Board of Directors
CEO and Founder
Dawn’s memories go back to recording commercials of the various campaigns her father was either working for or working against. From taping commercials, stuffing envelopes, making get out the vote phone calls, knocking doors and placing yard signs she had the full campaign experience growing up.
Her “professional” life in the legislative and political arena began in the offices of then Senator Connie Binsfeld, State Senator Norm Shinkle, the Senate Finance Office, the Senate Republican Caucus Services office, the House Republican Campaign Committee, and State Representative Bev Hammerstrom. After working for Bev Hammerstrom for three years, she went to work for the Home Builders Association of Michigan, where she has been their Political Affairs Director, and Lobbyist.
As the Political Affairs Director, Dawn is responsible for candidate endorsements and raising monies for Friends of Housing. She also advises her members who have been elected to office on legislative issues they are working on as well as their re-election campaigns. In 2015, the HBA of Michigan created Skilled to Build Michigan Foundation, the non-profit arm of the HBAM. Dawn serves as the Executive Director, in addition to her previously mentioned duties. In this capacity, Dawn meets with students, counselors, teachers, school administrators, veterans and others to show the career opportunities available in the residential construction industry.
In her spare time she is the President of the Michigan Excellence in Public Service Series which trains Republican women in the areas of leadership, public policy, media training and campaigns. She also serves on the VoteRunLead Board of Directors and the Rise New Mexico Board. For relaxation, Dawn enjoys working in her yard, reading, and spending time with friends.
President of the Board of Directors
Nancy has always wanted to be part of the solution and not the problem! Not a motto, but a mission statement that has defined her passion for working with women to inspire good leadership, skill building and networking. After graduating with a Criminal Justice degree from MSU, she began a legal career and political involvement in Colorado. She had the opportunity to create and implement a Victim Witness Assistance Program for Adams County working with 9 law enforcement agencies. She became a strong advocate for victims and their families and served on the first legislative committee in the nation to research, write and pass a Colorado Victim Compensation Act.
In 2001, Nancy was elected to serve as Trustee on the Glen Lake Community School Board. She represented the Board on regional and state school advisory boards and participated in successfully negotiating salary/benefits agreements with teachers and staff. She and her family moved to Lowell in 2004, where she served on the Peter Wege Land Grant board. In May 2009, she founded the East Kent County Republicans group to provide residents with an opportunity to come together to learn, share ideas and information about our local, state, and federal government issues and policies facing our nation.
As a 2009 MEPSS graduate, she realized that one of her strengths was to serve other women by supporting and advocating for programs and networking in our state. Nancy joined the MEPSS Board and has served proudly! Nancy served as the 2010-11 RWFM President using her knowledge and leadership skills in the legislative process and with local campaigns. She also served on the NFRW board and was a member of the Lowell Chamber of Commerce. Early on, she learned that the way to impact good decisions and policies was to be able to effectively communicate ideas and beliefs.
Professionally, she and her husband are small business owners, and she has over 40+ years of experience in local and state government, the courts and legal offices, the Michigan educational system, insurance industry, and residential real estate.
Secretary of the Board of Directors
Juliana is a Registered Nurse, and currently teaches Diabetes education, and facilitates a successful monthly support group in Lenawee County. She is a 2007 graduate from the University Of Michigan School Of Nursing, and has gone on to earn additional nurse certifications.
Currently, Juliana is a member of the Lion’s International, and volunteers in the community, serving at a local charity as well as the homeless shelter. She counsel’s women at the local Care Pregnancy Center, and is a representative for both CPC and Diabetes Education at a collaborative health initiative group called Lenawee Health Network. She is precinct delegate for Adrian Township, and is acting as a contributing member, both for the party, as well as on individual campaigns.
Juliana feels that this is an important time to work together to have a positive impact on policies that will shape the future of our state and our country, and protect the future of America for our children. As said by the famous author Anthony J. D’Angelo, “If you have time to complain, then you have time to do something about it!”
Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Madhu Anderson’s career spans a range of experience in state-level fiscal and regulatory policy, and governmental affairs. Currently, Madhu is Director of Governmental Relations at The Nature Conservancy in Michigan.
Madhu has served in leadership roles at the State of Michigan, including Deputy Director- Michigan Agency for Energy. Deputy Director Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Director for the Center for Educational Performance and Information. As Michigan’s Deputy State Treasurer in the 1990’s, Madhu was part of a team that reformed the state’s school finance and tax system, restructured the public employee’s pension system, and earned Michigan a coveted AAA bond rating. Madhu started her state career at the Michigan Senate Majority Policy Office after working as PG&E’s Regulatory Representative in San Francisco.
In 2018, Madhu was one of three candidates to compete for the GOP nomination for Michigan State House of Representatives in the 93rd District, encompassing Clinton and Gratiot Counties. Madhu has an A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.P.P from The Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Board of Directors Member
Mindy Fernandes was born into a politically active family, whose first activity was being carried in a parade when she was 6 months old.
Mindy has worked on campaigns from city hall to the White House. Her staff time includes time with a congressional office and currently works in the Michigan House of Representatives. She has also managed a statewide citizens initiative petition drive, as well as a statewide call center, and two cycles with the state party, as well as worked with state and national membership associations and graduated from the National Republican Congressional Committee Campaign School in Washington, DC.
When not working, Mindy is married to an engineer, and together they own a martial arts studio. They have two children, one is a freshman in high school and the other is in middle school. Together they love to play cards, enjoy nature and get out on the boat as much as possible.