Born and raised in central Connecticut, Bev Fogarty-Pagel has moved from Connecticut to Massachusetts to Missouri to Orlando, Florida before settling in Tallahassee in 1995. Along the way, she has worked in a wide variety of fields including sales, both bricks and clicks; construction, as an office manager for her late husband; training, for the State of Florida; accounting, for a local funeral home; and career counseling, for the local welfare-to-work population.
It was in Tallahassee that she completed her formal education with a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Human Systems and a Specialist in Education degree in Counseling and Human Systems, specializing in Career Counseling, at Florida State University. These two degree programs tied together her various work and life experiences to give her the ability to communicate with people from all walks of life and the desire to help others see the power they possess with greater life skills and encouragement.
In 2017, she joined the League of Women Voters in Tallahassee (LWVT) and found the perfect outlet to educate, empower, and encourage those in her community to meet the challenges they face. She has worked as a registrar of voters and as a researcher of public education in Florida; helped to produce t-shirts with a voter message, and even coordinated an LWVT Springtime Tallahassee parade entry to encourage the addition of new members.
Currently retired, Ms. Fogarty-Pagel cares for her two young granddaughters in the afternoons, serves meals at the Kearney Center and is starting her sixth year with the League as an appointed board member. She hopes to put her strategic thinking and organizational skills to effective use informing and involving others in the federal and state governments by her work in the League of Women Voters.