Deloris (Dee) Quaranta, President
Dee is the Founder and CEO of Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc.
After 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, she retired, and continued traveling with her family in support of the military. She returned home to Jacksonville and worked for the state of Florida as a Local Veterans Employment Representative. This position gave her an understanding in some of the challenges veterans face, especially women. Answering to the call, she founded the Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc, in 2012.
Currently, as an advocate, she is working to bring awareness to the needs of women veterans. She was appointed and is currently serving on the Florida Department of the VA’s fact finding committee on women veterans which is now talking to women veterans around the state about the challenges they are facing when attempting to access services and resources. She is also a member of the Community Veterans Engagement Board for NE Florida.
Dee and her team provide professional and personal development workshops, financial assistance, clothing, food, counseling, and a shelter for women veterans and their children. She has created six programs that address the needs of women veterans and all has proven successful in helping women become their best self. Dee created ‘Women Veterans Recognition Week” which highlights the accomplishments as well as the challenges faced by women veterans. It is now recognized statewide.
Dee has been recognized as a “Veteran of Influence” by the Jacksonville Business Journal (2016). She was inducted into the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Military Hall of Fame (2019), and recently inducted into the State of Florida Veteran Hall of Fame, Class of 2020. In Addition, she was selected as a Women Veteran Trailblazer for the 2021 Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans (CWV) Trailblazers “Women Veterans Leading the Way” initiative.
Dee is a graduate of William M. Raines High School and the Community College of the Air Force. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Limestone College of Gaffney, South Carolina and her Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix.
Dee is the proud daughter of Ms. Sallie E. Harris and the mother of two sons, Wes and Cyrus; and one daughter, DeAndra.
Dr. Charlotte Blanding
Mental Health Counselor
Dr Blanding serves as Mental Health Counselor. She provides individual and group therapy to participants of our programs as well as walk-ins.
She served 22 years in the United States Army and her last position was a Signals Analyst with 902nd Military Intelligence Command and an Equal Opportunity Adviser. She held several leadership positions, served eight years in Germany and England.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree is in Social Psychology with Park College, a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University and 2011, a Doctorate of Education in Counseling, Education & Supervision with Argosy University in 2017. Since, retirement she worked with various organizations such as UF-Shands Gainesville Psychiatric Hospital, Hubbard House, Women’s Center at Jacksonville, Operation New Hope, River Region substance abuse Center, and Suwannee Correctional Institution. Dr Blanding is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor under the State of Florida.
Dr Blanding currently work at Florida State College of Jacksonville as an Adjunct Professor.
In Her spare time she likes exploring new experiences, listening to God’s word, reading, running and weight training. She is an active member of the Women’s Army Corps Veterans’ Association and Honor Guard.
Sandra is the Office Manager for the organization. Her position wears many hats to include bookkeeping, facilities, administrative functions, supervision of volunteers, and assistant to CEO. Sandra is the glue that holds the organization together and her passion to be a “help” putting service before self, is evident in every greeting and encounter with others.
She retired from United States Army in Human Resource. After leaving the military she connected with Wounded Warrior Project which led her to Northeast Florida Women Veterans in May of 2016, where she has remained.
Sandra is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and not afraid to say so. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with warriors.
Senior Case Manager
Amanda is Senior Case Manager, responsible for case management, Operation HandUP—including the Food Pantry and Clothing Closet.
Amanda is a 20 year retiree of the U.S. Army. After 20 years and started her career as an MP and finished up in the Jacksonville US Army Recruiting Battalion as the Operations/Training NCO for the Jacksonville Army Recruiting Company. After retirement she found her niche working behind the scenes in a supportive capacity for small business owners in her position as a Freelance Virtual Assistant. A few years ago, while struggling through under grad accounting classes, Amanda felt the call to give back to the Veteran Community by way of advocacy. This calling brought her to Social Work. She has a BA in Criminal Justice with an HR Minor from Saint Leo University, a BSW from Liberty University, and will soon begin work on her MSW with a concentration in Military Resilience. Amanda’s passion is to advocate for the needs of homeless and at-risk female veterans.
Amanda is married to her husband Michael. They have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. Amanda is a Peer Mentor with Active Heroes, Charter Member of Phi Alpha-Liberty University Chapter, and a member of Mandarin Presbyterian Church.
Program Coordinator for
Sharleen is the Program Coordinator for the organization’s signature program, “HerTOTALWellness”.
She is responsible for scheduling our facilitator and workshops, recruiting participants, implementing and managing changes, producing accurate and timely reporting of program status, and coordination of the entire program.
Sharleen served 3 years in the US Air Force as a Security Forces Journeyman. After the military, Sharleen moved to Jacksonville and worked for ADT. Seeking something different, she soon found her place in the world with NE Florida Women Veteran. The organization matched her own passion of giving back. Sharleen first came as staff with the organization as executive assistant/admin. In the early years she completed the year of receiving salary but when the grant ended, she decided to stay as a volunteer for four years until she moved onto a paid position as a Regional Placement Coordinator where she would assist veterans and their families in obtaining certifications and finding employment opportunities. Sharleen is back “home” doing what she loves.
Sharleen’s passion for service runs deep in her blood. Growing up on the island of Guam, she witnessed her mother provide shelter for the homeless while her uncles served them through Catholic Social Services. When natural disasters devastated the island, Sharleen watched on as the islanders came together to help one another. Sharleen’s mother, uncles, and the people of Guam taught her to be kind and help others in need even when there wasn’t much to give because there were other people who had less. Because these values were instilled in her while she was a child, Sharleen grew up to be a kind, generous, and caring person who constantly finds ways to help others. During her personal time, Sharleen enjoys kickboxing, fishing, listening to Podcasts and playing video games on the PlayStation with her husband.
Natalie is a Case Manager. She is responsible for meeting with each client, assessing their need and helping them to find a path to self-sufficiency. She provides financial assistance and referrals as needed. Her drive to help each client is birthed out of her personal pain and struggles, so she turned her pain into her passion and decided she would do her best every day to ensure no female Veteran would have to go through what she did.
Natalie served in US Navy honorably for 11 years. She began as undesignated seaman and ended her career as an Operations Specialist. She traveled around the world with the Navy and served on board four fine Naval Vessels; USS Emory S. Land AS-39, USS Eisenhower CVN-69, USS Chancellorsville CG-62, she was the first junior enlisted female on board the USS O’Brien DD-975, and four shore commands; Navy Legal Service Office, Commander Seven Fleet Administration, Submarine Group Seven, Commander Seven Fleet Brigg.
Natalie went back to school after her time in the service and obtained her Associates in Health Administration and went on to get certification in Professional Coding and Billing. Natalie is a Mentor with TAPS, Volunteer Child Advocate with the Guardian ad Litem Program, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Presidential Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and is currently pursuing her BS in Human services.
Natalie is married to her wife, Tebony. Together they have 4 children.
Natalie believes that it is a disservice to not honor those who served and that their discharge status doesn’t always tell their actual story!
Board of Directors
Patricia E. Wolfe
“Rear Admiral Supply Corps, US Navy”
RADM Patricia Wolfe retired from the US Navy in 2013 following a 32-year career as a Supply Corps Officer specializing in expeditionary logistics. She was born and raised in northern New Jersey and is a 1981 graduate of Villanova University. She received her commission in the United States Navy through the Villanova Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Brenau University.
RADM Wolfe’s accomplishments included a number of first assignments that help break the gender barrier for women in the Navy, including duty at sea in 1982 aboard the USS Piedmont (AD 17) and command assignment as the first female Commanding Officer of a Navy Cargo Handling Battalion in 1994. She was promoted to Rear Admiral in 2007 and served in flag officer positions in the US Pacific Fleet, as Commander of the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group and in multiple Executive capacities at the Defense Logistics Agency.
Patty currently serves as the Chair of the Northeast Florida Women Veterans Board of Directors, as a Trustee for Brenau University and is on the Board of Directors for the and the Navy Supply Corps Foundation. Her post-Navy retirement activities include small business consulting, non-profit work and travel.
Suzette M. Cudjoe Hodge Johnson
Suzette M. Cudjoe Hodge Johnson is an Operation Business Analyst/OCM Change Analyst for Ally Financial Inc. and works part-time as a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor. She is passionate and committed to helping others, especially veterans as they transition from military to civilian life in dealing with all roadblocks involved during this transition.
Suzette, a native-born of Trinidad and Tobago, who became a U.S. Citizen and served in the United States Navy. During her military career, she served in several stateside commands and was deployed overseas assignments in Spain, Bermuda and served during Wartime. She received numerous military awards and decorations.
One of her proudest moments in the military was being one of the first set of females to go aboard a Naval Carrier when she was stationed at Top Gun VF-124 NAS Miramar San Diego California as a Plane Captain.
She completed her higher education at the University of North Florida, earning a double Master of Science degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
She is a member of the International Honor Society for Professional Counseling, a member of the North-East Florida Veteran’s Council, a member of the Florida Mental Health Counseling Association, a member of the Board of Directors for the University of North Florida Alumni Association and served as a member of the Florida Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Board.
“It is not just a passion of mine to help and serve fellow veterans; it is an honor to give back to those who have served for not only God and country but for the freedom that we sometimes take for granted.
Charles Fields is a Bank Manager for Woodforest National Bank in Jacksonville, Florida; a community bank built upon the needs of the customers they serve. Charles, originally from Chicago, Illinois served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. His assignments included tours in the Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), as a Marine Embassy Guard for the United States Department of State and various other foreign assignments in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Since leaving the military, Charles has served in a Leadership/Management capacity in the automotive sales, finance, banking, and mortgage industries. His current role continues to afford him the opportunity to work directly with the community here in Northeast Florida as both a Community Banker as well as volunteer. Charles currently serves as Board Member and Treasurer for Family Foundations of Northeast Florida since 2014. Charles has volunteered as a business mentor for small-medium sized women business owners for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Center and also volunteers his time to conduct financial education classes with Junior Achievement of North Florida.
Charles is a graduate of Central Texas College (2000). Charles is married to his wife of 24 years, Laurette and they have two daughters, Madison 13 years old, and Morgan 9 years old.
Dr. Jennifer Brown
Dr. Jennifer Brown is the Executive Director of KIPP Jacksonville Schools, which opened the first KIPP schools in Florida – KIPP Impact Middle School in 2010, KIPP VOICE Elementary in 2012, and KIPP Jacksonville Elementary in 2015. KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. As a national network, KIPP has a 20-year track record of preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.
Prior to joining the KIPP Jacksonville team as the Chief Academic Officer in 2015, Jennifer served as program director for education non-profit organizations, including New Classrooms Innovation Partners and New Leaders. Earlier in her career, she worked as a teacher, curriculum specialist, and instructional coach. Jennifer earned both a B.A. and M.A. in English from Winthrop University and the Ed.D. in Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Brown also served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 8 years and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and enjoys reading and spending time with family.