Executive Committee

Meet our Executive Committee!

Sasha DiMaria  


Sasha DiMaria has been a Webster resident since November 2015. Sasha holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Daemen College in Amherst, NY. Currently, she is an independent consultant for child welfare organizations, lending her experience and expertise to programs hoping to grow, improve outcomes, and train staff. Previously, Sasha worked in the New York State Office of Children and Family Services as the Buffalo Region’s Adoption Specialist providing oversight, training, and case consultation to state authorized adoption agencies, foster care programs and local departments of social services.

Sasha is a strong advocate for children and families, serving as Chairperson of the Coalition of Adoption and Foster Family Agencies for three years. While serving as chair, she was recognized for her leadership skills and commitment with several awards including the Friendship Award from Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of WNY. Sasha served as Race Director for three years for the Trick or Treat Trot 5K and Family Fun Walk to raise funds to support foster/adoptive children and families.

Sasha has been married to her husband Andy for five years, and they have two preschool aged sons.

Ginny Contestable  

Deputy Leader 1

Originally from Buffalo NY, Ginny Contestable moved to Webster in 1986. She is a Communications/English graduate of Niagara University and currently a Senior Documentation and DITA Author at Xerox Corp.

Ginny has two adult children, Michelle and Dan, who graduated from RL Thomas.

In addition to being a member of the Webster Democratic Committee, she is a member of the West Webster Ladies Auxiliary where her son was an Explorer and a Board member of the Ladies Hibernians.

Joining the Webster Democratic Committee is an action Ginny took to help support democratic candidates locally, and work together with other like minded neighbors to share democratic values.

Pam Mauro 

Deputy Leader 2

Pamela Mauro returned to WNY after living in the Midwest for more than 30 years. She attended Washburn University in Topeka, KS where she helped create and served as president of the W.U. Legal Assistant Association. Her career as a paralegal included many years with the Federal Bankruptcy Trustee and working for a private law firm.

Ms Mauro also has many years experience in retail management and is currently employed at Verizon wireless in Webster.
She attended the Women's March in Washington DC in 2017, and was inspired to become involved to support the Democratic party locally. She chose to move to Webster in 2017 partially due to the "Midwest" feel of a smaller town (and her grandchildren are here!)
She joined the WDC upon its reboot in 2017 and is dedicated to supporting the committee and the community.

Lori Englert 


Lori is a 26 year resident of Webster, who owns and operates a property management business also located in Webster.  She has two adult children Melissa & Nicole and also is a grandmother.

While she has just come back to the Democratic Party formally, she has always followed and supported democratic candidates.  “Getting involved” in some capacity has always been a goal but while raising children and running a business there was never enough time.  She is excited to serve, support and make positive changes in our community.

Jacqueline Thornton-Praharaj  


Her husband, an immigrant from India, and Jacqueline moved to New York in December 2015 from Indiana. They have settled in the Village of Webster with their cat, Chewbacca.

Her life's greatest achievement is getting the courage to go to college at the age of 23, a feat Jacqueline's family never expected her to achieve. She graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with a major in Liberal Studies with minors in History, Religious Studies, and Photography and finished in just 3 years with a 3.5 GPA.

She was the first in her nuclear family to ever vote and has been a registered Democrat for just over 10 years. Although she has always been progressive in her views, she has been working on becoming more immersed in the Democratic party by joining the Webster Democratic Committee, voting more than just once every four years, and donating to causes she believes in.


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