Jerri Evans


BPW Member since 2011

Jerri has been involved in the legal community locally for more than 30 years. She is currently the Legal Assistant to Lisa A. Hoppe, Esquire, at Lisa A. Hoppe, P.A. She is a past president of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club and a graduate of the Tampa Bay Public Leadership Institute and the Council of Neighborhood Associations Leadership program. In addition to serving as President, on the state level Jerri is the Chair of the Public Policy Committee and the Annual State Conference Chair for 2016. Jerri previously chaired the Legislative Committee and co-chaired the Equality Day Tea event. Jerri has served in leadership roles in a number of organizations, including as the president of her neighborhood association and he Judicial Assistance Association of Florida. She currently sits on the Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health (PEMHS) board, where she held a number of advisory positions in the past.

Liz Illgen


Liz Illgen
BPW Member since 2014

After 30 years as both a corporate employee and independent business woman, Liz is finally living her  dream life here in Florida, working as a Real Estate Sales Professional and aspiring writer.  Liz graduated with a BA in Business Administration from UW-Eau Claire and an MBA from Rutgers University. She is passionate about learning everything she can to help her clients transition through the purchase and sale of real estate.

Jane Byers


BPW Member since 2006

Jane is the President of Perfect Copy and Print, a printing and graphic design company. She has a MBA with concentration in Business and Finance. She teaches soccer at all levels from the Olympic Development Program to TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer; is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities). Her newest passion is golfing for charity events. Her mission is to provide the highest quality of speakers possible.

Kristin Smith


BPW Member since 1999

With over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry, Kristin understands the needs and concerns many people face in today’s volatile market environment. She has been with Raymond James since 1997 and worked with A.G. Edwards & Sons for nine years prior. Her main area of focus has always been the retirement planning process, which includes: estate planning, business succession planning, retirement income planning, life insurance and long term care planning, education planning, and proper asset allocation for each client’s goals, risk tolerance, and tax efficiency.

Active in her community, she is currently Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Suncoast Center Inc., volunteers on several committees for the Business & Professional Women of St. Petersburg-Pinellas; and is a board member and loan committee chair with Project Prosper. She is also active in the Leadership St. Petersburg Alumni Association, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Devining Women wine club. Her hobbies include playing golf, going to the gym, attending the theater, traveling, growing orchids, and riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Terry Christopher

2nd VP / Membership Chair

Terry Christopher
BPW Member since 2014

Terry works as a tax accountant for Stapleton, Johnson & McDowell, PA, and holds the designation EA, Enrolled Agent.  She serves on the Philanthropy and Individual Development committees. In 2014-15, Terry was an active participant in the Strategies for Success Professional Development Workshop Series, culminating with participation in the Annual Speak-Off at our local organization competition. As Membership Chair, Terry champions our recruitment and retention efforts.

Melanie Turner


BPW Member since 2016

After a rewarding Human Resource / Organizational Development corporate career and living in a wide variety of locations including Hawaii, Netherlands and Italy, Melanie decided to relocate to beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida to open her own company, M.D. Turner Consulting, LLC. As a results-driven strategic change agent, leadership coach and consultant, Melanie gains satisfaction by aiding leaders and businesses to identify and achieve their goals. Melanie is a servant leader that has a passion to connect and develops others. While living in Hawaii, she obtained a B.S., Business Administration and her M.A., Human Resource Management with honor. In addition, she is currently a MBA Leadership Coach for University of Tampa and an Ambassador for the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Tami Simms


BPW Member since 1997

Tami Simms has been in the business of organization, marketing and graphic design since starting her first business in 1993 at the age of 23. An entrepreneur by genetics, she left the freelance world in January of 2002 to join her mother’s real estate practice which has now evolved into The Simms Team at Coastal Properties Group International, a boutique brokerage located in downtown St. Petersburg. She is a national speaker within the real estate industry, and Lead Trainer for the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing.

Tami is thoroughly engaged in the community, serving in numerous non-profit and volunteer leadership roles on local, state and national levels. She is serving a fourth term as President of the St. Petersburg Downtown Business Association, is currently Treasurer and a founding director of the Downtown Waterfront Parks Foundation, Treasurer for the Queens Court, Inc., President of the BPW/FL Education Foundation, a board member for the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, actively involved with Business & Professional Women/St. Petersburg-Pinellas, and is an inaugural member of the Tampa Bay Public Leadership Institute, among numerous other activities.

Standing Committee Chairs

Finance – Kristin Smith
Individual Development – Terry Christopher and Liz Illgen
Legislation – Cory Adler
Membership – Terry Christopher
Philanthropy – Lily Alcott
Public Relations – Liz Illgen and Diane Dewey
Young Careerist – Open

Special / Ad Hoc Committee Chairs

Equality Day Tea – Lily Alcott
Equal Pay Day – Kristin Smith
Bylaws – Tami Simms
Technology – Amy Dinovo


BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas Presidents

BPW leaders stand on the shoulders of the women who have gone before them. The following women have served as President of our local organization (LO) since its founding in 1966. We thank them for their leadership, wisdom and commitment to BPW’s mission.

1966-1967    Erma Hallett Jaeckle
1967-1968    Charlot Segars Buchanan
1968-1969    Alsace Kenestrick
1969-1970    Margaret Hays & Maxine Siciliano Martin
1970-1971    Erma Hallett Jaeckle
1971-1972    Ruth Jacobs
1972-1973    Constance “Connie” Passmore
1973-1974    Gertrude Sumner
1974-1975    Louise Watson
1975-1976    Marguerite Dawson
1976-1977    Vesta Bishop
1977-1978    Iris Yilmaz & Connie Passmore
1978-1979    Irma Marlis
1979-1980    Peggy Barger
1980-1981    Florence Ianniello
1981-1982    Florence Ianniello & Edna Jones
1982-1983    Alma Dishman

1983-1984    Louise Watson & Martha McLay
1984-1985    Edna Jones
1985-1986    Sally (McCrary) Kamrada
1986-1987    Janelle (Barlas) Quinn
1987-1988    Barbara (B. J.) Munch
1988-1989    Shirley Schmelzinger
1989-1990    Marlene Hacker
1990-1991    Sheri (Buddin) Ellis
1991-1992    Sandra Holt
1992-1993    Karen S. Keaton
1993-1994    Louise Miller
1994-1995    Carolyn Wiggins
1995-1996    Abbi Bliss
1996-1997    Dana Maley
1997-1998    Christine (Lippard) Weigle
1998-1999    Karey Lofton
1999-2000    Tami Simms-Powel

2000-2001    Dana Maley & Paula Popovich
2001-2002    Paula Popovich & Luisa Perez Harvey
2002-2003    Cory Adler-Leidersdorff
2003-2004    Lisa Munafo
2004-2005    Kristin (Guenthardt) Smith
2005-2006    Trish Conner
2006-2007    Rosemary Schrader
2007-2008    Kris Self
2008-2009    Carolyn Wiggins
2009-2010    Sheila Barry-Oliver
2010-2011    Cynthia Jenkins
2011-2012    Tami Simms
2012-2013    Cynthia Gramberg
2013-2014    Gretta Paige Bellas
2014-2015   Alizza Punzalan-Randle
2015-2016   Amy Dinovo