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Top Left to Right:   Karen Von Schimmelmann- Treasurer; Caroline Smith - 2nd VP; Darlene Ruedy -Nominating Chair; Michele Evans - Southern Director
Bottom Left to Right:   Diane Baranowski - President; Lori Piotrowski - Immediate Past President; Lynn Armanino - 1st VP

Not pictured:   Barb Hawn -Secretary; Cher Daniels - Northern Director

Hi, my name is Karen Von Schimmelmann and I look forward to serving as your NvFRW treasurer for the next two years.I was born and raised in Michigan, lived in southern California for a number of years, and moved to Nevada in 1990. While living in southern California I worked for several documentary production companies as a Production Accountant.  I continued this, commuting from Sparks to So Cal every other week.  I was then hired by Paramount Pictures as a Production Accountant/Location Auditor overseeing

Lynn Armanino - 1st Vice President, Programs

Michele Evans - Southern District Director

Diane Baranowski - NvFRW President

​Michele Evans has worked in the hospitality industry for her entire career. Her roles consist of selling hotel sales for groups and catered events. Events range from military conferences, real estate seminars, awards banquets to large holiday parties and her favorite occasion to plan, lavish wedding ceremonies and receptions.​She began her career at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort as front desk manager. Quickly escalating in her profession, Evans moved to Las Vegas, NV to become Director of Sales at Excalibur Hotel &

All my friends here in Nevada know that I am thoroughly grateful and honored to have been elected President of Nevada’s Federation of Republican Women for 2018-2019.  My late husband and I moved here from Northern California for Grandbaby #1’s arrival in 2006, and since his sister’s arrival in 2008, I am completely Nevadan now ​– right down to the first cowboy boots that I ever owned! I discovered Republican Women very quickly after moving here.  Then after having served in various positions at Sparks Republican Women for several years, I became Northern Director and was mentored by two phenomenal women, Phyllis 

Lori Piotrowski - Immediate Past President

we attack fellow Republicans, Nevada would be red today.  We should not levy assaults on fellow Republicans if we want to win but, instead, use assaults on Democrats only.  Republican assaults led to Barry Goldwater’s defeat for president in 1964 and Republican assaults are happening to President Trump today.   Let’s come together as Republicans and stop defeating ourselves.  Together we can make a difference.  If a biography can have a mission statement, this is mine.  The following are positions I have held.

  • Southern Director, NvFRW, 2016-2017
  • Leadership Chair, NvFRW, 2016-2017
  • Chair, RWSN PAC, 2016-2017
  • President Southern Hills Republican Women, 2016-2017
  • President Southern Hills Republican Women, 2014-2015
  • Board of Director of RWSN PAC, 2015
  • Board of Director of RWSN PAC, 2014
  • Board of Director Original Member of RWSN PAC, 2013
  • Past Southern Hills RW Campaign Director, 2012-2013
  • Past NvFRW Campaign Director, 2013

Darlene Ruedy - Nominating Committee Chair

I moved to Nevada from Louisiana over 20 years ago and fell in love with every aspect of this wonderful state.  Being raised in a politically oriented family with strong family and conservative values, it wasn’t long before I dived into and was actively engaged in local and state political activities and races. After becoming a Washoe County Central Committee member, I was elected to the NV

Prior to serving as President of the NvFRW, Lori Piotrowski served two terms as President of the Boulder City Republican Women's Club.  In addition, she has volunteered as Communications Director for the Clark County Republican Party, initiating a biweekly newsletter to central committee members; writing press releases and managing national and international press releases during a heated Senate race; and serving as spokesperson to English and Spanish media 

I think it’s a GREAT time to be a Republican Woman in the State of Nevada! 
November 8, 2016, the Republican Women in America made sure our collective voices were heard. We were loud and we were proud. We hoped for all hope and dared to dream; all while we prayed. We have now seen first-hand the true power of prayer. I am a proud Republican Woman in America. A retired Douglas County Deputy Sheriff, I was proud to serve as a Legislative Police Officer for one session. My dear husband Buzz, our eight children, 17 grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters are the loves of my

Karen Von Schimmelmann - Treasurer

Westrup and NFRW’s Lynne Hartung.  They and those two years taught me so much about our State and National levels that I’m ready to bring my energy, focus and ideas to what needs to be done in our swing state of Nevada during the all-important mid-term year of 2018.  Wish us luck!  

I am an advocate for Nevada and I am an optimist.  We have to work to turn and then keep Nevada red.  As Victor Joecks so aptly phrased it, “If Democrats take full control of state government in 2019, Nevada will become California — without the beaches.”  As a staunch Republican I believe in the grass roots efforts of the NvFRW and NFRW.  I also strongly believe in the 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”  If we attacked Democrats with the same fervor 

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​​Central Committee as well as the Secretary of the Mount Rose Republican Women.  Enjoying the interaction and camaraderie of my fellow Republicans, I felt as enthralled as Odysseus sailors to the call of the Sirens and soon was a member of all of the Women’s clubs in Reno and Incline Village and even the Republican Men’s Club.  I later attended as a delegate both the Washoe and State Republican Conventions.  The greatest thrill was my attendance at the 2012 National Republican Convention in Tampa with my brother who was a delegate from Louisiana. My volunteer work lead me to be engaged in the planning for various fundraisers, such as the Washoe County Golf Tournaments and Washoe County Lincoln Day Events in Reno. My work quickly expanded to my becoming the NV Federation Republican Women’s Fund Raiser Chair.  Presently I am honored to serve as the 2nd VP for the NvFRW, which presents new and invigorating challenges for me.  When I’m not banging away at some Republican project, I indulge into the many gifts of my wonderful state, such as skiing, hiking, fishing, and exploring its rich historical past.  I share some of my volunteer time in various capacities for the Sierra Park Foundation and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and plays in Incline Village, NV.   


 2016 National Republican Convention in Cleveland, OH where Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence became the Republican nominees.
In addition to her political involvement, Barb is currently a Board Member/Marketing Chair of Sierra State Parks Foundation and active in the Reno Rodeo, Nevada Right to Life, American Heart Association Circle of Red and Our Lady of the Snows
In November 1991, Barb and her husband, Brian moved to Reno, NV.   They will celebrate their 30th Anniversary in 2018.  Their son, Matthew is a graduate of University of Nevada and is a Graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Biotechnology.  In her spare time Barb enjoys attending movies, playing Pinochle and Nevada Wolf Pack athletics.


all aspects of accounting on movies for television, pilot episodes, and television series in various parts of the country. I spent the later part of my career doing a television series for Warner Bros in Wilmington, North Carolina for three and a half years.
 After retiring I found that I had time to pursue interests that had been put on hold, among them politics.  Being a staunch Republican, I began volunteering in the Washoe County GOP office, joined Washoe Republican Women, the Washoe County Central Committee, and worked with various local candidates.  I have served as co-chair of WRW Caring for America committee, and for the previous two years have been treasurer of WRW.I enjoy travel, genealogy, reading, and especially time with my two sons and their families, who, fortunately for me, also live in Sparks.


 different activities this area has to offer. We enjoy dressing for whatever activity we are going to in the appropriate attire. I joined the church, May 12, 1990. I joined the Sparks Republican Women's club in the spring of 2014. I try to keep up on issues and do what I can to be of help. I became the president in January 2015. I was 2017 NvFRW Northern Regents Director. I am now the NvFRW Northern Director for 2018 – 2019. I hope to lead the Sparks Republican Women's club into a successful 2018, and to grow our membership into a larger club. I pray that I can help this country to get back on course with Heavenly Fathers plan.

& Casino for 10 years.  Over the next few years Sahara Hotel, Caesars Palace, Mesquite Gaming and continuing in the  hospitality industry at Aliante Hotel.
With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Evans is excited to be part of the Active Republican Women of Las Vegas. Her passion comes from her family’s long line of staunch republicans. After a long day of planning, Evans enjoys a relaxing round of golf and baking treats for her two sons. She is an avid sporting clay enthusiast and volunteers for Ducks Unlimited, Friends of NRA, and the DC Project, protecting the 2nd Amendment.   She also dedicates much of her time partnering with charities such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Goodie Two Shoes raising funds for them both by hosting Bunco events.  Her latest induction as Honorary Commander of the 57th Adversary Tactics Group located at Nellis Air Force Base is an honor she is proud to be involved.

life. My love and devotion to my family and friends, my God and my Country are the foundation of my life. I work with passion and conviction every day as I serve and provide for those to whom I am dedicated. I am proud to be the newly elected President of the Washoe Republican Women and honored and humbled to serve as the Nominating Chairman for the Nevada Federation of Republican Women.
I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all. I know when we are “united” and support one an other in a good cause...there is nothing that “we” can’t accomplish. 

outlets. She holds a Master's in Romance Languages, but only recently has she used it to teach Spanish and Portuguese at the College of Southern Nevada.  Lori began her career in publishing, moved into corporate communications, architectural photography and construction journalism, and finally into public relations for a software development company.  In September 2015, she published her first historical novel, Revolutionary Heart, focusing on the events leading up to the American Revolution.

I am a native of Texas. I am the oldest of four girls in a military family. I have been married three times. Divorced once, widowed once and have been married to Bryan for almost 26 years. I have seven stepchildren; two grandsons and one great grandson. I have “adopted” Ashly Garberick as my daughter and her son, CJ, as my grandson, and her daughter, Emily as my granddaughter. I worked as a self-employed hairstylist for 32 years and owned two salons. My husband Bryan and I moved to Nevada in 2002. We love all the

Cher Daniels - Northern District Director

  • President: Diane Baranowski 775-225-0932
  • 1st Vice President: Lynn Armanino 702-248-1414 ofc; 707-738-5551 cell
  • 2nd Vice President:  Caroline Smith 775-813-3326
  • Secretary: Barb Hawn 775-250-4296
  • Treasurer : Karen Von Schimmelmann  775-626-4203
  • Northern Director: Cher Daniels  775-224-2262
  • Southern Director: Michele Evans  702-908-6167
  • Nominating Chair: Darlene Ruedy 775-851-7412
  • Immediate Past President: Lori Piotrowski 702-286-5343

Caroline Smith - 2nd Vice President, Membership

Barb Hawn - Secretary

Barb has been a Republican since 1980, when at 19 she cast her ballot for Ronald Reagan when participating in her first Presidential Election.  She is currently a member of Sparks Republican Women, serving as 1st Vice President and has been a member of the NvFRW since 2010.  In 2015 Barb ran successfully for Secretary of the Nevada Republican Party she was re-elected in 2017.  In 2013 she ran and was elected Secretary of Washoe County Republican Party she was re-elected in 2015.  She attended the historic