ST. PETERSBURG — The Suncoasters of St. Petersburg honored Jean Giles Wittner on Friday, naming her Ms. Sun at the annual Coronation Ball, held at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort.
Wittner, a longtime civic leader, is owner and managing partner of Wittner Centre Partners of St. Petersburg and the longest-serving member of the Eckerd College board of trustees.
She has headed several banks and served on numerous other corporate boards, was the first woman elected president of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and was in the inaugural group of women recognized in the Pinellas County Business Women's Hall of Fame in 2003. She was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame in 1993.
She is a past chairwoman and president of the Pinellas Education Foundation and has served on the boards of the Florida Holocaust Museum and the Florida Orchestra.
A community volunteer and philanthropist, she supports numerous arts and educational organizations.
Her husband, Ted Wittner, a longtime insurance executive and real estate developer, died in 2007.
Kirsten Teresi, a biology and nutrition major at the University of Florida, was named the 2011 Sungoddess. Her parents are Todd and Kim Teresi. She will receive $5,000 in scholarships.
The runner-up was Christine Foster, a nursing major at the University of Florida and daughter of Mayor Bill Foster and his wife, Wendy. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship.