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Dan Leeper, Chair

Dan attended Stetson University College of Law where he graduated cum laude in 1990. During his career, Dan has worked with Beltz and Ruth, a St. Petersburg firm handling various civil personal injury claims, as well as Abrahamson & Kennedy, a Clearwater firm specializing in personal injury claims. In 1999, he opened Leeper & Leeper with his partner and wife, Silvia Jimenez Leeper. Dan and Silvia reside in St. Petersburg and have two grown children.

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John R. Kaddis, Past Chair

John joined Raymond James & Associates’ downtown St. Petersburg office in 2011. Previously John worked at UBS and its predecessor, PaineWebber, since 1991. He holds the title of Senior Vice President – Investments. John is very active in his community. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, a founding member of the University of Rochester George Eastman Circle and is a life member of the University of South Florida Alumni Association. He has served on several local boards and committees, including the St. Petersburg College Business and Technology Advisory Board and the American Stage Planned Giving Committee. In his spare time, John enjoys quality time with his wife and children.

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Natalie Gebicke, Vice Chair

Natalie Gebicke is a Vice President and Sales Support Specialist for Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Variable Annuity Distribution Team. Natalie has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry including over nine years focused on the Variable Annuity marketplace. In her current role, Natalie is responsible for developing and strengthening relationships with GSAM’s variable insurance partners and their clients across the United States by providing investment knowledge, thought leadership, practice management solutions and other value-added resources. Prior to joining GSAM, Natalie was a field wholesaler for Invesco and held various roles at Franklin Templeton Investments including a subadvisory wholesaler, financial analyst and futures associate. Natalie holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and was the graduation speaker for John Muir College. She resides with her husband and sons, Steele (3) and Cole (1), in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

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Jason Green, Secretary

A long-time resident of St. Petersburg. He attended Boca Ciega High School prior to receiving a BS from FSU in Elementary Education and an MS in Educational Leadership. Jason then received an M.A. in Architecture from UF and an MBA from USF. Until recently, Jason worked at St. Petersburg College as the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator. He is currently starting his own architectural design firm. Jason has served on numerous boards including CASA, Freefall Theater, and All Children’s Hospital Foundation. Jason has won numerous architectural and community service awards for his outstanding work and activism. Jason currently lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and 2 little boys.

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Carey Kleinmetz, Treasurer

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, entrepreneur and socially-conscious mom Carey Kleinmetz is the founder of The Littlest Trunk, a fun and fresh resale boutique for kids and moms. Carey spent ten years as a early childhood educator in some of the highest rated preschools in the area, working primarily with three year olds. She volunteers her time with various local organizations such as the Junior League of St. Petersburg as Chair of the annual Fashion Show event committee, the Mr. Strong Foundation and BabyCycle Diaper Bank. She cares deeply about St. Petersburg and is committed to growing her business in her hometown while giving back. She works incredibly hard to utilize the platform of The Littlest Trunk to support various community activities and events related to the improvement of the lives of women and children in our Sunshine City. Carey lives in Treasure Island with her husband, Charlie, and their four children – Andrew, Cameron, Alexis and Jessica.

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Andrea Biderman-Silverman, Marketing Chair

Andrea relocated to St. Petersburg from Chicago and continues to work remotely as an Account Supervisor for Digital Kitchen in Chicago and New York. Andrea has been in the production field for 11 years, working her way up the ranks from Producer, Senior Producer, and now Account Supervisor. She has a broad skill set which includes all aspects of TV production as well as sales, management and leadership. Andrea has put her BA from Washington University to use in her professional career as well as in a volunteer capacity for numerous organizations. Andrea has been a volunteer at organizations including All Children’s Hospital in Austin and Chicago, Deborah’s Place, Chicago’s largest provider of supportive housing for women, Washington University and local school districts. Andrea loves fantasy football leagues and has been waiting 7 years to finish in first place. She is an avid sports fan and loves the Dallas Cowboys and the Longhorns.

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Jerilyn Rush, Development & Gala Chair

Jerilyn has been a Florida resident since 1997 when she moved here with her family from the Kansas City area. Having been self-employed since the age of 22, she is very aware of the challenges and excitement of being self-motivated and loves giving back to the community. She currently resides in Tampa and is a top producing real estate agent with RE/MAX Metro located in downtown St Petersburg. She is in the Remax Hall of Fame as well as a Platinum Level Producer with RE/MAX serving Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties. She has served on the board for the Children’s Advocacy Group in Tampa and has been a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) New Tampa Junior’s for the past 9 years, serving on the board for several of those years including Chairperson of their annual fundraiser, The Night of 5000, in 2010. She has two grown daughters, the oldest of which works alongside her in the real estate industry and the youngest is an English teacher currently residing in Indonesia.

Dr. Jenna Bell

Dr. Jenna A. Bell is a Registered Dietitian with a PhD in Health and Human Performance who recently relocated with her husband and two girls from NYC to what she fondly calls, Vacation-Land.  For over 10 years, she has been the Senior Vice President, Director of Food and Wellness for Pollock Communications (a PR and marketing firm in New York, NY).  She has been an active volunteer-leader in the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics since 2000 and is a current member of the House of Delegates. In her previous life, she was a Professor at The Ohio State University in Medical Dietetics, as well as an HIV/AIDS and nutrition support dietitian in Santa Fe, NM.  Her varied background includes work in media, writing and speaking at international conferences.  She is the co-author of Energy to Burn:  The Ultimate Food & Nutrition Guide to Fuel your Active Lifestyle (John Wiley & Sons 2009) and Launching Your Dietetics Career (ADA 2011).  She is an Editorial Advisor for Today’s Dietitian Magazine and has been quoted or published in US News & World Report, Us Weekly, Self, Fitness, Outside, Men’s Health, Runner’s World, and IDEA Fitness Journal, among others.  She is co-founder of Swim, Bike, Run, Eat! and is a two-time Ironman Finisher and “recovered” marathoner. Now, she pushes her limits at The Body Shoppe St. Petersburg and by chasing her ladies – Sloan, age 2 ½ (and Early Explorations preschooler) and Reeve, age 4 at Canterbury School of Florida – along with a Giant Schnoodle, Mokey, and the newest member, a Golden Doodle, Rainbow Unicorn Sparkle.

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Stacy Sher Conroy

A real estate transactional attorney, currently serving as Of Counsel to Greg W. Dworzanowski, P.A. Growing up in St. Petersburg, Stacy attended Yale University and University of Pennsylvania Law School before returning to the Tampa Bay area in 2008. Stacy currently lives on St. Pete Beach with her husband Will, their children and two English bulldogs.

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Logan DeVicente, CFPA, CRPCA

Logan is a Branch Manager with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC who has an MBA in Information Systems with a strong background in Computer Science and IT. Logan and his wife are natives of St. Petersburg who decided to move back to where they grew up since they cherished the unique character and community focus of the city. They have a daughter and are excited to share the city with her (specifically the children’s museum which is walking distance from their house). Logan grew up going to Great Explorations and has many fond memories of field trips, the static globes, measuring his jump and his favorite, the junk dinosaur. He has seen the museum transform into an amazing hands-on children’s facility, which is now an integral part of our community.

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Michael Harris

Michael Harris is the Managing Director of CREModels, bringing over 25 years of real estate and technology experience and a lifetime of entrepreneurship to the team. Mr. Harris has held numerous roles within CREModels including Vice President of Emerging Technologies and Director of Marketing. In his current capacity as Managing Director, Mike oversees the marketing and general operations of the firm. Additionally, he is in charge of both client-facing and internal technology solutions while spearheading the CREModels Ventures and CREModels Labs divisions. He successfully ran a Network Consulting company in the 1990’s which handled both systems rollouts and training across the country. In the real estate world, Mr. Harris is known as an expert in distressed debt and REO transactions. He helped form the Special Assets Services division of a large commercial real estate brokerage firm and later served as Director of the Loan Sales division. Mr. Harris also launched a Private Equity fund which acquires distressed commercial real estate assets in secondary markets of the US. To date they have over $25,000,000 in equity capital deployed. Mr. Harris has been involved in over $1 billion in transactions as a private investor, syndicator, broker, and lender. Mike received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida, his MBA from the University of Florida and is a proud member of Mensa. Mr. Harris has also attended the Real Estate Executive Seminar at Harvard Business School.

John-Erik Johansson

John-Erik currently is the Business Intelligence Program Manager for USAmeriBank where he is responsible for data strategy, report development, and analytics. He received his undergraduate degree in International Business with a concentration in Economics from the University of South Florida. He earned his Masters in Finance from the USF Muma College of Business. He was designated an emerging leader of the bank. Both him and his wife Jessica are natives of St. Petersburg. His mother was an elementary teacher in St. Pete, while his father moved there from Sweden for graduate school at the USF Marine Science Program and had long career as a marine biologist for the City of Tampa. He participates in various community outreach programs including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Metropolitan Ministries. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and watching soccer, as well as traveling with his wife.

Jason Palmer

Jason S. Palmer is a Professor of Legal Skills, Coordinator of First Year Research and Writing, and Faculty for the Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication at Stetson University College of Law.  Professor Palmer teaches legal research and writing, transactional document drafting, judicial opinion writing, international law, and international litigation and arbitration. Prior to joining Stetson, he worked for the Department of State as a team leader representing the United States in international arbitration cases before the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. He also spent four years in Switzerland working as a claims judge for the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts, adjudicating claims of victims of Nazi persecution; and for the United Nations Compensation Commission, coordinating review of Palestinian claims against the Iraq as a result of its invasion and occupation of Kuwait. Before working in Switzerland and at the Department of State, Professor Palmer spent several years in private practice in Washington, D.C., focusing on commercial litigation and international arbitration. Professor Palmer was the 2014-2016 Faculty Liaison for the Stetson University College of Law Board of Overseers.  Professor Palmer is a board member for the Legal Writing Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving legal communication by supporting the development of teaching and scholarly resources and establishing forums to discuss the study, teaching, and practice of professional legal writing. He was the 2014-2015 Chair of the Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues for the Association of American Law Schools and was the Co-Chair of the Legal Writing Institute 17th Biennial Conference held in July 2016.  Professor Palmer received his B.A. for the University of Virginia and his J.D. with Honors from the George Washington University Law School.  He lives in Gulfport, Florida, with his husband and five year old daughter.

Melissa Pinkerton

Melissa has been in the financial services industry since 2003, starting her career at T. Rowe Price and then joining Raymond James in 2006. As a Wealth Management Specialist™ and Accredited Asset Management Specialist™, she enjoys helping clients define their life goals and connecting their finances to them. She is a founding partner of Viewpoint Wealth Management of Raymond James. Melissa was born in Tampa, Florida and grew up near San Francisco, California. She moved back to Tampa to earn her business degree at The University of Tampa. She is a member of the Leadership St. Pete Class of 2012 and served on the Planning Committee from 2013-2014. Melissa is a current member of the Krewe of Princess Ulele and serves on the Board of Directors. She is also a board member of Brookwood Florida. Melissa and her husband, Josh, enjoy their time with family and friends, relaxing at the beach, attending Rays games, and exploring all that Saint Petersburg has to offer.

Melanie Rattanachane

Melanie was born and raised in St. Petersburg and remembers going to Great Ex as a child. Melanie now has a 7 Month old Girl and an 8-year-old son who loves Great Ex and plays here frequently. Melanie recently took over an ice cream shop in Downtown St. Pete where she brought in Thai Rolled ice cream machines, being the first business in Downtown to offer the trendy sweet treat. She recently moved back from South Carolina where she was a farmer for 2 years and prior to that she worked for WingHouse, running their Marketing and Training Department. She is interested in helping with Marketing efforts. Melanie also brings great enthusiasm and energy to the table.

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Dr. Thomas Silver

Dr. Silver is compassionate towards providing comprehensive dental care and establishing a positive precedent for a lifetime of dental care to his population of children and young adults. Dr. Silver is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist with a private practice office in the Tampa/ St Petersburg Area. He received his B.S. from the University of Florida and his DMD from the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Silver attended a specialty residency program at the Baylor University College of Dentistry in Dallas, TX. There he received his specialty certificate in Pediatric Dentistry as well as a M.S. degree in his specialty. He currently is the CEO of Shinyhappysmiles.com which is a successful Pediatric and Orthodontic office in Saint Petersburg. Dr. Silver is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentists and the Florida Dental Association. He has been published in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Journal and was awarded the highest research award while a resident. Dr. Silver recently attended the University of North Carolina where he received his MBA in international business. He is an avid triathlete and enjoys oil painting and exploring international cultures. Dr. Silver currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Audra  St. John Walsh, Ph.D., NCSP

Audra is a Licensed Psychologist, an Infant and Toddler Developmental Specialist, a special educator, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She has over a decade of experience working with youth and families in a variety of settings including homes, clinics, and schools. She earned a Doctorate in School Psychology with a specialization in Pediatric Psychology from the University of South Florida, as well as a Masters in Special Education from Hunter College (CUNY) with a focus on Specific Learning Disabilities and a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her experience includes conducting evaluations such as developmental, gifted, academic, behavioral, and mental health assessments, facilitating parent trainings and providing home-based caregiver coaching and support, and conducting evidence-based therapies including ABA services, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and individual and family therapy.  She has worked with children and families with diverse needs and abilities, from those with typical development to children with exceptionalities including developmental delays, learning difficulties, executive functioning and attention deficits, challenging behaviors, mental health problems, chronic health conditions, and giftedness. She’s authored several publications in the field of pediatric psychology, recently having co-authored a book entitled “Evidence-Based Interventions for Children with Challenging Behavior” – published by Springer and available on Amazon.com. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, Audra is a wife and mother of two.  She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Rachel Wein

Rachel founded WeinPlus, a retail and real estate strategy and management consultancy, in 2008. As CEO, she grew WeinPlus to a top-tier organization, delivering a 12-fold return on investment for the C-suite of large and small public and private companies. Rachel is an innovator, combining research and strategic creativity for unprecedented results, including increased profits and the infrastructure for sustainable and solvent futures. Her concentration in the retail REIT industry translates to intimate knowledge of both corporate needs [laser focus on reducing cost of capital] as well as the needs of the retailer and customer [impacts of changing demographics and the consumer-centric future of omni-channel product delivery]. 80% of WeinPlus’ business is from repeat clients, and the public companies that regularly consult with Ms. Wein have a combined market capitalization of over $35 billion. Rachel has a proven track record of measurable successes on micro and macro issues. Rachel serves on the board of directors for both the University of Florida’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies and the Real Estate Investment Council of Tampa Bay. She is the Construction and Real Estate chairperson for the Pinellas Education Foundation’s savings for the Classroom Initiative and was previously a Trustee for Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, NC. The University of Florida named Rachel to their Hall of Fame in 2003 and as an Outstanding Young Alumnus in 2012. Rachel and her husband David were recognized by The State of Israel Bonds for outstanding service with its Young Leadership Award this year. They reside in St. Petersburg, FL with their two children, Aaron and Noah.

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Scott K. Wagman, Chair Emeritus

Scott is a successful, socially responsible business executive who led his family’s mom-and-pop business (Scott Paint) from a one-store operation to a $19 million, 140-employee multi-store success story (sold in 1998 as a division of Bruning Paint). Thirteen years ago Scott created the first leftover paint-recycling program in Florida at Scott Paint. Today, the program is now recycling paint for thirteen counties in Florida and is run at a profit. Scott and his wife, Beth Houghton, have called St. Petersburg home for over 25 years, raising their three children here. Both Scott and Beth are very active members of the community supporting organizations such as Great Explorations – The Houghton Wagman Children’s Museum, Lawyers for Literacy, American Stage Theater and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.