Debbie Clements, ChairGovernment and Community Relations ManagerDuke EnergyFull Bio
Committee: Governance. Debbie Clements joined Duke Energy Corporation in 2004, where she currently serves as Government and Community Relations Manager. Previously, she served as General Communications and External Relations Manager for Sprint for 19 years. Clements is active in community organizations including Kissimmee Osceola Chamber of Commerce, West Orange Chamber of Commerce, United Arts of Central Florida, and Valencia College Foundation.
Mark Wylie, Vice ChairPresident/CEOCentral Florida Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.Full Bio
Committee: Finance. Mark Wylie has served since 1986 as President/CEO of the Central Florida Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. ABC is a regional trade association representing the merit shop commercial construction industry.
Dr. Joseph A. Sarnovsky, TreasurerExecutive Vice President & CFOSeminole State College of FloridaFull Bio
Committees: Finance and Audit. Dr. Joseph Sarnovsky joined Seminole State College of Florida in 2002. He provides direction and policy formulation for fiscal, logistical, and administrative support functions of the college. Prior to joining Seminole State, Sarnovsky served 14 years at Lorain County Community College in Ohio, and 10 years in a multi-national, technology-based manufacturing company. He is an active member of multiple community and college leadership organizations.
Leland Madsen, SecretaryAdministratorBedrock Resources, Inc.Full Bio
Committee: Audit. Leland Madsen serves as administrator for two mining companies in Florida, with more than 50 years of professional work experience through diversified employment in the U.S. Air Force, the offshore oil industry, the mining industry, the manufacturing industry, and personal business operations in agriculture. Active in the community, Madsen has served on both profit and not-for-profit boards, as well as serving as an ordained Christian Minister to various congregations.
Greg BeliveauPresident/OwnerLPG Urban & Regional Planners, Inc.Full Bio
Committees: Program Review and Governance. Greg Beliveau has 34 years of experience providing land planning services to public and private sector industries. He previously served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Leesburg and is a member of the American Planning Association, the American Society for Public Administration, and the Florida City and County Management Association.
Stephen T. BallPartner, Labor and EmploymentHolland & Knight LLPFull Bio
Stephen T. Ball is a lawyer in the Orlando office who practices in the areas of employment discrimination and other employment/labor-related matters such as employment discrimination litigation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) matters, employment and severance agreements, noncompetition agreements and litigation. He regularly represents employers in employment and laborrelated lawsuits in state and federal courts and in investigations and charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Florida Commission on Human Relations and related organizations. He also represents employers in such areas as unemployment compensation appeals and plant closings under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. Mr. Ball is a frequent speaker and commentator for television news stations on labor and employment law topics and is also an experienced trial attorney in the areas of labor and employment litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury defense litigation and appellate practice, in both state and federal courts.
Paul BoughSenior Managing ConsultantBerkeley Research GroupFull Bio
Committee: Program Review. Paul Bough has extensive program and project management experience on a wide range of transportation, building, industrial, and municipal projects. Recent projects include Owner's Representative assignments on Orlando's Amway Center arena, and on the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. He previously served as Manager for AECOM's Program Management contracts within the State of Florida.
Wendy H. Brandon, FACHE, Past ChairChief Executive OfficerCentral Florida Regional HospitalFull Bio
Committee: Vice Chair of Program Review. Wendy H. Brandon serves as CEO of Central Florida Regional Hospital. She has more than 13 years of executive experience with HCA and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Brandon dedicates much of her time to the community, including serving as Vice President of Englewood-Cape Haze Chamber of Commerce; South County Family YMCA Board of Directors; and Co-Chair for American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon.
Glen CaselPresident/CEOCommunity Based Care of Central FloridaFull Bio
Glen Casel has been an advocate for children in Florida for more than 25 years, splitting his time between The Children’s Home Society of Central Florida, the Department of Children and Families, and Community Based Care of Central Florida, where he currently serves as the President/CEO. Glen is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration, and is proud to call Central Florida home.
Melanie CornellPrincipalHKS Architects, Inc.Full Bio
Committee: Finance. Melanie Cornell has been actively involved in the Central Florida business community for more than 31 years, with an emphasis on client advocacy and service. She is driven by the strategy behind very complex pursuits. Cornell values the importance of relationship-building and community outreach work full circle, both personally and professionally.
William D’AiutoCentral Regional Managing DirectorFlorida Department of Children and FamiliesFull Bio
William D’Aiuto began serving as Regional Managing Director of the Central Region in 2007. He leads a five-county area in Central Florida, and has spent his entire professional life with the Florida Department of Children and Families. His resume includes leadership positions in Florida ACCESS (public assistance), child welfare, and adult protective services programs.
John DavisPresidentAfrican American Chamber of Commerce of Central FloridaFull Bio
Committee: Community Engagement. John Davis’ background includes playing time in both the National Football League and Canadian League, as well as success in the medical field as both salesman and manager. He founded and ran two businesses, including a professional sports training company and a consulting group. Davis spearheaded the Black Republican Conference in 2007, later serving as Deputy Executive Director of Operations, making him the highest-ranking African American in the history of the Republican Party of Florida.
John R. GillPresident/CEOQuest, Inc.Full Bio
John R. Gill is the President/CEO for Quest, Inc., which helps people with developmental disabilities in both the greater Orlando and Tampa areas achieve their dreams of going to school, having a job, living on their own, and experiencing summer camp. He has been involved with many civic and professional organizations, including the City of Winter Park’s Economic Development Advisory Board and the Social Media Committee for the Florida Association of Rehabilitative Facilities.
Nicole GuilletCounty Manager, Seminole County GovernmentFull Bio
Committee: Finance. Nicole Guillet began serving as county manager of Seminole County in 2014. Prior to being named county manager, Guillet was hired in 2010 as Seminole County’s growth management director. She has also served as deputy chief administrative officer and community development director for the city of Apopka. As County Manager, Guillet oversees a staff of 1,256 employees, including growth management, parks and recreation, and public safety departments.
Mark HavardArea Director of Human ResourcesHyatt Regency OrlandoFull Bio
Mark Havard serves as Area Director of Human Resources at Hyatt Regency Orlando - the largest convention hotel for the brand in the United States - and oversees human resources for five full-service hotels and resorts in the region. His 26-year career with Hyatt Hotels Corporation included roles at nine hotels along the eastern coast, seven of which Mark served in director levels, while earning recognition as Hyatt Human Resources Team of the Year three times. Havard previously served as President of the Central Florida Hotel Human Resource Association, and he currently serves on the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association¹s (CFHLA) Employee Relations and Adopt-a-School committees.
Jeff HaywardPresident & CEOHeart of Florida United WayFull Bio
Jeff Hayward has served as President & CEO of Heart of Florida United Way since December 2016. With nearly 18 years of experience in the United Way network and as a nonprofit professional, Jeff brings a unique blend of expertise to the Heart of Florida United Way. Previously, Jeff served as chief of external affairs at United Way of Massachusetts Bay where he was responsible for overseeing the annual strategic investment of nearly $32 million in initiatives and agencies. In addition, Hayward managed the public policy strategy, volunteer engagement, grants, and marketing and communications. Just prior to his becoming chief of external affairs, he held the position of senior vice president of community impact where he was responsible for the development and implementation of United Way’s strategies related to healthy childhood development, increasing youth opportunities and family financial stability. In this role in 2007, Jeff oversaw United Way’s strategic shift in its grant-making strategy, one which tied United Way’s investment in community-based agencies to the achievement of measurable, specific outcomes in these focus areas. Jeff’s professional background – a hybrid of politics, public and private sector service – has prepared him well for his responsibilities. He previously served as chief of staff to the Mayor of Lynn for five years. He later served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives before becoming the New England vice president for development and marketing for a national, publicly traded health care company. Jeff represented United Way on the Board of the Massachusetts Alliance for Shelter and Housing, a first-in-the-world “Pay for Success” initiative to reduce chronic individual homelessness statewide. He was also a member of the MA Policy Academy on Ending Family Homelessness charged with developing a 10-year plan to eliminate family homelessness; and was a member of the MA Department of Transitional Assistance’s Housing and Homeless Advisory Committee appointed by the Commissioner of DTA. He also served on the Massachusetts Commission to End Homelessness which developed a five year plan to end homelessness in MA under the Patrick Administration. Finally, he also served as a member of the United Way of America, Financial Stability Partnership Steering Committee, representing one of 25 United Ways selected for their innovation in using asset building as a strategy for providing economic opportunities for lower income families. Since moving to Central Florida, he has joined the board and executive committee of Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and the board of CareerSource Central Florida. He is a graduate of St. Anselm College and was a Casey Foundation/United Way of America Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government – Family Strengthening for Success. Jeff and his wife Anne-Marie have three children, Nathaniel, Victoria and Abigail.
Eric Jackson, Past ChairPresident/CEOTotal Roof Services Corp.Full Bio
Committee: Governance. Eric Jackson serves as President/CEO of Total Roof Services. He previously served as Vice President of Jones Lang LaSalle. As an active member of his community, Jackson has served on numerous boards and organizations, including Central Florida Urban League, MyRegion.org, Quest, Inc., and as Director of Business Development for Metro Orlando EDC, and Director of Business Services for TTI America.
Brian MichaelsTransition Program Consultant, Bureau of Client ServicesDivision of Blind Services, Department of EducationFull Bio
Committee: Program Review. Brian Michaels joined the Division of Blind Services in 2010 and is the District Administrator for the Orlando office and surrounding counties. His previous experience includes rehabilitation with a focus on employment. Michaels is responsible for approving vocational rehabilitation services, working with local community providers in job development, and improving community relations.
Sheri OlsonDirector, Foundation & Government RelationsSouth Lake HospitalFull Bio
Committee: Community Engagement. Sheri Olson holds more than 25 years of public relations and marketing experience. Her professional career began at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in the public relations department, followed by roles as Community Relations Manager for South Lake Hospital, Public Relations and Creative Marketing Director for Lassiter-Ware Insurance, and Director of Community and Government Relations for Central Florida Health Alliance.
John PittmanAssociate Vice President for Debt ManagementUniversity of Central FloridaFull Bio
John C. Pittman, Associate Vice President for Debt Management, at the University of Central Florida (UCF), has worked in the financial management arena in education for more than 20 years. Currently, in addition to managing approximately $500 million in outstanding debt for the university and some of its related entities, he is responsible for overseeing in excess of $65 million in various budgets for the UCF Administration and Finance division. John has a BS degree in Business Management from the University of Florida, and concurrently attained his CPA certification and Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Central Florida. Notably, Pittman serves as a member of National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) and has been an integral part of the NACAS institute planning team. He served on the project committee that established the NACAS Institute for Managers (IFM). He also co-taught the IFM’s Finance with Auxiliary Focus class during the first three years of its commencement, and continues teaching graduate and undergraduate college courses in Accounting. Pittman also serves on several boards and committees, all of which play an essential part of consulting, mentoring, and supporting students and other campus entities in various capacities to achieve the UCF’s missions and goals.
Dr. Kathleen PlinskeCampus PresidentValencia College - Osceola and Lake Nona CampusesFull Bio
Committee: Program Review. Dr. Kathleen Plinske currently serves as Chair of the Education Foundation of Osceola County, Chair of the Osceola Poverty Elimination Network, and sits on the Lake Nona Education Council. Dr. Plinske has received numerous awards, including being recognized as one of 24 emerging leaders in the world by Phi Delta Kappa International in 2010, and being named Orlando Business Journal’s Woman of the Year in their “40 under 40” competition in 2012.
Jim SullivanTraining DirectorCentral Florida Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (J.A.T.C.) / Central Florida AFL-CIOFull Bio
Jim Sullivan, Training Director for Central Florida Electrical JATC since 1987, has 46 years in the electrical industry, having served in a wide-range of positions. His formal education includes a Master of Education from University of Central Florida, a B. S. degree in Vocational Education from UCF, an A.A. from Valencia Community College, Certificate of Completion for The National Instructor Training Institute from University of Tennessee, and an Apprenticeship Certificate from Central Florida Electrical JATC. Currently, Mr. Sullivan serves as Chairman of the National Education Committee for the NETDA and Chairman for the Florida Apprenticeship Conference. He sits on several advisory committees for vocational education in Central Florida, and on the advisory committee to the National Training Institute/University of Tennessee.
Richard SweatPresident/CEO.decimalFull Bio
Committee: Chair of Program Review. Richard Sweat serves as President/CEO of .decimal, Inc., an Internet-based medical device manufacturer. Patented computer software enables the manufacturing of custom, patient-specific filters used in radiation therapy for cancer. The company serves customers nationwide, including hospitals and cancer centers around the country, such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Florida Hospital in Orlando.
Jody SweetVice President of Recruitment, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent ManagementWalt Disney Parks & ResortsFull Bio
Committee: Co-Chair of Community Engagement. Jody Sweet began her career at Walt Disney World during an internship as a Merchandise Hostess at Epcot, while pursuing an education at Bowling Green State University. Previous positions include Director of Recruitment, Director of Casting, Director of Human Resources, and Vice President of Human Resources/Diversity & Inclusion.
Chuck ToddPresidentCircle C FarmsFull Bio
Committees: Finance and Audit. Chuck Todd has an extensive background in agriculture, with his family’s farming roots dating back to Colonial America. In 2002, Chuck and his wife, Cindy, founded Circle C Farms Inc. with a focus on crop production and marketing. In 2010, the couple introduced Circle C Growers Inc. The company concentrates on proprietary turf varieties, urban agriculture, and specialty crops.
Jane TrnkaExecutive Director, Career Resource CenterRollins College | Crummer Graduate School of BusinessFull Bio
As the Executive Director for the Career Resource Center, Jane is responsible for providing resources and strategic alliances for students, alumni and business partners, and encouraging success for careers in diverse, global business environments. She possesses over 20 years of experience in the human resources field. Prior to joining Rollins, she was a career transition consultant and also worked with various organizations as a trainer, facilitator and human resources consultant. Jane’s experience covers the academic, private, public, for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Industries include manufacturing and distribution, travel, telecommunications, insurance, and consulting. Jane received her MBA from the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business in Winter Park, FL and her BS in Public Administration from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She also earned her Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Jane has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, US News and World Report and USA Today, and has been featured on radio and TV, providing insights regarding career management strategies. Jane is currently on the Board of Directors for CareerSource Central Florida, and a co-chair of the Research and Trends Committee for the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA). She is a graduate of Leadership Orlando, and was the 2015 chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Employers Association Forum (EAF).
Al TrombettaDirector of TrainingInternational Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT), Florida Finishing TradesFull Bio
Eric UshkowitzEconomic Development AdministratorOrange County GovernmentFull Bio
Committees: Chair of Audit and Serves on Program Review. Eric Ushkowitz began serving as Economic Development Administrator for Orange County Government in 2011. Prior to this role, he served as Director of Life Sciences & bioOrlando for Metro Orlando EDC for 7 years, as Director of Technology Business Development for Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission for 7 years, and as Business Sales Manager for Verizon Wireless for 7 years.
Larry WalterPresident/CEOHanson, Walter & Associates, Inc.Full Bio
Committee: Program Review. Larry Walter, P.E., President, is one of HWA's founding principals. Walter’s engineering knowledge spans more than 35 years, and his community involvement gives him a unique perspective on local growth issues. He previously served as Deputy Director of Public Works and Engineering for the City of Kissimmee. Community involvement includes serving as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce's Growth Management Task Force for over 10 years.