GFWC International President


GFWC Illinois is proud to introduce Debra Strahanoski as the 2022-2024 GFWC President. Deb has been a dedicated GFWC Illinois clubwoman for 34 years and is regarded as a great mentor to many.

Deb’s boundless energy has been apparent during her federation journey; she has served GFWC IL in various roles. She served on the Board of Directors as GFWC IL Director of Junior Clubs 2000-2002, GFWC IL President Elect/Dean of Chairmen, and GFWC IL President 2008-2010, and currently serves on the GFWC IL Leadership Committee.

Her GFWC leadership positions have included Membership Chairman, Community Improvement Program Chairman, Capital Campaign Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Second Vice President, and First Vice President. Currently, Deb serves as GFWC President-elect, where she enthusiastically and effortlessly leads the GFWC State Presidents.

Deb is also a highly respected volunteer and leader within her community. She has served Easterseals and PCA Illinois at regional and state levels and has been honored with the coveted Friends of Children Award by PCA Illinois.

A member of the Easterseals Development Leadership Network and Brand Marketing Council, Deb, has been employed with Easterseals for 16 years, managing all annual fundraising activities and events for the Joliet Region. She credits much of her professional success to all she has garnered through Federation.

Deb also continues to assist her husband Bill in his public accounting office, which they have owned since 1984. Married for 40 years, they have two children and three grandsons.

Her visionary leadership, extensive experience, and infectious enthusiasm have motivated new and veteran members alike, and her bright, shining smile and her warm, caring spirit will no doubt inspire GFWC members for years to come.