Board Members

Matt Certo

Chairman of the Board

 

Matt Certo, CEO/Founder of Findsome & Winmore

Matt Certo is CEO & Principal of Findsome & Winmore, a digital marketing agency in Orlando.  As a writer and speaker, he is considered an industry expert in the field of Internet marketing, Web development, and social media marketing.  Matt serves as a Trustee and Investment Committee Chairman of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and Board President of The First Tee of Central Florida.  Matt is also a past Chairman of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce.  He was also a founding member of both the Rollins College Center for Entrepreneurship and the Rollins College President's Leadership Council.

 

 

 

Jack McGill President

President of Elevate

 

Jack McGill, President of Elevate Orlando

Jack McGill serves as the president of Elevate Orlando. Previously, he was the national director of Priority Associates, a non-profit that seeks to develop the personal, professional and spiritual life of business and professional men and women in the marketplace. Jack is a coach-director, strategic planner and motivator, dedicated to improving the quality of life available to our inner city teens.

 

 

 

Betsey Bell

Board Member

 

Betsey Bell, Executive Director, Foundation for Foster Children.

Betsey Bell has a long history of serving the Central Florida community.  Before assuming her current position as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Foster Children, Ms. Bell was the Executive Director for the Orlando Magic Youth Fund.  She has also served at Darden Restaurants in the Diversity and Community Relations department.

 

 

 

valerieGilchrist

Board Member

 

Valerie Gilchrist, Community Relations, Gilchrist Enterprises, Inc./McDonald’s Corporation

Valerie is currently Community Relations Representative for Gilchrist Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a/ McDonald’s for 11 stores within the Orlando community. She is also the Founder and President of DeSoto County Homeless Coalition, Inc., a non-profit organization with the vision “To see homeless and potentially homeless individuals becoming productive citizens.” Valerie has a heart with a strong commitment to serve the needs of the disadvantaged including homeless, emancipated youth and special-needs populations. Prior to Valerie embarking the non-profit arena, she was employed by the State of Florida for over 22 years.

 

 

 

Gregg Nelsen

Board Member

 

Gregg Nelsen, President, Spectra Floor Covering

Gregg has been President of Spectra Contract Floor Covering of Central Florida since 1998.  He is a lifelong Central Florida resident and an avid fishermen and outdoorsman.  Gregg is a graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in Economics.

 

 

 

John Rivers

Board Member

 

John Rivers, CEO/Founder of 4R Smokehouse

John Rivers’ diverse career experience spans two decades and ranges from managing a billion dollar pharmaceutical distribution operation to opening the fastest growing new restaurant in the South East in his Texas-inspired 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park, Florida.  Formerly the President of CuraScript Specialty Distribution, Rivers had responsibility and direct oversight of a $1.4 billion dollar pharmaceutical operation

 

 

 

Joe Avallone

Board Member

 

Joe Avallone, President/Founder of Retirement Planning Associates

Joe Avallone founded Retirement Planning Associates 22 years ago. The firm is now a leader in retirement planning for the educational community in Florida. His firm works closely with School Board’s to insure the long-term financial security of teachers.

 

 

 

Chris Tessitore

Treasurer of the Board

 

Chris Tessitore, Executive Vice President & General Counsel of National Retail Properties, Inc.

Chris Tessitore has served as Executive Vice President of the Company since January 2007, as General Counsel since February 2006 and as Secretary since May 2006. Prior to March 2005, Mr. Tessitore was a shareholder at the law firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A., where he specialized in real estate acquisition, development and finance, as well as general business law.

 

 

 

Joan Hutton

Vice Chair of the Board

 

Joan Hutton, Hutton Enterprises

Joan Hutton and her husband Mark are entrepreneurs with a passion for making a difference in the local community. She is founder and president of Women's Leadership Connection. Originally from Ohio, Joan moved to Orlando in 1986. Until 1990, Joan was in the corporate world in key business planning, management consulting, marketing and career development positions with Darden Restaurants, Deloitte & Touche, and BF Goodrich.

 

 

 

Melanie Fernandez

Board Member

 

Melanie Fernandez, Cross, Fernandez & Riley

In 2000, Melanie co-founded Cross, Fernandez and Riley, LLP (C/F/R). As a partner in the firm, she provides management and leadership to the members of the C/F/R team. In addition, Melanie serves as the Director of Assurance Services.

 

 

 

Melissa Mikkelson

Secretary of the Board

 

Melissa Mikkelson, Liberty Investment Properties

Melissa and her husband Mike founded Liberty Investment Properties in 1988. Melissa is a mother of 4 who works in many philanthropic areas.

 

 

 

Jonathan Perry

Board Member

 

Jonathan Perry, Greenberg Traurig

Jonathan is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig where he specializes in real estate. He is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and has received numerous prestigious awards for his legal acumen. He is a community leader having sat on multiple boards including the United Negro College Fund, and the Mayor’s MLK Commission. Jonathan is a father and husband who cares deeply about his city.

 

 

 

Jeff Deery

Board Member

 

Jeff Deery, Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman

Jeff is a shareholder with the law firm of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward and Woodman, practicing in the firm’s Orlando office. Jeff practices mainly in the areas of complex business, healthcare, and banking litigation, with a focus on commercial foreclosure, business shareholder disputes, and complex commercial transactions. Mr. Deery also serves as general counsel to smaller businesses throughout Central Florida. Jeff has his B.A. from Auburn and earned his law degree at Mercer University. Sitting on multiple Boards, Jeff has been recognized as a leader in various charitable and not-for-profit organizations. He is also a frequent lecturer on law firm practice development and lawyer-client relationships.

 

 

 

George Oelschig

Board Member

 

George Oelschig, Safemark, Inc

George is the Executive Chairman and CEO of Safemark, Inc and its subsidiaries: Best Lockers , Safemark Systems, Scooterbug and Select Lockers. Safemark Inc., is the global leader in safes, lockers and mobility equipment serving the hospitality, theme park, and music festival markets. George has served on the board of Global Teams, The First Tee of Savannah and Trinity Prep. He has a heart for giving back to underserved youth in the community with an emphasis on leadership and character development. He has two daughters and a new granddaughter.