Tracy Wise, President. Tracy retired and moved to Pensacola in 2010. Prior to settling in the Florida Panhandle, she lived and worked in seven states and Australia in a variety of Human Resource positions. Tracy is a graduate of Iowa State University, having earned a B.S. in Management and a minor in Finance.
She serves on the board of Sunday’s Child, is a member of Impact 100, and has volunteered her time with several nonprofits including Manna, Pensacola Lighthouse, Big Brother/Big Sister and ECARE. In 2015, she was awarded the President’s Volunteer Bronze Service Award as a Point of Light. Tracy plans to visit all 48 National Parks in the lower US states and has only four remaining parks to cross off her list.
Mike Purcell was born and raised in southwest Michigan. He retired from the Navy with 27 years of service. After the Navy he worked as a counselor at the Boys Home for at risk teens. Mike went back to school using his GI Bill, studying psychology and sociology. After the loss of his son in 2008 he founded and is the Executive Director of “Putting a Face on Suicide”, a non-profit organization that remembers those lost to suicide as people, not statistics. Mike moved to Pensacola in 2013, and began volunteering at the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum. Shortly thereafter he was hired part-time in Guest Services, and today is blissfully employed full-time as the Curator of Facilities.
It’s amazing what we can do when we come together.
Kathy Decker, Secretary/Treasurer. Kathy retired in Pensacola after working 33 years in the Health Care field in San Francisco, CA. Born in Honolulu, HI, she received her BA English from California State University – Chico and her MA in Health Care from the University of Humanistic Studies – San Diego. Kathy was a CPR Instructor for the American Heart Association and served on the Safety Council of San Diego County, the Healthcare Advisory Board of Marin County, CA, the Advisory Board for the San Francisco Golden Gate Transit System and the Board of the Chinese American Citizen’s Alliance – San Francisco Lodge. She has been a volunteer for the Adult Literacy programs in both San Diego and Marin Counties in California. Presently she is a member of Sunday’s Child and Impact 100, and she volunteers at Manna Food Pantry, with the United Way Escambia County as an ECARE, CERT member, and with the Youth Mentoring Program. She is also a volunteer for the University of Florida Lakewatch Crew. In 2015 she was awarded the President’s Volunteer Bronze Service Award as a Point of Light. Kathy enjoys sports and activities with her husband, friends and her beloved dachshunds.
Patricia Franklin is a Florida native, having grown up in the panhandle, who currently a resident of Pensacola. Pat graduated from Choctwahatchee High School in Ft. Walton and attended Florida State University, earning a degree in Criminology. Pat also attended the University of West Florida where she earned a Masters in Public Administration. Pat has spent over 40 years working in the Child Welfare System and is currently working as Director of Operations at the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. Pat is the current Chair of the Healthy Start Coalition Board and a member of Impact 100. Pat and her husband Bill are active members of the First United Methodist Church in Pensacola. They have two daughters, Regina and Alicia and 4 grandchildren.
Joree Railey is a Pensacola Native. She and her husband spent many years exploring areas across the US, but realized Pensacola was their home and they returned to the Gulf Coast in 2008. She worked for almost a decade in the financial industry before settling into her new role as a full time mother. Joree's life is now filled with the joy of spending time with her family, volunteering at her children's school, and challenging herself daily. She also enjoys running, traveling, crafting and gardening.
Trudy King, VP. Trudy was born in California, raised in Michigan, then Alabama; where she currently resides with her husband Gerald King. While raising her three children Trudy ran a boarding stable where she taught horseback riding, hosted clinics, and participated in horse shows. She later became an aerobics instructor and certified personal trainer. She pushed herself by competing in biathlons, triathlons, marathons, body building and power lifting. Her love of helping others kept her motivated discipline in helping to train her clients toward better health for twenty-five years. Recently retired, she has become more focused on community service. In the past, Trudy has served as a board member of the Gulf Coast Arts Council and built homes with Habitat for Humanity. Currently she continues her service by volunteering at Manna Food Pantry Garden, and has joined Sunday's Child and Impact 100. She looks forward to continuing her effort to benefit our local communities.
Board of Directors
Jessica Morgan "Jess" grew up in Connecticut, but moved with her family to the Pensacola area in 2004. Between 2009-2015, she earned her BA and MA in Anthropology with a specialization in archaeology, and developed a special interest in museum work. Upon graduating in 2015, she moved back to Pensacola and has since been working as the Curator at the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum.
Regina Scott grew up in Fort Walton Beach and moved to Pensacola in 2001 to attend the University of West Florida on a volleyball scholarship. Upon graduation with a BA in Political Science she found that she loved the area so much she couldn’t stand to leave! She married her college sweetheart and settled in Pace. They now have two children, an 8 year old son and a 7 year old daughter. She works fulltime as an accounting specialist for a local engineering firm and is very excited about the opportunity to serve the community through “The Birthday Party for Pensacola”.
Christine Commeau-Mattera moved to Pensacola in 2015 from Rhode Island. Born in Massachusetts, she attended Diman Technical Institute majoring in Computer Programming. Christine served as a volunteer in the Court Appointed Special Advocate RI Program for young children and volunteered at a woman's shelter in Providence, RI. She also taught Sunday school for several years, and was involved in missionary work in Haiti. She works full time in medical sales, but enjoys volunteering and being a part of making a difference in the lives of others.