Board Members

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DCWOC Officers

  • Board members are elected by the membership in even numbered years and serve two (2) year terms ending in even numbered years.

  • Board members receive no compensation

President, since January 2013
Ron Varasteh Email

Ron Varasteh has been a Progresive since Reagan was first elected in 1980. He has been a resident of Orange County since 1981. He has been proudly serving the West Orange County Democratic Party since January 2013. Ron successfully won the Democratic Party Primaries for the US House of Representatives twice, once in 2012 and once in 2016. He was our Democratic Party Nominee in 2012 for US Congressional District 48, when he ran against then Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. He was also our Democratic Party Nominee in 2016 for US Congressional District 45, when he ran against then Rep. Mimi Walters. Mr. Varasteh has been a delegate to the Democratic National Convention (DNC), California Democratic Party (CADem), and Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) and has earned a B.S. in Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a minor in Applied Physics and an M.S. in Computer Engineering with emphasis in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics by the age of 22. When Ron is not volunteering for us, he is a Scientist, an Engineer, and has been a small business owner since April 1987.

1st Vice President

Position Open

  • Select speakers in consultation with the board

  • Initiate contact, confirm and follow up with meeting details with the speaker.

  • Write meeting announcement.

  • For the monthly meeting: prepare agenda, announce upcoming speakers/events

  • Attend the monthly board meeting which is the third Thursday of the month.

If you are interested in this position, send e-mail to Phil Silverthorn at If you have any questions, feel free to call Phil at 310-871-2083.

2nd Vice President, since January 2014
Phil Silverthorn

Phil Silverthorn joined DCWOC in 2010 and became a board member in 2014. In 2012, he was elected to the California State Central Committee as a delegate representing the 72nd AD and is currently serving his 4th term. As of 2015, he has been on the Orange County Central Committee serving as Jim Moreno’s alternate. Phil has a BS degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Secretary, since January 2019
Andrew Galagher

Andrew Gallagher, Secretary of DCWOC, has been a Costa Mesa resident since 2009. He's a member of DCWOC because he likes to be active in local politics and to be fully informed on local candidates and issues of importance to his community. In addition to DCWOC, he is also a member of Costa Mesa Democrats, Newport Beach Women’s Democratic Club, and Democrats of Greater Irvine. He previously served as an ADEM delegate for the California Democratic Party, has run for the Democratic Party Orange County Central Committee, and delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He is also a short documentary filmmaker and has volunteered with film festivals in the Southland.

Treasurer, since April 2017
Alice Marie De Leon

Alice Marie joined the DCWO in January 2017 and became a Treasurer 3 months later. She has a BSBA with an emphasis in accounting. Her love of numbers stems from her many years in the finance departments of corporations like Mazda Motors of America, Experian (formerly TRW Information Services) and Consolidated Disposal. She is an active member of HB Huddle's No Ban/No Wall team and takes pride in her volunteer roles as ESL Tutor and Co-Teacher of Citizenship classes at Oak View Library.