GFWC International President


GFWC Illinois is proud to introduce Debra Strahanoski as the 2022-2024 GFWC International President. Deb has been a dedicated GFWC Illinois clubwoman for 36 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 Illinois in various roles, including on the Board of Directors as GFWC IL Director of Junior Clubs 2000-2002, GFWC IL President Elect/Dean of Chairmen, GFWC IL President 2008-2010, and 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, First Vice President, and President-elect. Deb now serves as GFWC International President, where she enthusiastically and effortlessly leads the Federation alongside the rest of the GFWC Executive Committee.

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.

Deb retired from the Easterseals Joliet Region after 17 years as a dedicated Development Manager. She credits much of her professional success to all she has garnered through Federation.

Deb continues to assist her husband Bill in his public accounting office (taking a two-year leave), which they have owned since 1984. Married for 41 years, they have a beautiful family of Lauren, her husband David, grandsons Owen and Henry, son Joe and his wife Paige, and grandson Julien.

Her visionary leadership, extensive experience, and infectious enthusiasm have motivated new and veteran members alike. Her bright, shining smile and warm, caring spirit will undoubtedly inspire GFWC members for years to come.