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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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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 also serves as member of the board of Teach For America, a member of the board of The Hubbard House Foundation, as a Nine in 15 Steering Committee member, a trustee member of Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, and a development committee member for The Jacksonville Public Education Fund. 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 Vice President; The Beaches Community Fund; 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.

Sheila Collier

Sheila Collier, Secretary

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Sheila Markes Collier is a native of Oklahoma and has embraced Jacksonville as her home for over 31 years. For 13 years, Sheila pursued a career in banking, specializing in Cash Management and at the time she chose to finish her career she was one of the few female Vice Presidents. For 16 years, Sheila has been a member of The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and in 2015 was Chair of the Art & Antiques Show. She currently holds a Board or leadership position with the First Coast American Cancer Society, The Hope Lodge Capital Campaign, the Women’s Giving Alliance and North Florida School for Special Education. Sheila served as Co-Chair of Hotel Logistics for the WCGN National Leadership Forum in March 2017.

Faith SchoenfeldFaith Schonfeld, Treasurer

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Faith Schonfeld was a financial professional for 40 years. Her experience includes corporate lending and investment banking, risk policy development and oversight, and implementing operational risk management for a global business line and for the US operations of a Dutch bank. Throughout her career Faith supported women’s interests by starting up the Chicago chapter of a national women’s banking association; as an initiating member, Chair and board member of The Chicago Finance Exchange; as a board member of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago; and on The Trustees Council of Penn Women. Faith moved to Jacksonville and joined WGA in 2014, the WGA Finance Committee in November 2014, and began participating in the Grants process as a member of the Decision Team Finance Team in January 2015. Faith is also a member of the AAUW Jacksonville chapter.


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Steering Committee

Steering Committee
The 2018 Steering Committee includes (left to right) (first row) Cheryl Barnett (Education), Robin Rose (Outreach), Wanda Willis (At-Large), Courtney Weatherby-Hunter (At-Large), Ellen Wiss (President), Sabeen Perwaiz (Education), Kristi Brandon (Advocacy); (second row) Sheila Collier (Secretary), Karen Mayfield (At-Large), Jan Healy (Vice-President), Mary Pietan (President-Elect), Moné Holder (At-Large), Maureen Paschke (Grants), Faith Schoenfeld (Treasurer), Robin Wahby (At-Large), Nina Waters (TCF President), Pam Field (Advocacy), Dale Clifford (Governance), Paula Liang (Governance), Barb Wenger (Grants), Kate Ligare (Outreach), and Trisha Meili (At-Large). Not pictured: Aidee Chavez Frescas (Communications), Meredith Guess (Communications), Stephanie Cost (At-Large), and Donna Orender (At-Large).

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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245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 310
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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