PWC Board of Directors

Amy Drafts

Amy Drafts

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

Kaci Barnes

Kaci Barnes

Vice President
VyStar Credit Union

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 both the non-profit and for-profit sectors for various organizations.  Kaci joined the staff of VyStar Credit Union as their Community Liaison in 2019.  Her role includes community engagement, relationship building, and creating new opportunities for VyStar to work with local non-profit organizations. 
In her free time, Kaci enjoys learning about & tasting interesting wines, cooking, trying new restaurants, traveling, and true crime podcasts. 
Contact information:  honeycuttk@vystarcu.org, 904-420-5208.  www.vystarcu.org

Elizabeth Davis

Treasurer
Phi Eco Salon

Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a Sea Island, Georgia Native who followed the sun to Florida by way of North Carolina. Elizabeth has been in marketing for over sixteen years in various organizations and has helped in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She loves to share the impact Phi is making on our community and environment as well as helping to change the health and wellness industry standards. She lives in Ponte Vedra Beach with her husband, two kids, English Mastiff, Bearded Dragon, and Chinchilla. Elizabeth is an avid gardener (even attends local markets to sell her goods!) and loves to be outside.

When not busy with her family and work, Elizabeth is volunteering with the American Lung Association, the Saint Johns County School Advisory Council, and loves her role with Hospitality and Community Involvement within the PWC.

Mobile: 910-603-6999

Email: elizabeth.davis.pvb@gmail.com

Website: phiecosalon.com

April Murdaugh

April Murdaugh

Secretary
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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Christina Elmore

Immediate Past President
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.

Tangee Huger

Hospitality Chair
Celero

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

Dawn Stewart

Dawn Stewart

Hospitality Chair
Slainte Chiropractic

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 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.

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 snherbsandpotions@gmail.comPhone #: 904.654.0544

Dawn Stewart and Slainte Team
Slainte Chiropractic
2370 3rd St S
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

904-718-6330
www.slaintechiropractic.com

Megan DeGance

Megan DeGance

Marketing & Social Media 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

Karen Howell

Membership
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

Maria Inoa

Programs Chair/Community Involvement
Full Potential Counseling

Meet Maria

Maria Inoa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, public speaker, and owner of Full Potential Counseling in Jacksonville, Florida where she provides both in-person and online counseling. She specializes in working with women to build healthier relationships with themselves and others. She is passionate about helping women heal from trauma, and as such, is trained in EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). In addition to seeing clients, she enjoys speaking on various topics related to mental health and women.

Maria is a Florida native and graduate of Florida State University where she graduated with a master of clinical social work degree. She is a wife and a mom to a 6 and 3 year old. She is also proud to be on the board for the North Florida Birth Alliance. She has spent 15 years in the mental health field and has been featured in Yahoo News, HealthiNation, Hello Giggles, The Zoe Report, and Thriveworks. Maria enjoys exploring new places, being outdoors, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Contact Information:
maria@fullpotentialcounseling.com

904-204-9308

 

Wendy Hughes

Wendy Hughes

Programs Co-Chair/Community Involvement
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

Gretchen Kornutik

Gretchen Kornutik

Spotlight Speaker Chair
SunCoast Beach Vacations

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.

Snowden McFall

Snowden McFall

Women Connecting Women Chair
FiredUp Professional Speaking

Meet Snowden

Snowden McFall, professional speaker, trainer, and author, is the 30 year entrepreneur & owner of Brightwork and Fired Up Professional Speaking.

A business expert who speaks on motivation, stress management, productivity and employee engagement, Snowden has authored and co-authored 6 books, including Fired Up!, which has now sold over 65,000 copies.Her newest book is Stress Express: 15 Instant Stress Relievers. She is currently writing a book on women and overwhelm.

Snowden received her BA from Vassar College and her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Brown University.

 As co-founder of the non-profit group “Success for Women Entrepreneurs” in NH, Snowden’s volunteer work led to national media attention. The Small Business Administration named her National Women in Business Advocate of the Year which led to a White House ceremony & Congressional luncheon in her honor.

 Inc. Magazine later chose Snowden as a finalist for “New England Entrepreneur of the Year.”   Snowden has appeared on 320 radio shows, CNN Financial News, The Home Shopping Network and Bloomberg Television.  Recently featured in Success Magazine, Investors Business Daily and Foxnews.com as an expert on burnout, Snowden has been speaking for over 20 years and has addressed several thousand professionals.

 She was voted Small Business Leader of the Year by the Professional Women’s Council and is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, Fl.

She received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama and was named a Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal. You can find her at www.firedupnow.com

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Chelle Thomas

Chelle Thomas

Women Connecting Women
Co- Chair
Oasis Senior Advisors

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@youroasisadvisor.com

Join us at our next event!

If you’re looking to network and exchange business, the JAX Chamber’s Professional Women’s Council (PWC) is the council for you. PWC offers ample opportunities from networking and learning, to sharing ideas and exchanging business. Friendships and business relationships are at the heart of the membership.

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