A lifetime advocate for the children of her beloved state of Texas Lydia believes that in order to make changes in our society we must first eliminate the obstacles that stand in the way. The presence of gerrymandering in our state hinders the growth of our democracy. As an advocate for redistricting reform she joined a small group of similar minded people to create Texans Against Gerrymandering in 2017. Lydia has served as an election clerk and is a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar (VDVR) for Fort Bend and Harris Counties. Lydia delights in her 7 children, 22 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. In addition to her Bachelors degree, she earned a Masters in Education and a Masters in Human Resources with a specialization in organizational change and development.
Joined Texans Against Gerrymandering (TAG) in 2018 to fight for fairness in our voting process. Every vote counts and currently our gerrymandered districts dilute votes and allow politicians to choose their voters instead of voters choosing their representative. Originally from New Jersey, she now lives in Falcon Ranch, Katy with her husband David and three daughters, ages 6, 13 and 17. Erica has an MBA from Monmouth University and works as an Account Executive for Fiserv, a global leader in financial services technology solutions.
Joined Texans Against Gerrymandering at its inception in 2017 after studying the strange shapes of many districts in the Houston area and the rest of Texas. She believes strongly that districts should represent communities of interest, not partisan groups or incumbent candidates. Linda is a member of Indivisible Katy Huddle and Katy Area Democrats; she is also a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar (VDVR) for Harris County and has served as an election clerk and election judge. She also enjoys participating in Katy Toastmasters. Originally from Paris, Texas, Linda has lived in Katy for 28 years. She has a BA in English from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Shirley Nicola spent her professional career as a human resource professional in different industries. She believes in taking action to fix problems. For that reason, she joined Texans Against Gerrymandering from its inception. Originally from Virginia, Shirley received a degree in accounting from Old Dominion College in Norfolk. Shirley serves as a Harris County Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar and is an active participant in the election process.
An avid sailor and patron of the arts, Shirley believes that life should be lived to the fullest.
Is a native Texan who has been involved in grassroots organizing for over 20 years. She is an ambassador for criminal & social justice reform who believes in fairness and equality for all people. She advocates for fair maps & fair representation, not gerrymandered districts. Tomeji serves as precinct chair in Fort Bend County, election judge, volunteer deputy voter registrar (VDVR) and worked on various candidate campaigns. She has a BS in Environmental Science from UNT and a Master’s degree in Business and Human Relations from Amberton University.
Mother and grandmother, former associate dean and director of student affairs at the university level, has been involved in ministry and education for more than 40 years. Stephanie is a dedicated volunteer with a number of nonprofits in the Houston and Fort Bend communities. She is a graduate of the Fort Bend County Leadership Program for Nonprofit Excellence. Originally from New York City, she obtained her BA from the University of Houston and her MRE from the University of St. Thomas.
Her dedication stems from her strong desire to use her unique gifts, time and treasure to enhance the growth and development of individuals, groups and the community at large. Because of her thirst for justice and equal representation for all people, she joined the efforts of TAG (Texans Against Gerrymandering) in 2019. She sees the work of this group as the very foundation for all other efforts that ensure all people are represented at every level of government.
Stephanie has served as an election judge, Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar and Precinct Chair and has worked on many campaigns. Some of her special interests are volunteering with an Equestrian Therapy program for special needs people, archery, biking and gardening.