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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.

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Leadership Team

Jan Healy

Jan Healy, President

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Jan a Founding member of the Women’s Giving Alliance and currently serves as President. She founded Renewing Dignity, Inc. in 2019 to provide period products to women and girls who struggle to afford these essential supplies. She serves as an active member of the Beaches Community Fund. She serves on the Board of Read USA and is an active member of the Beaches Community Fund. Prior Board Member commitments include The Bolles School Trustee, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Planned Parenthood, Discovery Montessori School and Hubbard House. Jan was a Take Stock in Children Mentor for eight years and is a member of Leadership Jacksonville (Class of 1996). She has chaired many community fundraising events. Jan was employed as a financial analyst with The Shircliff Group (Jacksonville, FL) and as a consultant with Arthur Andersen (Miami, FL). She earned her degrees from the University of Florida with a BSBA in Business Administration and an MBA.

Sheila Collier

Sheila Collier, President-Elect

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Sheila Collier is a native of Oklahoma (Go Pokes!) and has embraced Jacksonville as her home for over 35 years. Sheila’s early career days were in banking, specializing in Cash / Treasury Management for over 13 years. She then became what she likes to call a “Professional Volunteer”. Over the past 35 years, Sheila has chaired a wide variety of numerous community fundraising events. Sheila is honored to be President-Elect for the Women Giving Alliance and has enjoyed serving on the Grants Leadership Team, Secretary of the Steering Committee, Governance and Education Chair. Currently, Sheila is also a member The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital (2015 was Chair of the Art & Antiques Show), Board of Director of the First Coast American Cancer Society (Cabinet Member of The Hope Lodge Capital Campaign), Board of Director of North Florida School of Special Education (Governance Chair) and a Jacksonville Junior League Sustainer. Married over 32 years to her supportive husband and best friend, Claude, they have two children, Will and Jessica. She realizes her many blessings and feels strongly about being able to “give back” to help make our community stronger. Her favorite pastime is being with friends and laughing!

Sabeen Perwaiz

Sabeen Perwaiz, Vice President

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Sabeen Perwaiz is President & CEO of Florida Nonprofit Alliance where she strengthens, promotes and advocates on behalf of Florida’s nonprofit sector. Since joining WGA in 2015, she has served as Education Co-Chair, Delores Barr Weaver Fellow and a member of the Diversity taskforce. An avid volunteer, she has also led the all-volunteer team for TEDxJacksonville since 2012. She is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida Connect. She serves on the board of directors of National Council of Nonprofits and The United Way of Northeast Florida. Perwaiz has been named an Aspen Ideas Scholar, Woman of Influence, Athena International Young Professional, 40 under 40 and a National Business Journal Influencer. She has also received a One Jax Humanitarian award. Sabeen earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and pre-medicine from City College of New York and her master's in International Development from the University of Birmingham in the UK. An avid traveler, Sabeen has visited over 42 countries and hopes to visit at least 100 in her lifetime.

Rachael Mueller

Rachael Mueller, Vice President

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Rachael Mueller is the Chief Development Officer at Hope Haven. Rachael is passionate about creating organizational sustainability for non profits through fundraising and marketing efforts. Rachael has over 10 years experience in the nonprofit industry sector. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Flagler College and her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law. Since joining WGA, she has been an active member in of the Advocacy committee. Rachael currently serves as the current past chair of the Women With Vision Council - St. John's County Chamber of Commerce, is an active board member with the Planned Giving Society of Northeast Florida, and a cabinet member with the American Lung Association. Rachael is a proud military wife with two beautiful children.

Susan RodgersSusan Lutton Rodgers, Secretary

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Susan grew-up in a small farming community in Nebraska. After graduating from the University of Nebraska she attended Florida State University receiving a master’s degree Higher Education Administration. She moved to Jacksonville 1973 working in banking and logistics before joining Crowley Maritime Corporation. Her last position before retirement was Sr. Vice President of Corporate Services. In that role she oversaw the company’s worldwide operations for information technology, procurement, corporate communications, advertising, human resources, training and development, facilities acquisition and management and safety, environmental and health. She also served on the company’s Sr. Leadership Team. She has served on the Board of the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council holding several positions including Chair of the Board. Other Board and volunteer service includes the Jacksonville Urban League, Daniel, BEAM and the Crowley Cares Foundation. Now fully retired she pursues her passion for travel and on her bucket list is North Dakota and Antarctica, which represent the only state and the only continent she has not visited. She lives happily in Ponte Vedra Beach with her husband Ray.

Barbara FinkeBarbara Finke, Treasurer

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Barbara Finke is an assurance director with BDO USA, LLP, with over 15 years in the assurance profession. Professionally she helps her clients ensure their financial processes are accurate and result in accurate reporting under the required standards, while maintaining effective business management. Within BDO, Barbara also serves as the regional co-lead for the Women’s Inclusion Initiative. Barbara considers herself a Jacksonville native, moving here as a child and returning after receiving her degrees from Florida State University. Since joining WGA, Barbara has been a member of the Finance Committee and the Grants Finance Team. Barbara also serves as Treasurer for Hubbard House, Inc. and volunteers with the grant giving finance committee for United Way of Northeast Florida.

Joni PoitierJoni Poitier
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair

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Joni is a partner in Moseley Prichard Parrish Knight & Jones, a law firm specializing in the preparation and trial of complex and high-risk transportation, personal injury, and business litigation in state and federal courts throughout Florida. Previously she spent six years as an Assistant State Attorney handling a wide range of criminal cases, including serious felonies and crimes against women and children. In this position, she had more than 40 jury trials as first chair. Joni received her law degree from Vanderbilt University and her B.A. from Spelman College. She is a member of many civic and charitable organizations including the Women’s Giving Alliance, the Wolfson Children’s Hospital Women’s Board, and the UNCF Northeast Florida Council. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Florida Elections Commission, as well as on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc., Diocese of St. Augustine. She was Chair of the board of directors for Family Foundations of Northeast Florida, Inc. until 2021. Joni is a native Floridian who grew up in Miami. She is an active member of St. Pius V Catholic Church.

 

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Steering Committee

Steering Committee
 

The 2021-2022 Steering Committee includes (left to right) FIRST ROW: Rachael Mueller (Vice-President), Elizabeth Gainer (At-Large), Barbara Barrett (At-Large), Sabeen Perwaiz (Vice-President), Jan Healy (President), Sheila Collier (President-Elect), Wanda Willis (Connectors/Membership), Doreen Gross (At-Large); SECOND ROW: Jana Ertrachter (Ad Hoc-Strategic Planning), Margaret Barton (At-Large), Barb Wenger (Ad Hoc-20th Anniversary), Susan Rodgers (Secretary), Gracie Simendinger (At-Large), Tara Braithwaite (Education), Courtney Weatherby-Hunter (Connectors/Membership), Joanne Cohen (TCF Liasion), Mary Pietan (Governance), Barbara Finke (Treasurer), Marty Jones (Governance), Linda Simmons (Grants); NOT PICTURED: Pam Field (Education), Saralyn Grass (Advocacy), Ann-Marie Knight (DEI), Joni Poitier (DEI), TriciaRae Stancato (Communications), Rachael Tutweiler-Fortune (At-Large), Lauren Venoy (Advocacy), Vicki Waytowich (Grants)

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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