EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

THOMASA SANCHEZ
Chair, McCormick Research Institute

THOMASA SANCHEZ

Chair, McCormick Research Institute

Thomasa is the founder of Heavenly Hooves, now known as McCormick Research Institute, and has served as the organization’s full-time pro-bono CEO since 2002.  McCormick is a not-for-profit organization that empowers individuals with disabilities and Veterans with PSTD to thrive with horses, hope, health, and purpose.  McCormick has earned worldwide acclaim as a trusted leader in psychotherapy incorporating equines and has published research in partnership with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.  The organization has served over 25,000 veterans and special needs individuals.

Sanchez also currently serves as the Chair of the Central Florida Foundation, the region’s community foundation.  The Foundation stewards philanthropic dollars on behalf of individuals, families and nonprofits. Knowing that true change demands more than dollars and cents, the Foundation fosters collaboration, fuels ideas and spearheads the innovation that will transform the region for good.

Thomasa earned a bachelor’s degree from Rollins College, a master’s degree in Communications from UCF, studied organizational psychology in the Master’s program at Florida Tech, and will be graduating with a doctorate degree from Rollins College Crummer School of Business in 2021.  Throughout her career, Thomasa has taught at Valencia College and been regularly featured as a keynote speaker at various events.

Thomasa has lived in Osceola County her entire life.  Following the example set by her parents Tom and Marcia Tompkins, Thomasa began serving the community in 1991 when she was crowned Miss Silver Spurs.   She is married to Domingo Sanchez and has two children, Devin and Skylar.  She enjoys being a homeschool mom, wife, daughter, sister, and advocate for suicide prevention.  And on weekends, she likes to break away to play the piano or spend time competing in jumping competitions with her horse Mickey.

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WAYMON ARMSTRONG
Vice Chair, Engineering & Computer Simulations Inc. (ECS)

WAYMON ARMSTRONG

Vice Chair, Engineering & Computer Simulations Inc. (ECS)

Waymon Armstrong is Co-Founder and President of Engineering & Computer Simulations Inc. (ECS). Since its inception in 1997, the firm is dedicated to utilizing PC-based game technology in an advanced distributed learning environment. Before starting ECS, Waymon directed computer-modeling activities at a multimillion-dollar Program Management and Engineering Firm, and served as a project manager for large-scale crisis response teams.

Waymon attended the University of Central Florida. He serves on the Metro Orlando Military Affairs Advisory Committee, Digital Media Alliance of Florida, Valencia Community College’s Digital Media Technology Advisory Committee, Otronicon Advisory Board, Executive Committee Sunshine Chapter of AUSA, Missionary Ventures International, The College of Elders at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, and the Orlando Chamber of Commerce E Team. Waymon was named as a 2007 and 2009 finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young for the State of Florida. In 2010 he was awarded the SBA Region, State and National Small Business Person of the year.

JEFFERY JONASEN
Immediate Past Chair, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

JEFFERY JONASEN

Immediate Past Chair, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Jeffery Jonasen is an attorney and a shareholder at Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A. He has more than 20 years of business law experience, handling acquisitions, joint ventures, securities offerings, financings, and other domestic and international business transactions, and representing start-ups, non-profits, medium-sized businesses and Fortune 500 companies. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class 24, Board member of the Orlando Economic Development Commission, former Chairman and current Board member of the Central Florida Partnership, former President and current member of the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council, former President of the University of Florida Alumni Association and former Chairman of BusinessForce. Jeff received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida.

 

ASHLEY HILL, CPA
Treasurer, Ravago Americas LLC

ASHLEY HILL, CPA

Treasurer, Ravago Americas LLC

Ashley N. Hill has more than ten years of accounting and auditing experience. She joined Ravago Americas LLC as the Director of Accounting in June 2021. Ravago is the number one service provider in the global market for polymers, rubbers and chemicals.

Previously she served as a Senior Manager with KPMG LLP, where she worked with clients in the restaurant and real estate industries, helping them navigate SEC and Sarbanes-Oxley reporting issues. During her time with KPMG, she served as the Senior Manager in charge of recruiting for the Orlando audit practice, co-chair of KPMG Network of Women (Orlando), and co-chair of the KPMG African-American Network (Orlando).

She has also previously served as past Treasurer and current member of the Greater Orlando Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants and as a volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Currently she serves on the finance committee of LIFT Orlando and is a member of the Certified Public Accounting Education Minority Assistance Advisory Council with the Florida Board of Accountancy. Ashley earned an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Florida A&M University.

KAY RAWLINS
Secretary, Orlando City Soccer Club

KAY RAWLINS

Secretary, Orlando City Soccer Club

Kay Rawlins is a founder of Orlando City and Orlando Pride, SVP of Community Relations for the Club, and President of Orlando City Foundation. Originally from the UK, Kay has lived in the US for over 10 years. She owned and ran children’s pre-schools in the UK, served as an educational assessor, lectured on signs and symptoms of child abuse to pre-school educators and also taught parenting classes. The last six years has seen the rise of Orlando City, playing their first season in Major League Soccer in 2015, adding a women’s team, Orlando Pride in 2016 and a new downtown stadium which opened in 2017.

Kay’s role includes speaking engagements on behalf of the Club, most of the community outreach, sending players to schools and youth groups to talk about exercise and healthy choices and encouraging staff and fans to join community projects. She is a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Cannonball Kids cancer, Central Florida Foundation, 4Rivers Foundation, Florida Sports Foundation, WISE Greater Orlando, All Women Empowered  and is on the Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition.  Kay gave a talk at TEDx Orlando 2017 and was awarded 2016 Businesswoman of the Year by the Orlando Business Journal, Corporate Ally of the Year 2019 by the Pride Chamber and included in Florida Trend 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in 2020.

MARK BREWER
President/CEO

MARK BREWER

President/CEO

Mark joined the Foundation in 2000 and has earned respect for building community partnerships that meet issues head-on and produce measurable results. He has worked with hundreds of individuals, families, and corporations to establish philanthropy plans, endowments, funding strategies, and planned gifts. More than 150 regional nonprofit boards have enlisted Mark’s assistance through the Foundation with strategic and scenario planning initiatives that included the use of endowed investments to sustain their organizations. He is a well-known national speaker on the independent sector, philanthropy’s role in America, venture philanthropy strategies, and the independent sector’s public policy role. In his leadership role at the Central Florida Foundation, Mark frequently advises private and corporate foundation grantmakers across the region and plays a public policy advisory role on strategy and advisory boards around the state of Florida.

Mark began his career in the media as a reporter, anchor, and journalist. His background includes more than a decade as a management consultant in the private and independent sectors, leading merger, and acquisition strategies for cross-sector initiatives. Later, as a licensed investment professional, he assisted clients with estate and planned giving strategies. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Business, a master’s degree in Public Administration with a specialty in Nonprofit Management and is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy ®. His graduate studies include work in policy and law at Walden University.

Mark has played a leadership role in national and community initiatives. His service focus is on organizations that grow philanthropy or play strategic grant-making and public policy roles. At the national level, Mark has chaired strategy initiatives and think tanks. At the state level, Mark is a past Chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network, a statewide association of grantmakers working to strengthen philanthropy through research, education, and public policy, and is a past Chair of the Community Foundations of Florida, the statewide association of community foundations. In the Central Florida region, Mark serves on the Orlando Economic Partnership board, a public-private partnership, working to create quality jobs, economic growth, broad-based prosperity, and a sustainable quality of life for the region. He is also a Foundation for Orlando’s Future board member.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ACHAL AGGARWAL, ESQ.
The Health Law Firm, P.A.

ACHAL AGGARWAL, ESQ.

The Health Law Firm, P.A.

Achal Aggarwal is a health law attorney who grew up in Orlando. He attended University of Miami School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) and attended University of Miami School of Business Administration where he received a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree.

As someone who grew up in Orlando, Achal is excited and eager to give back to the community that raised him. His family has been engaged in philanthropic work in Orlando for many years and Achal is thrilled to continue the legacy of philanthropy.

TAJIANA ANCORA-BROWN
Walt Disney World

TAJIANA ANCORA-BROWN

Walt Disney World

Tajiana Ancora-Brown is an accomplished leader with experience in issue management, strategic communications and organizational management. She joined Walt Disney World as the Director, External Affairs in July 2018. Previously she served as the Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Revenue, where she directed day-to-day functions for an agency of 5,000 employees and an annual operating budget of $500M. She led efforts on crisis and emergency management, and enhanced agency issue management processes. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Director of Policy in the Executive Office of the Governor, where she helped develop and manage state policy priorities on behalf of Governor Scott. She entered the public sector as the communications director for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Before entering the public sector, she was a regional director in a public affairs firm where she developed strategic communications for a Fortune 200 company focused on environmental policy. Tajiana earned an MBA from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University.

BRIAN BUTLER
JCB Construction

BRIAN BUTLER

JCB Construction

Life-long resident of Central Florida with a varied business background in sales, marketing, and operations.  President/CEO of JCB Construction, Inc. a thirty-four year family-owned company that specializes in total site development and construction management.  He is responsible for the executive overview of the activities of an organization with 50 employees.  JCB has been involved in numerous notable projects in and around Orlando such as South Terminal Expansion, Camping World Stadium Reconstruction, Orlando City Soccer Stadium, and UCF Valencia Downtown Campus at Creative Village Redevelopment.

Received Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from Brown University, Providence, RI and Masters in Business Administration degree from Duke University, Durham, NC.

Prior to joining the family business, worked in sales, training, and management for Ortho Biotech Oncology, a division of Johnson & Johnson in Tampa and Orlando.  Recognized for being the Top Sales producer in the country, and later as manager led his district to Top Three results in the country.

Professional organization current involvement includes Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Past Chair; National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), Past Chair; Orlando Economic Partnership; Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Past Chair.

Over the years, actively involved in the community as a volunteer or board member for African American Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair); American Cancer Society; Central Florida Foundation; City of Orlando Mayor’s Parramore Task Force (Chair); Leadership Florida, Leadership Orlando, Orange County Charter Review Board; O.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment, O.C. Citizen’s Review Board; Parramore Kidz Zone; Ronald McDonald House of Charities (Past Chair); Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; Stetson University Board of Advisors, Trinity Prep School Trustee; UCF Foundation and Valencia College Foundation.

Recognition received from the 2020 FL Trend Magazine and Orlando Business Journal as “Most Influential Businessman”; OBJ “Top 10 Businessman to Watch”; MWBE Alliance Outstanding Volunteer.  Company recognized by OBJ “Golden 100 for Privately Held Companies.”

Married to Cathy Brown-Butler, and they have two sons in college, Michael James “M.J.” and Andrew.

 

Carlos Carbonell

CARLOS CARBONELL
Echo Interaction Group

CARLOS CARBONELL

Echo Interaction Group

Carlos Carbonell is a widely recognized leader in Central Florida’s business, nonprofit, political, and civic landscape. A successful technology entrepreneur, Carlos harnesses years of entrepreneurship, tech, nonprofit, civic, and political engagement in the region on behalf of the community and his clients.

Carlos founded Echo Interaction Group, a tech company that has worked on hundreds of mobile app projects and currently offers a software platform to rapidly deploy Augmented Reality-enabled apps. Echo was awarded a Don Quijote Award for Hispanic Business of the Year; named Top App Developer Company in Orlando by Clutch and named a Gator100 company (as one of the fastest growing University of Florida alumni-led companies).

In 2020, Carlos was named one of Florida’s 500 most influential business executives by Florida Trend magazine. He was twice named one of Orlando’s 50 Most Powerful People by Orlando Magazine, awarded Business Leader of the Year by the Metropolitan Business Association, a finalist for Central Floridian of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel and one of Orlando’s 40 Under 40 by Orlando Business Journal.

Carlos is an esteemed national speaker on the topics of technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation. He is a regular contributor to the Orlando Sentinel, and has been featured in Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, Orlando Business Journal, as well as Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC Univision, and Telemundo affiliates. He has spoken at numerous conferences including SXSW, one of the top interactive conferences in the world.

He is currently active in the following organizations:

  • Orlando Economic Partnership – Board of Directors, Executive Committee
  • Orlando City Foundation – Board of Directors
  • VR/AR Association – Orlando Chapter Advisory Board

After the Pulse tragedy, Carlos was appointed by Mayor Buddy Dyer to serve on the One Orlando Fund, which distributed over $30M to victims’ families and survivors. He also co-convened the One Orlando Alliance, a coalition of over 30 LGBTQ+ organizations still active as a non-profit today.

His past board commitments have included:

  • StarterStudio/Canvs – Former Board Member
  • One Orlando Alliance – Founding Board Member and former chair
  • Firespring Fund – Former Board Member
  • Valencia College – Former Advisory Board Member
  • Full Sail University’s Mobile App Development Program – Former Advisory Board Member

JAY CHAUDHARI
RVR Consulting and JobPath

JAY CHAUDHARI

RVR Consulting and JobPath

Jay Chaudhari is a Senior Consultant with RVR Consulting, a full-service management consulting firm. Jay is an experienced professional with more than 15 years of experience working in the real estate and private equity industry. He has successfully acquired, developed and exited mixed-use developments across Central Florida. Jay works directly with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to develop successful projects that serve the community’s needs.

Driven by a passion for corporate responsibility, Jay co-founded, advised and implemented capital strategies for two early-stage social enterprises, JobPath and Bolder Industries. JobPath is an online employment platform for military veterans and Bolder Industries solves challenging environmental issues for the industrial waste industry. He recently advised and implemented a capital raising strategy for the Gringos Locos restaurant group for two of their locations located in the SODO district of Orlando and on campus at UCF.

Jay currently serves on the board of the Give Hope Foundation and Mission United/Heart of Florida United Way. Jay is also the incoming Co-Chair for the 2020 Wishmaker’s Ball benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Jay is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.

SEAN DEMARTINO
Coastal Construction

SEAN DEMARTINO

Coastal Construction

As President of Coastal Constructions’s Central and North Florida Division, Sean DeMartino leads business operations including acquisition, administration and execution.

 

A construction industry veteran, Sean offers more than 30 years as a builder and construction leader, heading a variety of mid and large-scale projects spanning hospitality, entertainment, corporate office, large public assembly, mixed use, multi-family, aviation, upper level education, and governmental sectors including clients such as Walt Disney, Universal Orlando, LYNX, the Orlando Magic, Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt Hotels. Sean’s efforts and expertise can be seen in some of the most significant and iconic structures in the region, including the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Peabody Hotel (now the Hyatt Regency Orlando), the Harris Corporate Headquarters and High Technology Center in Palm Bay, JW Marriott Water Street in Tampa and over 20,000 guestrooms and vacation club units at Disney and Universal. Sean has led the construction of projects in Hawaii and throughout the Caribbean in the US Virgin Islands and Trinidad & Tobago.

Active in civic circles, Sean is involved in a variety of professional and philanthropic organizations including Heart of Florida United Way, Junior Achievement Academy and Junior Achievement of Central Florida and is past chair of the Orlando Economic Partnership. He is wholly committed to Central Florida’s continued development socially, economically and culturally as a best region to work, play and live.

AVANI DESAI
Audit Committee Chair, Schellman & Company

AVANI DESAI

Audit Committee Chair, Schellman & Company

Avani Desai is a Partner and President at Schellman & Company, the largest niche CPA firm in the world that focuses on technology and security assessments. She is also CEO and co-founder of MyCryptoAlert, a push notification and portfolio app for cryptocurrency that she founded in 2017. 

Avani started her career working at a Big 4 accounting firm for over 10 years, where she led a team and oversaw IT Risk Management and Privacy across national service lines. Now at Schellman & Company, she focuses on growth strategies, strategic client and market development, industry analysis, and new services. She has been featured in Forbes, CIO.com, and the Wall Street Journal, and is a sought after speaker as a voice on a variety of emerging topics, including security, privacy, information security, future technology trends, and the expansion of young women involved in technology.

A passionate proponent of strategic philanthropy, Avani sits on the board of Arnold Palmer Medical Center, Central Florida Foundation, and is the co-chair of 100 Women Strong, a female-only venture capitalist based giving circle that focuses on solving community-based problems specific to women and children by using data analytics and big data. Of all her accomplishments, she considers her greatest to be personal rather than professional—she is the proud mother to her 7-year-old son, Sahil, and her 4-year-old daughter, Sareena.

SHARI DINGLE (SANDIFER) COSTANTINI
Avant Healthcare Professionals

SHARI DINGLE (SANDIFER) COSTANTINI

Avant Healthcare Professionals

Shari Dingle (Sandifer) Costantini, RN, MBA, is a renowned expert in the healthcare industry with 29 years of experience in strategic leadership, nursing and international nurse staffing. She is a strong advocate for creating supportive work environments in which healthcare workers will thrive and improve patient outcomes. Shari founded Avant Healthcare Professionals in 2003. Avant has placed more than 1,500 international nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists through the United States. The company, which has grown an average of 40 percent annually since inception, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator in healthcare staffing.

Avant and Costantini have been recognized by Inc. 500/5000, 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2012, 100 Most Influential People in Staffing and Florida Companies to Watch. She serves several organizations, but most notably is the immediate past chair and board member of Orlando, Inc.; a board member for the Orlando Economic Partnership; and a board member of the Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship. Shari is a founding board member and chair of regulatory affairs for the American Association of International Recruitment.

MICHAEL FRUMKIN, PH.D.

MICHAEL FRUMKIN, PH.D.

Michael Frumkin is Dean of the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. Dean Frumkin’s scholarly work focuses on the design and delivery of human services and the linking of social work curriculum to the realities of service delivery. His most recent work has focused on the development of the first Community School at Evans High School in the Pine Hills neighborhood of Orlando. He has a long record of establishing community partnerships: designing research and community projects focused on improving the quality of life for local citizens—a perfect background for leading a college committed to “Strengthening Communities. Changing Lives.” 

Dean Frumkin earned his MSW at the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from the Florence Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He has served on the social work faculties of Boston University, the University of Minnesota and Florida State University. Prior to joining UCF, he served as the Dean of the School of Social Work and Human Services at Eastern Washington University. From 1992-1995, he was the President of the Council on Social Work Education.

GITI KHALSA
Pace Wealth Advisors

GITI KHALSA

Pace Wealth Advisors

Formerly the drummer of Seven Mary Three, a platinum recording artist that produced six albums, Giti Khalsa is the atypical drummer who developed a passion for business and entrepreneurship early in his musical career. He left the group in 2006 to become a financial advisor, where he applies firsthand knowledge in the areas of wealth accumulation and preservation. Personally and professionally, he prides himself on being a good listener and collaborator, melding creative thinking with the ability to execute.

Giti currently serves on the board of Urban Think Foundation/Page 15 and the finance committee of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida. He served three terms on Enzian Theatre’s advisory committee, and was formerly on the Board of Governors for the Florida chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

He lives in College Park with his wife Virginia, and their four children.

JOHN M. MARTINEZ
J.P. Morgan Private Bank

JOHN M. MARTINEZ

J.P. Morgan Private Bank

John Martinez is an Executive Director in the Orlando office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. In this role, he helps high net worth individuals and their families build, preserve, and manage their wealth for themselves and future generations.

 

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, John served as a Director in the Public Finance Group at PNC Capital Markets and established the firm’s Florida office. He was responsible for transacting all facets of municipal bond issuance. Previously, he co-founded Benchmark Securities, a municipal trading and underwriting broker-dealer, and was a Vice President of Gardnyr Michael Capital. During this time, he was appointed by the Governor of Florida to fill a vacancy on the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, where he fulfilled the remainder of the term and represented District 3. Before working in financial services, John practiced law with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. in Orlando. He earned a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law. He is a member of the Florida Bar and holds the FINRA Series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses.

A native of Orlando, John is involved with a variety of community organizations, sitting on the Board of Directors for the Central Florida YMCA, the Leroy Collins Institute, Prospera, and the Orlando Museum of Art. Additionally, he serves as the Chairman for both the Orange County Sustainability Advisory Board and the Central Florida Fair. He and his wife, Helen, live in Orlando with their two daughters.

LOURDES MOLA
Lourdes Mola Solutions

LOURDES MOLA

Lourdes Mola Solutions

Named one of the “Women Who Means Business” by the Orlando Business Journal in 2020, lifelong learner Lourdes Mola opened her boutique consultancy firm, Lourdes Mola Solutions in 2015. With 25 years of professional experience in corporate America, including two decades with The Walt Disney Company, Mola has excelled in a wide array of roles: Sales, Business Development, Marketing, Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship. Propelled by a desire to fuel business growth in our community, Mola now puts her skills to use empowering others.

A respected influencer in the Central Florida business community, Mola has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Central Florida Economic Development Commission, Prospera, Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. Mola is actively involved with the Hispanic American Professional Business Women’s Association, Girl Scouts of America, United Arts and The National Association of Women Business Owners. Mola currently serves on the board of the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, appointed by now Senator Rick Scott and Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis.

A first-generation Cuban-American, Mola has a deep understanding and respect for the influences that ethnicity, race, language, and culture have on society. She takes pride in her community and understands the great responsibility that comes with inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs, business developers and innovators. When she’s not working with businesses to help them succeed, Mola enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage children, traveling the world and exploring other cultures.

ROBERT NEWLAND
Newland Search/Career Partners

ROBERT NEWLAND

Newland Search/Career Partners

Robert Newland is a socially conscious entrepreneur, certified M&A Advisor, Business, Executive and Career coach. He is an equity owner at Career Partners International (CPI), one of the largest talent management consultancies in the world with more than 270 offices and 2,500 consultants in over 48 countries. He is a member CPI’s of the Board of Governors, their Market President of the Florida Caribbean Region, Chair of its Global Research Institute, and past Region Leader for Latin America. He graduated Cum Laude from Sacred Heart University and attended Harvard Business School and Pepperdine University for executive education programs. He has received various recognitions from his alma mater, the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Metro Orlando among others. He sits on the Boards of Heart of Florida United Way and Junior Achievement. He is a member of the Entrepreneurs in Action, an initiative of Central Florida Foundation.

ROB PANEPINTO
Florentine Strategies

ROB PANEPINTO

Florentine Strategies

Rob Panepinto is an innovator who has always challenged the status quo of “good enough”. Rob has helped Orange County become a hub for technology, entrepreneurship, and creativity. He is passionate about the positive impact businesses and business leaders drive for their communities and is an active “civic entrepreneur” serving on multiple civic and nonprofit boards. Rob is President of Florentine Strategies, which provides board support, strategic consulting, and investment capital for healthcare, social enterprise and technology companies. Rob is also the CEO of Entrepreneurs in Action, who manage a social venture fund that invests in local social enterprises, helping them create successful businesses and jobs while addressing community and global social needs.

Rob is a Founder and Board Chair of Orlando’s Social Enterprise Accelerator, Rally, a partnership between Central Florida Foundation, Rollins College, the City of Orlando, and other community partners. Rob is former board chair and current board member CFF, immediate past chair of Orlando, Inc. and is a Board Member member for the Orlando Economic Partnership. He also serves on the Board of Starter Studio, Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business Board of Overseers and its Rollins Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship. He has served on the Operations Committee of the Central Florida Expressway Authority. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization.

DAVID TORRE
GenSpring | Truist Wealth

DAVID TORRE

GenSpring | Truist Wealth

David Torre serves as a wealth strategist and family wealth specialist with GenSpring | Truist Private Wealth and delivers action-oriented advice on a wide range of estate and financial planning goals. He works with ultra-high net worth families to facilitate family meetings on topics such as family communication and values, multi-generational wealth transfer, philanthropy and educating the next generation.

Previously, David practiced law with a boutique firm focused exclusively in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, and charitable gift planning. David also previously served as director of gift planning at Rollins College, where he was responsible for working with donors to develop philanthropic strategies with complex tax, financial and legal implications including gifts of fine artwork and endowments.

In addition to being a member of the Florida Bar, David holds the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) and Accredited Estate Planner® designations and has completed training in civil mediation and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). David earned his bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Rollins College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.

REBECCA TRUE
True Capital Advisors

REBECCA TRUE

True Capital Advisors

Rebecca True is a financial advisor and President of True Capital Advisors which she founded 10 years ago after eight years as an advisor with Bank of America / Merrill Lynch. Her experience includes asset management, retirement and estate planning, and implementing asset protection and tax mitigation strategies. She advises families, business owners and executives on all aspects of their financial planning and wealth management. Prior to her career as a financial advisor, Rebecca spent 5 years managing technology initiatives for large corporations. During her time as a New York City resident in the wake of September 11th, 2001, she felt the calling to assist families and women by prioritizing their financial concerns and devising strategies to help them feel more secure about their future.

 

Rebecca has been previously honored as a nominee for Orlando Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business – Businesswoman of the Year (2012)” award. She’s also been consistently recognized annually as a Five Star Wealth Manager by Orlando Magazine for overall client satisfaction. She is regularly asked by industry leaders and the media to speak

about investments and diversity initiatives within the financial services industry. Rebecca was a contributing author for “Organizational Survival: Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future”, a book commissioned by the International Institute for Learning published by McGraw-Hill where she explored the merits of corporate sustainability creating measurable value for shareholders.

For the past 15 years, Rebecca has been actively involved in the leadership of the Central Florida Women’s League Foundation previously serving as President and on the board of directors for many years. CFWL provides charitable grants and volunteer service to local charities and college scholarships to students. She has also served on the investment committee for Central Florida Foundation for the past 5 years and currently serves as the chair of the Investment Committee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the University of South Florida.

OUR STAFF

MARK BREWER
President/CEO
mbrewer@cffound.org

MARK BREWER

President/CEO
mbrewer@cffound.org

Mark Brewer joined Central Florida Foundation in 2000 and has earned respect for his ability to build community partnerships that meet issues head-on and produce measurable results. He has worked with hundreds of individuals, families, and corporations to establish philanthropy plans, endowments, funding strategies, and planned gifts. More than 100 regional nonprofit boards have enlisted Mark’s assistance through CFF with strategic and scenario planning initiatives that include the use of endowed investments to sustain their organizations. He is a well-known speaker and thought leader on philanthropy’s role in America, venture philanthropy strategies, and the role of the independent sector in public policy. In his leadership role at CFF, Mark advises private and corporate foundation grant makers across the region, and plays a public policy advisory role on strategy and advisory boards around the state of Florida.

Mark began his career in the media as a reporter, anchor, and journalist. His background includes more than a decade as a management consultant in the private and independent sectors, leading merger and acquisition strategies for cross-sector initiatives. Later, as a licensed investment professional, he assisted clients with estate and planned giving strategies. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialty in Nonprofit Management, is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®, and is ABD for a PhD in Public Administration with a specialty in Policy and Law from Walden University.

Mark has played a leadership role in a number of national and community initiatives, with a focus on serving organizations that grow philanthropy and play roles in strategic grant making and public policy. At the national level, Mark chaired the Community Foundation Services Corporation, which oversaw the Merrill Lynch Community Charitable Fund, a national donor advised fund partnership. At the state level, Mark is a past Chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network, a statewide association of grant-makers working to strengthen philanthropy through research, education, and public policy, and is a past Chair of the Community Foundations of Florida, the statewide association of community foundations. In the Central Florida region, Mark serves as Vice Chair of Community Development of the Orlando Economic Partnership, a public-private partnership, working to create quality jobs, economic growth, broad-based prosperity, and a sustainable quality of life for the region.

MEGHAN WARRICK
Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
mwarrick@cffound.org

MEGHAN WARRICK

Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
mwarrick@cffound.org

Meghan Warrick is the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of the Central Florida Foundation. She has been with the Foundation since 2004 and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant with more than 20 years of experience in accounting, auditing and financial administration in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining the Foundation, Meghan was an audit manager in KPMG LLP’s public services practice and served numerous governmental and not-for-profit clients. She is a member of the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants.

Meghan holds both a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University. She is a former Trustee of the First Congregational Church of Winter Park, is a graduate of Leadership Orlando’s Class 79 and is involved with the School Advisory Councils at her sons’ public schools.

Nicole Donelson Headshot

NICOLE DONELSON
Vice President of Philanthropy
ndonelson@cffound.org

NICOLE DONELSON

Vice President of Philanthropy
ndonelson@cffound.org

As our Vice President of Philanthropy, Nicole leads and manages the annual plan for business revenue, growth of assets and fund holder satisfaction.

Originally from California, Nicole earned a degree in Psychology from University of California, Davis. Prior to joining CFF, Nicole served as Executive Director for the American Diabetes Association with responsibility for four markets across the state of Florida. She comes to CFF with 12 years of nonprofit experience with a focus on business development and relationship building.

Nicole serves on the board of the Central Florida Estate Planning Council, is a member of Florida Executive Women (FEW) and is pursuing certification as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, expected 2021. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time with her friends and family – which includes her husband and two children. She has a passion for health and fitness and pursues any opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Sandi Vidal

SANDI VIDAL
Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives
svidal@cffound.org

SANDI VIDAL

Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives
svidal@cffound.org

Sandi Vidal is just a girl trying to change the world one day at a time. She serves as the Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives for the Central Florida Foundation. Within her role at the Foundation, Sandi works on a variety of initiatives including Sustainable Development Goals (Thrive), Homelessness, Disaster Response, Social Justice, and is the Staff Liaison for the 100 Women Strong Giving Circle.

Sandi is in her second year as the Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Orange County. She has volunteered since she was 16 starting at the VA Hospital in Miami in her father’s clinic helping to record information for research trials, and has served on several boards. Sandi currently serves on Mayor Dyer’s Multicultural Advisory Board and is a Fellow for GEEO at the University of Central Florida focused on sustainability.

A graduate of the University of Miami school of Business, Sandi has a degree in Business Administration and she is a die-hard Cane in a house full of Noles. She has over 14 years of nonprofit leadership and over 20 years of Business Management experience. Sandi has a passion for public speaking, advocating for solutions to hunger poverty, and social justice. She occasionally writes about issues that interest her and has a blog called Upstream Swimmer.

She has been married 31 years to her wonderful husband Eddie and has 3 amazing grown kids, and 2 cats, 3 grand cats, and a grand dog.

When she is not working, you will find her at the beach, traveling, or planning her next adventure.

BEVERLY GRANT
Executive Assistant
bgrant@cffound.org

BEVERLY GRANT

Executive Assistant
bgrant@cffound.org

Beverly Grant provides administrative support for our President/CEO and Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Her areas of expertise include community engagement, organizational development, event planning, and program development. Born and raised in Orlando, Beverly is a proud graduate of Jones High School and graduated with honors from Belhaven University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She has more than 20 years of experience in executive level support to C-suite leaders in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She is also a graduate of Leadership Orlando, Class ‘89. 

Outside of work Beverly enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and playing miniature golf and board games with her only grandchild, Nicklus. She is mom to her two grown children, Antwann and Arsha and wonderful son-in-law Michael.

ELIZABETH GORDON
Controller
egordon@cffound.org

ELIZABETH GORDON

Controller
egordon@cffound.org

Elizabeth Gordon assists the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with the accounting and financial management of CFF, oversees the day-to-day fiscal and accounting operations, and prepares financial reports. Her areas of expertise include managing accounting operations, analytical problem resolution, regulatory compliance, internal controls, process improvement and GAAP accounting principles.

Elizabeth is an island girl at heart having been raised in Puerto Rico and St. Croix. She later moved to Orlando in 2000. She earned a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a minor in accounting from Catholic University of Puerto Rico and is currently studying for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Her past experience includes working as an accounting manager at a local law firm.

Elizabeth is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and its Not-for-Profit Section. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, running and spending time with family and friends.

RACHEL CALDERON
Director of Marketing & Communications
rcalderon@cffound.org

RACHEL CALDERON

Director of Marketing & Communications
rcalderon@cffound.org

Rachel leads the marketing and communications strategy and efforts at Central Florida Foundation. Her work covers the broader Foundation efforts and each of its initiatives including Thrive Central Florida, TableTalk, 100 Women Strong, Rally and more.  A southern girl at heart, Rachel Calderon moved to Orlando in 2009 from South Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration with a minor in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the unique local businesses in Orlando, yard work, paddleboarding and oil painting. She has two children, Christian and Claudia, and two crazy but cute Cocker Spaniels.

ALLIE MOISE
Community Investment Manager
amoise@cffound.org

ALLIE MOISE

Community Investment Manager
amoise@cffound.org

Allie Moise designs and implements grant-making strategies for fund holders, oversees strategic initiatives of CFF and manages all scholarship processes.

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Allie moved to Orlando in 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico and a Mini-MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. Her past experience includes roles with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas. She also serves as the Chief Operating Officer for The Commission on Local Debates and is a volunteer with the League of Women Voters of Orange County.

Outside of work Allie enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends and dog. She is passionate about civic engagement, traveling, and the arts.

ELIZABETH GUERRA
Administrative Assistant
eguerra@cffound.org

ELIZABETH GUERRA

Administrative Assistant
eguerra@cffound.org

Elizabeth Guerra is responsible for hospitality and general administrative functions of CFF.

She earned an associate degree in data entry and completed three years of industrial psychology study in Puerto Rico. Her past experience includes more than 20 years in executive level support to C-suite leaders in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Outside of work Elizabeth enjoys traveling, reading and visiting her daughter in California.