FPP 2020:  Florida Prosperity Partnership 

Twelfth Annual Statewide Training Conference

Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, May 29, 2020

Omni Orlando at Championsgate

Plenary Leaders

The Plenary Leaders of FPP’s Eleven shared their insights and inspiration with the hundreds of Financial Capability practitioners who engaged in the conference!  Read more about each of these thought and action leaders below:

April Atkins
APRIL ATKINS is a Community Affairs Specialist for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) covering the North and Central Florida markets for the Atlanta FDIC Region (West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida). In her role, she is responsible for educating insured financial institution representatives, municipal entities and community-based organizations on community reinvestment opportunities as well as facilitating partnerships between financial institutions and community-based organizations to promote community and economic development in communities of low wealth. During her time at the FDIC, April has had the pleasure of working on temporary assignments in workforce development and fair lending.

Prior to her tenure with the FDIC, April was a part-time lecturer at Georgia Institute of Technology in the building construction program, where she developed and taught courses in residential development policy and finance. She has also served in various urban planning, community and government affairs roles with the Office of the CEO of DeKalb County, Georgia; DeKalb County Board of Commissioners; the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing; the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association; and the City of Marietta, Georgia.

A native of the Florida panhandle, April received her bachelor’s from the University of Florida in History and her master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and holds a professional certificate in community economic development from NeighborWorks America and in community development finance from Opportunity Finance Network and the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy. She is a graduate of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Mentor Program, Leadership DeKalb Class of 2012, and LEAD Atlanta Class of 2011.

She previously served as a co-chair and member of the FDIC’s Chairman’s Diversity Advisory Council (Atlanta Region) and served as co-chair for the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2015. In 2017, she was honored to receive the Shirley Taylor-Prakelt Award from the Florida Community Development Association, in recognition of her professional excellence and support of community and economic development. In 2019, April was selected to participate in a national executive leadership program with the Graduate School USA, a leading provider of professional development and training courses for the federal government and the private sector.

Separate from and unaffiliated with her role at the FDIC, April is an appointed planning commissioner representing her district in DeKalb County, Georgia. She continues to volunteer with LEAD Atlanta, and Out of Darkness, an anti-trafficking ministry in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of Ray of Hope Christian Church.
Karla Bachmann
Karla Bachmann is the Director of Financial Services at Branches and leads programs that promote financial opportunity and asset building. Mrs. Bachmann is a firm believer in a family centric and holistic approach of service delivery that promotes building social capital and integrates financial, education, and health services for clients to achieve true stability and financial success.
Pamela Capalad and MC Dyalekt
Pamela Capalad is a Certified Financial Planner™ and Accredited Financial Counselor™, and has been in the financial services industry since 2008. She founded Brunch & Budget to help people who felt ashamed or embarrassed about money have a safe and friendly place to talk about it and make real financial progress.

Her mission is to make financial planning as affordable as possible for the communities who need it most.

Dyalekt is an MC, playwright, and educator. Mostly all at once. His first album/one man play, Square Peg Syndrome, helped him get named to the Public Theater’s Emerging Writer’s Group. He also took the show back to St. Croix to rock 17 schools & organizations alongside a six-week curriculum on identity and literacy.

He has been a mainstay in NYC’s theater and Hip Hop scenes, rocking everywhere from the Bowery Ballroom to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and even the United Nations. His work focuses on understanding your own identity and finding your voice, communicating with other authentically, and building up your community.

Dyalekt cohosts the Race & Wealth podcast with Dedrick Asante-Muhammad.

Pam & Dyalekt teach hip hop + finance workshops to kids, teens, and college students across the country through Pockets Change. They host the Brunch & Budget podcast on personal finance and racial economic inclusion. Through what they’ve learned in their work, they have started a group financial planning program designed for the needs of People of Color, called See Change.
Kamalah Fletcher
Coming soon...
Robert E. “Bob” Friedman
Bob Friedman is the Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Board for Prosperity Now, a 39-year old nonprofit dedicated to enlarging economic participation and prosperity for all. Bob helped create the U.S. microenterprise, saving and asset-building practice, policy and markets, and the international enterprise development and child savings fields.

His third book, A Few Thousand Dollars: Sparking Prosperity for Everyone, was released by the New Press on October 9, 2018. In it, he argues that everyone needs a nest egg of at least a few thousand dollars to believe in and have a real economic future – as an entrepreneur, educated worker, homeowner, saver and investor – and that we could make this possible for everyone without spending another dollar, just by investing our wealth-building tax incentives in everybody rather than just the lucky wealthy few.

Bob is based in San Francisco (too far from his granddaughter) and serves on several Boards, including Ecotrust, the Rosenberg Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation and the Friedman Family Foundation. He is a past board member of Levi Strauss & Co., a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
David Green
Dave Green is the Chief Executive Officer for Feeding Children Everywhere, a global non-profit working towards the vision of a hunger-free world. During this tenure, he has led major initiatives for disaster relief in the wake of the devastating hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, and Michael. He has helped to provide over 10 million meals of relief in the affected areas. In total, Feeding Children Everywhere has provided over 115 million meals to children and families in need.

In 2018, he also launched Full Cart, a program designed to extend grocery budgets and create a pathway to self-sufficiency for millions of Americans struggling with hunger. The program was recently named a finalist for the Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award.

In 2018, he was also recognized as the Central Floridian of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel for the achievements that have been accomplished through his leadership at Feeding Children Everywhere.

Dave credits his passion to serve from lessons learned while hiking the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail. It was on that adventure he learned about the drive and determination it takes to make real change in this world.

He has been married almost 10 years to a loving wife, Debbie, and together they are raising two beautiful daughters in Central Florida.
Kaylin McCarthy
Since 2012, Kaylin McCarthy has worked and volunteered her time to support high risk youth, victims of domestic violence, and families living in poverty. Kaylin believes that to change the fabric of the community we live in, we need to start with our children and youth, especially those that are more vulnerable. In her current role, Kaylin focuses on developing financial opportunities that can level the playing field for this population.
Janneke Ratcliffe
Janneke Ratcliffe joined the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) as the Office of Financial Education’s Assistant Director in 2014. The Office of Financial Education is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives intended to educate and empower consumers to make informed financial decisions. Ratcliffe brings a long career in financial services spanning the private sector, the non-profit sector, and academic research.

Prior to joining the Bureau, Ratcliffe served as executive director of the Center for Community Capital at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, she led a group of researchers in examining how people and communities engage with financial services, and the impact of access to financial services on individuals, communities and providers.

Before serving at UNC, she spent seven years at Self-Help Ventures Fund, one of the leading community development financial institutions in the United States. There, she was instrumental in implementing a multi-billion dollar secondary market program for affordable home mortgages, and Self-Help’s New Markets Tax Credit Program.

Prior to that, she served ten years at GE Capital in mortgage insurance and in a multi-line mortgage corporation.

Before that she held roles as executive director of a non-profit that facilitated financing for small businesses, and as associate in a real estate consulting firm.

Ratcliffe graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in economics and French.
Kim King Torres
Kim Torres has dedicated her life to serving at risk children and families in South Florida through the founding and leading of the Branches’ Grow & Climb programs which serve children and youth. Kim is a commissioned missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Kim has a passion for helping to provide opportunities to the children, youth, and their families in Florida City.

Concurrent Session Facilitators

The Concurrent Session Facilitators at FPP’s Eleven drew participants into meaningful learning conversations, shared model practices, and imparted knowledge and skills! Read more about each of these learning leaders below:

Eugenio M. Alonso
Eugenio M. Alonso, a bilingual, inter-culturally experienced professional. Extensive experience (30 years) and successful track record of managing various departments, units and projects in the banking industry; Wholesale Banking, Internal Audit, Accounting, International Banking Entities, Community Reinvestment (CRA) and Universities business.
Barry Altland
Barry feels blessed to work with FPP as part of Career 3.0.

Barry began Career 1.0 as a hospitality operations leader in theme restaurants and theme parks for nearly ten years. While with Universal Orlando Resort, he parlayed his leadership acumen into a role in Human Resources/Learning and Development, and found his passion for developing talent and leadership.

Barry spent the next fifteen years in Career 2.0 as a learning leader in a variety of industries, including real estate development, agribusiness, supply chain logistics, financial services and non-profit healthcare. During this time, he honed his principles of leadership while designing and facilitating hundreds of strategic learning initiatives and consulting with countless leaders at all levels.

In 2014, Barry boldly stepped away from corporate life to author a leadership book on volunteer engagement. This shift to Career 3.0 led to multiple non-profit service opportunities locally and across the United States, including a two-year volunteer role with Florida Prosperity Partnership.

The relationships built during that time led to the continuation of serving those who serve others with FPP.
Patty Avery
Patty Avery is a program specialist in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Consumer Affairs, and serves as program manager for Your Money, Your Goals, a toolkit and training program for a range of intermediaries who serve low-income consumers.

She joined CFPB in 2012 from Old National Bank, where she served as director of employee communications, and went on to lead the bank’s efforts to develop Bank On programs in eighteen communities. As a community outreach officer, she developed a financial coaching program for Indiana community colleges and financial education programs for the Indiana National Guard.

Prior to joining the bank, her career included service in county government, reporting and producing for local television, and fifteen years as a missionary in Scotland, Amsterdam, and Brazil, where she co-founded a home for street girls.

Patty was the lead editor for Evansville, Indiana’s ten-year plan to end homelessness, and co-chaired the community’s Homeless Youth Coalition and chaired the Raising Incomes committee.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern Indiana.
Terry Chelikowsky
Terry Chelikowsky is the Executive Director of the Florida Alliance of Community Development Corporations (FLACDC), where she works to build the capacity of CDCs and other non=profit organizations to increase their effectiveness and the pace of revitalization within Florida’s LMI communities. She also works with policy makers, investors and other community development stakeholders to advocate for the continuing need for CDCs and their activities.

Ms. Chelikowsky served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize, Central America, as an elementary education teacher-trainer. She has an M.A. in International Development Studies from Ohio University, Athens, and is certified through the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional.
Michele Edwards-Collie
Michele Edwards-Collie, Community Development Banker, brings more than 25 years of banking experience to City National Bank. She provides down payment assistance and homebuyer education for first time homebuyers in the South Florida community. Prior to joining City National Bank, Ms. Edwards-Collie was a loan coach for Branches, a non-profit ministry in South Florida.

She has worked for several mortgage lenders, including HomeBanc Mortgage, Countrywide Home Loans, BB & T, and BankUnited. She is a Certified Financial Coach and has been trained thru “Train the Trainer” for FDIC’s Money Smart Financial Education Program. She also recently became a certified credit counselor.

Ms. Edwards-Collie earned her Bachelor of Arts in communications at Florida State University. She is active with various community service organizations including the Broward Housing Task Force, Miami Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) Housing Advocacy Committee, Global Economic Development Corporation, and serves as the Vice President of the Women’s Council of Realtists.

Previously, she served on the Advisory Board of Catalyst Miami, the Prosperity Campaign of Miami Dade County and the Board for the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB).
Sarah M. Ellis, AFC
Sarah M. Ellis, AFC, is a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent with the University of Florida Extension Citrus County. Her passion is helping people learn how to take control of their financial life.
Linda Fales
Linda Fales is the Community Development Officer at Suncoast Credit Union, where she manages the Credit Union's Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) initiative.

She works with community and industry peers to create partnerships focused on the needs of the communities throughout Florida. She collaborates with like-minded individuals and organizations to identify potential opportunities or initiatives that support the credit union’s mission of People Helping People.

As a Community Development Officer, Fales also oversees programs to help low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged people and communities join the economic mainstream; sources and identifies opportunities to support low and moderate-income communities and individuals related to home ownership, credit, affordable financial products and services, and wealth building; and interfaces with community leaders/organizations, nonprofits, and other credit unions.

She has served Suncoast Credit Union for almost four decades, starting as a Share Draft Clerk in 1981. She also served as Teller Operations Manager, Loss Prevention Supervisor and Vice President of Risk Management prior to her current position.

Her long tenure of leadership and experience with Suncoast provides a unique insight and perspective into what is now the largest credit union in Florida.

Fales has a Certified Credit Union Executive designation as well as a certification as a Credit Union Development Educator. She also is certified through the Rockhurst University Management School.

She has been recognized for her positive impact on the community by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, the Internal Revenue Service, City of Tampa Police Department, and numerous law enforcement agencies. The roots of Fales’s sense of service comes from her lifework of protecting Suncoast Credit Union and its members. She participates in various non-profits and volunteer projects.
Viviana Frias
Viviana Frias is a Financial Banking professional with over 16 years in the industry. Much of her banking career has been focused on providing leadership to her respective teams. Throughout her time in the branches she has been able to identify such a dire need to help people in the community. She has a passion for supporting the non-profit and corporations alike in providing advice and guidance on how people can achieve their financial goals and dreams. In her respective role, she lives everyday with purpose.
Ana Garcia Garcia
Ana M. Garcia is a bilingual, inter-culturally experienced professional. She has extensive experience (30 years) and a successful track record of managing various departments, units and projects in the banking industry; Mortgage, Q&A, Accounting, Underwriting and Credit, Community Reinvestment (CRA). Ana also has vast experience in the Real Estate and Housing development Industry.
J. Scott George
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 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.
Dr. Andy Gold
Andy Gold, Ph.D., is a full-time tenured entrepreneurship faculty member at Hillsborough Community College (HCC), and also teaches in the graduate school at the University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida. In addition to his teaching duties, Gold is the co-founder of the HCC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program and Operation Startup, a center for social entrepreneurs, Veterans, and early stage everyday entrepreneurs to build, launch, and grow a business venture.

He recently co-authored a chapter in a book -- “Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation,” that focuses on the urgent need for community colleges to prioritize entrepreneurship education, both to remain relevant in a changing economy, and to give students the flexible and interdisciplinary mindsets needed to flourish in today’s dynamic and resource constrained society.

Recently, he co-founded e2venture, a consulting business that provides entrepreneurial mindset training services to organizations, educators, and at-risk youth. He is a lifelong entrepreneur having started multiple businesses over the past 22 years.

Gold had a 12-year career in finance, working on Wall Street where he and a business partner raised $52 million in capital to start-up a hedge fund business. He is the founder of Terrapath, Inc., a social entrepreneurial venture started in 1994.
Douglas Griesenauer
Douglas Griesenauer is the Director of Workforce Development & Financial Stability Initiatives at United Way Suncoast.

Serving his community at United Ways for the past eight years and working in three different anti-poverty research centers before that, Doug is committed to ensuring that communities have the best tools at their disposal to help families receive what they need to be successful in whatever they do.
Janet de Guehery
As Communications and Marketing Manager, Janet de Guehery develops and implements branding and marketing strategies and programs for Florida Community Loan Fund, a statewide CDFI. She is responsible for communications with investors, supporters, borrowers, and policy makers, ensuring consistent messaging across all channels and platforms, including materials for print and web. She works closely with all departments, actively promoting the success and positive impact of FCLF borrowers in Florida communities.

Janet has experience with for-profit and non-profit, across the fields of marketing, administration, and accounting; enabling her to see the complete picture in FCLF’s lending transactions from beginning to end.
Lisa Junkerman
Lisa Junkerman is recognized for helping organizations build their brand on national and global levels. Both a strategist and practitioner, she has "boots on the ground" experience and delivers 25 years of best-in-class marketing, branding and multimedia communications honed through real-world application.

Lisa is Vice President of Marketing for ITEC Entertainment Corporation. She has worked for Fortune 250 companies, including Motorola, Inc. and Progress Energy (now Duke Energy) and in the higher education industry where she was Assistant Vice President for Strategic Marketing for Rollins College.

Lisa has an MBA degree from the Crummer Graduate School of Business and a BA in Business Administration with a marketing major from the University of South Florida.
Lisa Keeney
Lisa Keeney is a Financial Wellness Relationship Manager with over 13 years banking experience. She has held various positions within the industry in which she has had the ability to positively impact the community and those that live in it.

In her current role, she provides guidance and perspective to those in the community through financial education. She helps people achieve financial goals by delivering workshops to help them create manageable and achievable steps so they can excel at work and enjoy life.
Beth Kerly
Beth Kerly, MBA, is a full-time tenured business faculty member at Hillsborough Community College, and adjunct faculty at the University of Tampa. In addition to her teaching activities, Kerly serves as the co-founder of the HCC Entrepreneurship and Innovation academic program and Operation Startup. She recently co-authored a chapter for the “Community Colleges as Incubators of Innovation” book that focuses urgent need for community colleges to prioritize entrepreneurship education, both to remain relevant in a changing economy, and to give graduate students the flexible and interdisciplinary mindsets needed for the future of society. Recently, she co-founded e2venture, a consulting business that provides entrepreneurial mindset training services to organizations, educators, and at-risk youth.

Before joining HCC, Ms. Kerly founded BK Consulting, a business and marketing advisory service company. In the 1990’s, Kerly was involved in another startup, Conectiv Communications, a telecommunications service provider, where she served as the manager of innovative programs. From 2005-2007, she served the Southwest Florida region as Special Assistant to Governor Jeb Bush managing the regional office, meeting with constituents, and discussing state policies and issues with local community leaders and citizens. She also reported to the Governor’s office on matters related to local community needs.
Shannon Latimer
Shannon Latimer is District NAF Coordinator for Orange County Public Schools. NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. In this role, Shannon coordinates career awareness conferences, site visits, competitions and guest speakers for the more than 30 academies in the district.
Juli Lewis
Juli Lewis joined the League of Southeastern Credit Unions in 2014, serving as a Member Relations Consultant and Director of the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation. As support and Foundation initiatives quickly grew under Juli’s leadership, in 2018, she was moved to be solely over the Foundation.

She has served on the Executive Committee of the National Youth Involvement Board since 2008 and as Chair from 2014-2016, and is currently a Board member for the Florida Prosperity Partnership and Florida Jumpstart.

Prior to joining the League, Juli worked for 21 years at Suncoast Credit Union, based out of Tampa, FL, as the Youth Marketing Manager. At Suncoast, Juli was responsible for all youth and young adult programs including student-run branches, financial literacy presentations and reality fairs.

Juli graduated from the University of South Florida in 1998 with a Bachelors in Social Work. She has also earned the Credit Union Development Educators (CUDE), the Certified Credit Union Financial Planning (CCUFP) and Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designations and HR and Marketing certifications.
Dr. Daniela Lewy
Dr. Daniela Lewy has spent 20 years addressing education inequities, health disparities, and poverty through research, policy, and practice. She currently works with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) applying a multi-sector approach to improve social determinants of health.

Prior to this, Daniela was Executive Director of the Virginia Governor’s Children’s Cabinet in the McAuliffe administration, as well as a faculty member in the International Health Department at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Daniela holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, Master’s of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and Doctorate in Education Leadership from Harvard University.
Stephanie Love
Stephanie Love serves as Manager, Community Outreach, for Step Up For Students, a non-profit that helps administer the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship for lower-income families and the Gardiner Scholarship for children with certain special needs.

Prior, Stephanie worked in governmental/non-profit financial management, first with the City of Detroit, and then the Youth Development Commission (YDC) teaching financial literacy and accounting courses. During this time, Stephanie developed her passion for collaborative community efforts that help transform families’ lives.

Now at Step Up, Stephanie enjoys providing opportunities for families to find the most appropriate learning environment for their children.
John A. Meeks
John A. Meeks is retired and living in the Tampa Bay area. John had a 30-year career working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Tennessee, Connecticut and North Carolina. During his FDIC career, John was involved in bank closings and failed bank asset liquidations, was a commissioned Bank Compliance Examiner, and was a part of the FDIC’s Community Affairs Program. In Community Affairs, John worked with financial institutions, governmental entities, and private and non-profit organizations to facilitate wealth-building activities and opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals, such as financial education, connecting small business owners and entrepreneurs with available resources, homeownership, and Individual Development Accounts.

He was a Board member and officer with the North Carolina JumpStart Coalition.

Prior to joining the FDIC, John worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration and served in the United States Air Force. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and holds a law degree from North Carolina Central University.
Lisa Mifflin
District Community Affairs Officer
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

Lisa provides Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) technical assistance and community development resources to bankers, OCC examiners, community organizations and other stakeholders in Florida, Oklahoma and Northeast Texas. Lisa also leads and participates in CRA examinations in community and large banks throughout the country.

Lisa began her career with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a safety and soundness examiner in Tampa, Florida, and later specialized in anti-money laundering, consumer compliance and CRA. She has also served in various capacities in the OCC, including college recruiting, new examiner training, and assignments in Compliance Policy and Problem Bank Supervision in Washington, D.C.

Lisa is a speaker on compliance-related topics for industry groups and an instructor for OCC compliance workshops for examiners and bank directors. She also represents the OCC on the advisory board for the Hillsborough County Schools Academy of Finance, a program that provides financial education, job shadowing and financial internships to high school students. Lisa also serves as the Community Affairs Chair for the Tampa Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants and is a member of the Tampa Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

Lisa holds the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager designation from the American Bankers Association. Lisa graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master of Public Administration, Bachelor of Science in Finance, and Certificate in Urban Studies. In 2017, Lisa completed the USF Community Real Estate Development program (CRED Tampa Bay).
Bill Mills
While working for a large regional bank, Bill started volunteering with FPP in the very early stages of the organization, helping to form its strategic plan.

Now, as FPP’s President and CEO, he continues to share his passion for empowering individuals and organizations to engender a more prosperous Floridian.

He holds a BSBA in Marketing from University of Central Florida. Bill is a proud father of three and is married to the love of his life, Emma.
Faith Pullen
Faith Pullen is a woman of action that passionately advocates for those left to struggle in society. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Florida Association for Community Action (FACA), Inc., where she leads the state Association’s efforts in providing training, technical assistance, advocacy and support for non-profit and public Community Action Agencies as the fight to eliminate poverty throughout the state of Florida.

Prior to beginning her tenure at FACA, Faith held several leadership positions at fortune 500 companies, non-profit and governmental agencies. Mrs. Pullen received her BA degree from the University of South Florida and her MBA from the University of Tampa. She also holds a Florida Educator Certification.
Karina Ron
Ms. Ron serves as Director of United Way Center for Financial Stability, spearheading its integration into other initiatives at United Way of Miami-Dade and in the community.

Ms. Ron previously served South Florida at Branches, Inc., providing strategic and operational leadership for all efforts fostering economic stability and long-term success, including the Miami-Dade VITA Coalition.

A strong believer in the unique role practitioners can play in systemic change, Ms. Ron actively contributes to significant research and advocacy efforts at the national level, collaborating with such partners as the Urban Institute, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the United States Congress.
Mary “Jeannette” Schultz
Mary “Jeannette” Schultz is the Director of Financial Workshop Initiatives for the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) in Denver, Colorado. She manages the website, www.FinancialWorkshopKits.org. This website is designed to help leaders, community volunteers and educators teach financial education to under-served audiences. The tools and resources include PowerPoint presentations, talking scripts, activities and informational handouts.
Declan Sheehy
Declan J. Sheehy serves as Assistant Director of Development for the Ringling. Prior to joining The Ringling, Sheehy served as the assistant director of special gifts for the Smith Fund at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. He oversaw fundraising, outreach, special gifts and strategic prospecting. Sheehy also oversaw the development of new programs and revamped the Sophia Smith giving circle program to encourage giving. His career spans over 30 years in marketing, finance and the non-profit world.

In his spare time, he has been a founding partner in the successful Berkshire County, Mass, Women's Financial Empowerment series. He has served on the board of Tanglewood Business Partners, Berkshire’s local currency initiative, and was state president of the Massachusetts Jump$tart Coalition for personal financial literacy, where he ran numerous events to further the cause of financial literacy.

He currently serves on the board of Florida Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy®.
Devin Thompson
Devin Thompson joined LISC in 2016. Previous to moving to Jacksonville, he spent 7 years in Washington, DC, most recently at Jubilee Housing where he was Director of Advancement. While serving as the organization’s communications and advocacy leader, he also spearheaded the $57 Million Jubilee Life Campaign, oversaw strategic plan development, helped integrate asset-building programs into housing, and managed the Newborn to College & Career Collective Impact Partnership. It was in this cross-sector community-led initiative that he found a passion for strategically balancing community voice and program development.

Before Jubilee, Devin worked for CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development), a leading think-tank and program incubator in the asset-building and economic development fields, and was Associate Director of Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB). His work included managing policy evaluation and advocacy, developing and evaluating pilot programming, and managing the region’s largest VITA coalition.

Devin grew up on Shelter Island, NY and graduated from Princeton University. After spending time in the financial services industry, he committed himself to community economic empowerment. He lives with his spouse and a small but growing zoo of rescued and rehomed animals.
Rebecca Thompson
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Daniel Williams
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