Board of Directors

Susan Bucher, President/Treasurer


Born and raised in Southern California and moved to Florida with her husband Richard, a Florida native, in 1985. She worked at county and municipal government until 1992, when she went to work as a Legislative Aide for the late State Rep. Ed Healey. 


When Mr. Healey passed away in early 2000 while in office, Susan ran and won his legislative seat in a Special Election. She served as an active member of the Democratic Caucus in the Florida House for 8 1/2 years until term limits. She was known for her detailed knowledge and for reading the bills.


In 2008, Susan ran and won the office of the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office. Winning future elections, Susan served for 10 years. She was known for her active community participation and for defending voting rights.

Christine Handy, 1st Vice President

Author of Walk Beside Me, motivational speaker, model, breast cancer advocate and speaker, nationally recognized humanitarian, writer.

Arlene R Ustin, 2nd Vice President

After an atypical career in education, a Junior High School in The South Bronx, North Carolina Outward Bound School, the Athenian School in CA, Arlene taught in the MA Program at Prescott College in AZ.


She describes herself as a humble, but firm and fearless, advocate/activist with a commitment to social justice. 

Sylvia Whiting, Secretary

After a career in public administration in MA and CA, Sylvia served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Bentley College in Massachusetts.


She trained and consulted nationally and internationally in management, leadership, small business development, HR management and related areas. Past Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Cambridge and board president of the Alliance for Prison Justice, Inc. in MA, she is currently the Treasurer of the Winthrop, MA Art Association, Secretary of the RI Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society, Inc. and Secretary of People of Purpose, Inc., Belle Glade, FL.

Pamela P. Maldonado, Director

After living in outside the US for many years Pamela Maldonado worked as a Pediatric ICU nurse completing a Bachelor in Science in Nursing (College of Mt. St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH) and a Masters in Teaching of Nursing (Columbia Univ., NYC).


She worked in nursing education before moving to Brazil. She is fluent in Spanish, conversational Portuguese and speaks some French.  Since retiring she has been active in the League of Women Voters of PB County, serving on the Board and as Voter Services Chair for 5+ years.

Mark Schneider, Director

Mark Schneider is Professor Emeritus from Southern Illinois University.


He received his doctorate in sociology from Yale in 1985 and taught at Princeton and the University of Michigan before moving to Southern Illinois.


In retirement he has been active with the ACLU of Florida, currently serving as President of the Palm Beach County Chapter and as a member of the State Board of Directors and has been with the Speaker’s Bureau of the League of Women Voters since 2010.


He has been working with the Voting Rights Coalition of Palm Beach County on felon disfranchisement for the past seven years, as well as on other voting rights issues. He is retired and lives in Boynton Beach FL.

Diana Demarest, Director

Born and raised in Yonkers, NY, Diana moved to Miramar, FL when her father retired NYPD in 1973.


Diana is the former Secretary to the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. She is a website and social media specialist and an issue activist. 

She lives in The Acreage in Western Palm Beach County with her husband, her daughter and son-in-law and two cats.