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

Robert H Mohr

Robert H. Mohr, Chair


Mr. 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 of Tampa Bay goes back to its founding, when he worked with the initial supporters to establish a community foundation in Tampa.

Edward Koren

Edward Koren, Treasurer


Mr. 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.

Susanna Fenhagen

Susanna Fenhagen, Secretary


Ms. Fenhagen retired as Vice President of Development at WEDU. She was Head of School at Tampa Preparatory as well as Assistant Head of School for over 20 years. During her time there, she was President of the Bay Area Association of Independent Schools, an officer of the Florida Council of Independent Schools, President of the Council for Women in Independent Schools and a member of the Country Day Headmasters Association. She has consulted for schools across the nation.

Betty Castor

Betty Castor, Past Chair


Ms. Castor has devoted much of her life to public service, most notably as President of the University of South Florida, Florida Commissioner of Education and President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  Her public career began with her election to the Hillsborough County Commission.  Subsequently, she served three terms in the Florida Senate.  She is a founding member of the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and a past member of the Hillsborough Education Foundation.  She is a member of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Tampa Bay Committee on Foreign Relations.  She received her BA from Rowan College and her Master’s degree from the University of Miami. She is married to Samuel P. Bell III.

Donna Longhouse

Donna L. Longhouse, Past Chair


Ms. Longhouse is a shareholder in the Tax, Trusts and Estates Practice Group of Allen Dell, P.A. She is a member of the Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar, and American Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Tax Court. Ms. Longhouse is past President of the Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council. Ms. Longhouse represents individuals with tax, estate, charitable, and business planning; institutions and individuals in trust and estate administration; and tax-exempt organizations.


Miles Capron

Miles Capron

Mr. 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

Mr. 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

Ms. Douglas has a long relationship with The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, including a term as Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She practiced commercial and construction litigation at the Tampa firm of Bush Ross until her retirement in 2004. At Bush Ross, she became a shareholder in the firm in 1993 and later held the position of Recruiting Partner. She is a Board Member of Academy Prep Center of Tampa Bay and WEDU. She volunteers with the Sun Coast Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Before joining the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, she was a member of the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School.

Laurence Fasan

Laurence Fasan

Mr. Fasan, managing principal at Sabal Trust Company and Sabal Investment Management Company, brings more than 30 years of experience in trust administration and investment management to the Foundation. Fasan has also served the community as an advisory board member for the Salvation Army St. Petersburg Area Command and Tampa Bay Watch.

Bill Fries

Bill Fries

Mr. Fries is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hiregy, a Tampa-based company since 2004. Bill has chaired the board of the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay and now serves as governance chair. He attended the University of Central Florida. He and his wife, Marcy, have two young daughters, Madison and Whitney.

Damon Glisson


Mr. Glisson is an Attorney in private practice located in Apollo Beach. He is Past Chair of the General Practice, Small and Solo Firm Section of the Florida Bar. He also is Past Chair of the Florida Bar’s Council of Sections, Past Chair of the Leadership Conference, Past Chair of the Practice Management Section and Past Chair of the Coordinating Committee on Technology. He has served 27 years as a Hillsborough County Civil Traffic Hearing Officer. Damon was a founding member of the Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy.

Seton T Hengesbach

Seton T. Hengesbach

Mr. Hengesbach, an attorney at Hengesbach & Hengesbach, P.A, where he practices in the areas of civil litigation, real estate, business, and family law. A second-generation Hernando County native, Hengesbach is actively involved in the community as a board member for the Nature Coast ARC, Hernando County YMCA and Notre Dame Catholic School.

Oscar J Horton

Oscar J. Horton

Mr. 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.

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.

Rick Rios

Richard J. Rios

Mr. Rios is a Certified Financial Planner® and Registered Investment Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Sun City Center. He and his wife, Melissa, have lived in the Valrico area for over 25 years along with their three daughters. He is a member and Past President of the Sun City Center Rotary Club, as well as a past board member of the Sun City Center Rotary Club Foundation, Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, Brandon Chamber of Commerce, and the Brandon Foundation. He also has served as the Past Chair of the South Shore Council for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Mr. Rios, and his wife, both grew up in western Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his B.A. in Economics/Business.

Mark Sena

Mark Sena

Mr. 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.

Linda Simmons

Linda Simmons

A graduate of the University of South Florida and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Ms. 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.

Dr Juel Smith

Dr. Juel Smith

Dr. Smith is the President of JUE-L Consulting Group. She received the PhD from the University of South Florida serving in several positions: University Counseling Psychologist; Founder/Executive Director, Institute on Black Life and Center for Africa; Director, Institutional Development; Founding Executive Director, Women in Leadership and Philanthropy; and adjunct faculty. International/Nationally she served on Habitat for Humanity Board; The Links, Incorporated, International Programs Director (built schools in South Africa ) and United Nations NGO Director. She is past president of Athena Society, Leadership Florida participant and served on local community boards and committees .She was inducted into the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a member of Beulah Baptist Church.

James Stanger

James Stanger

Mr. 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.

Mike Starkey

Mike Starkey

Mr. Starkey is a Senior Sales Executive with Genesys and has over 20 years in the Information Technology market. He is Past President of the Economic Club of Tampa and his other community involvement includes the Outback Bowl, Hyde Park UMC, Easter Seals, and Metropolitan Ministries. He and his wife Janet have a daughter and a son, who are both becoming involved with the Family Foundation Program at CFTB.

Sue Williams

Sue Williams

Ms. Williams has worked as President, WJDR, Enterprises, Inc. and in property management, community development and as a stockbroker. Her community involvement includes Chairman, Legacy Committee, Church of Ascension; Secretary, Florida Wildlife Corridor; President, Carlouel Homeowners Association; Trustee, Hanover College. She is a past member of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium Board and had broad community experience in Dayton, Ohio prior to moving to Florida in 2003.. She is a graduate of Hanover College, and she and her husband Alex have three grown sons and five grandchildren.

Board Counsel

Frank J Sandy Rief

Frank J. (Sandy) Rief

Mr. Rief is with the law firm Allen Dell, PA. He is a member of the American Law Institute and is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estate Council, American College of Tax Council, and the American Bar Foundation. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation, Tampa Bay History Center, Straz Center Foundation, Florida Humanities Council, Poynter Institute Foundation, the University of South Florida Foundation, and the Small Business Council of America. He is a member of the Endowment Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida.

Pinellas Council Members

  • Laurence R. Fasan, Managing Principal at Sabal Trust, Board of Trustees member, Chair
  • Ron Ciganek, Senior Vice President, Valley National Bank
  • 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
  • Linda Marcelli, Managing Director, Lucky’s Real Tomatoes
  • Don Mastry, attorney, Trenam Kemker
  • Elise Minkoff
  • Louis M. Murphy, pastor, Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
  • Katie Ramsberger, Health Events Coordinator-Marketing for the West Region-BayCare Health System
  • Lucia S Rosenberg, Star Health Management
  • Holly Rosica
  • William G. Tapp, Senior Managing Director, CBIZ Kirkland, Russ, Murphy & Tapp
  • Laurie Valentine, Fisher and Sauls PA
  • Jill Wilkinson, Market President, SunTrust Bank

South Shore Council member

  • Damon C. Glisson, Board of Trustees member, Chair
  • Janice A. Bassett
  • Debbie Caneen, Sun Towers Retirement Community
  • Barbara Capron
  • Sandra Council, Ruskin Community Development Foundation
  • Phyllis Elsberry
  • Karen Lanese, CPA
  • Linda Maslyk, Education Management
  • Karen J. Prevatt, attorney
  • Richard J. Rios, Financial Advisor

Tampa Metro Area Council members

  • Patricia Douglas, Attorney, Chair
  • Bob Goen
  • Lyda Lindell, MD, Reversa LLC
  • Scott Pierce, Southeast Regional Manager, Old Republic Title
  • Luz Randolph, Asst. Director of Development, Diversity Initiatives at USF Foundation
  • Ken Roberts, Acquisition & Development Manager, REIBH

Nature Coast Council members

  • Seton T. Hengesbach, attorney, Board of Trustees member, Chair
  • Cami Austin, Senior Vice President/Community Executive Synovus Bank
  • 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
  • Blake Lowman, Prida Guida & Perez, PA
  • John Moors, Dade City Chamber of Commerce
  • Elinor J. Paladine, nonprofit organization management
  • Julie Rockwell, Financial Advisor, Raymond James

Leadership Council

  • Gail Whiting, Chair
  • Cecelia D. Ferman, Co-Chair
  • George J. Baxter, President Emeritus
  • Monroe Berkman
  • G. Robert Blanchard, Sr.
  • Phillip E. Casey
  • Betty Castor
  • Richard J. Dobkin
  • Patricia Douglas
  • David J. Fischer
  • Frederick E. Fisher
  • Joseph Garcia
  • Linda C. Hanna
  • Gerald F. Hogan
  • Donna L. Longhouse
  • Gene E. Marshall
  • Frank Morsani
  • Frank J. Rief , III
  • Barbara Romano
  • Gregory A. Rosica
  • Geoff Simon
  • Alex Sink
  • Martin B. Solomon
  • Bill Starkey
  • James B. Strenski
  • Jerry L. Williams

Legacy Society

William Zewadski, Chair




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.

  • Mary Anne Reilly, Chair
  • Hilliard Eure
  • Bill Fries
  • Christopher Lykes
  • Andres Prida
  • Nancy Ridenour
  • Scott Robey
  • Joel Shane
  • Betty Castor, Ex-Officio
  • Marlene Spalten, Ex-Officio

Development Committee

Responsible for building and nurturing lasting relationships between donors and the Community Foundation and ensuring that there is a comprehensive new donor development and donor stewardship program. Also oversees the Community Foundation’s programs for engaging a broad Professional Advisors Network of leading professional advisors in the community who will encourage and recommend gifts to the Community Foundation through individual and public contacts.

  • Donna Longhouse, Chair
  • Miles Capron
  • Julio Castro
  • Ron Ciganek
  • Darby Jones
  • Ed Koren
  • Lyda Lindell
  • Karen Prevatt
  • Mark Sena
  • James Stanger
  • Suzie Ward
  • Sue Williams
  • Bill Zewadski
  • Betty Castor, Ex-Officio
  • 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.

  • Bill Fries, Chair
  • Michael Barrett
  • Phil Casey
  • Linda Hanna
  • Ed Koren
  • Bob Mohr
  • Joel Shane
  • Betty Castor, Ex-Officio
  • Marlene Spalten, Ex-Officio

Governance Committee

Responsible for the identification, cultivation, recruitment, nomination, and orientation of new Trustees, the continuing education and evaluation of current Trustees, and the administration, legal aspects, and structure of the organization. The Committee also oversees the annual evaluation of the CEO as prescribed by the CEO Evaluation Policy and maintains and implements, if necessary, the CEO Succession Plan.

  • Bob Mohr, Chair
  • Betty Castor
  • Susanna Fenhagen
  • Bill Fries
  • Donna Longhouse
  • Marlene Spalten, Ex-Officio

Investment Committee

Oversees and sets policies for investing the funds and endowments of the Community Foundation, evaluates with the investment consultant the investment results of the various investment managers on a quarterly basis, and authorizes the engagement of investment managers.

  • Mike Starkey, Chair
  • Phil Casey
  • Ron Ciganek
  • Dick Dobkin
  • Bill Fries
  • Jeff Hearn
  • Oscar Horton
  • Bob Mohr
  • Andres Prida
  • James Stanger
  • Susan Touchton
  • Betty Castor, Ex-Officio
  • Marlene Spalten, Ex-Officio

Communications Committee

Serves as an advisory group to the Board and the Marketing/Communications staff on the marketing and public relations programs of Community Foundation.

  • Sue Williams, Chair
  • Lisa Greene
  • Leslie Laney
  • Sheila Neisler
  • Sherry Powell
  • Richard Rios
  • Mark Sena
  • James Stanger
  • Letitia Stein
  • Paul Wilborn
  • Kay Wilson
  • Ann Wykell
  • Betty Castor, Ex-Officio
  • Marlene Spalten, Ex-Officio