Meet our Swim Team

 (See what we did there.)  As an all-volunteer organization, we appreciate all of the heart and hard work our team puts into this organization.   It is their strong belief that we can truly make a difference on a grand scale with LGBTA Women in our community. 

Joce Pritchett
Secretary
Jocelyn Pritchett, PE is a civil engineer and city planner with 30 years of experience in the field of transportation. She holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering and a second Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She currently co-owns, serves as CFO and President of the Board for Pritchett Steinbeck Group, Inc, a local engineering firm with offices in Tampa, FL and Raleigh, NC. In 2016, Jocelyn and her wife successfully brought legal action against the State of Mississippi to have their marriage recognized in their home state. Jocelyn was the first woman to serve as the President of Board for the Mississippi Engineering Society and the first openly gay person to run for statewide office in Mississippi. She now lives in South Tampa with her wife, Carla and their two children Grace and Ethan.
Dara Eckhart
Dara Eckart
Director of Events
Dara Eckart is the Executive Director of Friends of Strays, a non-profit, no-kill shelter located in St. Petersburg. After spending 15 years at Indiana University in fundraising and administration, she moved to Florida in 2015 to pursue Dara’s goal of leading a non-profit organization. In her first year at Friends of Strays, she led the organization through previously unseen growth including doubling the number of adoptions and increasing adoptions income by more than 60%. Dara is working with the Friends of Strays Board on a strategic plan that includes entering a capital campaign to purchase or build a new facility for continued expansion of the shelter that includes a low-cost public spay/neuter/wellness clinic. Dara has dedicated her efforts to improving the reputation of the organization in the community and making a difference in the lives of homeless and abandoned pets through strategic restructuring of organizational policies, public outreach, fundraising events, and building relationships with businesses, donors, and influential members of the community.
Dr. Bonita “Bo” Best
Dr. Bonita "Bo" Best
Vice President
Dr. Bonita Best holds Doctor of Business Administration, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Technology Management and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Sciences. She’s owned several for-profit organizations and founded a nonprofit organization that focused on training underserved individuals and aiding in job placements in the DC-Metro Area. She’s also served as an IT Director of a Miami-Based nonprofit organization that focused on provided services and support to the HIV-AIDS community in Metro-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties.
Dr. Karen Reese
Dr. Karen Reese
Director of Events
Professional background: Dr. Reese is a chiropractor, since 2000. Previously, she was a photographer (shh, that’s a secret). Volunteer history: Past board member and the first female board president of the Tampa Bay Business Guild (currently the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce), delivered food for people suffering with HIV/AIDS, aided people with spinal cord injuries, and a research team studying multiple sclerosis. She was also a volunteer at the Paralympic and Olympic games held in Georgia.
Carla Douglass
Carla Douglass
Founder/President
 Carla holds a Master degree in Human Resource Management. Carla served in the military for 23 years and currently works in the federal government as Program Manager. Carla has a passion for serving the less fortunate and survivors. In 2017, Carla served 45 days in Puerto Rico to assist the hurricane survivors and served as an Executive Board member for Veterans First LTD, a non profit organization in Phoenix, AZ that assist homeless women veterans.

Want to join our team..

We can always use help on our committees and the board.

It is a great opportunity to have a hand in the direction of our organization, fantastic way to network and meet folks as well as just feeling good helping others!