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 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.
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.
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
Relationship Manager – PNC Bank
Income and Franchise Tax Manager – Rooms To Go
Wealth Advisor – Concierge Financial
Director of Operations – Positive Family Partners
Compliance Officer – Prestige Health Choice
Senior Process Engineer – Public Service Credit Union
Trust Officer – Citizens Bank & Trust
Information Technology – Warren Averett Technology Group
Attorney – Trenem Law