My career spanned 40 years in banking. From 1980 to 2007, in Orlando, I served as Senior Vice
President and Manager of the Corporate Trust line of business for SunTrust Bank, managing six
offices in five states, comprised of 136 trust professionals administering institutional trust accounts
for governments, hospitals, housing finance authorities, school districts, utilities, and corporations.
In 2008 I joined Hancock Bank (now Hancock-Whitney Bank), where I managed the Corporate Trust
business in Louisiana and Mississippi, and expanded it into the Florida market.
I served as a member of the American Bankers Association Corporate Trust Committee and was a
regular speaker at the American Bankers Association Capital Markets Forum. I served as a member
of the Worldcom Creditors Committee in bankruptcy, where I represented SunTrust on behalf of
bondholders, and also represented the American Bankers Association on the Muni Council, an
industry group that worked toward development of the EMMA system for reporting financial
disclosure materials for local governments and agencies.
I am a life-long Democrat. My interest in service to the Democratic Party is, in part, related to my
family history. My mother worked as a legislative aide to three Democrats in the Florida legislature:
Ed Blackburn, Pat Frank (a trailblazer for women’s rights and other progressive causes, currently
Clerk of the Court in Hillsborough County) and Jim Davis (former Congressman from Tampa and
Democratic nominee for Governor).
Each year the Florida League of Women Voters in Hillsborough County gives a public service award
to a local recipient; The Sydney and Thalia Potter Civic Leadership Award. It is named after my
parents, who were well-known civic and environmental activists in retirement.
Now that I am retired, living in Flagler Beach and able to offer my time, I would like to serve in some
meaningful way, and help strengthen Florida’s Democratic party. Thank you for your consideration.