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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Henry is from a small town in rural PA where he grew up the youngest of 4 children. At 13 he was diagnosed with Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy and the news changed his life forever. He went on to achieve a degree in computer information systems from Central Penn College and put that degree to work by going to work for the institution where he received his education. Today Henry works with disabled and non-disabled people who are in need of employment skills or a well-written resume. He helps them with building confidence, proper interview techniques, correct dress for the workplace or whatever they need to be successful. This is his true calling and a passion for seeing people like him succeed.
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.
Laura has advocated on behalf of people with disabilities since receiving her own diagnosis with epilepsy as a pre-teen. While earning her Bachelor’s degree, Laura helped launch a chapter of Best Buddies International, and as an adult, she (and family) fostered children through Easter Seals. Laura has earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership through Gonzaga University, where she learned the foundational principals of Servant Leadership and hopes to utilize her education to continue advocating for what she is most passionate about. .