Our Executive Officers

Meet the Executive Officers of the Bucks County Democratic Committee

Bucks County Democratic Committee Executive Officers

John Cordisco


Since his early adult years, John F. Cordisco has strived to serve the people of Bucks County and Southeastern Pennsylvania. When he was just 21, John ran for the Bristol Borough School Board and served for three years. During his tenure, the Pennsylvania School Board Association recognized him for his outstanding service in education. He also served on the Board of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit and Board of the Bucks County Vocational Technical School Board.

After a successful local government career, John turned his sights to the Pennsylvania House of Legislature and won the seat of State Representative at age 24. He held this position from 1981 to 1986 and served on the House Judiciary Committee, Labor Relations Committee and as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Health Care. Read More

Helene Ratner

Vice Chair

Helene grew up and has lived in the Levittown/Langhorne PA area for most of her life. She is proud graduate of Neshaminy High School and attended Millersville University. Helene started her working career in the judicial system as a court administrator. Recognizing her own passion for helping workers, Helene soon moved into the human relations field and the steel industry, working in the Labor Relations Department to administer the employee benefits plans and establish pre-retirement seminars for employees and their families.  Helene later took a position at Frito-Lay, supporting the Division President and where, among other successes, she earned a formal commendation and award for her work. 

Helene has been active in Democratic politics for much of her life. In addition to her extensive work for the BCDC, Helene volunteers regularly and has served on multiple boards in her community and in the county. Helene is the President of the Bucks County chapter of NOW, the Chair of the SEPA NOW PAC, and the Chair of the Bucks County Democratic Women’s Forum.

Ava Bosco

Executive Director
Ava was born and raised in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania on a small farm to a working class family. She is a grassroots organizer passionate about the environment, Pennsylvania politics, building community, and increasing public participation in our Commonwealth.
Ava attended Pennsylvania State University for her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and History. Over the past 5 years, she’s worked in various government and campaign related roles across Pennsylvania. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director for the Centre County Democrats for the 2020 election cycle which held solidly blue in a sea of red counties.

Ava is ecstatic to apply her unique perspective and experience to the dynamic Bucks County Democratic Committee.

Dawn DiDonato-Burke


Dawn DiDonato-Burke, Esquire has been serving Bucks County residents for approximately 20 years as a partner in the Law Firm of DiDonato & Burke, LLC with offices located in Newtown and Philadelphia.  Dawn is also legal Counsel for Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors and Addison Wolfe Real Estate.  Dawn  graduated Villanova School of Law in 1992 and worked as a Prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for 10 years serving the residents of Philadelphia prior to moving to Bucks County to raise her family.  Dawn has handled over 100 jury trials and countless waiver trials.  Dawn thrives on helping and serving others.     

Dawn is active in her community serving for the past ten years as a mediator with the Bucks County Mortgage Diversion program which helps those in foreclosure attempt to remain in their home, Dawn is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Housing Corporation which provides housing to qualified individuals, a Board member of the Bucks County Real Estate Institute, providing education in all areas to realtors and attorneys, as well as Solicitor for Comans, Inc., for over 15 years, which is a Nonprofit providing housing for mentally disabled individuals. 

Dawn was  appointed as Solicitor of the Bucks County Democratic Committee (BCDC) and recently succeeded in winning a Preliminary Injunction against Republican opponents in the Primary School Board Race whose literature was confusing voters into believing they were endorsed by the Democratic Party.  

Karen Vander Laan
Mary Lou Parry
Brian Munroe
Helen Tai
Deputy Chair, Assembly Districts
Carol Spiewak
Deputy Chair, Administration
Ben Weldon
Deputy Chair, Communications