Meet The Pap Corps’ Board of Directors
Susan comes to the Board with several years of experience on the Ponte Vecchio Chapter Board. Susan served her Chapter for over eight years as Vice President of Fundraising, two years as Executive Vice President, two years as President and four years as Co-President.
She brings to the Pap Corps 13 years of experience at UPS’ Technology Group as a Contracts Manager negotiating telecommunications, hardware and software contracts with other Fortune 500 companies. Prior to UPS, Susan worked over 17 years in the Defense Industry.
She joined Pap in 2006 when she moved to Florida and believes strongly in what Pap stands for and is proud to be able to help Pap fulfill their mission of finding a cure for all cancers.
Sitting Past President
Linda undertakes her first term as President in a role that will utilize her experience in working with organizations in the midst of change.
As Manager of Corporate Real Estate for NJ Bell and then as a Port Authority of NY & NJ Aviation Department Assistant Director, she devised and implemented new operating methods in transitional business environments.
In the various roles, she has held in The Pap Corps, including most recently Vice-President (2014-2016), Linda looks forward to working with everyone as we build on our recent accomplishments and deliver on the vision of the changes that we undertook these past few years.
David is a life-long resident of South Florida, living in communities from Stuart to Miami. After graduating from college, he’s maintained diverse, rewarding professional roles.
From regional leadership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, to Allstate Insurance agency ownership, to becoming the national sales director for a major optometry and ophthalmology operator, and spending the most recent 15 years in bank leadership and commercial lending.
During these 15 years, David has had ongoing involvement with The Pap Corps, and looks to help to continue to add to the recognition and contributions that The Pap Corps is known for, fostering vital, new and ongoing research.
Nancy and her husband Alan moved to Florida in 1993. Nancy was in the travel industry for her career until she retired in 2013. Nancy has six children and 13 grandchildren.
Nancy became a member of The Pap Corps in 2003 and became a Life Member in 2010. She served as President of the Addison Reserve Chapter of the Pap Corps from 2013 to 2018.Nancy also served on the 65th Anniversary Gala Luncheon Committee and the 2019 Footloose and Cancer Free Dance Committee.
Nancy is honored to serve as a Director at a time of advancements and discovery in cancer research made possible in part by The Pap Corps.
Beverly starts her first term as Executive Vice-President building on her success from her term as a Board member. As a Board member, Beverly led the Business Development Committee and was a driving force to make The Pap Corps first year as a participant in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge a success.
She is the co-founder of the Valencia Pointe Chapter and worked closely with the President and other officers to ensure the chapter’s fundraising event successes.
She has many years of experience as a business administrator for a 100-year old Park Avenue law firm and as the Vice President of the Southeast Region for an international company.
DOREEN HEISLER, Ph.D.
Dr. Heisler continues her first term on the board with strong experience developing strategies and using techniques designed to impact organizational and board effectiveness.
As an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and Research Consultant, she developed surveys, collected and analyzed survey data in organizations and planned interventions based on survey results.
Often these interventions involved training to improve productivity, employee and customer satisfaction. She brings these multiple talents to the board to help create a more innovative and efficient organization.
Rayna has been elected to the board for a second term. Previously she served ten years combined as both President and VP of Fundraising for the Boca Pointe Chapter, as well as chairing The Pap Corps Marketing Committee for 18 months.
With her background as a sales and marketing executive for a major transportation company, she is well positioned to apply her corporate experiences to enhance the brand awareness of The Pap Corps through both traditional and social media.
After a 10-year career in broadcasting, Elliott entered the corporate world, which resulted in being named Vice President Sales of two of the nation’s largest printing corporations. His accomplishments included the creation of national sales forces, building of nationwide businesses, turn-a-rounds of other business segments, new product development and introduction to the marketplace, along with the production of corporate videos and sales promotion aides. In addition, he was heavily involved in strategic planning and forecasting.
Elliott attended Boston University and the Cambridge School of Broadcasting. He is currently a member of the Pap Corps Development Committee and the Men’s Initiative Steering Committee. Elliott and his wife, Sandy, have been residents of Florida for nearly 20 years, are life members of the Pap Corps, and are active in the Valencia Reserve chapter.
Originally from New York Sharon lived in Hawaii for 30 years prior to moving to South Florida as a full-time resident. After a career as a high school foreign language teacher then managing an emergency medical group, Sharon established her own travel agency.Volunteer work has been at the forefront of Sharon’s life, as a Make A Wish volunteer, etiquette teacher for underprivileged students, President of the Hawaii Chapter of Hadassah and now a proud volunteer with The Pap Corps. Sharon has held various positions on the Chapter level before joining the Board of Directors.
Melissa is an executive with Palm Beach Media Group and has an extensive background in sales, fundraising, marketing and business development.
Melissa lives in Boca Raton after moving here almost 2 decades ago from New York. She received her bachelors and master’s degree from George Washington University and grew up in South Carolina.Melissa is the proud Mom of 16-year-old twins Emma and Matthew. Her family and friends are her life. She enjoys spinning, paddle boarding, yoga, cooking, restaurants and travel.
Ruth continues her first term on the board as Treasurer. As a retired CPA with 28 years of experience in managing and auditing, she brings her professional experience to the Pap Corps.
In her positions at the Florida Public Service Commission, she was responsible for staff management, for auditing the records of small privately held companies, and for auditing large multi-million dollar public companies.
She has been Treasurer of the Venetian Isles Chapter for the last four years, and looks forward to her continued rewarding and inspirational interactions with all the members of the Corps.
Sharla is an attorney focused on maritime and business law. As a fourth-generation maritime executive, she has extensive experience advising maritime companies in general operations, commercial transactions, insurance matters, crew matters, and vessel regulatory and compliance matters.Previously, Sharla served as general counsel and Vice President of Operations for Lake Michigan Carferry Service and Pere Marquette Shipping and was in private practice with a large regional south Florida firm, and worked on commercial litigation and maritime matters.
Sharla earned her undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.
In her free time Sharla enjoys spending time with her son, boating and community service.
I am Paula Karp and I am happy to be serving on The Pap Corps Board of Directors. I am Past President of the Boca Friends Chapter here at Broken Sound. I served as President for eleven years. The Pap Corps has become a passion of mine and I hope to be an asset in my new position.