About the Supervisor
Dr. Brenda Calhoun Snipes
Dr. Brenda Calhoun Snipes, a native of Talladega, Alabama, has resided in Broward County since 1964 when she and her husband Walter Snipes moved here to begin their professional careers as educators. Dr. Snipes received her formal education in the public schools of Talladega . After completing Westside High School, she entered the historical Talladega College where she majored in modern foreign languages. After moving to Florida, she earned her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Adults from Florida Atlantic University, and she earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. Snipes was recruited to come to Broward County by Mrs. Blanche G. Ely, who was the principal of Blanche Ely High School . Dr. Snipes began her career as a teacher at Blanche Ely High School. She moved through the education ranks serving as a teacher of students from elementary through adult and vocational education. She served as a program specialist, district level administrator, co-principal, and principal. While serving as co-principal, and principal at C. Robert Markham Elementary School, Dr. Snipes was credited with using her staff development and leadership skills to improve and accelerate the teaching and learning process at Markham.
Prior to her retirement from the school district in June of 2003, Dr. Snipes had been promoted to the position of area director where she was responsible for leading principals at sixteen schools and centers. Dr. Snipes is a highly regarded education consultant and has traveled to other counties and states to serve as a consultant in leadership for principals and district level administrators. She has served as adjunct professor in educational leadership at Florida Atlantic University. She also served as mentor to students in the teacher preparation programs at Nova Southeastern University.
Because of her extensive and successful leadership and administrative skills, Dr. Snipes was asked by Governor Jeb Bush to serve out the term of Supervisor of Elections in Broward County. She began this appointment on November 20, 2003. She was re-elected for a four-term in November 2004, 2008, and again in 2012. During her tenure in this position, she has held several successful elections and under her leadership more than 50,000 local high school and college students have been registered to vote.
Due to her commitment to continuous improvement through voter education, awareness and outreach, Dr. Snipes has served as keynote speaker for hundreds of groups and organizations throughout Broward. She is also an active member of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) where she serves on committees and participates in state conferences and meetings. Dr. Snipes serves as the chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee and co-chair of the Continuing Education Program (CEP) for supervisors and their staff. She recently served on the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) study group regarding Elections Management Guidelines.
Dr. Snipes and her staff successfully bid to host the FSASE Summer conference scheduled for the summer of 2011. That was the first time in the history of the association the conference was held in Broward County.
Dr. Snipes is an active member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. As a community member, Dr. Snipes has served on various boards and committees. She is a graduate of Leadership Broward (Class XI). Dr. Snipes is an active member of the Broward County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she has served in many leadership capacities. She served three terms as president of this organization whose mission is public service. She has served as a Corporate Board member with the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County. She has received awards and recognitions from a diverse group of community organizations.
Dr. Snipes and her husband Walter are the parents of two adult daughters, Derrice who is a grants management director at Southwest Community College in Memphis, and Melanie, an attorney in private practice in Georgia. Dr. Snipes has two grandchildren, Ellyn Alexandria and Kamille Ruth.