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 2022 Board of Directors

Roz Leahy, President

Roz Leahy is originally from Kentucky, but was raised in Biloxi, MS. She is a graduate of William Carey College with a BA in English. After teaching high school for a number of years in New Orleans and Pensacola, her career shifted to the world of nonprofit organization management. She held positions in several business-related organizations, retiring from the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce. Roz has been active in professional organizations and non-profits, including Pensacola Press Club, Ad Council of West FL, National Association of Fund Raising Executives, Florida Public Relations Association, and a number of U.S. and state-affiliated chamber of commerce organizations. She has served on the boards of Five Flags Rotary Club, Arc Gateway, Arc Gateway Foundation, Favor House, Sacred Heart Foundation, Manna Food Pantry, and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra among others. She is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church of Pensacola and has been a member of IMPACT 100 since its inception. Roz has a son, daughter, and stepdaughter and is the proud grandmother of five grandsons and one granddaughter.

2016 Grant Liaison:  Lutheran Services

2018 Grant Liaison:  Pensacola Lighthouse Association

2019 Grant Liaison:  REAP

Kristin Longley, President-Elect

Kristin Longley is Director of Public Affairs for the Cox Communications Southeast Region where she oversees external media relations, community affairs and strategic partnerships to drive business development. Kristin has worked in media for over 25 years in Pensacola, Atlanta and San Diego. She has a Masters of Science in Media Research from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Journalism from University of Missouri. Kristin is a mentor in the Executive Mentor program at UWF, and actively serves on the Board of Directors of the YMCA, the Baptist Health Care Foundation, Escambia County Public Schools Foundation, and the Pensacola Chamber Military Affairs Board. She is past participant in Leadership Pensacola and Women in Cable Telecommunications. Kristin is a CTAM Gold and Silver Mark Award winner, and a two-time Beacon Award winner from Association of Cable Communicators. In her free time, Kristin enjoys skiing, 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

Lisa Fairbanks, Treasurer

Lisa Fairbanks is a senior manager in the Tax & Accounting Services Department of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund. She has over 20 years of experience in public accounting, working primarily as a tax accountant and consultant. Lisa’s expertise is broad-based in both domestic and international taxation and includes experience with manufacturing, not-for-profits, financial institutions, restaurants and other related service industries. She has also served in private industry with experience in tax research for two large multi-national conglomerate companies including Transamerica and Kodak. Her specialties include helping clients save thousands of tax dollars with the Research & Development Tax Credit, tax compliance, technical review, research and planning for corporations, LLC’s, partnerships, not-for-profits and high net worth individuals. She enjoys running and gardening. 

2019 Grant Liaison:  Manna Food Pantries

Mandy Bills, Assistant 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

Jody King, Secretary

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

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.

Alicia Ahern

Alicia Ahern is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and has been part of the Wealth Management Group at Ameriprise Financial since 1987, helping clients reach thier financial goals. She attended North Carolina State University and the University of West Florida obtaining a BS in Management with a minor in Systems Science and attained the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, CO. She serves on the Executive Board of Capstone Adaptive Learning Strategies, is a Friend of the Pace Center for Girls and with her husband Dan Ahern, supports various Gulf Coast non-profits. Alicia has 2 children, Nolan and Justin, and 3 grandchildren, who she adores.  She lives on Pensacola Beach and enjoys paddleboarding, Pilates and is an ardent traveler and reader. Little known fact…Alicia and her 5 sisters appeared in television commercials and soap operas as children while growing up in New York.

2018 Grant Liaison:  Pyramid, Inc.

2019 Grant Liaison:  Habitat for Humanity

2021 Grant Liaison:  Martha’s Vineyard

Susan Ashby

Susan Ashby is a retired Financial Adviser. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Social Sciences. She went on to get a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of West Florida. While working on that degree, she decided to work on another undergraduate degree in Systems Science. Susan is a member of Pensacola Women’s Alliance, the Leadership Pensacola Class of 2007, St. Mark Methodist Church Finance Committee, serves on the Escambia County Health Facilities Authority Board of Directors, and is a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer working with abused, neglected, and abandoned children. She has two children, three grandchildren, and is expecting a grandbaby girl in December. Susan was born in Houston, Texas, raised in the New Orleans area, and lived in San Jose, California before moving to Pensacola in 1982. She has been a proud member of IMPACT 100 since 2008.

2020 Grant Liaison:  Gulf Coast Kid’s House

Jenn Bear

Jenn Bear currently serves on the Pace Center for Girls Board of Directors Executive Committee and was a past Board Chair. Jenn is a member of The Bear Family Foundation which provides numerous grants to local nonprofits. She is an active and passionate community volunteer, dedicating her service to United Way, IMPACT 100, young women in drug and alcohol recovery, and Rally Foundation. She has also been a Guardian Ad Litem and a long time Big Sister to her Little, Sam, through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. When she’s not spending time with her cherished family or serving her community, she competes in local and national Hunter/Jumper Equestrian sports with her horse. She delights in traveling the world with her husband, Lewis, exploring a myriad of diverse cultures.

2019 Grant Liaison:  Santa Rosa 4-H Association

2020 Grant Liaison:  Veterans Memorial Park Foundation

Susan Bonsignore

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 

Jackie Callahan, Technology Chair

Jackie Callahan is from Charleston, West Virginia, and has a Bachelor of Arts from Marshall University where she majored in languages. After graduation, she worked for the U.S. government as a programmer and met her husband. They lived overseas for 25 years in some extraordinary places including Brazil, Ecuador, Tunisia, Germany, and Belgium. Her favorite place, other than Pensacola, will always be Brazil. While overseas, she volunteered in many capacities including organizing fundraisers for American schools and other groups. Returning to the U.S., she worked for the government in Huntsville, AL, as a database programmer until retiring and moving to Pensacola. She now enjoys teaching Zumba three times a week. She has been a proud member of IMPACT 100 since 2011.

2019 Grant Liaison:  EHS Band Boosters

2020 Grant Liaison:  AMR Pensacola

Jessica Duncan

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 19 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

Carrie Gaut

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. 

 

Bronwynn Hindman

Bronwynn Hindman is a native of Pensacola. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She began her career in hospitality and event management in the Greater Orlando area prior to returning home to Pensacola in 2005. She has worked for Navy Federal Credit Union for 16 years and is currently a leader in the Learning & Development Department. Bronwynn serves on the PTO Board at Sacred Heart Cathedral School and volunteers frequently to support various programs at Pensacola Catholic High School. She is a member of the Nativity Council of Catholic Women and an active member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Charlie, and they have two beautiful children.

2021 Grant Liaison:  United for a Good Cause

Martha Holden

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

Barbara Little

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 JacksonKelly PLLC.  She joined IMPACT 100 in 2020. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for WSRE PBS, volunteers with Studer Community Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Guardian ad Litem, and Jazz Society. She is blessed with a loving son and granddaughter. 

2021 Grant Liaison:  Pace Center for Girls

Kara Luckett

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. She now works at Wind Creek Hospitality in the public relations department, where she continues to build relationships with the 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

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

Diane Schwartz, Grants Chair

Diane Schwartz graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a B.A. in Computer Information Systems. She had a short-lived career as a computer programmer before committing to being a full-time wife and mother. Over the years, Diane was active in youth coaching and school volunteering. She was president of the School Council, and was chairperson for a number of committees in which she participated. She spent some time as a medical billing specialist and trained as a Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Diane was born and raised in the Kansas City area and has called Pensacola Beach her home for the last 5 years. She is currently serving on the Pastoral Advisory Council for the Basilica of St. Michael, and is active in parish life. In addition to spending time with her 18 month old twin grandchildren, Diane enjoys riding her bike, paddleboarding, and fishing with her husband, who she has been happily married to for 32 years. 

2018 Grant Liaison:  Big Brothers Big Sisters

2019 Grant Liaison:  Healing Paws for Warriors

Alyssa Tucker, Membership Chair

Alyssa Tucker is the Director of Development at Episcopal Day School where she oversees marketing and fundraising. She is a second generation Pensacolian and is passionate about finding ways to continue the city’s growth for all of its inhabitants. She has a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design with a minor in Communication from Florida State University and is a certified K-8 teacher. In the past, Alyssa has served as president of both the Junior League of Pensacola and Learn to Read of NWFL, a board member of Ballet Pensacola, and chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG Gala. She currently serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of NWFL and the Junior League of Pensacola Sustainers. She has been recognized as an Independent News Rising Star, is an alumnus of LeaP, and has received the Junior League’s Kendra Fendt Ray of Sunshine award. In her free time she enjoys walking her dogs, practicing Pilates, attempting DIY projects on her beloved East Hill home, and traveling the country with the goal of visiting all 50 states.

2019 Grant Liaison:  First City Art Alliance

2021 Grant Liaison:  USO

Jae Vogel

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 and is the secretary for the Council of St. Vincent de Paul. 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

Magi Thomley Williams

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.

Sheri Williams

Sheri Williams has a Master of Music from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Arts from Illinois State University. With her accomplishments in fine and performing arts, she applied her creativity, enthusiasm, and interpersonal skills assisting others to identify and reach their maximum potential. In 2006, Sheri established Empowered Word Ministries and has ministered to the practical and spiritual needs of individuals in the United States, Caribbean Islands, Asia, and Middle East. She has also provided consultation in health care, holistic health, nutrition, and counseling to individuals afflicted with acute, chronic and terminal illnesses. Sheri served on the faculty of Pensacola Junior College for two years and Liberty Bible College for four years. She completed the New Dimensions Christian Center School of Ministry and was ordained as a minister in 2007. Sheri has been married to Dr. Irvin J. Williams for over 41 years, and they have one daughter and two grandsons. Her hobbies include estate sales, interior decorating, traveling, and photography. 

2020 Grant Liaison:  Every Child a Reader

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