Kudos and More Kudos!
I couldn’t begin my term as your new President without mentioning my personal gratitude and appreciation to Jodee Buck who has led our organization over the last two years. Jodee has been mentoring me over the last year or more at every level to prepare for my new leadership role. I am thrilled and prepared to step up to the plate and be available to you . . . serve you . . . befriend you . . . day or night.
For those of you that missed our Spring Seminar in Tampa – it was a great one and the Hillsborough Chapter did one heck of a job! Our speakers were dynamic and informative — not to mention that every single one incorporated our James Bond theme into their presentations! The networking alone was fantastic and such a great opportunity to make new friends and business acquaintances. We hope you will consider joining us for another one in the future.
I also want to acknowledge those members who will no longer be serving on the Board: Patricia DeRamus (Past President); Jeremie Ayala (ending 6/30/17 -Treasurer); Kimberly Schenkel (Director At Large), and Chapter Presidents: Sherry Webber – Palm Beach County; Ellie Glenn – Pinellas; and Jenapher Brittain – Southwest. We thank you for your dedication and hard work! While these ladies have completed their term of office you can absolutely be sure they will continue to mentor and/or serve on other committees.
Of course, we can’t forget those who continue to sit on the Board and our newest elected members: Jennifer Wallace (1st VP); Asha Maharaj-Lucas (2nd VP); Marcia Muldoon (Secretary); Darlene Raudabaugh, JD, (Parliamentarian); Tammie Shirey (At Large Director); Beth Sumners (Big Bend); Doris Muscarella (Boca Raton); Karen Wortman (Brevard); Patricia Creech (Broward); Erica Cruzat (First Coast); Bonnie Bertolini (Hillsborough); Tina Contino (Palm Beach County); Kaila Glaros (Pinellas); Janet Poklemba (Southwest); Kimberly Grabbe (Suncoast); and Kristen Remling (Treasure Coast).
Lastly, our committee members — we cannot operate without them! Audit: Tammie Shirey and Michelle Arty; Certification: Olga Patterson replacing Jennifer Wallace; Community Service: Sara Fulghum; Editorial Board: Sherry Webber (Chair) and Kim Grabbe; Florida Bar: Patricia DeRamus (Chair) and Kimberly Turilli; Student Liaison: Kaila Glaros; Professional Development: Patricia DeRamus and Chrystal Lunsford; and Scholarship Chair: Asha Maharaj-Lucas (Chair), Jennifer Lolly and Jenapher Brittain.
Let me say how very excited I am to serve as your President over the next year. I will continue with my commitment to uphold our professional standards and look towards a greater focus on educating, growth and service.
Next time I’ll discuss my goals.