The Gainesville Area Women’s Network (GAWN) is governed by its own members through an elected board of directors. Every member in good standing is eligible for a leadership position. We rely on volunteers to serve on the board and committees, and to help with individual events. Leadership networking gives our members invaluable business connections.
GAWN’s fiscal year begins July 1, when the new board members are installed; it ends on June 30. Applications to serve in the next fiscal year are due in April and May, but we invite you to submit an application at any time. All hands are welcome. The board consists of four Officers; Chair, Incoming/Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. All other positions are considered Directors, including at large members.
INTERIM CHAIR and REGISTRAR - ERIN SAPIENZA
A natural teacher with impeccable organizational and customer service skills, Erin has seen success working alongside many local businesses. Erin is passionate about and excels at organizing, customer relationship management, and supporting small business & non-profit organizations administrative needs. Recently going out on her own, she serves as an independent contractor and consultant for businesses and non-profits who want to take their organization to the next-level through a holistic approach. In Erin's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family (she is the mother of five bright, funny, and beautiful kids), painting, playing board games, and reading.
VICE CHAIR - SARA TEAGUE
Sara is an Alachua county professional- working in the mortgage industry since 2005. She currently holds a position as Senior Mortgage banker for our local, Renasant Bank. Sara’s background includes working for Florida’s top businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies.
Sara works with people daily to help them secure a piece of the “American Dream” of homeownership. Her passion is helping customer’s purchase or build their dream home– especially when they didn’t think it was possible.
Sara resides in Keystone Heights with husband, Matt and two youngest boys- Andru and Garrison while their two oldest sons- Kyler and Fletcher are attending college-. On the weekends you can find her enjoying her time with family, attending church, or at the baseball field.
ADVISER - KRISTY MOFFAT
Kristy served as GAWN's 2016-2017 Chair. She owns Brightway Insurance, The Moffat Agency, serving clients in the Gainesville area. She is a member and Past President of the North Central Florida Chapter of the CPCU Society, as well as a member of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Alachua County Emerging Leaders (ACEL), and Gainesville/Alachua County Associations of Realtors (GACAR). She earned her BS and MEd from the University of Florida and has worked in the insurance industry her entire career. www.brightwaymoffat.com
TREASURER- JENNIE WHITSON
Jennie Whitson is an entrepreneur based out of Gainesville, Florida – Independent Consultant with Rodan + Fields Skincare Products, bookkeeping for several small business, and real estate property investor. After living in five cities across the US, Jennie moved to Gainesville to be near her sons, who state they will not live any place colder than Florida. her best times now are spent with her wonderful grandkids, Ethan (12) and Sarah (11) in Orlando, declaring "they keep me young", and the company of good friends here in Gainesville. "I am truly loving my life everyday." www.jmtw.myrandf.com
PROGRAM AND EVENT COORDINATOR - JAMIE SHRUM
Jamie joined Rodan + Fields in October 2009 with her husband and now business partner Bob. They had been retired from the corporate world for over 3 years and were enjoying “life on the farm”. She wasn't looking for the opportunity, especially not in network marketing. But she quickly realized that in order to grow their business they needed to grow their network!
SECRETARY - DANIELLE GERTNER
Danielle Gertner is the founder and lead trainer at Gertner Grind and she spends her days inspiring people to see the world as their gym and guiding them to make wellness fit their world, no matter what that world looks like! Danielle is a Certified Personal Trainer, Kettlebell Specialist and is currently studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach. Between teaching over 10 bootcamps a week, coaching Santa Fe's Volleyball team, volunteering to teach wellness to students and young adults in Gainesville and running an online training program, she keeps busy but is so fulfilled. Her passion for guiding others to connect with themselves and own their wellness journey is unparalleled and she is excited to bring that passion to G.A.W.N. as a new member of the board. In her free time you can find Danielle playing with kettlebells, doing Acro Yoga with her friends or at the farmer's market connecting with our incredible community.
WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA ADMINISTRATOR - LESLIE MERRYMAN
Leslie is a website administrator at the University of Florida for two departments in the College of Medicine. When she is not working on websites she is traveling. In 2007 Leslie took her first trip to Europe and was hooked. She enjoys traveling the world, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. She has been to all 50 states, and 39 European Countries just to name a few. Leslie enjoys researching travel and helping others plan trips both on land and sea. Leslie works at Anywhere Inc., a full service travel company. They are one of the largest family owned cruise agencies in the country and have been in business since 1972 . They have expanded the business to include land based world-wide travel and work with some of the best tour groups in the industry to get you the best deal on your ideal vacation. www.ldmerry.com
MEMBER SERVICES - CHRISTINE DAMN
Christine Damm is an Account Manager at GRUCom, providing internet, data transport, colocation leasing, tower leasing and backhaul networking solutions for businesses with locations in Alachua County. She moved to the Gainesville area ten years ago, spent four years at UF in hospital administration, and has been at GRUCom ever since. Prior to her time at UF, she worked as a fitness instructor teaching hi-low and step aerobics classes. She ran her first marathon in 2003 and enjoys walking, running and working out. She is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, with a B.S. from George Washington University and an M.B.A from Norwich University.
AT LARGE - RONNIE LOVLER
Ronnie Lovler is a writer, editor and Spanish-English translator and adjunct faculty member in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She is the author of the chapter “Journalist Don’t Shoot” published in Alone Together: Tales of Sisterhood and Solitude in Latin America. In Gainesville, she is on the boards of the Matheson History Museum and the Civic Media Center, as well as proudly serving for the second time as a member of the GAWN board.
AT LARGE - ELINOR ROBINS
AT LARGE - TRISH NYSTROM
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