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Executive Committee


Erin Aebel

Tampa, FL


Erin Smith Aebel is a partner at a Tampa law firm where she practices business and health law.  Erin is a board certified health lawyer who represents physicians, hospitals, dentists, pharmacies and other healthcare providers in their business and compliance needs.  She is a member of the Athena Society and serves on various philanthropic boards in the Tampa Bay Area.  She is a co-founder of the surly feminists for the revolution and works to advance women and diversity in business and in federal, state and local representation.

Susan Bottcher

The Honorable Susan Bottcher

Gainesville, FL


Susan Bottcher is a former Gainesville City Commissioner and has been active in Democratic Party politics for more than 15 years. She is a founding board member of the Gainesville Arts & Parks Foundation and is a Life Member of the Alachua County NAACP. She also serves on the state executive board for Equality Florida.

Theresa Darlington

Theresa Darlington

St.Petersburg, FL


Theresa Darlington is an Advertising Executive Producer who, after living in Washington DC, New York and San Francisco, settled in St. Petersburg four years ago. Here, she’s served as the Co-Chair of Women’s March Pinellas County, a Board Member for Brookwood Girls Home, a mentor with Take Stock in Kids, a Committee Member for the League of Women Voters, and a Precinct Committeewoman for the Pinellas Democratic Executive Committee. Her two young sons are staunch feminists.


Marika Lynch

Miami, FL


President, Marika Lynch Communications

With 20 years of experience as a strategist, writer and editor, Marika Lynch’s passion is helping foundations and nonprofits achieve their goals through strategic communications. Since founding her firm in 2008, Marika has developed outreach campaigns for a range of clients, including Knight Foundation, where the firm has led the communications for the fourth largest arts program in the country. A graduate of Georgetown University, Marika was selected for The Miami Foundation’s signature leadership program, The Miami Fellows, and as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She previously was a journalist, editor and department head with the Miami Herald, where she reported across the Americas and shared in two Pulitzer Prizes.


Deirdre Macnab

Winter Park, FL


Named “Most Influential Central Floridian of the Year” by the Orlando Sentinel  in 2012 following the League’s instrumental role in passage of Florida’s Fair Districts amendments passed by voters into the state Constitution to end gerrymandering, Deirdre Macnab served six years as state president of the Florida League of Women Voters, and was recognized by the Florida Achievement Award by the Florida Commission on the Status of Women in 2012 for the League’s work on protecting voting rights.

She now leads the League’s campaign: Make Florida #1 in Solar.  With an MBA from Columbia University, and experience in the public and private sector, including Bankers Trust and Dun & Bradstreet, Macnab has also worked in the NYC prison system, served on the Nashville Board of Education and several other non-profit boards in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

In 2014, she was recognized by La Prensa Newspaper in Florida as a Community Champion during their annual Mujeres Destacadas Awards. In 2015, Audubon Florida honored her with the Women in Conservation award. She currently serves on the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission.


Penny Parks

Tampa, FL


Penny Parks is the president and founder of Links Financial.  She has 35 years of experience in the financial industry, having held numerous financial leadership roles before starting her own firm, which is now in its 12th year.  In her time at Links Financial, Penny’s areas of focus have been arranging over $2 Billion in corporate debt financings, real estate and corporate problem loan resolution and restructuring, and business acquisitions.


The Honorable Alex Sink

Thonotosassa, FL


Alex Sink served as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 2007 to 2011 as one of four statewide elected officials. She managed over $15 billion in state treasury funds, was responsible for state accounting, and implemented reforms in contracting and transparency for citizens.

Before elected office, Alex had a 26-year career with Bank of America. She retired as President of Florida operations in 2000, managing the state’s largest bank with $40 billion in deposits, leading 9000 employees in over 800 branches.

From 2011 to 2013, she was Senior Advisor to Hyde Park Capital Advisors, a middle market boutique M&A firm. Alex founded Florida Next Foundation, a non-profit devoted to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in Florida. She subsequently joined the board of Tampa Wave in 2016 to continue her work in supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Florida.

She is a Life Trustee at Wake Forest University, serves on the boards of the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, United Way Worldwide Leadership Council, United Way Suncoast, and Junior Achievement.


Katee Tully

St. Petersburg, FL


Katee Tully was born with boxing gloves on. As a sixth generation Floridian, Katee is deeply committed to issues of access and social justice. Her leadership in higher education and economic development was most clearly on display following the events of 9/11 when she worked across several agencies in the recovery and rebuilding of lower Manhattan. As a founder of General Assembly Studio and the Poetry Bar in St Petersburg, Katee Tully continues her passion for igniting individuals and ideas.

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