Your 2017-2018 League Board
Sroka received her Masters of Arts degree from the University of South Florida and has resided in Tampa ever since. She served as the host of the Hillsborough County’s award winning television show, Able, Determined, and Aware. Sroka recently retired as the Americans with Disabilities Act Liaison for Hillsborough County and she remains involved in promoting an inclusive and diverse community with her work with VSA Florida, the statewide organization on arts and disability. She has served in numerous community leadership roles including the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, the Tampa Mayor’s Alliance for Persons with Disabilities, the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, and the Child Abuse Council. She has received the Florida Disabled Woman of the Year Award, the Mayor’s Outstanding Community Service Award, the March of Dimes Outstanding Contribution Award and the Sertoma Outstanding Community Service Award. She is a past medalist of the National Wheelchair Athletic Association and was the first woman quad rugby player for the international championship team, the Tampa Generals. As a long standing member of the Hillsborough County League of Women Voters Sroka has assisted with many of the League’s educational programs and has a particular interest in healthcare issues.
A League member for four years, aspires to actively participate in the League’s advocacy of democratic processes, especially voter services. Idelia has lived in Florida for the past nineteen years. She was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School. She earned and bachelor of science degree from Siena College, Memphis, Tennessee; a master of public health degree from the University of Tennessee; and a doctorate degree in public health from the University of South Carolina.
Previous to her residency in Florida, she lived and worked in North Carolina and South Carolina in the fields of public health, senior scientist in technology transfer, and environmental restoration/waste management. Currently, she is a retired academic affairs administrator and owner/consultant of ProcPhil Consulting, LLC, an education management company. Other professional activities include accreditation evaluator, science faculty at a local university, graduate faculty and course re-designer at the University of New England, and program review/assessment evaluator. She is a member of St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church and serves as the senior warden of the church vestry. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Theta Omega chapter, actively involved in “service to all mankind.” She continues to participate in professional development activities and, reading is her number one hobby.
A native of Brooklyn, NY and a graduate of NYU’s Film School, Yglesias directs and produces personal legacy films through her company Bluedot Film. In 1999 her family moved to Orlando, FL for her husband’s work and then to Tampa in June 2013. She has had an eclectic career, from producing TV commercials, office managing a NYC law firm, handling communications for a prep school, working in banking as a document specialist, interior decorating and presently as an Executive Personal Assistant.
Yglesias served as the Chair of the national Main Street program, in Orlando, “Downtown South”, a business revitalization program. In 2010, she was appointed as a City of Orlando Task Force Member developing a long term revitalization plan for the same business district. While raising her two children, she served on several school academic and arts related councils. Her involvement with the LWV began in 2008 in Orange County. In 2012, she produced “Get Out the Vote” videos for the League. Her passion for public interest communications and the LWV brings her to her present position with the LWVHC as Vice President. Yglesias previously served as Communications Chair for the LWVHC.
Born and educated in the midwest (U of Kansas), Susan has lived in Tampa since 1981, when she was hired as professor of Anthropology at USF, a position from which she retired in 2011. She served as Chair of the Anthropology Department (1991-97); President of the USF Faculty Senate (2003-05); and Director of the USF Office of Community Engagement (2009-10). She does research on the race, ethnicity, poverty, and housing. In 2002 she published More than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa (U Press of Florida) and is currently writing a book about the Moynihan Report of 1965.She serves on the board of Moses House, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to youth arts and civic engagement located in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa. In collaboration with the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships, she is helping organize a university-community working group on poverty in Hillsborough County.
Nick has lived in the Tampa Bay area for the past 21 years and currently works for Hillsborough County in the Real Estate and Facilities Services Department. He has been a member of the Hillsborough County League for over 8 years and has previously served as the “Voter” newsletter editor and Treasurer. When asked why he’s in the League of Women Voters Nick is quick to respond:
“I think the three most important things for people to know about the League are:
1) The League supports Voter education. They are non-partisan and focus on issues important to Voters.
2) The League does not endorse candidates but does advocate for issues. When the League takes a position on an issue you can trust that position is the right one. They have done the research; they have vetted the options. You know that the position is based on facts.
3) The League is not just for Women. About 30% of League members nationwide are men. I like being in the League because it lets me to learn from and work with so many intelligent involved people.”
Nick looks forward to working with members to grow our local League and continue to expand our influence and achieve our goals.
Linda D’Aquila received her Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from the University of Tampa. She began her career with LifeLink in 1986 working with its affiliated public outreach program, The Florida Statewide Organ and Tissue Donor Program. She retired as LifeLink Foundation’s Vice President of Corporate Administration and Corporate Secretary of its Board of Governors. D’Aquila also served as the Director of the LifeLink Legacy Fund. In 2009 D’Aquila was appointed to serve on the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women as representative of the LWVHC. She served two terms as President of the League and has served as Secretary, Director of Public Relations, Director of FYI/Hot Topics, and Director of Development. She served for six years as Secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Tampa and as Secretary of the Tampa Kiwanis Foundation. In 2011 D’Aquila received the Club’s highest recognition as the recipient of the 39th Annual Doyle E. Carlton Memorial Award for her outstanding service. D’Aquila was also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs, Colorado and served as its Secretary. She served on the board of directors of Tampa Crossroads and currently serves on its Advisory Board. A passionate advocate for organ and tissue donation, she has served on the Board of the National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment (N.O.T.E.) since 2007 and was recently appointed to serve on the board of the Coach Bill Minahan Scholarship Award. She is a member of the Leadership Tampa Class of 2007 (BEST class ever!), the Athena Society, USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy, the Tampa/Hillsborough Human Rights Council, Tampa Tiger Bay Club, Steamboat Seminars, Yampatika, and the Yampa Valley University Women.
Co-Chair Study and Action)
Born and raised in Alabama, Shirley graduated from Auburn University and the University of Virginia School of Law before coming to Tampa with her husband, a Tampa native. Shirley joined the League to learn about her new hometown and has been a member ever since.She was one of only a handful of women attorneys in Tampa in 1977 and so was a founding member of the Hillsborough Association for Women Attorneys in 1982 and served as President of the organization in 1984-1985. She has practiced in the area of bankruptcy law and was a founding member of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, serving as President in 2007 – 2008. Shirley has served in a variety of positions with the local League over a number of years including as President from 2013 to 2016.
(Co-Chair Hot Topics)
A native Floridian and 1977 graduate of FSU College of Law, Holmes currently represents survivors of domestic violence who are seeking protection orders. Politically tuned in since high school, Holmes held internships at the Florida Legislature and she canvassed and campaigned for numerous state and national candidates. She has been involved on boards of community organizations such as Ecology Florida, WMNF Community Radio, Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, and CRAM (Citizens for Responsible Alternatives to Malathion).
Holmes' wonderful children are grown up and she has a beloved grand-dog named Echo
(Co-Chair Hot Topics)
After a twenty-year career with the Florida Second District Court of Appeal, Stem recently retired to pursue community organizing and activism on a fulltime basis. As a fourth-generation Floridian and graduate of Florida State University she has spent countless volunteer hours working toward improving the lives of everyone in our community.
In 1995 Stem founded Camp SPARKS in Hillsborough County, a summer recreation program for children with disabilities that is still operating. She was also instrumental in obtaining more than $12 million in community investment tax funds to build the All People’s Life Center, a nationally recognized recreation facility focused on people with disabilities and their families. In addition to other leadership roles Stem served on the board of Self Reliance for six years, with two terms as Board Chair. She has received several awards for her work in disability advocacy.
Stem is passionate about social justice, particularly the protection and restoration of voting rights. She has recruited, trained, and managed volunteers doing voter registration and education. In addition to her involvement with the League she is a board member and officer of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club and a volunteer mentor at Lockhart Elementary School.
Nancy Sardiñas Lambert
Nancy Sardiñas Lambert was born and raised in historic Ybor City. She is a product of the Hillsborough County Public Schools, finally graduating from the University of South Florida with a doctorate in educational leadership. After working 37 years in many capacities for the school system, Sardiñas Lambert is currently working part-time at St. Leo University. Sardiñas Lambert worked at many levels as a board member for variety of professional organizations and non-profit charity groups. She has been involved as an advocate and political activist since childhood. Sardiñas Lambert and her husband have raised her four children to do the same. Sardiñas Lambert became involved in the League after attending an informational meeting at a retired educators’ meeting last year.
(Co-Chair Study & Action)
Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Mickey received a BA from Rhodes College and an MS from Auburn University. Mickey moved to Altamonte Springs, Florida and spent 12 years in community work, raising her three children and serving as President of Seminole County League of Women Voters. In 1976 Mickey began work in social service management: Human Services Council, including five years as Executive Director; Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida; and Neighborhood Centers for Families for the Orange County Citizens’ Commission for Children. After Mickey’s husband died in 1999, she met retired Judge Don Castor, married him in 2002 and moved to Tampa. He died in 2013. Mickey joined LWV of Hillsborough County to learn about the community and become involved in current issues. She joined the board in 2009 and served as president 2010-2013.
(Communications / PR)
(E. Pasco/New Tampa Unit)
A warm LWVHC welcome to new member Kass Pilczuk! Kass was born in Philadelphia and grew up at the shore in Wildwood, New Jersey. She attended Wildwood Catholic High School and then went on to study at Atlantic Community College.
Kass and her husband Craig moved to Florida in 2003 to be closer to her two sisters. They have three children: Craig, Bill and Kate and four grandchildren: Craig, Autumn-Marie, Kody, and Marie. Kass lives in Land O’ Lakes with her daughter Kate who has an intellectual disability. Sadly, Craig passed away in 2014.
Kass is employed as the Adaptive Coordinator at the New Tampa Family YMCA. Her time is spent managing programs for individuals with intellectual or physical disabilities. Kass reports the most important program she manages is the swim program; providing swimming and safety opportunities for those who might never before had a chance to learn to be safe in the water.
Kass’ first political endeavor was campaigning door to door with her older sister, Bonnie, when John Kennedy first ran for president. Kass notes, “I was Irish and Catholic and we had never had that combination run for president - so our whole family got involved.” Kass is looking forward to registering citizens to vote through a non-partisan organization as well as making a difference in equal opportunities for everyone in fair government.
South County Unit Chair (Open)
Shelley Blood, Speakers Board, [email protected]
Linda D'Aquila, Commission of Status of Women, [email protected]
Rick Garrity, Natural Resources, [email protected]
Pat Hall, Education Chair, [email protected]
Dena Leavengood, Healthcare Chair, [email protected]
Mary Mahoney, Membership Database
Paddy Moses, co-chair Speakers Board, [email protected]
John Teti, Website Support, [email protected]
Carolyn Westlake, co-chair Health Care, [email protected]