THE ENGAGEMENT Team
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Consultant,Maribel Martinez is a social sector leader with over 25 years of experience in education and nonprofit management. She began her teaching career in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the fourth largest school district in the country, teaching students with disabilities and second-language students before transitioning to becoming a reading specialist. Later, she led professional development for new teachers.
In New York City, Maribel had the privilege of leading the launch of the first all-digital teaching platform. She worked closely with the board of education to manage change and integrate technology nationally to increase student achievement. It was there that Maribel took notice of the homework gap and began collaborating with nonprofit groups in New York City on digital inclusion, distributing computers to K-8 students in asset-limited neighborhoods.
Maribel is considered a national digital inclusion expert and has first-hand experience collaborating with HUD-assisted housers to implement multi-year digital equity plans. She's also worked with industry partners on targeted outreach campaigns aimed at income-constrained people, created and led public-private partnerships across multiple sectors to close the digital divide, developed computer and tablet training curricula and train-the-trainer programs, worked with stakeholders to build capacity and create talent pipelines into college and tech for asset-limited communities, and developed innovative processes to accelerate tech adoption for hundreds of thousands of end-beneficiaries. Maribel’s blended and virtual digital skills training curricula for secondary students, working-age individuals, and older adults have been adopted in 30 U.S. cities and counting.
Maribel holds a B.S., M.S., and an Ed.S. in education and was recognized in 2006 by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She studied mentoring and teacher induction through her doctoral work, and in 2018, Maribel completed a nonprofit management certificate with a concentration in financial success from Cornell University.
Maribel lives in Miami, Florida, where she was born and raised.
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Consultant,Bo Medred has 36 years of experience in the public and private sectors of land use planning in Florida. His primary expertise is in the zoning entitlement and the land development and redevelopment processes. For the past 29 years, Bo has led the land use planning and land development activities for numerous clients as President of Genesis Planning and Development, Inc., a company he founded in 1989. He has handled more than 300 different rezone and special exception applications during his planning career in Florida.
Prior to establishing Genesis Planning and Development, Inc., Bo was the planning coordinator for a large affordable home builder/developer in Sarasota and Manatee counties. While there, he coordinated the zoning entitlement and land development processes of eleven different residential communities that catered to entry-level homebuyers. Bo started his career in Sarasota in 1982 as a County Planner for Sarasota County after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Urban and Regional Planning from West Virginia University. Bo and his wife Gina have raised four children in the Sarasota-Manatee area and are very fortunate to have all four of those children and their families living in the area.
Michael Oxman believes in the power of innovation to transform the social sector, which inspired him to cofound No Margin, No Mission in 2011. A self-described entrepreneur and business leader with a strong desire to create a better world, he embraces opportunities to help organizations become stronger and more thrivable so they can achieve greater mission impact. Michael’s talents have been widely embraced by nonprofit and philanthropic leaders nationwide.
Michael’s extensive experience in both for-profit and nonprofit entrepreneurial ventures has earned him respect nationally as a subject-matter expert, consultant, and speaker on topics pertaining to earned income and social enterprise, business planning, plus brand and marketing strategy. With consulting experience that runs broad and deep, Michael’s client portfolio spans a wide range of health and human service, arts, and philanthropic organizations.
Prior to founding No Margin, No Mission, Michael was an advertising and communications senior executive at Havas (formerly Euro RSCG Worldwide) in the firm’s Chicago office. During his time there, Michael led the Agency’s Business Development and Digital Marketing teams, plus strategic brand development for Walgreens Boots Alliance. He also initiated his strategic work in the nonprofit sector for the Seattle-based Comprehensive Health Education Foundation (C.H.E.F.). Prior to joining Havas, Michael was a senior executive at Publicis (formerly D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles) in the firm's Detroit office, leading strategic brand development for the Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors. Earlier in his career, Michael held executive positions at other leading advertising agencies, advising Fortune 500 clients such as Chiquita Brands Worldwide and The Iams Pet Food Company on brand strategy.
Michael has served on several Chicago-area nonprofit boards, including Ravinia Music Festival’s Ravinia Associates and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Michael earned his BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MS in Advertising from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Chicago.
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Consultant,Working with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Advancing Philanthropic Leadership is like coming home for Donna.
At the beginning of her career, she worked in the technology field with NCR and then the Internet Access Group. After a short break to raise her three boys, she began working at Manatee Technical College in the Grants/Marketing Department. It was at MTC where she had her first opportunity to work with students as a Career Counselor. After her career with the school district, she went back into private industry and ran her own technology consulting company. As life evolved, so did her passion. She felt the calling and needed to have daily connections with her community and to use her knowledge and experiences to help others feel supported and valued.
Donna graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing. She is a proud Florida native and enjoys finding ways to live a life that is compatible with nature and its delicate balance.
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Denise Roberts brings decades of experience as a facilitator, community assessment expert, writer, editor, researcher, fundraiser, and classroom teacher serving the needs of diverse community members. She knows both perspectives of the nonprofit management and financing process, from those who provide funding to those who seek it.
Before moving to Sarasota, Florida, in 1994, Denise was Associate Executive Director for Cleveland (Ohio) Scholarship Programs, Inc., where she managed fundraising, strategic planning, and marketing and coordinated college application and scholarship advisors for low-income public high school students.
In Sarasota, Denise directed grant-making programs at The Venice Foundation — the predecessor of today's Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Here she facilitated the work of board members and hundreds of volunteers in assessing community needs, managed grant-making activities, and coordinated public relations. She later served as Chief Development Officer for Child Development Center — the predecessor of today's Florida Center for Early Childhood — where she directed all fundraising activities and led the agency in winning accreditation by two major national agencies. She served as Executive Director of Family Law Connection where she improved all systems and processes and worked with the board to find the right partners to facilitate a merger of legal aid service providers. Denise later directed special projects for Jewish Family and Children's Service, winning more than $30 million in grants supporting services to families, seniors, children, veterans, and other groups and lead the Council on Accreditation reaccreditation process.
As the owner of her own consulting firm since 2012, she has helped many nonprofit clients in human services, education, and the arts develop successful strategies; win grants to support programs and operations; develop strategic, fundraising, and communications plans; and create systems to guide community impact measurement.
Denise earned a Bachelor of Arts in English — Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude — from Kenyon College in Ohio and advanced continuing education credits in asset-based community development, fundraising, and nonprofit management. She completed coursework at John Carroll University to hold Ohio teaching certification in English (grades 7–12) and in Reading (K–12).
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As a consultant, Dr. Joni S. Steinberg manages The Patterson Foundation’s (TPF) Advancing Philanthropic Leadership (APL) initiative. In collaboration with Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the APL initiative encompasses innovative efforts to strengthen the capabilities of emerging philanthropic leaders. This initiative includes TPF’s Fellow’s Program and TPF lead teaching roles in Lilly School of Philanthropy graduate course offerings.
Dr. Steinberg’s career in academia centered around graduate management education. Through most of that career, she was a professor, graduate program manager, and student advisor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. A significant focus for her health administration and public health masters and doctoral graduate students was preparation for management or research careers with nonprofit organizations and NGOs in the U.S. and globally. Each year, Dr. Steinberg worked actively with graduating students pursuing fellowship positions in the health administration sector. When she retired in 2018, Tulane University awarded Dr. Steinberg Professor Emerita status.
Dr. Steinberg’s teaching, consulting, and publications focused on the application of quantitative methods to health care, health administration processes and data-driven decision making, health systems, management and policy, and information systems.
She earned her PhD in management science (finance minor) and MPH from Tulane University, her MS in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and her BS in mathematics (computer science minor) from the University of Miami.
Since moving to Sarasota in 1990, Dr. Steinberg has been an active community volunteer serving on several nonprofit boards of directors. She has one son and family living in Sarasota, and her other son lives in Alexandria, VA. Both sons grew up in Sarasota and graduated from Pine View School.
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ConsultantDr. Laurey Stryker is a consultant who works with private foundations and nonprofit organizations to facilitate, develop, and implement innovative education strategies.
She manages The Patterson Foundation's (TPF) Digital Access for All initiative, which explores the efforts of multiple sectors working to enhance access to technology and connects people in ways that foster inclusion and well-being. This initiative aspires to discover how individuals, businesses, nonprofits, government, and the media are moving the needle on access to digital technology. This knowledge will inform opportunities to collaboratively strengthen these efforts.
Dr. Stryker was TPF's initiative manager for EdExploreSRQ, a sustainable platform that has greatly enhanced access to experiential learning in Sarasota's schools. Most recently, she managed the development of TPF's Advancing Philanthropic Leadership initiative. Collaborations with IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy led to a vibrant TPF Fellows Program and opportunities for TPF to share its work as a "living laboratory."
She most recently conducted the developmental work to establish the West Coast of Florida’s Cross College Alliance, which is made up of New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, The Ringling/Florida State University, State College of Florida, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. The Alliance is dedicated to "Rethinking Education. Together." for the benefit of students and the community.
Prior to her consulting practice, Dr. Stryker held leadership positions in higher education at the University of South Florida and completed her career there as President of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus.
She was Florida’s Deputy Commissioner of Education for eight years where she worked extensively on higher education policy and programs, and is also the former Deputy Secretary of Florida’s Department of Labor.
Dr. Stryker earned her bachelor and master of arts degrees in political science and her Ed.D in higher education management from Florida State University.
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Consultant, TPF Administration and Accounting
A native of Tennessee, Nancy Vafeas earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Advertising from Middle Tennessee State University. She began her career in the marketing department with SunTrust Bank and transitioned to serving high-net-worth clients as a private banker while earning her Certified Financial Planner designation.
Nancy is an avid community volunteer helping many local nonprofits and has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Sarasota, Ashton Elementary PTO, and Sarasota Youth Sailing. She is currently serving on the Cotillion Club of Sarasota Board of Directors and is a Sarasota Middle School Advisory Council member. She is also a member of the Church of the Palms, Presbyterian USA.
Nancy and her husband, Dimitrios, have a son, Alexander, an 11th grader at Sarasota Military Academy, and a daughter, Olivia, an 8th grader at Sarasota Middle School. They also have the cutest dog in the world, Palmer, a Goldendoodle. Nancy loves to travel and is always planning the next vacation extravaganza for her family.
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