Meet Your 2015-2016 Party Officers

Frank Burrell, Chair

I was born in Jackson County and educated in our schools here. I attended WCU earning three degrees, BS, MS, and Ed S. I spent a career in public school education doing everything from teaching 3rd grade to being superintendent of schools. My favorite job was high school principal. I am married to the former Louise Pennington of Franklin and we have one son, Marc, who is a lawyer in the Raleigh area. We have one grandson.

Carolyn Cagle, 1st Vice Chair

I’m a gal who likes to be active, hopefully doing productive things to aid mankind and make America a better place to be, and preferably, doing so in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I was born and raised in Waynesville and married Jackson County native JC Cagle almost 50 years ago. After several stops along the way, and a stint in Tulsa, Oklahoma for 13 years, I was thrilled when we could retire and return home to the mountains in 2009. I hit it off with fellow Democrats in Jackson and have stopped for only a breath or two since then, it seems. My career spans banking, education, coaching and interior design, but I most love being a Mom, Grandmother and sweetheart to JC (well, most of the time, I’m a sweetheart). JC and I love to relax on our front porch, at the lake and by spending time with family and friends. We truly believe in principles promoted by Democrats that encourage development of every individual and not just a privileged few!

Dan Perlmutter, 2nd Vice Chair

A transplant from colder climes who has warmed himself in southern latitudes for four decades and made a home within sight of the Plott Balsams since the late eighties. Married for forty three years to a daughter of the south whom he met halfway around the world as Peace Corps Volunteers in the Republic of the Philippines. Always motivated by the need to help people either as an instructor at Western Carolina University and as Director of the Upward Bound Math and Science Center at WCU or at Southwestern Community College, he continues to serve our community as Second Vice-Chair of the Jackson County Democratic Party. He loves the outdoors; either hiking the trails of Southern Appalachia or kayaking its rivers. No home like this home.

Lorna Barnett, Treasurer

Born in Montreal, Canada, Lorna moved to the US in 1967. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language Education and English as a Second Language and an MPH (Masters of Public Health) from UNC Chapel Hill. Lorna retired from her position with Jackson County as the Director of Community Health Link, where she worked with many of the agencies and schools in the area to improve the health of the residents. Lorna lived in Florida for 25 years before moving to Jackson County. It wasn’t until she met the good people of these beautiful mountains that she felt the need to become a US citizen and get involved in the political process that makes the country work.