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Officers / Board of Trustees

Officers / Board of Trustees

Florida House Board of Trustees

Founder Rhea Chiles (Mrs. Lawton Chiles), Holmes Beach (1930 – 2015)

Chairman: Suzanne Chaffin, Miami

Vice Chairman: Dominic Calabro, Tallahassee

Vice Chairman:  Susanne Clemons, Okeechobee

Secretary:  Emily Puffer Strickland, Tampa
Treasurer: Hope Hana, Jacksonville

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

Washington, D.C. Area

Will Adams

Cameron Baker

Shannon Bañaga

Andrew Blasi

Elizabeth Blair Hancock

Emily Jacobs

Kara Krause

Mary Mochary

Mallory Mullen

Katie Nunner

Michael Perkins

Christian Roatta

Justin Sayfie

Natalia Stanley

Rheana Thornton

Kristian Denny Todd

Fort Lauderdale

Linda B. Carter

Thomas Coon

Rick Derrer

Paige Hyatt

Autumn Karlinsky

Robert Kozich, Jr.

James B. LaBate

Laura Lang

Ralph Marrinson

Charles Palmer

Jim Shore

Grant Smith

Dana Somerstein

Jacksonville & Ponte Vedra

Brenda Adeeb

Martha Baker

Martha Barrett

Patricia W. Brown

Olivia Bush

Margaret Clements

Allison Dewan

Kim Dewan

Marty Fiorentino

Hope Hana

Irene Lazzara

Paula McGarvey

Melanie Messer

Sue Molm

Jennie Scott Shad

Denda Shields

Linda Slade

Julie Wells

Lakeland Council

Sarah D. McKay

Paula Mims

Kim Ruthven


Denise Campbell

Suzanne Chaffin

James Field, Jr.

Jan Risi Field

Joseph Fleming

Kendall Graham

Linda Johnson

Luisa Kelly

Pat Keon

Leslie J. Lott

Mel Maguire

Sonless Martin

Karen McCammon

Dotty Norton

Susan Pinnas

Joyce Stevens

Christina Bonarrigo Villamil

Dale Webb

Lisbeth Wilson

Central Florida Council

Claudia Cook

Chris Dawson

Lorna Jean Hagstrom

Gartrelle Wilson

Sarasota & Southwest Florida

Sandy Buchanan

Susanne Clemons

Claudia Cowart

Doyle Durando

Susan Erickson

Sandra Stuart


Keaton Alexander

Allison Aubuchon

Dominic Calabro

John Dickhaus

Susan Fell

John David Hooker

Cindy O’Connell

Cissy Proctor

Pam Ricco

Dee Ann Smith

Wansley Walters

Tampa Bay

William E. Carlson, Jr.

Genevieve Lykes Dimmitt

Maritza Rovira Forino

Marti Hancock

Clay Hollis

Jon Phililpson

Emily Puffer Strickland

Stella Thayer


Rhea Chiles, Founder (1930-2015)

Trustees Emeritus

Lupe Burt

Gray Coulter*

Louise Lykes Ferguson*

Anne Hazel

William Henry*

Mike Hightower

Bill Hussey*

D. Burke Kibler*

Elizabeth Lindsay

Sarah D. McKay

Pat Mica

Grace Nelson

Emilie Shaw

Donald Simpson

Amory Underhill*

Lynne Wilson

Patsy Woodroffe


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

Dee Ann Smith

Sandi Stuart



  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.

Florida House is currently open and ready to welcome visitors. Please note that in accordance with the rules of the District of Columbia, as of 7/31/2021 all guests are required to wear face masks, regardless of vaccination status.

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