Executive Staff

Nita Smith

Executive Director

Byron Pressley

Program Director

Professional Mentors

Shambria Young

Professional Mentor

Justin Goldsmith

Professional Mentor

Ken Baker

Professional Mentor

Leslie Malalos

Professional Mentor

Gregory Harvey

Professional Mentor

Teresa Riggs

Professional Mentor

April Schmit

Professional Mentor

Board of Directors

Terri L. Parker

Interim Board Chair

Partner, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

Tampa Bay, FL

Terri Sorensen


President, Friends of the Children

Seattle, WA

Gretchen Whalen


Principal, State and Local Tax, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Tampa Bay, FL

Eric Gabrielson

Chief Expansion Officer, The Campbell Foundation

Portland, OR

Lorita Shirley

Chief of Performance and Quality, Eckerd Connects

Tampa Bay, FL

Jay Silver

President, Helicon Property Restoration

Tampa Bay, FL

Johnny Bush

Principal, HB Plant High School

Tampa Bay, FL

Steve Stoffel

Partner, International Tax Services, Ernst & Young

Tampa Bay, FL

Reports & Tools

Research on the impact of youth and families in foster care

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Investor Report

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A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Long-Term Professional Mentoring Program for Children at Risk: Outcomes Across the First 5 Years

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Return on Investment Study

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Business Plan

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IRS form 990 (2016)

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Audited Financial Statements 2017

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