2021 KCRWF New Executive Team

Election season has come to an end

Every two years, we vote on new officers for KCRWF. The vote will took place at our November 2020 meeting. Thank you to everyone who came to vote this year! Our candidates-elect are listed below with their biographies. We so appreciate all of our candidates and look forward to continuing to improve KCRWF!

President


Carla Mattare

I attended George C. Marshall High School in Northern Virginia and graduated with honors from Strayer University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. I currently hold the position of Operations Manager for a financing company.

I have been an active member of KCRWF since 2013. I’ve helped distribute Constitution Books, volunteered at the fair, played major roles helping to raise funds during our annual “Women in Red” events and opened up and managed our Facebook page. I have also helped other organizations in the community, such as “Honor flight”, “Newby-ginnings” and regularly donate auction items to the Republican Central Committee’s Lincoln Dinner.

With respect to our mission of helping solid Republican candidates get into office, I’ve assisted with both Commissioner Leslie Duncan and Sheriff Bob Norris campaigns.

My vision for the organization is to grow membership so we can increase our voice in the community. We need to attract more members, especially younger ones, so we can continue for future generations. Further, I want to promote education of the local issues that can affect our daily lives, not just during election years. It is this kind of knowledge of issues that allow us to hold our elected officials accountable. But it will be harder if our voice is small. We live in a great conservative community but that can change if our membership languishes. That’s why member growth and participation is my number one issue.

Vice President


Beverly Guenette

I am a retired court stenographer.  I moved to the Coeur d’Alene area in 2014 because it’s predominantly Republican and I want it to remain that way.  I have seen how Democrat/Liberal policies have ruined the once great State of California.  I feel that Republicans 20, 30 years ago were too complacent which allowed for the influx of liberalism.  I don’t want that to happen in Idaho or in Kootenai County.
I am active in local Republican organizations around town and am a Kootenai County Republican Central Committee precinct Chairwoman.  
My personal agenda is to help the non-politically active people be aware of all the political activities that are happening in our area so they can be an informed voter and a politically active citizen.
As Vice President of the Kootenai County Republican Women’s Federated, I will get interesting and informative speakers for our meetings.  I will actively recruit new members and do what is necessary to make the club flourish.

 

Treasurer


Tara Miles

Faith, Family, Freedom! I am a military wife and mother of five. A Pacific Northwest native, I’ve lived in Idaho, Washington, and Montana most of my life. As an EWU and NIC alumnae, I believe in the value of education but also support educational choice. I’ve worked for both small businesses and large corporations – in fields ranging from sales and service to engineering and technology – as well as being a small business owner. Plus, I’ve spent time as a stay-at-home-mom and understand the unique challenges that brings. My husband, Robby Miles, spent 10 years teaching in public schools and 8 years in the Army National Guard, which allows me unique insights into current state and federal policies. 
I believe the purpose of government is to protect the rights of the individual. Laws are made to ensure one person’s freedom does not interfere with any other individual’s freedom. Our government is a Constitutional Republic in order to ensure the balance between freedom and order. I love that American law provides equality so every human being, regardless of class, race, or religion, can seek the American Dream – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness! I am deeply pro-life. As Republicans we must both support pregnant women in crisis and support families as children grow. 
Last year, I redesigned the website for KCRWF and continue to manage it. I’m hopeful that becoming more involved in the organization will allow for even more improvements! With experience in bookkeeping, managing small business finances, and a wide tax law knowledge base, I’m prepared to assist this organization with its records and business transactions. Standing for personal liberties and fiscal responsibility, I am grateful for the opportunity to run for Treasurer with Kootenai County Republican Women! 

 

Secretary


Susan Senner

Republicans are energized and it’s a crucial time to support conservative tenets in our community and across the nation. A robust and well-positioned Kootenai County Republican Women Federated (KCRWF) can have a voice in defining the future of our party.
My husband and I lived, worked, and reared our children in Richland, WA. We are a boating family and vacationed in Coeur d’ Alene every summer for more than 30 years. We purchased our Hayden Lake house in 2015 and made Idaho our home.
I retired from a 37-year career in nuclear operations, nuclear nonproliferation, and national security. During my last 20 years in the workplace, I managed groups of technical staff at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in support of diverse scientific missions. I spent several years working in Russia and Ukraine, including time at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, and served as a primary interface with U.S. Department of Energy officials on technical, policy, and communications issues. Prior to PNNL, I spent 17 years as a lead communicator at Energy Northwest and Westinghouse Hanford Company.
My degree in Communications/Journalism from Washington State University formed the foundation for my career. It also shaped volunteer roles I held for the March of Dimes, the Richland Chamber of Commerce, Kadlec Medical Center, Christ the King Church, and the American Heart Association.
Joining KCRWF was top priority for me after establishing residence in Kootenai County. In addition to participating in monthly membership meetings, I have served as a guest speaker at one of the meetings, volunteered at the fair, co-chaired auction activities for Women in Red 2018, participated in Idaho GOP chairman’s luncheon and Honor Flight events, and participated in day-long Idaho GOP Trump campaign training.
KCRWF Secretary is a role that requires the capture and provision of timely and accurate information. That is my commitment to you. Thank you!