Susan has lived in Nags Head since 1986, pursuing a career as a general practice attorney with her own firm. She has served as a Nags Head precinct chair, as a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention for the Third Congressional District, as an officer in the Dare County Democratic Women, and has participated in voter registration, fundraising, and other activities to elect Democratic candidates. Susan is active in the North Carolina Women’s Forum, The North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and other professional organizations. She was was given a Democratic Star Award by the NC Democratic Women and from the Citizen Lawyer Award from the North Carolina Bar Association.
Susan enjoys fly fishing, traveling, and attending Wake Forest University football and basketball games. Most of all, she and her husband Bob and Yorkie, Daisy, enjoy spending time with their two grown daughters and two grandsons.
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Alicia is originally from Baltimore, And has lived on the Outer Banks since 1988. A lifelong Democrat, you will usually meet her working our Headquarters during election years or organizing fundraisers. Alicia also arranges for and schedules speakers for DWOD’s monthly meetings. She recently retired after managing local doctors offices and now sells hand poured candles at local markets and craft shows.
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Tess is a resident of Kitty Hawk. In 2020 she retired from over 46 years in hospitality and property management. She is very active in her community and currently serves on local boards including The Outer Banks Hospital Board, Children and Youth Partnership of Dare, Outer Banks Relief Foundation, Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce and Food For Thought. Tess also serves on the Board of Vidant Health Foundation and North Carolina Joint Underwriters. She belongs to All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores as well as serves as the Treasurer of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina.
Tess has been a member of the Dare Democratic Women for many years and was a former candidate for the State House and State Senate. Her late husband Warren was a Dare County Commissioner for 16 years. Tess Judge’s joy is her four children and their spouses and her ten grandchildren.
Laura L. Allendorf
Laura moved to Manteo from Northern Virginia in 2019 following a long career advocating for federal health policies benefiting physicians and their patients and running a political action committee. She has served as a precinct captain and actively participated in local, state, and national political campaigns for Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. When she is not working to turn North Carolina blue, Laura volunteers with the Elizabethan Gardens, practices yoga, and enjoys the wonderful beauty of the Outer Banks with her husband, Randy Fenninger, and their Labrador Retriever, Truman.
DWOD announced that The Democratic Women of North Carolina (DWNC) have honored Laura with a 2022 STAR Award for her “outstanding dedication, tireless work, and loyal commitment in support of the values and principles of the Democratic Party, its causes, and candidates”. Congrats from all of us at DWOD.
Betsy lives on Roanoke Island, where her Etheridge ancestors have owned property since the 1750’s. She grew up in piedmont North Carolina but spent many summers visiting family on the Outer Banks. She has been a teacher and administrator at a number of universities including Ohio State University, where she received her graduate degrees, and Penn State University. In 2000 she joined the office of the University of North Carolina system working with all 16 UNC campuses She retired in 2015 from NC State University, when she moved to Roanoke Island. She serves on the boards of the Elizabethan Gardens and the Friends of Elizabeth II and has been an active member of the Roanoke Island Commission, the Roanoke Garden Club, and DWOD. She comes from a long line of Democrats and is eager to help our candidates win local, state and national elections.