Originally from Kentucky, Brenda has lived in Indian River County since 1974 and is a Vero Beach High School graduate (1982 – the only 4-A State Champs!). She worked for 22 years in banking, specializing in internal audit, operations, and customer service. In 2002, Brenda left the private sector to pursue a career in local government. She accepted the Bankruptcy & Collections Supervisor position with the Indian River County Tax Collectorâ€™s office, working seven years for then Tax Collector and former State House Representative Charlie Sembler. Brenda served fourteen years at the Tax Collectorâ€™s office, moving up the ranks to the position of Chief of Staff/Director of Operations for the last five years before leaving in November 2016.
Brenda is a Rotarian and believes in living daily by the Rotary 4-way test: Is it the TRUTH, is it FAIR to all concerned, will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS, will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? She is a fundraising volunteer for Camp Haven (menâ€™s homeless transition shelter) & The Womenâ€™s Refuge. She is a current member of F.A.C.T. (Fellsmere Action Community Team) & Wabasso Progressive Civic Club. Brenda previously served on the Live Like Cole board and volunteered with ARC of Indian River. Brenda strongly believes that giving back to our community with her time and talent is just as important as her professional career. Brenda currently serves on the boards of TCCH and Roseland Womenâ€™s Club. She also serves as officer/secretary of The Rotary Club of Vero Beach and the 2nd Vice President of RWIR (Republican Women Indian River) boards.
Brendaâ€™s professional achievements and community awards include:
2010 – Certified as a Florida Collector Assistant (CFCA)
2015 – Florida Tax Collectorâ€™s Association Distinguished Service of Excellence Award
2016 – Executive Leadership Academy Certification, Valencia College
2018 – Recipient of the Jeanette Becker-Riel Award for Outstanding Dedication and
Volunteer of the Year, Republican Women Indian River (RWIR)
2019 – Outstanding Professional Award, Wabasso Civic Club
2019 – Woman of the Year Nominee, Junior League of Indian River
2020 – Rotarian of the Year â€“ Rotary Club of Vero Beach
2022 – Partnership and Support Certificate of Appreciation – School District Indian River County
Brenda enjoys the outdoors and interior design. She loves being involved in the community and greatly appreciates those who give their time, talent, and treasures in doing their part to keep it a wonderful place to live.