CTCL's Advisory Committee is made up of some of the most experienced, thoughtful election professionals in the United States. Our advisors generously provide feedback on our professional development programs, helping CTCL ensure that our courses meet the needs of today's election administrators.
Indra Arriaga | Language Assistance Compliance Manager | Alaska Division of Elections
Indra Arriaga serves as the State of Alaska Division of Elections Language Assistance Compliance Manager. The position was created as a result of the Toyukak v Mallot Settlement Agreement. Arriaga’s task is to ensure that the settlement requirements are met by working with Alaska Native language speakers, elders, and linguists to create election materials and develop terminology in the respective languages. Under Arriaga’s direction the program has expanded and is more robust than ever; it provides varying degrees of support to 14 languages and dialects.
Arriaga holds a BA and MA in Political Science from St. Mary’s University in Texas. Arriaga has worked in finance, management consulting, and research and analysis. As an immigrant, a woman, person of color, and LGBTQ person, ensuring that all voices are heard equally is a priority for Arriaga in her personal and professional life.
Kim A. Barton | Supervisor of Elections | Alachua County (FL)
Kim A. Barton was elected Alachua County Supervisor of Elections in August 2016. In so doing, she became the first African-American elected Alachua County Supervisor of Elections. She is chiefly responsible for administering elections and voter registration in the county which has over 176,000 registered voters.
A graduate of the University of Florida, she came to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office in 1993 as its first outreach coordinator. In 2006, she was promoted to director of outreach, a position she served in until her election. Barton is an active member of the Florida State Association of Supervisors and the Election Center, as well as a graduate of The Gainesville Sun's Focus on Leadership Program.
Barton credits her passion for voting and civic engagement to her parents, who were very involved in civil rights era community organizing and participated in get-out-the-vote and voter registration efforts. She takes great pride in the fact that it is her responsibility to serve all Alachua County residents.
Norelys R. Consuegra | Deputy Director of Elections | Rhode Island Secretary of State
Norelys R. Consuegra, a native Rhode Islander, is Deputy Director of Elections for Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1996 and completed her master’s degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University in 2012. Prior to her work in elections, she worked for U.S. Senator Jack Reed as a Senate Aide for 20 years.
Norelys is the recipient of the Ralph Gabellieri Service Award by Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island, has been recognized as a Diversity Ambassador by the State of Rhode Island, and was awarded the Extraordinary Women Award for community work. She’s also received recognition from RI Latino Public Radio, the National Archives and Records Administration, and Telemundo Providence for her collaborative work in the community.
In addition to her full-time employment, she is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Continuing Studies at Roger Williams University. She has been involved in community service as a member of the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund, Program Coordinator for the RI Latina Leadership Institute (LLI), and Secretary for the Pawtucket Youth Soccer Association. She is a strong advocate for communities of color, the immigrant community, the LGBTQ community and enjoys teaching others about the importance of civic engagement. She makes her home in Johnston with her husband, Salvador, and three sons, Gabriel (18), Ashten (9) and Tristen (2).
Joanna Francescut | Assistant County Clerk/Registrar of Voters | Shasta County (CA)
Joanna Francescut is currently the Assistant County Clerk/Registrar of Voters for Shasta County where she guides staff to accomplish the goals and missions of the Shasta County Clerk. She quickly fell in love with election administration during the 2008 Presidential Elections. Since then, her innovations, critiques, and ideas have become a strong foothold in the practices and procedures of the Shasta County Clerk/Registrar of Voters Department. When she isn’t working, you may find her playing volleyball, eating cookies, or telling stories of the good old days to her three children.
Ricky Hatch | Clerk/Auditor | Weber County (UT)
Ricky is the County Clerk/Auditor for Weber County, Utah. After graduating with honors from Brigham Young University with a Master’s degree in Accounting, he worked for seven years as an information systems auditor and consultant for in Los Angeles and Warsaw, Poland. He worked as a business analyst and project manager in Munich, Germany and Boston. In 2002, he established, ran, and taught at a private K-12 school in Ogden, Utah, later becoming CFO and COO of a chain of private schools throughout the western U.S.
In 2003, Ricky decided to be more involved in government than just as an informed voter, and has served in various capacities ever since, eventually being elected in 2010. He was Utah’s County Clerk of the Year in 2015 and County Auditor of the Year in 2013 and 2017.
He is a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) and chairs its Communications working group. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. He testified before Congress regarding election cybersecurity. He serves as First Vice President of the Utah Association of Counties and Chairs the Utah Clerk’s Legislative Committee. He served as the Election Officials Division Director for the International Association of Government Officials (iGO).
Ricky has a wonderful wife, five fantastic children, and three cute-as-a-button grandchildren.
Toni Pippins-Poole | Elections Administrator | Dallas County (TX)
Toni Pippins-Poole is the Elections Administrator for Dallas County, which administers elections for 1.2 million registered voters and 44 political subdivisions.
During her more than 20 years in election administration, Toni has participated in Secretary of State of Texas Election Law seminars and has worked with voter awareness programs, FVAP, the FEC, the DOJ, and the EAC. In addition, she’s served on the Election Center HAVA National Advisory Committee, the Texas HAVA Advisory Committee, and the Bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration Advisory Committee.
A graduate of East Texas State University (now known as Texas A&M @ Commerce), Toni holds a number of professional certifications and has been frequently recognized for her years of public service to Dallas County. Outside of work, Toni spends time with her husband, Charles, as well as her children and grandchildren.
Whitney Quesenbery | Co-director | Center for Civic Design
Whitney Quesenbery is co-director for the Center for Civic Design, working to make every interaction with government an easy, effective experience. The Center is the home of the Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent and the Anywhere Ballot. Other projects include ElectionTools.org and work on more useful, usable, and accessible voter guides and other election materials with election departments across the country. Whitney and Dana Chisnell teach the first course on Election Design in the Certificate in Election Administration at the University of Minnesota. She has written three books: A Web for Everyone, Global UX, and Storytelling for User Experience.
Tim Tsujii | Director of Elections | Forsyth County Board of Elections (NC)
Tim Tsujii is the Director of Elections for the Forsyth County Board of Elections in North Carolina. He has served as an election official for the past 12 years, previously as the Deputy Director and Early Voting Director for the Guilford County Board of Elections. Tim holds a degree in political science from the George Washington University and Master of Public Affairs from the University of NC at Greensboro. His office was recently presented the Herb Stout award by the NC Center for Geographic Information Analysis (CGIA) for the implementation of a polling place wait time tracking application in the 2016 general election.
Maurice Turner | Senior Technologist | Center for Democracy & Technology
Maurice Turner is Senior Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where he focuses on the Election Security and Privacy Project identifying and updating election cybersecurity practices and infrastructure. He most recently served as a TechCongress Congressional Innovation Fellow assigned to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he shaped policy and oversaw the preparation of memos, briefings, and hearings on federal IT systems and cybersecurity. He has also played an active role in local elections in CA and VA, holding progressively responsible positions from clerk to lead inspector overseeing multiple precincts. Turner holds an MA in Public Administration from USC, and a Certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy from Georgetown University.
Grace Wachlarowicz | Assistant City Clerk | Director of Elections and Voter Services, City of Minneapolis (MN)
Grace Wachlarowicz (“walk-la-rō-its”) is the Assistant City Clerk, Director of Elections and Voter Services for the City of Minneapolis. She received her B. A. in Business Administration and CERA through the Election Center. Grace began her career in elections in 1993 administering all facets of the municipal, school district, state, and federal elections. Since 2012, Grace has overseen all facets of election administration for the City of Minneapolis, including the Minneapolis School District, the third largest electoral jurisdiction in Minnesota, with 240,000 registered voters.
Grace's true passion is public service in election administration. She is active in the Election Center with program development, while she’s also a member of the Joint Election Officials Liaison Committee and the League of Minnesota Cities. In addition, she’s served on the Minnesota State Legislature’s task force for Elections Emergency Planning, Electronic Roster, and Election Integrity.