Meet Our Board of Directors
Cassie Yde – Chair
Owner and President of The Television Syndication Company established in 1989 as a distributor of quality programming from independent producers to broadcasters worldwide. TVS also produces the long-running educational series REAL LIFE 101 which is going into its 16th season in syndication.
“We currently have 6 other series playing weekly in syndication and we work with Florida Citrus Sports to syndicate the Florida Citrus Parade each year.
My husband Bob passed away 9 years this December. I have three stepchildren and 2 grandchildren; two sisters and one brother plus a gazillion nieces and nephews, cousins, etc.
When I am not working my main interest is travel. I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively both with my late husband and now. This year I have been to France, Ireland, Czech Republic and spent 5 1/5 weeks in Africa. Part of the time was devoted to a church Mission trip in Kenya and then personal travel to Zambia and South Africa. Presently I am writing a book with a ghost-writer in South Africa titled MY LIFE IN TWO CHAPTERS. Hopefully, it will be completed early next year.
I currently serve on many committees at my church and head up the Stewardship Campaign, Preschool Board and also our two big fundraisers each year. I am on the Selection Committee for Florida Citrus Sports which allows me to enjoy Scouting trips for college football games in the Fall each year. I am also a member of PEO. I’m also honored to be a member of the Inaugural Gator Fan Advisory Council and a season ticket holder for over 30 years.
My expertise would be in the area of organization, problem solver, able to multi-task and logical thinker. I use to facilitate grief groups at Florida Hospital and found this so rewarding. Serving as a Board Member for MWC will allow me to continue helping others.”
Please reach Cassie Yde at email@example.com
Renee Burke – Secretary
Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Mt. Dora, FL. Renee is a graduate of Stetson University with a B.A in Health Science. Renee is married with 2 wonderful sons.
“My passion for Modern Widows Club stems from my connection with the Founder Carolyn Moor. As a 17-year old senior in high school, I started helping with her daughters. I fell in love with the entire family quickly. In the summer, I would live with Carolyn as her full time nanny and that’s when I saw first hand all of the challenges and heart ache that she experienced. I also saw her progress year after year. I am so excited to be part of this organization because I do believe that it is truly filling a need.
I manage the portfolios of many women who have faced widowhood. It is very rewarding to help a person reach his or her financial goals so they may live in peace and joy. Hopefully, my experience in this area can also help MWC.”
Linda Neuman – Treasurer
Linda is the President and Founder of Neuman & Company, P.A. in 1997. A Florida native graduating from William R. Boone High School and Valencia Community College, she completed her Bachelors of Science in Accounting at Arizona State University in 1980. The following year she became a Certified Public Accountant. In January, 2009 Linda became a Certified Valuation Analyst.
Linda is a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs, American Institute of CPAs, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, a Hospice foundation board of director trustee, an Advisory Board member of the Small Business Development Center at UCF, Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners and the Women’s Executive Council.
Linda was previously on the Board of Director as trustee for Hospice Foundation, was a Board of Director trustee and treasurer for Pace Brantley Hall School from 2002 through 2009, worked as an accounting and auditing instructor for Florida Southern College and taught the auditing section of the Becker CPA Review in 1986 through 1989.
Linda has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting and is very passionate about working in Public Accounting.
One of the most satisfying parts of her job is helping clients with their accounting and tax needs so they can spend their time running their businesses.
When she is not busy working, Linda enjoys Bikrams yoga, biking, traveling with her family, snow skiing, dancing and going to the beach! Linda has been married for 35 years and has two grown sons.
“I met Carolyn shortly after she became widowed in 2000 and have helped her navigate her accounting since then.”
Linda understands loss after losing her mother at age 5 and experienced the unraveling of a close knit family. She knows how valuable an organization like MWC is for widows and their extended family. With many widowed clients, she understands how valuable it is to provide knowledge and community.
Joanne Fink – Member
Philadelphia native Joanne Fink loves letters… words… and writing inspiring sentiments. A gifted calligrapher, art director and designer, Joanne founded her studio, Lakeside Design (www.lakeside-design.com), after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Located in Longwood, Florida, Lakeside Design, specializes in developing products for the gift, stationery, craft and faith-based markets.
After spending 20+ years as an art director, the lure of ink-on-paper proved too strong and Joanne returned to the drawing board. A year later, she launched her new Zenspirations™ brand, and over the past several years has licensed Zenspirations designs for many products including greeting cards, giftware, t-shirts and jewelry. You can learn more about Zenspirations, and see some of Joanne’s videos on her website www.zenspirations.com, or on Sakura’s website, www.sakuraofamerica.com.
Joanne teaches her method of patterned drawing in her best-selling books, Zenspirations Letters & Patterning, Zenspirations Dangle Designs, and the new expanded Zenspirations Dangle Design Workbook. For more Zenspirations fun, check out the three new Zenspirations Create, Color, Pattern & Play books– released just in time for the holidays!
Joanne started her career as a greeting card designer, and spent 11 years as the Design Editor for Greetings etc. magazine. She enjoys teaching, and is excited about the series of Zenspirations workshops she’ll be offering in 2014. An expert in Art Licensing, Joanne often coaches artists who are interested in learning about the art licensing industry. Her other books include Greeting Card Design, the 22nd and 23rd Editions of The Speedball Textbook, The Lettershop Calligraphy Project Kit (with Cheryl Adams), Lettering Arts (with Judy Kastin) and Faber Castell’s Brush Lettering and Calligraphy kit, and her new gift book for Harvest House, With God All Things are Possible.
A passionate advocate for artist’s rights, Joanne has a long history of community service. She was the Founding President of the international Association for the Calligraphic Arts, and was one of the Founding Board Members of the American Guild of Judaic Art. She served on the Board of Directors of the Greeting Card Association from 2001 – 2009, and co-chaired the Craft and Hobby Association’s License & Design Advisory Board from 2008-2011. Before that Joanne served as President of the Foundation for the Calligraphic Arts; locally she is active in the Jewish community and has served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center and the Holocaust Center of Central Florida.
Joanne is also our Seminole County Chapter Leader. When not at her drawing board, Joanne enjoys Pinterest, singing, reading, playing word games and spending time with friends and family. Her new book “When You Lose Someone You Love” gives proceeds back to Modern Widows Club as an act of gratitude for what the organization has given her since widowhood.
David Pilcher – Member
A Brigham Young graduate admitted to the Florida Bar in 1994, David has represented clients throughout Central Florida focusing on estate planning using trust, wills and other documents to provide solutions tailored to the needs of each person or family.
He grew up in Central Florida long before the busy days of Disney. He was drawn to estate planning at a young age and continued that course until receiving his juris doctorate. He currently practices full time at Bogin, Munns and Munns.
It is often the case that he meets clients when they have just lost their spouses and are facing a great number of uncertainties in their life. He has seen a huge difference it makes when those clients have a good support network around them and are able to reconfigure their lives to deal with the loss. He looks forward to serving Modern Widows Club and provide assistance for widows and their families. You may reach David Pilcher here.
Tammy Ebright – Member/ Director of Fundraising
Kansas City local Tammy Ebright has been in the mortgage industry since 2001 she has worked in many different phases of the home loan process. Her current role is building relationships and helping people chose the best option for their lives when buying or refinancing a home. In her career she has helped over 3000 people become home owners.
“When my husband David died of a sudden heart attack on November 19, 2012, my whole world was turned upside down. All of the decisions to be made alone….becoming an only parent overnight to our children (4 and 10 at the time), this certainly was not my vision at 40 years old! The kids and I have been through many health challenges, life challenges, secondary losses and massive growth since.”
In February of 2015, Tammy became the Kansas City Modern Widows Club co-leader. “Becoming a part of this community has helped me feel supported and allows me to support and mentor others”. Throughout her career, she has given back to her community in various ways. She served on the board of the Women’s Council of Realtors, Northland Chapter and as the Gala Chair for Kickin’ For Kids events, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network for seven years. “I am very excited to have been voted onto the National Board of Modern Widows Club as the Director of Fundraising. I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to be the change that I wish to see”. You may reach her at WWW.EbrightKansasCityMortgages.com or email at Tammy@ModernWidowsClub.com
Hank Varnell – Member
Hank has been a design client of Carolyn Moor since 2001. He has followed MWC from the inception and is impressed with its progress. He recently joined the board to work in the area of fundraising and bringing in new resources for us to grow and expand our exposure in the business world.
Hank and his wife, Margaret are Ambassadors for our LA chapter launching in October 2017 and have developed a relationship with Jen Johnson, chapter leader. They personally have offered to assist her in any way financially and emotionally as she takes that step. They also sponsored the 2017 4th Annual Leadership Conference Leader Dinner for 35 of our leaders, as a way to show their appreciation.
Nancy Spence – Member
Nancy is has had a diverse career in higher education, business and the nonprofit sector. Currently she is the Director of a regional higher education center and remains very active in her community. Volunteering and giving back have been the cornerstone of her personal philosophy. Nancy was married for 15 years to Jerry and they have a daughter adopted from Russia in 1999. Following her husband’s unexpected death from a very rare and invasive form of testicular cancer in 2010 she knew at some point she wanted to do something to help widows learn to live again. She sought out different groups and ultimately found MWC and felt an immediate connection. She is currently the Chapter Leader for our North Chesapeake, Maryland chapter. Nancy’s life has been enriched by her recent marriage to Michael and she is focused on a future that is built on the foundation of her past but crafted with a new vision for living that captures all the wonderful possibilities ahead.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!
History of the Modern Widows Club Board of Directors:
On September 11, 2015, four women met for the first time as the beginning of the official MWC Board of Directors… Four extraordinary, heart centered and devoted women, who STILL give it their all in every way!!!
It was symbolic to start on Sept 11, because back then in 2011 and still today, I knew it was very, very wrong to leave widows alone without outreach or community in their greatest time of need. Women in widowhood of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds being there for each other, moving forward and reaching back is vital. Especially as they are challenged with all the ongoing secondary losses in the years to come.