2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Teresa Bolton, President
Teresa Bolton spent 16 years in the corporate world, first as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and then with Affiliated Computer Services and its predecessors as Controller, VP of Finance, Division CFO and Corporate Treasurer. Teresa then made a career change to the nonprofit world and spent 16 years with the Church Health Center of Memphis, a national model for providing healthcare and wellness services to the working poor. She served in multiple leadership roles over her time there. She graduated from Oral Roberts University with a B.S. in Accounting. As a native Floridian, Teresa was pleased to return to her home state on a permanent basis in 2013. Teresa serves on the leadership council of Community Bible Study in Destin. Teresa joined Impact 100 in 2015 and served as Co-chair of the Grant Committee and Co-chair of the Friends Committee in 2016.
Lisa Jo Spencer, Vice President
Lisa Jo Spencer founded Lisa Jo Spencer, PA in January 2014 after being a shareholder and founding member of Fleet, Spencer & Kilpatrick, P.A since 2003. She is a graduate of Milligan College in Carter County, Tennessee where she majored in Business Administration. She received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1993. After graduating from Stetson, Lisa Jo served on active duty in the United States Air Force, where she was part of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. After leaving active duty, Lisa Jo was an Assistant State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit in Okaloosa County, Florida. While there she served as a prosecutor specializing in Crimes Against Children. She remained in the Air Force Reserve, holding the rank of Major, until 2005. She is active in numerous civic and community organizations, including serving on the Board of The Arc of the Emerald Coast, founding member and Secretary of Community Solutions of the Emerald Coast, the board for The Okaloosa Walton Continuum of Care, inducted into the Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. She also served on the Board of Trustees for the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, a past Director for Crossroads Center Medical Clinic, a past president of American Business Women’s Association, Emerald Coast Chapter, and was selected their 2009 Woman of the Year, a past member of the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women. She is an active member of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, having served as the Chair of the Board in 2011. Lisa Jo was appointed by the Chief Circuit Judge of the First Judicial Circuit to serve as a member of the Canvassing Board for Okaloosa County for the 2008 Elections. Lisa Jo is also a member of the FWB Mardi Gras Club.
Pam Woodall, Secretary
Pam is the President of Beach Community Mortgage. Her mortgage career has spanned over 30 years and includes all phases of mortgage loan origination. She works closely with real estate professionals, the clients and the team at Beach Community Mortgage to ensure a seamless hassle-free experience. Pam’s professional affiliations include the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), active member of all area association of Realtor organizations and builders industry associations. Pam is active in the community and has volunteered with the ARC of the Emerald Coast, the Emerald Coast Foundation, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. She is an active board member of the Greater FWB Chamber of Commerce, FWB Kiwanis Club as Chairman of the Aktion Club and Emerald Coast Chapter of The American Business Women’s Association. She has served twice as an Honorary Commander for local military installations.
Joanna Dean, Treasurer
Joanna Dean grew up and attended school in Laurel Hill, FL. She is a 1999 graduate of the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Joanna has worked for over 15 years in the accounting field. For the past 10 years she has worked for Speedee Cash Management Company, Inc. She began as the Director of the Accounting Department and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the company.
Michelle Anchors is one of the Emerald Coast’s preeminent attorneys and a founding partner in the firm of Keefe, Anchors & Gordon. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida College of Law. After graduating from law school, Michelle worked as a law clerk to Justice Parker Lee McDonald of the Florida Supreme Court. She later served as Deputy General Counsel to former Governor Lawton Chiles and as a member of his staff when he served in the U.S. Senate. In 2013, Michelle was appointed to the Florida Commission on Ethics by Senate President Don Gaetz and currently serves as the commission’s vice chair.
Michelle is actively involved with a number of causes and organizations. Former Governor Jeb Bush appointed Michelle to chair the Committee for a Sustainable Emerald Coast, and in 2007 Michelle was named “Best Corporate Citizen” by Emerald Coast Magazine. Michelle is a founding member of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida and was honored to serve as the organization’s first president. Michelle has also served as chair of the Okaloosa County School Readiness Coalition, as a past president of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, and on the boards of directors for the University of West Florida Foundation and the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. In 2015, Michelle was inducted into the Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame.
As the sole owner of Carter & Company, CPA, LLC, she is a member of the AICPA and FICPA. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and major in accounting. Her twenty-three years in public accounting began in Atlanta, Georgia. She specializes in the financial and compliance audits of affordable regulated multifamily housing properties. Christine served as treasurer for IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida in 2013 and 2014. She served as IMPACT 100 board president in 2015 and 2016. Additionally, Christine served on the boards of Sinfonia Gulf Coast and North Gulf Coast Chapter of Community Associations Institute. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Arc of the Emerald Coast/Horizons foundation.
Kay Crawford received a B.S. in Elementary Education, a M.S. in Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation and awarded an Education Specialist Degree. She taught school in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and a Comprehensive Development Class in Tennessee. She was ARC Teacher of the Year for the state of Tennessee. She has been an active volunteer for Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and United Way.
Originally from North Carolina, Sherry joined the United States Air Force in 1983 where she served for 23 years as a career airman. In 2007 she graduated from Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Her business interest led her to Freedom Tax Service Plus where she is beginning her 10th year of seasonal employment. As a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church where she has served as their Church Clerk for three years, she has also been committed to serving the community as a member of their Food Pantry Distribution (2006 – 2012), and Financial Peace University Coordinator. She has been a member of IMPACT 100 for four years where she served on the 2015 Arts and Culture Committee, 2014 Education Committee, 2013 Health and Wellness Committee, and 2012 Education Committee.
Amanda Gordon received her law degree from the University of Florida, where she also obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminology. Amanda’s legal career has included work as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Networks and Technology Section in Washington, D.C., serving as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, and as a law clerk for the Honorable Lacey A. Collier, United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Upon moving to Okaloosa County, she pursued her passion for justice with the Office of the State Attorney as a Special Prosecutor handling violent crimes.
Amanda joined Impact 100 in 2012 and has served as a member and Chair of its Environmental Committee, hoping to assist in the preservation of the amazing natural resources of this area. Amanda has also served on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast and the Bench and Bar Professionalism Committee. She is currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Safe Connections, which provides supervised visits and exchanges for children affected by abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
A native of Pensacola, Cindy graduated with a B.S. degree from University of Southern Mississippi in business/marketing. After numerous years in the accounting field, she created her own asset protection investigative firm in Houston, Texas focusing on white-collar crime. While in Houston, she served on the board for CASA(child advocacy program) as well as a volunteer for the big brother and big sister program, Special Olympics and Houston Food Bank. Cindy is currently focused on the origination of a cold night shelter for Walton County.
Dawn Hoffman is a Senior Mortgage Advisor with Waterstone Mortgage. She’s worked in all facets of the mortgage business, including origination and processing for the last 15 years. She earned a BA with a double major in History/Political Science and English from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA and an MA in American Studies from Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Following the marriage to her husband in 2005, Dawn moved to the Fort Walton Beach area to further pursue her career in mortgage banking. Dawn is very active within the community, volunteering regularly with various local charitable organizations. She has served on the board of directors for Shelter House, the domestic and sexual violence shelter serving Okaloosa and Walton Counties for four years and was the 2014/2015 board president. She joined IMPACT 100 in 2013.
Susan Page is an owner of Pattison Professional Counseling and Mediation Center and has served the Okaloosa County community for over 20 years as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Susan strongly believes that mental illness is harmful to families and marriages and impairs the individual from living a productive life. She is an active advocate against domestic violence and the devastating effects of abuse, supporting domestic violence centers financially, testifying as an expert witness and serving as a Certified Domestic Violence Supervisor. Susan works tirelessly not only as a therapist, but also as a Parent Coordinator and Florida Supreme Court-certified Family Mediator to help mitigate the impact of separation and divorce on children and families. Susan also serves the community as a Rotarian and a member of the Emerald Coast Mediation Association, and is a former teacher at Northwest Florida State College.
Jennifer Poland, a native of Pensacola, is a Financial Advisor with The Brown Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch in Destin. Jennifer is a graduate of Florida State University where she received a B.S. in Economics. After graduating from FSU she became a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley in Tallahassee FL. Later she was hired by Capital City Bank to be a Market Leader responsible for the retail and commercial banking and lending operations in their Centerville location.
Jennifer and her husband moved back to the gulf coast after the birth of their first daughter where they owned and operated multiple franchise sandwich shops. Jennifer was recruited by Merrill Lynch to manage their high end and securities based lending for all Merrill Lynch offices and clients in the Florida Panhandle and has recently joined The Brown Wealth Management Group. She is married with two daughters. Serving on the IMPACT 100 of NWF Family Committee in 2016 revealed to her that her passion for Impact 100 and its mission, required a deeper level of commitment to this great organization.
Gayle currently serves on a number of local boards, including Shelter House and the Coastal Branch Library. She moved here from Brentwood, Tn. where she had a private practice in Psychotherapy, lectured at Vanderbilt University and served as President of the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute. Gayle enjoys sailing, biking, bridge and reading. She writes book reviews for a local resort magazine and belongs to several book clubs, well, make that four!
Mathilda Cox Ravine grew up in Fort Walton Beach and currently lives in Mary Esther. She holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from Florida State University and a master’s degree in English from the University of Florida. She worked as a technical writer and editor for archaeological consultant Prentice Thomas and Associates, military contractor Veda, and later environmental engineering firm CH2M Hill until the birth of her daughter in 2002. Mathilda currently works as a substitute teacher and assistant swim coach at Liza Jackson Preparatory School. She joined Impact 100 in 2014 and chaired the Family Committee in 2015. Mathilda is passionate about the natural environment, wildlife, and waterways. She is a Florida Master Naturalist and has been active in a variety of local environmental organizations, including Choctawhatchee Audubon, NWF Sierra Club, Oak Tree Nature Park Committee, and the Okaloosa County Environmental Council. She was a charter volunteer with the Environmental Council’s AquaLab water quality sampling program in the early 1990s and continues to collect monthly water samples. Mathilda is also an advocate for the homeless. She served on the board of the Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care and currently helps with St. Simon’s on the Sound Episcopal Church’s weekly soup kitchen and Cold Night Shelters. She especially enjoys open water swimming and has participated in several open water events including the Swim Around Key West, Bermuda’s Round the Sound Swim, St. Croix’s Coral Reef Swim, Gulf Spring’s Opsrey Open Water swim, and Pensacola Bay’s Three-Mile-Bridge swim.
Cindy Shanklin grew up in Hershey, PA and graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. During her career Cindy has worked in the biomedical research field in Frederick, MD, as a Design Engineer for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, and managed the Engineering Department for Sanderson Industries in Atlanta. Cindy came to the Emerald Coast in 1996 and worked at L-3, formerly Crestview Aerospace, in Program and Production Management. Currently, Cindy is involved with The Grace Foundation of Destin and the Mother’s of Preschoolers (MOPS) Program at Grace Lutheran Church in Destin.
Mari-Helen Skinner graduated from Marywood College in Scranton, PA. with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics. After a year in a dietetic internship program at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, she worked as a dietician for several years in both Boston and then Atlanta. A few years later she changed careers and worked in the Atlanta Apparel Mart in sales and management for women’s wholesale clothing reps and their showrooms. Mari-Helen is a member of the leadership council of Community Bible Study. In looking for more to do to contribute to this community, she joined Impact 100 in 2013.
A former senior banking executive in Washington, D.C., Jo Stewart moved to Sandestin and the Emerald Coast of northwest Florida seven years ago with her husband Jim, a newly retired CBS News correspondent. She quickly went from a newcomer in home sales to one of the area’s top Real Estate agents. Her speciality is luxury single family and vacation homes throughout South Walton including Sandestin Resort as well as “Scenic 30-A” and other South Walton communities. Since joining the marketplace in 2009 she has consistently ranked in the top 1% of all Realtors in the area, selling over $150 million in property.
Prior to her move to Sandestin Jo was Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of United Bank in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland overseeing a $2 billion portfolio consisting primarily of commercial real estate in the Washington metropolitan area. She is a resident of Burnt Pine, a private community in Sandestin Resort, president of the Burnt Pine Neighborhood Association and serves on the board of directors of Walton County Habitat for Humanity.
Connie H. Yarbro
Connie Yarbro received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samford University and a Master’s degree in nursing from University of Illinois at Chicago. She was co-founder of the Oncology Nursing Society, an organization with over 36,000 members and founded the Oncology Nursing Foundation, which has provided more than 24 million dollars in grants to nurses. She has specialized in oncology nursing for the past 40 years which has included cancer education to nurses throughout the world. Currently she is Editor of Seminars in Oncology Nursing, and several textbooks in multiple editions. She joined IMPACT in 2015 and has served on the Health and Wellness Committee, Environmental Committee and the Grants and Workshop Committee.