President: Michele (“Mickey”) Laws
Michele, aka Mickey, who uses both interchangeably, is a retired teacher who moved up from the high desert in 2004 with her 2 daughters. The oldest was in her 4th year at UCR, but the younger was starting her freshman year at Rim HS. Once the youngest was off to college, she subsequently got a part-time job at the library in Blue Jay. With working only 19 hours per week, there was still time to fill. It was 2010, and a good time to be a Democrat on the mountain. Obama was in the White House and doing a good job in spite of the lack of cooperation and criticism from his opponents. Having been interested in the political process since childhood, watching national conventions with her dad, she decided that now was the time to get involved. With no prior experience as a club officer, she joined the Mountain Bears, became the treasurer in due time, and the president in 2012. She welcomes the camaraderie of newcomers and any skills or expertise they wish to contribute towards growing the club. She looks forward to the challenge of this historic outcome and sharing our response with club members.
Vice President: Buzz (Raymond) Bartlett
Buzz (real name Raymond, which he seldom turns around for), and his wife, Marylen, moved to Lake Arrowhead four years ago from Columbia, Maryland, to be closer to their two sons, who both live in L.A., and chose our mountains so they could continue to enjoy four seasons. Soon after their move they joined the Mountain Bears, looking to meet like-minded folks, and to help strengthen the Democratic Party here on our mountain. In Maryland, Buzz and Marylen were active in their local democratic club, Marylen even canvassing for Kerry and
Hilary in Pennsylvania. Marylen is a retired attorney, and Buzz is semi-retired, keeping his hand in community relations and writing, most recently producing Lockheed Martin Environmental Group’s newsletters. Over his career Buzz worked for Maryland state government, Lockheed Martin, and the University of Maryland. He also headed the Council for Basic Education, a -12 think tank, and served on a number of boards, some as president, including the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Maryland State Board of Education.
Secretary, Newsletter Editor: Keith Martin
When Keith made it to the promised land of retirement (after teaching high school social sciences for over thirty years) he and his wife found themselves living on our mountain. Having honed his passion for all things civics related by teaching US History and Government for decades, Keith joined the Mountain Bears Democratic Club in order to more actively participate in our democratic process. Soon, he found himself happily accepting a nomination to fill the spot left by the past Secretary who is fulfilling a promise to her husband to travel around the country in their motor home.
Corresponding Secretary: Jacqueline Lauder
Jacqueline (Jacque) Lauder recently retired and moved to Lake Arrowhead with her husband Ken. Having a long history with the local mountains in Green Valley Lake and Crestline – they are excited to finally make Lake Arrowhead their permanent home. She retired from teaching at California State University Long Beach in the Gerontology Program and was the former Director of Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP). Jacqueline is an educator and advocate for all Medicare beneficiaries as well as the aging “boomer” population. Jacque considers it a privilege to connect with Mountain Bear Democrats and is looking forward to contributing to the strong voice of Democrats on the mountain.
Treasurer: Jeff Fradley
Jeff Fradley moved to Crestline in 2019 with his husband, Steve. He has worked in public safety for over 20 years and plans to retire in the next 3-4 years. As an active member of his department’s peer support program, he is trained in critical incident stress management and group crisis intervention. He is the current vice president of the labor organization representing his governmental classification. After moving to the mountains, he wanted to get involved in local politics, which led him to the Mountain Bears Democratic Club. He is thrilled to have been appointed to the recently vacant treasurer position and looks forward to growing into his new role and responsibilities. In addition to serving as the treasurer for the Mountain Bears Democratic Club, he is also an alternate member of the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee, a member of the LGBT Caucus of the California Democratic Party, and a member of the Stonewall Democratic Club. As you can probably tell, Jeff enjoys being involved and making a positive difference wherever he can. Eventually, he would like to become a state and federal delegate for the Democratic Party.