September 30, 2023

Nonprofit / Philanthropy

Investing in Kids (INK!), St. Augustine

The St. Johns County Education Foundation, which operates as Investing in Kids (INK!), announces its newly named Executive Director, Cathy Newman. Selected following an extensive search, Newman has served as the organization's Community and District Relations Achievement Director since 2021. She will oversee community initiatives, staff activities, fundraising, and educational programs. Read more »
Published on 9/6/2023

Investing in Kids (INK!), St. Augustine

The St. Johns County Education Foundation, which operates as Investing in Kids (INK!), announces the retirement of Executive Director, Donna Lueders. Since 2006, Leuders helped raise millions of dollars for the 501(c)(3) corporation while providing the community with creative student/educator programs. Lueders will remain with the nonprofit for six months after her retirement as a consultant. Read more »
Published on 9/6/2023

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens recently welcomed Dr. Uzi Baram as Director of Public Archaeology. In this role, Baram's focus is the interpretation and representations of the archaeological and cultural histories at Selby Gardens' two campuses. Baram will manage the archaeological resources and guide educational efforts to better connect people with the region's history. Read more »
Published on 8/23/2023

Christian Care Ministry, Melbourne

Christian Care Ministry, the administrator of the nationally recognized Medi-Share health care sharing program, has appointed Brandon Harvath as President and Chief Executive Officer. Harvath, formerly the Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO, brings vast experience and steadfast dedication to the role. Prior to his arrival, Harvath served as a health system executive in the Northeast. Christian Care Ministry, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is headquartered in Melbourne, FL and has over 700 employees. The Medi-Share program has nearly 400,000 members across all 50 states who have shared in more than $7.2 billion in medical expenses. Read more »
Published on 8/9/2023

Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, Jupiter, Florida

Jupiter Medical Center is pleased to announce that Traci Simonsen has been promoted to Chief Philanthropy Officer of Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. Simonsen joined the Foundation in June 2022 as the Associate Vice President of Philanthropy. Since joining, Simonsen has worked diligently to expand philanthropic avenues to increase financial support for Jupiter Medical Center. Jupiter Medical Center is currently undergoing the most transformative period in its history. With a focus on quality, safety and patient satisfaction, the health care system is expanding its depth and breadth of services, increasing its growing geographic footprint and building new alliances. Read more »
Published on 7/12/2023

Children's Harbor, Pembroke Pines

Children's Harbor, a nationally accredited nonprofit agency with a mission to help strengthen families who are struggling in the community, has named Karen Ross, EA to its Board of Directors. Ross is a partner, accountant and enrolled agent with Palermo, Landsman & Ross, P.A. Enrolled agent status is the highest designation issued by the IRS with a specialization in tax code. Read more »
Published on 6/14/2023

Florida Council of 100, Tampa

The Florida Council of 100 is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Simas to the position of President. Simas has over 20 years of leadership experience as a senior advisor to CEOs, convening and mobilizing the private sector to enhance economic development, education, and infrastructure priorities on behalf of the public good. Read more »
Published on 6/7/2023

North Florida Land Trust, Jacksonville

North Florida Land Trust welcomes new Land Management Specialist Aaryn Tarver to its Stewardship Department. Tarver will work alongside the Director of Land Stewardship and the Land Manager, as well as independently, to manage the more than 16,000 acres in NFLT's portfolio. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, she earned her degree in wildlife and fisheries management. Read more »
Published on 4/19/2023

Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Tallahassee

Since its founding, the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida has raised and donated more than $60 million for conservation and outdoor recreation in the state. We are thrilled to welcome Valerie Boyd of Naples (left) and Keenan Baldwin of Tampa (right) to our Board. Valerie is a community and political leader, holding appointments from three governors, including chairing the South Florida Water Management District. She has also chaired and served on many state and national environmental sustainability commissions. Keenan is a fifth-generation Tampa native with a diverse range of experience in investment management, real estate, hospitality, and technology. He is also the owner of a 11,441-acre working ranch in south-central Florida. Read more »
Published on 4/12/2023

The Community Foundation of Broward, Fort Lauderdale

The Community Foundation of Broward elected Juliet Murphy Roulhac as its Chair. Roulhac is the Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Engagement for Florida Power & Light Company and an attorney with 25+ years of business litigation and appellate experience. "I believe in the power of local philanthropy to tackle big challenges and make lives better in Broward." Read more »
Published on 3/22/2023

United Way of Broward County, Broward

United Way of Broward County President/CEO Kathleen Cannon has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve of Atlanta Miami Branch. In this role, Cannon will provide economic information to the district Bank's president and head office directors. The information is used in discussing monetary policy options and making discount rate recommendations. Read more »
Published on 3/15/2023

Hanley Foundation, WEST PALM BEACH

Jan Cairnes, former CEO of Hanley Foundation, has been named its National Director of Public Policy. She will oversee advocacy services nationwide to combat the stigma of substance use disorders. A Certified Prevention Professional, Cairnes has spent 25 years spearheading Hanley's prevention initiatives, and chairs the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association. Read more »
Published on 3/8/2023

Hanley Foundation, West Palm Beach, FL

Dr. Rachel Pappert Docekal has been named CEO of Hanley Foundation, Florida's largest provider of grant-funded programs to eliminate addiction. She will oversee Board and donor relations and strategies to support Hanley's expansion initiatives. Docekal served as CEO of Hanley Foundation from 2010-2014, prior to founding and serving as Managing Director of the Lyrae Group. Read more »
Published on 3/8/2023

North Florida Land Trust, Jacksonville

Matt Rapp is the new board chair of North Florida Land Trust and Charley Moore has joined the board of directors. Rapp will serve a two-year term. He joined the board in 2019 and was vice chair in 2022. Rapp is the PGA TOUR's senior vice president of Championship Management. Moore is the founder and president of The Moore Group, a corporate consultancy and investment firm. Read more »
Published on 1/25/2023

North Florida Land Trust, Jacksonville, FL

Roney Gutierrez has joined North Florida Land Trust as its chief operating officer. He will oversee operations and administrative functions, lead the strategic financial planning and monitor processes to maximize effectiveness and organizational stability. Gutierrez is a graduate of Cornell University and earned his master's degree from North Carolina State University. Read more »
Published on 10/19/2022

Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Jacksonville

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children (MBF) announces the appointment of Garrison Burr, the son of Ed Burr and the late Monique Burr, to its Board of Directors. Garrison Burr will join his father, MBF Founder and Board Chairman, and his brother, Austin Burr, to serve on the MBF Board. MBF provides Prevention Education Programs geared towards children and teens. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2022

United Way of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale

United Way of Broward County announced the appointment of Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President & CEO of Celebrity Cruises, as its new Chairperson. Lisa is a dynamic business leader with great vision. She has been a dedicated advocate of United Way of Broward County for several years and was the recipient of the 2019 Women of Inspiration Award at the Magnolia Luncheon. Read more »
Published on 8/22/2022

North Florida Land Trust, Jacksonville, FL

North Florida Land Trust has named Megan Porter as its chief operating officer. Porter will oversee all operational and administrative functions, systems and processes including human resources and information technology. Porter earned her master's in business administration from the University of North Florida and her bachelor's in accounting from Auburn University. Read more »
Published on 5/17/2022

Trust for Public Land, Tallahassee

Trust for Public Land welcomes Charles Hines, Esq. as the Florida Gulf Coast Trail Program Director. After serving 8 years on the Sarasota County Commission, Hines is passionate about building healthier, more equitable communities. He will help fulfill the vision for the Gulf Coast Trail, transforming communities and the quality of life for people in southwest Florida. Read more »
Published on 4/4/2022

Florida Wildlife Corridor Coalition, St. Petersburg, Florida

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Coalition has announced its new Director of Development, Danna Bramlett. Bramlett will support the team by connecting donors to Corridor Coalition's mission to connect, protect, and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor. A fundraising professional for 26 years, Bramlett most recently served as the Senior Director of Development at ZooTampa. Read more »
Published on 2/1/2022

Hanley Foundation, West Palm Beach

Turner Benoit with Hanley Foundation has been promoted to Chief Philanthropy Officer. He will directly oversee the Foundation's major gifts and transformational programs. He will also continue to manage the Foundation's fundraising events and the Lifesaver Program, which provides financial scholarships for quality addiction treatment. Read more »
Published on 1/11/2022

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Orlando

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has named Derrick Chubbs as its new President and CEO.  Chubbs previously served as President and CEO of Central Texas Food Bank, the... Read more »
Published on 12/6/2021

North Florida Land Trust, Jacksonville, FL

Ramesh Buch is North Florida Land Trust's new director of conservation acquisitions. He will oversee all conservation activities including acquisitions, landscape initiatives and community conservation projects. Buch has 30 years experience in the environmental field, is certified in public management, supervisory management, and has a Florida real estate license. Read more »
Published on 10/18/2021

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Tampa

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has elected Mike Starkey as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. He has served on the Community Foundation's Board of Trustees since 2014 and previously chaired the governance and investment committees. Read more »
Published on 8/16/2021

Florida Wildlife Corridor Coalition, St. Petersburg, FL

Mallory Lykes Dimmitt joins the Florida Wildlife Corridor Coalition this August as the inaugural CEO. Instrumental in the Coalition's development, Dimmitt will now lead the team as they continue to champion a collaborative campaign to connect, protect, and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor. Dimmitt previously served as VP of Strategic Development for Lykes Bros. Inc. Read more »
Published on 8/16/2021

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    Three activist groups served notice to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that they intend to sue to force the agency to invoke Endangered Species Act protection for the ghost orchid.

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    An estimated 5,155 first-time jobless claims were filed in Florida last week, a decrease from the previous week and below the average for the year.

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