Stephanie Phillips
WRWF President 2022-24

Stephanie is the epitome of a local. She was born and grew up in Panama City, her family were some of the first residents to settle in our beautiful Panhandle area. She and her husband Bill, call Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort home, and there is never a dull moment with their two fur babies, Heidi and Bella. They have raised 5 children and are now enjoying the “empty nest” lifestyle, which includes playing pickleball, traveling, and volunteering. Being a mom has literally been the best adventure of my life and now that two children are married, she is looking forward to having grandbabies to spoil. 

As a successful Realtor of over 23 years, she is the owner and Broker of Resort Real Estate Group, in Sandestin. As a Florida native, she has a passion for the Emerald Coast. She supports her community as a member of some amazing groups – Impact 100, The Green Thumb Garden Club, and now as the President of the Walton Republician Women Federated. She could not be more honored to serve our organization and hopes to fulfill every expectation and work to continue to build a larger and stronger republican presence in Walton County. 

Christine Zelm, VP – Membership

Christine is a new Panhandle resident relocating here from CO in the summer of 2019. She is a retired Sr. Vice President of Sales extensively traveling the US, Europe, and China with her job. She was born and raised in Illinois, in a Republican family (her father was a state auditor), and she leaped at the opportunity to join WRWF, (thank you Julie Bogenreif).

While living in CO (26 years), Christine spent leisure time skiing (volunteering with the NSCD in Winter Park), scuba diving, hiking, biking, running, and traveling the world. 
It is an honor and pleasure to hold an office in this organization with a foundation of women with integrity, wisdom, good character and humility. United and engaged WRWF can effectively impact FL legislation, and advocate for Republican policy makers in this important 2022 midterm election year. “Spread the Red”

Mary Howard, VP – Programs

Mary loves our great Constitution, after God and her family. Raising her three sons was the highlight of her life. For years, her married adult sons were spread out on three different continents, so it took a global pandemic to slow down this grandmother’s travel schedule before she could even consider a board position. Plus, she hates to travel. So after decades of serving on a multitude of boards and teams’ mom, and endless volunteering, she planned to slow it down in Florida.  

Mary is a recovering engineer, from the University of Oklahoma, also with a dusty MBA from Louisiana, where she learned to love crawfish while working in the oil & gas sector.  Born and raised in Oklahoma, and a descendant of share croppers and ranchers, Mary has traveled the world, but managed to call her home base for over 30 years in Texas with her husband, before coming to Florida.  And Mary loves everything about Texas, other than one thing. It’s not Florida. 

Mary has been an active volunteer for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center for years, after having spent years in Texas working with teen girls rescued from human trafficking. The rescued girls were housed on a secluded ranch, where Mary helped mentoring, tutoring with archaic online schooling, and assisting with equine therapy. 

Mary and John serve as Volunteer Beach Ambassadors and active members of The Chapel at Crosspoint Church, after many years of Sunday School teaching at a mega church in Texas and leading Bible Study Fellowship. Mary is also currently active with IMPACT100, serving on grant review committee and annual meeting committee. 

Mary is a lifelong Republican, recently becoming much more politically active in response to the growing attacks on our constitutional rights. She loves live music, meaningful conversations, and walking the beach at sunset with a glass of bubbly.

Secretary –  Julie Bogenreif

 Julie has been a life long Republican with family ties to the party dating back to her grandfather who served on the Virginia Electoral College in the 1940’s and 1950’s.   Julie and her husband have owned real estate in Walton County since 2008 and became full time residents in 2012 upon retirement.  Prior to retirement, she held various positions in her family real estate management company in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Treasurer – Marinell Lightfoot

Like so many others, my husband Danny and I were drawn to this area and thoroughly enjoyed 12 years as tourist. In 2017 we knew we wanted to make Destin our permanent home, and became Floridians!  We really have embraced the lifestyle here, from cruising around on our bikes, to sunset walks along the beaches.  As a former vacationer I volunteered to serve as a Beach Ambassador, passing along my local knowledge and information to others in an effort to keep them safe and our beaches beautiful!  
My career has been primarily in Management of IT Staffing and Consulting firms based in the Dallas, Texas area.  During this time, I also served on several committees and on my HOA board there. More recent I have also served on my HOA board here as well.  Always eager to learn and become efficient in Florida law, I received my certification as a Community Association Manager.
Originally from East Tennessee, my first taste of politics came when my Aunt who served on the County Election Commission encouraged me to become an election worker. I was only 18 and it was actually the first year I was eligible to vote.  I found it very rewarding, however at the time my family favored policies of the Democrats.  As I worked and grew older, it did not take me long to realize that my preferences were aligned with conservative policies. I registered as a Republican and have never looked back! 
I look forward to serving as your treasurer for the WRWF. I am excited to be a part of growing our club and ensuring that Florida, my home stays “Forever Red”!

Past President, Jeri Michie

Jeri Michie is a retired educator with 34 years experience in all levels of public and private education including elementary, middle, and high schools.

Jeri is active in the community volunteering as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor at Butler Elementary, Bible Study teacher, Captain of NWFTA Ladies Tennis team, and coach for SWHS Ladies Tennis.

Faith and family are central to Jeri’s life and she is an active member and teacher at Destiny Worship Center.  She has been married to her husband Scott Michie, a former administrator and current Walton County teacher.  She and Scott have two children, Brian and Bradley.  Brian and his wife, Josie are both educators in Walton County and have two children, Mary Allison and Benjamin.  Bradley works for Carolina Power; he and his wife, Ashley, have two daughters, Laney and Morgan Grace.

Jeri looks forward to an exciting year as WRWF club Past president.

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