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Rob Panepinto

Chair, Florentine Strategies

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Rob Panepinto

Rob is currently President of Florentine Strategies. Florentine provides board support, strategic consulting, and investment capital for healthcare, social enterprise and technology companies. In that role, Rob is a Strategic Advisor and Advisory Board member to CTW (Clean the World) Global, Florida’s first Benefits Corporation. Previously, Rob was part of the Founding Executive team for Connextions, which was acquired by Optum Health, part of UnitedHealth Group, in 2011.

He is the Chair for Orlando, Inc for 2016 and serves on the Central Florida Partnership’s Sources of Capital task force. He is also a Board member at Canvs, a nonprofit shared working space supporting technology startups and for the Rollins Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He is a Past Chair of the Central Florida Zoo.

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Ashley Hill, CPA

Treasurer, KPMG

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Ashley Hill

Ashley Hill is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Orlando, FL Audit practice with more than seven years of audit experience. She has extensive experience in SEC reporting and Sarbanes-Oxley reporting requirement and has worked on a global level with KPMG’s member firms around the world. She is experienced in the Restaurant Industry, as well as the Building, Construction and Real Estate Industry.

Ashley has served as the Senior Manager in charge of recruiting for the Orlando office of KPMG, co-chair of KPMG Network of Women (Orlando), Past Treasurer for the Greater Orlando Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants and as a volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

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Tony Jenkins

Secretary, Florida Blue

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Tony Jenkins

Tony is the Market President for the Central Florida Region of Florida Blue. Prior to BCBSF, Jenkins served as Director of Diversity for CSX Corporation, the largest rail network in the eastern United States. Before joining CSX, Jenkins spent 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company in various management roles. Tony is very active in the Orlando Community. He is the past Chair for United Arts of Central Florida and the current board Chair for Florida Institute for Community Studies. He also currently serves on the Boards of The Central Florida Partnership, Orlando Economic Development Commission, Florida Citrus Sports, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and he is a Board Trustee at Stetson University. In January, 2014, Tony was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA.

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Jeffery Jonasen

Vice Chair, Investment Committee Chair, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

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Jeffery Jonasen

Jeff 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.

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Robert F. Thomson II, CPA

Immediate Past Chair, Commerce National Bank & Trust

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Robert F. Thomson II, CPA

Rob began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin before moving to Orlando in 1994. As a Tax Manager, Rob served as an individual and closely held business tax specialist with an emphasis in estate planning, and also became a Registered Investment Advisor. He then spent five years with the Private Capital Group of SunTrust Bank as a Development Officer. Most recently, Rob has served as a trusted advisor for the founding family of NASCAR. He has worked with the family in some capacity for over 15 years, more specifically on a full time basis as the Director of Investor Relations at NASCAR from 2004-2007, and since 2007 at Commerce National Bank & Trust in Winter Park, Florida, where he serves at a Family Wealth Advisor and the Chief Investment Officer.

Rob graduated from the University of Notre Dame with Accounting and MBA degrees and remains active as a Director and past President of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Greater Orlando. Rob has also served as President of the Board for the Central Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Rob was integral in forming the NASCAR Foundation in 2005 and helped to organize the September 11 Blood and Marrow Registration Drive for a number of years at Daytona International Speedway. Rob recently served as the President of the Florida Family Office Forum, a consortium of peer wealth advisors.

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Mark Brewer

President / CEO

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Mark Brewer

Central Florida Foundation believes in the power of philanthropy and that thoughtful strategies, combined with a generous community, make Central Florida a place where everyone feels at home. The Foundation works with families focused on giving back, nonprofits and across public and private sectors to bring philanthropy to life. It all began in 1994 as a dream around a table of local, passionate people, and has grown to be one of the community’s most trusted resources.

Mark joined the Foundation in 2000 and has earned respect for his ability to build community partnerships that meet issues head-on and produce measureable 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 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 role of the independent sector in public policy. In his leadership role at the Central Florida Foundation, Mark frequently 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. His service focus is with 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.

Connect with Mark on LinkedIn or at mbrewer@cffound.org.

Board of Directors

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Brian M. Butler

JCB Construction

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Brian M. Butler

Brian is the President/CEO of JCB Construction. He is on the Advisory Council of Leadership Florida East Central Region, a board member of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Council, Chairman of the National Association of Minority Contractors Central Florida Chapter and is on the board of the Valencia College Foundation. He holds an MBA from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and a B.A. in Business Economics from Brown University.

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Lyndon E. Carter

Darden Restaurants

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Lyndon E. Carter is a thoughtful and engaging attorney who prides himself on developing social capital through shared community interests. He is currently an associate counsel in the real estate development department at Darden Restaurants here in Orlando, FL. Lyndon’s practice is centered on resolving real estate issues for any of the 1,600+ restaurant locations owned or leased by Darden’s eight brands. He prides himself on his balanced and deliberate approach to problem solving. Prior to joining Darden Restaurants, Lyndon practiced law for 7 years at Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, where he focused on commercial real estate acquisition, development and leasing matters.

Lyndon remains engaged in his community, serving on a number voluntary boards and in leadership roles. He currently sits on the Nominations Board for the City of Orlando, and is the former chair for the Orlando Economic Partnership’s Young Professionals Advisory Council. Lyndon E. Carter is an Orlandoan and graduate of Dr. Phillips High School. Lyndon graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA with a degree in English. He went on to earn his law degree from Duke Law School in Durham, NC. He enjoys spending time with his wife and newborn son, Brixton, playing the bass guitar, and riding his motorcycle.

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Jay Chaudhari

JobPath & I-4 Capital Partners

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Jay Chaudhari

Jay Chaudhari is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of I-4 Capital Partners. I-4 Capital Partners is an early stage investment firm focused on social impact investing. Jay is also a Co-Founder and Advisor of JobPath. JobPath is a social enterprise that provides an online platform connecting military veterans to the workforce and employers to qualified veteran candidates. Jay serves as a mentor of the Central Florida Social Enterprise Accelerator whose mission is to create positive social change by propelling qualified social entrepreneurs to build their ideas into self-sustainable venture within our community. Jay serves on committees with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Give Hope Foundation, and United Way’s Mission United program. Jay is a graduate of the University of Florida and also holds an MBA from the Roy E. Crummer graduate School of Business at Rollins College.

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Shari Dingle (Sandifer) Costantini

Avant Healthcare Professionals

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Shari Dingle (Sandifer) Costantini

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, E&Y 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.

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Avani Desai

Schellman & Company

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Avani Desai

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. 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. In addition, Avani managed the development of internal and external privacy programs and related practices, leveraging her deep knowledge with healthcare and emerging technologies, such as blockchain, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and virtualization.

Now at Schellman & Company, Avani has been focusing on growth strategies, strategic client and market development, industry analysis, and new services for the last five years. 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.

In 2017, Avani, a crypto enthusiast, launched MyCryptoAlert, an app that provides a mobile solution for the alert and portfolio problems crypto investors face. Also passionate about strategic philanthropy, Avani sits on the board of Arnold Palmer Medical Center, the 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. With all that being said, Avani still considers her greatest accomplishment 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.

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Thomas V. Durkee, CPA

WithumSmith+Brown

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Thomas V. Durkee

With over 37 years of professional accounting experience, Thomas is a partner in WithumSmith+Brown’s Orlando office specializing in accounting and auditing. He is responsible for managing the tax aspects of many engagements in which he is involved and provides consulting and litigation support services. Prior to joining the firm, Thomas was a partner and founding member of Averett Warmus Durkee, which joined Withum in January 2016.

Thomas is a certified public accountant licensed in Florida, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) where he previously served on the organization’s Accounting Principles and Auditing Stands Committee and is past chair of the Common Interest Realty Associations Section. He also serves on the Finance and Research Committees of the American Resort Development Association and is a member of The Institute for Internal Auditors. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rollins College.

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Michael Frumkin, Ph.D.

University of Central Florida

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Michael Frumkin, Ph.D.

Michael 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 brings a 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 M.S.W. 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 coming to UCF, he was 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.

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Jyoti Gupta, M.D.

Toppino Eye Care

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Jyoti Gupta, M.D.

Jyoti is an ophthalmologist double trained in medical retina and cornea and external diseases, currently practicing and serving in Clermont, FL. Her main interests lie in cataract surgery and corneal transplantation surgery. Jyoti has participated in many surgical eye mission trips across the world to restore vision to indigent and rural populations who would otherwise have no access to eye care. In the Orlando community, Jyoti is involved with the Hindu Temple as a volunteer, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, and a member of 100 Women Strong.

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Kay Rawlins

Orlando City Soccer Club

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Kay Rawlins is the VP of Community Relations for Orlando City, President of the Foundation and is also a Founder and Owner of the Club. 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 also heads up the Orlando City Foundation, is on the Community Leadership Council for the Howard Phillips Center, and is a board member for the Commission on Homelessness, leading the Youth Homelessness Committee; the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and Cannonball Kids cancer. Kay was awarded 2016
Businesswoman of the Year by the Orlando Business Journal.

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Robert Newland

Newland Search/Career Partners

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Robert Newland

Robert 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 the Central Florida Foundation.

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David N. Torre

Suntrust Private Wealth

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David N. Torre

David Torre serves as Senior Wealth Planner for SunTrust Private Wealth based in Winter Park, Florida. Prior to joining SunTrust, Torre practiced law with a boutique firm focused exclusively in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, and charitable gift planning. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2009 and was in private practice prior to serving as Director of Gift Planning at Rollins College. While at Rollins, he was responsible for working with donors to develop charitable gift strategies with complex tax, financial, and legal implications. Torre also frequently worked with professional advisors including attorneys, accountants, family offices, corporate trustees, and private foundations on deferred and structured gifts including estate and trust gifts, fine artwork, and endowed funds. Torre graduated from Rollins College and the University of Florida Levin College of Law and is an adjunct instructor at the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. In addition to the Central Florida Foundation, Torre currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.

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Carrie Ann Wozniak

Akkerman LLP

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Carrie Ann is an attorney and partner at Akerman LLP. She is board certified by the Florida Bar in Appellate Practice and serves as general counsel to the Florida Bankers Association. Prior to Akerman, Carrie Ann was the senior staff attorney for Florida Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Anstead. She has served as Vice Chair of the Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission via nomination by the Florida Bar and appointment by Governor Rick Scott. In addition to her pro bono work and leading various Florida Bar and Orange County Bar Association committees, Carrie Ann has served on the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Greater Orlando as Nominating Director and the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida Teen Court Advisory Board. Carrie Ann is the Akerman Orlando Office’s Community Impact Team Leader and Pro Bono Champion, leading Akerman’s Give Back Days program benefiting our community’s Guardian ad Litem program. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Susan Khoury Guardian Ad Litem Award of Excellence for her work on behalf of the Guardian ad Litem program.

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Mark Brewer

President / CEO

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Mark Brewer

Central Florida Foundation believes in the power of philanthropy and that thoughtful strategies, combined with a generous community, make Central Florida a place where everyone feels at home. The Foundation works with families focused on giving back, nonprofits and across public and private sectors to bring philanthropy to life. It all began in 1994 as a dream around a table of local, passionate people, and has grown to be one of the community’s most trusted resources.

Mark joined the Foundation in 2000 and has earned respect for his ability to build community partnerships that meet issues head-on and produce measureable 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 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 role of the independent sector in public policy. In his leadership role at the Central Florida Foundation, Mark frequently 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. His service focus is with 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.

Connect with Mark on LinkedIn or at mbrewer@cffound.org.

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Meghan Warrick

Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

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Meghan Warrick

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 15 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 PTA at her son’s elementary school.

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Nicole Donelson

Vice President of Philanthropy

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Nicole Donelson is the Vice President of Philanthropy at Central Florida Foundation. In her role at the Foundation, 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 her role at the Foundation, Nicole served as Executive Director for the American Diabetes Association with responsibility for four markets across the state of Florida. She comes to the Foundation with 12 years of nonprofit experience with a focus on business development and relationship building.

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 any opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

Connect with Nicole at ndonelson@cffound.org.

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Sandi Vidal

Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives

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Sandi Vidal is the Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives for the Central Florida Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Business with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to her role at the Foundation, Sandi served as the Executive Director/CEO of Christian HELP a nonprofit focused on helping people to find jobs. Sandi also served with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. Sandi has over 8 years of nonprofit leadership experience and over 20 years of business management experience.

Sandi has a passion for public speaking, advocating for solutions to homelessness, hunger and poverty, as well as teaching people how to be successful with their job search. She loves to write and has written for several publications including a blog on the Huffington Post. She is married with 3 kids and 3 cats. She is also a local Jefferson Award winner for volunteerism, and currently volunteers judging speech and debate competitions in the high schools.

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Beverly Grant

Executive Assistant

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Beverly is the Executive Assistant at Central Florida Foundation. At the Foundation she 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 earning 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.

Connect with Beverly at bgrant@cffound.org or on LinkedIn.

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Elizabeth Gordon

Controller

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Elizabeth is the Controller at Central Florida Foundation. At the Foundation she assists the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with the accounting and financial management of the Foundation, oversees the day to day fiscal and accounting operations of the Foundation 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.

Connect with Elizabeth at egordon@cffound.org or on LinkedIn.

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Daisy C. Franklin, MSW

Community Investment Manager

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Daisy is the Community Investment Manager at Central Florida Foundation in Orlando, FL. Her experience at the Foundation includes managing the grants processes connected to a variety of funds, including special initiatives. She manages an online scholarship program for the Foundation and evaluates the impact of grants from the Foundation. Her areas of expertise include outcome measurement, volunteer management, program and resource development, and grants management.

Originally from Philadelphia, Daisy moved to Orlando in 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Temple University with a double minor in Spanish and Latin American studies and went on to earn a Master of Social Work from University of Connecticut with a concentration in Policy Practice and focused on Puerto Rican and Latino/a Studies in social work. Her past experience includes a variety of roles with ASPIRA of Florida and United Way.

Daisy volunteers her time on the ProNet Steering Committee, Community Foundation United Conference Planning Committee, chairs the Central Florida College Access Network and serves as an active member of ReThink Life Church. She enjoys spending time with her husband Roderick and their baby girl Clementine.

Connect with Daisy at dfranklin@cffound.org or on LinkedIn.

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Rachel Calderon

Marketing and Communications Manager

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A southern girl at heart, Rachel 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. Rising from Intern to Marketing & Communications Manager at Central Florida Foundation, she has experience in branding, social media, event coordination, maintaining vendor relationships and training board members as brand ambassadors.

Prior to her role as Marketing & Communications Manager, her experience at the Foundation includes managing Nonprofit Search, an online searchable database of Central Florida nonprofits. The tool is designed to help donors easily find nonprofits they care about and make stronger giving decisions; provide in depth information about the nonprofit’s management, governance, financials, and programs; and learn more about community issues. Other experience Rachel has from this position includes administering annual grant distribution processes and women’s giving circle activities at the Foundation.

Rachel is a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Council of the Orlando Economic Partnership and a co-chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network’s Communications Affinity Group. She enjoys exploring all of the unique local businesses in Orlando, paddle boarding and art. She has two children, Christian and Claudia, and two adorable Cocker Spaniels.

Connect with Rachel at rcalderon@cffound.org or on LinkedIn.

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Mary Meghan Flanagan

Community Relationship Manager

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Mary Meghan is the Community Knowledge Manager at Central Florida Foundation. At the Foundation she manages Nonprofit Search, the place for discovering Central Florida nonprofits, and stewards relationships with fund holders. Her areas of expertise include relationship building and coaching nonprofits.

Originally from New Jersey, Mary Meghan moved to Orlando in 2001. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from Ramapo College in New Jersey. Her past experience includes a variety of roles with Mercedes Benz of Orlando and Workforce Central Florida.

Outside of work Mary Meghan spends her time with friends and family – including her two young daughters and husband. She enjoys traveling, cooking and reading on the beach.

Connect with Mary Meghan at mflanagan@cffound.org.or on LinkedIn.

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Melissa Cascino

Staff Accountant

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Elizabeth Guerra

Administrative Assistant

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Elizabeth Guerra is the Administrative Assistant at Central Florida Foundation. In her role, she is responsible for hospitality and general administrative functions of the Foundation.

She earned an associate degree in data entry and completed three years of industrial psychology 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.

Connect with Elizabeth at eguerra@cffound.org.