Founder and Treasurer: Janet Perna
Prior to her retirement from IBM in 2006, Janet was an executive in IBM's software business. During her 31 year career,
she held a number of positions with world-wide executive responsibilities.
Since her retirement, she is a board member of a number of software companies, is a member of the Foundation Board at
SUNY Oneonta, and is a student mentor and Advisory Council Member for Champions for Learning of Collier County.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and golf.
Co-Founder and President: Melanie Rose
Melanie is a retired IBMer of 30 years who held executive positions in software product management, development and
Now she enjoys her cats and playing golf and tennis.
She also spends time as a Board member of Friends of Cantera in Nicaragua and teaching Adult Digital Literacy to Hispanic and Haitian ESL students.
Vice President: Tina Woodward
Tina is a retired Human Resources executive who held positions at IBM, Cisco, and Charles Schwab.
Tina has previously been an officer on the boards of ARIS in San Jose, CA, and Family Service Agency and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, both based in San Francisco, CA. She loves to read, loves sports, and is committed to
improving hergolf game.
Secretary: Ginger Parrish
Ginger Parrish has 25 years of experience in healthcare administration in a variety of settings including outpatient physical therapy, inpatient rehabilitation, home health, adult day health care, and hospice. Ginger received her Ph.D. in College Teaching with a specialty in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Texas and her B.S. and Master’s Degree from East Carolina University.
She enjoys fishing and spends as much time as possible on her home-made pontoon boat on the Little River in Northeastern North Carolina.
Board Member: Joan Corley
Prior to her retirement from IBM in 2015, Joan was an executive in IBM Global Services. During her 38 year career, she held a number of positions with world-wide executive responsibilities in IBM and ATT.
Since her retirement, she is a board member of a number of not-for- profit companies whose mission is to benefit under served women, conserve the environment and promote wellness. Joan enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters, traveling, horseback riding, running and gardening. She has a business degrees from Pace University and an MBA from University of Colorado and in her retirement enjoys taking courses in Integrative Medicine.
Board Member: Mercy Lagmay Abrams
Mercy practiced as a pediatric anesthesiologist in the New York metropolitan area in both academic health centers and community based health systems for over 27 years.
Since retiring, she has enjoyed all that Southern Florida has to offer, including boating, golf and tennis. Her volunteer work focuses on her belief that all children should have the opportunity to achieve their optimal potential. To that end, she is a Big Sister in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Sun Coast and serves a a mentor for Champions for Learning, The Education Foundation of Collier County.