Meet Our Board

Stacy Baier, Ph.D., CEO, Pinellas Education Foundation

I believe building the knowledge, skills and talents of leaders within the nonprofit sector is what will make the greatest difference in finding solutions to the community’s most significant challenges. I appreciate being part of an organization like the Nonprofit Leadership Center that assists the sector in maximizing a donor’s investment by leveraging the capacity of the individuals leading and working within nonprofits.

Cheryl Brown, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

NLC’s passionate work to support nonprofit leaders in our communities who give their unwavering commitment to changing lives compelled me to get involved. I believe “inspired” leadership is the cornerstone of successful organizations, and serving in a role to help leaders flourish is an honor.

Mariana Bugallo-Muros

My passion is developing others to be the best they can be. I have dedicated my career to the health care and public sectors because I wanted to make a difference and be part of the solution. How humbling and gratifying it is to serve on NLC’s board. Our nonprofits are the heartbeat and soul of our community, and I’m proud that NLC provides valuable training and development resources to the region’s nonprofit organizations.

Sheff Crowder
Conn Memorial Foundation

As the founding chair for the Nonprofit Leadership Center, I can say the vision from day one was to cultivate a nonprofit heart, a business mind and a leader’s spirit. Nearly 25 years later, the vision has not changed. I am delighted that we’ve grown into our vision for becoming an important resource for our local sector. I am proud of our growth and look forward to continued growth to better serve the nonprofit community.

Bill Fries

I am particularly passionate about the need for strong nonprofit board governance and best practices. I believe nonprofits are most effective when they are governed by board members who understand their roles and responsibilities, know how to ask for money and create impactful nonprofit agencies to strengthen our local community across sectors. I love serving on NLC’s board because of the large number of nonprofit organizations it reaches and because NLC develops and connects nonprofit leaders so they can deliver better results.

Michelle Hamilton
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
Florida Blue

In my role at Florida Blue, I’ve learned that communities thrive because of the hard work of nonprofit organizations. As a Tampa native, this has sparked a passion in me toward philanthropy, especially with organizations that are working to make our community a healthier place to live and work. Because of this, I feel it’s critical for these organizations to have a resource like NLC to help them develop, connect and grow stronger. I’m proud to serve on the Nonprofit Leadership Center’s board because they provide this important support to nonprofit organizations that makes a meaningful impact in our community.

Christopher Johnson, Secretary
Senior Social Responsibility Specialist
The Mosaic Company

More than a decade ago, I made the decision to dedicate my professional life to the nonprofit sector and to also invest my personal resources into the organizations of my community as much as possible. Social sector agencies touch everyone in our community while directly impacting our quality of life. For these reasons, I’m honored to serve the Nonprofit Leadership Center, which I view as a community leader working to ensure the vitality of so many organizations addressing our region’s most critical social issues.

Mary Lallucci
Senior Vice President
Right Management

I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve on NLC’s board. I believe it’s important to find ways both personally and professionally to give back to the community. As a senior executive, I have spent my career in organizations that help people. Currently, at Right Management, we provide both Career Management and Talent Management solutions locally, regionally and globally to our clients. This role has allowed me a number of opportunities to be engaged with several nonprofits. The Nonprofit Leadership Center shares my values around connecting and serving, as well as quality, innovation and respect. I believe NLC brings a unique mix of services, and I consider serving on the board a true privilege.

Robin Moch, Vice Chair
M.E. Wilson

Serving on the Nonprofit Leadership Center board allows me to help a much larger number of nonprofit organizations than I could possibly help individually. What I have learned from working with NLC and also attending NLC’s programs has enabled me to better assist my clients, which is an added bonus. I strive to bring a different perspective and experience to this strong and dedicated group of professionals. The connections we make truly strengthen this sector of our community. 

Mindy Murphy
President and CEO
The Spring of Tampa Bay

As a nonprofit executive, I am passionate about giving our amazing team at The Spring the same opportunities for training and professional development they might find at a Fortune 500 company. And NLC delivers! With world-class programs for staff, board and volunteers – at prices our sector can afford thanks to generous community partners – we get the tools and resources we need to deliver effective, life-changing programs. As a board member, I am excited to help NLC continue innovating and advocating for nonprofits who are the heart and soul of our communities.

Nathan Penha, CRPS®, AAMS®, Senior Consultant, CAPTRUST

There are few greater privileges than the ability to serve your community and support those who support others. I have learned, especially these past few years, that representation is critical. It has become of the utmost importance while working with youth and families of color to lead by example and humility. Giving back to my community is at the very core of who I am. It has been such an honor to serve with the Nonprofit Leadership Center as a Key Partner, a mentor through its Advancing Racial Equity on Nonprofit Boards Fellowship, and now a board member.

Nancy Ridenour, CPA, Chair

I’m passionate about nonprofit organizations in our Tampa Bay Community. As a CPA in public accounting, I’ve provided audit and tax services to nonprofits since 1995. I also serve on various boards in our community. I‘ve taught at the Nonprofit Leadership Center since 2012 and was honored to be asked to join the Board. Teaching our nonprofits to be the best they can be is vital to growth and sustainability.

Michelle Sanchez, CPA, Treasurer
Member at Warren Averett

Every day, I am fortunate to be able to combine my skills as a CPA with my passion for nonprofits. Throughout my career in public accounting, I have had the opportunity to work with many nonprofit organizations in Tampa Bay. I am always amazed by their resilience and dedication to making our community a better place. I am honored to serve with the incredible team on the NLC board and to be an advocate for continued training and development to help our nonprofits grow even stronger.

Byron C. Smith, CPA, ABV, PFS
Partner, RSM US LLP

Serving. That is what we are here to do — to serve our community and the individuals who live here. We have all benefited from our community, and we all have a responsibility to give back. NLC is the perfect way for me to do this, helping nonprofits in our community deliver their missions and improve their financial well-being.

Luis R. Visot, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff
University of South Florida, College of Education 

Being a humble servant leader who is guided by the fundamental values of authenticity, empowerment, integrity, otherness and unselfishness, I’m inspired to be part of the Nonprofit Leadership Center. Learning about our community’s nonprofit sector and its capabilities while serving those who serve others is my source of passion and compassion. I’m honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve on the NLC Board of Directors as we collectively engage, educate, empower and advance the nonprofit sector in Tampa Bay.