2023 Board of Directors

Tracie Hodson, President

Tracie’s mission in life and career can be summed up by a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To leave the world a better place, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.”

Thus far, she has nearly 24 years of executive nonprofit leadership and fundraising experience. In this time, she has worked to help meet the needs of older adults, as well as those of pregnant women and young children. She has also raised funds to ensure access to public media. However, her true calling is to the crisis intervention and healing services needed by victims of domestic violence.

Since June 2022, Tracie has served as the Executive Director of FavorHouse of Northwest Florida, Inc., the only certified domestic violence center serving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. While she’s relatively new to our area, she is not new to DV work; having spent 10 years as the Executive Director of a domestic violence service provider in northern Indiana. In her role as Executive Director, Tracie manages the day-to-day operations, and leads the organization’s fundraising, marketing, and community engagement initiatives. Her financial acumen includes leading successful fundraising efforts as well as executing and managing Federal, State and local grant processes.

To complement her nonprofit experience, Tracie also had for-profit business experience. She and her husband owned and operated a transport and logistic company serving the RV and cargo trailer manufacturing industry for 15 years.

Tracie holds a Bachelor of Science in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from Manchester University, a Certificate of Fundraising Management from The Fundraising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Indiana University, and an Executive Fund Development Certificate from the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame University.

In her downtime, you can find Tracie spending time with her husband, Eric, and their 2 Boykin Spaniels. She also enjoys relaxing at the beach, boating and fishing our beautiful bays, reading, and fulfilling her love of cooking.

Kate Brown Treick, 1st Vice President – Programs

Kate Treick was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, where she grew up hearing stories of all kinds from her family, especially her grandmothers. She honed her storytelling skills through degrees in English and Renaissance Studies from UC Santa Barbara; MA in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University. Kate has spent years teaching and writing, and she loves sharing ideas through story.

After the birth of her children, Kate began telling stories through custom portraits. She opened her photography studio, Kate Treick Photography (katetreickphotography.com), in 2013, after her kids started school. Over the past nine years, Kate has been very involved in the community, working with a variety of nonprofits to help raise funds benefiting children, education, families, and veterans.

Kate also owns and runs Happy Trails Living, a lifestyle magazine featuring the residents of the Nature Trail Community in Northwest Pensacola. This endeavor has allowed her to tell the stories of amazing families, young achievers, children, and nonprofits, and has also allowed her to connect small businesses with this thriving neighborhood.
Kate lives in Pensacola with her husband, Joel, pastor of Pinewoods Church, their two children, and their two rescue dogs.

Sabrina Simpson, 2nd Vice President – Membership

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

Cover Brooks, Treasurer

Cover Brooks is a Pensacola native that moved back to her hometown in 2021.  Cover has 15 years of corporate experience at a fortune 100 company where she has held various roles in finance, marketing, and supply chain. She is a graduate from the University of Alabama where she earned a degree in Finance and has an MBA from Union University.  Cover is currently a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley where she helps individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits set and reach their financial goals. 

Cover is active in her community and church.  She serves as a mentor on The Spring Entrepreneur Hub working with local businesses helping them connect to resources and grow in scale. She is passionate about empowering individuals to take action to meet and exceed their goals throughout life.  She is a mom of two, Lucy (6) and Troupe (4), and wife to husband Jeff.  

Kathleen Decker, Secretary

Kathy is a native Hawaiian transplant from California, where she earned a BA English from California State University at Chico and a MA in Health Education from the University of Humanistic Studies. She worked for 33 years at Dignity Health, now known as CommonSpirit Health, the largest Catholic Health System in the US, as their Cash Manager. She was the ‘banker’ for their then 43 hospitals, managing all aspects of their daily cash transactions which included overseeing their short-term investment funds. While in the San Francisco area she served on the board of the Chinese American Citizen’s Alliance, the oldest civil rights advocacy organization in the US, the Healthcare Advisory Board of Marin County, CA and the Advisory Board for the SF Golden Gate Transit System.

After retiring from the healthcare industry, she and her husband moved to Pensacola where she turned her focus to volunteering and community service. She is currently a member of Impact 100, the Pensacola Ski & Travel Club, Pensacola Women’s Alliance and is a past board member of Sunday’s Child.  She currently serves on the Board of PACE Center for Girls, The Birthday Party and the Pastoral Council of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. She continues to mentor pre-K children for the ReadyKids reading pals program and supports her ‘foster’ child Dulce, in Guatemala through the Unbound International Organization.

Six years ago, Kathy and two friends started a nonprofit organization called The Birthday Party. This organization provides birthday celebrations or the means to provide a birthday party for underprivileged children and their families. Since its inception the Birthday Party has seen its client base grow from servicing two organizations in Pensacola to fifteen, expanding its outreach ministry coverage from Biloxi to Panama City. And in 2020, The Birthday Party was awarded the Philanthropic Organization of the Year award by the AFP, West Florida Chapter, an honor we are so humbly proud of

Kathy enjoys traveling, sports, spending time with family, friends and her three dachshund ‘children’.

Dr. Sherry Hartnett – Scholarships

Dr. Sherry Hartnett is a highly respected marketing and leadership professor, consultant, mentor, and author.

She entered the world of academia after a successful business career as a senior-level marketing executive. At the University of West Florida, she founded the pioneering, high-impact Executive Mentor Program and an acclaimed annual Women in Leadership Conference to educate the next generation of business leaders.

Sherry Hartnett is coauthor with Bert Thornton of High-Impact Mentoring: A Practical Guide to Creating Value in Other People’s Lives. The book includes keen insights on how to be a great mentor and shares a step-by-step framework that instructs organization leaders on installing and scaling up a successfully structured mentoring program in a small, medium, or large organization.

Sherry founded Hartnett Marketing Solutions and Hartnett Academy, a consultancy specializing in marketing, mentoring, and leadership development. Before launching her consulting company, she was vice president, chief marketing & development officer at a regional healthcare system. Earlier in her career, She was a marketing executive for one of the Top 10 largest global news media companies; and led marketing and research for a national advertising agency.

Sherry has received numerous national awards and honors for excellence in marketing, leadership, and mentoring and prestigious faculty excellence in teaching awards. She is delighted to see her students and clients prosper and flourish. She is passionate about making a difference in the careers and lives of the next generation, locally and globally.

She holds a Doctorate in Business from Georgia State University, a Master of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Towson University.

Sherry and her husband, Bob, have two grown sons and reside in Pensacola, FL.

Tonya Dalhaus, Trustee – Communications

Tonya Dalhaus is an experienced manager, speaker, facilitator, and coach. A former stand-up comedian, Tonya’s work in Boston as Program Manager for a homeless shelter, serving over 150 families, has made her well acquainted with managing conflict and communication with a little humor. She now taps into those experiences when teaching public speaking, facilitation, and training to graduate students at the University of Denver.

Tonya is an expert at both verbal and non-verbal communication. She holds a Micro Expression Practitioner’s Certification through the Center for Body Language, and has presented on the topic to organizations including the Colorado Bar Associations Statewide ADR conference, The Rocky Mountain Labor and Employee Relations Association, and Hauntcon, New Orleans.

In addition to her professional pursuits, she has a passion for creating digital photography, mixed media, and social media content. In 2022 she received an honorable mention at the Pensacola Museum of Art Member’s Exhibit for her piece entitled “Book Chooks.”

To relax, Tonya enjoys swinging on a hammock with a lap full of chickens. She and her husband Don have a small chicken farm with forty very friendly chickens and seven king quail. As a member of the Emerald Coast Writers Group, she is working on writing the book: Raising Chickensaurus, a humorous handbook on how to, and how not to raise chickens.

Magi Williams, Trustee – Hospitality

Magi Thomley Williams ALB, ACB is Founding Principal at Thomley Consulting. Her
work includes speaking, writing, organizational training, and consulting in public
relations, marketing, and communications.
With her guidance, businesses and non-profits improve internal and external communications, build advocate relationships, and implement effective community engagement plans. Her
strategies increase revenue, effect social change, and influence public policy.

A Certified Master Life Coach, Magi coaches individuals, especially women, to
become better advocates for themselves and the causes they care about. Her most
rewarding moments are when she enables a woman to ask for and receive a
better salary, professional promotion, or contract.

Magi is a graduate of the University of West Florida and a member of
Toastmasters International. She supports several community organizations,
including Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area, Institute for Women in Politics, and
Alabama Travel Council.

Her favorite things include walks on the beach and Netflix binges with her husband, Jackson.

Jan Miller, Past 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) Served on the Georgia Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Ethics in State Government.

She has served on several local board: WSRE-TV Foundation Board & 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 Foundation, Pensacola Opera Board & Chair, Board Emeritus, Pensacola Women’s Alliance Board & President, Named Philanthropist of the Year-2018 by NFP. Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce HR Roundtable, Received the “Sandra Robinson Service Award”, The Rotary Club of Pensacola in recognition for Countless Acts of Service Above Self, June, 2021, 2022 Woman in Philanthropy by the Junior League of Pensacola at the Women’s Empowerment Luncheon.

Jan and her husband, Ron have one married son, three grandsons and two great granddaughters.

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