IMPACT 100 Board of Directors & Committee Leadership

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area Board of Directors and Committee Members are dedicated women just like you. The working Board commits hours of work each year to serve IMPACT 100 general members and nonprofits in Escambia and Santa Rosa. The Board could not function without the support of volunteers and sponsors.  Learn more about the IMPACT 100 Board of Directors and how you can become a sponsor or volunteer.

Meet your IMPACT 100 2024 Board of Directors

Kristin Longley, President

Kristin Longley is the East Region director of public affairs for Cox Communications where she focuses on strategic outreach,  executive communications, business development and strategic planning for Cox properties from Florida to Rhode Island. Kristin has worked in media and marketing for over 25 years in Pensacola, Atlanta and San Diego. She holds a Master of Science in Media Research from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Journalism from University of Missouri. In addition to IMPACT 100, Kristin serves the community on the Board of Directors of the Baptist Health Care Foundation. She is a past board member of the YMCA, the Escambia County Schools Foundation and past participant in Leadership Pensacola. Kristin is a Gold and Silver Mark Award winner, and a two-time Beacon Award winner from Association of Cable Communicators. In her free time, Kristin enjoys walking her dogs, bike riding and being on the water in Pensacola with her husband, Rusty, and two boys.

2018 Grant Liaison:  Veterans Memorial Park Foundation

2019 Grant Liaison:  Splash Cats

2020 Grant Liaison:  eComfort

Martha Holden, Vice President

Martha Holden is a proud Pensacola native and happy to be in her hometown community again. She has a Bachelor of Science in marketing and a Master of Business Administration from UWF, and she went on to live in Yorktown, San Diego, Jacksonville and North Georgia. Martha held positions in Human Resources and Quality Management, travelling to audit processes and ensure compliance with ISO 9001 certification and performing root cause analysis. Back in Pensacola, she directed the UWF Center for Economic Education while teaching economics and management. Now she and her husband, Alan, operate real estate investment and general contracting companies. They enjoy spending time with their 3 grown children, travelling and getting outdoors. Martha has been active in non-profits, leading military support groups, advocating for children with the Guardian ad Litem program, serving in Kiwanis, and teaching DivorceCare. She is an active member of First Baptist Church of Pensacola and their choir. Martha is especially proud of her heritage – 3 generations of Impact-ful women! 

2021 Grant Liaison:  Pensacola Children’s Chorus

Jody King at Large

Jody King, a Minnesota native and Navy veteran with her initial training in Orlando and at Corry Station in Pensacola. As part of a Navy program, she was commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Florida. She also has a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Management. Her nursing experiences included clinical and leadership positions in a variety of settings. She is passionate about career development and mentoring military members and veterans. Her Navy assignments included Hawaii, Washington DC, Persian Gulf, Africa, Guantanamo Bay, Okinawa, and her favorite, Pensacola! In 2018, she retired from the Navy after serving nearly 30 years. She has been a continuous IMPACT 100 member since 2011 because she knew she would someday call Pensacola home. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Bread & Table Club which partners with Feeding the Gulf Coast’s Backpack Program. Jody met her husband Kevin in Pensacola, and they enjoy good wine, great food, and international travel.

2020 Grant Liaison:  Feeding the Gulf Coast

Barbara Little, Secretary

Barbara Little was born and educated in Texas and is retired from a 45-year career as an environmental attorney. She has BA and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She was the youngest female law professor in U.S. at the University of Houston, then the first environmental attorney for Shell Oil & Chemical, representing Shell on the American Petroleum Institute and Chemical Manufacturers Association as the first female committee member. She became vice president for Health, Safety and Environment of Republic Waste Management, and in 1985 became a partner at Jackson Kelly PLLC.  She served on the Texas Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  She joined IMPACT 100 in 2020 and joined the Board of Directors in 2021.  She previously served on the Board of Directors for WSRE PBS, and currently volunteers for Pensacola Jazz Society and Martha’s Vineyard. She is blessed with a loving son and granddaughter. 

2021 Grant Liaison:  Pace Center for Girls
2021 Grant Liaison: Martha’s Vineyard

Mandy Bills,Treasurer

Mandy Bills is the Chief Financial Officer at the Jerry Pate Company. Previously, she was employed for 22 years in the Financial Services Department at the City of Pensacola. Mandy grew up in Gulf Breeze and graduated with a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of West Florida. She has been a licensed Certified Public Account for over 25 years. Mandy’s past community involvement includes Junior League of Pensacola, past Treasurer and current Sustaining member; Leadership Pensacola 1999 graduate; Bill Bond Baseball past Treasurer; Washington High School Baseball past Treasurer and numerous other community affiliations. In her free time, Mandy enjoys playing tennis, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.

2020 Grant Liaison:  Bright Bridge Ministries

Wendy Hoeflich, Assistant Treasurer

Wendy Hoeflich is the Chief Financial Officer for Tampa Family Health Centers, inc. Wendy grew up in Niceville, Florida then completed a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner for over 25 years. Wendy has been actively involved with her community through a variety of organizations such as Treasurer for the Gulf Breeze Band Boosters, Treasurer for the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, Treasurer for her HOA, Guardian ad litem, Gulf Breeze Rotary Club, and her greatest passion – Sea Turtle Conservation. She volunteers hundreds of hours each year with Gulf Islands National Seashore and the Escambia County Sea Turtle Patrol conducting morning beach surveys, nest hatchings, nest assessments, and stranding rescues. She has 3 children, who attend Jacksonville University, University of West Florida, and Embry Riddle University. While she splits her time between her homes in Pinellas County and Gulf Breeze, she considers Gulf Breeze her home and spends her free time with her husband, friends, and 2 Golden Doodles.

2022 Grant Liaison: Feeding the Gulf Coast

Debbie Ritchie, Founding President and President Emeritus

Debbie Ritchie is a native Floridian and earned a B.S. in Finance from Florida State University. She moved to Pensacola in 1999 from Monroe County (Florida Keys) where she served two terms as an elected member of the Florida House of Representatives, serving as Minority Floor Leader her last two years in office. Debbie currently works as the COO for the Studer Group, a national healthcare consulting company located in Gulf Breeze, FL. Debbie has long been active in community service. Among her involvements, she was Founding President of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area; serves on the board of the Gulf Coast Kids House and on the University of West Florida Foundation Board. Debbie is honored to have been recognized for her service with several state and local activities. She was named “Quality Floridian” by the Florida League of Cities, Woman Business Leader of the Year, Community Leader of the Year and most recently “Civic Leader” by the Kiwanis Club of Pensacola.

Belle Bear, Founding Member

Belle Bear has been a lifelong community volunteer and philanthropist. She has actively served on several community boards and contributed countless service hours to her favorite charities. She was a founding board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. She was a board member for Catholic Social Services, now known as Catholic Charities, and remains an honorary member of their board. She has served as president of the ARC Foundation Board and as a board member for FavorHouse, Girl Scouts, the YMCA of Northwest Florida and the Women’s Board of Sacred Heart Hospital. She is a Sustainer with the Junior League of Pensacola and has been awarded the Joan Gonzalez Award for her outstanding contribution to the League and the Community. She continues to support each of these agencies by hosting events, recruiting volunteers and contributing her time and resources to the various projects and activities of each. Belle was recently awarded the “Best Behind the Scenes Volunteer” by Independent weekly newspaper.

Linda Bowers

Linda Bowers moved to Pensacola in 2019 after being raised in the “Last Frontier”, Anchorage, Alaska. She has grown to love Pensacola and its welcoming community. Linda has a BBA Accounting degree from University of Alaska Anchorage and had been a licensed CPA (now retired) for over 30 years.  As a previous member of the National Board of Directors of Volunteers of America, Inc. she had been a member of the Governance Committee, Education Sub Committee, Audit Committee, and the Affiliate Relations Task Force. Linda has a strong commitment to community, youth and service. She was Board Chair for Volunteers of America Alaska, a Girl Scout leader for many years, and on the scholarship committee for YWCA Young Women of Achievement.  Linda and her husband of 52 years, Charles, own and operate a contracting firm. They travelled extensively while doing business in Alaska, Hawaii, Cuba and 12 of the contiguous 48 states. She is a proud godmother of an amazing godson. Linda enjoys taking spur of the moment trips whenever the opportunity presents itself.

2023 Grant Liaison: The Santa Rosa Bank of the Lower Muskogee, Inc.

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Charlotte Cheney, Grants Technology Chair

Charlotte Cheney was raised in Augusta, Georgia, received a B.S. in Math and Computer Science from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and later an M.B.A. from Queens College in Charlotte, N. C.  She spent about a third of her career in information technology, including managing various I/T functions at Duke Energy in Charlotte.  She then shifted her career path to focus on employee benefits, first in a corporate setting and later with small consulting and software firms in the employee benefits sphere in Atlanta.  She retired in 2018 and enjoys volunteering with the Pensacola Mess Hall, as a Reading Pal, and with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Guild.  She has been a member of Impact 100 since she moved to Pensacola in late 2013.  She is married to Tom Roberts, and they enjoy the arts in Pensacola, hiking, travel, and time with the family, including two grand-girls.

Delayna Blankenship, Membership Co-Chair

Delayna Blankenship is a retired Air Traffic Controller with the Federal Aviation Administration. Her ATC career spanned the Gulf Coast to eventually work at Pensacola TRACON in 1999. As a Controller she was also actively involved in Quality Assurance, Training, and Plans and Procedures for the FAA. She regularly briefed hundreds of pilots and helped negotiate procedures and airspace on many projects at Whiting Field and NAS Pensacola. She is a native of Austin, Texas and the child of a Naval Officer. She lived in Hawaii and London before returning to Texas. She attended UT Austin and UT Dallas obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She worked in the corporate area until being enticed by Air Traffic. After retiring from the FAA, she became active in the Pet Partners Therapy Dog Program for several years with her daughter and their Doberman, Annie. She also started Green Between LLC and has been developing her rental property portfolio. She enjoys the project manager aspect of organizing and working with her team in various remodeling projects. She joined IMPACT 100 in 2020. She has a son, daughter, and step-daughter that has two delightful boys. She enjoys time with family, friends, her Dobermans, bootcamp, and all things active and outdoors.

2022 Grant Liaison: Pensacola Little Theater
Susan Bonsignore, Membership Chair

Susan Bonsignore has family genealogy dating back to the Bernardo de Galvez landing, Her love for the Pensacola community is the bedrock of her passion for volunteering. Susan studied Hospitality Management at FSU and PJC and gained her managerial experience working for Marriott hotels. A military spouse with two daughters, Susan served on several Officer’s Wives Clubs. Military retirement brought Susan back home to Pensacola where she continued to share her talents as a neighborhood HOA president, coordinator of a school fundraising program, and as manager of Roger Scott Tennis Center. As a breast cancer survivor, Susan helped with Relay for Life events and became a proud committee and board member for the Pink Ribbon Tennis Tournament. For her father’s 80th, 85th, and 90th birthdays, she organized golf tournaments in support of First Tee of NW Florida. Currently Susan serves on the Health and Hope and GPLTL committees, is a member of BHCF Women’s Board and is employed with Blue Arbor employment agency. Susan loves tennis, boating, beaching and relaxing with her husband and friends.

2020 Grant Liaison:  Keep Santa Rosa Beautiful

2021 Grant Liaison:  Escambia County Public Schools Foundation 

Sara Davy

Sara Davy is a graduate of Auburn University School of Pharmacy, with post graduate work in Business Administration at the University of West Florida. Her career includes experience in community and hospital pharmacy as well as in sales and human resources for the pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly and Company. In 2003 Sara was instrumental in opening the Health and Hope Clinic in Pensacola Florida, a non-profit organization providing free health care to the uninsured, low-income population of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. She has been involved in many health care collaborations and is focused on pharmacy operations, fundraising, and developing community safety net partnerships for Health and Hope. Sara is a member of Olive Baptist Church and serves on the finance committee. She enjoys tennis and travel. Sara and her husband John have two grown children.

2023 Grant Liaison: Santa Rosa County 4-H


Jessica Duncan (2019)
Jessica Duncan Events Chair

Jessica Duncan is originally from the Pensacola Area. While she moved away several times during her corporate career in Marketing, Media and Business Strategy, her passion and love for the area always pulled her back.  As a Pensacola native, she has the knowledge, contacts, and background to truly understand Pensacola and the surrounding cities. She has a passion to help the area be the best it can be and put her expertise and knowledge to work while helping several nonprofits in the area.  She has been married for over 22 years to her amazing and supportive husband, Mike. Her drive for real estate began with the purchase of her first home at the age of 19. While obtaining a degree in marketing and finance at the University of West Florida, she took every Real Estate course offered. Then, after spending 12 years in the corporate arena, she decided to switch gears, follow her heart and turn that dedication into a career. Her career in Real Estate quickly soared including winning Best in Pensacola 3 years in a row. She continues to be an innovator in marketing strategies and create new trends in the real estate world, including the introduction of her mobile office, the “JD Dream Machine.”

2019 Grant Liaison:  Children’s Home Society

2021 Grant Liaison:  Arc Gateway

Alejandra Escobar-Ryan

Alejandra Escobar-Ryan is a seasoned communication specialist with a robust career spanning multiple areas of the communications and media industries, including radio, corporate, and magazine publishing. Today, she applies her extensive knowledge in the healthcare sector, propelling change through her marketing and communication company. Born in Venezuela, Alejandra began her academic journey at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In 2009, she relocated to the United States, eventually settling in Pensacola in 2013. There, she continued her education, obtaining a master’s degree in strategic communication and leadership from the University of West Florida. She quickly developed a deep affection for Pensacola, immersing herself in the community including her active participation on the Pensacola Children’s Chorus board, and the Parks & Recreation board for the City of Pensacola. In 2018, she became a member of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area. Alejandra enjoys spending quality time with her husband, Mark, and their two awesome kids, aged 10 and 12. She is also a passionate runner, often training for and taking part in marathons around the globe.

2023 Grant Liaison: Health & Hope Clinic

Andrea Fleekop

Andrea Fleekop moved to Gulf Breeze in 2012 with her husband Rabbi Joel and daughters Yael and Maya. She has been a proud Impact100 member ever since her arrival. Andrea serves as Director of Temple Beth El’s School for Jewish Living. Through her vision and leadership, she strives to transmit the richness of living a life based on Jewish values, practice, and community. Andrea has earned several distinctions in her field and holds a MA in Jewish Education and a MA in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a BA in Near Eastern Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Andrea has written curricula used in Jewish schools and summer camps. She is a very active girl mom and has served as a local Girl Scout Troop leader for many years. Andrea loves the beach, dancing, the arts, and watching her daughters shine on the stage and in life. Raised in New Jersey, Andrea has also lived in Boston, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

2023 Grant Liaison: Umbrella Learning Academy

Pat Franklin

Pat Franklin is a native Floridian and has spent most of  her life in Northwest Florida. She grew up in Ft. Walton Beach and moved to Pensacola in 2009. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in criminology and from the University of West Florida with a master’s degree in public administration. Pat spent over forty years working in social services with much of her career in child welfare. She retired in 2019 from the Department of Children and Families.  Pat is an active member of First United Methodist Church of Pensacola where she serves on the Mission Committee and United Women in Faith. Pat volunteers at United Ministries several times a month. She is Board President of The Birthday Party Pensacola and serves on the boards of Pace Center for Girls and Embrace Florida Kids. Pat has been married for fifty years to Bill Franklin; they have two daughters and four grandchildren.

2023 Grant Liaison: Center for Independent Living

Carrie Gaut, Grants Co-Chair

Carrie Gaut  is the daughter of an Air Force chaplain and has lived in the Pensacola area since 1992. She attended the University of West Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters in Heath Promotion and Worksite Wellness. She worked as a high school math teacher in the Pensacola and Gulf Breeze communities for 15 years and also taught at a private international school in Panama. During her years as a teacher, Carrie served as head of the Freshman Advisory Board, coached cross country running, and was nominated for Math Teacher of the Year.  She played handbells and volunteered with the youth group at her church in past years, continues to serve where needed, and she has been an active member of Impact 100 for five years. She now manages her husband’s thriving medical practice and enjoys spending time with their three adult children, running with friends, reading, boating and paddle boarding. 

2022 Grant Liaison: Pensacola Habitat for Humanity

Lauren Gund Communications Co-Chair

Lauren Gund is a property developer, marketing consultant, and business owner of Helm & Forge, LLC. She moved to Pensacola in 2014 where she later met her husband, Pensacola-native Michael Gund. They, along with their two dogs and cat, enjoy living in the vibrancy of downtown Pensacola. Lauren has been a member of Impact 100 for numerous years after being encouraged to join by her mother-in-law, Judy Gund, who is a past Board Member. In addition to her involvement in IMPACT 100, Lauren is a member of the Cordova Rotary Club and serves on committees for Rally Pensacola and the East Hill Neighborhood Association. She is a Florida State graduate with a BS in Business Administration and Hospitality Management and a minor in Communications. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with friends, relaxing at the beach, dancing, traveling, and puzzles.

2022 Grant Liaison: Healing Paws for Warriors

Jodi Gup

Jodi Gup is the franchise owner of The Dog Stop – a doggy daycare, boarding, grooming and retail facility in Gulf Breeze Proper. With a strong belief in education, Jodi spent more than 20 years working with students, faculty and parents at Emory University and The George Washington University in Atlanta and Washington, DC respectively. Her areas of expertise range from major gift fundraising and event planning to board development and student support issues, whether academic, career, or social. Jodi received her Masters of Science in Human Resource Development and Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University and her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Tulane University. Originally from Pensacola, Jodi moved back 10 years ago to be near family. In her spare time, she can be found cheering on her 10-year-old daughter, whether it’s la crosse, tennis, or any other activity she chooses that month. An IMPACT 100 member for the past 3 years, Jodi is thrilled to join the Board and continue its incredible role in “making an impact” on our community.

2022 Grant Liaison: Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

Amanda Hindsman, Grants Chair

Amanda Hindsman was born in Pensacola where she met and married her husband of 21 years Craig, a local Pastor. They have two children at home, Caitlyn (18) and Carson (14). She is a dedicated mom who juggles career, family, and community volunteerism. Amanda is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a BA in Public Relations/Advertising and a Minor in Marketing and has over 19 years of experience as a leader and Project Manager. Project Management Professional (PMP) certified since 2012, Amanda joined Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems in 2019 and is their PMO Director implementing Diabetic Retinopathy programs across the world to end preventable blindness. Amanda is passionate about project management and passionate about her Pensacola community. An IMPACT 100 Member for nine years, she considers it an amazing opportunity to combine her two passions by engaging philanthropic leaders and local nonprofits. When successful leaders support local nonprofits, those successful nonprofits build a better and more successful Pensacola!

2022 Grant Liaison: Escambia County Public Schools Foundation
Lindy Hurd

Lindy Hurd is a native of Pensacola and University of West Florida Alumni.  She graduated with a B.S. in Communications/Advertising and a minor in Marketing. Lindy is currently the Business Development Manager for First International Title in the Florida Panhandle.  She thrives on knowledge and sharing her knowledge through educational trainings, seminars and events. Over the years Lindy has served on numerous community and professional boards, committees and clubs including Junior League, Catholic Charities and Women’s Council of Realtor’s.  She currently serves on First Tee and is the Vice-President of The Home Builders Association of West Florida.

2022 Grant Liaison: General Chappie James Flight Academy

Vickie Jacob

Vickie Jacob moved to Pace from North Alabama in 1987. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of West Florida in 1991. While attending UWF she entered the COOP program working for the Navy which eventually provided her with a 30+ year career in Information Technology that she retired from in 2020.  She has two children and four grandchildren who live locally so she is able to spend quality time with them. Vickie enjoys taking Leisure Learning classes through UWF, crafting, gardening, snuggling with her four dogs, attending plays, working on home projects, and travelling with her significant other Rob.  

2023 Grant Liaison: Ocean Hour, Inc.

Kara Luckett, Web and Graphic Designer

Kara Luckett is from Camino, California, and has a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington College of Art. She holds a degree in both Multimedia and Graphic Design. After graduation, she went to work for Marketing Force, where she worked as a specialty marketing supervisor over several multi-million dollar accounts throughout the U.S.  In 2000, she moved to Pensacola with her two boys and began teaching multimedia, graphic, and web design at Pensacola State College. In 2010 she was the branding manager for Wind Creek Casino. In 2019 she then transfered to the public relations department, where she continues to build relationships with nonprofits in the communities within Alabama and Northwest Florida. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. She has been a proud member of IMPACT 100 since 2019.

2020 Grant Liaison:  Pensacola Opera

Mari Marcanio

Mari Marcanio is originally from Orlando, but spent time in North Carolina. She studied dance and communications at Florida State University and after school Pensacola became her new home. Mari worked in retail management and, after having her 3 children, embarked on a new career in nursing. She graduated from PJC and was a nurse leader at area hospitals. While at Baptist her position as the Breast Health Coordinator led her to a volunteer position with the American Cancer Society where she served for many years. While at ACS, she chaired numerous events including Relay for Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and was on the state and national Relay operating committee. She is a volunteer at Guardian ad Litem, Gulf Coast Kids’ House, My Father’s Arrows and Miracle League. Mari and her husband Steve have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

2021 Grant Liaison:  Bream Fisherman Association / PYC Satori
2023 Grant Liaison: Santa Rosa Kid’s House

Anissa Ottley

Anissa Ottley was raised in Miami and is a first generation Cuban American. She learned English watching “All My Children” and singing ABBA on the radio. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Florida International University and her Dental degree from the University of Florida in 1999. She married her dental school sweetheart and moved to Pace where she works at Avalon Dental. She has been a member of the Escarosa Dental Society and Seattle Study Club. She provides free dental services to Give Kids a Smile, The Florida Baptist Convention Dental Bus and Florida Mission of Mercy. She is an active member of St Paul Catholic Church and IMPACT 100 since 2011. She and her husband have three kids at college, two at the University of Florida and her youngest is at Auburn. She enjoys traveling, boating, gardening, Cuban coffee and Gator Football. 

2021 Grant Liaison:  Rally Foundation
2022 Grant Liaison: District 1 Medical Examiner Support
2023 Grant Liaison: Children in Crisis

Katie Schutts, Membership Technology Co-Chair

Katie Schutts moved to Pensacola from Northern California in 2015 and loves it more and more every day. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. After a short stint in the tech world, she returned to school to pursue her passion for creating impactful developmental experiences for college students by earning a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs from University of the Pacific. Katie has worked at the University of West Florida for the past seven years and is currently the Associate Director of Alumni Relations managing the UWF Alumni Association’s events and communications. She is a member of Fiesta Pensacola’s Board of Governors and an active volunteer. Katie served on the Pensacola Alumnae Panhellenic Association Board and was a member of the Leadership Pensacola class of 2020. In her spare time, Katie enjoys playing golf with her husband, binging Netflix series, going out to eat and taking walks with their three dogs. Katie has been a member of IMPACT 100 since 2019.

2023: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge
2022 Grant Liaison: Keep Pensacola Beautiful

Jacinta "Jae" Vogel, Membership Technology Chair

Jae Vogel is a Pensacola native and graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in Criminal Justice. After graduation, she worked for the Department of Corrections as a Probation and Parole Officer. She married a Naval Officer and moved to Japan and for the next 22 years moved every few years in United States, the Orient and in Europe. She has had several careers, with her last career being a Realtor. She volunteers at the help line for St. Vincent de Paul at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. She is also a member of the Cathedral choir. Jae enjoys walking, bowling, learning new things and spending time with her husband Mike and her 2 boys, daughter-in-law, and large extended family.

2021 Grant Liaison:  Embrace Florida Kids

Alicia L. Waters

Alicia L. Waters is a servant leader and a relentless champion for women and faith. Her purpose work includes creating products, services, and opportunities to uplift the human spirit. In addition to serving as the Client Experience Manager at The Watson Firm, PLLC., she is also the founder of WatersWord, LLC, a leadership development trainer, author, speaker, and certified life coach. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a Master of Science degree in Psychology. In addition to her involvement in Impact 100, Alicia serves on the Board of Directors for Pensacola Little Theater, is a program director with Pensacola Lamplighters, Inc., and is a member of the Junior League of Pensacola, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alicia and her husband, Ron’s greatest accomplishments are their two adult children: Asha, who attends the University of Central Florida, and Aaron, who attends Savannah College of Art & Design. Alicia enjoys road trips, boutique shopping, good food, and good conversations.

2023 Grant Liaison: Pensacola Children’s Chorus

Magi Thomley Williams, Communications Chair

Magi Thomley Williams, ACB, ALB is a longtime resident of Escambia County. She has a vision for thriving communities where leaders in business and philanthropy work together for good and lasting change. Magi has enjoyed a multi-faceted career with more than 25 years of experience in public relations, marketing, and communications. In 2020, she founded Thomley Consulting where she is a consultant, trainer, and speaker for businesses and nonprofits. A Certified Master Life Coach, Magi teaches individuals, especially women, to become more confident advocates for themselves and the causes they care about. She supports many community service organizations throughout the southeast. Her favorite things include walks on the beach and Netflix binges with her husband, Jackson.

2022 Grant Liaison: Central GC Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools