Marsha Sturdevant, Chair

Dr. Marsha S Sturdevant of District 7 (Indian Springs Village area) is a retired pediatrician from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and former Medical Director of the Adolescent Health Center at Children’s of Alabama. She has a long history of community service and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of AIDS Alabama. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Cahaba Valley Healthcare, where she still serves as the volunteer Medical Director. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Shelby County Democratic Party representing District 7.  She has led the ShelbyDems’ Healthcare committee and is an advocate for Medicaid expansion, gun safety, and clear air and water. As such, she is a member of Alabama Arise, Moms Demand Action, Alabama Rivers Alliance, and GASP.


Carole Marks, Former Chair  (June 2015 – November 2021)

Carole D. Marks of District 8 (Greystone) is retired from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Children’s of Alabama. She has a long history of community involvement and service, including serving three terms as Council President of the Hueytown City Council.  Carole also served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Greystone Ladies Club.  She is Past President of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Kidney Foundation;  Past President,  Board of Directors of the Bessemer Historical Homeowners’ Association (BHHA), and Board Member, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama.


Jack Jacobs, Vice Chair

Vice-Chair of the Shelby County Democratic Executive Committee – Attorney Jack Jacobs – also serves on the State Democratic Executive Committee, as well as the Executive Board of the Alabama Democratic Party. Jack is no stranger to Shelby County, after having launched a campaign in 2018 for House District 73. He has been a faithful member of the Shelby County Democratic Party.


Nancy Simmer, Secretary

Nancy Simmer is a member of Montevallo First United Methodist Church where she serves as Administrative Assistant and teaches Sunday school. She supports and has active memberships in the National Audubon Society, Sierra Cub, the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, Shelby County NAACP.

Nancy has served as Past State President of the Alabama CattleWomen’s Association, Past President Shelby County  CattleWomen’s Association, Past President Montevallo High School PTO, Past President Four Rivers Audubon Society, Lake City Florida, Audubon Activist group representing  4 Rivers Audubon Chapter NAS, and was presented with the Key to the City, of Lake City,  Florida, as a result of her work on behalf of the environment in that community. Her most recent accolade is being elected to serve on the Shelby County NAACP Executive Board.


Sheila Roche, Assistant Secretary

Sheila Roche was born in Birmingham, Alabama.  Sheila attended school in Jefferson County and graduated from Auburn University.  She married in 1969 and moved to the Washington DC area where she raised her family and worked as a teacher in Virginia and Maryland public schools for almost 40 years.  Upon retirement, she moved back to Alabama and now lives in Shelby County.  After the Presidential elections of 2016, Sheila joined Shelby County Democrats where she has actively worked and advocated  for the Democratic Party candidates in our state and federal elections.


Teresa Stafford, Treasurer

Teresa Stafford is a native of Albany Georgia.  She is a retired Air Force veteran; employed at Social Security Administration.  Before retiring from the Air Force, Teresa earned her BS/MBA from Troy University.  She has lived in Alabaster for 13 years – married with one daughter and one son.  Teresa enjoys reading, watching old westerns, shopping and traveling (not necessarily in that order).


Toni Vaughn, Vice Chair for Senior Affairs

Toni Kornegay Vaughn (District 9) is retired insurance Claims Executive for the SE U.S. She was SE Claimswoman of the Year (runner up National), Alabama Insurance Woman of the Year, and Bham VIP (Boss) of the Year. She has been involved in many Community activities. She chaired SPHS Evening in the Park, a fundraiser for the Arts for 3 years. She is a member of 1st Christian Church serving as Youth Leader for 7 years, as a deacon, and on the building committee as well as VBS volunteer and Sunday School teacher. She remains active in her collegiate sorority having served as President and Secretary of the Birmingham Alumnae, on the fundraising committee for the new chapter house, serves as a mentor to collegiate women, and chaired “Make Some Noise,” a fundraiser for local hearing impaired children. Politically she is involved in “Moms Demand Action,” lobbying in the Alabama Legislature for sensible gun laws, and has participated in women’s marches and healthcare sit ins. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama (finance major). She has been married to Roe 38 years raising 2 daughters, Heather (deceased 2011) and Kayla, a nurse. She is passionate about immigration for many reasons, foremost as Kayla was born in Honduras. She is the female elected representative to the SDEC HD 41.


Annie Hackworth, Vice Chair for Minority Affairs

Annie is a retired registered nurse having worked in Oncology at UAB Hospital. She is on the Board of Directors Victory Counseling Centers and the Shelby County NAACP. Her volunteer commitments include the Red Cross, Alabama National Cemetery, Justice for All and healthcare advocacy groups.