meet the team

Melissa Burman
Executive Director

Melissa became A Brighter Community, Inc.’s Executive Director as of October 2013. This is a position that she performs voluntarily. Melissa provides leadership and oversight for ABC’s Director, keeps up with all compliance and regulations for licensing, manages finances with a focus on ABC’s future fiscal viability, and finds and creates new partnerships within the Tampa Bay area. Melissa also works with the Board to develop and maintain ABC’s mission and vision as well as raise funds for future projects.

Melissa earned her Master in Business Administration in 2003 from the University of Tampa’s John Sykes College of Business. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1994 from Capital University in Columbus, OH.


Juanita McClinton-Lee

Juanita became A Brighter Community, Inc.’s Director as of October 2013.  Juanita is responsible for high quality education and curriculum that our students receive as well as the day to day operations of the school.

Juanita received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education in December of 2016.  She graduated from the University of Tampa in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science.

Teaching Staff

At a Brighter Community our staff are more than just employees, they are family.  It is their dedication and love for our mission that makes us great.  Fifty percent of our current staff members have been with our organization more than five years.
We HONOR and LOVE each of our staff members.

Fran Bruton
Lula Lane
Michelle Pope
Maxine Carter
Carol Jenkins
La’Rosa White
Belinda Harris

Thanks to an annual grant from The Talcott Family Foundation, A Brighter Community is able to have Foster Grandparents in our classrooms daily.

Alberta Dowdell – 17 years+ of dedication as a foster grandparent and our 2016 Volunteer of The Year!

Board of Directors

Amye Bailey – Board President
Senior Estimator – DPR Construction

Eddie Rojas – Vice President
Therapist – Gracepoint

Jason Edwards  – Treasurer
Portfolio Manager – The Bank of Tampa

Ashley Stimatz  – Secretary
Community Engagement – GTE Financial

Board Members at Large

John Patierno
Relationship Manager – PNC Bank

Josh McCoy
Income and Franchise Tax Manager – Rooms To Go

Robin Delaney
Wealth Advisor – Concierge Financial

Pat Grosz
Director of Operations – Positive Family Partners

Laurie George
Compliance Officer – Prestige Health Choice

Molly Walker
Senior Process Engineer – Public Service Credit Union

Advisory Board

Tammy Ferrell
Trust Officer – Citizens Bank & Trust

Michael Burman
Information Technology – Warren Averett Technology Group

Alicia Koepke
Attorney – Trenem Law


1613 North Marion St.
Tampa, FL 33602

Monday - Friday
6:30 AM - 5:30 PM