Dress for Success Palm Beaches

Meet Our Team

executive director

Joe Ann Fletcher

Bringing over two decades of leadership experience in nonprofit management, Joe Ann joins our team as our Executive Director. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling and Staff Development and has completed all but her dissertation in her doctoral studies in Adult Education and Human Resource Development at Florida International University (FIU). Joe Ann has served on numerous nonprofit boards and in several C-level positions such as CEO of Saint Laurence Chapel Day Shelter, COO of HGH Education Foundation and as the Shelter Director for Women in Distress and Lippman Youth Center. Joe Ann enjoys volunteering in her spare time and has served two consecutive terms as president of her local AKA Sorority Alumni Chapter and recently served two consecutive terms as President of the North Broward County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated: a national friendship and community service organization. Her Motto in life is “to serve and not to be served while making a difference in the lives of others”.

Assistant Director

Pat Stidham

Bringing decades of experience from both the business and nonprofit sectors, Pat leads our community of dedicated volunteers. As a volunteer herself, she understands the vital role they play in a nonprofit’s success. Pat served with the American Red Cross for many years as an instructor and disaster services specialist, assisting displaced families during Hurricane Katrina and the September 11 attack. Pat also owns her own skin care and cosmetics business.

office administrator, Belle Glade Branch

Alexandra Ramos

Born and raised in Belle Glade, Alexandra not only understands the needs of the community but has built many strong relationships along the way. She has retail & fashion experience having worked in retail for nearly five years as an assistant store manager with Cato’s Fashion, and then at Marshall’s in a seasonal role. Outside of work, she volunteers as a coach for her son’s soccer and baseball leagues, and spends numerous hours at her daughter’s volleyball practices and games. Alex loves everything Dress for Success stands for, and looks forward to seeing the transformation it will have on women in the western communities.

Board of Directors

president

Pam Rada

Pam is a fifteen-year marketing veteran and oversees marketing, advertising, and community relations for Good Samaritan Medical Center. Prior to becoming president of our Board, she led our Young Executives for Success (YES!) networking group. Pam is a graduate of the 2020 Leadership Palm Beach County.

Vice chair

Bridjette Shelfo

Bridjette serves as Vice President of Sales for PulteGroup in Southeast Florida. She attended Northern Arizona University on a full-ride basketball scholarship and had a career as a television news producer before moving into homebuilding. Bridjette is a lifelong volunteer, learning the value of serving her community while marching for farmworker rights with her mom as a child. 

 

secretary

Susan August

Susan is a Senior Trust Advisor and lead relationship manager in the Wealth Management office of Northern Trust’s North Palm Beach, Florida, specializing in overseeing personal fiduciary accounts in which the firm is the trustee or co-trustee. Susan is from Endicott, New York and lives in Palm Beach County. She enjoys boating with her family, including her husband and two sons.

Treasurer

Debra Neier

Debra is the owner of DLG Accounting and Advisory Services, a nationally Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise. She graduated from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts and is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and New Jersey, specialized in non-profit accounting. Debra has served on numerous boards throughout her career and has enjoyed volunteering as a Road to Success mentor.

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Lana Blackman

For over 20 years, Lana has used her degree in Broadcast Journalism to host, write, produce and direct commercials and training videos for the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County. Since 2014, she has also been a Legislative Liaison for the SWA. Additionally, Lana owns a consulting/video production company. Lana is passionate about serving others, and has done so in various capacities since 1990.

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Brittany Perkins Castillo

Brittany is Chief Executive Officer of AshBritt, a national emergency management, logistics, and disaster response contractor. Since 1992, AshBritt has been integral to more than 400 emergency management missions having serving 600 clients across the United States and Caribbean. Prior to joining AshBritt, Brittany was a prosecutor, managed a law practice in Austin, Texas, and was a program manager in Doha, Qatar. Brittany served on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture. Brittany is also the co-author of the international best-seller Leading Through the Pandemic: Unconventional Wisdom from Heartfelt Leaders and her work as CEO was recently profiled in Forbes.

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Shaundelyn D. Emerson

Shaundelyn is Program Performance Lead for Procurement and Capacity Building for the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. She received a bachelor of science in health care management from Florida A&M and a master’s in health law from Nova Southeastern. She is a Leadership Palm Beach County 2021 graduate.

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Angela Ledford

Angela is a former news anchor and reporter turned public relations professional, working in the Marketing & Communications department of Florida Power & Light Company. In her current role, she supports outreach for Manatee Lagoon – An FPL Eco-Discovery Center, and she passionately advocates for the facility’s mission of educating the public about manatees and the Lake Worth Lagoon.

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Faith Hamilton Meyer

Faith has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. For more than 20 years, she served as a public relations professional for the University of Northern Iowa and as a communications consultant for numerous companies. She has written two historical books for John Deere factories. Faith, a life-long volunteer, co-chaired the Style for Hope Luncheon for three years. She now serves on the luncheon and development committees and is a Circle of Impact member.

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Caressa Gonzalez Miltz

Caressa is President of Honor House, Inc. and is co-chair of the annual Style For Hope Luncheon. She graduated from Florida International University with a degree in public relations and a minor in marketing. Her company specializes in administrative consulting and corporate events.

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Tammy Jackson Moore

Tammy is the co-founder of Guardians of the Glades and is a member of several boards and committees that address the needs of her community. She holds a degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Business Management from Barry University and brings years of professional experience in the nonprofit arena, state government, as well as municipal administration.

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Bernadette O'Grady

Bernadette grew up in Boca Raton and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. Since 1981 she has worked at WPTV in numerous capacities including program director. Her community involvement extends far into the community, serving on multiple boards across Palm Beach County. 

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Esther Perman

A PR practitioner for four decades, Esther is retired from the NYC agency she helped found and where she scored several career coups. She first volunteered for DFSPB as a mentor and soon joined the Board, chairing the PR Committee, volunteering weekly on our inventory team, and hatching the concept for the “Style Icon” award that’s become a centerpiece of our annual Style for Hope Fundraising Luncheon. She volunteers for her synagogue, including helping at the CROS Ministries Mobile Food Pantry, handling client intake at their Riviera Beach, Greenacres and West Palm Beach locations.

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Erika Williams

Erika is a credit marketing manager with Office Depot and CFIA Certified in FCRA for Data Users. She is also president of the Office Depot Women of Color Associate Resource Group. Erika is a graduate of Strayer University in Richmond and holds a bachelor of science in business administration.

founder and board emeritus

Diane Wilde

Diane Wilde opened the Dress for Success Palm Beaches affiliate in April of 2010. She spearheaded the growth and expansion of the organization from assisting seventy-nine clients during the first year to over five hundred in 2015.