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.
Mitzi Gordon is president and founding member of the SPWC. She has a passion for storytelling, focused on social practice with roots in journalism and the arts. Mitzi currently works as a freelance writer and arts consultant based in St. Petersburg.
She encourages community dialogue through her writing and mobile projects. Founded in 2011, her Bluebird Books Bus promotes book culture in the region aboard a little blue school bus. Overall her work and volunteer efforts grow from a desire to connect with others, inform the public, and inspire empathy.
Mitzi holds a BA in journalism from New York University, and has worked on arts, writing, and non-profit projects with clients and employers such as The City of St. Petersburg, Creative Pinellas, The Dalí Museum, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, and SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival.
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 soul and 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 StoneFree 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.
Board member elect Jennifer DeJesus is a reproductive 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.
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).
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Ashley facilitates Group Counseling for folks who want to dig deeper into topics of sexual assault, trauma, anxiety, depression, and self-actualization. She is passionate about empowering people to reach their highest potentials.
As a leader, Ashley believes in transforming power by sharing it with others. Each person has equal worth, and each voice is valid. By creating safe spaces for honest dialogue, Ashley believes radical change can transpire.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."- Margaret Mead
Tiffany Elliott, a jeweler originally from Fort Lauderdale, is a founding member of the SPWC. She creates hand-crafted pieces that are 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 past experience teaching art through schools and non-profit programs for underprivileged children.
Tiffany is currently continuing her own education while expanding her feminist platform. Her goal is to use Tee Sankey Designs as an example of how young women are able to create the life they want by continuing to build on their goals through education and relentlessness.