Cheryl Schultz, Chair
A native and long-time resident of Evansville, Cheryl graduated from Central High School and pursued a major in music at the University of Evansville. After a long career in office management and administration at Citizens Bank, Deaconess Hospital and the EVSC, Cheryl eventually returned to her love for music and spiritual service at Blue Grass UMC as the Director of Hospitality and the Keyboardist for 10 years. During this time, she also maintained a private piano studio and was a member of the Evansville Philharmonic Gospel Chorus.
Her community service includes work as a board member for United Caring Shelters, a transitional housing program for men. Most recently, Cheryl has turned her interest to politics, combining her organizational experience and commitment to service as the Treasurer and Secretary of the VDCP, as well as the Events Chair, and assuming responsibility for securing all of the Democratic poll workers for the last three elections. She is the proud mother of two children and devoted grandmother of five.
Alex Burton, Political Director
Alex Burton was born and raised in Evansville, IN. He is a proud graduate of Bosse High School where he played basketball and football. In addition to playing sports, he also was a part of Youth Resources. Alex graduated from Western Kentucky University in the fall of 2011. While at WKU, Alex taught and advised undergraduate students, and interned for two Members of Congress.
After graduation, Alex moved back home and started working for Old National Bank and in 2015, he ran for City Council and won the primary election handily, however, he lost in the general. Immediately following the election, Alex remained involved in the community and has been at the forefront of several initiatives that relate to workforce development, youth, and economic progress.
In 2019 Alex successfully won the 4th ward election for City Council and served as President of the council in 2020.
Nick Iaccarino, Vice Chair
Nick Iaccarino is a life-long Democrat born and raised in Evansville. He is currently a marketing specialist with 14 News. Prior to working with WFIE he spent several years as an elementary school teacher in Nashville and Evansville. He is driven by a passion for serving his community and works with several organizations in the Tri-State.
Ann Wallis, Treasurer
Ann Wallis is a native of Evansville and grew up in rural German Township in northwest Vanderburgh County. She graduated from F.J. Reitz High School, from Ivy Tech with an Associate degree in Architectural Drafting, and the University of Southern Indiana with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology. During her career in consulting engineering, from which she is now retired, she worked as a drafter, electrical designer, and technical writer for clients such as ALCOA, Whirlpool, S.I.G.E.C.O., and Toyota, and in installation qualification and operational qualification for Bristol Myers – Squibb.
Her involvement in politics began while living in Carbondale, Illinois, as a volunteer behind the scenes. Upon returning to Evansville, Ann became a Docent at the Evansville Museum of Art, History, and Science, primarily presenting live “Sky Tonight” shows in the planetarium and served for four years as Secretary/Treasurer of the Museum Docent Association. She was a founding member of Indivisible Evansville, serving as Communications Chair. She has now served as Treasurer for several local Democratic political campaigns and is currently the Editor of the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party’s newsletter.
Ann is married to Walter, an author and Professor of Mathematics, retired from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. They live on the north side of Evansville with their three rescue cats, Bianco, Georgie, and Robin. Ann is the mother of two, doting grandmother of two, an avid cook and baker, movie buff, intermittent knitter and kite-flyer.
Melissa Moore, Secretary
Melissa is a public servant and veteran of the United States Navy. She is active in the community, engaging in public forums, serving as a mentor for young mothers, and consistently volunteering.
Edie Hardcastle, Grassroots Coordinator
Edie served as vice chair and chair of the party in 2019 & 2020. As Grassroots Coordinator she will be involved with our voter registration initiative and GOTV efforts.
Edie Hardcastle was elected as the chair of the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party in early 2019.
Edie is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Southern Indiana. She ran for Indiana State Senate in District 49 in 2018 and was previously the President of Indivisible Evansville in 2017. She is married to Tommy Donahue and they have one son, Dylan, who attends Perry Heights middle school.