Board Members

Debbie Clements, Chair

Debbie Clements, Chair

Government and Community Relations ManagerDuke Energy
Business (Orange County)
Full Bio
Committees: Executive (Chair) and 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, Apopka Chamber of Commerce, Foundation of Orange County Public Schools, and Valencia Foundation.
Business (Orange County)
Mark Wylie, Vice Chair

Mark Wylie, Vice Chair

President/CEOCentral Florida Chapter Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
Business (Osceola County)
Full Bio
Committee: Governance (Chair), Executive and 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.
Business (Osceola County)
Eric Ushkowitz, Treasurer

Eric Ushkowitz, Treasurer

Economic Development AdministratorOrange County Government
Government Representative- Economic Development
Full Bio
Committees: Audit (Chair), Finance (Chair), and Executive 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 & Orlando 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.
Government Representative- Economic Development
Leland Madsen, Secretary

Leland Madsen, Secretary

AdministratorBedrock Resources, Inc.
Business (Sumter County)
Full Bio
Committee: Audit and Executive. 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.
Business (Sumter County)

 

Andrew Albu

Andrew Albu

PresidentAlbu & Associates, Inc.
Full Bio
Andrew Albu, Principal of Albu & Associates, currently serves as President and has served in this roll for over 15 years. He works directly with clients during the life cycle of each project to ensure a successful completion. In this role, he is responsible for providing strategic direction for all operations, overseeing the management of projects, client relationships, and leading a talented team of construction professionals. Andrew’s comprehensive understanding of the financial and strategic workings of the construction industry has made him a respected and recognized leader in his field.
Steve Ball

Steve Ball

Partner, Labor and EmploymentHolland & Knight LLP
Full Bio
Committee: Governance. Steve 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 labor related 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.
Greg Beliveau

Greg Beliveau

President/OwnerLPG Urban & Regional Planners, Inc.
Business (Lake County)
Full Bio
Committees: Governance and Executive. 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.
Business (Lake County)
Paul Bough

Paul Bough

Senior Managing ConsultantBerkeley Research Group, LLC
Business (Orange County)
Full Bio
Committee: Career Services. 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.
Business (Orange County)
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Wendy H. Brandon, FACHE, Past Chair

Chief Executive OfficerCentral Florida Regional Hospital
Business (Seminole County)
Full Bio
Committee: Career Services. 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 and expertise to the community, including serving Chair of the Seminole State College District Board of Trustees and is a Board Member of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Seminole and the Orlando Economic Partnership. In 2017, Wendy was honored as the Orlando Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year.
Business (Seminole County)
Glen Casel

Glen Casel

President/CEOCommunity Based Care of Central Florida
Full Bio
Committees: Finance and Revenue Diversity Ad Hoc Glen Casel has been an advocate for children for more than 25 years. He currently serves as the President/CEO of Community Based Care (CBC) of Central Florida and the CBC Family of Companies, the lead foster care and related services agency in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties; a key agency in Florida’s Foster Care community based privatization. Glen has grown the CBC Family of Companies to include 4 non-profit and 3 partnership LLCs, maximizing innovation and impact. Glen has been a leader in Florida and across America in advocating for change in Foster Care. Before coming to CBC of Central Florida, he was a Vice President at The Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) for almost five years, an agency providing a full array of services to children in need. Glen previously worked for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) for 10 years. Glen is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration and a Masters Degree in Health Services Administration. Glen and his wife make their home in Central Florida where they raised three children.
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William D’Aiuto

Central Regional Managing DirectorFlorida Department of Children and Families
Government Representative-Other
Full Bio
Committee: Career Services 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.
Government Representative-Other
Keira des Anges

Keira des Anges

Vocational Rehabilitation Area SupervisorDivision of Vocational Rehabilitation / Florida Department of Education
Full Bio
Keira des Anges has worked for the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for the past 14 years. As the Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor for the School-to-Work Transition unit, she collaborated with educators and community partners in Orange and Seminole Counties to assist students with disabilities learn about the world of work and obtain employment. In her current position as a Vocational Rehabilitation Area Supervisor, she supports a team of dedicated professionals with providing the necessary services to help individuals with disabilities find and maintain employment, and enhance their independence. Ms. des Anges earned a Master’s in Education with a specialty in Rehabilitation Counseling from Hofstra University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
John R. Gill

John R. Gill

President/CEOQuest, Inc.
Full Bio
Committees: Governance and Revenue Diversity Ad Hoc John R. Gill is President and CEO for Quest, Inc., which helps people with developmental disabilities in the greater Orlando and Tampa areas have choice and opportunity in their lives. John serves as a current member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Rehabilitative Facilities and has served as Chairman of the City of Winter Park’s Vision Steering Committee and as Chairman of the Board of CBC Holdings.
Nicole Guillet

Nicole Guillet

County Manager, Seminole County Government
Government Representative- Economic Development
Full 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.
Government Representative- Economic Development
Dr. John Gyllin

Dr. John Gyllin

Vice President, Resource Development & Executive DirectorFoundation for Seminole State College of Florida, Inc.
Full Bio
John Gyllin, an executive with over 20 years of experience in higher education administration, is the Vice President of Resource and Economic Development and Executive Director of the Foundation for Seminole State College. Gyllin, who previously served in similar capacities in Georgia, Oklahoma and Arkansas, has been back in his home state of Florida working for the past 8 years with the Foundation for Seminole State, a non-profit corporation that oversees the development and stewardship of external resources on behalf of the College. Gyllin holds a bachelor's degree in management and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. He also has a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration (Ed.D.) from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Gyllin is active in the Community as a graduate of both Leadership Orlando and Leadership Seminole. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Mary, serves on the board of Leadership Seminole and Florida Citrus Sports, is involved as a trustee and former commissioner with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), as well as the Association of Fundraising professionals (AFP). His goal is to connect people with their passion and to identify and secure support for worthy causes.
Mark Havard

Mark Havard

Area Director of Human ResourcesHyatt Regency Orlando
Full Bio
Committee: Community Engagement 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 Hayward

Jeff Hayward

President & CEOHeart of Florida United Way
Full Bio
Committee: Governance 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 Chair

Eric Jackson, Past Chair

President/CEOTotal Roof Services Corp.
Business (Orange County)
Full Bio
Committee: Revenue Diversity Ad Hoc (Chair), Executive and 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.
Business (Orange County)
Sheri Olson

Sheri Olson

Director, Foundation, Government & Guest RelationsSouth Lake Hospital
Business (Lake County)
Full Bio
Committee: Community Engagement. Sheri Olson holds more than 30 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. She currently serves as Director of the Foundation, Government and Guest Relations for South Lake Hospital. A native of Florida, Olson graduated from the University of Florida and is married.
Business (Lake County)
John Pittman

John Pittman

Associate Vice President for Debt ManagementUniversity of Central Florida
Full Bio
Committee: Finance 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  Plinske

Dr. Kathleen Plinske

Campus PresidentValencia College - Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses
Education and Training Provider- Institution of Higher Education
Full Bio
Committee: Career Services (Co-Chair) and Executive Kathleen Plinske serves as Campus President of the Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana Campuses at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. Prior to joining Valencia in 2010, Plinske began her career at McHenry County College, a community college in her hometown of Crystal Lake, Illinois. She was hired as an Instructional Media Specialist in 2001, and moved into a number of different roles over the next nine years, including Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, and ultimately, Interim President. A graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Plinske attended Indiana University-Bloomington as a Herman B Wells Scholar, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Physics with highest distinction and honors. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she completed a Master of Arts in Spanish from Roosevelt University, a Doctorate in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. Actively involved in her community, Plinske has served as Board Chair of the Education Foundation of Osceola County and as President of the Rotary Club of Lake Nona. She has also served on the Board of CareerSource Central Florida, the Osceola Center for the Arts, Junior Achievement of Osceola County, and the Lake Nona Education Council. Plinske was named 2012 Woman of the Year by the Orlando Business Journal in its 40 Under 40 competition and the 2012 Outstanding Young Alumna by Indiana University. She received the 2013 Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, and in 2014 received the Compadre Award from the Hispanic Business Council of the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce and the Don Quijote Hispanic Community Champion Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. Plinske was selected as an Aspen Presidential Fellow in 2016, and selected as Pepperdine University's Distinguished Alumna in 2017.
Education and Training Provider- Institution of Higher Education
David Sprinkle

David Sprinkle

Managing PartnerVeritas Recruiting Group, LLC
Full Bio
David is an employment industry expert that is frequently featured on FOX35 and News 13 in Central Florida discussing topics covering hiring, job search and career development. David received his Bachelors degree in Economics from Harvard University and is credentialed as a Certified Search Consultant by the American Staffing Association. David is a Central Florida native and has spent the last 20+ years in the employment services industry. Prior to founding Veritas Recruiting Group in 2009, David was the VP of the Florida region with a large national Accounting, Finance & Administrative staffing firm where he built multiple teams of successful recruiters. David was also heavily involved in the national training program where he trained and mentored both new and tenure recruiters across the US. At Veritas Recruiting Group, David leads a team of highly trained professional recruiters focused on helping companies find, attract, evaluate and hire corporate professionals, from C-level executives to mid-management to staff. David’s community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the following nonprofit organizations: The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools; Harvard Club of Central Florida; and the Executive Council for Leadership Seminole. David is also involved in Leadership Seminole Class 25; Leadership Orlando Class 93; and serves as Chair of the School Advisory Committee for Wilson Elementary School, and is a volunteer coach at Seminole Youth Soccer.
Jim Sullivan

Jim Sullivan

Training DirectorCentral Florida Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (J.A.T.C.) / Central Florida AFL-CIO
Full Bio
Committee: Career Services 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 Sweat

Richard Sweat

President/CEO.decimal
Business (Seminole County)
Full Bio
Committee: Career Services (Co-Chair), Executive and Revenue Diversity Ad Hoc Richard Sweat serves as President/CEO of: .decimal, LLC, an Internet-based medical device manufacturer. Patented computer software enables the manufacturing of custom, patient-specific filters used in radiation therapy for cancer. Astroid, LLC, a software development company making a cloud-based proton treatment planning system used for cancer patients. ProKnow, LLC, a cloud-based training, education, and big data analytics platform for radiation oncology.
Business (Seminole County)
Jane Trnka

Jane Trnka

Executive Director, Career Resource CenterRollins College | Crummer Graduate School of Business
Full Bio
Committee: Community Engagement 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 Trombetta

Al Trombetta

Director of TrainingInternational Union of Painters & Allied Trades (IUPAT), Florida Finishing Trades
Full Bio
Committee: Career Services
Larry Walter

Larry Walter

President/CEOHanson, Walter & Associates, Inc.
Business (Osceola County)
Full Bio
Committee: Career Services Larry Walter, P.E., President, is one of HWA's founding principals. Walter’s engineering knowledge spans more than 42 years of diverse engineering experience and has been involved in the design, permitting and securing approvals for more than 4,700 projects throughout Central Florida, including numerous roadways and stormwater systems. 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 for 7 years. Community involvement includes serving as a member of several civic, professional and business organizations listed on the attached schedule.
Business (Osceola County)
Jody Wood

Jody Wood

Vice President of Recruitment, Diversity & Inclusion and Talent ManagementWalt Disney Parks & Resorts
Business (Orange County)
Full Bio
Committee: Chair of Community Engagement (Chair) and Executive Jody Wood 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.
Business (Orange County)