Uplift. Inspire. Educate.
What is our mission? The Women’s Sports Museum is dedicated to preserve the history and promote excellence in women’s athletics. To honor the past, the WSM aim is to inspire and educate future generations about opportunities that abound in sport.
Why are we here? To build a living breathing museum that celebrates women in sport through exhibits centered around athletic and media pioneers leading social change from reflection to inspiration, showcasing sports and gender equity.
How will we do it? The museum will display a collection of historical documents, artifacts and highlight personal stories of trailblazers who dedicated their lives to become ‘best in class’ in women’s sports. The WSM will educate visitors on the achievements of heroic female athletes representing a wide variety of sports offering a vision and platform for our youth.
How can you help? You can bring this monument to women’s athletics to life in Sarasota! Click here to make a donation.
WSM Board of Directors and about them…
Board of Directors Member, President and Current Chair, Women Sports Museum, Inc.
Michael Beaumier is a Senior Project Executive with Gilbane Building Company in Sarasota, and has over 30 years of construction and development experience. In addition Mike is the Chair of the Government Interest Council for SRQ Chamber for 2015-2016, and a member of the Board of Directors. Michael is the Chair of the Downtown CRA Advisory Board, and Chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Building Committee/Board Member and Past Chair of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance. Mike has been on the Sarasota County Planning Commission since 2013 and sits on the EDC Business Climate Committee. He has been married to Lucy for 25 years and has two children, Genevieve and Gretchen.
Mike became involved with WSM in 2015 because both of his daughters have been involved in athletics for many years and it is apparent that women in sports have not gotten the exposure that men have related to their accomplishments, developing a facility for the WSM will allow all women to gain the long term recognition they deserve. Mike is the current Board Chair for WSM.
Chris Gallagher, Board of Directors Member and Vice-President, Women Sports Museum, Inc.
Chris Gallagher, a partner with HOYT Architects, has 30 years of experience in design, planning, and construction. He is the designer of the acclaimed Citrus Square, a three-story, mixed-use, authentically-detailed, pedestrian-friendly project in downtown Sarasota. Citrus Square was awarded the Best New Low-Rise Development in the US in 2011. Planning Edges called Citrus Square: “the most important building in Sarasota”. HOYT specializes in complex urban projects and 3D Visualization, and is responsible for some of Sarasota’s most memorable buildings: Selby Library, Ed Smith Stadium, The Jewel, One Palm and Patriot Plaza.
Mr. Gallagher is also Headmaster Emeritus of the New Gate Montessori School. Under his leadership the school opened a new 100-acre campus, achieved accreditation through the American Montessori Society and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and expanded programs to include toddlers and high school.
He is member of the City of Sarasota Planning Board and is the immediate past chairman of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Gallagher holds a B.S. in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Architecture (M. Arch.) from the University of Colorado College of Design and Planning.
Why the Women’s Sports Museum?
“As immediate past Chairman of the Grater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance, and the father of an athletically minded 20-something daughter, I cannot think of a more exciting and inspiring attraction for the City of Sarasota than The Women’s Sport Museum. With Sarasota’s ever-increasing sports tourism emphasis, the WSM is a perfect complement to our more active sports amenities. The Women’s Sports Museum will serve as source of inspired motivation for young women, local and travelers alike, seeking to build successful lives.”
Peter Fanning, Board of Directors Member and Secretary, Women Sports Museum, Inc.
Peter Fanning is a private consultant to non-profits agencies – assisting fledgling to well-established, large and small organizations in business, management, board development, programming, fundraising, grant writing, policy development, strategic planning and legislative and public advocacy.
President Emeritus, Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA), 2014 to 2015.
President, Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA), 2008 to 2014.
Board of Directors, Downtown Sarasota Alliance (DSA), and Chair of DSA’s Residents Committee, 2009 to Present.
President, Main Street Connections (MSC), newly formed non-profit to promote and provide transportation alternatives throughout Downtown Sarasota’s Core Business District for employees of downtown, residents, visitors and tourists.
Board of Directors and Secretary, Women’s Sports Museum (WSM).
Bachelor of Science, English (1964), Boston College.
Master of Science, Special Education emphasis Mental Retardation, State University College of New York at Buffalo (1969).
Doctor of Education, Exceptional Education emphasis Learning Disabilities and Administration, University of Arizona (1974).
Post Doctoral Intern, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington DC, The Ohio State University (1975)
Relevant Employment Experience:
CEO and President of the Marcus Institute at Emory University School of Medicine.
Senior Executive Vice President for Clinical, Community and Education Programs of Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Executive Director, Exceptional Students Services, State of Colorado.
Executive Director, Exceptional Education Students Services Unit, Unified School District #259, Wichita, Kansas.
My Inspiration: My four daughters: All terrific swimmers, a wannabe diver an aspiring synchronized swimmer, a persevering runner in track, a soccer player – what a goalie. Swim meets, soccer games, track meets and the excitement of getting just the right amount of jell-o to hold the hair of the synchronized swimmers in place and, of course, breathing chlorinated air all weekend at some far off natatorium in the dead of winter. My wife, who loves sports in general, started taking me to girls’ basketball games and filling me in on the travails and successes of the girls’ track and field and cross country teams of the high school where she taught. Girls and women sports were my leisure time activities as a young dad and as an older dad and husband. Seeing the 1996 women’s gold medal soccer game in Athens, Georgia where the US prevailed over China as well as the tears of a sixteen year old on a worn grass field in the soccer net, denying but also understanding that to lose is just another step to adulthood. So it was when I heard about the effort to create a women’s sports museum to recognize the accomplishments of women in sports and with an aim to educate and heighten the awareness of young girls and women with all the opportunities that exist because of sports, I was all-in.
This is one of several reasons I want to contribute in as many ways as I can to bring to Sarasota a venue where the fetes of accomplished women athletes, aspiring participants and causal weekenders can come together under one roof to enhance and recognize women in every sport.
Jean Weidner Goldstein, Board of Directors Member and Director, Women Sports Museum, Inc.
I am enthusiastic about the founding of the first Women’s Sports museum in Sarasota, because my father played professional Soccer in England before the Second World War, and played and coached in Rhodesia in Africa. My large family of 4 brothers and a sister, represented Rhodesia in several sports..Soccer, Rugby, Basketball, gymnastics. My youngest brother was a marathon runner and canoeist! Insane!!
In addition I enjoy structuring start-up organizations, and to be part of the team forming the only women’s Sports Museum in America, right here in Sarasota, inspired by our own Rockford Peach Baseball Player, Sue Zipay, who was also featured in the Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna movie..’A league of Our Own..is a real treat!
Dina A Lareau, Board of Directors Member and Director, Women’s Sports Museum, Inc.
Dina grew up in McLean Virginia, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Master of Arts Degree in English Literature from American University. She taught English at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda Maryland for 26 years before “retiring” and moving to Atlanta with her husband. Looking for a 2nd career, she started volunteering as a phone receptionist at the Marcus Institute, a non-profit dedicated to providing services to children with developmental disabilities and behavior problems. During that time, Dina was recognized for her personal skills and excellence in communicating through her writing and oral presentation and was offered a position in the Development Office where she eventually became the Assistant to the Director of Development coordinating special events, gift-giving and donor programs.
Although she never played organized sports, she’s enjoyed being a fan of many. One of her fondest memories as a young child was being allowed to fall asleep on the front porch of her family’s home listening to a night baseball game on the radio with her older brother – “you can stay here with me as long as you listen and don’t talk!”
Sports also became very important to her when, as a teacher, she saw the effect they could have on many of her students and she started attending their games and meets on a regular basis. She became especially interested in the girls basketball and girls track and field teams. She worked closely with the coaches of those teams in encouraging the girls to balance their sports efforts with their academic requirements. She could see how the girls matured as individuals playing sports, and recognized the accomplishments of others who weren’t playing, but who were instead writing about sports in the school newspaper, announcing games, serving as equipment managers and doing all those things necessary to promote the achievements of the players.
A Women’s Sports Museum is easy to believe in when you see the impact that sports has on the lives of all those who participate in sports at whatever level, especially the impact on girls and women.
Sue (Parsons) Zipay, Board of Directors Member and Founder, Women Sports Museum, Inc.
Sue was raised in Hingham, Massachusetts, and played professional baseball after high school for the “Rockford Peaches”, which was part of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 1989 and the Hingham High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. She also appeared in the 1992 Penny Marshall movie “A League Of Their Own”.
Sue began playing tennis in the 1970’s after attending Jack Barnaby’s tennis instruction course at Harvard and Vic Braden’s tennis college in California. Sue began her tennis teaching career in 1973 as Assistant Manager and teaching pro at Pilgrim Tennis Club in Kingston, MA. As a tennis player, Sue achieved New England and national rankings in the 40+ division. She later established a tennis specialty shop on Cape Cod and became the first USRSA stringer in Massachusetts.
A Florida resident since 1987, Sue presently lives in Englewood, Florida, where she and her son, Bob, have co-owned the Englewood Tennis Club since 1989. She was the FTA League Coordinator for USTA Junior Team Tennis in Region 5 prior to assuming the role of League Director for Team Tennis Junior League in Manatee, Sarasota, & Charlotte counties (MSC). After funds were cut for middle school tennis in Sarasota county, she created a middle school league to fill the gap by working with USPTA pros and private facilities.
Sue has served as a Board member for the AAGPBL (All American Girls Professional Baseball League) Association, Chairman of the Recreation Commission in Marshfield, MA. and President of the Placida Harbour Condominium Association in FL. She presently serves on the Florida Youth Tennis Foundation Board of Directors.
For Sue, the “spark” that has driven her to want to build a Women’s Sports Museum was the realization that there really wasn’t any one place dedicated to telling the history of female athletes from all sports. Many of the women who were actually part of this history will soon be gone; therefore, it was important for her to let those who are still with us know that this museum will assure their contributions would not be forgotten.
Beth A Green, Board of Directors Member, Women Sports Museum, Inc.
As a former Private Banker for Morgan Stanley, Beth gained invaluable experience and knowledge in the banking and lending space that she is able to leverage in her role as a Financial Advisor.
Beth began her career in financial services in 1994. She earned her securities licenses, becoming a Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Team Leader at SunTrust Bank until her move to Morgan Stanley in 2010. Beth graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing. She later continued her education at Georgia State University where she earned her MBA.
Beth resides in Sarasota with her daughter Reagan, where she is active in a variety of community organizations, including Leadership Sarasota, Bradenton Area EDC, United Way of Manatee County and the Women’s Sports Museum. Outside of work, she enjoys tennis, competing in adventure sports and watching college football.
Pam Noakes, Board of Directors Member, Women Sports Museum, Inc.
Pamela Noakes has been an athlete, coach, professor, college administrator, and non-profit manager for over 30 years. She started swimming competitively in college at Kent State University in Ohio which changed the course of her career from journalism to focus on sport and recreation, later coaching and teaching swimming at the university level.
As Executive Director of National Association for Girls and Women in Sport she worked in support of programs such as the Wade Trophy, National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and Title IX advocacy.
Currently she is the President and Founder of a non-profit, The Playing for Power Project (P4P2), which focuses on the relationships between sports participation and leadership development in girls and women. P4P2 is developing a digital storytelling curriculum centered around stories of women in sports.
Pam enjoys all aquatic activities, a good hike in the Adirondacks, and travel to new places. She is currently at work on a manuscript for a fictional young adult book with a female athlete main character.
Irene Gottlieb, Board of Directors Member, Women Sports Museum, Inc.
Always calling New York her home town, Irene grew up in Rye and attended Ithaca College and the University of Denver earning a B.A. in Tennis J. She is a proud mom of Ringling College of Art + Design grads and wife to former New Zealand All Black recently migrating from Colorado to Sarasota. After a successful collegiate tennis career she began her professional adventure working for a regional not for profit organization in Denver as Director of Children and Youth services.
Irene crossed over into the private sector leveraging administrative and finance skills with a comprehensive scope to include business development and marketing, and has held C level positions with PNC, First Data Corporation, JP Morgan Chase, and Citicorp during her thirty year tenure.
In 2012, Irene founded Garnet Media Group and is EVP, Garnet Entertainment LLC aligning with Hollywood veterans to pursue the ethics of storytelling through various media platforms. Garnet Entertainment supports Distribution companies domestically and abroad to meet the demands of tomorrow. Irene produces film and television projects and places non-fiction product with established studios and broadcast networks as creator, packaging agent and producer; most sport and music specific.
Irene is currently in production on a feature documentary called Bullfighter on the Green, a story about the life and times of Chi-Chi Rodriguez. Her previous work includes the documentary hosted by Dorsey Levens called Bell Rung, completed in 2011, a chilling account about the effects of concussion, the film loaded with NFL greats. Her other projects are performance based and centered around second generation music icons.
Irene is a member of Florida Media Roundtable and Broadcasters Club, Sarasota County Film Commission Advisory Board, Soaring Star Media, Plateau Music and continues to advocate for girls educational programs in Kisubi, Uganda as the founding member of the Board of Directors of 4-Africa, Inc.
She is a published author of a historical fiction series called Jandals and is an award winning photographer.
WSM Volunteer Advisers
Michele Mary Smith, Volunteer Adviser, Women’s Sports Museum, Inc.
Michele Mary Smith (born June 21, 1967 in Califon, New Jersey) went to Oklahoma State University. Michele Smith is a double Olympic Softball Gold Medalist with the U.S. National Team, having played in the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2006, she was inducted into the ASA Softball Hall of Fame. She has also played professionally in the Japanese Professional Softball League since 1992. She is a 7-Time Japanese Pro League Champion & MVP. Presently, she is playing for Toyota Shokki and serves as a Softball Analyst for ESPN. She continues to serve as Ambassador of Softball to bring softball back to the Olympic Games in 2016.
Michele Smith Fastpitch, Inc.– President (1998 – present)
• Conducting coach and player clinics throughout the U.S.
• Motivational speaking for companies and local community organizations – topics include Women in Leadership,
• Sports Training, and Team Building.
• Authoring and producing educational videos & books on softball pitching, hitting, and training.
• Sports associations – program development, increasing participation, coaching techniques, training programs
• Performance gear designing and product testing
• Musco Sports Lighting – Marketing for Special Programs (1996 – present)
PSR Properties, LLC – Co Owner (2003 – present)
• International Softball Federation (ISF) (2005 – 2009)
• ESPN Lead Color Analyst for Women’s College Softball (1998 – present)
• NBC Olympic Analyst for the Beijing Olympic Games (2008)
• TBS MLB Dodgers vs Braves 1st Female Analyst to ever call a game (2012)
• CBS Sports Network Analyst for youth events (2007 – present)
• Toyota Shokki Company (1993 – 2008)
• Special marketing promotion appearances.
• Representative of Toyota Shokki Women’s Professional Fastpitch Team.
“I’m glad to be involved to help give credit to female athletes who have made an impact on girls and womens lives and on sports fields around the world. Its important to remember and honor past, present and future athletes who have, are and will make a difference.”
Terri Vitale, Volunteer Adviser, Women’s Sports Museum, Inc.
Terri Vitale is an active community volunteer.
Inspired by the women of our past and their achievement in sport that has formed the foundation for female achievement and participation in sports today.
WSM Committee Volunteers
Kathy Whyte, Committee Volunteer, Women’s Sports Museum, Inc.
Kathy Whyte, owner of WhyteWave Productions, a graphic design company with 30 years of experience in producing logos, brochures, posters, flyers, newsletters, magazines, and slide shows.
I joined the committee because it is an endeavor that I fully support, and I hope that my graphic design skills can provide creative, visually appealing marketing materials to help make the dream come true. Sarasota with all its wonderful culture: art, music, opera, ballet, theatre, is the perfect spot for a women’s sports museum.
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