Since its creation in 2012, IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida has awarded $1.7 million in grants to local nonprofits organizations in Okaloosa and Walton counties, which includes four $102,000 grants in 2017. The organization empowers women to become philanthropists and leaders so they can be a positive force for good in their community.

IMPACT 100 of Northwest Florida has announced their 2018 Board of Directors.

Leading the organization as president is Lisa Jo Spencer, who started her own law firm in 2014 after being a founding member of another local firm. After earning her law degree from Stetson University College of Law, she served in the United States Air Force and subsequently the Air Force Reserves until 2005, where she held the rank of major. She has served as a prosecutor and assistant state attorney for the First Judicial Circuit in Okaloosa County and was appointed by the chief circuit judge of the First Judicial Circuit to serve as member of the Canvassing Board for Okaloosa. Over the years Spencer has been involved in various civic and community organizations throughout Okaloosa County. She has been an active member of IMPACT 100 NWF since 2014.

Other IMPACT 100 NWF Board of Directors include: Amanda Gordon, vice president; Cindy McCue, co-treasurer; Wendy McAdams Dorr, co-treasurer; Pam Woodall, secretary; Teresa Bolton; Kay Crawford; Dr. Joyce Gillie Gossom; Dawn Hoffman; Cynthia Hyatt; Susan Page; Jennifer Poland; Gayle Powers; Sandy Sims; Pauline Sotiri; Jo Stewart; Kimberly Sulipeck; Sandy Trammell; and Connie H. Yarbro.

IMPACT 100 NWF is now recruiting new members for 2018. The organization is currently welcoming new members to its current 402 membership base. Join them at one of these upcoming membership events.

Jan 27: The Twisted Grape in Shalimar from 3-4:30 p.m.

Feb. 10: Trebeache on County Highway 30A from 3-5 p.m.

Feb. 25: On the Solaris yacht in Sandestin from 2-3:30 p.m.

March 6: The Boathouse Landing in Niceville from 5:30-7 p.m.

March 12: The Wild Olive in Crestview from 5:30-7 p.m.

March 27: Arc of the Emerald Coast in Fort Walton Beach from 5:30-7 p.m.

April 11: Surfing Deer in Seagrove Beach from 5:30-7p.m.

April 17: Ruth's Chris Steak House in Destin from 5:30-7 p.m.

For those interested in more information, visit www.impactnwf.org/membership-events-2017/.