President and Chief Executive Officer
Jewish Federation of Broward County
Michael Balaban has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Broward County since January 2016. His non-profit management experience spans more than 30 years. Previously Michael served as the Chief Development Officer for the Atlanta Jewish Federation and before that as Director of Development for Penn Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael has as extensive experience as a development consultant with clients that included the National Park Service, Treatment Research Institute, Girl Scouts of America, Charles E. Smith Day School, Touro Synagogue, Gratz College, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
In addition to Atlanta, Michael has proudly served the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, Columbus Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles in senior financial resource development and community planning roles.
Michael received a Jewish Federation FEREP Fellowship in 1992 and graduated with a Master's in Public Administration from University of Southern California and a Masters in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College. In 2019 HUC honored Michael with a Doctorate in Nonprofit Management (hc). Michael is an alumnus of the inaugural class of JFNA's Fundraising University.
Michael is married to Lynne Zeiger Balaban, who is also a Jewish communal professional. They have three children, Jacob, Naomi and Shayna. In his off hours, Michael and his son are volunteer firefighters.
Jeffrey Berger, CNP, CFRE
Scout Executive / CEO
South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America
Mr. Berger is the Scout Executive / CEO of the South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America have been a part of the fabric of South Florida since 1911. The South Florida Council serves Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties with over 30,000 in its programs. Programs consist of the traditional Scouting programs, Scoutreach programs, and its in-school character education program – Learning for Life. Both boys and girls, age 5 – 21, have established advancement programs to prepare them for life to make ethical and moral choices. Jeff reminds us that the programmatic reach and impact are only possible because of its 3,000 adult volunteers and over 250 community partnerships.
Jeff started his career with the Boy Scouts of America in 1994, with experiences in various areas of the country. He started in Miami, FL, and has also served in Reno, NV; Pueblo, CO; and most recently in Bethesda, MD for one the movements largest councils. In the various assignments, he has specialized in capacity building and debt elimination. His largest gift to date was securing $1.45 million to eliminate debt on a camp and also place $600,000 into the council’s endowment for future earnings.
Professionally, he is a Certified Nonprofit Professional, CNP, by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. He is a graduate of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program at the Center for Creative Leadership and a Certified Fund Raising Executive, CFRE, by CFRE International.
In the community, he has been a President of the Rotary #43 Foundation and served on various community task forces including the Packard Foundation’s Workforce Development group. Additional task forces included community beautification, teen pregnancy reduction, and school volunteerism enhancement. He is currently a member of the 200 Club of Greater Miami and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
Sandra Veszi Einhorn
Coordinating Council of Broward/The Nonprofit Executive Alliance of Broward
Sandra is the Executive Director of the Coordinating Council of Broward, a coalition of senior executives from Broward’s largest health and human service stakeholders including government, business and nonprofits. The Coordinating Council works to provides collaborative solutions to some of Broward’s most critical issues. Sandra also serves at the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Executive Alliance of Broward, a coalition of nonprofit CEOs working together for shared advocacy, increased education and further collaborations throughout Broward. She brings her strengths in operations, strategic alliances, relationship building and advocacy to these roles.
During her tenure at the Coordinating Council, Sandra led an effort to create the Broward Housing Affordable Housing Trust Fund through ballot referendum, and worked to update the County’s fair housing ordinance. Her leadership led to the revival of the Long Term Recovery Coalition of Broward, which became a need after Hurricane Irma. Sandra also brought together key leaders around the issue of seniors, forming the Dignity in Aging Task Force.
Previously Sandra served as the Executive Director of the Broward County affiliate of Rebuilding Together. Under her leadership Rebuilding Together Broward grew tremendously and became a recognizable and well respected brand in the non-profit industry. During her tenure, Rebuilding Together Broward received several notable accolades including a 211 Non-Profit Academy Award, Non-Profit of the Year finalist by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Innovation Award for the Safe at Home program Sandra developed.
Sandra has received a number of prestigious awards including the Up and Comers award from South Florida Business and Wealth magazine, recognized as a top “20 under 40” by InWeston magazine, “40 under 40” and Influential Business Women by the South Florida Business Journal. Sandra is a graduate of Leadership Broward, Leadership Fort Lauderdale, Women Leading Broward, Jewish Federation of Broward County’s Horizons Leadership Program and the Jim Moran Small Business Executive Program. She currently serves on Broward County’s Children’s Services Board, the homeless Continuum of Care Board, Chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance’s Partner Council and the Broward Days Board of Directors, where she also chairs the Housing Impact team. She is also the co-founder of the Communities of Promise collaboration in the Sistrunk area. Personally, Sandra enjoys hosting friends and family in her home while cooking and baking things that taste great but never look like they do in pictures. Sandra lives in her hometown of Hollywood, Florida with her husband Grant and their two daughters.
Chair, Public Administration & Real Estate Development Department
Director, Real Estate Development Program
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Fred Forgey currently serves as the Director for the Master of Science in Real Estate Development Program at Nova Southeastern University. He has directed similar programs at the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas A&M University. In addition, he has served on the faculty at the University of Auckland-New Zealand, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of North Texas. He has also served as the Professor of Real Estate for ORIX Capital Markets, LLC in Dallas, Texas.
His teaching interests have always incorporated a blend of public/private sector approaches to real estate development, finance, valuation, and investment. For the past ten years or so, he has led sustainability focused real estate study tours across the United States as well as Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand.
His research interests are currently focused on sustainability issues related to the built environment. In the past, his research interests have been primarily focused on governmental intervention and inefficiencies in real estate markets.
He has also acquired, renovated, managed, and sold a variety of commercial real estate properties.
Chase Alexander Gaiefsky
Sanford Institute of Philanthropy (SIP) at Nova Southeastern University (NSU)
Chase Gaiefsky is the Program Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at NSU, and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing SIP initiatives throughout the State of Florida. Chase works directly with local nonprofit organizations to prepare their fundraisers for greater, measurable impact by providing learning opportunities designed to enhance their cause, their communities, and the world.
Chase assisted in the creation of NSU's Nonprofit Advisory Board by identifying and recruiting public- and private-sector executives from local and regional organizations. Chase also spearheaded the creation of NSU's Fundraising Academy program which provides nonprofit fundraisers with an opportunity to improve their skills, network with like-minded professionals, and achieve the status of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Chase obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from NSU in 2019 and is currently pursuing a Master of Real Estate Development from NSU.
Salomón Guajardo, Ph.D. | Co-chair
Associate Professor of Public Administration
Department of Public Administration and Real Estate Development
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Nova Southeastern University
Sal joined the Department of Public Administration and Real Estate Development in August 2019. He heads the nonprofit concentration. Sal’s practitioner-based experience spans across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors.
Prior to joining the Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, he served as a consultant to nonprofit and public organizations. He helped these organizations to enhance their operations, programs, and services. He also assisted nonprofit and public organizations with improving their organizational performance and production efficiency.
Sal’s professional experience in the nonprofit sector includes senior positions with the Government Finance Officers Association of the US and Canada (GFOA) and with the National Education Association (NEA). At GFOA, he served as the Senior Manager for Policy Research and Analysis for the Research Center and managed a staff of 10 researchers. While employed at GFOA, Sal strengthened the Research Center’s capacity and productivity. He also provided information technology and financial management consulting services to municipal governments throughout the US. During his tenure at GFOA, Sal co-developed a research and management internship program for graduate students from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In addition to his nonprofit professional experience, Sal has extensive work experience in the public sector. He served as a chief budget officer and as a director of finance in municipal government. He also served as a director of research. Sal’s public sector work experience began when he was hired to serve in the Office of Budget and Management, Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh, prior to earning his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.
Sal graduated from the University of California, Los Angles (UCLA) with a BA in Political Science. He earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy Research and Analysis from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh.
Dennis Haas, Esq.
Mr. Haas is the President/CEO of Arc Broward, Inc. a 62 year old nationally accredited non-profit organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, among others with various life challenges. Arc Broward operates on 10 sites in Broward County and with its 450 employees operates 21 programs and two innovative social enterprises—Arc Culinary and Arc Educates in tandem with career development services through its Arc Works Division. Previously, Mr. Haas was in private law practice for 18 years as a Shareholder in a large south Florida law firm and later in his own firm practicing in the areas of corporate healthcare, public finance and governmental relations. He has served as a member and in leadership positions of many non-profit and community Boards including the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Broward County Special Needs Advisory Committee, United Way of Broward, Non-Profit Executive Alliance of Broward, and the Autism Grants Council, among others.
Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
The Living STEM Project
Daryl Hulce is the founder and president of the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) a not for profit administered at Nova Southeastern in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. An employee of Nova Southeastern University for over 25 years, Daryl has served as the coordinator for the academic computer labs, director of IT for the Huizenga College of Business and scholarship coordinator at the Fischler School of Education. He currently serves part time as a special projects coordinator for the Fischler College of Education.
Through CKSF Daryl awarded over $400,000 in college scholarships using one of the first online quiz generators on the Internet. In addition to scholarships, CKSF developed scholarly and academic programs including an internet safety program with the Miami FBI Crimes Against Children Unit, a reading challenge for remedial readers, and an anti-bullying program for elementary and middle school students.
For thirteen consecutive years, Daryl received the Enlightenment Foundation Model Schools Grant for developing innovative student programs. In 2010 he received the FBI Directors Community Leadership Award on behalf of Nova Southeastern University. The affiliation with the FBI led to a client affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business undergraduate Management 100 and Wharton 101 programs.
Originally, from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Daryl resides in Davie, Florida with his wife Evelyn.
Christine Klima, CPA
Chief Administrative Officer
Early Learning Coalition of Broward
Christine Klima, CPA, is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Early Learning Coalition of Broward. She has been a leader in non-profit financial and operations management for more than 20 years in a wide variety of settings and she understands the challenges of sustainable fundraising. Prior experience includes the World Wildlife Fund and the Credit Builder’s Alliance in Washington DC; the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York City; the Child Care Coordinating Council in the San Francisco Bay Area; and the Children’s Services Council in Broward. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Accounting from Nova Southeastern University.
Kristi Messer, MPH, LCSW
Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kristi Messer, MPH, LCSW relocated to Florida from Washington D.C where she had spent years working with the Department of Health and Human Services to successfully launch community health centers across the nation. As a passionate public health professional, Kristi currently serves the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine as an Academic Administrator of the KPCOM Undergraduate programs, as well as the Director of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program. Kristi is also an Assistant Professor of Disaster and Emergency Management and assists community health centers across the state with developing robust emergency preparedness and response plans. Kristi successfully launched a non-profit organization, On My Own, which provides independent living and employment skills training to adults with disabilities. Kristi also serves on the Board of Directors for two local non-profit organizations dedicated to positively impacting homelessness. For more than twenty years, Kristi has dedicated her professional life to underserved and vulnerable population groups through her involvement with the homeless, individuals with disabilities, communities affected by disasters, and persons impacted by mental illness. Kristi has presented her research and academic achievements at over 40 international, national, state, and local conferences. Kristi is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is committed to positively impacting children, families, and adults.
John Moreno-Escobar, M.P.A
John Moreno-Escobar is a successful social entrepreneur, community leader, and executive not for profit innovator. His passion is education equality, and access to higher education for all. John is a native Colombian from Bogotá. He has more than 10 years of experience in the not for profit sector.
He moved to New York City from Bogota Colombia in 2003, he established his first not for profit while he was in college, his first organization had the main purpose of helping/supporting Latino immigrant students and parents in the process of preparing, applying and paying for college. He also created the first-ever scholarship fund for Colombians in New York State. After college John has been in C-Level positions creating strategic partnerships to support students in need to go to college and beyond. John now lives in Broward County, Florida.
John was the first appointed Latino to work at the City University of New York (Largest urban university in the US) as the Director of Urban Initiatives in the office of the Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs, and one of the only two Latinos to work for the Broward county superintendent of schools as the Director of strategic partnerships for the whole school system (5th largest in the country).
Currently, John is the Executive Director of the YouVisit Foundation whose mission is to: reinvent education.
He serves on multiple boards like:
John holds a Master in Public Administration and a Bachelor's in Public Affairs from the City University of New York (CUNY) - Baruch College.
Specialties: College admission process, Social Impact Ventures, Marketing Planning, Social Media, Not for Profit Management, Program Management, Strategic partnerships, Management, Strategic Programming, Fundraising and development, Leadership Development, Immigrant education, Education technology, Start-ups, Public Policy, Colombian policy, Spanish and Minority research.
Barbara K. Norland, MSL
Barbara K. Norland is a consultant with a passion to mentor and guide not-for-profit organizations and its leaders to a higher level of impact for their mission. This includes consulting and advisement on all aspects of not-for-profit business operations, fund- and friend-raising, identification, cultivation, stewardship, events and board development. Knowledgeable of overall leadership and management for all aspects of non-profit management including the creation and implementation of robust new and/or expanded business development plans for events, major gifts, foundation, corporate and individual fundraising. Other capabilities include personnel, volunteer, board oversight, recruitment and management, contract negotiations, public relations, event design and execution, board development and donor tracking and stewardship. Expertise as an NFP generalist, grant writer & events and board development.
Most recently Barbara contracted with the Angel Hugs Foundation, Inc., South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (SPCA) Horse Rescue and Phil and Orianne Collins' Little Dreams Foundation, AQUA Foundation and Touching Miami with Love with primary responsibilities to form new philanthropic alliances through the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major corporate, individual donations and foundation grants as well as to lead initiatives to market and promote both organizations though multi marketing and social media campaigns. Professional tenures include Director of Development & Communications for the YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc., Philanthropy & Community Development Director for The Women's Fund of Miami-Dade; Executive Director of the Junior Orange Bowl; Director of Development at CHARLEE of Dade County, Inc.; Director of Major Gifts at Miami Children's Hospital Foundation; Director of Corporate Relations and Fundraising Events at Baptist Health South Florida Foundation and Executive Director of the Deering Estate Foundation. Before entering the not for profit arena, Barbara worked in the entertainment industry at Homestead-Miami Speedway as Corporate Partnerships and Hospitality Manager where she was part of the initial team to promote the sport of racing throughout South Florida, nationally and internationally. At the speedway Barbara was instrumental in designing best practice policies, procedures, collateral, corporate, group & fan hospitality packages, annual and multi-year corporate agreements and managed all speedway partnerships, trades, contracts, vendors and event staff & volunteers.
Barbara has extensive experience in networking and cultivation with over 28 years' experience with sales and marketing in the public, private and non-profit sectors along with strong communication skills, extensive knowledge in creating, managing and executing charitable giving programs, fundraising, board and volunteer development and staff and volunteer management sales incentive programs and promotional opportunities. As the current President of BKVN Consulting, Inc., she has a priority to work with not for profit leadership to strengthen organizational knowledge, build capacity, implement and follow best industry practices. Additionally, she is a certified Executive Function Coach & Mentor.
Barbara served as a board member with a variety of business and community organizations such as Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Miami Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-Miami) President, AFP-Miami National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, AFP Florida Caucus Executive Committee, AFP Global Nominating Committee UN Women, Miami Chapter Board Member, Miami Dade Women’s Chamber Board, Women’s Power Caucus and a proud mentor for Women of Tomorrow at South Dade High School.
Barbara completed a Master of Science in Leadership and Management from Nova Southeastern University, H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business in Davie, FL., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. In 2018 she was received the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce AXA Advisors Businesswoman of the Year Outstanding Philanthropist Award. Barbara resides in South Dade having relocated here over 23 years ago from the Midwest.
Monica Paneque, M.B.A.
Director, Huizenga Business Innovation Academy
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Nova Southeastern University
Monica Paneque, M.B.A., is the Director of the Huizenga Business Innovation Academy, an academic and co-curricular scholarship program for future entrepreneurs and innovators. The Huizenga Academy program incorporates an entrepreneurial curriculum coupled with co-curricular activities, which result in the creation of and monetary investment into their business following graduation. In this role, she is responsible for the recruitment, selection and administration of the Academy program and works directly with the students throughout their academic careers.
Monica has over 10 years of higher education experience, previously serving as the Associate Director of Alumni Relations in NSU’s Office of Advancement and Community Relations. She has also held various roles in admissions, recruitment and marketing throughout the university.
Monica holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.B.A. in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
Karen Prescod | Co-vice chair
Founder & Chief Statement Maker
The Bowtie Gurl
Visionary, Founder & CEO
Bowtie Kids (a charitable organization)
Karen Prescod is the Founder and Chief Statement Maker of the fashion brand The Bowtie Gurl ™ - BE Courageous. BE Confident. BE You. She is also the Visionary, Founder and CEO of Bowtie Kids™ - Courage and Confidence for Kids With Chronic Pain. Both her business and non-profit are built on the foundation of 5 Empowerment Principles; Self-Discovery, Self-Awareness, Self-Worth, Self-Expression, Social Engagement & Advocacy.
A serial entrepreneur, Karen joined The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce in 2014 with her insurance agency Prescod Life & Health. An active and highly visible advocate, she is committed to making an impact in the community and has served on the GFLCC Executive Committee, Government Affairs Committee and Nominating Committee. As 2016 chair for the Gay and Lesbian Business Exchange (GLBX) Council, Karen took the GLBX to new heights during her tenure. Due to her exceptional leadership and vision, she has been awarded numerous community leadership awards, including the Chair’s Award in 2017 from The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Chair, Heiko Dobrikow. Also in 2017, Karen was elected by the Chamber leadership team to revitalize a dormant Women’s Council. As immediate past chair, she stoked the flames of success and the Women’s Council is one of the most active, engaged, thriving Councils for the Chamber to date.
A #1 International Bestselling author, influencer, empowerment speaker and moderator, Karen has been honored as one of Fort Lauderdale’s Most Powerful Women, by Gold Coast Media Group. She has been highlighted and featured in multiple media campaigns as a friend and advocate for a variety of groups and organizations, represented in the diverse Fort Lauderdale community. She is currently one of the featured faces for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau campaign for Pride of The Americas 2020.
As a leader, advocate, and philanthropist, Karen has dedicated thousands of hours in service and makes it a priority to incorporate and implement a philanthropic culture into every committee and organization she is connected with.
United National Consumer Suppliers
Brett Rose was born ahead of schedule. This was not an act of nature but Mr. Rose's astute awareness of the lower rates for hospital rooms during the mid-week. Yes, always a man seeking out a bargain, it has been rumored that before being discharged from the birthing hospital, he brokered a bulk rate for diapers and aloe wipes. Fast forward to grade school where he was affectionately known as "The King of the Schmatta". Mr. Rose's perpetuating penchant for penny pinching prospered. With his entrepreneurial spirit flourishing to meet demand, his family was forced to convert their home garage into the most advanced supply chain warehouse in Boston (also capable of housing an '86 Skylark). During a brief stint (5 years) at one of Massachusetts most famous learning institutions, Salem State College, Mr. Rose honed his craft in order to sufficiently understand the biorhythmic buying habits of Americans in need of a sale. In 2002, with companies like Yahoo! and Google excelling, he decided to launch his own company with a name that would flow off the tongue: United National Consumer Suppliers.
Since 2002, UNCS has been a modern leading wholesale distributor specializing in manufacturer's closeouts, excess inventories and overstocks, selling to retail clients such as Dollar Tree, Bed Bath and Beyond, TJ Maxx, Macys, Amazon and more. Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., UNCS has become a fixture of the INC 5000 fastest growing companies based on its significant year over year growth as well as appearing in Forbes & Fortune. Mr. Rose is also a regular fixture on CNBC & Fox Business.
Mr. Rose has been called every name in the book and all most deserving. However, the one he and his family at UNCS hold dearest is philanthropist. (Hey, not everything needs to be a joke). Mr. Rose holds various charitable commitments including: Former Chair and current board member of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, member of the Board of Directors of both the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Broward House where he as an inductee into Broward House's Spirit of Hope Heroes Society and a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Mr. Rose sits on the City of Fort Lauderdale's Economic Advisory Board as well as a member of the Broward Workshop. He also holds a participation trophy for the 1985 Coral Springs Flag Football Championship.
Mr. Rose can be found frolicking in South Florida with friends and family and with his proudest accomplishments, his bouncing baby boy, Parker and his Princess, his daughter Mackenzie.
Casey Seidman, M.P.A. | Co-vice chair
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Nova Southeastern University
Casey Seidman is an Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at NSU’s Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Casey is responsible for recruiting new MPA students in addition to recruiting for the MBA, MSRED, and Master of Accounting programs. He also builds relationships with nonprofits and political subdivisions both in Florida and across the United States for student recruitment purposes.
Prior to joining NSU, he served as a policy analyst on Arizona State University’s State and Local Relations team where he worked on public policy issues such as parity funding and Medicaid expansion. Casey also served as a Campaign Associate (seasonal fundraiser) for the United Way of Broward County and helped them raise over $10 million that year; a record at that time for that particular United Way.
In addition to his professional experience, Casey is a firm believer in volunteering with community organizations. Some of this includes serving as a three-term Marketing Chair for the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, being part of Emerge Broward’s Planning Committee, serving as a fundraising consultant for Different Brains, being a Reading Pals (United Way) mentor, served on the Commission on Substance Abuse (now Commission on Behavioral Health and Drug Prevention), sat on the banquet planning committee for the Florida Association of Nonprofits (FANO), and is now part of the Endowment Committee for the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration.
Casey is also a published writer who wrote “SECoPA: A Look Back….and Ahead” for Public Administration Times and has been recognized by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as a “Hero of the Month.”
Casey completed both his BS in Political Science (2009) and Master of Public Administration (2011) from Arizona State University.
Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County
Shea S. Spencer currently serves as CEO of the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, a local nonprofit dedicated to advocating for the homeless and providing food, housing and other essential services for homeless families and individuals. Ms. Spencer is responsible for providing leadership, fundraising & marketing expertise, and overseeing the day to day operations of the organization.
Ms. Spencer has over 15 years of fundraising and community engagement experience and recently served as Assistant Vice President of Development, Marketing & PR at HOPE South Florida, a nonprofit, 501c3 organization that provides food, clothing, housing, employment assistance, mentoring, and case management for homeless. In her role as Assistant Vice President, Ms. Spencer was responsible for raising $1m annually through individual and corporate gifts and organizing large fundraising events. Ms. Spencer also has more than 10 years of United Way experience managing work place giving campaigns, conducting annual trainings & speaking engagements and a number of other initiatives.
She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University, is a graduate of Leadership Fort Lauderdale Class XXI, and is an alumnus of the American Express Leadership Institute. She also earned a certificate of completion from Indiana University’s Lilly School of Fundraising and was recently nominated and selected by Legacy magazine as one of South Florida’s "Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business and Industry" for 2019.
Jannette Taylor MOL, MSNDR
Jannette Taylor is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. Ms. Taylor currently serves as the Executive Director of Education Rocks in Delray Beach, Florida. Ms. Taylor is also the owner and Chief Executive Outlier of Social Impact Outliers, a consulting firm working with businesses and nonprofits throughout the Midwest. Prior to relocating to South Florida, she served as the CEO of the United Way in Lawrence, Kansas.
Ms. Taylor leads Education Rocks. Education Rocks is a global youth leadership program that supports the education of children worldwide. The organization provides leadership development programming to 52 schools nationwide and supports schools in India, Indonesia, Guatemala, Uganda and Haiti. The organization provides experiential learning opportunities for American students and a platform for global youth leadership.
Ms. Taylor founded a community based nonprofit, Impact One Community Connection and served as its Executive Director for several years. This small nonprofit grew from a $500,000 annual budget to a budget of $2 million in the first year of operations. The organization provided gang intervention and prevention programs to youth and young adults.
She attended undergraduate and graduate school at the College of Saint Mary, earning a Bachelors in Business Leadership and a Masters in Organizational Leadership (MBA). She went on to earn a Masters of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at Creighton University School of Law Werner Institute, while also working on a Juris Doctor Degree.
She has a passion for social justice and has been actively involved in youth development programs and community revitalization projects. She focused her efforts on the Bridge to Success Program, an early entry college program for disadvantaged youth in Omaha Public School serving on the African-American Achievement Council and volunteering for their events. Through this program, she and others helped many high school students get a jump start on college, taking college courses at Metro Community College, Bellevue University and University of Nebraska Omaha.
She founded Impact One Community Connection in 2009 and began focusing her energy on the marginalized youth and young adults in North Omaha. Working with the Empowerment Network of Omaha, Impact One began managing the Great Summer Jobs Program that has provided over 1,200 employment opportunities for high-at-risk youth and gang members in Omaha. Impact One provided gang intervention and prevention to young people on the street, in addition to providing intervention services at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University Medical Center.
Jannette's personal life experiences has aided her in working with at-risk youth in various cities and has positioned her to be the perfect advocate for the marginalized people in the community. Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle acknowledged all her hard work and dedication to the community by declaring December 5th "Jannette Taylor Day" in Omaha, Nebraska. While this is an impressive accomplishment, Jannette is most proud of her daughter Erika, who graduated from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and is currently attending graduate school.
Tracey Taylor-Prescod | Co-chair
Director of Programs
Education Rocks Inc
Tracey Taylor-Prescod serves as Director of Programs for Education Rocks, an international global leadership development organization based in Delray Beach, Florida. Education Rocks believes that the world can be changed two kids at a time through education and envisions a world in which having access to education can shift lives, influence families, and impact communities.
Tracey leads the implementation, execution, monitoring and data collection for Education Rocks in the United States, Indonesia, Haiti, Uganda, Guatemala, and India. She is directly responsible for the overall education program strategy and oversees the national and international program teams. As a member of the executive management team, Tracey plays a critical role in setting the strategic direction for the programs, growth, and sustainability of Education Rocks.
Having established her career working in radio promotions for iHeart Radio Richmond, Tracey became Marketing & Community Relations Director for FOX Richmond – WRLH. A natural storyteller, she utilized her expertise, experience, and resources to create compelling messages and stories for charities, community-based organizations, and businesses, which ultimately led her to her role as Chief Operating & Finance Officer for Trinity Family Life Center. As Chief Operating & Finance Officer, she developed and enhanced organizational processes and infrastructure, participated in the development and implementation of organizational strategy and oversaw day-to-day operations, utilizing a supportive and collaborative leadership approach.
Tracey earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond in Liberal Arts and currently serves as Secretary and Event Chair on the board of Bowtie Kids – Courage and Confidence for Kids With Chronic Pain™. She is a past board member for Girls Can, and former Advisory Board Member for Beacon Tree Foundation.
Megan Topham, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Public Administration
H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Nova Southeastern University
Megan Topham is dedicated to life-long learning and continuous personal improvement. This is evident by her earning her M.S. in Information Systems and Ph.D in Urban Planning and Public Policy degrees while progressing her career with the UTA system. Dr. Topham has provided innovative, results-oriented leadership for UTA Fort Worth, a branch campus of The University of Texas at Arlington. In this capacity, Dr. Topham had the responsibility for developing and managing the overall strategic direction of the campus, including credit and non-credit program development, community and corporate relations, campus operations, communications, branding, marketing and advertising. Additionally, Dr. Topham has held the position of Clinical Instructor in the College of Business and School of Urban and Public Affairs, where she has taught both online and face-to-face courses in sustainability and the built environment.
Dr. Topham recently transitioned to a full-time faculty position at Nova Southeastern University in the Huizenga College of Business, teaching classes in public administration, non-profit management, and information systems. Her research areas of interest include the interplay of sustainable development with public health, urban design and community engagement, non-profit management, sustainability city planning and policy development.
Applying her knowledge with her interest in sustainable community development practices, Megan demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit by founding Good Karma Kitchen and Crazy Karma Commissary, a food truck and catering company and commercial commissary in Fort Worth, TX. Megan remains spiritually grounded through her practice in Aikido and holds the rank of second-degree black belt. Additionally, Megan is a certified massage therapist and yoga instructor. Megan works to enhance the lives of others through her work with a myriad of community service organizations in which she serves, including ARES, Meals on Wheels, Leadership Fort Worth, Texas Makers Guild, FWISD Education Foundation, Urban Theory, and the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.