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Members, Leadership & Staff

Annual MeetingAt its heart, WGA is a membership organization. Our Members decide where monies are spent and what kind of organization they'd like to have. WGA Committees carry out this substantial work. Our Officers, Steering Committee and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida guide and support our efforts.

Meet Our Members, Leadership & Staff

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Ellen Wiss

Ellen A. Wiss, President

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Ellen is a real estate management/marketing professional and community volunteer. She has led several nonprofit efforts in the areas of education and social justice. She currently serves as the Founder/President of Read USA, Inc. She is also Vice President of Finance for the board of The Junior League of Jacksonville, and a member of the Board of Teach For America, Nine in 15 Steering Committee and Jacksonville Chamber Board of Governors Education Committee. Ellen collaborates with other nonprofits working to improve literacy, education and health opportunities for low-income youth and families, women and girls. She is a WGA Legacy Member who has served on the Grants and Steering Committees. She also Co-Chaired the Education Committee before she became President-elect.

Mary Pietan

Mary Pietan, President-Elect

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Mary Pietan is an active community volunteer who serves on the boards of the Garden Club of America, The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She is also a Founding and Legacy Member of the Women's Giving Alliance, serving on the board in many capacities for the past 15 years and is active in the Late Bloomers Garden Club and a long-time member of the Book Club. Formerly, she served on the boards of Episcopal School of Jacksonville and the Baptist Health System Foundation. After the youngest of her four children went to college she worked for 17 years in development for Baptist Health System Foundation, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and for Profit Solutions. Mary is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Jan Healy

Jan Healy, Vice President

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Jan and her husband, Chuck Hyman, live in Atlantic Beach. She is an active community volunteer. Current and previous commitments include: Women’s Giving Alliance Founding Member and Officer; The Bolles School Trustee; Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Board of Directors; Planned Parenthood Board of Directors; Discovery Montessori School Board of Directors; Hubbard House Board of Directors; Take Stock in Children Mentor; Leadership Jacksonville (Class of 1996). Jan worked previously with The Shircliff Group, (Jacksonville, FL) and Andersen Consulting (Miami, FL). She graduated from the University of Florida with a BSBA and an MBA.

Margaret Barton

Margaret Barton, Secretary

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Margaret is a Senior Personnel Research Psychologist with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. She leads projects involving the development and validation of assessment solutions for employee selection and promotion purposes. Margaret joined WGA in 2012 and served as Membership Co-Chair before becoming Secretary. She currently serves as a Member of the Corporation for Hurricane Island Outward Bound School and on the board of the International Personnel Assessment Council. Margaret received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Tulane University and her B.A. from Duke University.

Margaret Gomez

Margaret Gomez, Treasurer

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Margaret is the former Chief Financial Officer for Availity, LLC. She has extensive experience in finance, strategic planning and information technology for startup subsidiaries for AT&T American Transtech, AT&T Universal Card Services, Ideon, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. She is a long-term resident of the Jacksonville area and has her CPA and an MBA from the University of North Florida. Margaret joined WGA in 2006, and is on the Finance Committee. She formerly served on the board of Beaches Habitat for Humanity and the Bear Foundation, and currently serves as chairperson of the board of the Jacksonville Symphony.


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Steering Committee

Steering Committee
The 2017 Steering Committee includes (left to right) (first row) Donna Orender (At-Large), Kristi Brandon (Advocacy), Pam Field (Advocacy), Ellen Wiss (President), Karen Mayfield (At-Large), Kiki Karpen, and Barb Wenger (Grants); (second row) Robin Wahby (At-Large), Sheila Collier (Education), Jan Healy (Vice-President), Margaret Barton (Secretary), Mary Pietan (Vice-President), Paula Liang (Governance), Trisha Meili (At-Large), Izzy Spence (Grants), Amy Dunigan (Membership), Jennifer Croy (Membership), Eva Nagorski, Meredith Guess (Communications), Kate Ligare (At-Large & Outreach), Linda Wilkinson (At-Large), and Lisa Page (At-Large). Not pictured: Cheryl Barnett (Education), Aidee Chavez Frescas (Communications), Stephanie Cost (At-Large), Margaret Gomez (Treasurer), Moné Holder (At Large) and Nina Waters (TCF President). 

The Steering Committee is responsible for establishing the strategic direction and management of WGA. Log in as a member for Steering Committee Members Contact Information. Learn more about our committees or log in as a member to search the member directory for contact information.

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The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida – Staff

The Community Foundation Team
The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida Staff

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida plays a vital role in the life of WGA, providing staff support and more for our Members and activities.

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Jacksonville, FL 32202

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