Staff & Board

Our diverse, multi-generational team is creative, collaborative, and committed to developing strong relationships across all of our initiatives.

 

Staff

Madeleine Thakur

Madeleine K. Thakur

President & CEO

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Mary Larrick

Mary Larrick

Administrative Assistant and Office Manager

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Ian Hughes

Special Assistant to the CEO and Chair

Rocio Velazquez

Rocio Velazquez

Vice President, Statewide Engagement

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Ric Banciella

Director, Business Engagement

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Varnessa

Varnessa McCray

Director, Community Engagement

John Knight

John Knight

Statewide Director, ReadingPals

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Heidi A. Travis

Manager, Communications

Meenakshi

Meenakshi Nambiar

Coordinator, Outreach & Communications

Diana Alvarado

Diana Alvarado

Intern, Outreach & Communications

Vance A. Aloupis

Vance A. Aloupis

Senior Adviser

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Board of Directors

David Lawrence Jr.

David Lawrence Jr.

Founder, Board Chair

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Wesley Barnett

Wesley Barnett

Winter Haven

Tony Carvahal

Tony Carvajal

Tallahassee

George Fernandez

George Fernandez

Coral Gables

Jennifer Grove

Jennifer Grove

Pensacola

Dianne Jacob

Dianne Jacob

Tampa

Toni Jennings

Toni Jennings

Orlando

Gerald Katcher

Gerald Katcher

Miami

Jane Katcher

Jane Katcher

Miami

Darrick McGhee

Darrick D. McGhee, Sr.

Tallahassee

Ron Sachs

Ron Sachs

Tallahassee

Susan B. Towler

Susan B. Towler

Jacksonville

Tom van Straaten

Tom van Straaten

Miami

Carol Jenkins Barnett

Carol Jenkins Barnett

Emerita (deceased)