Board of Directors
Dr. joyce gillie gossom, President
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.
Her more than 30 years of professional experience range from special education teacher to elected official. Throughout her career, joyce 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 The Princess (Vice President) of Best Gurl inc, a unique, multi-platform company committed to all forms of effective communication.
Carly Harmer, Vice-President
Carly Harmer is the Executive Director of Caring & Sharing of South Walton. She moved to the area ten years ago after graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science in Family and Child Sciences. She currently lives in Santa Rosa Beach with her fiancé Geoff and their labradoodle Sunny Cha Cha. Carly is very involved in the nonprofit community along the Emerald Coast serving and volunteering with multiple organizations. She currently works with the Junior League of the Emerald Coast as the VP of Community Affairs, The Walton Area Chamber Young Professionals, and is a member of the local Florida Public Relations chapter. Carly joined Impact100 as a NextGen member in 2017.Carly Barnes is the Executive Director of Caring & Sharing of South Walton. She moved to the area eleven years ago after graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelors of Science in Family and Child Sciences. She currently lives in Santa Rosa Beach with her husband Geoff and their labradoodle Sunny Cha Cha. Carly is very involved in the nonprofit community along the Emerald Coast serving and volunteering with multiple organizations. She currently works with The Walton Area Chamber Young Professionals, South Walton Turtle Watch, and is a Sustainer in the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Carly joined Impact100 as a NextGen member in 2017.
Mary Pat Cedarleaf, Treasurer
Mary Pat Cedarleaf graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting. She began her career at Arthur Andersen in San Francisco. She then joined a boutique CPA firm specializing in real estate where she became a partner. Mary Pat left public accounting in 1999 and joined a start-up software company as Director of Finance, working with individual and venture capital investors.
She and her husband moved to Sandestin in 2004 when he joined Intrawest. She retired as a CPA, but continued to consult with the software company in San Francisco until 2006, when she assisted with the sale of the company for $185 million. She is currently a licensed realtor and works with her husband, a broker associate with Keller Williams. She is also the Business Manager for Resurrection Catholic Church.
Mary Pat has served as Treasurer for Scenic Walton, National Charity League, and the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education. She has also served as Vice President of the Lafayette, CA Chamber of Commerce, a Board Member for the XP Family Support Group and Trustee for Leadership Contra Costa.
Frances Childre, Secretary
Frances Childre grew up in Atlanta, getting her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Emory University and went on to get her MSN in occupational health nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She has worked in the direct care (onsite) employer health solutions market ever since. Most of her career has been in operations, focusing on primary care, population health and occupational health in the commercial direct care market, with a diverse range of clients from the financial to manufacturing sectors and everything in-between. Frances currently leads Clinical Operations/Learning & Development for an onsite health care company.
She is a past-president of the Emory University School of Nursing Alumni Board and was a member of the Emory University Board of Governors for 4 years. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Workplace Health & Safety, the professional journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.
Frances moved to the Emerald Coast in 2003, but with traveling 80% of the time for her job, it was difficult to proactively engage in community endeavors. When job travel decreased, she joined Impact100 NWF in 2017, and actively participated on the Arts and Culture and Environment Committees respectively for the past 3 years
Michelle Anchors, Founding Member
Michelle was the first president of IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida, and has served on its board of directors intermittently throughout the organization’s history. A multi-generation native of Okaloosa County, Michelle is proud to have relocated to the area where her extended family has long roots. Michelle attended Vanderbilt University as an undergraduate and obtained her law degree from University of Florida. Her early career began as a staffer for U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles. After serving as a law clerk to Justice Parker Lee McDonald on the Florida Supreme Court, Michelle served as Deputy General Counsel to Governor Chiles. She eventually returned to her hometown, where she is a partner with the law firm of AnchorsGordon, P.A>.
In addition to serving a number of non-profit organizations in leadership roles, Michelle is a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics and on the vestry of St. Simon’s on the Sound Episcopal Church. She enjoys long distance swimming, backpacking with her family, reading, and struggles to learn the cello.
Cindy McCue, Past 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 Impact100 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.
Teresa Allen is owner of Common Sense Solutions, a national customer service training and consulting firm. An author of two books on customer service, Teresa is recognized as one of the top customer service experts in the world and has presented her keynotes and seminars at meetings across the U.S. and abroad for 25 years. Teresa loves to research service trends to share with thousands of followers on social media.
A native of Chicago, Teresa attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she obtained her B.S. in Business Administration with a degree in Marketing and met her college sweetheart to whom she has been married for 40 years. The Allens have two grown daughters who reside on the east and west coasts. eee
Since relocating to Destin in 2018, Teresa has become very active in local business and civic groups. She loves to travel for work and pleasure, as well as golfing, boating and beach time with her husband. Teresa has been a member of Impact 100 for two years and has served on the Family Grant Committee and the Communications and Membership Committees. She is passionate about sharing the ‘Impact of Impact100’ with anyone who will listen!
Valerie BogarValerie Bogar moved to Niceville, Florida in 1991 when she was 5 years old. Valerie earned an Associates of Arts Degree from Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from NWFSC. While at NWFSC, she was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. She was on the President’s List and Dean’s List while attending NWFSC. She has an Advanced Level Director Credential with VPK Endorsement through the Department of Children and Families. Valerie Bogar was the youngest woman ever inducted into the Women’s Wall of Honor 2015 Okaloosa County Status of Women.
While attending the University of West Florida, Valerie minored in theatre. She has performed at Northwest Florida State College in Twelfth Night. She was a professional actor with Emerald Coast Theatre Company where she was one of the improvisation actors and one of the actors for Theatre for Young Audience Shows in 2014/2015 season.
Valerie is the Director of Youth Village. She also serves as the treasurer on the Board of Directors. She has been employed with Youth Village since 2003 where she has done many things with the children including writing, choreographing, and directing plays and teaching acting, dancing, and fitness. She also worked with the Okaloosa County schools as a substitute teacher. She is a member of Northwest Florida Early Childhood Education Advisory Board. She currently serves as a member of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Valerie joined Impact100 as a NextGen member in 2019.
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
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 Impact 100. She volunteers at Habitat, Special Olympics and is on the SLGA BOD.
Valerie Burrelle joined Impact100 NWF in 2017 and currently serves on the Board of Directors and is the Marketing and Communication Chair.
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 includes London, Paris, New York and Chicago, to name a few. However now she is very happy to call the Emerald Coast her home.
She is a past President of the Chicago Francophone Bilingual Toastmasters International Club and has been involved in several Boards that include Keep Chicago Beautiful and the Eglin Yacht Club. When she is not promoting Impact100 NWF, she also takes time out of her busy schedule to volunteer with other local nonprofits such as Fisher House of the Emerald Coast.
Cathy CampbellCathy joined IMPACT100 NWF Board of Directors in 2021.
A native Californian, LeAnn received her Bachelor of Arts degree in speech pathology at California State University and Master of Arts in communication disorders and special education teaching credential from the University of the Pacific. She has held positions as clinical director in the private clinic setting and department manager. As a speech-language pathologist, her passion is her continued work with adults with communication deficits due to stroke, traumatic brain injury and communication disorders associated with other neurological disorders. She has served as a facilitator and lecturer for support groups serving these individuals. LeAnn is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and the Florida Association of Speech – Language Pathologists.
She is a volunteer at the Shalimar Library, a nonprofit library. Her additional responsibilities at the library include publicity and special events. Through Shalimar Methodist Church, LeAnn serves on the Children’s Sandwich Ministry which provides Sunday lunches to children in need. She also chairs the Galleria Committee of the Holly Fair with proceeds supporting local charities.
LeAnn has been an Impact100 NWF member since 2015. She has served on committees for art and culture, health and recreation, education and environment. In addition she has served on the Annual Meeting Committee for three years.
Kathleen Edge, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, has lived in many places including Fort Walton Beach in the 1970s and Tokyo, Japan. After 35 years on a ranch in California, she and her husband made their life-long dream to retire on the Emerald Coast come true in 2013.
She graduated magna cum laude with a marketing degree from California State University. She is also a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management Executive Education Program. As a global business development manager for a Fortune 500 company, her primary areas of responsibility were leading sales growth through strategic planning, execution of growth initiatives and managing customer relationships. She served as a Board of Director for several industry-related organizations.
Since retiring in 2016, Kathleen served for two and half years as a Board of Director/Treasurer of the local non-profit, Coastal Seniors of South Walton, Inc.; two years as Ways and Means Chairperson for a local garden club; and recently became a volunteer for the Emerald Coast Theatre Leading Ladies. She joined Impact100 NWF in 2017.
Nancy Francis is a creative marketing consultant who has worked with a variety of household names, including Folgers, Energizer, and Häagen-Dazs. Since 2009, she has been the principal and co-owner of an innovation consulting company, where she trains clients in creative problem solving and ideation. She has facilitated thousands of meetings and focus groups for Fortune 500 companies.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and an MBA from Yale University. Her interest in strategic problem-solving and wordsmithing grew from an early love of games like Risk, Scrabble, and Clue, and she still enjoys playing board games with her husband and two grown sons.
Nancy got involved with Impact100 NWF after moving to Sandestin in 2017. Since then, she has served on the Grant Review Family Committee. She believes deeply in Impact100’s mission and the positive impact it has on the community.
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 Impact100 NWF for several years.
Vickie joined Impact100 NWF in 2016 and currently chairs the Membership Engagement Sub-Committee supporting recruitment and retention efforts under the Membership and Events Committee.
Originally from the Midwest, Vickie joined the United States Air Force where she met her husband of 40 years. The military allowed them to live in various locations in the US and abroad which ultimately brought them to the Emerald Coast, making it their permanent home since 1993. They are parents of 3 grown and married sons and grandparents to 5 wonderful grandsons.
Vickie is currently working as a System Analyst for Qualis Corporation. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Project Management/Quality Improvement from NWF State College in 2010 and received the Project Management Professional Certification from Project Management Institute in March of 2018.
Vickie is an active member of her church and volunteers for many ministries and projects including facilitating Financial Peace University classes for 8 years.
A true Florida native, Mary Tinsley is originally from Pensacola, FL, graduating from the University of West Florida in 2003. She moved to Fort Walton Beach in April of 2007 and has spent the last 15 years growing her family here in our community. Mary is an Edward Jones financial advisor. She is excited to celebrate her 10th year with the firm in 2021. And she feels that she has been afforded a great privilege of partnering with some truly amazing people as they work together toward achieving their financial goals.
By utilizing her branch team to its full potential, she feels like she is not only able to serve her clients more effectively, but is also able to find the critical work-life balance that so many of us seek! Mary is the very proud mother of two boys, William and Brooks. William is the golfer, while his little brother Brooks is a self-declared "Sports Man", playing both soccer and baseball.
In addition to being a mom, Mary is proud to also be a part of a number of non-profit organizations who provide crucial support in Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding areas.
Mary joined Impact100 in 2018 and served on grant review committees the last three years. In 2020, she joined the Finance Committee wanting to take her "Impact Experience" to the next level. She is thrilled to join the Board of Directors in 2021 as the next extension of that personal growth within our organization.
Debbie graduated from Florida State University in 1982 with a BS in Medical Technology. Her early professional career included responsibilities in blood banking and chemistry for hospitals in Tallahassee and Gainesville, FL.
With 4th generation roots in Okaloosa County, Debbie relocated to Fort Walton Beach in 2005 where she initially taught Science at Choctawhatchee High School (CHS). Debbie subsequently volunteered with the Northwest Florida Ballet Academie’, serving on the School Advisory Council and was an active member of the CHS International Baccalaureate Parent Foundation. She has also served on the vestry at Saint Simon’s on the Sound Episcopal Church and the Executive Board of the Fort Walton Beach Woman’s Club. Debbie joined Impact 100 in 2013 and has previously served on Grant Review Committees.
Debbie currently enjoys various water sports, travel, and spending time with her 5 adult children as well as her grandson.