PWC Board of Directors

Kaci Barnes

Kaci Barnes

President
Baptist Health

Meet Kaci

Kaci is originally from South Carolina and a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina. Since she moved to Jacksonville in 2014, she has worked in non-profit and for-profit sectors for various organizations. Kaci joined the staff of Baptist Health as a Business Development Specialist in February 2022. She focuses on strategic relationship development for Baptist Heart Specialists throughout the Northeast Florida region. In her free time, Kaci enjoys learning about & tasting interesting wines, cooking, trying new restaurants, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their dog, Honey.

Contact information:
kaci.barnes@bmcjax.com
904-202-5488

April Murdaugh

April Murdaugh

Vice President
Woman to Woman Financial

Meet April

April D. Murdaugh is a Financial Adviser Woman to Woman Financial in Jacksonville, Florida. Her practice helps women and their families create and grow generational wealth.

She is passionate about financial literacy and has taught financial education programs in churches, libraries, and private organizations in both South Carolina and Florida. In 2015, she founded a non-profit organization, The Economic Empowerment Center, Inc., dedicated to providing financial education programs for high school and college students.

Her signature workshop, The Five Biggest Mistakes Women Make with Money outlines the many financial struggles she’s had managing her finances to help eliminate the stigma and shame many women feel about their financial situation in hopes of getting them to act.

April has a background as a college administrator and full-time professor of Business, Finance, and Logistics. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s University, a Master of Science degree from Southern Wesleyan University, and a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University.

She is a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce; a board member of the Professional Women’s Council of the Jax Chamber (PWC); a board member of Women Business Owners of North Florida (WBONFL); Advisory Board Member of the Barco Newton YMCA; and President of The American Business Women’s Association-Orange Park Chapter.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, music, running, kayaking, and hiking.

April Murdaugh is a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of Equity Services, Inc.  Securities and investment advisory services are offered solely by Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC, 1050 Crown Pointe Parkway, Suite 1700, Atlanta GA 30338, 770-512-5100.  Apogee Financial Partners is independent of Equity Services, Inc.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilmurdaugh/

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Tangee Huger

Tangee Huger

Secretary/Hospitality Co-Chair
Celero Commerce

Meet Tangee

Tangee Huger is the Jacksonville Regional Manager with more than 20 years of experience in the merchant services industry. As Market Manager of the Jacksonville, FL area, she identifies small to medium sized merchants seeking a variety of non-cash payment options seeking merchant services to process credit cards in retail, mobile and eCommerce environment. She also consults existing Celero Commerce customers to identify new products that may be beneficial to their unique business needs.

During Tangee’s extensive career, she has worked her way up the ranks from a Customer Service Representative for a check acceptance company to Jacksonville Regional Manager working with retail, B2B, eCommerce, and wholesale merchants. She brings experience to process their credit cards, gift cards, loyalty cards and even online ordering for restaurants through Clover products.

A graduate of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL, Tangee has a degree in psychology. Her real passion, however, is sales. From resolving customer inquiries as a customer service rep to training other sales reps, Tangee is highly skilled at what she does.
Outside of work, Tangee loves gardening and sports. She is also an avid Jacksonville Jaguar fan and has been a season ticket holder since the inception of the team. Serving her community is important to Tangee. She is the President of the Ft. Caroline Hills II HOA and the President of the Beaches Business Association, which raises funds for high school scholarships and supports the betterment of Jacksonville Beaches community.

Tangee Huger, tangeeh@celerocommerce.com

Amy Drafts

Amy Drafts

Immediate Past President
Bonefish Grill

Meet Amy

Amy is a South Georgia native who grew up in a small coastal city of St. Simons Island.  She attended both Georgia Southern University and Flagler College studying marketing and elementary education.

It was when she began working for hotels & resorts during college, that Amy found her true calling to the hospitality industry.  Working at elite hotels such as Ocean Hammock Resort & Sawgrass Marriott, Amy was able to hone in on her love of the food and beverage industry. Her passion for food, wine, and service eventually led her to complete the 1st Level of the Master Sommelier program. Eventually, she was able to combine both her knowledge in marketing, hospitality and food and beverage and became the Sales Manager for Season 52 and currently works as the Group + Event Dining Manager for Bonefish Grill.

Bonefish Grill has given Amy tremendous support in her community involvement with the Chamber of Commerce.  As a mother of three children, it is considered her mission to continually step out of her comfort zone to support her community, family, and friends and to teach her children that no goal is out of reach.

Contact information:
Email: AmyDrafts@BonefishGrill.com
Phone: 904.465.1627

Gretchen Kornutik

Gretchen Kornutik

Programs Chair

Meet Gretchen
Gretchen Kornutik attended Quinnipiac College and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Following graduation, she moved to Atlanta to work for Ted Turner. There she met her husband and together, they developed an interest in the investment property industry.

Shortly after the birth of their twins in 2003, they moved to their current hometown of Jacksonville, FL. Working as a top producer for Fred Miller Group Realty specializing in single-family homes and Historic areas, Gretchen met the partners, Chris & Carter Funk who would soon become SunCoast Property Management founders.

During her tenure at SunCoast Property Management, she held the positions of Sales Team Manager and Acquisitions Director. From there, she along with Chris created Southern Impression Homes and she was at the helm as  Director of New Construction.

Starting in 2015 Gretchen took on yet another exciting venture as Director of Short-Term Rentals for SunCoast Property Management’s exciting new division, SunCoast Beach Vacations. She spent two years developing a dynamic pricing strategy with concierge services to offer a hassle-free system for both Owners and Guests. Today they manage property primarily in Northeast Florida, both at beaches and in town, and have recently expanded to Puerto Rico and Georgia.

Email: saltairkisses@gmail.com

Dawn Stewart

Dawn Stewart

Hospitality Co-Chair
Precision Medicine and Wellness by Elizabeth Bagan

Meet Dawn

Dawn is an Army brat who grew up all over this country and spent four years in Germany, where her father was stationed. Her parents both attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, as did many others in her family. She attended the University of Iowa, Palmer College of Chiropractic, as well as Rhode Island College.

As a massage therapist of over 22 years, Dawn helped many people with their health. She is an herbalist, health coach, and single mom to two teenagers. She backpacked through Europe for a year with her two daughters, then decided to move to Florida to help her sister open Slainte Chiropractic in Jacksonville Beach. She helped run Slainte for four years, then moved to Precision Medicine and Wellness by Elizabeth Bagan where she has her herbal shop and manages the practice.

Dawn’s goal is to open an herbal apothecary where she will help people learn more natural ways to take care of their health.

Contact information:
Email address dawn@precisionmedicinejax.com
Phone #: 904.454-4937
Chelle Thomas

Chelle Thomas

Women Connecting Women Chair
GED Lawyers, LLP

Meet Chelle

Chelle is from the small coastal town of Jekyll Island, GA.

Chelle enjoys serving her clients and community. As a senior advisor, she builds lasting relationships which enables her to learn more about client’s unique situations in order to educate and empower them to make the best decisions. She is motivated to help families protect what is most important to them.

She is proud to serve on the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce board for the Professional Women’s Council. She is the co-chair of Women Connecting Women for 2021. She was honored to be a participant in the Class of 2020 for Lifework Leadership First Coast.

Since graduating from Georgia Southern University in 2000, she have excelled her career as a medical and legal liaison. Finding herself most passionate about senior care and the recent transition of an aging parent has led her to become a senior advisor.

She enjoys everything on the water – offshore fishing, paddle boarding, and boating.​

Chelle Thomas
cthomas@gedlawyers.com

Wendy Hughes

Wendy Hughes

Membership Co-Chair
Hughes Group Jax

Meet Wendy

Wendy has been a resident of the Jacksonville area since 1984, and a Realtor in the area since 2004. She is the Team Lead for Hughes Group Jax with Keller Williams. Her team focuses on providing the best possible customer service for their clients, every step of the way. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice.

In December of 2018, Wendy became an Associate Broker and grew her team to 7 Real Estate Professionals. Throughout her real estate career and business, she has continued her education, obtaining designations as a GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), SFR (Short Sale Foreclosure), E-PRO, Stager, At Home With Diversity, and CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert).

She is also a member of the Jax Chamber, has served as the 2018 Professional Women’s Council President for the Jax Chamber, was named 2017 Woman of the Year for the LLS, and 2016 Small Business Leader of the Year for the South Council. She is a 7x BOLD graduate, a member of the ALC, and comes from a military family.

If you’re looking for a strong agent and team, with years of experience and extensive knowledge of the market, this is the team for you!

Call us so we can help you buy, sell, or invest in Real Estate!

Visit our website for more information about us: HughesGroupJax.com

Email: wendyhughes@kw.com

Karen Howell

Karen Howell

Membership Co-Chair/Grants
Hilton

Meet Karen

Karen Howell is the Corporate Sales Manager for The Embassy Suites Jacksonville Baymeadows. She has worked predominantly in Hospitality since she graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1996.

Karen joined PWC in 2018 and is co-chair of the Hospitality Committee. She gives back to her community by volunteering at various city events throughout the year.

Karen, originally a Louisiana native, has 3 beautiful children ranging from 18 to 9 yrs old and a wonderful husband of 21 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends & family, walking the beach, a good book and a glass of wine.

Email: Karen.howell@hilton.com

Megan DeGance

Megan DeGance

Marketing & Social Media Co-Chair
JAX USO

Meet Megan

Megan DeGance is the Fields Program and Marketing Specialist for Jacksonville USO.  Megan moved to Jacksonville Beach over 5 years ago from Gainesville, FL. She was the COO and Associate Publisher of a local publishing company and was the Marketing Director for O2B Kids.  While in Gainesville, she served on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House of North Central Florida, Eldercare of Alachua County, the Board of Associates for Meridian Behavioral Healthcare and was in Leadership Gainesville 38. In Jacksonville, she was involved with Project SOS, Women’s Business Owners, Network of Women, and Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida. Megan loves creating out of the box events, dancing, and photography.

She has been married for 28 years to her husband Joe and has 3 children ages 27, 23 and 16.

Email: mdegance@uso.org
Mobile: 904-412-1008
Office: 904-246-3481
Website: jaxuso.org

Elizabeth Bagan

Elizabeth Bagan

Spotlight Speaker Chair
Precision Medicine and Wellness by Elizabeth Bagan

Meet Elizabeth

After years of working as a Family and Emergency Nurse Practitioner in several Jacksonville Emergency Departments, Elizabeth decided to develop her own functional and integrative practice that is structured to allow more time to resolve and prevent core issues.

Healthcare is Elizabeth’s primary passion but her second career. She was a marine mechanical engineer in her previous life. Having gone to US Merchant Academy at Kings Point for undergrad prepared her for life in healthcare – discipline, courage, resilience, and a sense of duty. Elizabeth is proud to serve in a primary care role in our community to promote health awareness and disease prevention.

Elizabeth and her amazing husband of 23 years have four children ranging from 10-20 years old. She loves being active in their schools, church, and the community. Jacksonville has been their home for 25 years, having moved from Texas where she grew up.

Websites: https://elizabethbagan.com/ & Precision Medicine and Wellness by Elizabeth Bagan

Hilary Williams

Hilary Williams

Community Involvement Chair
Fogo de Chão 

Meet Hilary

Hilary was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and has been in event sales since 2012. After graduating from Florida State College of Jacksonville with a degree in Business Administration, she immediately entered the event industry. When not in the office Hilary enjoys spending times outdoors, looking for sharks teeth, playing patio games, or on the boat with family and friends. 

Christina Elmore

Christina Elmore

All Council Chair
Ameris Bank

Meet Christina

Christina is a graduate of Stetson University and has been a banking professional for 23 years. She quickly climbed the ranks to become a banking manager responsible for growing her company’s business and expanding their bottom line.

Among her accomplishments is the successful expansion of her former bank’s franchise in the Jacksonville market, including launching a new branch office that quickly achieved profitability and built a loyal client base. Christina currently manages the Deerwood Park office for Ameris Bank. Ameris started in 1971 and has always stood for strength and courage; pride and fierce determination. This represented with our lion symbol being a central part of our brand.  With over $16 Billion in assets we service customer across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Christina enjoys most the opportunity to meet with local business owners to learn about their operations and finds the time and money-saving solutions to meet their ongoing needs.

Christina has been part of the Chamber for the last 15 years and is on the board of the Professional Women’s Council and is active in her church being part of the Women’s Ministry Team as well as a Deacon. She has been happily married for 20 years and has 2 children ages 14 and 11. Her hobbies include gardening and spending time with her family.

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