2020 IFRW Executive Board
Jayne Lehman Raef
Jayne Lehman Raef is the wife of Michael (42 years), the mother of Marie and Charles and the grandmother of Reilly, Aiden, and Laurel. Jayne’s education is nursing. However, she has done many things beyond her brief interlude in nursing.
Previously, she hired and developed management for a “Fortunes top 500 growing Companies,” company. Her team consistently reached top levels of achievement.
For the last 14 years she has served as a member of the Board of Education in Bourbonnais District 53 where she has been an officer on the board for 11 years. Jayne Chairs the District’s Legislative Committee and serves as her District’s Delegate to the Legislative Assembly of the Illinois Association of School Boards. Recently, she had a hand in the work of HB1498 which began as a resolution of the School Board and passed both chambers of the Assembly. On August 3, 2015 the resolution was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner, and became Public Act 99-0235, part of the Open Meetings Act exceptions.
Jayne is the Secretary of the Kankakee County Republican Central Committee, and a precinct committeeman in the village of Bourbonnais. She serves on the Il GOP Platform Committee for Convention 2020 and is a Trump Delegate to the National GOP Convention 2020.
Jayne was a Charter member of the Kankakee County Republican Women and continues to be active in the organization. She also previously served as Vice Chair of the Leadership Development Committee of the National Federation of Republican Women. She is a founding member of the Illinois Republican Women PAC and serves as 2nd Vice Chair.
As IFRW's President, her focus this year will be on building a Sisterhood that is an army of capable Republican Women with a focus on turning the State Red in the General Election and re-electing Donald John Trump to his second term as President.
If you have an interest in starting a federated club in your area or would like to join IFRW as an associate member please reach out to Jayne at your convenience.
1st VICE PRESIDENT
Sue Hamilton is the wife of Chuck, the mother of Jennifer and Nathan and the grandmother of Chase, Katie Sue, Ella, Adalyn, Charlee and new grandbaby due in April. She has worked in the field of education for more than thirty-four years, in roles that include teaching, supervision & technical assistance, and assistant director. Sue retired from her position as Assistant Director at Wabash & Ohio Valley Special Education District on June 30, 2013.
Sue Hamilton currently serves as Secretary of the Williamson County Republican Party and has served as Precinct Committeeman and WCRCC executive board for the past twelve years. Sue held the office of Williamson County Chairman for three terms and served on the Illinois County Chairman Association as treasurer. Sue is the current 1st Vice President of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women and served on the executive board six years prior. She recently founded the Little Egypt Republican PAC and serves as treasurer. She is also a founding member and Illinois Republican Women PAC and serves as treasurer. In 2015, Sue participated and graduated from the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series. Sue was the Legislative Assistant for State Representative Dave Severin at the Marion office for two years. She has been a supportive member of the Williamson County Republican Women’s Club and of the Herrin Civic Center Board. Sue has many years of experience working in politics, coordinating her own race as the nominee for a regional office, managing local campaign races, hosting events to promote the Party and our candidates, organizing fundraisers and many other responsibilities that are expected of those that serve in the role of Precinct Committeeman and leader in the Republican Party. Sue is also a member of the We CAN make a difference team!
2nd VICE PRESIDENT/CHAPLAIN
She has a BA from the University of Illinois, Springfield in Social Justice Professions and a graduate diploma in Pastoral Theology from the Blessed Edmund Rice school of Pastoral Ministry in Port Charlotte, Florida. She is an Eucharist Minister at St. Thomas Parish here in Peoria. Other activities include membership in Peoria Women's Club, Peoria Symphony’s Guild and the PEO sisterhood. She is also a board member of the Opera Illinois League.
She has been active in the GOP since 1991 and began her journey with the likes of Bob Michel, Ray LaHood and Mary Alice Erickson as well as many others from whom she has learned much. She is honored to have served two full terms as President of PCRW and is currently the Arrangements chairman.
She has been married 56 years to her husband Frank. They have 2 sons and 3 granddaughters. She looks forward to working with our women throughout the state and helping our clubs establish their plans, resolve their issues and fulfill their goals. It is an honor and privilege to serve as IFRW State Chaplain.
3rd VICE PRESIDENT
Barbara J. Viviano
As one of the hardest-working grassroots Republican organizer and Party officer in her District, she is known to “get things done.”Barb sets things in motion and encourages others as she herself also walks in parades, makes phone calls, gets petitions signed, and works on fundraisers for Candidates and Party events. She worked tirelessly to help elect Congressman Mike Bost, the first Republican elected in the 12th Congressional District in decades.
Barb was born and raised in Missouri, where she attended the University of Missouri and graduated from a St. Louis School for Medical Technology. She moved to Illinois after graduation where she accepted a position at Memorial Hospital in Belleville and has lived in St. Clair county ever since. As Barb says, “life happened” and during the thirty five years she worked at the same hospital there was marriage and two children.
She now greatly enjoys a relationship of much love and respect with her two grown children with their busy and professional lives. Her two grandchildren complete this cycle. She says that having a husband who understands her love of politics is a great help as she continues her part in helping to build the Republican Party. Barb is a founding member of the Republican Women of St. Clair County Club, secretary for the IFRW, O'Fallon 16 precinct committeeman, St. Clair County Chairman, 12th Congressional District State Central Committeeman, and Co Chairman of the Illinois State GOP.
4th VICE PRESIDENT
Gloria Cardenas Cudia
Gloria Cardenas Cudia has touched the lives of countless people from all walks of life. A woman drive by her culture, faith, patriotism and dedication to helping others, Gloria has used her wide range of skills and breadth of experience including her bilingual/bicultural back ground to reach out to areas of the community inaccessible to others due to linguistic and cultural barriers.
Gloria has been married to Frank, her high school sweetheart for 47 years. They have two adult married children and several grandchildren.
Gloria graduated from Rockford West High School in 1969 and studied at both Rock Valley College and Rockford College for courses associated with her positions as the Employee Relations Director at WIFR-TV and Rockford Clinic where she worked as a medical secretary and translator for over a decade.
Gloria retired from the Rockford Park District after almost 20 years of service both as a staff manager in the Marketing Dept. and as a Park District Commissioner.
Gloria is a television producer and currently volunteers at the Comcast Cable Company to produce and host a local public service program.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Linda [Brown] Yoakum
Linda is married to James and together they have five children and three grandchildren. Linda earned a degree in Veterinary Technology at Parkland College and worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for 30 years. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL. as an instructor for the Veterinary Assistant Program. Linda has also been appointed to the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association Legislative Committee.
Throughout her adult years, Linda has had a heart for public service. She served in many public service roles within her community including children’s church classes, Vice President Beta Sigma Phi, PTO Secretary, and PTO Vice President.
In 2003 Linda was elected to the Tuscola School Board and served as the Resolutions Chair for the Illini District for the Illinois Association of School Boards. After her first term was over, Linda decided that she wanted to become more involved with the Republican Party. She ran for Precinct Committeeman and served as Secretary for the Douglas County Republican Central Committee.
Through the efforts of County Chairman David Albin, Linda’s interests and desire to become more involved were fostered. Linda became involved with the Douglas County Republican Woman and was accepted into the Illinois Excellence in Public Service Series. After graduating from the Lincoln Series, Linda went on to become President of the Douglas County Republican Woman. In 2011, Linda received the Douglas County Republican of the Year award.
Linda then moved to Champaign County and quickly became immersed in the Champaign County Republican Organization. She was appointed Precinct Committeeman, and serves on the Executive Committee as Volunteer Chair. In 2016, Linda received the Champaign County Republican of the year award. Linda is also a member of the Vermilion County Republican Woman.
In 2012, Linda decided to take her interests to the next level by going back to school and earned a degree in Political Science in 2015. This effort was supported, in part, from an IFRW Scholarship. As a student, Linda served as a Legislative Fellow in Washington, D.C. in the office of Congressman Rodney Davis Fall 2013. That same year, Linda was elected as IFRW’s 4th Vice President and has served two terms in that role. Since retiring from the University of Illinois in May 2017, Linda has worked in the Champaign District office for Congressman Rodney Davis, IL.-13.
For many years Linda has worked towards promoting the ideals of the Republican Party and assist candidates with disseminating their message to constituents. To that end, Linda has volunteered for several campaigns at the local, state and federal levels. Linda is also a founding member of the IRWPAC and serves on the Executive Board.