Lindsey Dietz and Jayme Chick
“It’s very important to surround yourself with people who want you to succeed,” says Lindsey Dietz, chief of staff to Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove. For Dietz, one of those people is her mom, Jayme Chick, chief of staff to Assembly Minority Leader Marie Waldron. “In addition to everything else, she’s a wonderful mentor,” says Dietz. “It has been an amazing collaboration,” agrees Chick. Occasionally, in a meeting, Dietz might call Chick “mom” or Chick may call Dietz “sweetheart,” but for the most part “we really have to separate our relationship,” says Dietz. They are committed mentors, determined to find “avenues for growth,” especially for the women who, as Dietz puts it, “get stuck in certain roles” in the building. Chick, who once dreamed of a show business career, began her journey to the Capitol in 1992, when her mother dragged her to an Orange County political rally. “I thought, ‘oh, great, a bunch of boring Republicans,’” Chick laughs. But it changed her life. “Not only did a single mom with four kids find a husband,” she says of herself, “she found a new life and so did her kids.” The husband is Dan Chick, the director of governmental affairs for Health Net. The new life was in government and politics. And the candidate was Bill Morrow, for whom she would work six years in each house. Life was good, but not without crisis. When Dietz was still in elementary school, she nearly died under the weight of a collapsed cinder block wall. “Everything changed,” says Chick. Each day brought new hope and new uncertainty. Dietz underwent nearly 40 surgeries, lost most of her youth to convalescence, and endures pain to this day. “I’ve lived with pain my whole life,” she says. But, like her mother, she considers it, and pretty much everything else, “a blessing.” A consistent refrain in their conversation is, “We’ve been so blessed.” Chick, whose son Eric Dietz is legislative director to Sen. John Moorlach, believes her family, which has overcome long odds, has an obligation to help others. “For the last ten years Lindsey and I have dedicated ourselves to empowering and encouraging others,” says Chick. “We are about sharing hope to those who may feel undervalued or need encouragement, or maybe just need a role model or someone to listen.” Contact: Will Shuck, firstname.lastname@example.org.