Club Officers

2017 – 2018 Officers

Constitutional Officers:

President: 

Jeff Villepique

Newly elected after President David Foltz left our area, Jeff is a lifelong Democrat and union member for most of his adult life.  Jeff cut his teeth in activism by protesting the Nevada Nuclear Test Site 25 years ago and has a passion for engaging citizens to participate in the democratic process by illustrating the influence of politics on our daily lives.  Jeff has a Master’s and Ph.D. in Biology and works in state government.

 

Vice President: 

Brian  Conley

Brian Conley has been active with the Democratic party and in higher education public policy all his adult life.  He has worked to elect Democrats from city council members to U.S. Presidents and served 2 years as an Aide to a U.S. Congressman.  He has represented the State Assembly on state school/college boards/commissions and was a gubernatorial appointee to the State Community College Board of Governors.  He has worked on higher public policy in Sacramento and Washington D.C.  Brian was elected for 24 years as a Community College Trustee. He holds a Masters in Fine Art degree and is now retired and lives in Big Bear Lake.

Secretary:  Jeanne Avery

Treasurer:  Paul Palmquist

Membership:  John M. Trott

Staff:

Newsletter: 
David A. Foltz, Ph.D

David is the founder and 1st elected president of the Democratic Club of Big Bear Valley.   As a life-long professor of the Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, he feels a strong affinity to the world-wide Spanish-speaking  communities– their languages, literature, cultures, history, and contributions to the betterment of mankind.   He has lived in or traveled to nearly every Spanish-speaking country in the Americas and has lived and worked in Spain for a year.   There have been several, pivotal moments in American history that shaped and informed his world-view: the Cuban-missile crisis in 1962, the ascent to dictatorship of Fidel Castro, the brutal genocide of the Mayan people in Guatemala, the “disappeared” young people in Argentina during the :Dirty War”, the “Iran-Contra” scandal in El Salvador, and more recently, the heartless discrimination against Mexican and Central American immigrants    After the 2000 presidential election which Al Gore won, but lost by a 5-4 vote in the US Supreme Court,  David became an activist,working on behalf of John Carey in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008 when he served as president of the DCBBV.  In 2012 he was an elected delegate to the DNC Convention in Charlotte, NC, and in 2016, he represented CD 8 as an elected delegate in support of Hilary Clinton at the DNC Convention in Philadelphia. Even just one stolen presidential election is too many, but two is almost more than he can bear.  The struggle for justice for all continues and David is fulfilled by being involved in the endeavor.

 

Webmaster: 
Alex Villepique

Meet a person with enough coding skills to get roped into web page maintenance.

I’m a nerd, a personal astrophysicist of the local club, and Trekkie.
I joined club effort because I believe that supporting science means supporting the better future of our country. And since the science is the partisan thing today, I support a party that supports science.
And I’m quite irked by all those corrupt characters in government, so I support actions for transparency, limiting of lobbying, limiting of terms, and forcing representatives to represent us, not corporations.