President / CEO
Kate Bauer-Jones has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in Education Management and Innovation from Western Governor’s University. She also completed doctoral coursework in Public Policy and Education with the University of South Florida before moving to the Keys in January of 2015. Kate began her career as a special education teacher in the South Bronx before moving into curriculum development and youth service management for both the Boys and Girls Club and United Way. Currently Kate is a Take Stock in Children mentor, a member of the Key West Noon Rotary, and is board chair of the Monroe County Continuum of Care. Additionally, Kate is a part of the United Way Worldwide Inclusion Council and the Key West Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. She lives on Ramrod Key with her wife Beth and their three dogs Henry, Lila, and Sophie B.
Loretta Geotis, originally from Southern Illinois, has lived in the Florida Keys since 2002. She has served as Director of the Sexual Violence Prevention Program in the Monroe County Schools on behalf of the Upper Keys Guidance Clinic, Office Manager for the Free Press in Islamorada, Executive Director of the Marathon Community Theatre and Director of Operations for Florida Keys Land & Sea Trust/Crane Point Museum. Loretta’s background is in advertising and public relations. She and her husband, C. J., volunteer for several non-profit organizations.
Upper Keys Director of Resource Development
Ann Sandlin spent her childhood in the Upper Keys and Miami before moving to Atlanta, GA where she worked in management and became a gemologist. She is currently involved with the Ocean Reef Foundation, the Key Largo and Islamorada Chambers of Commerce, the Upper Keys BPW membership committee, and the Upper Keys Resource Committee. Ann lives in Key Largo with her Doberman Pinscher, Olivia.
Chelsea Catherine Wait
Directress of Operations
Chelsea Catherine Wait has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tampa and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a PEN Short Story Prize Nominee, winner of the Raymond Carver Fiction contest in 2016, a Sterling Watson fellow, and an Ann McKee grant recipient. Currently she serves as the secretary for the Key West Writer’s Guild and lives in Sugarloaf Key.