BOARD OF DIRECTORS DEFENDERS OF DEMOCRACY
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Gloria Pickar, Co-President
Gloria is the current Co-President of LWVOC. Professionally, she consults with businesses and universities for online learning best practices. She has more than 40 years in business and higher education, including President and Chief Academic Officer of the leading higher education online learning services company recently acquired by Pearson. She holds Nursing degrees and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida. Gloria is also a nursing clinician, educator, and author of two best-selling nursing textbooks. She serves as Second Vice President for the Art and History Museums—Maitland.
Gloria has a proven record of developing community, government, business, and education partnerships. Organizational leadership and coalition building are her passions.
Sandi Vidal, Co-President
Sandi is currently the Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives for the Central Florida Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Miami school of Business with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to her role at the Foundation, Sandi served as the Executive Director and CEO of Christian HELP/Central Florida Employment Council and as Executive Vice President of Central Florida Commission on Homelessness.
Sandi has been active with the Leaguers in Action Committee. She served as Board Secretary this year and would bring all of her experience to the position of Co-President.
Leesa Bainbridge, Past President
Leesa has served as Co-President for the past two years. She moves into an automatic position on the Board for 2019-2020 as Immediate Past President per the Bylaws, revised April 2018. She was the former Second Vice President of the Board and has also served as Communications Co-Chairperson. Leesa has an extensive background in writing/editing and public relations and speaking. Also, she is a member of the Steering Committee for the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. After more than a 20-year career in newspapers, including as an editor at the Detroit Free Press and Orlando Sentinel, she served as the Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Orange County Clerk of Courts.
Christine Bramuchi, First Vice President
Christine has been a League member since 2010. She is an active member of the League Board and the Education Committee.
Christine co-founded and is employed by the Alliance for Public Schools, a non-profit organization that engages the community to support public schools. She serves on various boards and committees, including Leadership Orange, PTA and Foundation for Florida Environmental Protection. She has been recognized for her advocacy including OCPS Volunteer of the Year and runner-up with her partners for Orlando Sentinel’s Central Floridian of the Year. She brings her experience managing non-profit organizations and her ability to advocate for common causes with diverse stakeholders to the Board.
Reanna Stout, Second Vice-President
Reanna is a native of Orlando with a passion for empowering others and her community. A graduate of Valencia and UCF, Reanna has managed 12 successful years in Federal Emergency Management. Through her work and passions she has immersed herself in every region of the US and beyond. With her hard work and dedication, she has achieved numerous commendations throughout her life. Reanna also serves as the Co-Chair and founding member of the highly successful Leaguers In Action Committee.
Karen Estrin, Treasurer
Karen previously served on the Juvenile Justice Committee. She believes it is as Treasurer that she can best contribute to the League. For 26 years, Karen and her husband worked together in their design/build company. Prior to opening the business, she worked in the financial services industry as a stockbroker. Karen helped open the first Orlando area office for Raymond James and later Charles Schwab.
Barbara Granade, Secretary
Barbara is also Co-Chair of the Speakers Bureau. Prior to accepting the Board position she was an active member of the League’s Gun Safety, Voter Services and Nominating Committees. These committees and Board experiences have allowed her to develop a knowledge and understanding of League functions that will enable her to serve the League as Board Secretary.
Barbara was an Orlando travel agent who retired after 30 years in the business. She is a member of 100 Women Strong, a philanthropic Central Florida giving circle and served on their Leadership Committee. As a current member of its Grant Committee she researches community programs to discover innovative ways to improve the lives of economically challenged women and children in Orange County.
Carol Davis, Former President, Director
Carol was born in Columbus, GA. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Duquesne University and her Master's Degree in Education from Boston University. She relocated to Orlando with her family in 1983. She worked as a first grade teacher but decided to make a career change and was hired by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as an Editor. After she retired, she decided to actively work in the community. Her community service work includes: Additions Program for OCPS, Devereux Board of Directors, League of Women Voters Orange County Board of Directors, Valencia College Foundation Board, and Orlando Chapter Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women.
Charles Davis, Director
Charles was born in Frederick, Maryland. He attended Morgan State College, Baltimore MD, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, in the US Army Reserves in 1963 and retired twenty years later. While in the Army, Charles served tours in Ft. Benning, Georgia; Ft. Hood, TX; Ft Bragg, NC; Ft. Riley, KS; Ft. Holabird, MD; Richmond, VA; and two tours each in Germany and Vietnam. Service included five years in the Infantry/Special Forces and fifteen years in Military Intelligence. After retirement, he worked at Lockheed Martin in Industrial Security Management in Orlando and in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, retiring in 2005
Nicole Elinoff, Director
Nicole is a fierce social justice and population health advocate working towards an AIDS-free generation and health equity for all. A
proud Floridian and UCF graduate, Nicole serves as the Regional Sexual Minority Health Coordinator for the Florida Department of
Health in Orange County, conducting HIV prevention work within the LGBTQ+ community, and is an Associate Member of the Central Florida HIV Planning Council. She recently became a board member of Peer Support Space, Inc., and also serves on the League’s Health Care committee. Nicole is currently working towards her Master of Public Health degree ,specializing in Public Health Education, at the University of South Florida. She expects to graduate in December
Saudi Ellis, Director
Saudi has been an active League member since 2016, serving on the Voter Services Committee and coordinating the LWVOC petition drive of the Voter Restoration Amendment. Her passion is voter education, registration, and battling any attempts of voter disenfranchisement. Saudi retired as an Intelligence Analyst from the Orlando Police Department after 28 years of service. She brings years of analytical experience, excellent research and writing skills, and strong organizational and interpersonal skills to successfully work with individuals and teams to accomplish a goal. Saudi is a graduate of UCF, and a licensed Realtor and Notary Public. She enjoys traveling, music, ethnic and cultural events, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Gloriann Gaston, Director
Gloriann is a licensed clinical social worker, medical case manager, and UCF Alumni.
She graduated with her Master’s in Social Work in 2015 and has been with Florida Hospital since 2016. As a medical social worker she helps patients of all means with discharge planning, community resources coordination, healthcare education and advocacy. She would say she “sees a little of everything every day,” from healthcare access disparities and challenges, to homelessness, caregiver burnout, and end-of-life emergencies. As a therapist, she specializes in substance abuse, crisis counseling, and trauma-informed care. She serves on the Orange County Citizen Corp advisory board and is closely involved with the Florida Safety Council in their DUI counterattack programs.
Sue Gilman, Director
A member of the League for several years, Sue has primarily participated, as many members do, by attending the Hot Topics lunches. It is therefore fitting, that with her friend Barbara Lanning, Sue has recently volunteered to co-chair organizing Hot Topics. Making her home in Orange County since 1982, Sue and her husband have three grown sons who attended public school here and have made their homes in the area. Sue worked for many years in the corporate media world, producing magazines, websites and events until 2014 when she became a realtor specializing in residential properties throughout the Central Florida area. "Real estate provides an intimate perspective on what is important to a broad spectrum of people in the area, long-time residents, those brand new to the area, and everything in between,” Sue says.
Pat Grierson, Director
Pat served as First Vice President and has been the Chair of the Membership Committee for three years. Under her direction the League membership has grown from 560 to over 900. Previously she managed the League’s statewide campaign in support of The Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment and the League’s first, statewide membership challenge. She will bring this League experience and that of her professional career to the position as an officer of the Board.
For 35 years she was a commercial office designer in Washington DC, first as owner of her own practice and then as vice president and studio leader with a leading architectural firm. She holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida and a Masters of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Georgiana Holmes, Director
Georgiana works with the First 50
Coalition, a broad-based alliance of organizations led by the League of Women Voters of Orange County that is pushing collectively to support environmentally sustainable policies in Central Florida. She is an attorney who focuses on environmental and land use law issues. She is a member of the Florida Conservation Voters Education Fund Board of Directors, the Florida Bar’s Environmental Land Use and City, County; Local Government Law Sections,Orange County Bar Association, Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, Central Florida Women Lawyers Association, and several other social justice and civic organizations.
Angela Melvin, Director
Angela’s previous advocacy for education led her to the League and the Education Committee. She was a PTA/PTSA President for four years and a member of SAC for ten years. Presently, she is the Human Resources Director for the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort and oversees 200+ employees. Angela has been a trainer for over 25 years. She wants to utilize her talents and focus her passion into helping educate people on the League and its positions
Michael J. Miller, Director
Mike retired in 2016 after 43 years of working in the commercial finance industry. After graduating with an economics degree and an accounting minor from Syracuse University, he joined the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City and Rochester, New York.
While in Rochester he completed his MBA in Finance at Rochester Institute of Technology. Mike moved to Florida in 1983 and worked with several banks in Florida including SunTrust, Regions, and Fifth Third. He moved to central Florida in 1994 and now lives in Fern Park, Florida with his wife Janet. They have three adult children.
Mr. Miller has been deeply involved with volunteer work and professional associations since moving to central Florida. He has focused primarily on healthcare for veterans and the less fortunate and supporting education that leads to higher paying employment. His latest passion is ending gun
Leah Nash, Director
Leah joined LWVOC because she’s passionate about her right to vote and wants to ensure that others have the opportunity to take advantage of their privilege to vote as well. In 2018, she became Chairperson of the Voter Services Committee, LWVOC’s largest committee. She created a sub-committee structure that helped organize the many initiatives of the committee, which includes voter registration and voter education. Outside of LWVOC, Leah is the Development Manager for the Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida. She has 20+ years of experience in non-profit/membership organizations, government, hospitality, and media, as well as owning her own company. She believes in living authentically, open heartedly, and creatively. Leah also hosts a weekly radio show and is in a ukulele band.
Carmen Torres, Director
Carmen has been a league member since 2009, and she is an active member of the Government Committee, Voter Services Committee, and the Speakers Bureau.Carmen has been a Florida resident for 26 years and an Orange County resident for 16 years. She is a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a labor advocate, a community organizer, a caregiver, a former law enforcement officer, and a retired county employee.
Carmen was recently appointed to the Orange County Charter Review Commission by Mayor Demings. She currently sits on the Orlando Civil Service board, unanimously elected as Chief Examiner; Chairs the Orange County Citizens Corps Council; and is a steering committee member with Vamos4PR. Carmen is also a past board member of the Orange County Membership and Mission Review board (MMRB).
Theo Webster, Director
Theo has had the privilege of working with many accomplished women who bring their activism to the League of Women Voters of Orange County. Over her career she has worked to support the arts at the Kennedy Center and National Endowment for the Arts and here in Central Florida at Atlantic Center for the Arts and the UCF and the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centers. Theo’s work with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has taught her about the needs of working people. Her work with First Congregational Church has taught her ways to listen and build consensus around tough issues like gun control. She feels honored to use her knowledge and experience to continue the work of the League of Women Voters of Orange County.
Carol Wonsavage, Director
Carol spent her career in a field she loves, television, holding management positions in production, programming, government relations and communications in TV stations in Washington DC; Baltimore; Denver & Charlotte. She was director of broadcasting at WMFE(PBS), Orlando and of marketing at WPSU TV/FM State College. Currently she is a course director in the business program at Full Sail University. She has a BA and MA from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Carol would like to put her experience to work serving League and its causes. She’s on the board of the Steinway Society of Central Florida, which provides music education to disadvantaged children; is secretary of her HOA and a DAR delegate. A League member for four years, she is on the government relations and communications committees.