Our Leadership

Commissioner
MANNY DIAZ, JR.

Florida Department of Education

The Foundation is led by a private sector board whose members are appointed by the Commissioner of Education and who share the purpose of ensuring that every Florida student has access to the highest quality educational experiences necessary for success in an economy increasingly driven by information and knowledge.

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Board of Directors

REBECCA
MATTHEWS

chairman

Vice President
Automated Health Systems

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JOHN
MERLINO

VICE CHAIRMAN

Regional Director
AT&T

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Ronald
Brisé

TREASURER

Governmental Affairs
Gunster

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ANDREA
TOVAR

SECRETARY

Partner
Corcoran Partners

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CARLOS
ALVAREZ

Principal
City of Hialeah
Education Academy (COHEA)

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MARCUS
CHAMBERS

Superintendent
Okaloosa County
School District

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GARY
CHARTRAND

Former
Executive Chairman
Acosta, Inc.

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KRISTIN
CRAWFORD-WHITAKER

Senior Vice President
Mercury

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STEVE
CRISAFULLI

President
Crisafulli Consulting

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CHRIS
DORWORTH

Land Developer
Central Florida

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Raquel
Egusquiza

Executive Director
Marlins Foundation

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DON
GAETZ

Former Senate President
Florida State Senate

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John
Grant

Former Senator
Florida Senate

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CHARLES
HOKANSON

Senior Vice President
FL Community Engagement
Helios Education Foundation

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SCOTT
ROSS

Managing Partner
Capital City
Consulting

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Tara
Tedrow

Founder & Director
Florida Debate
Initiative

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MARY
CHANCE

Ex-Officio

President/CEO
Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

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MELISSA ANNE
MATZ

Ex-Officio

2023
Florida Teacher
of the Year

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Staff

kristin piccolo

Executive
Director

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Beth Eskin

Director of Florida Civics and Debate Initiative

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KATRINA HOEFT

Development
Coordinator

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David Fechtel

Civics Program
Manager

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Chris hamilton

Civics Program
Manager

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Tristen King

Administrative
Assistant

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2022-2023 Board Meetings


October 20, 2022

AT THE FLORIDA CHARTER SCHOOL CONFERENCE
CARIBE ROYALE in ORLANDO, fl
(Call-in Optional)


january 26, 2023

vIRTUAL


APRIL 27, 2023

vIRTUAL


july 13, 2023

AT THE 2024 FLORIDA TEACHER OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION
orlando, fl
(Call-In Optional)

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