Vicki graduated from the University of Kansas with a master’s degree in special education. A native Kansan, Vicki retired after a rewarding career of teaching and caring for many of Johnson County’s most at-risk children. She made the decision to run for political office after retiring because of her concern for the state’s slow economic growth and revenue shortages that have forced cuts to state services such as public education funding and mental health programs. With firsthand experience of running a house and senate campaign and political involvement with her county party, Vicki works to recruit and train candidates statewide as chair.
Brandon Johnson was elected as the council member to District I in 2017.
Johnson demonstrates his love for Wichita through progressive programming, investments and initiatives to create a better city for current — and future — residents. The Wichita-native’s civic leadership spans more than 10 years in areas including economic development through youth employment advocacy and job creation, social services and community education.
In 2011, Johnson created the nonprofit organization, Community Operations Recovery Empowerment (CORE). The agency focuses on community engagement and leadership development, particularly in District I. Through CORE, Johnson has helped foster dialog between law enforcement and residents through a series of “Know Your Rights” forums; as well as hosted several community conversations focused on how to end gang violence and involvement and champions health and wellness through the development of a community gardens with produce being distributed to bordering neighborhoods.
He served on the advisory board of the Heartland Wichita Black Chamber of Commerce and participates as a liaison through Wichita Urban Professionals to the Entrepreneurship Task Force; a group that is affiliated with the Greater Wichita Partnership that holds as its tasks to: “build on Wichita’s rich entrepreneurial heritage by identifying, engaging and advocating for entrepreneurial organizations, businesses and individuals” as well as to “leverage public and private resources important to entrepreneurs.”
As an active member of Wichita Urban Professionals, Johnson works to help empower Wichita’s young, diverse and talented through relevant personal and professional development coaching, engaging leadership training and through dynamic social networking events.
Johnson is married to Danielle, who is the Assistant Director for Wichita State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and has three children, Khairi, Aria and Arin.
Born in Hutchinson, Gina grew up in a strong union railroad town in western Nebraska. She holds a degree in international relations and minors in Spanish and translation from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
As a college student, Gina was a field organizer for Bob Kerrey’s 1986 gubernatorial re-election campaign in Nebraska and his subsequent 1988 Senate campaign. After living in Colombia and Mexico, she moved to Arizona to work as a senior banking liaison and legal translator for an international bank and pursue an MBA in global finance from the University of Phoenix. Gina came back to Nebraska to work as an interpreter and translator for the federal government.
Since returning to Kansas in 2011, Gina has been active with the Kansas Democratic Party. Before becoming treasurer in 2019, she’s served as chair and vice chair of the Reno County Democratic Party, vice chair of the LGBT Caucus, and as KDP Resolutions Chair.
Teresa Garcia Krusor
In addition to her position as the National Committeewoman for Kansas, Teresa is also the DNC Hispanic Midwestern Caucus chair. She has been active with the Kansas Democratic Party for close to 30 years, serving as Cowley County secretary and chair, vice chair, secretary, and vice chair for the 4th congressional district for the Kansas Democratic Party. Teresa has also worked as a representative of the DNC Midwestern States, treasurer of the DNC Association of State Chairs, a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of State Democratic Chairs, and the contact person for the ASDC Alumni Chairs.
Chris is a technology consultant and a political junky. A member of the Democratic National Committee, representing his home state of Kansas, he has also served on the Rules Committee at the DNC 2016 convention. Chris was moderator of the Netroots Nation panel “Local Stepping Stones: Electing People of Color, LGBT Leaders and Progressive Women at the State and Local Levels” in 2016. He is the father of a special needs child and an advocate for autism awareness.
Executive Committee Members
Vicki Hiatt, Chair
Brandon Johnson, Vice Chair
George Hanna, Secretary
Gina Long, Treasurer
Teresa Krusor, National Committeewoman
Chris Reeves, National Committeeman
Anthony Hensley, Senate Democratic Leader
Tom Sawyer, House Democratic Leader
Sage TeBeest, Chair
Dan Knupp, Vice Chair
Paula Roegge, Secretary
Von Peterson, Treasurer
Sherri Grogan, Chair
Ty Dragoo, Vice Chair
Terry Manies, Secretary
Lynn Grant, Treasurer
Alyce Edwards, Chair
Mo Azeem, Vice Chair
Amber Sellers, Secretary
Hank Chamberlin, Treasurer
James Thompson, Chair
Rhonda Cox, Vice Chair
Jean Schodorf, Secretary
John Moeder, Treasurer