Central Committee Persons
Heather Maddox was born and raised in Lafayette. She attended St Lawrence Grade School and graduated from Lafayette Jeff. After attending Purdue University, she became an AmeriCorps member where she administered the 21st Century Scholars program under then Governor Evan Bayh.
In 2005, she was appointed to be the Tippecanoe County Democratic Co-Director of the Board of Elections and Registration. While there, she worked with a bipartisan group to bring the Vote Center concept to Tippecanoe County. This involved writing the plan and lobbying local elected officials and community leaders to get behind the idea, as well as testifying before the Indiana State Legislature and helping draft language for the law. She is very proud of this accomplishment and enjoyed her time working across the aisle to make it happen.
Heather remains extremely dedicated to the voting process, voters rights, and fair elections.
In 2013, she became Executive Director of Hanna Community Center, where she is still employed.
Heather has been Tippecanoe County Democratic Party Chair since 2009, serving as Vice Chair before that. Her passion lies in local and state politics and she has vast experience serving on and managing campaigns, specifically Mayor Tony Roswarski’s, State Representative Sheila Klinker, the Lafayette City Council candidates, and Judges Meyer and Busch.
She has a great love for the City of Lafayette, particularly its north end where she resides with her dog Leo. In her “spare time” she enjoys helping out with various community organizations, watching the Chicago Cubs and rooting on the Boilermakers, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
I have been a Lafayette Resident for all my adult life and most of my teenage years. I grew up in the Columbia Park neighborhood and attended and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1993. My senior year in high school was split between classes at Ivy Tech and working for a neighborhood business repairing small engines.
The educational opportunities was the driving force for me to enter the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 157’s five year apprenticeship program. I knew it was an opportunity that would open doors to countless facets of the trade. As the years passed, I went out of my way to learn as much as possible in the field and in the classroom.I have high regards for the instructors and building trades Journeyman that I worked with, for their capacity to teach the trade both on and off the job. Without their dedication and professionalism, the opportunities of success would have been fewer and far between.
It wasn’t long before opportunity knocked again, this time in the form of an officer’s position in Local 157’s Business Operations, and I was eager for the new challenge. Some of my duties include contractor and member conflict resolution, contract interpretation, manpower dispatching, Steward assignment, community liaison, and field representative, along with day to day interactions with our members. I, and many of our members, have been actively involved with the United Way, Clothe-A-Child Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Read to Succeed, and the Tools for Schools program, as well as many other non-profit volunteer activities. I have been involved with the Tippecanoe Building Trades and I am the current Business Development Director tasked to promote 17 different trades with over 3,000 highly skilled, locally based, drug free, highly mobile workforce covering the Greater Lafayette Area. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Lafayette. I am also very active in giving back to the community as this is large part of my job description, and our members consistently answer the call in the time of need. As my new job assignment has progressed, I have been appointed to the Region 4 Workforce Development Board as well as the Lafayette Economic Development Commission where I proudly serve as a voice for the citizens of Lafayette.
I was recently elected as the Vice Chair of the Tippecanoe County Democratic Central Committee. I look forward to the new experiences and relationships that we will develop. It is an honor to be part of this community and I look forward to serving it in the years to come.
I’m a Hoosier, born and raised originally from Lowell, IN. I moved to Tippecanoe County in 2010.
I have a BA from Purdue in Political Science and am working on a Master’s Degree in International Relations through the University of Nebraska.
I worked with foster & adoptive families for 5 years, then took time off to work full-time as a mother to my two sons ages 6 & 2. I also own a small internet-based business named Coverz, which sells custom made baby & children’s items.
I’m passionate about foreign policy, international relations, human rights, and women’s rights. I’m excited to join the Tippecanoe Democrats to help grow the party base at the grass roots level. I saw how effective this was for Obama in 2008 when I was a campaign fellow in Raleigh, NC. After the election in November 2016, I knew I had to get involved. Thank you for this opportunity and I look forward to serving our communities.
Michelle Richardson-Stokes is an accountant manager in the Auditors office at Tippecanoe County Government. She’s been employed with Tippecanoe County since 2002. A graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School, attended Vincennes University and Ivy Tech.
Former secretary for NAACP Lafayette chapter, president of Women’s ministry at Second Baptist Church and currently a member of Indiana Black Expo-Lafayette Chapter. Michelle is thankful for the opportunity to serve and be a voice for those in the community. She is loyal, reliable, adaptable and committed to helping others. Some of the topics she is passionate about includes race relations, healthcare, women’s rights, workplace equality and education.