Kamalah Fletcher is the Director of Community Partnerships for the South Florida Region of the American Red Cross. In this role, she leads the Community Partnerships Team's efforts to ENGAGE, CONVENE, and MOBILIZE groups and individuals to build resilience and preparedness across our region. Her team is working hard to make sure the community understands the work of the Red Cross, and to ensure the Red Cross and community know how best to connect to each other. Her 20 years in the nonprofit world have spanned many levels of nonprofit leadership, and many communities across Miami-Dade County, where she has been a proud resident for the last 10 years. Both as a practitioner and resident, she's been active in county, state and national initiatives focused on capacity building, leadership development, prosperity, and climate change, and still facilitates for a number of local civic education programs. She also sits on the City of Miami Community Relations Board representing District 2, and on the board of the Miami Workers Center.
David Foote leads the Heart of Florida United Way’s Financial Stability Initiatives. Prior to joining United Way, David was Senior Vice President Regional Manager and Private Banking Group Manager for Comerica Bank. Before Comerica Bank, David was Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking for Fifth Third Bank in West Michigan. He started his banking career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and was Vice President of Finance with J.P. Morgan Chase in Chicago. David’s community involvement has included teaching as an adjunct professor with Davenport University’s MBA program and as a member of the Board of Directors of the President Ford Boy Scout Council in West Michigan. David is currently on the Board of Directors for the Florida Prosperity Partnership and Holy Family Catholic Church. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. David is married with two adult children.
Cora R. Fulmore is recognized as an industry expert on consumer credit and homeownership counseling. For over 30 years she has served as a spokesperson, mortgage and credit counselor, and advocate for policies that promote creative and safe lending practices for the benefit of our nation's homebuyers and homeowners. She has spoken at events sponsored by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), National Association of Realtors (NAR), NeighborWorks America, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. She has participated in regional forums including the Florida HOPE Task Force, the Nonprofit Housing Roundtable of Central Florida, the "Safe At Home" conference by Florida Legal Services for pro-bono attorneys, and foreclosure prevention workshops nationwide. Cora is a training instructor for Freddie Mac's CreditSmart ® which is a financial literacy curriculum, NeighborWorks America and many others; she is the creator and developer of the "Counselor's Corner," an online resource and training tool for Housing Professionals. Ms. Fulmore is a graduate of Texas College in Tyler, Texas.
Author, non-profit leader, speaker, and leadership coach, J. Scott George has been a passionate voice in the non-profit and church world for over thirty-five years. His unique ability to communicate leadership principles has motivated and inspired groups of all sizes. He has traveled the world, bringing hope and help through seminars, and philanthropic and humanitarian campaigns. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of Pine Castle United Methodist Church in Orlando, FL, and was the founder of UP – United against Poverty in downtown Orlando; an innovative, cutting-edge non-profit facility that serves thousands of families each month with food, medical care, crisis intervention and education. Scott is currently launching a new non-profit called Orlando Hope. He is the author of 6 books. Scott is happily married to his wife, Tammi, and they have four children—Austen, Aaren, Amanda, and Allison. In his free time, he loves playing racquetball and fly fishing.
Joyce Odongo is the senior community development consultant for central Florida. She represents the company in community and economic development activities. In her role, she establishes and maintains relationships with community organizations, such as activist groups, community agencies, nonprofits and minority organizations. She has over 10 years' experience both in the corporate and not for profit industries. She has been instrumental in developing key relationships within the community, managing philanthropic efforts, addressing the needs of the low- and moderate- income families, and providing financial education seminars. Prior to her career at Wells Fargo, she spent several years at Fifth Third Bank as vice president for Community Affairs. She also worked in the not for profit industry as a community advocate for affordable housing, seniors, small business, and neighborhood revitalization efforts. She has a bachelor's degree in corporate finance from Wayne State University, and a master's degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently serves on the following boards: Bethune Cookman University Board of Trustees, the City of Orlando Affordable Housing Advisory Commission, the African American Chamber of Commerce, UNCF Local Advisory Board, BBIF, Committee Chair and the Florida Prosperity Partnership Board of Directors. Her passion is working with not for profit organizations and providing financial education to empower others to obtain financial stability.
Felipe Pinzon, has been with Hispanic Unity of Florida since 2002, and is currently the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Programs. Felipe is responsible for the planning, implementation, and oversight of HUF’s programs and services. He is also responsible for program strategy, development and sustainability. Felipe has spent over 21 years working with social service and educational organizations, including 15 years managing multiple programs. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Additionally, Felipe is a graduate of the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy. Felipe served on the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Advisory Committee on Economic Security and the School Board of Broward County Diversity Committee and currently is the Treasure of the Florida Prosperity Partnership Board of Directors and the Chair of Sheridan Technical Center School Advisory Board. He also serves on the United Way of Broward County Public Policy Committee and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Distressed Areas Subcommittee. In 2009, he was awarded the Distinguished Service/Outstanding Young Non-Profit Executive Meeting Award from the Jaycees Hollywood Junior Chamber. Most recently he received the 2017 Hispanicize Positive Impact Award. He is also a faculty member at Ana G. Mendez University System. Felipe is married and father of three children; he spends his free time with family, playing tennis, running and riding his motorcycle.
Sarah Margaret Ellis, AFC, is the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for Citrus County Florida. She provides a variety of educational programs promoting financial well-being and economic development to the community at large. Ms. Ellis manages 8 Florida Master Money Mentor volunteers who provide one on one financial management education. Prior to joining UF Sarah worked for Elder Options, the Area Agency on Aging in Mid Florida.
Sharon Hackney is a Senior Program Manager for the Florida Blue Foundation, leading and managing grants under two program focus areas - Advance Innovation and Promote Solutions in the Health Care System, and Improve Quality and Safety of Patient Care. She has also held other positions in the Corporate Social Responsibility department during her 12 years at Florida Blue. She served as a Community Builder for the United Way of Northeast Florida's 2004 campaign and has over 20 years of diverse public relations and marketing experience. Hackney serves as Secretary on the Florida Prosperity Partnership Board of Directors and sits on the Real Sense for Prosperity Campaign's Steering Committee for United Way of Northeast Florida. She graduated from Valdosta State University in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications. She and her husband both grew up in Jacksonville and have two sons in college and a daughter in high school.
Rich Rollason joined Florida Community Loan Fund in March 2009. As the Development Officer he expands relationships with financial institutions, foundations and religious organizations, evaluating opportunities to reach mutual community development goals in Florida. Mr. Rollason is responsible for assisting the CEO in securing capital required to ensure the success of FCLF's Community Development and Florida Preservation Fund programs, including meeting with representatives of banks and foundations, writing grant applications and requests, and participating in outreach workshops. After more than 15 years of sales and management experience in manufacturing, Rollason transitioned into nonprofit management serving as director of operations of a sizeable church, providing strategic planning and overseeing the capital campaign for funding the successful completion of an $8.5 million dollar education building. A native Floridian, Rollason remains active in the community, volunteering on various service projects and coaching youth sports. Rollason is a graduate of Valdosta State University.
Linda K. Rimmer has more than 35 years of experience in the area of social services, most of which have been with Goodwill Industries. Before joining Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, where she has been the Vice President of Vocational & Community Services for the past 22 years, she had also worked with Goodwills in Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Ms. Rimmer has always sought to develop and expand organizational capacity, currently administering and sustaining programs that served over 49,000 participants in Central Florida in 2016 and placed more than 8,500 into jobs in 2016. Goodwill Industries of Central Florida serves a six-county area, comprised of Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, and Brevard Counties, providing specialized services and Job Connection Centers in all six of these counties. All services are free to participants. She is a Past-President of the Florida Rehabilitation Association and has served on the National Rehabilitation Association's Board of Directors. She also volunteers her time on the Board of La Amistad Foundation, where she currently serves as Board Chair; the School Advisory Council for Winter Park Technical College; the Heart of Florida United Way's Prosperity Campaign Advisory Council; and the state Board of Directors for the Florida Prosperity Partnership. Ms. Rimmer has a Master's degree from the University of South Florida and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor; a Certified Vocational Evaluator; a graduate of Goodwill Industries International's Executive Training Program; a surveyor for a national accreditation agency, CARF; and a graduate of the Leadership Orlando program.
Alice Vickers is a founding member of Florida Alliance for Consumer Protection and acts as director for FLACP. Alice's career has been devoted to representing the low income in housing and consumer issues through litigation and legislative advocacy. Prior to joining FLACP, she was a legal services attorney for 28 years; for 20 of those years, through Florida Legal Services, she advocated for clients on tenants' rights and consumer protection before the Florida legislature. Alice has frequently testified before the Florida legislature supporting tenants' rights and consumer protection and is regularly interviewed by the media on these issues. Most recently, Alice has lobbied on behalf of Florida Consumer Action Network, PICO United Florida, and the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar, in addition to consulting with attorney groups on consumer protection and tenant rights issues. The Consumer Protection Law Committee of the Florida Bar named Alice the "Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year" for 2013. She was recognized "for outstanding and tireless efforts to protect and strengthen the rights of Florida consumers through legislative advocacy." The National Association of Consumer Advocates awarded Alice the Consumer Advocate of the Year for 2014. Alice is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, past vice chair and current member of the Florida Bar Consumer Protection Law Committee, past chair, and current legislative director of the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar, and a board member of Florida Prosperity Partnership. Alice is a sixth generation Floridian and lives in Tallahassee.
Sandra Bernard-Bastien is the Chief Communications Officer of the Children's Services Council of Broward County (CSC), a funding agency for programs aimed at improving the life of children and families. Sandra has a wealth of cross-cultural experience, having lived, studied and worked in the United States, several Caribbean Countries and the United Kingdom, working in Public Relations, Marketing, Public Education, Community Outreach and Events Management since 1982. A prolific writer, her published works include: "World Class Trinidad & Tobago: Commemorating 50 Years of Independence", "Yes We Can: Obama and Clinton Walk the Talk (How Communication and Performance Win Elections), and Caribbean American Heritage: A History of High Achievers, all co-authored with her husband, Elliot Bastien. Her most recent book, Caribbean American Heritage: A History of High Achievers, with a foreword by the President of Howard University, has been formally presented to the Broward County Commission and the City of Tamarac Commission, and has been purchased by the Broward School Board for all public schools in its district. Her other publications include Presidential Rhetoric: Clinton & Obama Across the Interface of race", "Soul Bubba: President Clinton's Use of the Rhetoric of Inclusion to Ensure the Loyalty of the Congressional Black Caucus", "Who's Who in the Caribbean Media," "The Role of the Regional Media in the Caribbean Integration Process," and "A Child's-Eye View of Census Day - Sandra's Day," which was published in the London Daily Telegraph. In her present job at the CSC, she coordinates/supervises all of the Council's special projects, which include Broward Reads for the Record and Broward's Back to School Community Extravaganza, and leads the Council's Capacity Building initiatives which include hundreds of low-cost trainings - instructor led and online for child serving organizations. She also coordinates the CSC's county-wide public awareness and education programs on various topics, including the campaign which alerts low income families to a previously under-utilized tax rebate, the Earned Income Tax Credit using 211 Broward as the initial point of contact for additional information about FREE tax assistance. Under her stewardship, the program has brought in over $500 plus million extra income to low wage earners over the past fourteen years. Additionally, her responsibilities include managing the Council's advocacy on behalf of children and families.. She has been President of Partners in Education, an organization which connects private sector communities to schools in need of additional services; is a Board Member of 211 Broward; and is a founding member, past Executive Board Member and now Board Member Emerita of the Florida Prosperity Partnership. Sandra has also held leadership roles in the South Florida Hunger Coalition, which has brought the issue of hunger to the forefront of Broward residents; the Broward Immigration Coalition, which advocates for policies that support new immigrants; and many collaborative and partnership efforts with agencies that provide services for children & families in Broward County.
Dr. Michael Gutter is the Associate Dean for Extension - State Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development, Families and Communities for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. His BS is in Family Financial Management and his PhD is in Family Resource Management from The Ohio State University with a specialization in Finance. Gutter worked for over a decade as a State Specialist in Wisconsin and then Florida until he move into administration in 2015. Gutter's research focuses on the role of heuristics and economic psychology in key financial behaviors. His outreach focuses on improving financial behaviors by increasing knowledge, skills, and access to services. Gutter's outreach projects include Managing in Tough Times, Florida Saves, and the Florida Master Money Mentor, My Financial Future. He regularly tweets on personal finance topics under @mikegutter on Twitter.
Janet Hamer is Vice President, Community Development Manager for TD Bank in north and central Florida. In her role she manages community relationships and supports regional market retail and commercial staff in developing and implementing responsive community development lending, service, and investment to revitalize and stabilize low-and-moderate income communities and promote financial empowerment for individuals throughout the TD Bank footprint. Before joining TD Bank, she served as the Regional Community Development Manager at the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta for fourteen years as a member of the Atlanta Fed's community and economic development (CED) team and helped promote effective community development lending and investment programs and fair lending throughout the district. She led small business and microfinance lending and access to banking and financial stability. Hamer has over 30 years of experience in housing, community and economic development, and urban planning. She has also served as Chief of Housing Services for the Planning and Development Department of the city of Jacksonville and Deputy Director of the Community Development Department of the city of Daytona Beach. Originally from Illinois, Hamer has a BA from Judson College in Elgin, Illinois, and an MA in Public Affairs from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. She is active in numerous community development and professional groups both nationally and in Florida. Hamer serves on the National Disability Institute Board of Directors as Vice Chair, and is past president of the Florida Community Development Association and serves on the board of directors. She also serves on the board of the Florida Alliance of Community Development Corporations and is the past chair and co-founder of the Florida Prosperity Partnership. Additionally, Hamer serves on the board of the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition and the Jacksonville LISC Program Committee. In 2011, she received the Ron Smith Outstanding Accomplishment Award from the National Disability Institute for her work in improving the economic lives of Americans with disabilities. She serves on the County of Volusia Affordable Housing Study Commission and the Volusia-Flagler Commission on Homelessness. Additionally, she is a volunteer tax preparer and VITA site coordinator for the Campaign for Working Families at Bethune Cookman University, Daytona Beach.