Current Officers

2019-2020 - Maria Sulick President

Born and raised here on the Space Coast, Maria graduated from Titusville High School and attended Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard Community College) and the University of Central Florida, where she studied Business Administration.    For a period of approximately six years, Maria lived in 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, where she served in various positions within 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 small business led to her 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 in January 2017 and served as Vice President in 2018-2019. She looks forward to serving as President, and participating in an organization that nurtures the professional and personal growth of our local women.

2019-2020 - Tenille Perry Vice President

Born in Dallas, Texas, Tenille Perry moved to Brevard County, Florida in 1990.  She graduated from Palm Bay High school in 1995, and then started focusing on a career in the insurance industry in the year 2000.  Since high school, Tenille has always wanted to do something to help people, but she was at a loss as to what to do until she started in the mail room of an underwriting insurance company.  She soon took to the insurance world like a duck to water.  Within six months of getting into the industry, Tenille was running a division of the auto department then transferred to the state insurance side.  After two years in the underwriting field, Tenille desired to have more opportunity to use the knowledge she acquired to educate the public, so she migrated into the agency side of the business.

In the agency field, Tenille has worked for State Farm and Allstate for many years, focusing on all aspects of the insurance industry with primary focus on customer relations to show her clients how to fully protect their hard, earned assets.  Now, as an Account Manager with an independent agency, Levay Mack Insurance Group, Tenille has been able to share her knowledge and broaden the company availability to her clients with more than 100 companies to offer. 

Tenille joined ABWA as a continued avenue to learn a great deal from the brilliant women in the organization, and to further her knowledge in many different areas. Tenille  has been a member of the chapter since January 2019.  She previously served as Treasurer.

2019-2020 - E'ala Burgess Secretary

Born on the big island of Hawaii, E’ala was raised by her single mother who always owned her own businesses from grocery stores to landscaping companies. A strong work ethic and drive for success were instilled in E’ala at a very young age as she helped to run the family businesses. When her mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, they sold everything and moved to Florida, where E’ala had the opportunity to become a corporate sales trainer for a sister company of NASCAR. 

After traveling the country training sales offices for a few years, E’ala found Melbourne and decided to settle down from life on the road.  She became a sales manager for Hand and Stone Spa and then moved on to the Hilton where she started working in guest services and then moved to sales coordinator in less than a year. E’ala plans to continue her sales career journey as she works her way into revenue and sales management. She is on target to complete her AS degree in Business Administration in the spring of 2020 at Eastern Florida State University.
E’ala currently runs her own dog sitting business and is in the process of starting up a family-operated, hand crafting and art teaching business with her mother, who has made an amazing recovery over the years since her original diagnosis. 

In her spare time, E’ala volunteers at the Brevard Zoo in the commissary department where she assists in making diets and enrichment items (toys) for the animals. E’ala joined Oceanside Charter Chapter in May 2019 and is grateful to be a member of a wonderfully supportive and inspirational group of women!

2019-2020 - Andrea Ellis Treasurer

Andrea Ellis was born and raised in the Philippines, where her family owned a neighborhood convenience store, which was passed to them by her maternal grandmother. Growing up in the family business, Andrea learned how to stock shelves, clean the store, and work as a clerk.  At a young age, she learned how to do it all and how to run the family business. Fluent in two languages, Andrea considers herself an eternal student. Therefore, it was no surprise that she earned two business degrees.

Andrea graduated from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She also earned a Business Administration’s degree with high honors for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland. Prior to that, Andrea was employed as a document controller for a multi-billion-dollar mining project in Perth, Western Australia.

Andrea strongly believes that the meaning of life is to find your gift, and that the purpose of life is to give that gift away as service to others.  This conviction made it an easy decision for her to join the Oceanside Charter Chapter in February 2020, when she considered it a privilege to volunteer as the Social Media Coordinator for the Chapter.  Andrea’s passions include entrepreneurship and technology.  Her enthusiasm in the Chapter led to her appointment by the Executive Board to fill a vacancy and to serve the Chapter as Treasurer.  In her free time, Andrea loves working out at the gym, crafting, enjoying the beach, going to Disney World, and spending time with her family.

2019-2020 - Cindy Schmitt Past President Advisor


As a national speaker and trainer, Cindy Schmitt, has more than 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 earned a Bachelor's of Professional Studies from Barry University, a Master's in Computer Information Systems from Florida Institute of Technology, and has completed PhD coursework in Human Centered Design.  Currently, Cindy is the Senior Director of Continuing Education Programs at Florida Institute of Technology, where she is engaged in research involving instructional technology in the online learning environment. Her passion is discovering and experimenting with new learning technologies. 

Cindy has been a member of Oceanside Charter Chapter since February 2015, where she has served or chaired the Membership, Hospitality, Fundraising, Program and Best Practices Committees. She has also served on the Executive Board as Secretary, Vice President and President. Cindy has served on conference committees at three national conferences and has completed seven Apex courses in addition to many other professional development courses and training certifications.  Most recently, Cindy was honored as a 2020 Top Ten Business Woman, and currently serves on the Chapter’s Executive Board as Past President Advisor.


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