A resident of Belleair since 1993, Deputy Mayor Rettstatt and her husband, Larry Hineman, have been active members in the community while raising their son, Spenser. Deputy Mayor Rettstatt has previously served on the Planning and Zoning Board, the Historic Preservation Board, and the Recreation Board, where she spearheaded the building of the Dimmitt Community Center – one of the highlights of the Town.
After serving as a board member for four years, Deputy Mayor Rettstatt retired to take in and care for her aging parents. It was during this time, over coffee with her father (a retired Army officer) that the idea for Hunter Memorial Park began. After together drafting the basic design, the two realized that there was a need for private funding, and the Belleair Community Foundation (BCF) was born. Today, the BCF continues to give Deputy Mayor Rettstatt a sense of pride and belonging to a wonderful community. At the urging of her father and other community leaders, Deputy Mayor Rettstatt again ran for office, where she currently serves.
Deputy Mayor Rettstatt is a graduate from the University of South Florida Business College, and was an area sales manager for Kraft Foods for 21 years. She and her husband were later in the restaurant business for 16 years. Additionally, Deputy Mayor Rettstatt founded the Wonders Foundation, Inc., a small local charity that helps children and families in need.