HOST- Kolleen Edwards Chesley
Founding Director, Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast
Find me on Linked In at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kolleenedwardschesley
Cell 850-529-0908 PO Box 1125, Pensacola, FL 32591
Amy Miller/Port Of Pensacola
An Ohio native, Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Following a successful career in print journalism, she entered the seaport industry in 1993 as Communications Director for the Port of South Louisiana. In 1997, she was named Trade Development Manager at the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi.
She relocated to Florida in 2002 when she became Port of Pensacola’s Manager of Business & Trade Development and, through the years, she absorbed additional duties in the areas of financial management and human resources. In November 2013, Mayor Ashton Hayward appointed her to the position of port director, making her the first women to lead Pensacola’s port enterprise. She is the only female port director in Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico region and is one of less than a dozen female port directors in the U.S.
Stacey Kostevicki / Gulf Coast Kids House
I graduated from Florida State University with a BA and earned my MBA at the University of West Florida. My most recent job before accepting the Executive Director position at GCKH was at Studer Group. My heart has always been with not-for-profit organizations though and I have a decade of experience in this area. I have been with GCKH since December 2010. I serve as the President of the Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, a statewide membership organization representing all of the children’s advocacy centers in Florida. I also serve on the Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition Board and am a proud Cordova Rotarian and United Way of Escambia County volunteer.
Helping Families In Pensacola And Escambia County
Gulf Coast Kid’s House is a children’s advocacy center serving Escambia County. As a children’s advocacy center, we combine all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases under one child-friendly facility. Child victims and their families also receive mental health counseling at our center. The goal of Gulf Coast Kid’s House is to form a more collaborative response to child abuse cases so that we can improve case outcomes and minimize trauma to the children and families we serve.
Lusharon Wiley / Senior Associate Dean of Students
University of West Florida
Dr. Lusharon Wiley is a successful manager and leader in higher education with over 20 years of professional experience in the field of student services. She currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Case Management Services at the University of West Florida.
Founded in 1963, the University of West Florida is a vibrant, distinctive institute of higher learning with undergraduate, graduate and targeted research programs. With multiple locations in Northwest Florida, the University serves a student population of more than 12,000.
Dedicated to helping students realize their full potential, UWF favors small class sizes with quality teacher-scholars who deliver personalized, hands-on learning and leadership opportunities. The University offers a dynamic learning environment that inspires innovation, creativity and collaboration and is focused on student success.