Who We Are

Extraordinary  undertakings  can  spring   from   extraordinary  loss. In  1973,  Ray  and  Richard Martin    lost   a   premature   twin    daughter,   Abbie.   That   tragedy  inspired    Ray’s   mother, Ellen Cavert,  to create  what  would  become  the hospital’s largest volunteer-driven, community- supported source  of  philanthropy.  Formed  in  1973,  The  Women’s  Board  has  grown   from  41 to 400   members  and  raised  more  than  $30  million  for  equipment, programs and  facilities at  Wolfson  Children’s   Hospital.  The  Women’s  Board’s  unparalleled  success  is  testament to Mrs. Cavert’s indomitable commitment to improving and saving the lives of children.

The Women’s Board strives to further awareness in the community of the services and remarkable facilities of Wolfson Children’s  Hospital and to raise funds to ensure the best health care for each and every child who comes through the hospital’s doors.

We are women of purpose. Our mission is to raise funds and awareness for this very special hospital, where no child is ever denied the very best of care, regardless of ability to pay. Our hospital provides almost $40 million annually in charity and uncompensated care for our ever-increasing geographic area. Wolfson depends upon The Women’s Board, and we depend upon and need you to partner with us.

The Women’s Board was formed in 1973 as the result of a sweet baby girl, Abbie Ray Martin, who died because Wolfson, at that time, did not have the equipment to sustain her fragile life. From that tragedy has bloomed triumph. The Women’s Board has raised more than $30 million for Wolfson, saving life after precious little life.

From an initial 41 members, we have grown to more than 400. We are all volunteers who believe in this very special mission, and all that we do is FOR THE CHILDREN.

The Women’s Board is led by the President and Executive Committee, which include Vice Presidents, Chairs of our Events, Treasurer and Secretary, and other vital positions. Our Advisory Board is made up of Past Presidents. We have a staff that includes our Director Sally Parsons, Accountant John Adcox, Finance Coordinator Ginny Douberly and Administrative Assistant June Duncan. We have almost 400 volunteer members, as well as many additional volunteers. We depend upon the vital partnership and support of our community sponsors, both corporate and individual, whose gifts enable us to do the amazing things we do for Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Becoming a member of The Women’s Board requires a high level of commitment. We track potential members and require a minimum of three years of service before membership is considered. This is a big reason for our members’ high level and long-term commitment. Our members are members for life, as most continue to volunteer year after year after year.

During a coffee reception in April the Executive Committee welcomed 24 new members to The Women’s Board (see photo below).

 

 

 

 

New members Marla Buchanan, Lori Hariton, Amanda Thoele, Colleen Haley, Sabrie Edmonston, Marleigh Gulliford, Mary Martha Waterworth, Jennie Hugo, Annie Bryan. (Not pictured: Gayle Houston, Lisa Barnett and CeeCee Cassidy.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

More New Members: Mrs. Jamie Rood, mother of new member Mrs. Holly Hepler, Miss Alexandria Klempf, new member daughter of Mrs. Shelley Klempf.

 

CURRENT LEADERSHIP

FOUNDER AND CHAIR EMERITA

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Mrs. Tillman Cavert Jr. (Ellen),2015 Eve Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Click here to learn more about Ellen Calvert and how the Women’s Board began.

PRESIDENT 2017-2018

 

Mrs. Elizabeth H. Langley

Click here to learn more about our new president.

2018 ART & ANTIQUES SHOW CHAIRS

Claudia Adams
Liza Barnett
Holland Gibbs
Marleigh Gulliford

2017-2018 FLORIDA FORUM CHAIRS

Mrs. William M. Forrester (Katherine)
Mrs. Gilbert J. Pomar., III (Jane)

2017 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Executive Committee
Mrs. David T. Albaneze
Mrs. Troy Andrade
Ms. Caroline Brinton
Mrs. William M. D’Antignac
Mrs. T. Wayne Davis
Mrs. Glen R. Feeley
Mrs. James W. Folds
Mrs. William M. Forrester Jr.
Ms. Julia L. Howard
Mrs. Mark M. Hutto
Mrs. Christopher M. Kirby
Mrs. Stephen J. Kunz
Mrs. R. Stephen Lucie
Mrs. T. Parker McCrary
Mrs. Michael J. Miller
Mrs. Ricardo Morales III
Mrs. James F. Moseley Jr.
Mrs. Kevin M. Neal
Mrs. Gilbert J. Pomar III
Mrs. Randy C. Reagor
Mrs. Mark L. Rosenberg
Mrs. Bradford G. Thoburn

Past Presidents

Mrs. Tillman Cavert Jr.
Mrs. Willis M. Ball III
Mrs. Matthew S. Bargas
Mrs. William D. Brinton
Mrs. Daniel W. Connell Jr.
Mrs. Hugh M. Durden
Ms. Kaye R. Glover
Mrs. Henry H. Graham Jr.
Mrs. Elizabeth H. Langley
Mrs. J. Kirk Martin
Mrs. Jerald H. Pietan
Mrs. L. Johnson Sarber III
Mrs. Bruce A. Smathers
Mrs. Robert L. Stein
Mrs. B. DeWitt Storm
Mrs. Donald M. Wolfson

Past Florida Forum Chairs

Past Art & Antiques Show Chairs

For The Children

Contact Us

1325 San Marco Boulevard, Suite 802
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: 904.202.2886
Fax: 904.202.2778
Email: womensboard@bmcjax.com