The Women's Democratic Club of Utah (WDC) was founded by women who played a part in the drafting of the first Utah State Constitution—which granted suffrage to Utah women 20 years before it was guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
The WDC has been meeting continuously since 1896. In 2010, the WDC welcomed men as members for the first time.
Robin Hough, President
August 2018 – Present
Robin has spent her professional career as a top-tier executive and business owner. She is a visionary decision maker with a flexible, positive, team spirit management style, geared to high productivity, leadership, and results.
Sally Kaiser, Board Recorder
November 2018 — Present
Sally Kaiser is an Environmental Engineer and works in environmental compliance consulting. She has had experience working in research (environmental factors affecting children’s health) and with industry (gold mining). She started her career working on Superfund sites in Montana where she met the love of her life in the lovely town of Butte. Sally has two brilliant and accomplished children and is only humble when it comes to everything but them. Her family loves camping and traveling together. Sally has volunteered on several boards over the years: for the East Mill Creek community council, Montana Tech Alumni of Utah, and the Air & Waste Management Association – Great Basin Chapter, and is now looking forward to serving as Recorder with the Women’s Democratic Club of Utah.
"I am passionate about the mission of the WDC, encouraging women who run for public office and supporting Democrats seeking elected office. I also really enjoy our informative monthly luncheons!"
Darlene McDonald, Outreach/Field Director
September 2018- Present
Darlene McDonald is a Senior Technical Analyst for Oracle, in Utah’s Silicon Slopes. She has been employed in technology for over 30 years where she’s worked for several Fortune 500 companies in financial, technology, and healthcare industries. Writing is Darlene’s passion. She is a best-selling author who got her start in publishing in an unconventional way. She chose to self-publish her first novel and after an impressive start, she subsequently signed with Random House. Her second novel became a national best-seller. Darlene has now published four novels and is currently working on several new projects.
Darlene will declare that writing is her first love and she’s used her skills in writing prose and poetry to mentor young women in the Salt Lake County Detention Center.
When she’s not working, Darlene and her husband Michael love to travel and seek out local blues clubs in new cities. The cities she’s lived, and her travel destinations are often used as settings in her novels.
Mitchell Vice, Public Relations Director
April 2019 — Present
Mitch is a digital marketing professional. For more than 20 years he has been passionate about brand development, results-driven strategy, inspiring user engagement and measuring the effectiveness of these combined efforts. He is a Swiss Army Knife in the fields of branding, marketing, and advertising, with a concentration on digital communication and conversation. - photo by Cat Palmer
Angel Vice, Event Director
August 2018 – Present
Angel Vice is a political activist, artist, thespian, and mother. She started with her first cause in the early ’70s when her mom took her to a meeting of women who were organizing to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed in Utah. In the ’80s Angel spent a great deal of time working with various coalitions to end the testing of nuclear bombs in Nevada and save the Mississippi River from toxic dumping; both successful! She also worked with the Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; sadly, that fight continues. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Utah Actors Training Program under the esteemed Kenneth Washington in the 1990s. Utah. During the first half of this century, Angel has dedicated her life to being a full-time mom to 2 children, which is kinda tough as a single woman, but if anyone could pull it off it’s Angel. Her kids are now thriving in high school and she has found the love of her life in her second marriage. She is now focused on transforming the universe and creating joyful and inspiring events for the Women’s Democratic Club.
Denise Gascoigne, Program Director
January 2019 - Present
Denise Martinez Gascoigne is a health educator, small business owner, and a proud native of Salt Lake City. Raised by a single mother who was active in the Equal Rights Amendment effort, Denise has been interested in progressive politics from an early age. Denise has recently returned to Utah from New England, where she worked on the campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, and Maggie Hassan. Denise is excited to be a part of the Women’s Democratic Club of Utah and looks forward to advancing its mission and membership throughout the state.
Mariyam.S, IT Director
January 2019 - Present
Mariyam has been professionally in IT for 7+years with a role as Database Engineer and Cloud Engineer and Security/ Audit Lead. I believe in fixing issues when it comes to my attention. I see a solution to every problem.
I've got a "never give up " attitude. I am not afraid of failures or rejections may it be in professional or personal as in my eyes failure or rejections lead to success.
I believe in "Can do" terminology with the help of my peers to make sure the team reaches its goals on or before time
I bring in positive attitude in both my personal and professional life.
I am also socially active with Utah Refugee.org community, where I've provided classes through#GirlsWhoCode project to girls from age 14 -18. Where I taught them on coding and inventing games.
Currently, I am teaching them my field classes which is Oracle Database and moving forward it will be AWS Cloud
I've been part of this Utah refugee club since 2017 to present.
I've 2 beautiful siblings (brother and sister), my parents to which I am blessed, they're everything to me as they're my motivation. I like to be humble all the time and be appreciative of what I've.
I am a great motivator, I like to help in any way I can if someone asked me to help them
My favorite quote is: " Then which of the favors of your Lord will you deny?"