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									                        PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS


         1A – Handling the Foreclosure (St. Petersburg I; Session I)



Kristina Fausel - Housing Counselor/Certified Foreclosure Specialist
City of Hollywood


Kristina started with the City of Hollywood, Department of Housing and
Community Redevelopment in 2001 as a Rehabilitation Specialist. In 2003 she
was promoted to Housing Counselor and is currently over the First Time
Homebuyer, Lease/Purchase and Foreclosure Prevention programs.

As a representative of the City of Hollywood, Kristina’s additional function is as
President of the Broward Housing and Community Development Task Force and
has held this position for the past 4 years. This Non-Profit organization provides
outreach and education to the residents of Broward County which fosters the
development, financing and marketing of affordable housing. Kristina has over 20
years of experience in the banking and finance industry.
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         1A – Handling the Foreclosure (St. Petersburg I; Session I)



Jaci Foster, Senior Planner/Manager, Neighborhood Partnership Program
City of Coral Springs


Jaci Foster, Senior Planner has been with the City of Coral Springs since early
1988 after graduating with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida.
Jaci manages the City’s Neighborhood Partnership program, which is in its
fourteenth successful year. She is also responsible for providing community
projections and trends including the current foreclosure crisis.
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  2A – Neighborhood Stabilization Program (St. Petersburg I; Session II)



Gladys Schneider, Technical Assistance Director
Florida Housing Coalition


Gladys Schneider is a Technical Assistance Director with the Florida Housing
Coalition. She has been involved with the Coalition as staff or a board member
since 1992. Currently she supervises the Technical Assistance team with
particular emphasis on foreclosure related programs including the Neighborhood
Stabilization Program and Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling. She manages the
Coalition’s contract with DCA for the NSP program and developed most
components of the NSP curriculum. She has authored several Housing Network
News Journal articles on recovering foreclosure affected properties for affordable
housing.       Ms. Schneider has developed programs designed to assist
communities and housing providers acquire and rehabilitate foreclosed
properties to assist with neighborhood stabilization and code enforcement
abatement. Ms. Schneider has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional
Planning from the Florida State University.
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         3A-Lease/Purchase Programs (St. Petersburg I; Session III)



Kristina Fausel, Housing Counselor/Certified Foreclosure Specialist
City of Hollywood


Kristina started with the City of Hollywood, Department of Housing and
Community Redevelopment in 2001 as a Rehabilitation Specialist. In 2003 she
was promoted to Housing Counselor and is currently over the First Time
Homebuyer, Lease/Purchase and Foreclosure Prevention programs.
As a representative of the City of Hollywood, Kristina’s additional function is as
President of the Broward Housing and Community Development Task Force and
has held this position for the past 4 years. This Non-Profit organization provides
outreach and education to the residents of Broward County which fosters the
development, financing and marketing of affordable housing. Kristina has over 20
years of experience in the banking and finance industry.
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 4A-Abandoned Homes in Your Neighborhood (Grand Bay So.; Session IV)


Frank Cassidy, Division Manager Code Compliance Division
City of Coral Gables


Frank Cassidy has been the Division Manager for the City of Cape Coral’s Code
Compliance Division since February 2007. Prior to that, he was hired by the City
of Bonita Springs to develop and implement their first code enforcement
program. Frank has been in the code enforcement field since 1990 handling
contractor licensing, minimum housing, unsafe housing, zoning, developing
training and alternative programs to enforcement and all other aspects of code
enforcement; as officer and supervisor. He is certified in all levels of Florida
Association of Code Enforcement (F.A.C.E.) including the Code Enforcement
Professional (CEP). Frank is a F.A.C.E. and American Association of Code
Enforcement (A.A.C.E.) trainer. Frank has been the 2nd Vice president of
F.A.C.E. for the last two years developing and implementing the Officer Safety
course, prior to that Frank served on the Committee; and is currently the 1st Vice
President. He holds several International Code Council (ICC) certifications
including Housing Code Official and Building Code Official. Prior to code
enforcement he was a law enforcement officer in Southern California. He holds a
Bachelor’s degree with honors from Florida Gulf Coast University.
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 4A-Abandoned Homes in Your Neighborhood (Grand Bay So.; Session IV)



Gladys Schneider, Technical Assistance Director
Florida Housing Coalition



Gladys Schneider is a Technical Assistance Director with the Florida Housing
Coalition. She has been involved with the Coalition as staff or a board member
since 1992. Currently she supervises the Technical Assistance team with
particular emphasis on foreclosure related programs including the Neighborhood
Stabilization Program and Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling. She manages the
Coalition’s contract with DCA for the NSP program and developed most
components of the NSP curriculum. She has authored several Housing Network
News Journal articles on recovering foreclosure affected properties for affordable
housing.       Ms. Schneider has developed programs designed to assist
communities and housing providers acquire and rehabilitate foreclosed
properties to assist with neighborhood stabilization and code enforcement
abatement. Ms. Schneider has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional
Planning from the Florida State University.
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               5A-Homelessness (St. Petersburg I; Session V)



Rhonda Abbott, Manager, Social Services Planning
City of St. Petersburg



Rhonda has been in the non-profit, social service arena for 25 years, 23 of those
years in Pinellas County. The majority of her career was spent at Abilities of
Florida overseeing the operations of 24 statewide offices that provided services
to people with disabilities. She has experience in developing, negotiating and
contracting with federal, state and local funding sources.

Her undergraduate work was in Social Work and Criminal Justice and her
Masters degree is in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a Certified Rehabilitation
Counselor (CRC) and was a CARF (Commission on Accreditation of
Rehabilitation Facilities) Surveyor for five years.

She is currently the Manager of Social Services Planning for the City of St.
Petersburg and is active in the homeless arena in Pinellas County. She
oversees the Social Action Funding grant process for the City and works with the
City Council, Mayor, and Deputy Mayor on other social issues. She has chaired
the last two Project Homeless Connect events in Pinellas County and stays
involved at the grass roots level of services.

Rhonda sits on numerous boards and committees within the community,
representing the City on a variety of social service topics.
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          6B-Recovering HOA Costs (St. Petersburg II; Session I)



Rick Pitrowski, Owner of Communities of America, Inc. (COA)
Hillsborough County

Rick Pitrowski is the owner of Communities of America, Inc. (COA), a community
association management company in Hillsborough County. COA specializes in
managing homeowners associations and special dependent tax districts across
the Tampa Bay area. Rick has been managing community associations and tax
districts in this area since 1992 and started out as a volunteer Board member in
his own community of Bloomingdale.
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 7B – A Potpourri of Landlord Tenant Issues (St. Petersburg II; Session II)



C. MARTIN LAWYER III, staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.
Tampa., FL

 MARTIN LAWYER, III is a staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Services, Inc. in
Tampa. He earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Brown
University in 1963 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1970. Mr. Lawyer
has been an active member of the Florida Legal Services Housing Work Group
since its inception in 1982. He has represented tenants in landlord-tenant cases,
including federally-assisted tenancies, since 1973.
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 7B – A Potpourri of Landlord Tenant Issues (St. Petersburg II; Session II)


Jefff Rogo, Government Affairs Director, of the Bay Area Apartment & Florida
Apartment Association.

Jeff Rogo has been the Government Affairs Director for the Bay Area Apartment
Association since January 1999. In 2007, he was asked to also serve as the
Government Affairs Director for the Florida Apartment Association. The
apartment association represents the owners and managers of apartment
communities. In his role, he works with the FAA leadership and its Tallahassee
lobbyists on issues and legislation affecting the apartment industry.

Jeff has lived in Florida since 1972. The St. Petersburg resident was born and
grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently the Chairman of the City of St.
Petersburg's Planning & Visioning Commission.
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 7B – A Potpourri of Landlord Tenant Issues (St. Petersburg II; Session II)

Teresa Watson, District Manager, Camden Property Trust


Teresa Watson has worked with Camden Property Trust since July of 1985.
Camden Property Trust, an S&P 400 company, is a real estate company
engaged in the ownership, development, acquisition, management and
disposition of multifamily apartment communities. Camden owns interests in and
operates 181 properties across the United States. In her current role of District
Manager, Teresa oversees a portfolio of 3500 units. She is a licensed Real
Estate Broker in the state of Florida and serves on the Board of Directors for
Easter Seals and the Bay Area Apartment Association.
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          8-B TRAFFIC CALMING (SESSION III, ST. PETERSBURG I)

Hal G. Barnes, P.E., Professional Civil Engineer
City of Ft. Lauderdale



Hal G. Barnes, P.E., is a Professional Civil Engineer specializing in public right-
of-way and traffic engineering for the City of Fort Lauderdale. Hal has over 30
years experience in design and construction of multi-million dollar projects both
domestically and internationally. He is an expert in project management,
contract negotiations, and strategic planning and forecasting.

Hal is an affiliate to numerous Professional Engineering associations and has
been the guest speaker for many professional organizations. He continues to
progress his passion for engineering and enthusiasm for improving the quality of
life of the residents of Fort Lauderdale.
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          8 B TRAFFIC CALMING (SESSION III, ST. PETERSBURG I)

Cathy Wilson, is a founding member of her neighborhood association, holding
many positions in GWNA over the years. She led the association as president
for three years and still serves in an advisory capacity to the current board.


Her neighborhood has been a member in C.O.N.A. (Council of Neighborhood
Associations) here in St. Petersburg since inception. Cathy has participated in
and chaired many CONA committees over the years but is perhaps most
rewarded by her participation on the CONA Traffic Committee in 2001. The City
of St. Petersburg traffic engineers and CONA members worked together to
create a more efficient and equitable plan to build traffic calming features
throughout the city. Their plan resulted in a broader, more responsive way of
measuring the need for traffic calming which, in turn, led to more timely
installations of projects without the need for additional funding. Their plan is still
in use today, seven years after their summer brainstorming sessions.
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                    9B – Live Safe (St. Petersburg I; Session IV)

Denise C. Nestor, Corporal, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

I have been a Law Enforcement Officer since 1985. I am currently assigned as
the corporal of the Crime Prevention Unit. I began teaching Child Sexual Abuse
and Abduction Prevention for Adults after Carlie Brucia was abducted and
murdered in 2004 by Joe Smith. During my research, I discovered the children
were getting educated but the parents were not. The LIVE SAFE Campaign was
born and I have taught over 250 classes reaching 15,000 parents and caregivers
within the past four years. Four years ago, I presented the LIVE SAFE
Campaign to the Pinellas County School Board PTA Presidents and have since
been invited to present at their annual meetings. My target audiences range from
Elementary school to Middle school parents and caregivers. However, I have
been invited to teach for the parents at day care centers, church groups and
senior centers as any adult / Child Advocates with or without children are
requesting to learn about how we can best protect those who are the most in
need, our children. I also incorporated my Personal Safety class in the LIVE
SAFE Campaign, teaching adults how to minimize their victimization while out
and about, at work and in their own homes.

  My mission: Educating parents and Caregivers how to recognize and eliminate the opportunities
predators may use against them and their children.
  My Motto: Living Safe Is A Lifestyle; Let’s Improve Yours.
*The LIVE SAFE Program won Crime Prevention Program of the Year for the Florida Crime
Prevention Association – 2006
* LIVE SAFE was nominated for The National Harvard Innovations of the Year award – 2006.
I have recently received the following recognition:
* Layman of the Year award from Phi Delta Kappa - 2005-2006.
* Deputy of the Month – October 2006 – Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 43
* The 2006 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from Pinellas County Commissioner John
Morroni
* 2006 State of Florida PTA Life Membership Award
* 2007 Certificate of Commendation from the Florida Missing Children’s Information Clearing
House
                                     *2008 Gold Badge Award from the Clearwater Bar Association
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     10B Taking Back Your Neighborhood (Grand Bay So.,Session V



Jody Goostree, Coordinator – Keep Orlando Beautiful



Graduated from Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield Missouri in
1999 with a BS in Environmental Geography. Moved to Orlando in 2000 to
pursue a career in the environmental field. Worked for Environmental
Conservation Laboratories for five years as a Program Manager. Then, decided
to get out in the community more and became the Public Awareness Specialist
for the City of Orlando's Stormwater Utility Section in 2005. The opportunity
became available at the City to be the coordinator for Keep Orlando Beautiful.

Believes that well connected communities & volunteerism are 2 most important
factors in preserving our neighborhoods and local environment
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         11C – It’s Great to Be Green (St. Petersburg III; Session 1)


Darren Brinkley - REAL building Founder and President.


Darren has been involved in the green building industry for over 4 years and
founded REAL building in 2007. He currently serves on the board of the Pinellas
Living Green inc, Mayor Pam Iorio's Environmental Roundtable, the U.S. Green
Building Councils Gulf Coast Chapter LEED for Homes committee and is a
frequent speaker and participant in local green building and sustainable events.
REAL building is a green building consultancy firm based in St Petersburg, FL.
who design, plan, specify and certify green residential and commercial projects

Beautiful Ponds is the Audubon Society Environmental Business Award, in
recognition of outstanding commitment to the preservation of our environment
and natural resources.
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         11C – It’s Great to Be Green (St. Petersburg III; Session 1)


              Russ Hoffman BA, MA, is a trained Lake Manager



He manages Beautiful Ponds that provides all services pertaining to lake, pond,
wetland and upland preserve care. His environmental roots go back to Iowa
State University where he studied fish management, animal ecology, ornithology,
environmental design and limnology (the study of lakes, ponds and streams).

 The Florida Lake Management Society granted Mr. Hoffman funds to develop
educational ponds at Palma Sola Botanical Park in Bradenton (2005) and
Rivendell Community in Osprey (2008). He also planted an educational water
garden at county extension office in Sarasota.

  Russ manages environmental projects for the Girl Scouts from Bradenton to Ft
Meyers. The Girl Scouts gave Mr. Hoffman the President’s Award for outstanding
environmental service. He also participates in the Florida Aquatic Plant
Management and Native Plant Societies. Russ has helped secure over $150,000
in grants for the Girl Scouts and homeowner associations since 2005.
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         11C – It’s Great to Be Green (St. Petersburg III; Session 1)


                 Steve Plice – President, Pinellas Living Green

Steve is a founding member of the Pinellas Living Green Expo in 2005 and has
served as Vice-President and then President of the organization. The Expo is a
collaboration of local governments, businesses, environmental organizations and
citizens organized specifically to provide information sustainable living and
showcase         "green"      products,     services     and        information.

Steve has been active in neighborhood associations since 1996, serving as
President of the Jungle Terrace Civic Association for 4 years and as First Vice
President of the St. Petersburg Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA)
for 4 years.
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        12C-Water Conservation Now! (William/Demens; Session II)

          Kim Hansell, Strategic Initiatives/Capital Projects Director.
                            City of Winter Haven


She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors Degree in
Environmental Engineering and has worked for over twenty years as an engineer
in both the public and private sector. Her current focus is on water supply
planning, water conservation and the City’s sustainability initiative.
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       12C-Water Conservation Now! (William/Demens; Session II)




           Rachelle Selser, environmental education and outreach.
                            City of Winter Haven.

She earned her Bachelors degree in Environmental Resource Management and
Conservation Planning and a Masters degree in Public Administration. In
addition to education and outreach she monitors, maintains and reports on
environmental permits for the City such as the National Pollution Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES).
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          13C-Land Use & Zoning (Williams/Demens; Session III)

      Paula Harvey, Planning and Zoning Division Director/County Zoning
                                Administrator
                            Hillsborough County

She has served in this capacity for 18 years. She supervises all of the zoning
processes and the community-based planning function for the County.
Previously, Paula was the Planning Director for the City of Clearwater.
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           13C-Land Use & Zoning (Williams/Demens; Session III)



Erin Tilghman received her undergraduate degree from Emory University and
her Master’s in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a
certificate in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University.

She has worked in the planning field for over 10 years, including work in historic
preservation, conservation, urban design, and land use. Erin has worked as the
City of Winter Haven’s Planning Manager, Neighborhood Revitalization Division
Director, and is currently taking on the challenge of handling sustainability issues.
She is a graduate of Leadership Winter Haven and is a Florida Certified Public
Manager. Erin and her family enjoy living, working, playing, and volunteering in
Winter Haven.
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               14-C Finding Jobs (St. Peterburg III; Session IV)



Walt Crockett is the Employability Skills Instructor for Worknet Pinellas.

 Mr. Crockett’s background is in Human Resources. He has worked in HR for 14
years, with 12 of those years with Fortune 500 Companies. He also has run a
Staffing Agency for three years where he worked with dozens of employers. Walt
has a degree in Professional Studies from Thomas College in Maine. He is an
avid golfer and has completed four marathons.

WorkNet Pinellas came into existence in January 2001 under the general
direction of Pinellas County and Workforce Florida, Inc. (WFI) which is the state's
chief workforce policy organization. Created by the Workforce Innovation Act of
2000, the public-private partnership supports and promotes economic growth
through workforce development. Workforce Florida is the principal architect in the
state's efforts to develop and retain a highly competitive workforce responsive to
the needs of employers
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              14-C Finding Jobs (St. Peterburg III; Session IV)

Susan Harris has been with the City of Orlando’s Office of Neighborhood and
Community Affairs since 1995.

She is responsible for the implementation and oversight of the City’s
neighborhood and community outreach initiatives. She has more than 30 years in
community and volunteer capacity building and sustainability.
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              14-C Finding Jobs (St. Peterburg III; Session IV)

Jean-Marie Moore has been the director for Human Services Operations for
Goodwill Industries-Suncoast for the past ten years.

As such she oversees numerous programs that assist people with disabilities to
become employed and increase their independence. Prior to coming to Goodwill
she spent many years working in job placement and vocational training both in
Florida and in Oregon.
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15C-Community Gardens from A to Z (St. Petersburg II; Session V)
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              16D-Youth Got Govt (Grand Bay North; Session I)

Calvin D. Harris was appointed by the late Governor Chiles in January 1997 to
the Pinellas County Commission to fill an unexpired term until November 1998.
In November 1998 he was elected as County Commissioner for a 4-year term
and reelected in 2002 and 2006 for another 4-year term.

In the past, Mr. Harris was the Provost of Special Programs/International
Education and Vice President of Human Resources at St. Petersburg Junior
College. Prior to that he was the Provost of Open Campus at St. Petersburg
Junior College.

Mr. Harris currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Department of
Juvenile Justice-Circuit VI, Florida Association of Counties, Florida Counties
Foundation, Friendship Trail Oversight Committee, PACE Center for Girls,
Pinellas County Economic Development Council, Pinellas County Education
Foundation, Tourist Development Council and Value Adjustment Board.

Mr. Harris studied for his Associates at Gibbs Junior College and went on to
study at University of South Florida for his Bachelor of Arts. He then left the state
to attend Northeast Missouri State University for his Masters and returned to Fort
Lauderdale, Florida to study at Nova Southeastern University for his Doctorate.

In his spare time he enjoys reading adventure novels. He also enjoys sports, so
you may see him cheering for his favorite football, baseball or basketball team.
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  17D-Help! I have a Project but No Money! (Grand Bay North; Session II)

Denise Carter, Assistant Housing & Community Development Director, City of
Melbourne


Education/Organizational Experience
M. A. Business and Management, Webster University
B. A. American Studies/Political Science, University of Florida
Proposal Writing Certification, Rollins College
Diamond Community School Board of Directors
Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center Member, Rollins College
Society for Nonprofit Organizations Member


Background Information
Denise has worked for 24 years in County and City governments writing federal
grants that funded nonprofit organizations, public facilities and improvements,
economic development, demolition and clearance, code enforcement, and
housing services and improvements. She has worked on public/private sector
projects, been awarded a HUD Best Practice Award and has experience working
with homeowner associations.
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  17D-Help! I have a Project but No Money! (Grand Bay North; Session II)



Lynn Brockwell-Carey, Executive Director, Brevard Neighborhood Development
Coalition (BNDC)

B.A. Pre-Law, Ohio Wesleyan University
MCP (Master City Planning), Georgia Institute of Technology

Lynn’s past experience includes: community organization of the Hunger Action
Program in inner-city Tampa, management of a homeless shelter in Atlanta, and
a redevelopment administrator for City of Cocoa Beach, and founding director of
BNDC a faith-based community development corporation in Melbourne. BNDC
constructed and operates the Dorcas Outreach Center for Kids (DOCK) and the
Greater Heights Apartments Complex that provides housing for low-income
families.
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18D-Collaborating with Faith Based (Grand Bay South; Session III)



Rev. Kermit Carlberg, (MA, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago) is the
Outreach Pastor at Northside Baptist Church, St. Petersburg, Florida,
and has been on staff there since 2000.

Previous to that his family
Served overseas for 15 years. His current responsibilities involve the
Managing of Northside's partnerships with 55 international Christian
Ministries and the overseeing of partnerships with local churches and
Organizations. He is also the supervisor of the Northside Benevolence
Ministry and Thrift Store located in Pinellas Park, Florida. He is
Married to Sara (29 years) and they have 3 children- Jeremy (22),
Stephen (20), Allison (17). His hobby is racquetball.
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18D-Collaborating with Faith Based (Grand Bay South; Session III)



Rev. Kermit Carlberg, (MA, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago) is the
Outreach Pastor at Northside Baptist Church, St. Petersburg, Florida,
and has been on staff there since 2000.

Previous to that his family
Served overseas for 15 years. His current responsibilities involve the
Managing of Northside's partnerships with 55 international Christian
Ministries and the overseeing of partnerships with local churches and
Organizations. He is also the supervisor of the Northside Benevolence
Ministry and Thrift Store located in Pinellas Park, Florida. He is
Married to Sara (29 years) and they have 3 children- Jeremy (22),
Stephen (20), Allison (17). His hobby is racquetball.
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 19D-Resident Engagement – Connecting with Local Government (Grand
                      Bay North; Session IV)




Jennifer Bass graduated from USF in 2001 and has worked in the field of
community development for seven years. She joined City of Clearwater
Neighborhood Services Division three years ago as a Neighborhood Services
Liaison. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree through Argosy University
Sarasota.
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 19D-Resident Engagement – Connecting with Local Government (Grand
                      Bay North; Session IV)


Becky Melendez graduated in 1987 from Atlantic Christian College in Wilson NC
with a degree in Social Work and continued to work in the field as a Social
Worker until she moved to Clearwater 5 years ago. At that time she was hired by
the City of Clearwater and has managed the Neighborhood Services Department
along with the Community Response Administrative Team for the past four years.
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  19D-Resident Engagement – Connecting with Local Government (Grand
                       Bay North; Session IV)



Charles“Eric”Wilson, Neighborhood Services Coordinator of the Neighborhood
Services division.
City of Clearwater

Eric has been employed by the City of Clearwater for the last 14 years working in
several departments to include the Clearwater Police Department, a member of
the Community Response Team, and his current position as the Neighborhood
Services Coordinator. Eric earned a Bachelor of Science in Business
Management, and currently earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA)
from the University of Phoenix.
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    20D-CDC Partnering with Non-Profits (Grand Bay North; Session V)

Toni L. Watts, serves as the CDC of Tampa’s Chief Executive Officer
 Ms. Watts brings 19 years of experience working in the areas of management,
finance, marketing, and real estate development. Prior to being promoted to
CEO, Ms. Watts held the positions of Grants Manager, Finance Director, and
Chief Operations Officer. She is responsible for operations and program
management.
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     20D-CDC Partnering with Non-Profits (Grand Bay North; Session V)

Mrs. Isay M. Gulley is a native of Alabama. She moved to Clearwater at the age of 13,
after her mother’s death and attended the school system here. Since she entered the
employment field, she has served in many key positions. Her career does include 22 ½
years in the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve, where she retired July, 1999. In the civilian
world she is currently serving as President/CEO of Clearwater Neighborhood Housing
Services, Incorporated located at 608 North Garden Avenue, Clearwater, Florida. She
has been employed by this company for 29 years and has developed programs to assist
many families that are desirous of housing and economic development assistance, which
include affordable housing development, small business lending, consumers education
programs, etc. This corporation has been in existence for 30 years here in the city of
Clearwater and has a holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization. The program is
responsible for $million of dollars of reinvestment in those communities served by the
agencies, to include over 250 new homes built in two of its targeted neighborhoods,
known as North and South Greenwood. The agency also led the charge to acquire and
redevelop a multi-family housing development in Clearwater, formerly known as the
Greenwood Apartments Complex. This project along has stimulated over $14.6 million
in reinvestment activities. The corporation provides some of its services throughout
Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

During her career with the corporation, Mrs. Gulley received three appointments from the
Late Governor, Lawton Chiles as follows, serving four (4) year terms on each;

       1) The Affordable Housing Study Commission/State of Florida;
       2) The State of Florida Economic Development/Trade Board;
       3) The Commission of the Pinellas County Housing Authority.

She is very active locally and nationally and serves on many boards and committees
throughout the nation. Her personal goal is to serve others and be a part of the solution
and not the problem.
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   21E – Unveiling the Talents of Grassroots Leaders (Grand Bay South,
                                 Session I)

Barbara McCormick Heck, is a 3rd generation resident of St Petersburg. As
Council of Neighborhood Association President (3rd year), she works with all our
neighborhoods to assist with their plans for improvement. Barbara is also a
committee member of the ABC-Coalition, Community Police Council, Low
Income Housing Leadership Network, Transit Funding Committee, Green
Jobs and twice past President of her neighborhood association.
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   21E – Unveiling the Talents of Grassroots Leaders (Grand Bay South,
                                 Session I)



John Krotec, Graduated from Riverview High School, Sarasota in 1977.
Graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Business Administration.
Spent four years in corporate management. Served 3 years in the US Army as a
Non-Commissioned Officer and was Honorably Discharged. For the past 19
years, owned and operated with my wife a mom-and-pop retail store specializing
in travel equipment in clothing. Helped form the Fruitville 210 Community
Alliance, a neighborhood organization with a pro-active approach to community
issues. Currently, working on the Olive Branch Forum, another grassroots
initiative that is bringing together business, citizen, and government leaders for
education of self-awareness techniques, better communication skills, and
behavioral models.
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        22E –Coaching Neighborhoods (Grand Bay So.; Session 2)



Kaye Boone has worked for the City of Winter Haven for 22 years. She brings to
Neighborhood Services knowledge and experiences gained while working in
Police Services and Human Resources. She continues to serve the City of
Winter Haven as Neighborhood Services’ Supervisor; where she manages the
affordable housing program, Community Development Block Grant, and
implements various programs to enhance neighborhoods. A true public servant
at heart, she serves her community with joy.
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        22E –Coaching Neighborhoods (Grand Bay So.; Session 2)
                                  
 
 
Susan has been with the Office of Neighborhood and Community Affairs.
The City of Orlando

Susan has been with them since 1995. She is responsible for the implementation
and oversight of the City’s neighborhood and community outreach initiatives. She
has more than 30 years in community and volunteer capacity building and
sustainability.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




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         22E –Coaching Neighborhoods (Grand Bay So.; Session 2)
                                   
 
                                           
Lynne Simpkins has been with the City of Lakeland Community Development
Department Neighborhood Planning Section since January, 1988. She provides
long range planning and development for Lakeland’s neighborhoods. Her
responsibility as a government liaison affords her a greater opportunity to provide
public service and grassroots leadership and development to the citizens of
Lakeland focusing specifically on neighborhood organization, leadership training
and development, citizen outreach and empowerment.
 
                                           
 
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23E Creating and Energy Efficient Neighborhood (St. Petersburg III,
                           Session III)
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24E Not Just another Teen Training (St Petersburg II, Session IV)
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           25E – Financial Literacy (Williams/Demens; Session IV)




Paul Auslander, is Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of American Financial
Advisors, Inc., a wealth management and financial advisory firm based in
Orlando, Florida. Paul earned his Certified Financial Planner CFP) designation in
1987 and has been a practicing financial planner ever since. He is former
president of the central Florida chapter of the Financial Planning Association
(FPA), and currently serves on the national FPA's Board of Directors. In
2008, Florida's CFO, Alex Sink, appointed Paul to serve on the State's first
Financial Literacy Council.
                           PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS




                25E – Financial Literacy (Williams/Demens; Session IV)




Richard George, President, Junior Achievement of West Central Florida.

1984 Business College graduate from the University of South Florida. Richard
has been with Junior Achievement for 25 years. Richard is responsible for
delivering financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship
experiences to12 counties in West Central Florida serving over 65,000 students,
annually through the support of over 5,000 volunteers.

Affiliations:

Board Member – Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce – 2008

Florida Financial Literacy Council (Appointed by State CFO) – 2007-2009
                       PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS




  26E – Hosting the Florida Neighborhood Conference (Williams/Demens/
                                Session I)




Marcia Hope Goodwin, is the Director of Neighborhood and Community Affairs.
The City of Orlando

She is a member of Mayor Buddy Dyer’s senior staff. She assists the Mayor, the
Orlando City Council and city staff in developing and implementing the city's
community mission, while serving as the city's liaison to the arts/cultural,
neighborhood, civic and non-profit sectors. Marcia also manages the city’s
funding and support of non-profit arts, education and human service
organizations. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Mayor's Matching
Grants program, which she and her staff developed for the city in 1994.
                       PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS



  26E – Hosting the Florida Neighborhood Conference(Williams/Demens/
                                Session I)

Thomas H. Lewis, Director of the Department of Economic and Community
Development.
The City of Tallahassee,

He is a 1966 graduate of Kentucky State University with a BS Degree in
Accounting and Economics. He has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional
lPlanning from the University of Pittsburgh. In his over 43 year career in
community development, urban revitalization and education he has served as the
Chief of the Bureau of Housing in the State of Florida’s Department of
Community Affairs, the Assistant Dean of the School of Business and Industry at
Florida A&M University, the Regional Representative for the Secretary of the
Department of Transportation for the eight state Southeast region of the United
States, the Deputy Director of Economic Development for the City of Detroit, the
Director of Housing for the City of Detroit and the Director of the City of
Tallahassee’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.

Bio – Richard Whipple
Senior Housing Inspector
City of Hollywood
Department of Housing and Community Redevelopment
21 years working in neighborhoods
11 years attending the Florida Neighborhoods Conference
10 years on the Florida Neighborhoods Conference State Planning Committee
Two years on the local planning committee for the Florida Neighborhoods
Conference
11 years attending the Neighborhoods, USA Conference
Six years on the Neighborhoods, USA Board of Directors
                        PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS



  26E – Hosting the Florida Neighborhood Conference(Williams/Demens/
                                Session I)



Lynne Simpkins, has been with the City of Lakeland Community Development
Department Neighborhood Planning Section since January, 1988. She provides
long range planning and development for Lakeland’s neighborhoods. Her
responsibility as a government liaison affords her a greater opportunity to provide
public service and grassroots leadership and development to the citizens of
Lakeland focusing specifically on neighborhood organization, leadership training
and development, citizen outreach and empowerment.
                     PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS



  26E – Hosting the Florida Neighborhood Conference(Williams/Demens/
                                Session I)



Richard Whipple,Senior, Housing Inspector
City of Hollywood
Department of Housing and Community Redevelopment

21 years working in neighborhoods
11 years attending the Florida Neighborhoods Conference
10 years on the Florida Neighborhoods Conference State Planning Committee
Two years on the local planning committee for the Florida Neighborhoods
Conference
11 years attending the Neighborhoods, USA Conference
Six years on the Neighborhoods, USA Board of Directors
                       PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS




27F- The Alphabet Soup of Public Programs (St. Petersburg III; Session II)




Thomas H. Lewis, the Director of the Department of Economic and Community
Development for the City of Tallahassee

He is a 1966 graduate of Kentucky State University with a BS Degree in
Accounting and Economics. He has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional
Planning from the University of Pittsburgh. In his over 43 year career in
community development, urban revitalization and education he has served as the
Chief of the Bureau of Housing in the State of Florida’s Department of
Community Affairs, the Assistant Dean of the School of Business and Industry at
Florida A&M University, the Regional Representative for the Secretary of the
Department of Transportation for the eight state Southeast region of the United
States, the Deputy Director of Economic Development for the City of Detroit, the
Director of Housing for the City of Detroit and the Director of the City of
Tallahassee’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.
                       PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS




27F- The Alphabet Soup of Public Programs (St. Petersburg III; Session II)


      Jeannette Smith, currently serves as Interim Director to the Department
      of Housing & Community Redevelopment for the City of Hollywood.

       Her responsibilities include developing relationships with community
      groups, nonprofit agencies, Community Development Corporations
      (CDCs), other governmental agencies and financial lenders whose focus
      is revitalizing communities.

      Jeannette was selected by Success Magazine in February 2007 as one of
      50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Professional in South Florida. She
      was included in the inaugural edition in April, 2007 in Who’s Who in Black
      South Florida. Ms Smith was nominated for the Greater Hollywood
      Chamber of Commerce 2008 Glass Ceiling Award and received the 2009
      Special Recognition Award by the African American Achievers.

      Jeannette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration
      from Tuskegee University and various community development
      certificates.
                       PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS




28F–What is Your Neighborhood Services (Grand Ballroom No., Session III)



Marcia Hope Goodwin, is the City of Orlando's Director of Neighborhood and
Community Affairs.

In this role, she is a member of Mayor Buddy Dyer’s senior staff. She assists the
Mayor, the Orlando City Council and city staff in developing and implementing
the city's community mission, while serving as the city's liaison to the
arts/cultural, neighborhood, civic and non-profit sectors. Marcia also manages
the city’s funding and support of non-profit arts, education and human service
organizations. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Mayor's Matching
Grants program, which she and her staff developed for the city in 1994.
                        PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS




28F–What is Your Neighborhood Services (Grand Ballroom No., Session III)



Brian Rewis, has spent the past 15 years serving local governments in central
Florida. He presently manages the City of Lakeland's Neighborhood Services
Division, including the city's code enforcement and affordable housing programs.

 Prior to his current appointment, Brian managed the City of Lakeland's Code
Enforcement Division for five years, and served the cities of Lake Wales,
Auburndale, and Winter Haven in various roles. Brian has a B.A. from Warner
University, is certified as a Code Enforcement Professional by the Florida
Association of Code Enforcement, Inc., and is currently a candidate for
certification by Florida State University as a Certified Public Manager. A fourth
generation central Floridian, Brian cares deeply about the future of Florida, its
people, and its neighborhoods.
                       PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS


             29F- Ask a Lawyer (Williams/Demens; Session IV)



Helena G. Malchow is a partner in the firm of Wean & Malchow, P.A. Ms.
Malchow graduated with honors from Florida State University College of Law in
May, 1992.

In September, 1995 she joined Paul Wean in the opening of Paul L. Wean, P.A.,
where she has limited her practice to counseling all types of community
associations.

Ms. Malchow has contributed several pieces to publications directed to
community associations and has lectured on many topics. She is former
Secretary of the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Community Association Institute.

Helena was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She speaks fluent Spanish.
                        PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS


              29F- Ask a Lawyer (Williams/Demens; Session IV)




Paul L. Wean is the managing shareholder of Wean & Malchow, P.A., a law firm
established in 1995. Educated at Boston University (College of Liberal Arts, B.A.
cum laude, 1974) and Western New England College School of Law (Law
Review Senior Staff, Juris Doctor, 1978), Mr. Wean has a broad spectrum of
practical legal experience. From commercial transactional work to civil litigation,
from bankruptcy to representation of community associations, he has
successfully represented banks, developers, individuals and businesses. Mr.
Wean has hosted a high-level Chinese trade delegation's visit to Central Florida.

In December, 2006 Paul was appointed by the Orange County Commission to
the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission, serving a two year term as
a District Commissioner on behalf of Orange County Commissioner Teresa
Jacobs.

His goal for Wean & Malchow, P.A. is to develop a small and intimate practice to
foster direct personal representation and innovative service at an affordable rate.
                      PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS



       30F – Emergency Preparedness (St. Petersburg III, Session V)



Rosa Driggs, Public Education Officer with Polk County Fire Rescue. Serving
Polk County Board of County Commissioners for 17.5 years. Began my career in
EMS as an EMT for 7 years. Public Education as a Crime Prevention Specialist
with the Polk County Sheriff’s office before returning to Fire Rescue.
                      PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS



       30F – Emergency Preparedness (St. Petersburg III, Session V)




Nancy Gutierrez, Lieutenant for Polk County Fire Rescue. I worked as a
Firefighter/EMT and Engineer/EMT from December 1986 to July 2007. While
working as an Engineer, I began teaching part of the CERT course in 2000. In
July 2007, I was promoted to Lieutenant/EMT and became Coordinator of the
CERT program in Polk County, and last year was also put in charge of the Polk
County Volunteer Firefighters and Polk County Fire Explorer Post.
                        PRESENTER INTRODUCTIONS



       30F – Emergency Preparedness (St. Petersburg III, Session V)


Linda Mandell, has worked for Hillsborough County since August 1999, she is
the only contracts manager with the Planning and Growth management
Department and ahs a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Ms. Mandell
has over 14 years experience in writing, managing, and reporting grants and
worked 2as a program coordinator for the City of Key West community
Development Office prior to moving to Hillsborough County, She is a certified
Economic Development Finance professional, a certified floodplain manager, a
housing specialist and a real estate broker since 1988.

Ms. Mandell is also a licensed ham radio operator; she completed the NIMS-IS
100, 200 and 700 courses as well as ICS 300. Additional training includes CERT
basic training, CERT Train-the-trainer, and community planning for citizen
participation in Hometown Security.

Ms. Mandell currently serves on the Hillsborough county Citizen corps council
Executive Board, Hillsborough county Post-Disaster Redevelopment planning,
and as the Hillsborough County Local Mitigation Strategy Coordinator.

Ms. Mandell is also active in the recruitment and training of volunteers to support
response and recovery and aspires to make all communities self-sufficient and
more capable of managing their own disaster responses and recovery needs.

								
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