Chair of the Board
Chair-Elect/Governance & Nominations Chair
Associate Director for Academic Programs – Bob Graham Center for Public Service (Retired)
CPA – Purvis Gray & Company
Financial Advisor – Merrill Lynch
Student Affairs Chair
Human Resources Professional
Employment Engagement and Performance Manager – Leon County Government
Founder and Managing Director – Pleiades Partners LLC
Attorney – Greenberg Traurig
President – Emergent Design and Development, Inc.
Professor Emerita – FSU College of Education
Insurance Agent – State Farm
Professor Emerita – UF College of Health & Human Performance
President/CEO – ZCreators
Vice President of Strategy and Operations – Comcast Central Division
Manager – PricewaterhouseCoopers
Lecturer – University of Florida
Investment Analyst, Capco Asset Management
Retired President – Johns Hopkins Medicine International
Student Board Representative – North Florida
With years of experience directing scholarship programs and student housing, I am thrilled to be SSF’s President/CEO. Our residents inspire me to elevate the foundation’s profile and attract new supporters to our cause. When not at SSF, I spend time with my wife and family—and together we occasionally travel to far-flung places to visit friends and family.
Director of Student Affairs – Central Florida
Hi, I’m Teresa and I am the Director of Student Affairs for our Central Florida Campus! In my role I am lucky enough to meet our students during the interview process and hear their powerful stories. But the real joy comes in watching them grow into these highly productive adults who are out there every day achieving their dreams. My time with SSF goes beyond the word rewarding because the impact our residents have made on me is something I will always carry with me.
Director of Maintenance – Central Florida
Hello, my name is Dale and I’m the Maintenance Director for Central FL. I look after all the resident houses in Gainesville and Ft. Myers. I have been doing maintenance for over 25 years and I really enjoy helping people.
Hello, my name is Akira Hung. At work, numbers are my partner. Loyal, dependable and organization are my friends. Being a crazy cat lady and mother of two, I love to snuggle and take naps with my family.
Director of Maintenance – North Florida
Hi, I’m Norman! As the Director of Maintenance for our North Florida Homes my job centers on keeping all 17 of them up and running. Even though it can be a daunting task at times, I do get the privilege to meet and learn a little about our incredible residents along the way. After almost 16 years I have seen many students come and go, and I look forward to meeting the future residents of SSF.
Senior Maintenance Technician – North Florida
Hi, I’m John Stewart! As a maintenance technician for over 15 years now, and have been at Southern Scholarship Foundation for two years. I enjoy meeting so many great people along the way!
Student Affairs Assistant – North Florida
Katherine is a senior at Florida State University studying Family & Child Sciences and Public Health. In addition to her duties as a House Manager at SSF, Katherine is the North Florida Student Affairs Assistant.
Director of Development
With 19 years of fundraising experience, I am so excited to support and help provide higher education opportunities to deserving students building their futures! When I’m not working I enjoy the simple things in life… spending time with my family and friends. Most of all being a mom to my sweet girl and a wife to my husband. We enjoy spending time at the beach or finding new places to travel together.
Hi, I’m Alexa! As Communications Specialist, I assist with the organization’s marketing, communications, and branding. I am a graduate of the Florida State University, with degrees in English and Italian. As an alumna of the Southern Scholarship Foundation (Lastinger House 2018-2022), I am grateful to work with the Foundation that shaped me into the young woman I am today.