Interim President, Kathleen Hampton, Director of Development, Pace Center for Girls raising funds and awareness in the community, cultivating relationships with new and current donors, securing Pace Partners in support of Pace services and programs. Previously, she worked in the private and public sector, including the not-for-profit industry for over 15 years. She is on the board of Community in Schools of Florida serving as the Resource Development Committee Chairman and the Secretary of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Big Bend. In addition, she is a member of the Capital Women’s Networking Group, Rotary Club of Tallahassee, Zonta of Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. Kathleen is an Army Brat and has lived in 12 states and Germany prior to age 18. She is married with two daughters and has lived in Tallahassee for 32 years. She enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, walking, Pilates and is currently training to become a yoga teacher.
Vice President and National Philanthropy Day Chair, Holly Bernardo, is currently the Director of Development at CESC and part of the executive management team. Previously Assistant Director at Ability 1st. 5 years executive management experience with the majority of my professional career working with nonprofits. Holly is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University with a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. Holly is married with two high energy daughters who keep her running.
Treasurer, Colette Podgorski, is currently the Senior Director of Development for University Wide Initiatives and College of Social Work at Florida State University (FSU). Colette received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. Colette has worked in development for non-profits and higher education for over 15 years. Colette has also worked as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters (Tallahassee, FL), Florida Medial Association (Tallahassee, FL) and Abuse Prevention Council (Shelby, NC). Colette was honored with Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals' "20 under 40" Golden A.C.E. Award for 2016 in the category of Non-Profit leadership and the 2018 Fundraiser of the Year from Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Big Bend Chapter. She served on the AFP’s Big Bend board from 2011- 2016 and was the 2015 AFP Big Bend President. One of the primary initiatives during Colette’s term as AFP president was to work closely with other organizations to create a community-wide giving campaign, #BigBendGivesBack centered on #GivingTuesday which is still active and successful. Colette believes philanthropy changes lives and being a development professional is invaluable and humbling because we are given the opportunity to create the “magic” for donors and as a result, they feel good about the philanthropic work they do to make a difference. Colette’s other passions include working out, spending time with her son and cheering on the Seminoles.
Secretary, Takila Brooks, is the Advancement Manager for the Children’s Home Society of Florida - Big Bend Region. Takila worked in the Health Administration field for over 10 years then transitioned to the non-profit sector. She has a wealth of experience in managing boards, committees and relationship building. She graduated from Florida A&M University and has a master’s degree in Health Administration. Takila is a Leadership Tallahassee class 35 graduate and a community servant.
Membership Chair, Leonard "Parky" Parkhurst, is the Regional Development Director for The Salvation Army. Leonard has over 20 years’ experience in the local and regional non-profit arena. He has previously worked as a Development Officer for the FSU Foundation and College of Social Sciences, Executive Director of the American Cancer Society, Major Gifts Development Officer for the TMH Foundation and Director of the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation. Leonard graduated with a degree in Economics from FSU and is married with a son who is a junior at FSU.
Communications Chair, Kellie Rattigan, is currently a Senior Development Officer at the FSU College of Business. Previously, she worked for Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a fundraising and enrollment management firm, as a Senior Manager of Call Center Operations. She started her career in fundraising as a Student Representative for her alma mater. Kellie earned bachelors in English and psychology and minored in French at Boston College and is currently pursuing her MBA at FSU. She is originally from Massachusetts. In her spare time she enjoys live music, reading, and yoga.
Young Professionals Chair, Daniel Pooler, is currently a Development Officer at the FSU College of Business, his alma mater. Previously, Daniel worked as a student fundraiser for Florida State University and as a development coordinator for Second Harvest of the Big Bend. With a background in political fundraising, he has worked on both local and federal races and recently served as campaign manager for a congressional candidate.
Education and Program Chair, Stephanie Schwartz, is currently the Chief Development Officer for Big Bend Cares and Care Point Health & Wellness Center. Previously, Stephanie worked for over 20 years in local media sales and management and is very excited to join the nonprofit world. After graduation from the University of Florida, Stephanie has called Tallahassee home for over 25 years. She is married and the proud parent of 2 four-legged children.
Past Board Members
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