Brandi Gomez is a Communications Specialist at Gulf Power Company. Previously, she served as Marketing Communications Director at Council on Aging of West Florida. She is involved in the local community as a graduate of Leadership Pensacola’s Class of 2017 - Look B4 You LeaP, curriculum committee member for Leadership Pensacola's Class of 2018 and board member of the Florida Public Relations Education Foundation.
In 2017, Gomez was honored as the President's Award recipient for FPRA Pensacola chapter. In 2016, Gomez was selected as one of InWeekly's 2016 Rising Stars. She also received a Judges’ Award for her work on Council on Aging’s Corporate Sponsorship Packet. In 2015, she received an a Grand All Image Award for her work on the Rat Race 5K, was awarded the 2015 FPRA Member of the Year for the Pensacola Chapter, and was honored as a member of the 2015 Joe Curley Rising Leader Class. In 2013, Gomez received an Award of Distinction from the Florida Public Relations Association for her team’s work on the rebranding campaign for Friends of the West Florida Public Library. Gomez graduated from the University of West Florida with a bachelor's degree in communications, specializing in public relations.
In her free time, she enjoys maintaining her fashion and lifestyle blog, taking her dogs to the Bayview Dog Beach, and volunteering in the community.
Vice President of Membership/President Elect
Sarah Whitfield is a public information specialist for Santa Rosa County. Working directly under the public information officer, she is responsible for the dissemination of accurate and timely information to Santa Rosa County residents, the media and employees. She also conceptualizes, designs and distributes communication products which support the county's mission, programs and services, including brochures, newsletters, surveys and news releases. Her responsibilities also include two-way communication with the media and the public.
In 2017, Whitfield was honored as a member of the Joe Curley Rising Leader Class and received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Matt Gaetz for this honor. She also received an Award of Distinction for her work on the Santa Rosa County “Cant’ Stop the Feeling” video that showcased why Santa Rosa County is a great place to live, work and play. Whitfield earned a bachelor's degree in art with a specialization in graphic design from the University of West Florida.
She is actively involved in her community, graduating from Leadership Santa Rosa Class 30 in 2016, serving as a co-leader of the Living Truth Church Soul Sisters, acting as a buddy for special needs children on Sundays and during monthly respite events and serving as the secretary for One Love Florida – a group that performs acts of kindness throughout Santa Rosa County each year during the week leading up to Easter. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, coffee dates with friends and spending time with her family.
Nicole Stacey is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Visit Pensacola, Inc. Previously, she served as the President/CEO of the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Director of the Santa Rosa Island Authority Visitor Information Center.
Stacey earned a master's degree in strategic communications and a bachelor's degree in public relations and marketing from the University of West Florida. She is involved with the local community as a member of LeaP c/o 2015, Independent News Rising Stars, Junior League, HipHuggers Mardi Gras Krewe, Fiesta of Five Flags, Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity Inc., and has been a member of FPRA Pensacola Chapter as a student member throughout college and now as a professional member. In 2015, she received an Award of Distinction for her efforts on the 2015 Taste of the Beach website. Stacey is also involved at the state level as a member of the inaugural LeadershipFPRA c/0 2017. Stacey loves being involved in the community, traveling and enjoying time with friends and family!
Mandy Fernandez is a writer and marketing specialist at Baptist Health Care. Her responsibilities are managing three internal publications, including a monthly newsletter, bimonthly communication and weekly new bulletin. She also edits, writes and plans the content for the external publication, Gulf Coast Healthy Living magazine that has a readership of 80,000 people in the community. She assists internal clients, creates communication plans and features both people and services within Baptist Health Care’s Mission. Her background is in writing, marketing, public relations and business development.
Previously, Mandy was the marketing coordinator for the Florida Small Business Development at the University of West Florida. She also spent time as a marketing coordinator for Smoothie King Franchises, Inc. headquartered in New Orleans, planned marketing and special events for the Alabama Association of School Boards and clerked for the City of Moraine, Ohio.
Mandy is a published author. Her children’s book, Kazoo Makes the Team, was released in December of 2016. She writes a monthly column in Greater Pensacola Parents magazine. Mandy has also been published in local and national newspapers, magazines, educational journals and health communication books. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor's degree in English with emphasis in technical writing. In her free time, Mandy enjoys swimming, reading and being storyteller to her two children.
Megan Siefert serves as Vice President of Finance for the Florida Public Relations Association Pensacola Chapter. Since 2007, she has worked at ProHealth as the senior account executive. Her role is to maintain and build client relationships through marketing and communication outreach.
She earned a bachelor's degree in public relations and marketing from the University of West Florida. She is involved in the local community as a member of the Pensacola Beach Chamber, and also serves as an ambassador with the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce. She is a Pensacola native and loves spending time with her husband and two children, Camden and Sadie.
Vice President of Networking
Mallory Wilson is the Annual Giving Coordinator for Sacred Heart Foundation, the fundraising arm of Sacred Heart Health Systems. In this role, she helps raise awareness and funds for the hospital’s areas of greatest need by planning and promoting signature fundraisers as well as maintaining the Foundation’s social media presence.
Wilson is a Pensacola native. In 2007, she graduated from The Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Communications. Her experience includes eight years of local non-profit work specializing in events and marketing. Wilson is also a long standing community volunteer having served as The Junior League’s 2011 Chair of Market Basket, 2013/14 Hip Hugger Board Member, 2015 Fiesta of Five Flags Commando, most recently joined FPRA in 2016.
Vice President of Communications
Amy Minchin is a communications consultant and freelance writer, providing strategic public relations and writing support to corporations, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. With nearly 20 years’ experience, she has worked with local, regional and national clients in financial services, healthcare, social services, higher education, tourism and multi-family housing. Amy’s writing frequently appears in UWF Connection, visitpensacola.com and visitflorida.com. She began her career with Birmingham, Ala.-based Regions Financial Corporation, where she worked in corporate communications for 13 years. Her experience includes internal and executive communications, media relations, publication writing and editing, and corporate social responsibility. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Samford University, and completed graduate coursework in communications at the University of Alabama. She is a graduate of Leadership Pensacola and a volunteer for the Santa Rosa County School District and Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle. She is a past president of the Pensacola Chapter of FPRA.
Josh Newby is the Marketing/Communications Director for Council on Aging of West Florida, where his responsibilities include media relations, event management, community advocacy, marketing and advertising, and overseeing fund development. Previously he served as editor at Ballinger Publishing and a communications specialist at University of West Florida.
Newby earned a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership and Communication from UWF in 2014 and a bachelor’s of public relations from UWF in 2010. He is a graduate of the Pensacola Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Pensacola program class of 2016, a board member with EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless, the District 1 representative for Florida Association of Aging Service Providers, a committee member with the Escambia County School Marketing Advisory Council, and a member of Five Flags Rotary. In 2010, he and a team of UWF students won FPRA’s state Golden Image Award; in 2012, he and his colleagues won FPRA’s local Judge’s, Image and Grand Image Awards. Newby enjoys spending time with his dogs and wife (in that order), renovating his house, and being active in the community.
Vice President of Image Awards
Kim Stefansson is the Public Relations Coordinator for the Escambia County School District, an organization responsible for the education of over 42,000 students in 47 schools and 27 other district owned sites. ECSD is also the 2nd largest employer in Escambia County. Stefansson graduated from Towson University in Maryland with a B.S. Degree in Mass Communication and was commissioned into the US Navy. Her service was primarily as a Public Affairs Officer taking her literally around the world before arriving in Pensacola. She retired from the Navy and soon found a new adventure in education, earned a Master’s Degree from UWF, and taught for 10 years before becoming the District’s PR Coordinator two school years ago.
Accreditation and Certification
Sonya Daniel joined the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections in 2011 and currently serves as the Deputy Supervisor of Elections for Administration. Prior to joining the Elections Office, she was the Public Information Manager for the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners (November 2002 – November 2011). Her office handled the county’s media relations; coordination and promotion of county events and activities; and managed the government access television station, ECTV. Sonya began her career in public relations in 1989. She is Accredited in Public Relations (APR). She was named the Pensacola Chapter of FPRA’s Crisis Communicator of the Year for 2004 for her work during Hurricane Ivan and in 2010 for her work during the BP Oil Spill. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of West Florida. Sonya received a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Shorter University, in Rome, Georgia and a master’s degree in Strategic Communications and Leadership from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. She is married to Larry Daniel. She has three beautiful step-daughters and five wonderful grandchildren.
Cam Johnson joined Cox in December 2012, as the Manager of Public Affairs for the Gulf Coast. He is responsible for external public affairs, local government affairs and media relations and charitable giving in the Florida/Georgia market.
Cam came to Cox from the Escambia County where he served as communications coordinator. Prior to the county, he served as the public information officer for the city of Fort Walton Beach where he received the Florida City-County Managers Association “Innovation in Communication/Technology” Award (2008). Prior to joining Fort Walton Beach, Cam worked for WEAR ABC-3 as the Okaloosa County photographer and reporter.
Cam is a graduate of Leadership Pensacola (2016), Leadership Okaloosa (2009), and Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Advanced Public Information Officer program (2007).
He is member of the Pensacola Sports Board of Directors, Fiesta Board of Governors, and Arc Gateway Foundation Board of Trustees. He’s also a volunteer youth football coach, assistant Scout Master in Boy Scout Troop 608 and Sunday School teacher. In his spare time, Cam loves spending time on the water with his family.
A native of Pensacola, Cam holds a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Marketing from the University of West Florida. He and his wife, Christy, live in Pensacola with their two children, Chase (13) and Alexandra (8), and several pets including dogs, chickens, lizards and fish.