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 Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. All other positions are considered Directors, including at large members.
CHAIR - KRISTY MOFFAT
Kristy is excited to serve 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), Gainesville/Alachua County Associations of Realtors (GACAR), and the Red Shoe Society of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida. She earned her BS and MEd from the University of Florida and has worked in the insurance industry her entire career. www.brightwaymoffat.com
INCOMING CHAIR - ERIN SAPIENZA
A natural teacher with impeccable organizational and customer service skills, Erin has seen success working alongside the leadership teams at the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Advantage Publishing. Erin became passionate about what elevated business practices can, and should, look like. Recently going out on her own to fulfill that need, she serves as an independent contractor and consultant for medium-sized companies who want to take their business to the next-level through a holistic approach. In Erin's spare time she is finishing her Masters Degree, is a mental health advocate, and enjoys spending time with her friends and family (she is the mother of four bright, funny, and beautiful kids), playing boardgames, and reading. Her website is coming soon!
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
SECRETARY - DR. CAROLINE LE
Dr. Caroline Le is delighted to be a part of GAWN. She is currently Director of the Gainesville Education Center at St. Leo university, where she also teaches English courses. She and her team are highly active in local Gainesville organizations and events. Her previous roles have included Assistant Professor of English and Coordinator of the Writing Center at Beacon College. When not doing school related activities, she can be found dragging her fiance, Jonathan, to a play, or hanging out in Kentucky country. www.stleo.edu
ADVISOR - PEG O'CONNOR
Peg O’Connor is a partner at the law firm of Turner O’Connor Kozlowski, P.L., where she practices in the areas of criminal defense, healthcare law, appeals, and professional licensing and tenure issues. She's an adjunct professor at the University of Florida teaching classes on the court system and law enforcement. She is the past president of the North Central Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the current chair of the board of Southern Legal Counsel. She has held various positions in GAWN for the past six years and is pleased to serve as the board’s advisor for the 2016-17 year. www.turnerlawpartners.net/
HISTORIAN - CATHY MILLER-AULL
BOARD HR - JEN MOFF
Radical and fresh concepts and strategies for high achieving, yet burned-out, spiritually-curious women. Helping them to connect, heal, and awaken, so they can find the fun in life again. Jen Moff is a spiritual adviser and communication specialist. Trained in improvisation, she's a former actor who commands audiences—speaking around the country throughout the year. She has a BFA in Communication and Public Relations, is a Certified Relationship Specialist by the American Psychotherapy Association, and is a member of the Women’s Speakers Association. www.thejenmoff.com
WEB ADMINISTRATOR - LESLIE MERRYMAN
Leslie is a website administrator at the University of Florida for several 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 33 European Countries just to name a few. Leslie enjoys researching travel and helping others plan trips both on land and sea. Leslie works for Cruise Brothers, 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
EVENT COORDINATOR - VACANT
PROGRAMS - JENNIFER WEBB
Jennifer is delighted to be part of the GAWN board. She is an internationally-recognized motivational speaker, author and corporate communications specialist, one of a prestigious group of women using magic as a metaphor for adjusting beliefs. She has authored three books on human potential, has a background and graduate degree in psychology, a master certification in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and began her company in Manhattan 23 years ago. Her programs inspire, motivate and educate, and she has had the good fortune to work with many organizations like NASA, Apple, Microsoft, the CIA, the Navy, the Air Force, Ernst & Young and leaders in numerous industries. She has been affiliated with American Management Association for more than 20 years and is a long-time member of the National Speakers Association.
She is also very proud to be the founder of Shakespeare Animal Fund, a 501 (c) (3) that helps pay emergency veterinary bills for elderly, disabled and others who cant’ afford medical care for their suffering and dying pets.
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING - VACANT; Acting SMM Director is Jen Moff until the vacancy is filled.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH - LAUREL BROWN
Laurel Brown is the Assistant Director for UF Continuing Education. She oversees the development and delivery of customized onsite, open enrollment and online training programs. Laurel identifies faculty and potential programs that fit current trends and fulfill the professional development needs of business professionals. Laurel also collaborates with instructors and consultants on instructional design, for online and custom course development. She interacts regularly with potential clients to define training needs, and provide information on training solutions. In addition, Laurel manages program and instructor logistics, and provides marketing and business development support as needed.
REGISTRAR - VACANT; Acting Registrar is Erin Sapienza until the vacancy is filled.
MEMBER SERVICES - VACANT
AT LARGE - CHRISTINE DAMM
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.
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