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2015 Board Appointments

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Jacksonville, FL – December 1, 2014….. As it enters its fourth year in Jacksonville, Florida, Women in Insurance & Financial Services of Northeast Florida is pleased to announce the following appointments to its Board:

1. Cheryl Canzanella, LUTCF – Chairperson of the Board
2. Tara Showalter, CFP®, CRPC, JD – President
3. Christina Loddo Epstein – President Elect
4. Amelia Hough Henderson, Esq. – Secretary
5. Lorraine Dorsa FCA, MAAA, MSPA, EA, CEBS,
6. Lynda Graves
7. Jeanne Peterson, CFP®, LUTCF, CLTC.
8. Lisa Pilgrim, CPA, MBA
9. Grace Staten – Treasurer

New Appointments:
10. Rebecca Brothers
11. Angela Brown
12. Julie Chancellor
13. Christina Kelcourse, Esq, CFP®, CRPC
14. K.C. Padget

“WIFS of NEFL will continue its mission to develop and advance women in the industry, and I am proud that we have accomplished a lot in this regard since the establishment of our local chapter,” said Chairperson of the Board, Cheryl Canzanella. “We offer a robust agenda for learning, development and networking on a local and national level and this includes a mentorship program available to women at all stages of their careers,” said Canzanella.

The Board announced that Lisa Pilgrim, who will stay on the Northeast Florida Board, is stepping down as its Treasurer, and instead, is stepping into the role of Deputy Treasurer of the National Board. Michele Haskell who held a previous Board position concluded her term effective October 31, 2014.

“We have worked hard to diversify the background and experience of our Board Members,” said Tara Showalter who is serving her second term as President. “Indeed I want to welcome our newest members, including Grace Staten who has assumed the position of Treasurer. Further, in addition to thanking Lisa Pilgrim for her past service as our Treasurer and congratulating her on her new role, I want to thank previous Board Member, Michele Haskell. Michele has served us since the Chapter’s inception and was instrumental to working on key sponsorship efforts including that of our spectacular summer social,” said Showalter.

“On average, our Board Members have more than 15 years of experience in insurance, banking, accounting, estate planning and the legal practice and WIFS’ mission — to attract, retain and develop best in class financial services professionals — is near and dear to all of us,” said Christina Loddo Epstein, President Elect. “WIFS exists because women in our challenging industry reached out to one another, shared their experiences and inspired an organization that serves its members as a resource, center of learning and leadership strength,” said Epstein.

Anyone interested in learning more about WIFS is encouraged to go to Individuals can also call Lynda Graves, who, in addition to being a Board member, sits on the WIFS Membership Committee. Graves can be reached on 904-731-5110. Organizations interested in supporting WIFS’ educational, networking and social events may reach out to Jeanne Peterson. Peterson is a Board Member and Chair of the Sponsorship Committee. She can be reached on 904-486-2428.


As the preeminent professional organization for women in the financial services industry, Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) is dedicated to attracting capable women to the financial services sector, helping them develop their talents and advancing them toward their fullest potential. More information about WIFS on a national level can be found at and on a local level at