Meet The Board
The first time I ever voted was for Al Gore. I had just graduated high school and was only 18 years old. I swore to myself I'd never vote again because my vote didn't matter. That never happened though. I grew up in a very liberal family in New Jersey. My father told us that if we didn't vote, we couldn't live in his house. I have voted in every election since I was 18. I've worked for many political candidates, knocked on many doors, and marched in more marches that I'd like to admit. I moved to Savannah in 2019 from my home state of New Jersey with my 2 dogs and 4 cats. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into moving to such a conservative state but I really wasn't as prepared as I thought. I very quickly jumped into Kurtis Purtee's campaign and plastered lawn signs all over my lawn. I look forward to working with the Federation to get even more Democratic candidates elected and to promote positive change in the Democratic Party.
I am a realtor by trade, a mom by choice, and Vice President of the Savannah Chapter of the Federation of Democratic Women. Becoming a mother and moving to a new area of the country really opened my eyes to a lot of political and social issues and made me more determined than ever to create change, both for myself and future generations. I strongly believe in the idea of leaving this world better than I found it, and that is my life goal. I am passionate about so many issues we as a society face today, but I especially focus on reproductive rights, paid maternity leave, universal healthcare, affordable childcare, and several facets of criminal justice and prison reform. I look forward to using my position in this organization to inspire others to action and create real and lasting change.
Hello, my name is Teneé N. Baker. I was born and raised in Southern California but lived the majority of my adult life in Washington State until I decided to relocate to the beautiful city of Savannah, GA in July 2020. I am the proud mother of two children. My son who is about to be 21 and my daughter who I call my, “mini me” is almost 12 years old. I joined the U.S. Army reserves in August 1998 and in the middle of changing my MOS, I was called to active duty to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. I had some health complications most likely due to the air quality and was separated from service in 2005. The decision to separate me from service was reversed in 2017, and I am medically retired from service. I also worked as a civil servant for the Department of Veterans Affairs and DoD as a Biomedical
Equipment Specialist and was medically retired from my position in 2020. I have always been an advocate for others in need and for myself because of my past experiences that I would not want another to endure if at all possible. I am passionate about women’s rights, veteran's rights, and homelessness. My goal in this organization is not only to help make change to these critical issues and others, but to make a difference of everyday problems that Georgia citizens face and have
been left unresolved. I am excited to have this opportunity to serve for the SAVFDW and the umbrella
this chapter falls under.
Gail Buckner isn't just our Secretary but also the President of the National Federation of Democratic Women. Gail was a Democratic member of the Georgia State Senate, representing its 44th District from 2009 to 2011. She was formerly a Georgia State Assembly representative of district 76, encompassing parts of Clayton County from 1990 to 2006. She represented district 76 and was also a candidate for Secretary of State of Georgia. Gail is married to her husband Charles Buckner and they have been married for 41 years. Together they have three children who were educated in the public schools of the Clayton County School System. They are now successful adults with children of their own.