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Oasis Board of Directors

Glenda Thornton, Board President

Glenda Thornton is the Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives at the FSU College of Law. Before joining FSU Law, Thornton served as General Counsel at the Florida Lottery and as a Litigation Partner for many years at Foley & Lardner and Bateman Harden. She is such an active community leader that both communities in which she has lived have each honored her by proclaiming Glenda Thornton Day. Her hometown, Mobile, Alabama did so on July 18, 1999, and Tallahassee declared October 7, 2008, Glenda Thornton Day in recognition of her “unwavering commitment to community service.” Also, the Leon County Career Resource Center was renamed the Glenda L. Thornton Career Resource Center.

Her leadership has included serving as Chairman of many boards, including the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Big Bend, Leadership Tallahassee, and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare as well as chairing the United Way of the Big Bend’s 75th Anniversary Campaign.

Kathleen Brennan, Im. Past President

Kathleen Brennan has a long history of volunteer work for non-profits in a variety of areas. She is the Immediate Past President and a Lifetime Founding Member of the Oasis Center for Women and Girls in Tallahassee. Kathleen is also the President of the Florida State Parks Foundation board, a proud member and President of Leadership Tallahassee Class 18, as well as a graduate of the FSU College of Law. 

Jennifer Dooley

Jennifer Dooley is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing, and leadership. As the Executive Director of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA), she leads initiatives, oversees operations, and builds key relationships. Previously, she was the Associate Director at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Florida Chapter.

Her career highlights include serving as the Marketing Director at the School of Theatre at Florida State University and as an adjunct instructor. She began her career with roles at the College of Music at Florida State University and Broadway in Atlanta. Jennifer holds a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Arts Administration from Berry College. As a previous volunteer for Oasis, we are thrilled to have her leadership and creativity on our team as one of our new board members!

Emily Lee

Emily is the Director of Event Sales and Banquet Services for For the Table Hospitality specifically overseeing such brands as Charlie Park Rooftop and the AC Marriott Hotel. After receiving two bachelor degrees from Florida State University, Media/Communications and Information Technology, Emily forged her career in non-profits and the education sector focusing on marketing/communications and program operations. Leading her to a dynamic career shift in hospitality where she is a guest relations champion and oversees the personal success of all event client relationships. In 2019, Emily received the Golden ACE Award for Top 20 under 40 Young Professionals in Tallahassee – the youngest recipient of the winners. Emily currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Oasis Center for Women and Girls where she is again a champion overseeing the personal success of women and and girls in our community. 

Paola Verlage Ramirez

Youth Board Member

Lindsay Ancheta, Board Vice-President

As a mother, professional, and advocate, Lindsay is passionate about finding ways to contribute to her community. A Tallahassee native, Lindsay attended Florida State University and started a career in public relations, communications, and marketing nearly 20 years ago. In the last several years, a career change to the healthcare industry gave her an opportunity to make meaningful connections that increase healthcare access and opportunities within the community – a passion area she hopes to bring to the Oasis Center to improve the lives of women and girls. Currently, Lindsay is the Service Line Administrator for the neuroscience and orthopedic programs and services at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, the Vice-President of the Oasis Center, and mom to Myla (7) and Auden (4). 

Calbrail Banner

Calbrail is a business front-runner of creative solutions and thought-provoking leadership skills that have reached high-ranking officials both within the public and private sectors. She is a calm, consensus leader with extensive relationships.

She offers exceptional verbal and written communication skills with the ability to build trust, collaborate and influence cross-functionally. Her professional vitae includes designing rich strategies to address disconnects in start-ups from grassroots to board level. Calbrail thrives in environments where she can collaborate with key stakeholders and support senior leaders to identify the internal gridlock by offering strategic solutions that drive impact across business units within an organization.
Specialties: Her background and scope of expertise encompass continuous process improvement, change management, compliance and management consulting, high-level strategic planning, and framework development. Calbrail also has a solid reach in many of the issues that are central to diversity and inclusion discussions.
Calbrail is a woman of faith, when she is not exploring with her son, she is creating luxury gift sets, listening to faith-based podcasts, hosting brunch events, or fully immersed in all things HGTV.
Asari Fletcher

Asari Fletcher is a passionate communications leader who advocates for positive change. Throughout her career, she has championed inclusive growth by amplifying voices and fostering collaboration. Her expertise in marketing, PR, and community organizing allows her to forge meaningful connections and drive real impact. At Oasis Center for Women and Girls, Asari finds a perfect fit, sharing their vision of empowering women and girls. She brings her experience and unwavering belief in community-driven change, eager to collaborate and help women and girls dream, achieve, and thrive.

Emilie Light

Emilie Light is a student at Leon High School, representing the Class of ’26. She participates in Dance Marathon as part of the Morale team. Additionally, Emilie volunteers with Pierian Tutoring. She is enthusiastic about contributing to organizations that support for women and girls, and aims to create environments where everyone feels valued and cared for.

Gina Giacomo, Board Treasurer

Gina Giacomo has been in the field of criminal justice for thirty-three years and has vast leadership experience gained through holding a variety of key positions. She is currently serving as the Director of Administration for the Commission on Offender Review. Ms. Giacomo earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from SIU and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from FAMU. She has received many recognitions including Superior Accomplishment Awards from both FCOR and DCF, the Criminal Justice Distinguish Service Award, the Louie L. Wainwright Distinguish Service Award from the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award, the Tallahassee Community College Women’s Trailblazer Award, is one of the 25 Women You Need To Know, and received ten Davis Productivity Awards for increasing productivity and improving services while reducing cost. 

Ms.Giacomo is dedicated to serving her community and improving the lives of women and girls. She served as the Tallahassee/Leon Commission Status of Women and Girls 2017-18 Vice-Chair, the 2018-19 Chair, and is currently serving as a commissioner. Ms. Giacomo is a Past Vice-Chair of the PACE Leon Center for Girls Board, Past President of Zonta Club of Tallahassee, is a current member of the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Statewide, and has served as Past President, Executive Director, and is currently the Chief of Staff, Past President of the Capital American Italian Organization, United Partners Human Services board member, Keiser University Advisory board, and member of the Capital Women’s Network, Women Wednesday and Village Square. Ms. Giacomo is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 33. A perpetual optimist, whose license plate reads “Carpe Diem”, Gina sees herself as a servant leader who gets out of bed each day looking forward to serving others.

Vicki Bradley

Vicki Bradley is a news leader with more than a decade of news producing and leadership experience in newsrooms in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, and Florida. Vicki is a 2007 graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. In 2020, she earned a Master of Science degree in Communications from Syracuse University.

Vicki began her journalism career in 2007 in North Carolina as a producer at WECT News in Wilmington and WGHP FOX8 News in High Point. She then transitioned to the Weather Channel in Atlanta in 2014 covering major weather events across the globe.

In 2015, Vicki returned to North Carolina as an executive producer at WFMY, NEWS 2. Overseeing the station’s Emmy-nominated 11 pm newscast. She was later promoted to assistant news director. After 2 years in Greensboro, Vicki joined CBS 19 in Tyler, Texas as news director in 2017.

Since 2019, Vicki has led the WTXL ABC 27 newsroom in telling stories that impact communities in North Florida and South Georgia. Vicki also works as an adjunct lecturer teaching Personal Branding at the University of Florida.

Savannah Hill

Savannah Hill is a 3L at Florida State University College of Law and a law clerk at Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. After law school, she plans to reside in Tallahassee and practice Civil Rights and Employment Law. Savannah graduated from Florida State University in 2020 where she received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Political Science, a minor in Business, and a certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMHS). Savannah began her service with Oasis as a youth board member while she was a student at Leon High School. Savannah continued her engagement throughout the past several years as a full-voting board member. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Oasis Center for Women and Girls, Savannah serves as the Vice President for the Florida State University College of Law Student Bar Association.

Misty Love

Misty Love is currently the Fair Lending Manager at Capital City Bank in Tallahassee, FL, where she plays a pivotal role in administering and coordinating regulatory compliance efforts.  Her career encompasses 10 years of banking experience, working primarily in regulatory compliance positions, and she is also a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Misty graduated from Oglethorpe University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Rhetoric Studies and served as the Founding President of the Oglethorpe Rotaract Club.  For her leadership and volunteerism, she was awarded the 2012 Charles M. MacConnell Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Oglethorpe University.   Misty continued her education at Florida State University College of Law, where she earned her Juris Master’s degree.  

 Misty believes in being a doer and not a talker and continues to serve her community through various volunteer activities, including serving as a 2021-2022 United Way of the Big Bend Loaned Executive.  She actively volunteers with the Elder Care Services’ Meals on Wheels program and is also a Sabal Palm Elementary School volunteer. 

Kimmy Hogan, Board Secretary

Kimmy Hogan is a Tallahassee native and a proud owner of Fasig Brooks Law Firm. Kimmy works as a trial attorney fighting for those injured in car crashes and fall accidents.  

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Oasis Center for Women and Girls, she is a member of the Society of Women Trial Lawyers, the Capital City Justice Association, and the Florida Justice Association.   She is an avid supporter of Legal Services of North Florida and was delighted to win the 2021 Dancing with The Stars Tallahassee fundraiser by tangoing her heart out.
Gail Dixon

An advocate for women since 1980, Gail Dixon served as both President and Executive Director of Refuge House. She is a Lifetime Founding Member of Oasis and was elected to the inaugural Board of Directors. She returned to the Board in 2021 and chairs the Governance Committee. Gail was one of the Tallahassee Democrat’s “25 Women You Need to Know in 2014,” and a Tallahassee Community College Woman of Distinction for Women’s History Month.  Through her business, Masterful Messaging, Gail works with thought leaders, business experts, and up-and-coming change agents to create powerful messages for influence and impact. Gail is also the leader of The Heart’s Voice Movement, bringing people together to use the power of language and listening to heal the world.

Andrea Jones

Oasis Board Member

Jessica McGrew

Oasis Board Member