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Jeffery Jonasen

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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Thomasa Sanchez

Vice Chair, State Housing & Development

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Thomasa Sanchez, Secretary

Thomasa has deeply woven her passions into the fabric of the Central Florida community as a successful entrepreneur, college professor, community leader and keynote speaker. She graduated in the top 2% of her class at Rollins College (B.A.), attended the University of Central Florida to earn a Masters of Arts in Communication, and then continued her graduate studies at the School of Organizational Psychology at Florida Tech.

A thorough education and exceptional mentorship opportunities prepared Thomasa to go on to establish a thriving non-profit organization, The McCormick Research Institute, teach at Valencia College, and contribute to family businesses Titan Land Company and State Housing and Development. She has championed the causes of several local charities and has actively served on various Osceola County boards including The McCormick Research Institute and the Education Foundation of Osceola County. Thomasa has a personal love of horses and a professional love of the important services that non-profits provide to the communities they serve.

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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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Kay Rawlins

Secretary, 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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Rob Panepinto

Immediate Past Chair, Florentine Strategies

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Rob Panepinto

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 Panepinto 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 the Central Florida Foundation, Rollins College, the City of Orlando, and other community partners. Rob is the current Chair of the Central Florida Foundation board, immediate past chair of Orlando, Inc. and is a Board Member member for the Orlando Economic Partnership. He also serves on the Board of Stater 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.

Rob was a 2018 candidate for Orange County Mayor.

Previously, Rob was part of the founding executive team for Connextions, helping them grow from a small manufacturing company to become an innovative healthcare technology and services company based here in Orlando. Connextions was sold to Optum in 2011.

Rob has been married to his wife Stacy for over 27 years and they have 2 daughters, Ali (17) and Samantha (15). They live in Winter Park.

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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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Achal Aggarwal, Esq.

The Health Law Firm, P.A.

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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.

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Tajiana Ancora-Brown

Walt Disney World

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Tajiana is an accomplished leader with experience in issue management, strategic communications and organizational management. Tajiana Ancora-Brown joined Walt Disney World as the Director, External Affairs in July 2018. Previously she 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.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tajiana/

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Waymon Armstrong

Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS)

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Waymon Armstrong

Waymon 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 multi-million 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.

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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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Jay Chaudhari

RVR Consulting and JobPath

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Jay Chaudhari

Jay is a Senior Consultant with RVR Consulting, a full-service management consulting firm. Jay is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history over 15 years of 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 non profit sectors to achieve a successful project for the community.

Jay Co-Founded, advised and implemented capital strategies for two early stage companies named 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. Both companies are considered a social enterprise which is a passion for Jay. 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.

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Sean DeMartino

Coastal Construction of Central Florida

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

A construction industry veteran, Sean enjoys 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, Marriot 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, FL, 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.

Coastal Construction Group has been building projects throughout Florida for more than five decades and has earned a reputation as one of the leading contractors in the state and the Southeast. Coastal currently has operations in Miami, Palm Beach, Orlando, Naples, Tampa and the Florida Keys, and has significant experience in commercial, hospitality, single and multi-family residential, educational, government-related facilities and disaster recovery projects. Coastal has built more than 50 hotels and resorts in Florida, including the Ocean Reef Club, Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club, Boca Grande, Fisher Island Club, St. Regis Resort & Residences, Bal Harbour, the Miami Beach Edition, The Ritz Carlton South Beach, SLS Miami Beach Hotel, Four Seasons, Faena Hotel, as well as numerous South Florida condominiums, office buildings and schools, such as the Mansions at Acqualina, Porsche Design Tower, Residences by Armani Casa, and the Bacardi World Headquarters.

Coastal expanded to Central and North Florida in mid-2017 with Sean at the helm of its growth strategy in this market.

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Avani Desai

Audit Committee Chair, 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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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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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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Giti Khalsa

Morgan Stanley

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Formerly the drummer of Seven Mary Three, a platinum recording artist that produced six albums, Giti 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 in 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.

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John M. Martinez

J.P. Morgan Private Bank

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John Martinez is an Executive Director in the Orlando office of J.P. Morgan Private Bank. In this role, Mr. Martinez 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, Mr. Martinez was 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 was a co-founder of Benchmark Securities, a municipal trading and underwriting broker-dealer, and was a Vice President of Gardnyr Michael Capital. Also during this time, Mr. Martinez 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, Mr. Martinez practiced law with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. in Orlando.

A native of Orlando, Mr. Martinez 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.

Mr. Martinez 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.

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Lourdes Mola

Lourdes Mola Solutions

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Named “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.

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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 Torre

GenSpring | SunTrust Private Wealth

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David Torre, J.D., AEP®, CFP®

David Torre serves as a wealth strategist and family wealth specialist with GenSpring | SunTrust 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. While at Rollins, 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.

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Rebecca True

True Capital Advisors

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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.

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Carrie Ann Wozniak

Akerman 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.

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.

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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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 copy writing, public relations, branding, social media, events, 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.

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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Allie Moise

Community Investment Manager

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Allie is the Community Investment Manager at Central Florida Foundation. At the Foundation she designs and implements grant-making strategies for fund holders, strategic initiatives of the Foundation and she 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.

Connect with Allie at amoise@cffound.org or on LinkedIn.

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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.