Michigan State Representative
Geraldine (Gerrie) Barclay
My name is Geraldine Natalie Barclay. Please note that I prefer being called Gerrie. Geraldine means Bearer of the Sword, a bellicose title which hardly fits my pacifist nature. I was born in Detroit, Michigan, and I have lived in this area all my life. My parents were immigrants.
I went to school in Detroit and am a strong advocate of the public school system. Pasteur, the elementary school which I attended, is still extant. I went to Nolan Intermediate which is now a middle school. I sometimes think it was the happiest year of my life.
I graduated from Wayne State University with a master’s degree in Education as most women of my generation did, and I went on to teach. My entire career was spent in Fitzgerald Public Schools where I was ensconced for 46 years. I taught 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and then went on to the high school where I spent 17 years as a Bilingual Coordinator. I always told those students they were the desert of my career. My last four years were as an Alternative Education teacher in a program called, “Flex.” That was an education for both the students and for me…a somewhat sheltered, Jewish woman from northwest Detroit. The kids always wanted to know why I didn’t have any children. When I told them it was because I had never married, they found that amusing. What possible difference could marriage have made. Alas.
I am a staunch feminist and I am what is called a Yellow Dog Democrat. I follow in my parents’ footsteps. I belong to all groups which foment for women and for social justice.
Two years ago, on April 22 (Earth Day), I married my long, long time much younger companion, Guma (Joe) Zakaria whom I met in August of 1977, on a boat, destined for Piraeus, Greece. At my age, I was not only a December bride, but a January and February bride as well. When we married, Joe changed his surname legally to mine. He is now officially Joe Barclay. Women really seem to appreciate that. I am, and always will be, Ms. Gerrie Barclay. We live in a condominium in Beverly Hills and love to travel.
Elizabeth W. Bauer
Elizabeth (Liz) Bauer is currently serving as a consultant on human rights and civil society. Chair, 45th District Mental Health Court Citizens Advisory Council, Treasurer, Future Foundation Board of Directors, Mount Holyoke College Advancement and Admission Roles, Executive Director Disability Right Michigan 1981-2001, Previous positions in education and mental health services. BA Mount Holyoke College, MA Ohio State University
Former Elected Position(s): State Board of Education
Award(s) / Recognition(s): Michigan Women's Hall of Fame (2013), WONder Woman (2010), Honorary Doctor Humane Letters Marygrove College (2016), Lifetime Achievement Award, The Arc Oakland County
WONF Vice President and
Organizational Development Business Consultant
Phone: 313-399-4836 (c)
Director - WON Foundation and
Organizational Development Business Consultant
Janice has worked to better the lives of young people since she was a teenager. She founded Dealing in Feelings a Youth motivational organization which exposed teens to successful African Americans. Berry served as the Youngest Director of The Women’s Conference of Concerns Youth Department. She volunteered as a freelance writer for the Michigan Chronicle Newspaper and trained Youth on conducting interviews with prominent people. A General Motors Corporation Retiree, she led numerous teams in the Finance Operations. Janice also implemented the A World In Motion Math and Science program in the Detroit Public Schools with hundreds of GM volunteers. She has coached several non-profits on organizational development. Janice served as the Community Relations Director for Orchards Children’s Services and Executive Vice President of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. She is experienced with corporate, as well as, grassroots fundraising campaigns; and has shaped policies which resulted in cost efficiencies, revenue generation, increased employee morale, and improved quality of service. In addition to her passion for youth, she always puts Family first and attributes them to her success.
West Bloomfield Clerk
Clerk West Bloomfield Township
Debbie Binder was elected to serve West Bloomfield Township in 2016. She has been a resident of West Bloomfield Township for the majority of her life and is a single mom raising 3 boys.
Binder has exemplified excellence and integrity in the understanding and performance of her statutory duties as outlined in the Michigan Compiled Laws. Debbie understands and appreciates her responsibility and role as elected by her community and is always available to serve as the “point of contact” for residents interacting with the Township.
Binder is active in many professional associations and community organizations. In 2020, she was nominated by the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks (MAMC) for the Township Clerk of the Year award. Debbie also has been elected by her colleagues to the Executive Board of both the Oakland County Clerk’s Association and the Oakland County Chapter of the Michigan Township’s Association for multiple years. Debbie has sought opportunities for professional development attending programs intended to advance the professional, and the profession. She has participated in the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks Clerk’s Institute where she will complete her 3-year certification as a Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) in the Fall of 2021. Debbie was acknowledged for serving on SEMCOG’s (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) Future Skills Taskforce and the West Bloomfield School District’s Portrait of a Graduate. Clerk Binder also maintains relationships with many community leaders as well as involvement in various community organizations. She is a member of the West Bloomfield Youth Assistance Board, West Bloomfield Rotary Club, Optimist Club of West Bloomfield, Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, the Macon-Thomas Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, and the Annual Michigan Week Breakfast Committee.
In addition to the profession, Clerk Binder’s contributions to her community have been significant -- spearheading and creating a community-wide Flu Shot Clinic through Alana’s Foundation, a local non-profit organization started by a West Bloomfield family who lost their child to complications from the flu. Now in its 4th year, this clinic has grown tremendously and attracted participants from beyond the greater West Bloomfield community. Debbie also expanded the Clerk’s Office Passport Acceptance Agency services to include passport photos, improving services offered to residents by providing a one-stop shop for participants.
Clerk Binder values her role as a public servant stating, “It’s my job. I may have obtained my job by election instead of being hired; however, the people chose and entrusted me to do this job and deserve to have it done well.”
Clerk Binder is always thinking of ways she can provide better and/or additional services to enhance the lives of her residents. She has proven her commitment to her community and desire to make West Bloomfield an even better place to live.
Professional Registered Parliamentarian
Phone: 248-375-0062 (c)
WONder Woman Barbara Bonsignore is a life member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and has served at all levels of the organization as branch and state president, regional director for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as on the national Public Policy and Governance Committees.
Barbara is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP), and an accredited Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She is a past President of the Louise Saks Parliamentary Unit (LSPU). For the past four years she has served as Recording Secretary of the Michigan State Association of Parliamentarians (MSAP). She is also Vice President of the Michigan Unit of Registered Parliamentarians (MURP).
Barbara is a member of the MSAP Youth Committee and participated as an instructor in the virtual 15th Youth Day event in November 2020. In addition, she served as a judge for the 2020 Virtual HOSA (Future Health Professionals) Region 8 Leadership Conference student competitions in parliamentary procedure. In 2021, she served as a judge for virtual student competitions in parliamentary procedure for Indiana and Michigan Business Professionals of America (BPA).
A longtime member of the Women Officials Network Foundation, in 2011 she was honored to be a WONder Woman award recipient as a Distinguished Champion for Women’s Rights.
Barbara holds an Honours B.A. degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, as well as an M.A. in English from the University of Windsor. She was formerly employed as an Instructor of English at the State University of New York at Brockport, in Brockport, New York.
--March 26, 2021