YWCA Tampa Bay

Leadership | YWCA Tampa Bay

Yvonne Ulmer (President and CEO): Yvonne is a graduate of the University of South Florida who also holds a masters degree from Georgia State. She is the former Provost/CEO of St. Petersburg College’s Downtown campus and Midtown campus. Beyond her 26-year successful tenure at St. Petersburg College and running an executive coaching business, she has built a legacy of community involvement through Leadership St. Pete and the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College. Yvonne is no stranger to YWCA’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism. She is a former YWCA Tampa Bay board member who has fundraised for its signature “Pearls of Wisdom” event and a sponsor of its "Legacy of Hope" video. Her goal is to establish YWCA Tampa Bay as the “go-to” resource for social justice and women and children in need of assistance in the Tampa Bay area.

 Board of Directors

Rebecca Armacost (Chairperson): Rebecca is the Global Director of People and Culture for World Vision International, the world’s largest non-profit multi-national charitable organization. She serves on the Advocacy Strategy Group for WVI, with focus on such areas as Children and Maternal Health, Child Trafficking, and Banning Female Mutilation, to name a few. Rebecca received her B.A. from Furman University and her M.A. from Fielding Graduate University. She has extensive Board experience, including the Furman University Alumni Board (on which she currently is President-elect), Furman University Executive Board, La Canada Presbyterian Board, and Peachtree Presbyterian Board. Locally, Rebecca is active with Leadership St. Pete and volunteers for the American Cancer Society and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Wilma Norton (Secretary/Treasurer): Wilma Norton became a Board Member in 2013. Wilma is the Director of Marketing and Communications, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Prior to that, Wilma was Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Information for St. Petersburg College, a long-term reporter and editor for the St. Petersburg Times and the editor of Weekend magazine. She majored in journalism and political science at Western Kentucky University and received a Master’s of Business Administration at the Florida International University. Wilma was one of 19 people worldwide selected for the Disney Parks Moms Panel, a group of independent consultants offering expertise to guests online and in social media. Other memberships of Wilma’s include the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations, the American Marketing Association, and Leadership St. Pete® (Class of 2012).
Tammy Charles: Tammy joined the YWCA board in June 2016. She is an consultant, entrepreneur, writer, and speaker with experiences in non-profit and fund development, community relations, strategic analysis, and social enterprise development. She graduated top of her business class from The University of Tampa with Magna Cum Laude distinction in Business Management. She later received her MBA in 2014 and Nonprofit Leadership Certificate in 2016. Tammy is an emerging young leader in the Tampa Bay community and has received numerous accolades including the 2014 President Bill Clinton’s Commitment to Action Award for her work with her startup, Ambrosia Global, LLC, and the 2016 Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Up and Comer Award for the Under 30 Category. Her entrepreneurial endeavors have also been featured on the Clinton Global Initiative, 83 Degrees Media, The Hult Prize, The CEO Council, and the Global Health and Food Innovation to name a few. Currently, she is the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations at Metropolitan Ministries. Through this role she has been able to impact virtually every area of its mission of caring for the poor and homeless by connecting and increasing corporate partnerships, financial resources, and human capital to meet programmatic goals. Other memberships include the Tampa Chamber’s Women of Influence Committee, EMERGE Tampa Bay, and the National Black MBA Association-Tampa Chapter.
Rachel McNeil: 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 and is also a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership St. Pete® class of 2014. Outside of work duties, she is a mentor for Take Stock In Children and the Academy of Finance at Northeast High School, and teaches financial literacy at Academy Prep. She also enjoys yoga, dance class, fishing, and spending time with husband John. They welcomed a baby boy in March of 2015.
Delphinia Davis: Delphinia joined the Board in 2016. She is the Chief Operating Officer for James B Sanderlin Family Service Center and an Adjunct Professor with Southern New Hampshire University. With a dual background in Engineering and Accounting, she is a State Certified General Contractor and holds degrees from Florida A&M University, an MBA from Webster University and a PhD in Accounting. She is currently Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for St. Petersburg Housing Authority. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Suncoast Chapter, National Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, National Women's Executive, American General Contractors Association, W/MBE, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, National Association of Equal Opportunity (NAFEO), Who's Who Among Women Engineers, National Association for Female Executives, Florida Government Finance Officers Association, National Association for Equal Opportunity, National Society of Cost Estimators, and National Association of Professional Women.
 Tabrisha Ruby: Native of Henderson, KY. Graduated from Kentucky State University with a degree in Child Development and Family Relations and also hold a Master's Degree in Special Education with certification in Learning Behavior Disorders from Kentucky State. Tabrisha has eight years of experience working in early childhood education and development. Former Assistant Childcare Director for Henderson County School Board. Was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer thru Henderson County Family Court for children that had been abused and/or neglected by their biological parents and removed from their home. Former Juvenile Probation for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice for six years working with delinquent juvenile involved in the judicial system. While working with the Department of Juvenile Justice Tabrisha served on several boards that provide substance abuse services to the community such as Union County Juvenile Drug Court Advisory Board, Union County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Board of Directors and Henderson County Involvement Inc. Board of Directors. Relocated to Florida in 2014 to work for Florida's Department of Children and Families as a Child Protective Investigator in the specialized unit. While with DCF Tabrisha worked specialized cases involving allegations of human trafficking, sexual abuse, medically complex, child death, foster care, and juvenile residential facilities just to name a few. Tabrisha is currently a Senior Case Manager with Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services in Tampa working with children and families in the foster care system. Also currently a research assistant for University of South Florida College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. Tabrisha is a active member of the Tampa Bay National Black MBA Association were she holds chair of Community Affairs.