About Us

We are mothers, wives, young professionals, retirees, singles,
homemakers and concerned activists.

The Mecklenburg Evening Republican Women was created in 1962. Our members have been delegates to the Republican National Convention, served in leadership in the National Federation of Republican Women and held leadership throughout the Republican Party. We have grown exponentially as fellow Republican women find strong red voices in the blue Queen City! Republican women are an integral part of the Republican effort in Mecklenburg County. MERWC members are justifiably proud of the contribution and impact we have in partnering with the MeckGOP.

We are the Red Bull of the Republican Party!

 

Meet the Board of Directors
and Committee Chairs

 

Desiree Miller
President

Desiree Miller

Desiree is a naturalized American Citizen who emigrated from Honduras as a child. She grew up in New Orleans, LA.  She attended college at both Louisiana State University and the University of New Orleans, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She has lived in California, Virginia and in Charlotte for the last 10 years. She has served in the private sector, non-profits, and most recently she has taken a special interest in caring for the elderly.

Desiree became politically active in 2009 after finding herself greatly concerned with the direction of national politics and policies, as well as NC and Charlotte local political leadership. She served on the board of the Mecklenburg County Republican party for two years and worked on numerous political campaigns.  As president of the Mecklenburg Evening Republican Women’s Club one of her favorite responsibilities is bringing topic experts in to educate citizens, and organize grassroots activities for the GOP.

Alice Herald
Past President

Alice Herald

As a Californian, Alice learned conservatism from Ronald Reagan as her Governor and then her President. She earned a bachelors in Finance from the University of Southern California and her JD from Hasting College of the Law. After a 32 year career as an attorney for Bank of America, Alice retired as Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

Alice now devotes her time to preserving the fundamental tenants upon which our country was founded. She has learned much from her involvement in MERWC, and encourages you to join MERWC and partake of what we, the NC Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Woman have to offer.

Paulina Havelka
Vice President

Paulina Havelka

Paulina is a naturalized American citizen who emigrated from Poland in 1986.  She lived in New York city for a short time and moved to Mecklenburg County, North Carolina in 1988.  Paulina has a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and a Law Degree from the Appalachian School of Law. 

Paulina has practiced criminal and family law here in the Charlotte area since 2005.  Paulina was a former board member of the MeckGOP, currently serves as the Vice President of the Mecklenburg Evening Republican Women’s Club, and continues to volunteer at the Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission legal clinics for battered women and Council for Children’s Rights for over 12 years.
Lisa Miller
Secretary

Lisa Miller

Lisa was born and raised in a conservative small town a few miles northeast of Charlotte.  She attended college at UNCC, obtaining her BA in Business Administration in 1985. A few years later, Lisa furthered her education at Pfeiffer University and graduated with an MBA in 1992. She worked in a family-owned retail business for many years early in her career, and then broadened her work experience with employment at a local manufacturing company.

Lisa and her husband, Tim, currently own a real estate firm, with their market focus being primarily in the Charlotte area. So the ties to small business and the local region have only been strengthened, growing into a passionate desire to protect and cultivate the conservative qualities of the city. Lisa joined MERWC in 2014 to become more educated in the politics of Mecklenburg County. As a result, she is all the more resolved to advance the footprint of Republican values and halt the threat of progressivism that seems to have taken root in Charlotte.

Stephanie Kline
Treasurer

Stephanie Kline

A passionate cry for American Conservatism echoed in her household ever since Stephanie can remember. Living all over the United States, she was always challenged to aspire to become a better member of family, country and community and to respect this great nation of ours. As a Republican she found her ideological footing and gravitated to the facts, logic and reality and lessons she had learned along the way.

Katherine truly urges all Republican women to join their local political arena and work to Make America Great Again.

Susan Shoe
Membership

Susan Shoe

Susan is a North Carolina native who graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Psychology.  She served on the Board of Visitors with UNCC and as visiting professor.  She went on to work for a national bank and then later was a founder in a technology company. She and her husband, Howard, have owned a wealth management firm since 2009. She has homeschooled her 2 children for the past 10 years. She currently serves as a Challenge B Director for Classical Conversations and an Assistant Choir Director at Church at Charlotte.

On mission in Russia, Susan encountered the devastation that communism leaves in its wake.  She strongly supports those who resolve to halt the advance of socialism and its underlying precepts in this nation. She has worked on numerous campaigns including city council as well as state, local and federal campaigns.  She has joined MERWC to stand with other women and men who are called to positively impact the leadership and thereby the direction of our city, state, and nation.

Katherine Lewis
Membership/Volunteers

Katherine Lewis

 

Darci Horne
Chaplain/Legislature

Darci Horne

Darci is a passionate conservative and a career woman, committed to supporting the Biblical values on which she was raised. Darci grew up in Guatemala as a missionary kid, learning from her late mom how to serve with all her heart and to appreciate the blessing it is to be an American. She graduated from Erskine College where she earned her degree in Biology before completing her graduate work in Genetics at Clemson University. She works as a consultant in the healthcare and biopharmaceutical industries.

Darci is passionate about giving back and making a difference through local and international mission and education efforts, including engaging and educating voters on key issues and helping people understand the responsibility and privilege of every citizen to vote in local, state, and national elections, to have a voice in choosing elected leaders. Every vote counts.

Carol Threatt
Volunteers

Carol Threatt

Carol is a conservative woman who believes in biblical values upon which this country was built. She believes that we all have a part to play be it large or small. Work with the Mecklenburg Evening Republican Women’s Club gives her the opportunity to serve others with like values.

Amanda Brown
Immediate Past President

Amanda Brown

Conservative blood has run in her veins since Ronald Reagan became president when she was 9 years old! She is passionate about women advancing in the Republican political sphere. Her favorite quote is from Patrick Henry: “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Nisha Victoria Giri
Special Events Committee Chair

Nisha Victoria Giri

Nisha is an aspiring Proverbs 31 woman, a Republican, and a Finance Professional. She was born on Long Island, lived in Lake Oswego, OR, and grew up in Ridgewood, NJ. She graduated with a Business Administration degree with a Concentration in Finance from Ramapo College. She relocated to the Charlotte area in 2013.

While being very heavily active in ministry related activities, she had an interest in making more of a difference. Her heart is to bring our communities back to a place of conservative principles, high morals, and safe, prosperous neighborhoods with top notch education – much of which was beyond the scope of ministry initiatives.

She, then, decided to join the Mecklenburg Republican Women’s Club in 2017. Within very little time she realized that MERWC had been working towards achieving the goals closest to her heart every single day. In 2018 she started to volunteer as the Special Events Committee Chair along with volunteering to assist candidates with their campaigns so that, together, we would assist our President on the local level to make America Great Again – one county at a time…

Kelli Bush
Hospitality Committee Chair

Kelli Bush

Kelli is a passionate, driven and career focused woman who is committed to servicing the community in which she resides. She grew up on traditional mid west values and relocated to the Charlotte area to pursue her educational career. She serves as an educator for underprivileged school in the area, and on her free time she is very involved in helping educate,motivate and activate like minded women in the Charlotte area to get involved in the local government so they can in turn make a difference in our community. Kelli is also the Hospitality Committee Chair for Mecklenburg Evening Republican Women’s Club.