Board of Directors
Jodi Chemes is board treasuer and a founding member of SPWC. She is a Certified Public Accountant with her Masters Degree in Taxation from the University of Denver. She is originally from Rochester, NY, and currently lives in St Petersburg with her human and animal companions.
In her spare time she advocates for animal welfare, adopts and fosters greyhounds, creates custom stained glass projects, and spends time with friends and family. She contributes her business skills to the Women's Collective and hopes to help others who want to start their own businesses with her expertise.
Board member Jennifer DeJesus is a reproductive rights advocate.
Mitzi Gordon is president and founding member of the SPWC. She has a passion for storytelling, with roots in writing and the arts. She holds a degree in Journalism from New York University, and currently works as a freelance writer and arts consultant based in St. Petersburg.
Mitzi encourages community dialogue throughout the Tampa Bay area by developing and working with socially engaged art projects such as SPACEcraft and the Bluebird Books Bus.
Board member Margaret Murray is an arts professional and women's rights advocate.
Ashley Sweet, MA, LMHC, is past president and founding member of the St. Pete Women's Collective.
As an artist, advocate, activist, counselor, clinical researcher, and reproductive rights enthusiast, Ashley believes that patriarchal values intersect with every level of society, and seeks to disrupt the legacy of oppression through her work. As a leader, she believes in transforming power by sharing it with others. By creating safe spaces for honest dialogue, Ashley believes radical change can transpire.
Ashley holds a B.S. from Stetson University in Sociology (2008), and an M.A. from the University of South Florida in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2014).
Tiffany Elliott, a jeweler originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a founding member of the SPWC. She creates hand-crafted pieces influenced by her love of juxtaposing culture, simplicity, and sophistication.
When not creating new jewelry designs, Tiffany enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills, in the hopes of empowering others to find their voice through art. Her passion for education is rooted in experience teaching art through schools and non-profit programs for underprivileged children.
Emily Stone is a founding member of SPWC. Her creative perspective is driven by the inspiration she gains from nature, specifically from the swampy lands of Louisiana and Florida where she was raised. She works in media rooted in fluidity and diversity, such as printmaking, paper arts, and suspended mixed-media collections, each piece sharing a reflection of her connection to the divine. During her time in St. Petersburg, Emily has worked with and participated in various art shows, galleries, collectives, and events, including The Oleson Gallery and Bloom Art Center. Her WarmSpell Studio is housed within St. Pete Women's Collective headquarters at Venus.
Jeannette St. Amour
Artist and advocate Jeannette St. Amour is a founding member of SPWC. She currently resides in New Orleans, LA, where her business Create Continuance is headquartered.