Jack has served on the Board for over 15 years. As the Executive Vice President of Housing, Development and ADA Services for Boley Centers, Inc. he brings a vast knowledge of the issues that face people with disabilities in the community. Jack is the Florida Affiliate of the Southeast ADA Center, a position he has held for 24 years. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified ADA Coordinator. Jack has a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University.
Ross has worked in the disability field his entire 25 year professional career. Currently serving as Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s (PSTA) first Mobility Manager, Ross has worked for Epilepsy Foundation, was a founder of a Center for Independent Living (CIL), Independence Now in Silver Spring, MD, and served as a Diversity Trainer for AARP in Washington, DC. Ross also served as the City of Tampa’s first Disability Rights Coordinator. As PSTA’s Mobility Manager, Ross serves as manager of the Transportation Disadvantaged Program, DART service, and the Community Transportation Coordinator. Being a strong patron of public transit systems, Ross has firsthand experience of the successes and shortcomings of the system, making him a very effective manager. Ross’s role as an advocate for persons with disabilities and his work experiences makes him an excellent member of our board.
Kimberly comes to the Board with a strong accounting background coupled with fundraising experience and a passion for community involvement. As a Mobility Analyst for Transportation Disadvantaged for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), she is responsible for Accounts Receivable, annual audits, payroll, human resources, and purchasing. Kimberly served on the Executive Board for the American Cancer Society fundraising and is active in the Federation of Inner-Community Organization.
Barbara has served on the Board at different times over the organization’s history. As the Senior Advocate/Investigator for Disability Rights Florida since 2001 she brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board’s deliberations.
Mary has an M.B.A. with an accounting background, a Master’s in Theology, a Master’s in Christian Ministry and Renewal, and a B.A. in Theology and English. She taught 7-12th grade students in English, Religion and History and worked as a youth/young adult pastor. Mary has worked since December 2000 for Dr. Geoffrey Gibson as a part-time receptionist at RehabMed. She has completed the Partners in Policymaking advocacy training in 2012 and worked for nearly 10 years as the Secretary for A.F.I.R.E in Pinellas County.
Jennifer joined the Board in 2013. She acquired her C6-7 incomplete spinal cord injury in 1998. Jennifer is an active user of an FES system and is the first woman to receive the implanted Stand and Transfer system. Jennifer is a silver medalist in the sport of sailing at the 2012 Paralympic Games and is the 2012 Yachtswoman of the Year, the first woman with a disability to do so. She has helped launch successful divisions in such organizations as Bombardier Capital and PC Connection, Inc. Her story is published in her book, On My Feet Again: My Journey out of the Wheelchair using Neurotechnology. With an MBA and her experiences in the disability community, she co-founded Neurotech Network, a non-profit organization focused on education of and advocacy to access neurotechnology; she currently serves as the Executive Director.
Gloria retired in 2000 after a 25 year career in the pharmaceutical industry due to increasing disability from MS. She began volunteering with community, MS and paratransit committees to apply marketing and research skills that she had from her work and educational experiences. Since moving back to Pinellas County, she served for 4 years on the PSTA Transit Riders Advisory Committee, has become a member of the Forward Pinellas Citizens Advisory Committee, and helps with administration of 2 MS support groups. She has also created a website and web-based business offering life coaching for people with new or worsening disabilities..
Debbie Malone has been an advocate in various roles for over 15 years. Debbie has a BA in social Rehabilitation and a MS in Computer Science and has worked in the field of disability for many years. Debbie has provided disability sensitivity and etiquette training to such groups as police cadets, voting pole workers, and church volunteers. Debbie has served on her local disability commissions, chaired grassroots advocacy groups, and represented the needs of people with disabilities on transportation committees. In 2010 Debbie received the Corey Nelson Award for Disability Advocacy from her local Independent Living Center. Currently Debbie serves of the Pasco County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board and is involved with bicycle and pedestrian planning. As an author and public speaker, Debbie continues to provide training in disability inclusion, sensitivity, and etiquette..
Laura has advocated on behalf of people with disabilities since receiving her own diagnosis with epilepsy as a pre-teen. While earning her Bachelor’s degree, Laura helped launch a chapter of Best Buddies International, and as an adult, she (and family) fostered children through Easter Seals. Laura has earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership through Gonzaga University, where she learned the foundational principals of Servant Leadership and hopes to utilize her education to continue advocating for what she is most passionate about. .