Rhonda has over 25 years of experience in social, human and public service programs with proven leadership and management capabilities. She has served as an Auditor/Surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and has expertise in oversight of accreditation for non profit agencies. Rhonda has served in numerous capacities throughout Pinellas County and beyond. She was the Vice President of Rehabilitation for Abilities, Inc. of Florida for a number of years and also served as the Vice President of Boley Behavioral Health Care Centers in St. Petersburg. She filled the role of Director of Social Services for the Salvation Army and was the Manager of Veteran, Social and Homeless services for the City of St Petersburg. Rhonda serves in many capacities on Boards and other advisory committees including Recover Pinellas, the Mobile Medical Unit Advisory Council and Florida Coalition for the Homeless to name a few.
Barbara has served on the Board at different times over the organization’s history. As the Senior Advocate/Investigator for Disability Rights Florida since 2001 she brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board’s deliberations.
Kimberly comes to the Board with a strong accounting background coupled with fundraising experience and a passion for community involvement. As a Mobility Analyst for Transportation Disadvantaged for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), she is responsible for Accounts Receivable, annual audits, payroll, human resources, and purchasing. Kimberly served on the Executive Board for the American Cancer Society fundraising and is active in the Federation of Inner-Community Organization.
Mary has an M.B.A. with an accounting background, a Master’s in Theology, a Master’s in Christian Ministry and Renewal, and a B.A. in Theology and English. She taught 7-12th grade students in English, Religion and History and worked as a youth/young adult pastor. Mary has worked since December 2000 for Dr. Geoffrey Gibson as a part-time receptionist at RehabMed. She has completed the Partners in Policymaking advocacy training in 2012 and worked for nearly 10 years as the Secretary for A.F.I.R.E in Pinellas County.
Jack has served on the Board for over 15 years. As the Executive Vice President of Housing, Development and ADA Services for Boley Centers, Inc. he brings a vast knowledge of the issues that face people with disabilities in the community. Jack is the Florida Affiliate of the Southeast ADA Center, a position he has held for 24 years. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified ADA Coordinator. Jack has a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University.
Jennifer joined the Board in 2013. She acquired her C6-7 incomplete spinal cord injury in 1998. Jennifer is an active user of an FES system and is the first woman to receive the implanted Stand and Transfer system. Jennifer is a silver medalist in the sport of sailing at the 2012 Paralympic Games and is the 2012 Yachtswoman of the Year, the first woman with a disability to do so. She has helped launch successful divisions in such organizations as Bombardier Capital and PC Connection, Inc. Her story is published in her book, On My Feet Again: My Journey out of the Wheelchair using Neurotechnology. With an MBA and her experiences in the disability community, she co-founded Neurotech Network, a non-profit organization focused on education of and advocacy to access neurotechnology; she currently serves as the Executive Director.
Ross has worked in the disability field his entire 25 year professional career. Currently serving as Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) first Mobility Manager, Ross has worked for Epilepsy Foundation, was a founder of a Center for Independent Living (CIL), Independence Now in Silver Spring, MD, and served as a Diversity Trainer for AARP in Washington, DC. Ross also served as the City of Tampa’s first Disability Rights Coordinator. As PSTA’s Mobility Manager, Ross serves as manager of the Transportation Disadvantaged Program, DART service, and the Community Transportation Coordinator. Being a strong patron of public transit systems, Ross has firsthand experience of the successes and shortcomings of the system, making him a very effective manager. Ross’s role as an advocate for persons with disabilities and his work experiences makes him an excellent member of our board.
Sheila was employed as Program Manager at Abilities of Florida, assisting people with disabilities obtain and maintain employment and as Case Manager for people with disabilities who were enrolled in the re-training program and oversaw, as Program Manager, the Job Coaching program assisting the severely disabled obtain and maintain employment. Sheila fulfilled all grant and contract requirements as well as organizing a Business Advisory Council of 135 community business leaders. More recently, prior to retirement, Sheila was involved with Connections Job Development Program in New Port Richey, FL for the past 20 years and recently retired as the Executive Director. Connections is a not-for-profit agency assisting un-employed/under-employed from diverse backgrounds with a case load of over 1,200 new clients per year. One third of the enrollees are people with a disability. Sheila Krater has a teaching certificate in speech and drama from her native UK. Sheila attended San Jose State University, CA majoring in pre-med. and later attended the University of California at Santa Cruz obtaining a BA in Sociology focusing on the sociology of medicine. After re-locating to Florida, Sheila attended graduate studies at University of South Florida majoring in Rehabilitation Counseling. Sheila resides in New Port Richey, FL with her husband, George and lives close to her two children, their spouses and 4 grandchildren. Sheila is active in the community and advocates for appropriate employment for individuals and accommodations for people with disabilities.