Christina Villanueva of Chicago has been named a 2010 fellow for the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series, a leadership program that trains and mentors up-and-coming Republican women in Illinois. Villanueva is one of eight women selected statewide to participate in the Illinois Lincoln Series this year. “I’m honored to have been selected for this program,” said Christina Villanueva. “Republican women have an important opportunity to contribute unique and diverse viewpoints to help shape the future of the Republican Party and improve the political process.” Villanueva continued, “The Illinois Lincoln Series is a rare opportunity to gain more exposure to the different tiers of government and learn more about various aspects of public service.” Christina Villanueva was born and raised in Chicago within a very conservative home. When Christina decided to get involved with politics there was always one quote lingering in her mind “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”[ Edward Burke]. The “do nothing” part is what caught her attention. Instead of sitting at home being angry or complaining about what is happening in our country and “doing nothing”, she decided that she wanted to do something and get involved in the political process to make a positive impact. Christina did not know where to begin but began talking with those who she knew have been involved for years. Christina believes your passion in what you believe in should lead you to take action and make a positive difference in the lives of others – you must get involved. Christina’s involvement: : * Secretary of the RNHA – Cook Chapter * Recently appointed Web 2.0 Media Outreach Coordinator with RNHA Illinois state chapter * Illinois State Chair for Smart Girl Politics Christina Villanueva is the Treasurer for McAloon for Congress and graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor of Business Administration concentrating in Accounting. “Villanueva follows in the strong tradition of previous Excellence Program participants and we look forward to her contributions to the political and public service arena,” said Pamela J. Fenner, president of the Illinois Lincoln Series. Villanueva will be joining a network of more than 170 women who have participated in the Illinois Lincoln Series program. Graduates have gone on to achieve elected office, public service careers in the state and federal government and campaign management positions. “Through the Lincoln Series, I developed a network of mentors and professional associations who have assisted in helping me achieve my professional goals in public service,” commented Kris Cohn, former Secretary’s Representative, U.S. Department of Education, Region V, Class of 1999. The Illinois Lincoln Series includes course work and hands-on experience at all levels of government and campaigns. Previous speakers and trainers for the program have included, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, U.S. Congressman and former Speaker of the House, J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Congresswoman Judy Biggert, 2006 GOP gubernatorial candidate Judy Baar Topinka, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Republican strategist Mary Matalin, and former Lt. Governor Corinne Wood who is a graduate of the Class of 1996. The Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series was organized in 1994 by Mary Jo Arndt, the Illinois Committeewoman's Roundtable, and the Illinois Federation of Republican Women's Unit Club. Illinois became the second state to found an Excellence Series program, following the lead of the Lugar Series in the neighboring state of Indiana. Currently, 17 states have established an Excellence in Public Service Series. The Illinois program serves as a springboard for graduates to achieve new levels of personal achievement and public service involvement. It is endorsed by the Republican National Committee and the Illinois Republican Party. More information regarding the Illinois Lincoln Series can be found at
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  • Congratulations...

    It is awesome to know our great Latinas are getting into leadership roles...I praise you for your hard work ethics and commitments...As a closet Republican, I think doing what's right the good way, helps us Latinos rise above all else...
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