1. Deborah Figgs-Sanders, Childs Park YMCA & SCCC
2. Javontae Wright, Fairmount Park Children's Initiatives & SCCC
3. Delquanda Turner, Juvenile Welfare Board CSC
4. Phoebe Quarterman, DCF
5. Art O’Hara, R’Club
6. Lounell Britt, Sanderlin Family Center
7. James Myles, Bethel Community Foundation, Inc.
8. Officer Sihavrenzi, SPPD
9. Ava DeVeaux, Gathering of Woman
10. Yolanda Anderson, City of St. Petersburg – Childs Park
11. Erin Porter, Social Worker @ Fairmount Park Children's Initiative
12. Cynthia Wright, Social Worker @ Fairmount Park Children's Initiative
13. Major Hope Crews, SPPD
14. Dr. Valarie Brimm, PCS
15. Elena Stowers, Harbordale YMCA
16. Leanne Bayne, Academy Prep of St. Pete
17. Danielle DiRosa, Academy Prep of St. Pete
18. Marcie Biddleman, Juvenile Welfare Board CSC
19. Linda Rodgers, Westcare Prevention
20. Laurel Gustafson, Pinellas County Public Library System
21. Molly A., Community Tampa Bay/RFL
22. Richard Craft, City of St. Pete
23. Tameka Coley, YWCA
24. Frances Cato, POC
25. Eleanor Brooks, POC
26. Councilman Karl Nurse, City of St. Pete
27. Astrid Ellis, Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas County
28. David Archie, CAP
29. Lynette Davis, Metro Wellness
30. Samantha Hadley, Community Liaison Fairmount Park Children's Initiative
31. Ruby Johnson, Kinship Pinellas
32. Michael Feliu, Lith
33. Councilman Wengay Newton, City of St. Pete
34. Patti Hanks, Clothes to Kids
35. Erma Booteng, Metro Wellness
36. Wm. Michael Hollis, Metro Wellness
37. Samantha Richardson
38. Christine Mendonec, Shore to Shore Advisory
39. Jaqueline Boyle, Operation PAR
40. Megan Torbox, Operation PAR
41. Juanita Sparks, Operation PAR
42. Diane Clarke, Operation PAR
43. Sue Everett, ACES Tutoring
44. Cassidy Noble, Metro Wellness
45. David Jezek, YMCA
46. Gillian Barnes, The First Tee of St. Pete
47. Jamie Toennies, YMCA
48. Antoine Hughes, 2-1-1 TBC Heart & Hardware Grant
49. Elder Martin Rainey, PSFE & SCCC
50. Susan Boesger, CLP
51. Carmen Wilson, CAP
52. Carolyn Turner, Vocational Rehabilitation
Focus: “Is Our Work in Vain? Leadership Buys into the Vision”
I. Welcome & Purpose
Deborah Figgs-Sanders, started the meeting and also introduced Javontae Wright and Delquanda Turner as
the core for bringing it all together. This was a special meeting because of the many non-profit organizations
executive leadership were invited to address questions regarding partnership and their position on
"collaborating toward program/services sustainability and success."
II. First-Time Attendees Introductions
First-time attendees went around the room and gave their name, organization, and stated what their program
had to offer or needed.
III. Survey Results & Database Update
Delquanda reported that there are approximately 20 organizations that are on the database. The links will be
sent out again and everyone was asked to please enter their program information.
Survey for database: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YDWB6VD
Link to database: http://shareaccess.jwbpinellas.org/WAS/default.aspx
IV. Leadership Panel Discussion
Javontae introduced the Panelists, which included:
• David Jezek (YMCA) • Greg Johnson (PCUL)
• Diane Clarke (Operation PAR) • Councilman Wengay Newton
• Major Hope Crews (SPPD) • Councilman Karl Nurse
• Lenice Emanuel (YWCA) • Dr. Marcie Biddleman (JWB)
• Lounell Britt (Sanderlin NFC) • Art O’Hara (R’Club)
• Elder Martin Rainey (PSFEC)
And Special Guest, Mayor David Archie, City of Tarpon Springs
Questions & Responses:
1. In 2 minutes or less, please describe your organization's definition of social responsibility?
Courage to invest in future to do more with less
Bridge-building organization through negotiations and networking to create opportunities for
NFC nurtures the community with a place to grow, nurture, and be successful in a safe environment
so they can thrive
Benefits the community with school-aged children being the majority served. Youth lives are
enriched by their services. Stepped in to support the Louise Graham Regeneration Center because
the disabled community needed. Partnerships
To protect and serve...even better, while being professional, integrity and staying accountable to the
The parent is the key the social success to children and their education. Encouragement for the
parent is needed to step up more to the plate and be more engaged in their child's success.
2. In 2 minutes or less, please project your organization's level of commitment to providing quality
By being at the table on the panelist
3. Please describe your definition of "partnership" and what does a healthy collaboration look like to
Picture making a big dish of potato salad. All the ingredients go into the dish. This is collaboration
when individuals come together.
Operational definition consists of people coming together with the parent and the family.
4. Please explain how important is leadership buy-in to the success of your organization's programs,
services and mission?
Absolutely necessary to have in order to be successful, including buy-in from the board. This
trickles down to the success of the program.
Multiple levels of leadership sometimes think that the board are the leaders, but they are
everywhere and can be barriers, see another side,. hopefully, leadership is shared everywhere with
The CEO cannot be the expert of everything. It takes shared leadership across agencies and the
ones with the knowledge are asked to sometimes take the lead as that expert.
You are only as good as the people you surround yourselves with. An organization chart should be
a circle with everyone around it.
Responsibilities include having the vision, being present and knowing what is going on, and the
ability to communicate on multiple levels in the most effective way. Leadership is critical with being
held accountable on all levels.
5. Has there ever been an opportunity for your organization to grow through collaboration and you
chose not to and why?
There are times when people come together and there are times when it leads away from an
agency's mission. Is it within the means of making it happen?
Strengths of the partners and cost effectiveness is considered when collaborating.
6. In your opinion, what qualities or characteristics are needed of an organization for you to provide
leadership approval to collaborate?
The lack of money is a lack of incentive to collaborate. There are lots of opportunities to work closer
or step away and allow someone else to do so. Government is looking for places that have greater
Human Resources is much more important than the dollar. Sometimes collaborations are a match
of services. If you are not the right one for this, you can transform or connect someone else. It takes
wisdom, willingness, intelligence.
7. In your opinion, what qualities or characteristics are needed of an organization's leadership for you
to consider leadership approval to collaborate? (Answered Previously throughout Responses)
8. Do you think it is possible to increase or have individual branding and recognition within a
Yes, there is plenty of glory to share when succeeding.
It should be the main thought and other things will come naturally, if success is the not the key.
West Coast Integrated Network (6 providers) all went to the St. Pete Times together because of the
threat of federal funding for mental health. Who cares about the name so long as the mission is
accomplished and collaboration is made.
The shared vision is now with all partners in the room.
Service should be one of the prime motivators to bringing everyone together. Although some
agencies are funded by JWB, each agency keeps it own identities.
Individual branding through JWB, CI, YMCA came together as a need to stress the importance of
being a team. Together it works and a lot is learned.
Focus on the challenge regardless of who in order to get it done. For example, no one is
comfortable with the education crisis, but so long as everyone is addressing it, it will benefit the
9. How important is organization/leadership reputation to you when making partnership decisions?
Plays a part due to strengths, weaknesses, and reputation. New programs should be afforded the
opportunity to seek opposed to history.
When people see a different type of leadership, thank goodness the agency is not judged but
embraced. The Stand Against Racism is an example of creating a sense of community. Ethical
practices, finances, leadership, etc. are important to continue working together. Grateful reputation
did not impede on building relationships.
It is vital and can be an asset.
The grapevine is fast but not always accurate. Remember everything taught to families should be
taught with one another.
10. In your opinion, what is the greatest challenge to partnerships?
Ego b/c people believe that what they bring is the most important. If people humble themselves and
realize that people learn and understand the mission collectively and then do something about it.
Keep love and openness at the forefront.
11. Patti Hanks, Clothes to Kids, asked how can south county agencies know and what are the best
ways to get the information out?
The importance to use each other's network and meaningful ways to partner.
Serves on SCCC and this meeting today is at the beginning of making recommendations to
continue networking. Community should know where the services are at a one-stop place.
Please send email and she can share/forward to her many contacts.
Police & Community Perspectives radio show
Offer to present at staff meeting.
The after meeting provides great connections.
V. Full Self-Introductions from the entire group
VI. WAS Next Steps: The Next Meeting is Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 11am at Childs Park YMCA