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Officers / Board of Trustees

Officers / Board of Trustees

Florida House Board of Trustees

Founder (1930 – 2015) Rhea Chiles (Mrs. Lawton Chiles), Holmes Beach
Honorary Chairman First Lady Ann Scott (Mrs. Rick Scott), Tallahassee
Chairman Dee Ann Smith (Mrs. Crit Smith), Tallahassee
Senior Vice Chairman Grace Nelson (Mrs. Bill Nelson), Orlando
Senior Vice Chairman Pat Mica (Mrs. John Mica), Winter Park
Vice Chairman, Special Projects Mike Hightower, Jacksonville
Secretary Suzanne Chaffin, Miami
Treasurer Leigh Kerr, Ft. Lauderdale

Florida House Trustees are represented in eight regions, two councils and a region in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. Area

Anne B. Hazel

Kay Heller

Grace Nelson

Connie Parker

Ellen Schreiber

Fort Lauderdale

Mario Cartaya

Linda B. Carter

William Derrer

Patricia Du Mont

Paige Hyatt

Leigh Kerr

James B. LaBate

Robert Lochrie III

Ralph Marrinson

Thomas Oliveri

Dick O’Loughlin

Charles Palmer

George Platt

Jim Shore

Jacksonville & Ponte Vedra

Brenda Adeeb

Martha Barrett

Elizabeth Bedell

Patricia W. Brown

Olivia Bush

Kim Dewan

Heather Geraghty

Hope Hana

Mike Hightower

Pamela Keeler

Irene Lazzara

Susan Lemasters

Elizabeth M. Riley

Jennie Scott Shad

Pamela S. Shore

Linda Slade

Lakeland Council

Dustin Calhoun

Sarah D. McKay

Paula Mims

Melissa Putnam

Cindy Ross

Kim Ruthven


Debbie Campbell

Denise Campbell

Suzanne Chaffin

Jan Risi Field

John D. Fumagalli

Jeanne Godwin

Luisa Kelly

Leslie J. Lott

Karen McCammon

Dotty Norton

Mary Jean Risi

Richard Souviron

Joyce Stevens

Fort Myers, Okeechobee, Boca Grande, Vero Beach

Susanne Clemons

Claudia Cowart

Doyle Durando

Susan Erickson

Mary O’Bannon

Central Florida Council

Claudia Cook

Kristy Dunlap

Lorna Jean Hagstrom

Marty Heekin

Ruth Kazeck

Carol S. Kuntz

Susan McCaskill

Genean Hawkins McKinnon

Judy Thompson


Belle Bear

Amy Connally

Suellen Hudson

E. Coy Irvin

Teri Levin

Jo-Ann Price

Betty B. Roberts

Justine Simoni

Jane Switzer

Deborah Wein


Martin Black

Sandy Buchanan

Mary Dougherty-Slapp

Julie Morris

Lemuel Sharp III

Sandra Stuart

LeslieBeth Wish


Dominic Calabro

Kathryn Cashin

Cindy O’Connell

Pam Ricco

April Salter

Ann Scott

Dee Ann Smith

Wansley Walters

Tampa Bay

Susan Kynes Baldwin

William E. Carlson, Jr.

Genevieve Lykes Dimmitt

Terri Ellison

Celia Ferman

Mimi Graham

Ben Hill

Naida Ramil

John Andrew Risi

Ellen C. Stavros

Stella Thayer

Nancy Jane Turner

Patsy Woodroffe


Rhea Chiles, Founder (1930-2015)

Trustees Emeritus

Lupe Burt

Gray Coulter*

Louise Lykes Ferguson*

William Henry*

Bill Hussey

D. Burke Kibler*

Elizabeth Lindsay

Sarah D. McKay, Active

Emilie Shaw

Donald Simpson

Amory Underhill*


Past Board Presidents

Rhea Chiles

Richard Farrell

Janet R. Studley

Deanna Pitman Kirchman

Stephanie Sears Edwards

Anne Barnett Hazel

Sandy Baldwin Thomas

Patsy Woodroffe

Michael R. Hightower

Terri R. Shikany

Cynthia B. O’Connell

Ralph Marrinson



  1. Attend two Board Meetings each year to advise and support the Board in its role as the governing body, creating and sustaining the rules and policies of the Board .
  2. Assist in developing the annual budget, provide financial oversight and ensure that proper financial controls are in place.
  3. Serve on or advise the organization’s standing committees.


  1. Support the mission of Florida House and the short and long-term strategies set forth by the Board to ensure successful operations and resources.
  2. Serve as an ambassador for Florida House within one’s own community.


  1. Make a minimum yearly financial commitment, the amount which is set by the Board.
  2. Engage with other Trustees in geographical areas (regions) for fundraising purposes and participate in donor cultivation.
  3. As Florida House is solely supported by private contributions, fundraising is a primary Trustee function. Each chapter is charged with yearly raising $15,000 to support Florida House.