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The South Florida Chapter encompasses the Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe County area and surrounding suburbs.

Leadership Team


Chapter Leads -  Elisa Becher, Julie McGinty, and Nancy Maxwell
Treasurer - Bonnie Mitten
Archivist - Nancy Maxwell
Membership – Susan Goldfein, Sharon Stillson
Newsletter – Maya Bat Ami
Peer Group/ SIG Coordinator - Julie McGinty
Members at large
Susan Stark
Susan Whiting
Judy Lodish
Gale Baker
Judith Pertnoy

Maya Bat-Ami
            Maya was born and raised in Ohio, and moved to Florida in 1968.  She holds a Psy.D. from Nova Southeastern University, and works full-time as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice.   Maya has two children and four grandchildren.  In addition to her career,  she enjoys spending time with loving friends and family.  She also enjoys computers, CSPAN, art work, communal living, and "designing the next 30 years of her life without a manual."  In addition to her role on the Steering Committee, Maya edits the Chapter's Newsletter, and has been appointed Webmaster for our Webpage.
Elisa Becher
            Elisa hails from Brooklyn, New York but has lived in Florida since 1978.  She has a Master's degree and is an Education Specialist in Administration and Supervision.    Elisa taught for 32 years, and has been retired since 2012.  She presently is an interim substitute teacher for autistic students.  She is married, has three children, four grandchildren, and four Persian cats.   She volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem and for Impact Broward/Encore Connect.  Elisa keeps fit by going to the gym, and is presently writing a book, which has become her latest passion.  Besides serving on the Steering Committee, Elisa coordinates the post-meeting luncheons and frequently provides meditation and Reiki sessions for members prior to general meetings.
Susan Goldfein
            Susan hails from New York City, and despite inhabiting three different boroughs over the years, she remains Brooklyn-proud.  She earned a doctorate in Speech Pathology  from Columbia University, specializing in adults with acquired neurological disorders.  She was an adjunct professor, and a consultant and educator in the field of Alzheimer's disease.  A  snowbird for 13 years, she spends the majority of the year in Florida, but escapes to the north for the summer.  She is married, has two sons, three step-daughters, five grandchildren, and two geriatric Labrador Retrievers.  Retirement recharged an old interest in writing, and Susan currently maintains a blog site called "1000 Things To Say Before I Die,"  where twice a month she posts humorous essays about life from the perspective of "a woman of a certain age."  Other involvement with the chapter includes the Membership Committee, Snowbird liaison, and facilitating the Writer's peer group.
Judy Lodish
            Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Judy spent most of her adult life in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area before moving to Plantation, Florida over 10 years ago.  Judy received a Master's degree in education and social work from the University of Michigan, and has over 35 years of experience in management and consulting positions in the areas of Human Resources, Organizational Development, Student Services, and Career Services.  Judy now has her own resume writing business (JL Career and Resume Writing) and is not yet ready for a full transition into retirement.  So pleased to have discovered The Transition Network, Judy takes part in a peer discussion group and co-leads a book group, while also serving on the South Florida Chapter's steering committee.
Nancy Kalikow Maxwell
            Originally from Kansas City Missouri, Nancy has been living in Florida for 25 years.  She holds two Master's degrees, one in Library Science and one in Catholic Theology.  She has the distinction of being the first Jew to obtain the latter degree at Barry University, a Catholic college.  Nancy is retired from her position as a library director and now works as a writer of grants and magazine articles.  Nancy is widowed (five years) and has one daughter who lives in Manhattan.  In addition to her current vocation, she stays active biking, reading, dancing, and to quote Nancy, "living life to the fullest."  She is the co-founder of our South Florida chapter, and presently attends the Book Group, Film Lovers Group, and Discussion Group, as well as the Steering Committee.  Nancy also serves on the National Development Committee for TTN.
Julie McGinty
            Raised in Indiana, Julie has been a Florida resident for 34 years.  With Master's degrees in Special Education and Theology, she had a long career as a school administrator with special expertise in autism and developmental disabilities.  An avid knitter, she enjoys knitting for her three grown sons and six grandchildren.  After three years of retirement, Julie co-founded the South Florida Chapter of TTN in 2012.  She remains involved as chairperson of the steering committee and member of the Film Lovers peer group.
Bonnie Mitten
            Bonnie currently resides in Plantation, Florida with her husband Bob and two cats, Ali McPaw and Jerry.  They have been South Florida residents for 10 years after moving from their hometown of Syracuse, New York.  Bonnie is still working after 27 years in the Wealth Management business with Morgan Stanley, 17 of which was in Management.  She has recently "slowed down" and now works solely with individual clients and small businesses advising on finances, investment strategies and financial plans.  Bonnie has an MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester.  She is an avid reader, a licensed pilot and serves as Board Treasurer for the Young at Art Museum.  She also serves as Treasurer for the chapter.
Susan Stark
            Susan was born in Manhattan and raised in Bayside, Queens, NY.  She attended Mt. Sinai School of Nursing in the early 60's and returned to school later on to earn a Bachelor's degree.  Susan moved to Florida in the 80's and  worked as an RN in the school system, teaching high school seniors about careers in health care.  She retired in 2010 from Dillard High School.  She currently resides in Tamarac, nearby to her daughter and grandson.  Susan volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem.  She likes to travel, and is involved with her synagogue.  In addition to the Steering Committee, Susan facilitates the peer discussion group, is part of the Movie Lovers group, and attends most chapter activities.
Sharon Stillson
            Born in the Bronx, New York, Sharon relocated to Florida in 1980.  She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who worked primarily with adolescent juvenile justice programs.  She retired in 2012 and now does independent contract work.  Sharon currently resides with her 90-year-old mother, and is herself the proud grandmother of a five-year old girl.  Her interests include gardening, nature walks, the gym, ping-pong and writing children's poetry.  In addition to serving on the Steering Committee, Sharon is interested in creating a profile of chapter members according to geography and special interests.  This information could then be used in the formation of peer groups.
Susan Whiting
            Susan is originally from Long Island, New York,  moved to Florida as a high school senior, and has been a resident of Boca Raton for over 40 years.  Susan holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.  A retired school principal, she does a bit of consulting work when not traveling with her husband, playing with her great niece and nephew, reading or trying to grow vegetables.  In addition to serving on the Steering Committee, she is a member of both the peer discussion group and the writing group.  She enjoys hosting the chapter's annual end-of-year celebration.


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