BOARD OF DIRECTORS DEFENDERS OF DEMOCRACY
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Leesa Bainbridge, Co-President
Leesa, former Second VP, has also served as Communications Co-Chairperson. She 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.
Gloria Pickar, Co-President
Gloria has served as Second VP and Co-Chair for Gun Safety for LWVOC. Professionally, she consults with businesses and universities for online learning best practices. She has more than 40 years in business and higher education and 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 VP for the Art and History Museums—Maitland.
Pat Grierson, First Vice-President
Pat has been the Chair of the Membership Committee for three years. Under her direction the League membership has grown from 560 up to 900 at times. 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. 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. Pat holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida and a Masters of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
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.
Sandi Vidal, Secretary
Sandi is Vice President of the Community strategies and Initiatives Central Florida Foundation. She has served as an officer on the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, and as Executive Director and CEO of the Christian HELP/Central Florida Employment Council. Sandi has served on numerous boards and has received multiple honors, including nominations in 2011 and 2013 for the Orlando Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” award. Sandi also writes a blog for the Huffington Post
Andrea Kobrin, Director
Andrea worked at the Department of Children and Families in many administrative roles. This experience served her well as Hot Topics coordinator, providing instant contacts including advocacy, judicial, political and social services.
Hot Topics, with the partnership of Ann Hellmuth and Dean Johnson, is a steady source of income for the League. Speakers range from well-known authors to leading politicians; subjects range depending on the current "hot" topics of the day.
Barbara Granade, Director
Barbara is a current member of the League Board and the Nominating Committee. In addition, she is Chair of the LWVOC Speakers Bureau. She is a longtime Orlando travel agent who retired after 30 years in the business. She brings event planning and administration skills to the board as well as a commitment to the health of nonprofits. Barbara helped rejuvenate 100 Women Strong, a philanthropic giving circle in Central Florida 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.
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.
Margaret Stewart, Director
Margaret chairs the Orange County Natural Resources Committee and the Orange County Solar Co-Op Committee. She is an attorney and the Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence at Barry University School of Law, working to advance law, policy and governance systems to legally protect the sustainability of life and health on Earth. She serves on the Executive Committee and formerly chaired the Legal Committee of the Florida Springs Council. Also, she is an active member of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Orange County Bar Association, and the Environmental & Land Use Law and Public Interest Law sections of the Florida Bar. Margaret has been an active League member since 2014 and hopes to continue furthering its mission in more meaningful ways
Sara Rich, Director
Sara has been an integral part of getting the new Leaguers in Action Committee off the ground. She is a graduate of UCF and Le Cordon Bleu. Her professional life included working as a Pastry Chef in some of the top hotels in Florida and managing a successful retail bakery. Sara brings years of event planning, management, and organizational experience to LWVOC. Her hobbies include running, playing with shelter dogs, and training her daughters to be warriors.
Christine Bramuchi, Director
Christine has been a League member since 2010 and is an active member of the Education Committee. She 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. Christine 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.
Georgiana Holmes, Director
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. Her areas of interest are civic education and engagement, public health and public safety- she serves on the Orange County Citizen Corp advisory board and is closely involved with the Florida Safety Council in their DUI counterattack programs. Gloriann started her career in social work as a community resources information and referral specialist for Heart of Florida United Way 2-1-1, taking calls from people seeking services in their community and running regular needs assessment reports that inform non-profit programs in the area to this day. She describes her takeaway as “life stability and security are so precarious… we need to take better care of each other on every level.”
Sandra Powers, Director
Charles Davis, Director
Charles Davis 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
Carol Davis, Director
Carol Davis 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.
Eve Barbour, Director
Eve moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1958, so has been almost a lifelong Floridian. She graduated from Florida International University Miami when FIU was in its opening years in the 70s. Her degree is in Early Childhood Education. After teaching, Eve has used her years to serve on several other boards of directors, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Orlando (NAMIGO), The Florida Trail Association (to serve her first love- hiking). Her current volunteer work is at the Orland Wetlands Park in Christmas, Florida as an Interpretive Specialist. Eve is the current Chair of the Immigration Committee and looks forward to many productive years as a League of Women Voters member.
Terry Gillam, Nominating Chair
Terry worked as an elementary school library media specialist for more than 20 years in Orange County and San Antonio. Her final two years were spent at the OCPS district office as District Media Specialist. After retiring, Terry became involved with Ten Thousand Villages in Winter Park and eventually was elected President of the Board. She was chair and co-chair of the League's Education Committee for 4 years. Terry remains on the Education Committee and she will serve as chair of the Nominating Committee for the second year.
"I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody." Lily Tomlin
Elizabeth Bosserman, Nominating
Elizabeth joined the Orange County League in December of 2012 and is currently a member of the Education Committee after having served as co-chair. She is Georgia born, raised and educated. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from LaGrange College and a master’s in social work from UGA. Fortunate to have discovered social work early in undergrad, it has been her lifelong profession. Work now involves supervising master's level social work students and mental health counseling interns for licensure.
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
Brenda Alston, Nominating Committee
Brenda became a member of the League in 2015 because of its commitment to voter registration, voter education and to issues rather than political parties or candidates. She joined the government committee and served as a member of the open primaries project. As a member of the membership committee, she has served as timekeeper for Hot Topics Luncheons. A native born Floridian, she earned her B.A. from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota and, later, a master's in reading from Nova Southeastern University.