Keep Democracy SAFE

Board of Directors

Kindra Muntz, President

A graduate of Harvard University, Kindra spent her career in business and industry, and now works with public interest groups for social justice and election integrity. Kindra worked in management at the Aircraft Engine Division of General Electric Company for 18 years, and five years as a retail broker at Merrill Lynch, before retiring to Florida in 1998.

In 2006, Kindra formed the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections that led a petition drive for paper ballots and spot-check audits of voting machine counts to ensure accurate elections. The referendum passed in Sarasota County in 2006, led to statewide legislation in 2007, and, after being overturned by the Florida Secretary of State, was validated by the Florida Supreme Court in February, 2010.  Kindra won the Jim Barrett Social Justice Award of the UUA Florida District in 2007, and she and the three other co-founders of the Florida Voters Coalition won the 2008 Nelson Poynter Civil Liberties Award of the ACLU Foundation of Florida for their work for voters’ rights.

Kindra is president of Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida (www.uujusticefl.org), and Co-chair of the Common Good committee of her Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice (www.uucov.org). She stepped down as president of the board of the Island Village Montessori School, a public charter school in Venice (www.islandvillage.org), in 2014 to focus on campaign finance reform, and building the grassroots movement to amend the U.S. constitution to not only overturn Citizens United but to establish that only human beings have constitutional rights: corporations are not persons and money is not speech.

Email: Kindra@KeepDemocracySafe.org

Donna Cubit-Swoyer, Secretary

 

 Donna spent her career in education, starting as a first grade teacher and retiring in 1998 as assistant superintendent for business services for a regional school district in New Jersey. She has a doctoral degree in educational administration from Rutgers University.

Since retiring in Venice, Florida (location chosen NOT for the weather but for the wonderful array of activities, environmental and cultural opportunities, as well as the life style) Donna has become a very active volunteer in organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Jacaranda Public Library, Friendship at Home (Senior Center), her local Home Owners’ Assoc. (as an officer), and the League of Women Voters.

Donna is a member of the Venice Area Democratic Club and is actively involved in issue-oriented campaigns, in addition to being Secretary of the Board of SAFE.

Email: Donna@KeepDemocracySafe.org

Elaine Foster, Treasurer

 

 Elaine was a Corporate Accountant and Senior Tax Accountant at various major corporations for over 20 years before moving to Sarasota in 1999 where she continued her work in corporate income tax. She is a CPA in the state of Missouri and a Florida Notary Public. Since retiring she has served on the Board of the Sarasota Democratic Club as Treasurer.  Currently she is the Accountant/Bookkeeper for Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Committee of UN Women, The Children's Healthy Pantry, Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, and Unitarian Universalist Justice Florida. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Friends of the Ballet and for Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections (SAFE).

Email: Elaine@KeepDemocracySafe.org

Susette Bryan, Director

 

Susette moved to Venice, Florida, in 2004. She has an English degree from Ohio University and an M.A.from Stonybrook University, L.I.

She taught high school English for 36 years at Bellport High School on Long Island. She coached tennis, was an advisor to a creative writing publication, assisted in theatrical activities, and was a proud union rep in the days of Albert Shanker. She began work for SAFE, having read with horror from N.Y. what had happened in 2000. Susette serves on the Board of Venice Area Democratic Club, has served on her Homeowners’ Board, and has worked on several political campaigns. She is a member of AAUW, and has helped with the Academic Olympics for 2 years.

Email: Susette@KeepDemocracySafe.org

Mike Shlasko, Director

 

Mike Shlasko is a retired technologist who has lived in Venice, FL since 2005.  He began his career as a computer programmer working in businesses as diverse as NYU, a Wall Street consulting firm and an Accounting Service Bureau.  Mike then owned his own business for over a decade providing business computer hardware and software to small (under $100 million) companies in the NY metro area. Later in his career Mike worked for Fortune 500 companies in Business Development, Vertical Marketing and Government relations roles working with Government agencies at the Federal, State, Provincial and Large City levels as well as with Government Trade Associations, Advisory Boards and Standards Bodies.

Since retirement Mike has been an active volunteer in his community.  As a past President of his Homeowners Association he presided over 6 years without a maintenance fee increase.  As a FWC permitted Sea Turtle Patrol volunteer and Data Analysis lead for Coastal Wildlife Club in Englewood, he and his wife Andrea monitor the busiest nesting beaches on the Gulf Coast.  Mike was a 2016 candidate for the Sarasota County Charter Review Board and holds numerous leadership positions in the Florida Democratic Party including State Committeeman, Caucus President and Club Board Member.  Mike also hosts a weekly radio talk show, "The People's Politics" on North Port's WKDW, kdwradio.com, that airs every Thursday from 4-5 PM, and is repeated Sunday from 4-5 as well.

Email: Mike@KeepDemocracySafe.org

Dan Lobeck, Director

 

 Dan Lobeck is president of Control Growth Now, which for 28 years has sought to balance the influence of development interests in Sarasota County’s local governments to protect our neighborhoods, nature, mobility and taxpayers.  Dan is an attorney whose firm specializes in representing condominium and homeowners associations, with several hundred such clients in the area at present.  He has served in numerous leadership positions over the years, including as founding president of the local chapter of Community Associations Institute, vice president of Siesta Key Association, founding president of the Sarasota County Young Republicans and student body president at the University of Florida.  Dan is a self-described “refugee from Ft. Lauderdale” who moved here in 1983 in search of a better quality of life, which he now strives to maintain and improve by advocating reasonable controls on development.  He has substantial experience with the Sarasota County Charter, having drafted the Charter amendment which brought mandatory recycling to Sarasota County as well as being involved in several other proposed Charter amendments.  Dan is a strong supporter of single member districts for County Commission, believing that it would do much to reduce the big-money domination of development interests in Commission elections and thereby in County policies.

 

 

 

 

CONTACT US

Email info@keepdemocracysafe.org

Or email any one of the Board members directly,

Or call the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections at 941-266-8278.