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): is the Director of the Mediation Training Institute at Eckerd College. Prior to joining Eckerd, she has had a distinguished career as a Human Resources executive. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Furman University and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Design from Fielding Graduate University. Rebecca has held numerous leadership positions on various non-profit boards where she has championed the causes of women and children as well as promoted education for both. She is a graduate of Leadership St Petersburg, Class of 2012, and currently serves as the Selection Chair for the Leadership St Pete Planning Committee. She serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Tampa Bay, and is President of the Furman University Alumni Board of Directors. Rebecca’s most loved, humbling and fulfilling position is as the mother to her 3 ½ year old son Jackson.
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 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.
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.
Jessica Rivelli: Jessica is the fearless founder of Working Women of Florida, which includes Working Women of Tampa Bay & Working Women of Central Florida. The organization is the largest women’s networking group in the state with a focus on developing strong female relationships to help each other grow professionally and personally. Jessica launched Working Women of Tampa Bay after leaving a successful career in Television News. She credits her 12 years of multimedia experience for her ability to create dynamic & relevant programming. Since its 2009 launch, Jessica has produced more than 1,500 events for women in the Tampa Bay & Central Florida regions. Jessica launched The Working Women Foundation in 2016. The non-profit provides mentoring for young professionals and seed money for women start-ups. 
 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.
 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.
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.
 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.
 Arieal Calhoun: 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.

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).

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.