Dee Nollner was born into a family that instilled in her at an early age the importance of lifelong voting. She is committed to voter education, and says she believes understanding the process is the key to voter participation.
In 2003, she began attending monthly commission and committee meetings as an observer, and created a web-based newsletter for the public. These reports were well received by members of both political parties. After years of attending the meetings, she was given the nickname “The 6th Commissioner.” Nollner was appointed as a Shelby County Election Commissioner in 2011.
She attended the University of Memphis, where she majored in journalism. Nollner was a copywriter prior to the birth of her sons. Later she worked for Cincinnati, Inc., in the Memphis branch office of the Ohio-based machine tool manufacturing company. She was the liaison with regional customers, and rose to the position of Branch Manager. She also assisted offices in other states with customer service and helped the company maintain high customer service standards. During her tenure with the company, several customers honored her as a Favorite Vendor.
Nollner has strong ties with the Memphis Community. She volunteered with Memphis Literacy Council, and served on the Shelby County Adolescent Pregnancy Council, and also served as an officer on the local and state boards of the League of Women Voters. Nollner edited several editions of the Director of Elected Government Officials, published by the league. She created the Shelby County Election Commission’s non-partisan tri-fold flyer, “Registering and Voting in Shelby County”.
She is active in several organizations, including her neighborhood association, G’townWriter’s Group, Shelby County Republican Women’s Club and was once honored as Volunteer of the Year for her work at GOP headquarters during a transition period.