YWCA Tampa Bay

Leadership | YWCA Tampa Bay

 Board of Directors

Rachel Nohlgren, Chair: Rachel, who joined Board of Directors in November 2014, is a native of St. Petersburg. She has been a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Financial Advisor with Mustard Seed Advisors of Raymond James since 2011, and specializes in helping clients prepare for retirement and to navigate the transition into retirement. Previously, Rachel worked for Raymond James in a corporate role, as well as for Catholic Charities as a case manager for at-risk families. Rachel graduated from Eckerd College in 2003. She is involved with the Eckerd College Alumni Association the YWCA, Ryan’s Club and is also a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership St. Pete® class of 2014. Outside of work duties, she enjoys volunteering, yoga, dance class, paddle boarding, and spending time with son Declan.
Arieal Calhoun, Secretary: Arieal joined the YWCA Tampa Bay Board of Directors in June, 2017. She currently works in the Child Welfare Dependency system as a Licensing Supervisor with Eckerd Community Alternatives with whom she has been employed since 2013. In that role, she oversees the compliance level of traditional foster homes in the Southern Pinellas County areas. Through her employment with Eckerd she has also been involved with Faith Based Champion for Children, which raises awareness and recruitment efforts of foster parenting in Pinellas and Pasco county.

Ms. Calhoun’s previous work includes: Child Case Manager with Lutheran Services of Florida; Juvenile Probation Officer, State of Georgia Juvenile Justice System. Arial holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida A & M University. She also holds dual certification through the Florida Certification Board as a Certified Child Welfare Case Manager and Certified Child Welfare Licensing Counselor. She is a native of St. Petersburg and resides here with her husband and daughter.
Molly Longmire: Molly is a proud graduate of Mary Baldwin University and the Director of Development for the Children’s Dream Fund. Molly has spent the last ten years in the non-profit sector serving as a fundraiser for healthcare, education, social justice, and cultural arts organizations. She is a resident of St. Petersburg and dedicated to supporting her community through participation in Leadership St. Pete (Class of 2012), Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Pinellas Advocates for Children and Families (PACF). Molly is also the co-founder and past chair of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of West Central Florida (YNPN WCF), an active member of the Krewe of Princess Ulele, and was recently named an “Up & Comer” (Under 40) by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She has a vested, personal interest in empowering women as she is currently raising two independent young girls, both of whom attend the YWCA Family Village Child Development Center.

Dr. Sheron Brown, Interim Treasurer: Sheron is certified as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She’s also the owner of Sweet Eden by Sheron, a wellness education company that provides coaching, workshops and food demonstrations for women to help them in their journey toward improving their health and welcoming harmony into their lives using a spiritual approach. Prior to her spiritual nutrition and wellness career, she served in the K-12 sector for two decades as a Teacher, Coach, and Principal in traditional school systems; the Director of Performance Improvement for a network of charter schools in the District of Columbia; and the National Director of Program Quality for an educational nonprofit.

Currently, she serves as Secretary of the Board for Communities First Association, a national nonprofit based in Chicago that equips and networks community development leaders to build community strength and seek just, sustainable transformation. Previously, she’s volunteered as a Career Coach at Success in Style, an organization committed to helping single mothers rejoin the workforce, the lead singer of Soul Temple—a band that raised funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, and as a Community Yoga Instructor for the Yoga Center of Columbia in Maryland. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Sheron received her B.B.A. in Accounting from Howard University, M.S. in Education from the University of New Haven, and her Ph.D. in Professional Studies in Education from Capella University. She is also affiliated with the Registered Yoga Alliance as a Yoga Instructor.

Sheron joined the YWCA Board in October 2017.

Dr. Katrina Esau: Dr. Katrina Esau is a seasoned business leader with over 20 years’ experience working at three Fortune 500 financial services corporations. Her areas of expertise include Human Resources Selection & Training, Sales Support, and Project Management. Currently she is a Senior Project Consultant at Raymond James & Associates. She is highly regarded as a ‘big picture’ thinker, problem solver, a thought leader, and one that can take on the most challenging situations bringing calm and sound judgment.

Dr. Esau holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management, Master’s degree in Managerial Leadership (both respectfully from National Louis University), Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, and a Series 99 Operations Professional license. She is an Adjunct Professor of Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership and Learning Organizations and Effectiveness at Ashford University.

Dr. Esau’s mission in life is to motivate and empower others to achieve their goals. She accomplishes this in her role of Life Coach and by providing an environment that fosters growth, honesty, trust, and respect.

She serves faithfully in her community and in her local church, where she serves as a leader on the Ministry Organization & Development team, affectionately called the MOD Squad and as the Co-Chair of the Ladies Annual Conference Committee.

She is a native of Tampa, FL and is a devoted wife of 20+ years to Joseph Esau Jr. Together, they are the proud parents of one child, Le’Royiesha.
Shannon Halstead: Lieutenant Shannon Halstead joined the St. Petersburg Police Department in September 2000. In 2003, she was transferred to the Field Training Unit as a Field Training Officer. The following year, Shannon was transferred to the Investigative Services Bureau to serve as a Detective in the Vice and Narcotics Division and was then transferred to the Homicide Unit in 2008. The following year, she was honored by being nominated for Officer of the Year Award. Upon her promotion to Sergeant in 2010, she supervised patrol squads and later transferred to the Street Crimes Unit as a Supervisor. In 2015, she transferred back to the Investigative Services Bureau, serving as the Interim Manager for the Forensic Services Unit and then served as a supervisor in the Major Crimes Unit. Currently, she supervises the Crimes Against Persons Division within the Investigative Services Bureau. Shannon earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Studies/Psychology from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Science Degree in Criminology from Florida Metropolitan University. She is a graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg, Class of 2012. She serves on the Board of Leadership St. Petersburg and the YWCA of Tampa Bay. She volunteers with Girls on the Run – Greater Tampa Bay; the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin; and Alpha Omicron Pi – Greater Pinellas Alumnae Chapter. In June 2016, Shannon graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police, held at Boston University.

Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl Johnson: Cheryl joined the Board in 2016. She is a Major with St. Petersburg Police Department and an Adjunct Instructor with St. Petersburg College. Cheryl began her career with the St. Petersburg Police Department in June 1985. She has worked as patrol officer, School Resource Officer and Field Training Officer. Cheryl advanced through the ranks promoted to sergeant and then promoted to Major, in 2010. She received a Bachelor Degree, in Interdisciplinary Social Science, from University of South Florida. She has a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University. She is also a graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg, class of 2015 and the Senior Management Institute for Police, which is held in Boston. She is an avid motivational speaker and has a passion for people. She has used her gifts to encourage and motivate people on a professional or personal level. She volunteers her time with organizations such as John Hopkins All Children’s Heroes Mentor Program; Pinellas County Lunch Pals; Police Athletic League; and Salvation Army.

 Kristine Kirstein: Kristine is an Academic Program Manager with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and works at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She is a proud University of Florida graduate, earning both her bachelor’s degree from the College of Journalism and Communications and her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. In 2010, Kristine began working at Shands Hospital for Children in the Office of Development. After obtaining her Masters in Health Administration in 2012, Kristine began working at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital on the academic transformation team tasked with transforming a pediatric community hospital into an academic medical center. She holds a Lean Sigma Green Belt certification from the Armstrong Institute with Johns Hopkins Medicine. In her current role, she works closely with the Maternal Fetal Neonatal Institute, Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine division and Graduate Medical Education. Kristine is actively involved in Leadership St. Pete and is a graduate of the Class of 2016 and is a Patrick Brett Foundation founding friend. Kristine lives in St. Petersburg with her husband and dog and enjoys yoga, the beach, and spending time with family and friends.

Sam(ira) Obeid: ANYTOWN® Manager; Poet. Indian. Activist. She. Queer. Sam is Community Tampa Bay’s ANYTOWN Coordinator. A social justice activist by life, Sam speaks to topics of identity and intersectionality. She prides herself on being a compassionate human invested in the development of both youth and adult advocates. She is also an internationally renowned spoken word poet and believes that open dialogue is key to bridging gaps between communities. 

Marta Przyborowski: Marta joined the YWCA Board of Directors in November 2017. She is originally from Poland but now calls St. Petersburg, Florida her home. Marta earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of South Florida and her Master's in Business Administration from Long Island University, in partnership with Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland. As part of her MBA, Marta spent 7 months in Lugano, Switzerland learning various facets of international business. Currently, Marta serves as the Academic Department Chair for the College of Business (Clearwater Campus) at St. Petersburg College. Her current duties include student instruction, curriculum development, adjunct management, project management and outreach. Before this, she managed a $1.5 Million U.S. Department of Labor Supply Chain Management grant awarded to SPC. As part of the grant initiative, Marta oversaw and directed the efforts in student recruitment and retention, program development, outreach, curriculum development, and staff management. Marta is also a proud graduate of St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Leadership St. Pete Program (Class of 2014) and most recently served on the 2016-2017 Leadership St. Pete Planning Committee. Outside of work, Marta enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her friends and family.

 Rebecca Watson: Rebecca is an author, dynamic coach and expert facilitator with over 17 years of experience in education reform and executive leadership. She specializes in elevating women leaders to higher levels of personal and professional fulfillment. Currently, Rebecca serves as the Founder and CEO of Limitless Leader, Inc, a transformative life and leadership development firm that provides coaching, mentoring and training services to women leaders in urban education and the marketplace. Through her innovative programs, her clients have achieved dramatically improved relationships, increased income and personal and professional fulfillment.

Rebecca continues to nurture her unwavering passion for eradicating inequity in public schools. She facilitates professional development for school leaders and teachers in the areas of effective observation and feedback practices, data-driven instruction, literacy, and success practices for African-American male students. Schools who have worked with Rebecca have seen dramatic gains in reading test scores, African-American male student achievement and teacher effectiveness.  As a part-time member of the facilitation team at Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College, Rebecca helps for-profit and non-profit entities engage in short and long-term strategic planning. She has recently published her first book, Mastering Your Career Journey, a collaborative project designed to help professionals find their career paths and create success they desire. Previously, Rebecca has served as a national education consultant for Knowledge Delivery Systems, now PCG, a Talent Coach with TNTP and school principal with Chicago Public Schools. She currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL with her AMAZING son, Jaleel.

Brandi Williams: Brandi is from Saint Petersburg, Fl. She is a 2007 graduate of Bethune-Cookman University, where she majored in Elementary Education. After graduating from Bethune-Cookman, she continued her education and received a Master of Science degree in Educational leadership from National Louis University. Brandi started her career as a primary teacher, teaching 1st and 2nd grade at Maximo Elementary. After teaching for 3 ½ years, Ms. Williams accepted a position as a Literacy Coach for the Pinellas County School District. As a literacy coach, Brandi focused on enhancing teachers’ ability to provide literacy instruction to students. In this role, Brandi serviced 9 Pinellas County schools. After completing 2 years as a literacy coach, she became an Area 2 Literacy Specialist for the District. Currently Brandi is the Assistant Principal at Oldsmar Elementary. She is also a licensed Bail Bond Agent.

Outside of work, Brandi stays involved in the community as a member of the MLK Jr. Holiday Legacy Association, Inc., the National Alumni Association of Bethune Cookman University (St. Petersburg Chapter) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter).