Current Officers & Board Members


Sharlene Hartford

Sharlene has called Tampa home for 20 years and South Seminole Heights for more than 5 years. From day one she has been active on the SSHCA board and in the community. She has held the SSHCA offices of Secretary, Vice-President and has served as President since 2021. You may recognize Sharlene from the many SSHCA events, but she has also helped or organized many beneficial activities with Broward Elementary including “Soles4LilSouls” new sneakers drive for disadvantaged children and weekly reading to 1st grade children. She has also volunteered for the OSHNA Home Tour and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful park cleanups at Rivercrest Park and Ignacio Haya Linear Park. Sharlene enjoys gardening and landscaping and is an avid sports fan especially for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Kentucky Wildcats.

Vice President

Emily Perkins

Emily first joined the SSHCA board in 2021 as Beautification Chair. She has since completed many projects to benefit our neighborhood, including a brand new SSHCA Interactive Art Map. She has pleasantly volunteered to lend a hand to many other projects and help out on our short-handed board of volunteers, and has been a very valuable addition to our board. As of 2023, Emily has stepped into the role of Vice President.


Shannon Leigh

Shannon Leigh is a consultant with over 18 years of experience within the financial services, automotive wholesaling, and professional services industries. She directly supported external and internal clients in leadership roles in talent acquisition, training and development, business-to-business sales; including specialized account, project and operational management roles. She is also a professional artist with specializations in drawing, oil painting, watercolor, calligraphy, letterpress, lithography, intaglio printmaking, and casting sculpture.

Shannon has lived in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years and has lived in the South Seminole Heights neighborhood for 4 years. She holds extensive volunteer experience and involvement in the Tampa Bay community. She has previously held volunteer and fundraising roles supporting the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Metropolitan Ministries, Junior Achievement USA, and Paint Your Heart Out, Tampa.

Currently, she co-leads the garden ministry and supports the historical society at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa, acts as a volunteer judge for the national SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite Competitions, volunteers with the Hillsborough County Homeless Outreach Program, and works on home builds and remodeling projects with Habitat for Humanity.

Shannon recently joined the SSHCA Board in August 2022 to fill the prior vacancy of Treasurer. She looks forward to supporting the Board and South Seminole Heights community residents in her role as Treasurer.


Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie is a Seminole Heights, Tampa native. She graduated from USF and teaches Kindergarten. Stephanie joined the South Seminole Heights Civic Association to be active in our neighborhood. Her community interests include public safety, a healthy environment, and social equity.

At-Large Delegate

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie Smith is a longtime Florida resident and has resided in SWF for nearly 3 decades. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees here in Tampa at the University of South Florida. She lives in South Seminole Heights and recently founded Heightened Aesthetics, a small facial aesthetics practice, in the neighborhood.

When Stephanie is not injecting, she enjoys spending time in the backyard of her Seminole Heights’ bungalow, gardening, walking in the neighborhood, and working on various home projects. Stephanie is also an avid paddle boarder and loves nature, and when time allows, she loves to explore state parks, Florida springs, and new beaches.  She has one son, who lives in Venice, Florida, and is following in his mom’s footsteps by pursuing a career in Nursing.

Stephanie has a strong sense of community and has been a member of the South Seminole Heights Civic Association since 2021.  She is very excited to serve as an at-large board member to serve the community she lives in and loves!

Michelle Rice

At-Large Delegate

Michelle Rice

Michelle Rice was born and raised in Tampa and moved to South Seminole Heights nearly 3 years ago with her husband and four boys.  Prior to that, they lived just across the river in Wellswood for 11 years. However, she did live in South Seminole Heights years ago prior to meeting her husband as well. Michelle is a local realtor with eXp Realty and loves showing off our amazing local businesses to newcomers. She is passionate about helping people find their dream home in our beautiful neighborhood.

Michelle has served on many PTA boards in various positions for all her boys’ schools throughout the years and is an active advocate for children and teachers. Her father is now retired but worked as a teacher and basketball coach for Hillsborough County for over 30 years.  She is currently the VP of the After School Enrichment programs for her twin’s school, serves on the auction committee for her youngest son’s preschool, and is on the banquet committee for Hillsborough High School’s Crew team, which is her oldest son’s school.

When Michelle is not busy working or running her kids around, she enjoys gardening, working on home improvement projects, and cheering on the Bucs, Lightning, and Rays. Her happy place is the beach, so she also escapes there any chance she can get. Michelle loves the warm Florida sunshine and just being outside and feels truly blessed to call this community home. This proud Tampa native is excited to serve as an at-large delegate board member this year and help continue improving our community for the enjoyment of us all!

Current Open Board PositionsIf you are interested in serving in any of these Board or committee positions please email us at [email protected]Communications – Neighborhood Watch – Land Use/Transportation

Events: This committee’s purpose is to coordinate events for residents and fund-raisers to benefit Broward Elementary School

Beautification: This committee’s purpose is to promote the improvement of the residential areas of the neighborhood, and facilitate enhancement of neighborhood parks and green-spaces; They also award Beautification Banners to homeowners who make significant improvements to their homes.

Communications: This committee is responsible for association communications. They publish and distribute the quarterly newsletter,  maintain this website and assure the timely distribution of information to members and interested parties.

Crime Watch: This committee’s purpose is to facilitate awareness of crime watch activities, oversee communication between existing watch groups and distribute alerts to the neighborhood. They are the Association’s liaison with Tampa Police.

Land Use/Transportation: The committee’s purpose is to review requests for zoning changes, reclassifications and other land development within the neighborhood. The committee also identifies the transportation needs and problems of the South Seminole Heights area, promotes the maintenance and improvement of existing roads; and to promote pedestrian and bicycle access and transportation throughout the neighborhood.