leadership

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.

2021-2022 BOARD


CHAIR - KRISTY MOFFAT

Kristy serves as GAWN's 2021-2022 Chair, and also served as our 2016-2017 Chair. She owns Brightway Insurance, The Moffat Agency, serving clients across Florida. 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/Alachua County Association of Realtors (GACAR) and BNI Chapter 212.  She is also a graduate of Leadership Gainesville Class 44. She earned her BS and MEd from the University of Florida and has worked in the insurance industry her entire career. Wife to Iain and mother to Aedan, they enjoy traveling as much as possible.  www.brightwaymoffat.com

VICE-CHAIR - JANE HARRIS

Jane has 17 years of experience in the banking and financial services industries, serving in a host of roles in both commercial and retail lending. She specializes in commercial loans and banking solutions, including commercial real estate, investment real estate, construction, SBA financing, C & I, lines of credit, and equipment financing. 

Jane is active in the Gainesville community, serving as an Ambassador for the Builders Association of North Central Florida, Advisory Board Member for the F.W. Buchholz Academies of Finance and Entrepreneurship, and an Auxiliary Board Member for Children’s Home Society. She is also a graduate of Leadership Gainesville Class 39 and has served on many other non-profit boards and committees in roles such as Chairperson, Co-Chair, and Treasurer. Sh
e has three children - two daughters, who attend school at FSU and Rasmussen Nursing School, and a son, who is establishing himself in the music industry. https://flcu.org/Business/Bank/Business-Team

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 CHRISTINE DAMM

Christine Damm is currently an Account Manager at GRUCom, providing internet, data transport, colocation leasing, tower leasing and backhaul networking solutions for businesses within locations in Alachua County.  She moved to the Gainesville area in 2007, worked a few years at UF in hospital administration, then accepted a position with GRUCom in 2011.  Prior to her time at UF, she worked many jobs including 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 BS from George Washington University and a MBA from Norwich University.

MEMBER SERVICES & REGISTRAR - SARAH CHREST

Sarah is Director of Operations and CNA Program Manager for GatorCPR and GatorCNA in Gainesville. Additionally, she coaches competitive gymnastics at Sun Country in Gainesville. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in full time Organizational Management and plans on going on to pursue her Master's Degree in Business Management. Sarah is also a mommy to 1 sweet little girl who is her world. When she is not working or doing school work, you can find her spending time with her family, spending her time in her kayak, or with her nose in a book. 



WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA ADMINISTRATOR - CAITLYN ADAMS

Caitlyn is the owner of Energy Healing with Caitlyn, where she empowers people to heal from the inside out through energy work and meditation.  She moved to Gainesville in 2019 with her husband and dogs, and joined GAWN the same year.  In her free time, she is going on walks with her rescue dogs, cooking vegan comfort food, or doing jigsaw puzzles. www.energyhealingwithcaitlyn.com


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