Zebra Foundation for Youth Appoints Jill Ramsier to Board of Directors

Posted on: April 10th, 2013

Hospitality industry professional has spent more than a decade in marketing and management positions

Jill RamsierORLANDO, Fla. – Wed., April 10, 2013 – The Zebra Foundation for Youth® Inc. has named Jill Ramsier, co-owner of Quantum Leap Winery, to its board of directors.

“We are so excited to welcome Jill to our board and look forward to utilizing her marketing, advertising and public relations skills to raise awareness of the great work that is being done by the Zebra Coalition®,” said Scott Bowman, chairman of the Zebra Foundation for Youth® board and vice president of client relations at Sara Brady Public Relations Inc.

The Zebra Foundation for Youth’s® mission is to foster hope, dignity and self-respect in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBT+) and provide them the opportunity to grow up in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. Donations to the Zebra Foundation directly support LGBT+ youth, primarily through programs and services provided by the Zebra Coalition®.

Ramsier opened Quantum Leap Winery, Orlando’s first winery, in 2012 with David Forrester, a successful CEO and environmental industry pioneer.

The two have honored their commitment to the environment while producing great wine by working with small producers in premier wine-growing regions around the world to obtain sustainably grown wine. Their practice of shipping wine in large bladders and using lightweight glass for packaging has enabled them to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of their wine.

Before launching the winery, Ramsier spent more than a decade in marketing and management positions in the hospitality industry, gaining extensive food and beverage experience.

Most recently, she was the chief marketing officer and a key member of the management team for Ruth’s Hospitality Group Inc., where she lead the marketing, public relations, culinary and beverage divisions for the group’s three restaurants – Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Cameron’s/Mitchell’s Steak House and Mitchell’s Fish Market. Ramsier also worked for nine years at Darden Restaurants Inc., holding strategic leadership roles in branding, advertising, and menu and beverage development.

The Zebra Coalition® was established in response to the growing number of LGBT+ youth who are experiencing homelessness, bullying, extreme physical and sexual abuse, isolation from their families and a wide range of life challenges. It is a network of 22 Central Florida social service providers, government agencies, schools, and colleges and universities that provides a full continuum of services to at-risk LGBT+ youth.

Zebra Coalition® members include: The Center for Drug Free Living, Christ Church Unity, City of Orlando Housing and Community Development, City of Orlando Police Department, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Equality Florida, The GLBT Community Center, GLSEN, Harbor House of Central Florida, Hope and Help Center of Central Florida Inc., House of Mentoring and Empowerment, Human Services Associates Inc., Joy Metropolitan Community Church, Metropolitan Business Association, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando Youth Alliance, PFLAG Orlando, PFLAG Brevard County, Rollins College, Stetson University and University of Central Florida.

The Zebra Coalition® provides individualized recovery and counseling programs for young people facing homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and substance abuse; and isolation from their families. It operates a 24-hour youth crisis hotline (1.877.90 ZEBRA), provides emergency and short-term housing, and offers a safe haven and community resource through the Zebra Coalition® House, located at 911 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL.  More information about the Zebra Coalition® is available at http://www.zebrayouth.org.