Judy A. Gagnon, RMR, FCRR, President
Judy is an Official Court Reporter for the United States District Court, Northern Division of Florida, and has been appointed by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts as a board member on the Court Reporting Advisory Group. She also serves as an assistant youth minister at Good Shepherd Catholic Church for LifeTeen.
Kelly Otte, MPA, Treasurer
Kelly is the Interim Executive Director of The Oasis Center for Women & Girls, an organization she founded in 2007. She has 36 years working in domestic and sexual violence programs and women’s centers in Carson City, NV; Norfolk, VA; Jacksonville, FL and Tallahassee.
Cicely Brantley, Board Member
Dr. Cicely Brantley is a dynamic educator, psychotherapist, and speaker. Cicely is currently an Associate Professor at TCC, where she teaches psychology in the Social Sciences Division and advises the Black Student Union. She is also a social justice advocate who offers trainings in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, in addition to being a licensed psychotherapist specializing in culturally-informed counseling/therapy and psychoeducation for women, couples, families, and members of marginalized groups.
As a graduate of both FAMU and FSU, Cicely has been living, working and serving in Tallahassee for more than 25 years. In addition to being a member of the STAC Board, Cicely also serves on the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and is a charter member of the Greater Tallahassee section of the National Council of Negro Women. Her commitment to the community is evident in how she engages with others to empower the people – especially women, girls and other historically disadvantaged groups.
Lorie Asifor-Tuoyo, Board Member
Lorie Asifor-Tuoyo has 25 years of women’s health care experience. She earned a BSN in Nursing from Florida State University in 1994. She worked as an obstetrical nurse and later earned her MSN from the University of Florida in 1998 to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife/Nurse Practitioner. She has delivered over 1200 babies and cared for women from diverse backgrounds. She has always been an advocate for women’s health, particularly in the African American community which has a high rate of maternal-infant morbidity and mortality and chronic diseases. She is also an advocate for women’s social justice issues such as violence against women, chemical dependency, poverty, homelessness, and human sex trafficking. Although she is no longer in clinical practice, she still strives to give voice to the voiceless. She is currently pursuing her PhD in psychology and is interested in trauma-related events and the relationship to psychological and social dysfunction.
Christin Foster Gonzalez, Board Member
Christin is an attorney at Novey Law and the immediate past president of Tallahassee Women Lawyers. She has a Master’s Degree in International Social Development, with a focus on women’s rights and anti-human trafficking initiatives.
David W. Grimes, Board Member
David presently serves as the Staff Director for the Florida House of Representatives, Minority Office, administering the office and advising the Democratic Caucus in the areas of appropriations, rules, redistricting, and the constitutional prerogatives of the House. Prior to that while Deputy Staff Director, he was the chief advisor in the areas of finance, taxation, elections, and justice. He previously served as an Assistant Attorney General specializing in civil rights and constitutional law defense with the Florida Office of the Attorney General. David received his bachelor’s degree and J.D. from the Florida State University, graduating law school cum laude. He currently serves on the Board of Legal Services of North Florida, the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, and the Florida State University Pride Alumni Network. David is a Governor of the Young Lawyers Division of the Florida Bar for the Second Judicial Circuit.
Pastor Douglas McArthur Harris, Board Member
Pastor Harris is a visionary pastor, leader, social activist, and teacher engrossed in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and committed to economic justice and empowerment in underserved communities. He has been in ministry for over 20 years and serves as the senior pastor of Midway Unity Fellowship Church in Midway, Florida. He graduated from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he received his bachelor’s degree in biology. After his enrollment in Jacksonville Theological Seminary, he achieved his master’s degree and is now pursuing his doctorate in theology. Retired as regional specialist with the Florida Education Association for 25 years, he was president of the Gadsden Education Foundation in Quincy, Florida, where he would oversee and guide decision-making efforts to award educational assistance grants to teachers. He is the founder of Revive to Rebuild Ministries, serves on the Gadsden Pregnancy Center Board, the Executive Committee Gadsden County Baptist Association, and the Nomination Committee Florida Baptist.
Debby Kearney, Secretary, Board Member
Debby recently retired after practicing law with the State of Florida for more than 30 years, which included serving as the General Counsel of the 1997-98 Constitution Revision Commission and General Counsel for the Department of State, the State Court’s System (Supreme Court), the House of Representatives, the Department of Education, and the Department of Community Affairs. Most recently, she served as the Ethics and Compliance Officer for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. An A-V rated lawyer, Debby is a 1981 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and was the 2001 recipient of the Florida Bar’s Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award and the FSU Law School’s 2019 Exemplary Public Service Career award. Her volunteer work includes leadership positions in the Florida Bar’s Administrative Law Section, the FSU Law School Alumni Association, and the Tallahassee Film Festival.
Dr. Maria Pouncey, Board Member
Maria is the Administrator of Instructional Services for the Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) serving 14 small and rural school districts. The last 28 years have been focused on improving access and opportunities to Migrant farm worker families and their children in 17 Panhandle Districts. She understands the dilemmas of families trying to survive and the importance of pursuing an education as a means to a productive and meaningful future. Although born in the state of Texas she has called Florida her home for the past 36 years. Dr. Pouncey is a recipient of district, state, national, and international awards for her work with farmworker students and families including the State of Florida “Champion of Service Award”. A firm believer in being involved in her community and supporting programs that “give a hand up rather than a hand out”, she strongly supports organizations such as the Oasis Center for Women and Girls, Catholic Charities, Girl Scouts, and programs providing enhanced quality of life.
Sabrina Rodriguez de Conte, Board Member
Sabrina is passionate about civic engagement, social justice, and advocacy for underserved communities. Sabrina has worked for various causes and nonprofit organizations including PACE Center for Girls, Leon County Humane Society, and Office Depot Foundation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Colorado in Boulder and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at Florida State University College of Law.
Sabrina is a board member of the Survive & Thrive Advocacy Center and works to build awareness of the realities of human trafficking in and around the local community. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Sabrina is an advocate for LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion and is a student member of the National LGBT Bar Association. In her spare time, Sabrina enjoys spending time with her wife, Christy, and son, Journey, at the beach or on the trails.
Susan Levin Turner, President-elect
Susan is the founder and co-owner of Food Glorious Food, an acclaimed Tallahassee restaurant in operation for more than 35 years. She is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and experienced fundraiser and volunteer.
A native of Jasper, Florida, Susan graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A.E. degree in 1969. She taught for the Head Start Program in Jacksonville, Florida, and taught elementary school for five years. Susan served as the Food Editor of Tallahassee Magazine and managed her own catering business before opening Food Glorious Food in 1982. The restaurant has won many “Best of Tallahassee” awards, was named Best Outdoor Café in Florida, and won several Florida Trend Golden Spoon Awards, including Best Taste of the South. Susan’s recipes have been featured in Tallahassee Magazine, The New York Times, and Gourmet magazine.
Her civic leadership has included the president of the Tallahassee Junior Museum Guild, president of the National Council of Jewish Women, a member of the Junior League of Tallahassee, and board member of the Telephone Counseling and Referral Service, Refuge House, Big Bend Hospice Foundation, Producer’s Guild – Florida State University Film School, and Women for FSU. Susan was chairman of Big Bend Hospice’s largest annual fundraiser, Spring Fling, for 10 years and was the first recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the Holocaust Educational Resource Council.
In addition to the STAC Board, Susan serves as vice president of Reunion, Community Revitalization Project and Baking and Southern Hospitality School, on the Advisory Board for the Center for the Study and Promotion of Communities, Family, and Children at FSU, and on the board of the Tallahassee Symphony.
Susan and her husband, Stephen Turner, a Tallahassee attorney, have been married since 1971. Their children are Shawn and wife Sally, Serrin and wife Sharon, and Marisa and husband Jason Harkavy. They have three grandchildren: Oscar Turner and Reese and Oliver Harkavy.
Rebeccah Lutz, Board Member
Rebeccah Lutz is an expert storyteller and communicator who focuses on nonprofit storytelling and fundraising. She is a development officer for the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation, where she manages donor communications. She is also a small business owner. Through Rebeccah Lutz Content Strategy, LLC, she helps businesses and nonprofits grow their audiences and accomplish their strategic goals through the power of their authentic story. Prior to 2015, Rebeccah was a journalist for 15 years with Gannett and the USATODAY Network. She worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers in West Virginia, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina and Florida. Her reporting included coverage of the December 2004 tsunami from Meulaboh, Indonesia, and coverage of the civil war between Sudan and South Sudan in 2005. She is the former managing editor of the Tallahassee Democrat, where she led news operations and digital/social strategy. In addition to storytelling, Rebeccah is passionate about singing. She is a classically trained singer and performs as a member of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. Rebeccah and her husband, Matthew, have one son, Richie, who is the light of their lives.
Amber R. Tynan, Board Member
Amber R. Tynan is the Executive Director for United Partners for Human Services and has over 18 years of non-profit management experience. She has spent most of her career consulting with non-profits ranging in asset sizes of one million to five-hundred million – finding ways to improve their operational efficiency, while creating alternative solutions to meet the needs of their target demographic and local communities.
Amber has been recognized for her demonstrated commitment and performance in our nonprofit community as the Fundraiser of the Year by the Big Bend chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, “Leader of the Year” by the Leadership Academy of North Florida, Tallahassee Democrat’s 25 Women You Need to Know, Golden A.C.E. Recipient, the Tallahassee Magazine’s Women Who Mean Business Rock Star Award Recipient, Girl Scout Council of the Panhandle’s Women of Distinction Nominee and a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 35.
A philanthropist at heart, Amber enjoys volunteering within the community and serves on multiple boards sharing her personal philosophy of “together we’re better.” Amber is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in English and Communication. Amber and her husband Ray welcomed their daughter Finnley-Ann Harper in 2016 and when she is not at the office, you can usually find Amber SCUBA diving or on their boat in the Gulf of Mexico.
Melissa Wright, Board Member
Melissa is a Vice President and Private Banker with Capital City Bank Group, and has nearly 22 years of experience in the financial services industry. As a Private Banker with CCBG, she not only is a dedicated personal banker to her clients; she also provides comprehensive financial planning. Melissa strives to educate and guide individuals, families and small businesses by taking a holistic view of their finances. She is a graduate of the College of Business at Florida State University and in 2010 graduated from the College of Financial Planning with the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA® ). Melissa is a Leadership Tallahassee Class 29 Graduate, and a committed community volunteer. She is an expert on the importance of the financial sector being informed about human trafficking, and led an internal effort to train associates of Capital City Bank on how to recognize and respond to potential human trafficking in the banking world. She has 2 beautiful daughters, 10 and 14, and a step-son who is 24.
Robin Hassler Thompson, JD, MA, Executive Director
Robin is an attorney and consultant whose work focuses on human trafficking and violence against women. She provides consultation, education and outreach to key professionals in the justice system, social services, and health care as well as to other community leaders and policy makers locally, nationally, and internationally.
Graciela Marquina, MSW, Victim Assistance Director
Graciela has been assisting victims of human trafficking since 2011. She is a skilled researcher and interviewer, has expertise working in non-profit agencies, and provides training and education on human trafficking to communities around the state and the globe including both NGO’s and governmental agencies.
Renee C. Starrett, Administrative Support
Renee is from Tallahassee, Florida, and came to work with STAC after retiring from the State of Florida with over 35 years of experience in public policy, specifically in the area of domestic violence. In addition to STAC, Renee devotes much of her time taking care of her 93-year-old mother, and supporting her church and a number of charitable causes and organizations. She is very passionate and dedicated to the important work of STAC.
Michael Winn, Digital Marketing Consultant
Michael Winn serves in a dual role as Chief Digital Officer of DigitalOpps and Executive Vice President at RB Oppenheim Associates, where he is responsible for analyzing and maximizing all digital media public relations campaigns, corporate marketing objectives and web-based organizational branding initiatives for our clients such as the National Association of Dental Laboratories, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors – Florida, Florida Redevelopment Association, Florida Dental Association, American Planning Association – Florida, Florida School Board Association, Florida Energy Pipeline Association, Florida Municipal Energy Association, Florida League of Cities and non-profit organizations like the United Way and the American Cancer Society. Michael has 21 years of experience in staff management, public relations, business development and integrated digital marketing.