Board of Directors

 

Wei Ueberschaer, President

Wei was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Queens, New York.  She received her Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her Master of Art from Adelphi University.  Wei and her husband have lived in the Pensacola/Gulf Breeze area for the past 20 years.   Wei taught at Tate High School for 6 years before staying home to raise her two sons, Tyler, a student at the University of Florida and Jonathan, a student at Gulf Breeze High School.  Wei is an active volunteer serving as President of both Gulf Breeze Middle School’s and Gulf Breeze Elementary School’s PTO and PTA president and Secretary at Gulf Breeze High School’s PTSO.  She has also served on the School Advisory Council at Gulf Breeze Elementary, Middle and High Schools.  Wei also enjoys volunteering in support of scouting, Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church Youth, youth sports as well as various local charitable organizations.

 

Janet Battel, Treasurer

Janet is the Controller for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida in Pensacola. Janet was born and raised in Virginia, graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Commerce – Finance, and has an MBA from Georgia State University, with a concentration in Real Estate Finance.  After a career in finance and banking, and then full-time motherhood, Janet moved with her husband, Chris, and their three sons, Jordan (23), Griffin (20), and Owen (18) from Atlanta to the Pensacola/Gulf Breeze area in 2005. She has spent countless hours volunteering at and serving on the boards of her children’s schools, and in the fall will experience what it’s like to be an “empty nester” for the first time.

 

Julie Grace, Membership Secretary

Julie was born in Illinois and graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology and a minor in chemistry.   She moved to the Pensacola/Gulf Breeze area in 1986.  She worked at both Baptist and Sacred Heart Hospital laboratories before accepting a position at The Fertility Institute of NW Florida in 1989.  She retired after 5 years to raise her two children. She has been active in various volunteer positions within all three Gulf Breeze schools, having been GBES PTA president and fundraising chair, GBMS treasurer, secretary, and volunteer coordinator, and GBHS Project Graduation co-chair.  She also served on the elementary and middle SAC Boards.  She is actively involved with Boy Scouts, both at the local and district level.  She is a member of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, and currently works for Estate Liquidations by Leigh Shell.

 

Susan Nitterauer, Founder & Past President

Susan was born in Pensacola, graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in journalism, and later in life from the University of West Florida with a Master of Arts degree in English. She is author of the fictional book Cold Case in Ellyson. Susan has served as a volunteer  for Learn to Read, a member of the Pensacola Junior League, a committee member for the inaugural Gulf Breeze Relay for Life, a member of the Gulf Breeze Middle School PTO, and past president of the Gulf Breeze High School PTSO. She was also a volunteer with the Tiger Point Sports Association, the Gulf Breeze Sports Association, and various roles volunteering in high school football and baseball. Susan is married to Jim Nitterauer, and together they have two sons, Cole (19) who attends FSU and Connor (18) who attends Florida Atlantic University.

 

Teresa Helms

Teresa grew up in Gulf Breeze, attended Florida State University and graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in Psychology.  She is the Owner/Operator of Destination Golf, a local golf travel business. Teresa is an active volunteer in the community.  She currently serves on the Board of Gulf Breeze Middle School PTO, is an active member of Pensacola’s IMPACT 100 and is involved with the Friends of the Escambia Animal Shelter (FOTECAS) as a volunteer and foster.  Previously, she has served on PACE Center for Girls Board, Gulf Breeze Elementary School PTA Board and is a “retired” member of the Junior League of Pensacola after being involved for over 10 years.  In addition, Teresa has spent numerous hours volunteering at her children’s schools and volunteering with various programs at Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church where she and her husband are members. Teresa is married to Jeff Helms and together they have quadruplets who are 13 years old (Alexandra, Zach, Kendall and Mira).

 

Bonnie Kane

An Emerald Coast native, Bonnie put herself through college, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Florida State University with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and religion. Her undergraduate honors thesis, a large study of 800+ participants, was accepted for presentation at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference. After studying abroad on scholarship at Oxford University in England, Bonnie began a career in counseling and nonprofit management and was recently honored to serve as book content editor for a mental health therapist’s guide which garnered praise from Imago therapy founders Drs. Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt. She and husband Mike, a professional civil engineer and senior project manager with the international consulting firm Mott MacDonald, are the proud parents of musically gifted David (12) and civic-minded Erin (11). They are members at Christ Episcopal Church in Pensacola where Bonnie directs the annual Thanksgiving Outreach Meal for homeless and hungry. Having been on both sides of the grant process as a nonprofit development director and funding committee chair, Bonnie is excited to serve with this women’s collective philanthropy group and looks forward to all that Gulf Breeze Will Do!

 

Kim Messer

Kim was born in New York, and grew up in Florida and North Carolina.  She has an undergraduate degree in History, and a Master of Art degree in Educational Administration from UWF. She is owner and managing partner of Tranquil Villas, a senior retirement community in Pensacola.  Additionally, Kim teaches Advanced Placement United States Government and AP Comparative Politics at Gulf Breeze High School, and coaches the GBHS Speech & Debate Team.  She has been an active volunteer in many organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Loaves & Fishes, and most recently, Pathways for Change.  Kim has lived in Gulf Breeze since 2004, and has four wonderful children:  Kyle, Lauren, Graham, and Maggie.

 

Lori Lynchard

Lori moved to Gulf Breeze from Birmingham, Alabama.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Alabama.  Lori and her husband Lane, Santa Rosa County District 5 Commissioner, have lived in Gulf Breeze for 15 years. Lori worked in the accounting field until her son Bryan, now a Gulf Breeze Middle School student, was born. Lori has served as hospitality chairperson for the Oriole Beach Elementary PTO and volunteered at numerous events and classroom activities while her son was a student at Oriole Beach. Lori has previously served on the Oriole Beach Elementary School Advisory Board, the Manna Food Bank Board of Directors, and the Education Committee of Impact 100.  Lori, Lane and Bryan enjoy spending time on their boat and enjoying all that our area has to offer.

 

Lisa Newell

Lisa is the owner and publisher of Gulf Breeze News and Splash Magazine. Lisa is a member of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, serves on the Gulf Breeze Optimist Club Board of Directors and the Harbourtown Board of Directors. She is also a member of several committees. She volunteers weekly to fill food bags for the Weekend Food Program and is a member of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church. A graduate of University of Florida where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, she is known to shout “Go Gators” and do the gator “chomp.” She is married to Bob Newell and has two children, Natalie and Hank.

 

Cheryl Saiter

Cheryl was born in Shreveport and spent her life before marriage in the area.  She attended LSU, pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.  While in college, she competed in and won several beauty pageants.  While serving as La Cherry Blossom Princess, she participated in the National Cherry Blossom Pageant in Washington, DC. A Louisiana congressman asked her to participate in the summer intern program working at the Capitol. While there, she met her future husband, Joe, on an arranged blind date. After marrying, they moved to Nashville where Joe was finishing his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Vanderbilt.

They moved to Pensacola in January of 1970 when Joe opened his solo practice of Orthopedics.  They have three children who grew up in Gulf Breeze and graduated from GBHS.  All three are married and live and work in the Gulf Breeze area.  They produced seven perfect grandchildren.  This year Cheryl and Joe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Cheryl has been active in the community for 47 years.  She has worked as the Public Relations Coordinator for the Rehab Institute and as a wedding coordinator for several years.  She has been a member and past President of the Escambia County Medical Auxiliary, chairing several boards and serving on the board on the state level. She is past board member and president of the Children’s Home Society and also PACE Center for Girls.  Active in her children’s schools, she has served on all of the boards of elementary, middle, and high school PTAs including president of the high school PTA.  She was instrumental in helping organize and implement the first Project Graduation and continues to support this worthy cause.

Cheryl is a member of the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church and a previous choir member.  She has been a member of a number of social organizations over the years, including Mayokis and the Fiesta of Five Flags. Cheryl enjoys entertaining, cooking, reading and working in her yard.  She is a child advocate and devotes her life to supporting and helping her children, grandchildren, and others.

 

Donna Alley

Donna was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey and is the daughter of a Navy veteran. She has been fortunate to live in different parts of the country and overseas, but her family settled in Pensacola where she attended High School and Pensacola Junior College.
Donna moved to Gulf Breeze in 1978 and retired in 2011 from her 36-year career as a Program Manager for the Department of Defense. She was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award along with other commendations while employed for Defense Logistics Agency.
Donna is a member of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church and has been involved in many volunteer opportunities and currently volunteers weekly for Echo Life Church in Pensacola, FL. She is a member of the Pensacola Fiesta Forces, Pensacola Ski Club, and the Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge. She was a member of the GBHS Lacrosse Board of Directors while her son was active with the Lacrosse team.
Donna is the proud Mom to her son Sean, who currently attends FSU, her stepson Jacob and wife Emi who reside in California, and her dog Chloe.

 

Renee Bookout, Ex officio Member

Renee is corporate counsel for the Washington, DC, based constitutional advocacy group the Center for Individual Freedom. She hosts “Your Turn: Meeting Nonsense with Common Sense” on 1330AM WEBY, writes for Pensacola News Journal’s Bella Magazine and does local seminars on helping to prepare students for college. Renee serves as a member of the Gulf Breeze City Council. She formerly produced and hosted the long-running show “Santa Rosa Insider” on Mediacom’s Gulf Coast Network, where she won a Telly for her documentary on the Honor Flight Program. Renee serves on the Board of the Santa Rosa Education Foundation, the executive committee for Santa Rosa County Take Stock in Children, the Kuder Foundation for Orphaned and Abandoned Children in India and the City of Gulf Breeze Board of Adjustments. Renee is a member of Leadership Santa Rosa Alumni, the Santa Rosa County Historical Society, the Pensacola Heritage Society and the Pensacola Debutante Charity Cotillion. She is married to Chris Bookout, a local orthopedic surgeon who serves as team physician for Santa Rosa County high schools and USA Hockey, and is the mother to three children and two dogs.