Jan Miller, President
Mrs. Miller has over 40 years of Banking and Human Resources experience with several Fortune 500 companies. She attended University of Miami and Northwestern University. She received her SPHR certificate in 1991 and was President of Atlanta SHRM (4th largest chapter in the US with over 2,000 members).
She has served on several local boards: WSRE-TV Foundation Chair, Sacred Heart Women’s & Children’s Hospital, West Florida Hospital, Take Stock in Children(Mentored a Child), Saenger Redevelopment Committee, Covenant Hospice Foundation, Pensacola State College, Pensacola Opera Chair, Pensacola Women’s Alliance, Named Philanthropist of the Year-2018 by NFP.
Cecily Chundriek, 1st Vice President – Programs
Cecily is currently employed as an Advancement and Education Specialist at Epilepsy Florida. Her primary focus is complete coordination of our November and May Fundraising Events. Her service area is Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties. In addition to fundraising, she provides education and awareness throughout all four counties.
Myra Van Hoose, 2nd Vice President – Membership
Making a difference is the mantra in the Van Hoose household and Myra has used her career skills to do just that. Accounting expertise, as a former CPA, honed at Arthur Andersen and Co., the largest accounting firm in the world at the time has been put to use at many non-profit entities, including United Way, The Chamber of Commerce, and as a founding member of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Myra’s volunteer work has focused upon women in need – serving on the board of The Shelter for Abused Women in Winchester, Virginia, and volunteering for Eden House in New Orleans, a home for rescued trafficked women. Happily calling Pensacola home now for the last six years, Myra continues to serve with organizations such as the anti-racism Equity Project Alliance, the Monument for Women Veterans, Escambia Public Schools Foundation, the Pensacola Museum of Art, Impact100, as Past President of the Institute for Women in Politics, and now as Vice President with PWA.
Sandra Reed, Treasurer
Sandra Reed is an Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager with Synovus Trust Company, N.A. Sandra has been in the trust business locally for over thirty years. She has been married for 33 years and has two children and four grandchildren. She also serves on the board of the Friends of the West Florida Library and the Northwest Florida Estate Planning Council.
Sabrina Simpson, Secretary
Along with her husband, Anthony, Sabrina owns Something Old Salvage which provides junk removal and cleaning services to residential and commercial clients throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Since moving to Pensacola a few years ago and through her company, Sabrina has established relationships with many non-profits in the area and is devoted to volunteering to many causes. She’s enthusiastic about helping others succeed and is willing to pitch in where needed.
When she’s not hanging with her husband and their dog, Biscuit, she can be found traveling, cooking, playing board games, and spending time with her very large family. She’s excited to be a member of Pensacola Women’s Alliance and to serve on the board for an organization whose focus is making a difference for women in the community
Betsy Smith, Trustee – Scholarships
Be Ready. Be Bold. Be Heard is Betsy’s tagline for 2021.
The Founder of E. L. Smith Consulting Betsy has three areas of focus for her Leadership Coaching. Leadership, Advocacy and Women in the Workforce.
Her overall theme is Advocacy.
She coaches Leaders at all levels to be advocates for themselves and their teams.
Betsy was her, now deceased, husband’s Advocate for four years. She uses her education, experience and tenacity to coach the families and friends of patients in the healthcare system to get the best care for their loved one.
Mentoring Women in the Workforce is one of Betsy’s passions in life. She coaches these women to be their own Advocate to ensure their success.
Betsy offers several avenues to work with her
- 90 Day Individual or Group Coaching
- 4-week intensives for individual or groups
- VIP Days
- An online course
Betsy loves public speaking and has spoken nationally and internationally.
Betsy co-authored “Second Blooming for Women: Growing A Life that Matters After Fifty” with Kathleen Logan.
She is currently working on two books “The Patient Advocates Handbook: What to Do and How to Do It” and “Betsy’s Rules for Women in the Workforce: The Ultimate Desk Reference for Courage and Confidence.”
Elizabeth Gray, Trustee – Communications
Elizabeth Gray serves as the Stewardship Coordinator (donor relations) for the University of West Florida, under the Division of University Advancement. She is an alum of UWF, earning her undergraduate degree in communications, and is currently pursuing her graduate degree in the Strategic Communications and Leadership program at the university.
Active in the community, Elizabeth is also on the board for AFP, West Florida Chapter, serving as chair for National Philanthropy Day, and also serves within the Junior League of Pensacola.
In her downtime, you can find Elizabeth relaxing with her dog Olivia and husband Nick, or spending quality time with her family and friends. She also enjoys baking, watching reruns of The Office, and completing a challenging puzzle.
Andrea Krieger, Trustee – Hospitality
Andrea is the Executive Director of Institutional Development at Pensacola State College Foundation. Andrea has a strong commitment to making a difference in the lives of others and was taught early the value of service by her father who was a naval officer and aviator for 24 years. A graduate of Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College, she is a Past-President of the Rotary Club of Pensacola and has served in several roles within Rotary District 6940. She was honored as an Ethics in Business Award recipient in 2014 and served multiple years as the District 6940 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards chair. Andrea also serves as the Chair of Central Credit Union of Florida and has been active with the Executive and Leadership Boards of Achieve Escambia and The Escambia Project. A 2018 PSC President’s Leadership Institute graduate and a graduate of the classes of 2003 LeaP, 2006 Leadership Okaloosa and 2013 LeadersEdge, she has been honored by several awards received for her commitment to the community. She received Volunteer Florida’s Champions of Service Award in 2015, Pensacola Chamber of Commerce’s LeaP Red Room Award in 2014 and the PACE Professional Leader of the Year in 2017.
Denise Ables – Past President
Denise Ables is a full-time volunteer and philanthropist. She began her volunteerism at United Way of Escambia County and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Denise has been serving on several Boards of Directors, including the PACE Center for Girls where she is currently Vice Chair. She has served them for over 6 years on the Marketing and Media Committee, all fundraiser events, PACE Day at the Capital, All about Girls Summit and various activities at the school itself. PACE “Finds the Great in Every Girl” through advocacy, education, counseling and life skills. Denise is also on the Board of Directors of the Pensacola Women’s Alliance, where she is the immediate past Chair. Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast has her as a member also. Lastly, she serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President of her Santa Rosa Towers Condominium Association.
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