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 and Destination Imagination, Alabama. She was a founding member and previously served on the Board of Directors of Cahaba Valley Healthcare. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Shelby County Democratic Party representing District 7 and a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee representing House District 43. 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.
Cheryl Olin, 2nd Vice Chair
Cheryl Olin grew up in Carrollton, Georgia, and graduated from West Georgia College with a degree in English. She traveled with a military husband and raised two children, then as a single mom worked in advertising sales in Honolulu and Atlanta. After earning a Master’s degree at the University of Hawaii, she switched careers to teaching, where she loved helping children learn to read. When she moved to Florida and retired early, she enjoyed traveling extensively with her husband, and became a political activist. She started as a volunteer for the Obama campaign in 2012 and never stopped. Her passion has always been voter registration, and she finds door-to-door canvassing exhilarating.
Cheryl left Florida in 2020 after the death of her husband, and now lives in Calera, about 10 minutes from her son’s home. She still gets lost in downtown Birmingham, but she’s comfortable in Alabama now that she has many Democratic friends.
Sheila Roche, 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).
Jennifer Canty, Assistant Treasurer
Jennifer is a Senior Quality Analyst for PA Logic, LLC. in Auburn, AL. She recelved her Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama State University and a Master of Science from the University of Detroit. She moved back to Alabama after spending over 30 years in Detroit, MI. She Is a member of the Jefferson/Shelby County Alumni Chapter of Alabama State University Alumni Association, the Jefferson County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the Shelby County NAACP. She is a native of Montgomery, AL, and has Iived in Alabaster for 10 years. She enjoys traveling, shopping, spending time with family, and attending Alabama State University football games.
Anondo Banerjee, Vice Chair for Young Adults
Toni Vaughn, Vice Chair for Senior Affairs
Annie Hackworth, Co-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.
Latraunda Smith, Co-Vice Chair for Minority Affairs
LaTraunda is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She attended Auburn University Montgomery, receiving both her Bachelor of Science and Master degrees in Elementary Education. She is currently pursuing her Education Specialist (Ed.S) also in Elementary Education. She resides in Alabaster with her daughter. LaTraunda has worked as an educator for 6 years, with Midfield City Schools and currently as a 2nd grade teacher with Hoover City Schools. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, where she serves as Co-Chair of Z-Hope (Zeta’s Helping Other People Excel), in Birmingham, Alabama, hosting a variety of projects that serve the community. She is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #895 and Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority. She joined the Shelby County Democrats because she wanted to be a part of an organization that promotes change not only within the community but for the world. She wants to see a change with gun safety and progression within our educational system especially in urban and rural settings in public education.