Board of Directors

Susan Nitterauer, 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 (21) who attends Florida State University and Connor (20) who attends Florida Atlantic University.

Ingrid Hewette, Vice President

Ingrid Hewette was born in Wisconsin but grew up along the Gulf Coast.  Ingrid graduated from UWF with a degree in marketing and a Masters in Business Administration.  While attending UWF, Ingrid met her future husband James.  James and Ingrid moved to several interesting places, including Turkey while he served in the US Navy.

Ingrid currently resides in Gulf Breeze with her husband, three sons and 2 dogs.  Ingrid has volunteered for the PTA and is the current PTA President of Gulf Breeze Elementary School. She enjoys playing tennis, watching her three sons play sports, traveling and spending time with friends.

Kristin Amberson, Treasurer

Kristin was born in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Marketing and a minor in HRIM.  She and her husband, Scott, moved to Pensacola Beach in 1989 and opened Pegleg Pete’s (1991), Sidelines Sports Bar & Restaurant (1992), and Maria’s Fresh Seafood Market (2001).

Kristin has served on several boards in the community, including Pensacola Beach Elementary Charter School, Gulf Breeze Sports Association, Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce, Wave Baseball, GBMS PTO, GBHS PTSO, and various high school booster clubs.

Scott and Kristin have three children, Jace (21) who attends Mississippi State University, Blair (19) who attends Mississippi State University, and Carlee (17) a senior at Gulf Breeze High School.

Jill Mitchell, Corresponding Secretary

Jill was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. In 1981 she moved to Central Florida.  She has a BBA in Finance from Stetson University. While working in banking, she met her husband Jim.  They were married in 1987. They have lived in Port Orange, FL., Orange Park, FL., and they moved to Gulf Breeze in 2001.  Jim’s job moved them to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL from 2010-2012.  In the summer of 2012 they moved back to Gulf Breeze.

Jill has been an active school volunteer for every school her children attended. In Gulf Breeze she was active in GBES PTA, GBSA, GBMS PTO, GBMS SAC, Project Grad, Brownie/Girl Scouts, GBUMC Youth and activities/sports her children participated. She recently was a Santa Rosa County Take Stock in Children mentor, mentoring her student who is now a college freshman for six years.  Jill and a Jim are parents to two adult children.  Their son Jordan lives in Gulf Breeze and graduated from GBHS in 2008.   Their daughter Jennifer graduated from PVHS in 2012.  She is married and lives in a Houston. Jill enjoys spending time with and spoiling her two young grandchildren Evelyn and Jett. Jill and Jim are members of GBUMC. Jill has been a member of GBWD since its inaugral year.

Bonnie Witkin, Membership Secretary

Bonnie grew up in the sprawling city of Jacksonville, FL.  As the daughter of an Air Force veteran, she has lived in several different cities. While attending Florida State University, she met her future husband, Justin, and she graduated with a degree in Chemical Science. They lived in many parts of Florida and Alabama but decided to settle in Gulf Breeze in 1998 and make it their permanent home in which to raise a family because they enjoyed the sense of community it offered.

Bonnie has been a volunteer for the Montessori School of Pensacola PTO for the last 11 years.  She also served as the Gala Committee Chair for three years straight for the MSP PTO.  She has been a continuous member of the Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100 for the last five years and has served as a committee member.  She is a member of the Greater Pensacola Ladies Tennis League and was the Rules Chairman for the Executive board for the last two years.

Bonnie enjoys playing tennis, rooting for the UWF Argos, and watching her four daughters play soccer!

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, 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, works with the Academic Center for Testing in Gulf Breeze, and counsels students and their families on the college application/essay process. 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, and she wrote for Bella Magazine. Renee serves on the Board of the Santa Rosa Education Foundation, the executive committee for Santa Rosa County Take Stock in Children, and the City of Gulf Breeze Board of Adjustments. Renee is a member of Leadership Florida Cornerstone Class XXXVI, 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.

Jennifer Keenan

Jennifer grew up in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze and attended the University of West Florida where she received a degree in Elementary Education.  She taught third grade in Santa Rosa County, then owned a teacher supply/toy store for five years before accepting the calling to Children’s Ministry.  After nine years she decided to change careers and became a Real Estate Broker with RE/MAX in 2012 adding her husband, Shawn, two years later to be a team.  Jennifer and Shawn have two children, Kate and Kyle, who attend Gulf Breeze High School.   When they were in middle school, Jennifer served as PTO President after years of room mother in elementary school.   Jennifer volunteers with Impact 100, cooks for Ronald McDonald House, ushers for ECHO Life church and is a past board member of Goodwill and MOPS.  As a member of Gulf Breeze Will Do from the beginning, Jennifer looks forward to giving back to the group that gives so much to our community.

Dane Mallette

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.

Doris Mink

Doris Mink was born in Mobile, Alabama, and graduated from Pensacola State College with an Associates of Arts degree in Business.  She began working at Gulf Power as a Cashier and moved through many assignments until she retired in April 2018 as a Community Development Representative after 46 years of service.

Dorris currently serves as Awards and Achievement Director for Liberty Sertoma and Assistant Treasurer for the Port of Pensacola Propeller Club.  She is a member of NAIOP of NW Florida—Commercial Real Estate and Development Association where she has served as President and Membership Chair over the years.  Doris was also a member of NAIOP of Florida and served as Secretary in 2017.  She was, also, a member of Florida Economic Development Council. International Economic Development Council, Opportunity Florida and Northwest Florida League of Cities.

Doris is married to Terry Mink and they have three children:  Brian, Kristi and Logan and three beautiful granddaughters—all Brian’s.  She has completed 18 half marathons and enjoys her running group, boating and attempting to play golf.  She is a member of Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church.

 Lisa Newell

Lisa is the owner and publisher of Gulf Breeze News and Splash Magazine. Lisa serves on the Gulf Breeze Optimist Club Board of Directors and is a member of several committees. She 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 and is known to shout “Go Gators” and do the gator “chomp.” She is married to Bob Newell and has two adult 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.