Board Bios

Board Bios

2020 LWV of Homewood-Flossmoor Area Board

(Pictured above, from left to right: Sandra Slayton , Lorea Farley, Roxie Williams (back row red/black shirt), Eugenia Cutler, Lillian Bacon (red hat), Dominique Newman (back row), Barbara Hayes, Patricia Jackson (back row), Joan Strohm (back row) , Glenda Townsend

Lillian Bacon

Board Member

I joined LWV in 2015 in order to stay connected to the community and stay active and busy. I have assisted the League with registering voters and participated in the 4th of July parade, in Homewood, for the last two years. I volunteer as a League member at the Farmer’s Market, and the electoral forums. I am an observer once a month for LWV, in Country Club Hills at the monthly Council meetings. I was appointed to be Co-Chair of the Membership Committee this year. I was the Chairperson of the Hostess Committee for two years.

I have always been very active in my community.  I have been on the Hazel Crest Park Distinct Board commissioners for 12 years and held the position of President, Treasurer, and Secretary many times. I made a decision to give up the position this year. Beyond civic duty, I worked diligently for the State of Illinois for over 20 years, in addition to having worked as a nurse at Cook County Hospital, University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois Hospitals for a total of 12 years.

I am on the Board as a Trustee and the Hostess Chair person for AFSCME Sub Chapter 163, Retired State workers Union. I am on the Audit Committee that over sees the treasure.

I have two adult children, one grandson, and tend to my rescued dogs.  I love dogs! When I’m not tending to LWV duties, I enjoy roller skating, shopping, and exercise weekly. I love life and I have the opportunity to live life one day at a time.

Lorea Farley

Hospitality Committee Chair

I am a retired CPS teacher. My family has lived in Homewood for 28 years. My husband, Jesse, and I have 3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, and 3 grandsons. After being invited to several League events by my friend Ruby Marsh, I decided that this was a group I wanted to be a part of, and so I joined the HF LWV 3 years ago. Being a member of the HF LWV has been a very informative, exciting, and gratifying experience.

Barbara A. Hayes

President LWV H-F Area

I am a retired Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Prairie-Hills Elementary School District # 144, and Calumet Park School District# 132. I worked at Prairie State College as an Interim Case Manager, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University— where I taught graduate students in the Leadership Program.

I joined the League of Women Voters because I knew of all the hard work that the League was doing to educate the communities about voting rights and other issues. I have been a League member for about 15 years. I served as a Board member, Co-President, Vice President, and Nominating Chair. I served on committees: Voters Service, Membership, and Hostess. I worked on the State League committee to be part of a study of Charter Schools. I am currently serving on the LWVIL Board of Directors. I am proud to be part of an organization that encourages and support progressive public policy positions.

Patricia Jackson

Voter Service Chair

Patricia Jackson is a former Director/Vice President of Planning for Sears Roebuck & Company and The Charming Corporation, with over 37 years of retail management experience.  She is a seasoned professional with extensive management, planning and financial experience. Patricia attended Alabama A& M University and DePaul University, majoring in Business Administration.

She has utilized her professional skills to better serve the community and government within the Village of Hazel Crest. She has lived in Hazel Crest for 15 years and for the past 7 years she has served as the President of the Club of Village West Townhome III . Patricia has been a member of the League of Women Voters for 4 years and is currently servicing on the Board as the Voter Service Chair.

Dominique Newman


Dominique has been a member of LWV-HF since 2016, when she discovered the League while doing research to organize a candidate forum for her local school board election in Lansing, Illinois. Dominique recently began a position as Executive Assistant to the Superintendent for Thornton Fractional High School District 215. Prior to that she was the Director of Development at Suburban Access and taught Communication courses at Purdue Northwest and Prairie State College. She has many years of experience as a Cook County election judge and lives in Lansing with her husband and three children.

Joan Strohm

Membership Chair

I was raised in the South Suburbs, graduating from Homewood Flossmoor H.S. I also attended Prairie State College and the Art Institute of Chicago. I have a national certification in Transportation Management.

Early in my marriage I moved to Washington, D.C. while my husband attended law school. During that time I managed a drugstore for three years, after which we moved to Homewood and then to Flossmoor.

Professionally, I spent the greatest part of my career at Con-Agra, a huge food conglomerate. For the most part I managed the worldwide distribution of turkeys for the Butterball division, and the managed the nation-wide corporate vehicle fleet.

I volunteered for the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance and the South Suburban Humane Society.

My interest in the League comes from a hereditary passion for social justice and an open democracy. I am drawn to the League’s history of action for voters’ rights, voter registration and political transparency. I am also proud of the HF League for developing the PADS program.

Glenda Townsend

Program Committee, Assistant

Glenda Townsend, was born and raised in Chicago, and has resided in Homewood for 34 years. She enjoys spending time with her daughters and two grandsons, bicycling, nature walking, and traveling. She served over thirty-six years as an educator and guidance counselor before her retirement from Hillcrest High School, Bremen School District 228, in 2014. She remains committed to helping young people and adults uncover their life directions. She has been a member of the Homewood-Flossmoor League of Women’s Voters (LWV) since 2015, and continues to be intrigued and energized by their mission of non-partisan political enlightenment and civic action. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors, serving on the Program Committee. Other interests include restorative and social justice, environmental preservation, and line dancing.