BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amanda Gordon, President
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 NWF in 2012 and has served as a Grant Liaison and has chaired the Education and Environment Committees, 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, the Bench and Bar Professionalism Committee, and Safe Connections, which provides supervised visits and exchanges for children affected by abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
Cindy McCue, Vice President
Cindy McCue is an Ohio native who lived in Michigan for 30 years before becoming a full time resident of North West Florida. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Accountancy, working as an accountant for several years before earning her CPA in 1988. Her primary areas of focus were small businesses and personal taxes.
She is a co-founder of a small nonprofit corporation that focuses on education on the dangers of alcohol abuse. She has served as president of the charity since 1999 and traveled for several years speaking to high school and college students on its behalf. Cindy served as Co-Treasurer for IMPACT 100 NWF in 2018.
Since retiring from accounting work in 2009 Cindy has devoted more time to hobbies, specifically golf and has been a core volunteer for Walton County Habitat for Humanity. She joined Impact 100 NWF in January 2016.
Pauline Sotiri, Secretary
Pauline Sotiri spent a year in India doing voluntary work, trained as an Occupational Therapist and after a year working in a South London psychiatric hospital moved into the computing profession. She worked for IBM for 25 years. Pauline has two daughters and now 6 grandsons. Having moved around IBM in various divisions she has a broad knowledge of business and a willingness to accept the challenge of change. She retired and moved to the states in 2004 and ran a bagel shop in Destin for 8 years. She is actively involved in various organizations in the area: President of Bayside at Sandestin Condo Assoc., member and now Chairman of the Rental Advisory Board in Sandestin and recently treasurer of the Friends of Eden Gardens. She joined Impact 100 NWF two years ago and has participated in many events and sat on three committees.
Wendy McAdams Dorr, Treasurer
Wendy McAdams Dorr began her career in Atlanta in Accounting with Price Waterhouse. She quickly found her passion in the foodservice industry and has spent over 20 years focused in Supply Chain, Accounting and Logistics for companies such as Arby’s, Chick-fil-A and Atlanta Bread Company. Wendy has most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for ACG, a Sun Capital Partners company, where she was responsible for the strategic sourcing strategy for nine restaurant concepts with over 2,100 locations and $750M in spend which included such Concepts as Johnny Rockets, Boston Market and Bar Louie.
Wendy served as the ARCOP, Inc. (Arby’s) Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management where she was responsible for the strategy and oversight of the Arby’s 3,600 stores distribution and re-distribution networks, logistics programs, forecasting, and technology initiatives with $1B in annual spend. She also served on the Board for the Atlanta Chapter of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. She continues to provide supply chain and event management consulting for various companies.
Wendy and her husband permanently relocated to the town of Shalimar in 2014. She has always had and continues to have a passion for serving in her community and has consistently volunteered for numerous organizations. Wendy has an accounting degree from the University of Georgia and is a licensed CPA.
Virginia Glynn Barr
Virginia Glynn Barr ACSW is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. She was elected the President of the Association in 1993-1994 after serving on the Board of Directors since 1989.
Mrs. Barr, a clinical social worker, worked with persons experiencing severe and persistent mental illness in the state hospitals of Alabama and Florida before coming to Okaloosa County as Coordinator of the Baker Act Program for the Okaloosa Guidance Clinic in 1977. In addition to her work as a clinician, she was director of the emergency services and aftercare at the facility. She designed, developed and then directed the Geriatric Residential Treatment System in Crestview for five years and then founded Glynn-Barr Inc., a private consulting firm.
Mrs. Barr currently serves on the board of Governors of West Florida Community Care, is a founding member of the Okaloosa/Walton Homeless Continuum of Care, and founding member of IMPACT 100 Northwest Florida serving as Vice President in 2012.
In 2005, she was inducted into the Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame and selected as a distinguished Alumnus of the University of West Florida, where she served as the President of the National Alumni Association. In addition to her service with the University, she is a past president of the Jr. League of the Emerald Coast.
Cynthia Bowles Hyatt
Cynthia Bowles Hyatt attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Her graduate studies are in Public Health at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Cynthia was employed at the University of Alabama as a Nephrology Nurse for 1 year, was the clinical research coordinator in the Department of Infectious Diseases, administrator for the Mycosis Study Group (NIH Project) in the Department of Infectious Diseases for 13 years, worked in clinical research at Eli Lilly as a Regional Manager of Clinical Research Monitors for 6 years, and was a regional senior clinical site monitor for Bristol-Myers Squibb. Her responsibilities included managing and monitoring clinical research in the Southeast and managing contract monitors.
Cynthia retired to the Emerald Coast in 2016 from Alabama where she had a successful career in healthcare that spanned from nursing to clinical research. Cynthia joined IMPACT 100 NWF in 2016 and has been actively involved with our Community Partners and the Arts and Culture Grants Review committee. She continues her community involvement by holding offices in other local civic organizations such as the Destin Women’s Club and Green Thumb Garden Club.
Barbara Britt has a passion for making a difference in the lives of others. Barbara taught and coached for over 35 years at Fort Walton Beach HS. During her time there, she developed the largest leadership program in the country for high school students and spent 16 years implementing and developing that program.
As a member of John C. Maxwell’s international speaking, training and coaching team, she conducts leadership, personal, and professional development training for a variety of organizations. She is also a certified trainer with Jim Rohm Personality Insights. Over the past several months Barbara has been training the next generation with the John Maxwell Youth Max Plus program, with an emphasizes on areas of bullying, suicide, success, Y.O.U. (You are Important), strengths, and gifts.
Barbara serves her local community of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and throughout the world. Active in the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, she served as the Assistant Program Director for the Chamber’s Youth Entrepreneur Academy. She also served as a civilian Honorary Commander of the 505th at Hurlburt Field, worked with the local Building Homes for Heroes organization, served on the Board for the Emerald Coast Science Center, chairperson of the Women Connect for the Chamber, and Programs Director for American Business Woman Association Emerald Coast Chapter. Barbara is currently on the Board for Fresh Start, the chairperson of the Education Committee, and on the Board for the Distinguished Young Women of Florida.
She has international training and speaking experience with Transitional lifestyles of the military child, working with Military Child Education Coalition as a trainer. She also did Transformational Training for Paraguay and Costa Rica with the John Maxwell Company.
Marty Broderick a Pittsburgh native, moved with her husband via Franklin, TN to Sandestin in 2017 after a career in sales/sales management.
A long time member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh, Marty was involved in the startup and development of many ongoing projects: The Children’s Museum, Vintage Senior Service Center, Juvenile Court Mentoring Program, JL Showhouses and served on the JL Professional Committee Board. Outside community projects included the Mt Lebanon Extended Daycare Program as well as various church and school committees.
In Franklin, Marty became a certified volunteer with SaddleUp in the therapeutic riding, Equine Based Learning and Hippa-therapy programs. Additionally, she was involved in Meals on Wheels, Grace Works School “Fuel” Backpack Program and the Vanderbilt Breast Cancer Golf tournament.
Upon moving to Sandestin, Marty joined Impact100. She volunteers at Habitat and is working to obtain the P.A.T.H. “Premier” certification for Grace Rides in order to expand their Equine Therapy, Equine Based Learning and Horses for Heroes Veteran programs. Marty also volunteers with Special Olympics and is on the SLGA BOD.
Upon moving to the Emerald Coast in 2016 from Chicago, Valerie Burrelle quickly became involved with IMPACT 100 NWF serving on their Communications team. With her vast professional experiences that includes Financial Services, Hospitality, Environmental and Business Services, her skill sets have been greatly used within the organization. With a B.A. degree in French/Business Administration and an MBA in International Management, she has been able to travel, work and live overseas that include London, Paris, New York and Chicago, to name a few. She is a past President of the Chicago Francophone Bilingual Toastmasters International Club and has been involvement in several Boards that include Keep Chicago Beautiful and the Eglin Yacht Club along. She also takes time out of her busy schedule to volunteer with local animal shelters and Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. She is currently working for a defense contractor in the local area.
Dr. joyce gillie gossom
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. joyce gillie gossom has spent her life going against the grain. At the age of 16, she felt so connected to the poetry and style of e.e. cummings that her mother let joyce legally change her name to all lower case letters, which is frequently met with resistance.
joyce’s more than 30 years of professional experience range from special education teacher to elected official. Throughout her career, she has almost always served as an active member or officer with civic, professional, and community organizations.
joyce and her husband have lived in Fort Walton Beach, Florida since 1999. She likes butterflies, the colors purple and yellow, Winnie the Pooh, and large bodies of water. Currently, she serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators and Princess of Best Gurl inc, a unique, multi-platform company committed to all forms of effective communication.
Mary Hemard received a B.S. in Food Science from Purdue University, and a M.S. in Food Science from Louisiana State University. She spent her professional life teaching at Nicholls State University and working with the seafood industry to insure seafood safety for consumers. Her research dealt with enteric viruses and bacteria found in shellfish effecting humans. She has multiple books and articles published regarding these areas. She has been a speaker on seafood safety at local, regional, national and international meetings and symposia. She loved teaching and advising students in the fields of Microbiology and Immunology, and she received the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Nicholls State University, where she retired as an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences. She served as a Board Member of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board and the Louisiana Center for Women and Government.
Following their retirement, Mary and her husband attended the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah and decided to stay. Eleven years later they moved to the Panhandle where Mary first learned of Impact 100 of Northwest Florida and she has been very involved with the Grant Committee for the last three years.
Carol Merkle and her husband Art moved to Fort Walton in 1985, after completing residencies at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and she continues to practice full time in her specialty of endodontics. She has been involved in organized dentistry during this time, both at the local and state levels; most recently serving as president of the Alabama Dental Alumni association.
Local organizations in which she has participated include ABWA, the IB Foundation at Choctawhatchee High School, St. Simon’s Episcopal Church—serving in Christian education and the vestry, and as a provider for the Community Volunteer Health Network. She has been a member of IMPACT 100 NWF for several years.
Gayle Powers 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!
Lisa Jo Spencer
Lisa Jo Spencer started her own law firm in 2014 after being a founding member of another local firm. 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. Lisa Jo Spencer has served as IMPACT 100 NWF 2018 President, 2017 Vice President, and a Grant liaison Chair overseeing the funding of a grant recipient.
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 $1?50 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.
Kimberly Sulipeck is a retired US Air Force combat veteran and held senior leadership positions as 16th Special Operations Squadron Superintendent. She flew as Weapons Director on AWACs in Saudi Arabia and Sensor Operator on an AC-130H Gunship in Afghanistan. After retirement, Kim operated and maintained an unmanned aerial system, the Scan Eagle, in Iraq. In 2010, she completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Social Science. When she is not involved with IMPACT 100 NWF, she is working on building her farm in Baker, FL.
Sandy Trammell grew up in Niceville Florida in an Air Force family stationed at Eglin. After graduating from the University of West Florida, Sandy married her husband in 1973 and moved to Destin. She is a Retired (30 yrs) Okaloosa County educator with certifications in Elementary, Early Childhood and Special Education and has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. During the last 10 years of her career, Sandy was a Staffing Specialist for the District serving all schools and the 6 Juvenile Justice facilities.
Sandy served as a Destin City Councilwoman serving 2 terms from 2008-2016 and served 2 years on the school advisory council for Destin Middle School. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Destin Water Users and on the City of Destin, Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Council. Sandy and her husband own/operate a warehouse leasing business in Destin. Sandy also owns a paper crafting business and teaches paper crafting.
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.
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.