Current Officers

2017-2018 - Cindy Schmitt President

National speaker and trainer, Cindy Schmitt, has over 20 years of experience in the fields of training, performance management and process improvement. Her experience includes motivational speaking, performance management training, and process improvement consulting for schools, non-profit organizations, businesses and governmental agencies across the United States.Cindy holds a Bachelor's of Professional Studies from Barry University and a Master's in Computer Information Systems from Florida Tech. Cindy has served on numerous boards and committees at local, state, and national levels. Cindy Schmitt's realistic, upbeat, and systematic approach has earned her recognition as a leader in her field. Two such honors include Air Force Space Command Training Director of the Year, and the Air Force Professional Performer Award given to the top 5%.Currently, Cindy is the Senior Director of Continuing Education programs at Florida Institute of Technology, which includes the Applied Behavior Analysis Professional Development Program that is offered live and through distance learning. She is currently involved in research involving instructional technology in the online learning environment. Her passion is discovering and experimenting with new learning technologies.

2017-2018 - Maria Sulick Vice-President

Maria was born and raised here on the Space Coast.  She graduated from Titusville High School and attended Eastern Florida State College (at the time Brevard Community College) and the University of Central Florida, where she studied Business Administration.    For a period of about 6 years, Maria moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where she started a family.  Maria returned to Brevard County in 1998 and moved to Indian Harbour Beach where both her son and daughter attended the local public schools.  Maria was and still is today, very involved with the Brevard Public school system.  She served in various positions on the Parent and Teachers Organization at Ocean Breeze Elementary as well as volunteering regularly in the classroom and participating in the mentoring program.  During this time, Maria and her sisters acquired a small business in which Maria held the position of Chief Financial Officer.  This lead to involvement with the Women’s Business Center at FIT, where their company was one of the first to participate in the business mentor program now known as IGNITE 360.  After the sale of their family business, Maria began her career in the Financial Services Industry.  She also returned to school at Eastern Florida State College and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in General Business Management.  Maria holds several Financial Service licenses including the FINRA Series 7 and 66 as well as the Florida State Life and Annuity License.  In her free time, Maria enjoys Bikram yoga, tennis, and spending time with her husband, Bill and Springer Spaniel, Molly as well as the rest of her family which is scattered throughout Brevard county and Orlando.  Maria joined ABWA last year and looks forward to serving on the board and participating in an organization that nurtures the professional and personal growth of our local women.

2017-2018 - Angela Johnson Secretary
2017-2018 - Catherine Alexander Treasurer

In 2013, Catherine Alexander founded Alexander Consulting, a firm dedicated to guiding teams to excellence. She is a certified member of the Project Management Institute and utilizes industrial engineering techniques to improve processes and increase profits.  In addition, she has extensive experience in strategic planning and developing winning proposals.Ms. Alexander served as the Project Manager for the NASA Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center. In this role she provided leadership, technical management and team development for the LSP Engineering Services Contract from 2003 through 2012.  Previous assignments with NASA included the Staff Office Lead in the Joint Performance Management Office providing analytical skills, communications management and customer service metrics for base services totaling over $300 million annually. Catherine retired from NASA after 33 years of service in 2013.Ms. Alexander is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, and Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL with a Masters of Business Administration.  She also attended the Pennsylvania State University on a NASA Fellowship for Leadership Development.  While at NASA, she was awarded a Silver Snoopy Award, numerous Distinguished Performance Awards, a NASA Certificate of Commendation and the KSC Director’s Gold Dollar Award in 2003 and 2004.Catherine is a resident of Merritt Island and is active in her community through membership in several women’s support groups, including the Women’s Center Guild and the Brevard Cultural Alliance and Dance Arts Centre, a non-profit dance school in Indian Harbour Beach. Her interests include classical ballet, gardening, and actively promoting better mass transit options within Brevard County. Catherine has been a member of Oceanside Charter Chapter since May 2015.


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