice chair for the Yuma County Democratic Party, previously served as Secretary, and was the Field Director for the 2014 Mid-term cycle serving a critical role in electing Lynne Pancrazi, Lisa Otondo, and Charlene Fernandez to the Arizona Legislature. In his freshman year of college he was an intern for Ann Kirkpatrick campaign for US Senate. In 2016 Dante had the opportunity to work directly with policy makers as a page in the Arizona House of Representatives and was assigned to the Education Committee.
Dante is proud to be a voice for rural, LGBTQ, and young voters throughout all of Arizona. He was elected on the promise that disenfranchised voters would have someone who understands the importance of their struggles and the systematical barriers that prevents them from being active voters. The 2018 Midterm Election will be the best opportunity for Democrats to turn Arizona blue for the first time in over a decade, but Dante knows that will only happen by expanding the Democratic turnout in all fifteen counties.
Affirmative Action Moderator
Phone: (480) 993-8841
A resident of Coconino County, Doug worked for over thirty five years in the field of municipal planning and public administration. He was co-founder and first Chair of Progressive Democrats of Northern Arizona, before becoming a two term Chair of the Coconino County Democratic Party. He has been a State Committee Member for a number of years, and has served the ADP as it's Chair of the Council of County Chairs and an Executive Board Member. He was a Democratic Candidate the State House (LD 6), and was an elected Delegate to the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions. He is a DNC Committee Member, and he currently serves as the Chair of the ADP Bylaws Committee. He is also a Copper State Council Member.
Carolyn Warner was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma to Democratic State Senator U.T. Rexroatand Mary Tullis. Carolyn attended the inauguration of President Harry S. Truman as youth representative (and danced with the President at his Inaugural Ball). After moving to Arizona, Carolyn became active in its Democratic Party. She was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1974, 1978, and 1982. She ran for the U.S. Senate in 1976 and was Democratic nominee for Governorship of Arizona in 1986. She was Elected Democratic National Committeewoman in 2004 and most recently in 2008. She is actively involved in many local organizations such as Arizona Center for After School Excellence, Arizona List, Arizona Women's Forum, Arizona Educational Foundation, Children’s Action Alliance, Dean's Associates for Educational Advancement at Arizona State University, EMERGE, and Jobs for America's Graduates.
Luis Heredia works as a senior congressional staffer. His leadership roles in political campaigns include: campaign manager for Felecia Rotellini for Arizona Attorney General, Arizona Democratic Party's executive director, and consultant for several legislative and local races. Heredia also worked as an aide to Congressman Raul Grijalva and a public affairs director for Union Pacific Railroad's Arizona and New Mexico operations. Luis was elected to the Somerton Elementary School District's governing board at the age of 24. He was also appointed twice to the Yuma County Planning and Zoning Commission. A first generation American from a Mexican immigrant farm worker family, Heredia graduated as a Leadership Scholar from Arizona State University with a degree in History and holds a Master of Public Administration from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He founded the ASU Alumni Association’s El Diablito chapter in Yuma and currently serves as President of the Los Diablos chapter. Luis is the state of Arizona’s representative on the Democratic National Committee and serves on Credential’s committee. Heredia was honored with the Robert L. Pastor Outstanding Undergraduate Award, named a Woodrow Wilson/Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Princeton University, and recently completed the Flinn-Brown fellowship for the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.
DNC Ethnic Council Vice Chair