Leadership

Our Board of Trustees members have deep roots here and a broad knowledge of our community’s needs. They are dedicated philanthropists who work hard to steward our investment in the region and inspire giving among others.

Board Officers FY 2022 

Mike Starkey, Chair

Mike Starkey, Chair

Mike Starkey is vice president of strategic account solutions at New York City-based LivePerson, an artificial intelligence tool that helps some of the world’s largest brands engage with online customers in a conversational way.  He has served on the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2014, and previously chaired its Governance and Investment committees. He was President of the Economic Club of Tampa in 2015, and his significant commitments to the community include the Outback Bowl, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Easter Seals, and Metropolitan Ministries.

 

Robert H Mohr

Robert H. Mohr, Past Chair

Bob Mohr is a Florida Bar Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estate Lawyer with his office located in Sun City Center. A long-time supporter of Community Foundations, he has worked with clients to establish funds within the Community Foundations of Tampa Bay, Palm Beach, Milwaukee, and Madison, Wisconsin, among others. His relationship with the Community Foundation Tampa Bay goes back to its founding, when he worked with the initial supporters to establish a community foundation in Tampa.

Oscar J Horton

Oscar J. Horton, Treasurer

Oscar Horton serves as Owner, Chief Executive Officer and President at Sun State International Trucks LLC. The first 25 years of Mr. Horton’s career, were spent with International Truck and Engine Corporation, advancing through various management positions to becoming vice president and general manager of its Foundry Group. Mr. Horton served as Jacksonville Branch Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He serves as a Director at The Bank of Tampa, the University of South Florida Board of Trustees and is the former Chairperson of Academy Prep Center of Tampa Bay.

LINDA SIMMONS

Linda O. Simmons, Secretary

A graduate of the University of South Florida and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Linda Simmons enjoyed a successful career in lending and banking prior to joining R.R. Simmons. She is very active in both industry and community service. She was the first women to be elected President of an AGC chapter (Associated General Contractors) in the state of Florida. She serves on the boards for the University of South Florida Foundation, University of South Florida Alumni Association and the United Way.

Board of Trustees FY 2022

Miles Capron

Miles Capron

Miles Capron is the retired owner of Capron Sales Company of Wisconsin. He and his wife Barbara have been residents of Sun City Center since 2005. He volunteers as a tutor and supports arts and culture organizations.

Ron Ciganek

Ron Ciganek

Ron Ciganek holds an MBA from Oral Roberts University. He began his banking career with Barnett Bank in 1991. In 1998, he joined AmSouth Bank as a Commercial Relationship Manager in the Tampa market. Mr. Ciganek held progressive positions as Team Leader and ultimately Commercial Banking Executive for Regions Bank, successor by merger to AmSouth, serving as a member of the West Coast of Florida management team. In 2010, he joined Valley Bank as Commercial Banking Manager, focused on Commercial and Industrial clients based in Tampa Bay. As an Executive Vice President, he also oversees the Treasury Management division. Ciganek has served the community participating in various organizations including the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, All Children’s Hospital Development Council, Junior Achievement, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Partnership, Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation and Saint Paul’s School. He has served on the Board and Executive Committees for United Way of Tampa Bay, served as Chair of Visit Tampa Bay 2011-2012, and served on the Executive Board of the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the 2012 Republican National Convention.

RICHARD J. DOBKIN

Richard J. Dobkin

Dick Dobkin served as Managing Partner of the Tampa Office of Ernst & Young from 1987 until his retirement in 2005. Since that time he has served on the boards of directors of many companies including Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, Bay Cities Bank, PBS&J Engineering and a variety of entrepreneurial companies and as Executive in Residence for the School of Accountancy at USF. He is past Chairman and a current board member of WEDU Public Broadcasting. He has also served as Chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Science & Industry, and the Florida Venture Forum Capital Conference and as a board member of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation, United Way, Tampa Bay Partnership, Florida Orchestra and University of Tampa. Mr. Dobkin holds a Master’s of Science in Industrial Administration from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, with honors, from Pennsylvania State University. He attended the Kellogg Executive Program at Northwestern University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Patricia L Douglas

Patricia L. Douglas

Patricia Douglas earned a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin School of Law in 1987 and practiced commercial and construction litigation as a partner in the Tampa firm of Bush Ross for nearly twenty years. Patricia is actively involved in promoting philanthropy in Tampa Bay, and provides consulting services to nonprofit boards, developing best practices and skills in leadership and governance.

Patricia is board president of Academy Prep Center of Tampa. She is also development chair and head of strategic planning for the WEDU/PBS Board of Trustees, heads the Tampa Metro Area Council for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, and serves on the board of Quantum Leap Farms.

ANDY HAFER

ANDY HAFER

Dr. Andy Hafer is a tech industry veteran and innovation entrepreneur. Throughout his career, he founded several companies and non-profits, including DCE Productions and Dynamic Communities. Recently, he co-founded Synapse and its successful Innovation Summit – two connection points for Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors for Village of Hope (Haiti), the University of South Florida’s UMatter Program, as well as USF’s Enterprise Advisory Council and its Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Edward Koren

Edward F. Koren

Ed Koren, a partner in Holland & Knight’s Tampa and Lakeland offices, leads the firm’s private wealth practice. Koren also authored “Estate and Personal Financial Planning,” a five-volume treatise that covers planning concepts for asset accumulation and transfer. He brings experience as an estate attorney and accredited estate planner to his volunteer role with the Foundation.

KAREN B. LANESE

KAREN B. LANESE

Karen B. Lanese is Chair of the SouthShore Council. She is a CPA and Principal at Lanese & Associates. Karen specializes in individual taxes, trusts, estates, and small non-profits.

Lyda Tymiak Lindell

Lyda Tymiak Lindell

Dr. Lindell is a board certified ophthalmologist and age management medicine specialist licensed in Florida and N.Y. She resides in Tampa with her husband, Carl Lindell and together they are involved in many organizations in the Tampa Bay Area. She is a board member of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Arts and Sciences of USF. She is involved in mentoring at USF where she has given presentations. She is a member of the Circle of Red within the American Heart Association, Women in Philanthropy of St Joe’s Hospital, Women’s Leadership Council of Tampa General, Ukrainian Medical Society and Society of International Business Fellows.

SAREET MAJUMDAR

SAREET MAJUMDAR

Sareet Majumdar is President of two companies: Brooksville, Florida-based Interconnect Cable Technologies, a global contract manufacturer, and Oldsmar, Florida-based INTRACOM USA, a global provider of Intellinet networking and Mahattan digital accessory products. Fluent in Mandarin, he was previously based in Taipei, Taiwan and Shanghai, China before returning to the United States.

JULIE A. ROCKWELL

JULIE A. ROCKWELL

Julie Rockwell leads our Nature Coast Council. Julie is a Wealth Management Specialist and Financial Advisor at Raymond James. She has earned the Wealth Management Specialist (WMS) designation from Kaplan University. She is also licensed in insurance and annuities. Julie graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She also serves on the Board of the United Way of Pasco County, Pace Center for Girls, Pasco County, Rotary of Seven Springs, and The Cinderella Project of Pasco County.

MARK SENA

Mark Sena

Mark Sena is president and managing partner of MediaSphere Partners, LLC, a financial advisory and business development company specializing in media and communications. Mark is president of Mars Communications Inc., a wireless broadband spectrum company. He has worked in more than 25 countries in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean providing mergers, acquisitions and financial services to companies involved in cable TV, broadcasting radio and TV, programming, publishing and telecommunications. Mark holds M.A. and B.S. degrees from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where he has been on the advisory board since 1998. He has served as chairman of the international development committee at The Cable Center; advisory board member of the Institute for Research In Art; advisory council member of the Center for International Business at USF; board member and chairman of the public policy committee of Creative Tampa Bay; and advisory board member of Arte, the Latin American arts festival in Tampa Bay. Mark Sena has two daughters and is married to former Tampa city councilperson Linda Saul-Sena.

Kevin Sneed

Kevin Sneed

Dr. Kevin Sneed is Senior Associate Vice President of USF Health and Dean of USF Health’s Taneja College of Pharmacy. Dr. Sneed is a nationally recognized lecturer on advanced pharmacological treatment of patients with cardio-metabolic disorders, health care disparities, and emerging health technologies. Dr. Sneed serves on Board for the Association of Black Cardiologists, American Heart Association’s Council of Clinical Cardiology and its Tampa Metro Board and Area Health Education Center – Gulfcoast North.

James Stanger

James Stanger

Jim Stanger is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP)™, Estate Planner, and Wealth Manager with Simon & Associates of Raymond James, located on Harbour Island in Tampa. With over 40 years of experience in financial services, he previously worked as the National Director, Sagemark Consulting of Lincoln Financial; and Regional CEO and Advisor for CFA. He is founder and past chair of the Annual Estate and Tax Planning Continuing Education Seminar, co-sponsored by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and WEDU PBS and a past board member of Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association, Tampa Bay FPA, and Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council.

Willie Tims Jr.

Willie Tims Jr.

Willie Tims retired in 2012 as Corporate EHS Director at The Mosaic Company. Prior to Mosaic, he worked for 23 years in the paper industry with Champion International Paper Co. and International Paper in Louisiana, Alabama, Ohio, New York, Connecticut and Florida. He serves on the board of Academy Prep Tampa and Beulah Baptist Institutional Church. He previously served on the boards of Prevent Blindness Florida, the Manufacturing Association of Florida, Audubon Florida, and the Florida A&M/Florida State School of Engineering Advisory Board.

Susan Touchton

Susan Touchton

Susan Touchton is a volunteer community leader. She graduated with a Masters in Accounting from the University of Texas and received her MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Susan worked at McKinsey & Co. Consulting before moving to Tampa, where she served as CFO of two growth companies. Susan is a Past President of The Junior League of Tampa and also serves on the Board of Academy Prep of Tampa.

Laurie W. Valentine

Laurie W. Valentine

Laurie Valentine leads our Pinellas Council. She is a Wills, Trusts and Estates attorney with Battaglia, Ross Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. in St. Petersburg.

 

Membership FY 2022
Our Leadership Council members are long-time advocates for philanthropy, the Community Foundation Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay region. They offer counsel and direction to help us inspire giving and have a positive impact in our communities.

  • George J. Baxter, President Emeritus
  • Monroe Berkman
  • Phillip E. Casey
  • Betty Castor  
  • Richard J. Dobkin
  • Patricia Douglas
  • Susanna C. Fenhagen
  • Cecilia D. Ferman 
  • David J. Fischer
  • Frederick E. Fisher
  • Linda C. Hanna 
  • Gerald F. Hogan
  • Donna L. Longhouse
  • Gene E. Marshall
  • Frank Morsani
  • Mary Anne Reilly
  • Frank J. Rief , III
  • Richard J. Rios
  • Barbara Romano
  • Gregory A. Rosica
  • Geoff Simon
  • Alex Sink
  • Martin B. Solomon
  • Bill Starkey
  • Gail Whiting 
  • Jerry L. Williams

Legacy Giving: William Zewadski, Chair

Legal Counsel: Allen Dell, P.A. – Frank J. “Sandy” Rief III

Auditor:
  Rivero, Gordimer & Company

 

Councils FY 2022
Our Regional Councils are ambassadors for philanthropy in the areas where they live and work. They provide local knowledge about needs and the impact of charitable giving in their communities.

Pinellas Council Members

  • Laurie Valentine, Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A., CHAIR
  • Gary Coughlin, Raymond James
  • Jane Egasti
  • Gail Eggeman, MD, St Petersburg Morning Market
  • Bob Devin Jones, Artistic Director, Studio@620
  • Tom Kennedy, Westport CRE
  • Sean King, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
  • Donna Longhouse, attorney, Allen Dell P.A.
  • Linda Marcelli, Managing Director, Lucky’s Real Tomatoes
  • Don Mastry, attorney, Trenam Law
  • Elise Minkoff
  • Katie Ramsberger, Health Events Coordinator-Marketing for the West Region-BayCare Health System
  • Terri Lipsey Scott, Executive Director, Carter G. Woodson African American Museum
  • William G. Tapp, Senior Managing Director, CBIZ Kirkland, Russ, Murphy & Tapp
  • Jill Wilkinson, Market President, SunTrust Bank

South Shore Council Members

  • Karen Lanese, CPA, CHAIR
  • Michael W. Ball, Edward Jones
  • Debbie Caneen, Sun Towers Retirement Community
  • Barbara Capron
  • Sandra Council, Ruskin Community Development Foundation
  • Phyllis Elsberry
  • Damon C. Glisson, Attorney
  • Linda Maslyk, Education Management
  • Richard J. Rios, CFP
  • Elliot Seda, Education Professional (retired)
  • Jocelyn Vizcarra, Trustco Bank

Tampa Metro Area Council Members

  • Patricia Douglas, Attorney, CHAIR
  • Anthony Brooks, SVP Commercial Loans, Central Bank
  • T.J. Couch, Jr., Keller Williams Tampa Properties
  • Jonathan J. Ellis, Attorney, Shumaker
  • Mark Fernandez, Principal, Stonehill
  • Karen D. Fultz, Esq., Sheehe & Associates, P.A.
  • Bob Goen, Senior Human Resources Professional in Health Care (Retired)
  • Andy Hafer, DCE Productions
  • Marsha Lewis Brown
  • Lyda Lindell, MD, UrBestnow LLC
  • Ken Roberts, President, GEMM Development LLC

Nature Coast Council Members

  • Julie Rockwell, Financial Advisor, Raymond James, CHAIR
  • Casey Adams, Edward Jones
  • Connie Bladon, Executive Director Florida Hospital Foundation Wesley Chapel
  • Anesta Boice, Vice President Trust Officer Capital City Trust Co.
  • Jacquelyn R. Campbell, Campbell & Company CPAs & Financial Advisors
  • Julie Hale
  • Seton Hengesbach, Hengesbach & Hengesbach P.A.
  • Blake Lowman, Prida Guida & Perez, PA
  • Elinor J. Paladine, Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Karen J. Prevatt, Attorney
  • Jeff Rogers, Hernando County Administrator

The Council of Professional Advisors is a select group of advisors who work closely with the Community Foundation Tampa Bay to provide leadership and guidance on the future of charitable giving resources in their respective fields. They also serve as ambassadors and advocates for the advancement of philanthropy within Tampa Bay.

Ronald Ciganek, Chairman 

Paul H. Auslander – Provise Management Group

Leslie Barnett – Barnett, Kirkwood, Long, Koche & Foster

Rebecca C. Bell – Delzer, Coulter & Bell, P.A.

Natalie Gebicke – Goldman, Sachs & Co. LLC

Stephanie C. Gibson – Bernstein

Brian K. GrayUBS Private Wealth Management

Seton HengesbachHengesbach & Hengesbach

Krista HinrichsThe Tampa Bay Trust Company 

Raymond E. Ifert – REI Wealth Management LLC

Danny Jackson – RSM US LLP

Robert Kapusta, Jr. – Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid

William R. Lane, Jr. – Holland & Knight LLP

Paul Lentini – Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Tom Loncar – Reilly Fisher & Solomon, P.A.

Robert Mohr – Mohr & Associates

Laura Sherman – Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners

Lisa Simington – PNC Wealth Management & Hawthorn Family Office

James Stanger – Simon & Associates Wealth Management of Raymond James

Edward Sutton –
Sutton Wealth Advisors

Ann-Eliza M. TaylorYates & Taylor, P.A.

Tate Taylor – Trenam Law

Jennifer Williams – The Williams-Knust Group, Truist Investment Services, Inc.

Gregory Yadley – Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Board of Trustee Standing Committees FY 2022
Our committees offer leadership and guidance for our operations. 

AUDIT COMMITTEE

Oversees the annual independent audit of the Community Foundation to include approving the scope of the audit to be performed, monitoring and reviewing audit conclusions, and reporting those conclusions to the Finance Committee.

  • Andres Prida, CHAIR
  • Oscar Horton (Treasurer) 
  • Miles Capron
  • Hilliard Eure
  • Christopher Lykes
  • Nancy Ridenour
  • Scott Robey
  • Mike Starkey, Ex Officio
  • Marlene Spalten, Ex-Officio

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • Mike Starkey, CHAIR
  • Bob Mohr, Past Chair
  • Oscar Horton, Treasurer  
  • Linda Simmons, Secretary
  • Ron Ciganek, At Large Member
  • Marlene Spalten, Ex-Officio

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Supervises the preparation of the budget for the Community Foundation, sets the annual endowments distribution policy, and reviews for Board approval other financial policy proposals that may come to the Committee’s attention.

  • Oscar Horton, CHAIR 
  • Sean Brown
  • Miles Capron
  • Ed Koren 
  • Rick Lanese
  • Linda Simmons
  • Willie Tims Jr.
  • Mike Starkey, Ex Officio
  • Marlene Spalten, Ex-Officio

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

  • Mike Starkey, CHAIR
  • Lyda Lindell
  • Mark Sena
  • Linda Simmons 
  • James Stanger
  • Willie Tims Jr.
  • Marlene Spalten, Ex Officio

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

  • Dick Dobkin, CHAIR
  • Alan Bomstein
  • Ron Ciganek
  • Jeff Hearn
  • Oscar Horton (Treasurer)
  • Christopher Lykes
  • Andres Prida
  • Al Roberts 
  • James Stanger
  • Susan Touchton
  • Mike Starkey, Ex Officio
  • Marlene Spalten, Ex Officio