CT Allen: Chief Instigator & Wrangler of Good People – Has had a home in Windermere since 1992. She and her husband Rick have raised their two great kids, Robby, and Libby, here among the lakes. CT’s “career” background is in sales and marketing in the Hospitality and not-for-profit industry. Years ago, driven by cutbacks in the Orange County Public School System, CT teamed up with friends to create a foundation to supply needed technology to Windermere Elementary and other local schools. This began an effort in community service that brought to life the Windermere Wine & Dine, an event that has raised more than $1 million that has supported local charities as well as Central Florida charities assisting those in need. CT strongly believes that a community is stronger when the residents are engaged. Friends remember the day when she first uttered the words “I have an idea”. Little did they know we would be here 11 years later, creating an impact in and around our community. Her kids keep her young, and because of them she water-skis, wake surfs, one wheels, and occasionally jumps out of planes. It’s become her passion to role model community engagement as an important priority that we pass down to our future generations.
Molly Rose: Guru of Financial Affairs – Has served on the WWD team for over 5 years. Her crucial role can be placed in the category “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”, and includes exciting things like processing check requests, expense reports, balance sheets, contracts, and purchase orders. She operates as the chief liaison with the Windermere Town Finance Department and manages the dollars flowing in and just as fast flowing out into our community. Asked why she joined the WWD team…because CT ambushed me at a lunch and made me. It’s a roller coaster I love being on. She prepared for this role with 30+ years in project management for themed entertainment, working with both the Disney Company and Universal Studios. She and her husband Bob have lived in Windermere going on 30 years, 10 of which she has served with honor on the Windermere Town Council. Golf is her sport, and she can handle most any Defender in the game of Bridge. She and her dog Sally are members of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, but Sally would tell you that she does most of the work.
Kelley Duell: Town Crier – I’ve been volunteering with WWD going on 7 years. Why? Cause CT said “I have an idea” and made me. My focus is on social media. Making lively posts about all the crazy things we are doing. I also started working with this mad cap group to get to know more folks in the town my family and I have lived in for 15 years. What keeps me coming back? The free wine! Honestly, it’s the way WWD gives to local non-profits right here in our community. Blessed to see and feel the impact. When I’m not on social media bragging about our generous restaurants and sponsors, I’m out running the streets of our postcard perfect town. I’m that weird runner who waves to everyone I see. At home I have two eye-rolling teens, a fun-loving husband of 20 years, and two very big, very loyal pups.
Debi Lake: Restaurant Partner Concierge – Married into a long-time Windermere family in 1995 and has been a resident living on Lake Down next to her in-laws since 1998. Debi’s background is in Hospitality & Human Resources and has worked at Universal Orlando Resort since 2008. She currently leads the Team Member Engagement Events Team with the goal of keeping 27,000 people happy. “Eleven years ago, my phone rang, and it was my friend, C.T. Allen. She said she had an idea for a community fundraiser and wanted me to be involved. Anyone that knows C.T., knows you say yes…and buckle up for the ride! So here we are 11 years later, and I am truly grateful and fortunate to be part of this amazing team making an impact in our Windermere community and beyond.”
Bill Martini: V.P. of Site Development– Bill was born and raised in New Jersey (exit 3!). As a child, he had a natural talent for drawing and poorly timed jokes. Although he never played youth sports, he still got atrophy. At age 16, he moved with his family of fellow northerners to Florida, starting a global trend that continues to this day. Here, he encountered a utopian land of pickup trucks, Pub Subs, and the Florida Gators, and never looked back. He “attended” the University of Florida where he met the LOVE of his life, Pam. He graduated in 1989 with a B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) degree. although most of his friends are convinced it is B.S. Bill has lived in Windermere for 26 years (still a newcomer!) and ran his own very successful graphic design company for almost 20 years before semi-retiring. He is also a licensed Realtor, notary public, ordained minister, stand-up comic, and elected official, proudly serving the residents of Windermere on Town Council for the last four years. CT Allen asked him to join the WWD committee, and he emphatically said “No!”. CT, however, has never taken “No!” for an answer and certainly wasn’t going to start with Bill, so here we are. Having been married for over 30 years, Bill has honed his furniture re-arranging skills to an art form, uniquely positioning him for the role of V.P. of Site Development. Fueled by free donuts and bottomless mimosas, Bill’s team of involuntary volunteers place each table and chair with flawlessly executed choreographed precision for maximum mobility and enjoyment of the WWD patrons. And then, they move them. Again . . .and again . . . and again.
Pam Martini: Registration Conflict Resolution Specialist – Pam Martini is one of those rare creatures known as a native Floridian. She grew up in Cocoa, lived in Gainesville for 2 years and Miami Beach for one year before settling in Orlando and later Windermere for the last 26 years. Her goal in life is to have a 100% Gator family as she and husband Bill met as UF students in Gainesville in 1986, son Noah received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2017, and daughter Haley is currently a student majoring in Entomology. Son Charley is the holdout, choosing to join the United States Marine Corps in 2016, but there is still hope. After watching too many “Judging Amy” reruns as a stay-at-home mom of 3, Pam went back to school in 2009 and upon graduating from Barry University School of Law, became an attorney practicing in the area of Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate. Her experience as a Lawyer & Mom resulted in an unexpected proficiency in advanced interrogation techniques, mediation, and conflict resolution which made Pam a perfect leader manning the Registration process for WWD. Pam said “No” to CT several times, but CT took her to court and won. She has been on the Committee now for over 6 years!
Sean Murphy: Bits and Bytes – I was walking along Main Street when a cargo van pulled up and everything went dark. When I woke up, I was on this board working on ticketing systems and websites. If this makes it out to the site, send help! I’m being held at… Sean spent his childhood on the Butler Chain skiing, knee-boarding, skurfing (yeah, remember that?), and tubing when not at Disney. He met his wife, Heather, while they were students at the University of Florida and now they have three lovely kids also getting to grow up boating on the Butler Chain when not at Disney.