Maria Jones– Chair
Member Services Representative, Florida Keys Electric Cooperative
Maria Jones is UWFK’s current board chair. She works at Florida Keys Electric Cooperative as a member service representative and has a background in business communications. In addition to being UWFK’s Unsung Hero this year, Maria also serves as a director of the Leadership Monroe County board and is on the Coral Shores High School Advisory Council. She has lived in Key Largo for over 30 years with her husband, Ronnie, and their beloved dog, Indy.
Trich Worthington – Vice Chair
SVP-Retail Manager, Florida Keys Market, Iberiabank
Trich Worthington is UWFK’s vice chair. She works at Iberiabank as the Senior Vice President where she is responsible for the county’s retail operations. Trich is a graduate of the University of Florida banking school and has lived in the Keys since 1969. Aside from her service with UWFK, Trich is also the treasurer of the 100 Club of Monroe County. She lives in Marathon with her husband, Pete.
Denise Preuss - Treasurer
Director of Finance, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority
Denise Preuss is UWFK’s treasurer. She works at Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority as the director of finance and has a background in accounting and business. Aside from her work with UWFK, Denise is a member of the Key West Noon Rotary, is on the Keys Federal Credit Union board, and graduated from Leadership Monroe County class 21. Originally from Manchester, England, Denise has lived in Key West for 30 years with her husband Pat.
Cheryl Sargent - Community Impact Liaison / Secretary
Benefits and Risk Manager, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority
Cheryl Sargent is UWFK's secretary. She works at Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority as the benefits and risk manager. Cheryl has a background in hospitality management and along with her work with UWFK, she is also a member of the Key West Sunset Rotary and graduated from Leadership Monroe County class 22. Originally from Michigan, Cheryl lives in Key West where she raised her son and daughter.
Jana Hill Caylor was born and raised in the Keys and has just returned to Key Largo with her husband, Dan, and their two Brittany pups, Sam Adams and Ryleigh. She is currently working as a Business Developer for several small and growing businesses and has a BS in Dental Hygiene. Jana has worked to protect the public as a Level 1 Investigator for the US Food and Drug Administration and as a Lieutenant within the US Public Health Service.
Nikki Dunn Cullen
Nikki Dunn Cullen is a marketing consultant, her primary client being the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative. She has a BA in communications from Florida Atlantic University and has been on the UWFK board since 2012. A native Conch, Nikki lives in Key Largo with her husband, John.
Vice President, CenterState Bank of Florida
Bill Doxey is a Vice President Commercial Relationship Officer with CenterState Bank. He has a bachelor’s degree in human resource management, an MBA, and is a graduate of the Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking. Outside of his work with UWFK, Bill is a member of the Upper Keys Rotary and the treasurer of the Florida Keys Scenic Corridor Alliance. He lives in Key Largo and has three children: William, Abigail, and Anna.
Owner, South Florida Bay Builders
Marilyn Fraelich is a former elementary teacher and owner of the South Florida Bay Builders. She has a master’s in elementary education and studied interior design in New York City. She was the Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 2001 and is an avid photographer. She has been in the Keys for 45 years and currently lives in Grassy Key with her husband, Tom.
President, Grimal Grove
Patrick Garvey is the founder of the Growing Hope Initiative and owner of the Grimal Grove. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a background in community organizing and agriculture. In 2012, Patrick was named Volunteer Manager of the Year. He lives in Big Pine Key with his wife, Angelica, his son Steven, and twins Ana and Zoe.
CPA, Keys ABC's LLC
Diana Halenz is a CPA and runs her own practice, specializing in professional service firms and technology implementation. She has a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Union College and spent twenty years working in a management consultant practice. Diana grew up in the Philippines where her parents were missionaries. She currently lives in Key Largo and has three daughters.
Senior Interior Designer, D'Asign Source
Douglas Helkenn is the senior interior designer and showroom manager for D’Asign Source in Marathon. He has an associate’s degree in business and bachelors in interior design. Douglas is a former Take Stock in Children mentor and currently is a member of the Key West Sunrise Rotary. Originally from South Dakota, Douglas lives in Key West with his partner, Steve, and their Chihuahua, Oliver.
Director Business Office, Fishermen's Hospital
Publisher, Keynoter / Reporter
Richard Tamborrino is the publisher of the Keynoter. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and has spent 35 years working in the media. He serves on the Economic Affairs Committee in Key West and has supported United Way for 25 years. Richard currently lives in Marathon with his wife, Candy. They have three children together and four grandchildren.
RN / Infection Control, Fishermen's Hospital
Dianne Weitz is an RN and works as the Director of Infection Control at Fisherman’s Hospital. Currently she serves on the Fishermen's Community Hospital Foundation board, the Leadership Monroe County board, and the Florida Keys Electric Charitable Trust board. Additionally, she was Woman of the Year of the Middle Keys in 2008 and has been a volunteer for the Marathon Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years. Dianne was born and raised in Michigan and currently lives in Marathon.
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