Marti first joined the Monroe County League of Women Voters in Rochester, New York when babysitting was provided for general meetings. Since moving to Clearwater in 1975, she has held several leadership positions in the North Pinellas League. She was elected president three times: 1983-1984, 2008-2010 and 2013-2015. She served as secretary, chair of the education committee, treasurer and parliamentarian. She particularly likes moderating candidate forums for local municipalities.
Growing up in a small town in Michigan, Marti was awarded a scholarship to the University of Michigan where she also played flute in the university’s symphony band. In Rochester she taught English and U.S. history for the City School District. Following her family’s move to Clearwater, her children attended local schools where she was active in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, president of the Clearwater High School PTSA, an officer in the Pinellas County Council of PTA’s, and member of many county-wide education related committees. She has been active in her church taking a variety of leadership roles. She still occasionally plays the flute at services.
Over the years she has enjoyed snow skiing, tennis, sailing, and family vacations in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. As one of the League’s longest serving members, Marti values integrity and intellectual honesty.
Gayla Larson was born to Air Force parents in the Canal Zone of Panama. Her father’s career took her around the US, and her former marriage to an Army pilot took her to even more places and instilled in her a love of travel and faraway places.
After 27 years of service as a meeting planner to Nation’s Best Sports, a Texas based sporting goods buying group, Gayla retired to Florida to care for her mother following the death of her father. Subsequently and until her retirement in 2016, she worked as Executive Assistant to the President for Lighthouse of Pinellas, a rehabilitation center for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
Gayla joined the League of Women Voters North Pinellas County in 2017 and served as Treasurer for a year prior to her retirement due to illness in 2020. She was highly active organizing the League’s Celebrating 70 anniversary fundraising event at the Fenway hotel in Dunedin, helping with ticket sales, program design, and creating gift baskets and treats for the silent auction. She attended Emory & Henry College in Virginia and Weatherford College in Texas where she worked on her declared English major.
Gayla is “mom” to two rescue fur-babies – Lily (a ShihTsu) and Loki (very affectionate black cat). She happily confesses that she is a lover of people, animals, and wine (not always in that order) and is eager to help in any way she can be of service.
Camilla DiLoreto is a Certified Public Accountant with over 20 years of experience with ledger processes, account reconciliation, and streamlining accounts, and she holds an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Tampa. She is a proven leader who helps companies make dramatic improvements in their accounting processes, is accustomed to solving problems and meeting deadlines, and is experienced in streamlining and automating accounting systems.
Camilla joined our League in late 2020 and, fortunately for us, assumed the position of Treasurer almost immediately! While working full time limits the amount of time she can devote to volunteer pursuits, she says it makes her happy to support an organization devoted to advocating for democracy and our right to vote. Camilla is married and resides in Tarpon Springs.
Dennis McDermott retired in 2014 after a 30-year career with JP Morgan Chase. He primarily focused on supporting community economic development projects in small cities in the Northeast, ranging from residential and mixed-use housing, to commercial and industrial, including several brownfield projects.
The great majority of these projects involved adaptive reuse of existing properties and land uses, generally integrated with existing transportation corridors and public transit alternatives.
Dennis’ ‘world view’ was greatly influenced by the works of Thomas Paine, enhanced by a childhood immersed in the values of a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Buffalo, NY.
Tanya Landry moved here from Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, Richard, after the sale of their software company two years ago. She joined the League in July of 2020 and became involved with the Voter Service Committee of the North Pinellas League. She worked on the Voter Guide in the general and municipal elections. She also serves on the Poverty Committee and the Transportation Subcommittee.
In Maryland, Tanya juggled working as V.P Human Resources/Operations with being a travel baseball mom supporting her son and volunteering with Girls on the Run. During her 10 years with the organization, she served as a coach, board member, president and Chair of Retail Merchandise for their bi-annual 5K races. Her dedication to the organization and successful retail operation was recognized by the local Girls on the Run organization and the international organization with the presentation of Inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award. Tanya also has experience has with other non-profit organizations in the fields of aging and nursing.
Tanya has a B.S. in Health Education from the University of Maryland and a graduate degree in Health Care administration, University of Maryland, University College. She also volunteers with the We Help food pantry, part of the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.
Jacqueline Farrell has been a resident of Florida for 28 years. She originally hails from Buffalo, New York. Jacqui is a licensed speech pathologist and has worked in multiple educational and healthcare settings. She initially became interested in the League of Women Voters years ago, when she realized that there is nothing more fundamental to our democracy than our ability to vote. Since then, she has been on the Economic Equity Committee, Membership Committee, and the Board of Directors. She is also a co-editor of our newsletter, The Voter. Jacqui is also an exercise instructor for the YMCA and a long-time member of FAST (Faith and Action, Strength Together.)
Mina started her activism, mainly in healthcare and equity, at a free clinic in Pittsburgh followed by participation in the Equal Rights Amendment campaign. She managed medical labs and practices for much of her career in the greater Washington DC area, eventually completing an MBA at Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. She moved into leadership positions with surveying and certifying organizations for medical care. These were non-profit organizations focused on quality standards, multi-cultural healthcare, and population health. Now retired, she plans to continue to support efforts to promote equitable access to those certain unalienable rights on which the country was founded.
Vivian Posey has been a lifelong educator, having served as a teacher, curriculum specialist, school principal, university professor, and most recently, Chair of the Educational Leadership Department at Barry University in Miami Shores. After retiring from full-time teaching, she and her husband moved to Seminole in 2019, to spend more time with family, and enjoy the beauty and nature of Florida’s west coast.
Vivian was a member of the Broward County League of Women Voters before joining the North Pinellas chapter. While in Broward County, she participated in voter registration events, the Speakers Bureau, and several legislative forums. Vivian is the co-chair of the state legislative committee of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG) for Key Women Educators, and has traveled to Tallahassee and Washington, D. C. to advocate on issues related to women, children, and education.
Vivian continues to teach aspiring school leaders as an adjunct for Barry University and she currently mentors a PCSD student at Anona Elementary School. She and her husband Ward have two children and a very lazy rescue dog named McDuff.
Bryan is currently chair of the Suncoast Sierra Group Executive Committee. Suncoast Sierra is a volunteer organization serving Pinellas County, protecting green spaces, keeping our water and air clean, and supporting the movement to clean energy. He is a perfect fit as Chair of the LWVNPC Natural Resources Committee.
Since Bryan joined Sierra Club, he has led various Sierra Ready for 100 campaigns across Pinellas County, working with cities and the country to set clean energy goals and implement solutions to reach those goals. Bryan also serves on the Pinellas County Parks and Recreation and Conservation Advisory Board. He is also very involved in advocacy in Clearwater for workforce and affordable housing. Prior to all this, Bryan had a 30-year career with Kraft Foods/Mondelez, where he was responsible for Global Transportation and Warehouse systems.
In his spare time, Bryan enjoys helping residents, small businesses, non-profits, and churches reduce their energy bills and carbon footprint.
Linda Metzkow was born in Keyser, West Virginia, but grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, from the 1960’s onward. As a young mother she was politically active and marched for clean waters in Tampa Bay, the rights of homeowners when the Interstate was built in St. Petersburg, the ERA, and the right for eighteen-year-olds to vote.
Linda has a BA in Legal Studies, Master of Public Administration, and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit management, all received at the University of Central Florida.
For more than 20 years she assisted individuals applying for Social Security disability where she implemented case strategy, developed evidence, and presented clients’ cases before the administrative law judges. She is currently serving on the Inspire Equine Assisted Center Board of Directors located in Clearwater.
Linda is the mother of three, grandmother of six, and great grandmother of one. She has been retired for two years, and is active with the local TNVR programs helping to stop the overpopulation of neighborhood cats.
Bill is a 25 year member of the League of Women Voters of North Pinellas and was treasurer in 2008. For 14 years he served as a Clearwater City Council member starting 2001-2007 and again from 2010 – 2014. He represented Clearwater on the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) where he is past chair of the board and was previously the city’s representative to the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. The Florida League of Cities (FLC) elected him to their Board of Directors. He is also a member and chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Tampa Bay Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA).
In 1998 Bill was the founder and president of Citizens for a Better Clearwater which successfully petitioned the Clearwater City Commission to phase out billboard clutter on a portion of Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater. He is founder and chair of the Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway Advocacy Group which achieved designation as a Florida Scenic Byway resulting in the multi-use trail across the causeway today.
Prior to his retirement from Honeywell Inc. in Clearwater in 1999, Bill oversaw project management activities with the Department of Information Systems. During his 29 year career with the company he performed other duties including internal auditing and systems analysis.
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2023-2024 Nominating Committee
Carol Bailey, Chair
Barbara Letvin, Committee Member