Jessica Hays has been the President and CEO for SPARCC since January 2015. Prior to that, she was the Director of Community Awareness for SPARCC for more than 7 years. In her role as CEO, Jessica is responsible for strategic planning, managing the operation of the agency’s Shelter and 4 outreach locations, overseeing a staff of 40 and organizing the development and allocation of resources for the agency.
Jessica is a certified Domestic Violence Core Competency Trainer for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, has served on statewide and national advisory workgroups to improve services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Jessica has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Communications from Florida State University. She is a graduate of Leadership Sarasota, and served as the 2013-2014 President of the Junior League of Sarasota.
left to right: Vanessa Smith - BPWEV President, Christy Crump - State President - BPWFL, Katie Malloy and Joyce McCaffrey sharing the office of 1st Vice President.
Christy Crump, President of the Florida Business and Professional Women (BPWFL) was the dynamic guest speaker at the May 17, 2016 BPW Venice/Englewood meeting held at the Englewood Elks Club.
Ms. Crump presented an interesting program based on the book by Mary Miscisin “Showing Our True Colors”. Each member at the meeting was handed a reference list to determine her color character, a fun and easy guide for identifying personality styles. This will provide insights as to why people behave as they do and will be helpful in resolving conflicts, opening lines of communication and enhancing personal effectiveness. The end result is a celebration of the uniqueness in yourself and others.
left to right: Irene Slattery, Vanessa Smith, Judy Braham, Phyllis Nolan, Katie Malloy, Joyce McCaffrey, Sherrie Girten, Tamra Britton, Dorothy Korszen standing in for Heather LaBeau.
On April 19, 2016 the Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice (BPWEV) installed the new board of officers at their dinner meeting held at the Englewood Elks Club. The new President is Vanessa Smith. The office of Recording Secretary is shared by Tamra Britton and Sherrie Girten. The treasurer is Heather LaBeau (not pictured) The office of first Vice President is shared by Katie Malloy and Joyce McCaffrey. Phyllis Nolan and Judy Braham are sharing the office of second Vice President.
Rita Bertler, 2nd Vice President of Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice (BPWEV) congratulates Linda Wolfe who was inducted as a new member on March 13, 2016 at the dinner meeting at the Englewood Elks Club.
At the January 19, 2016 meeting Rita Bertler, 2nd Vice President of the Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice (BPWEV) welcomed 3 new members, Barbara Trela, Phyllis Nolan and Arlene Dodd to the organization after the induction ceremony.
I am writing to you as a graduate of the Florida State University, something that would not be possible without the contributions of this organization. I graduated from FSU on May 1, 2015, with a Bachelor of Science in Computational Science and minor in Mathematics with Summa Cum Laude distinction. My final GPA was a 3.9 and I was lucky enough to graduate debt free. I was incredibly honored to walk across the stage in the Tallahassee Civic Center to receive my diploma. I reminisced back to senior year of high school when I applied to scholarship after scholarship and wrote essay after essay, all to make my dream of attending college come true. Now, as an alumna of Florida State, I will wish to thank you for your part in my achievement.
In high school, I could have never predicted the future life that I am currently living now. I thank you for trusting in me four years ago and giving me the chance to attend a University that I otherwise had no personal funds to afford. With the financial support of my company, I plan to apply for a Master’s program in Data Science or Applied Math in the fall, further enhancing my education. I am truly grateful to be where I am today.
The Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice are accepting applications through April 30, 2016 for three $1000 adult learner scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic years.
The BPW Scholarships focus completely on the adult learner. You will note from this website that BPWEV is engaged in the national program “Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses”. One goal is to help these women in completing advanced education or training.
Please review the Scholarship Information, and follow the directions for submitting your application: