Board of Directors

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of lay leaders, clergy and religious members throughout the nine-county area of the Diocese of Orlando. Representing many professional fields of expertise, our directors are leaders in their parishes and in their communities. These men and women embody the values of our organization and are committed to sustaining our organization’s ability to address community needs, impact lives, promote the Gospel and build the Kingdom of God in Central Florida. We are grateful for their leadership, commitment and the many gifts they freely share serving our partnership with the Diocese of Orlando.

J. Thomas Chandler

Chairman

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park

Tom is the Chief Executive Officer of SchenkelShultz Architecture, a leading Florida design firm. He has spent his entire career with SchenkelShultz, joining the firm in 1979. Tom moved to Central Florida in 1983 to lead the firm’s Orlando office. He is responsible for strategic leadership and the community involvement of the firm. He has been instrumental in guiding the firm’s growth to a regional, award-winning architectural design practice.

SchenkelShultz’s business model focuses on the market sectors of aviation, education, public safety and community specific design initiatives.

Tom has made significant contributions to educational efforts in Florida evidenced by the firm’s educational designs represented in 30 counties in Florida, as well as 19 Colleges and Universities throughout the State. With Tom’s leadership, SchenkelShultz has been ranked as one of the top Educational Design Firms in the Southeast, by ENR Southeast magazine.

In the aviation market, the firm has served as the General Consultant for master planning and design for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. As such, Tom has led a team of design professionals that addressed terminal planning/design/construction, airfield planning and real estate development issues. The firm also maintains long-term relationships at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Florida and with General Aviation focused Signature Flight Support.

Tom is a well-respected member of the Central Florida Community and has contributed substantially to its growth and development over the course of the last 36 years. He has served as President of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Florida and the development of all three Orlando RMHC houses.

Under Tom’s leadership, SchenkelShultz has also completed extensive work for UCP of Central Florida and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida. The firm’s most recent effort, the Jacqueline Bradley and Clarence Otis Family Boys & Girls Club will be an integral part of the West Lakes Community Development.

SchenkelShultz is a past recipient of the Nil Schweizer Community Service Award by the Orlando Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the firm’s contributions to the Central Florida Community.

Kevin F. Bowler

Vice-Chair

Prince of Peace, Ormond Beach

Kevin F. Bowler is President of Daytona Beverages, LLC, distributors of Anheuser-Busch brands and other craft and micro products. Kevin assumed this role in 1995 when he left Anheuser-Busch, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Daytona Beach, Florida.

During his twenty-six year employment at Anheuser-Busch, Kevin served as President of Eagle Snacks, which at the time was the second largest snack food company in the United States. His involvement with Eagle Snacks began at its inception as an Anheuser-Busch Company, where his contributions resulted in the growth of over $500 million in sales.

Since moving to Daytona Beach, Kevin has held various offices of community groups including board member for the United Way of Volusia County, The Daytona Beach Chamber, Vice-Chair Business Development Partnership, The Mayor’s Task Force on Special Events, Civic Pride, and numerous other civic and charitable activities.  In addition, he aids with the organization of the annual Michelob Ultra Invitational Golf Tournament benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler Counties, which has provided more than $1.5 million to their clubs.

Kevin received his undergraduate degree from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island and received his MBA from Hofstra University in New York.

Kevin and his wife, Jennifer Bowler, reside in Ormond Beach.  He is fiercely proud of their seven children and two grandchildren.

John R. Kancilia

Treasurer

Our Lady of Lourdes, Melbourne

John Kancilia is currently a shareholder in the Melbourne office of the law firm of Whitebird Attorneys at Law in Melbourne. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and received a master’s degree in Business Administration from Butler University in 1975 and a law degree from the Delaware Law School of Widener University in 1980.

Since 1983, John has been a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Melbourne, where he serves as a Minister of Hospitality, a group leader for the “Why Catholic?” program and Chairman of the parish Finance Committee. Additionally, John served as a Chair of the Mary and Joseph Guild during the Alive in Christ Campaign at Our Lady of Lourdes. In the local community, John is currently a member of the Melbourne Kiwanis Club and serves on the Board of Directors of Florida Bank of Commerce.

John and his late wife, Frances, have two children, Robert and Elizabeth.  John also has a daughter, Carrie Ann, from a previous marriage as well as two stepchildren, Yolanda Sihler and George T. Stubbs, Jr.

 

Very Rev. John C. Giel

Holy Family Catholic Community, Orlando

Very Rev. John C. Giel has been pastor of St. Stephen parish in Orlando. He is also currently the Chancellor for Canonical Affairs/Vicar General for the Diocese of Orlando, and serves as a diocesan judge. He is the founder and executive producer of CCTN, the Catholic Community Television Network.

Previously, Fr. Giel served as pastor of the Catholic Community of St. Paul in Leesburg. He is a staunch supporter of Catholic education and was the driving force behind St. Paul’s Catholic School.

Fr. Giel has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Stetson University, a Master’s of Divinity from St. Meinrad School of Theology, a Master’s in Canon Law, and a Licentiate in Canon Law degree.

Fr. Giel belongs to several national organizations, including the Canon Law Society of America, the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and the National Association of Broadcasters.

Very Rev. Richard Trout

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, Orlando

Very Rev. Richard Trout is Administrator Pro-Tem of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in Orlando.  Located near Orlando’s major theme parks, the Basilica serves area residents and thousands of tourists visiting local attractions.

Sister Maria Teresa Acosta

Annunciation Catholic Church, Altamonte Springs

Sr. Maria Teresa Acosta is an author, teacher and retreat leader who offered her life to the Lord in chastity, obedience, and poverty in 1985. She currently serves as pastoral assistant at Annunciation Catholic Church in Altamonte Springs. Sr. Maria was born and baptized in Havana, Cuba. Sr. Maria moved when she was six-years-old to New Jersey, where she spent her childhood and adolescence.

Robert Kryger

Resurrection Catholic Church, Lakeland

Robert Kryger is happily married for more than 30 years to his wife Judy, together the parents of four grown sons. They have been parishioners at Resurrection Catholic Church since relocating to Lakeland, FL in 1995. Robert has served on the Parish Finance Committee, Alive in Christ Campaign Committee, and for 18 years was a leader on the Resurrection Catholic School Board. Together, Robert and his wife also managed the Pre-Cana retreats in the Western Deanery of the Orlando Diocese for 15 years, speaking regularly about sexuality, Natural Family Planning, communication and finances.

Professionally, Dr. Kryger is an entrepreneurial scientist, having worked in a variety of technical fields and started several small businesses. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and is currently a Principal at Beck Kryger Capital Partners LLLP, managing a portfolio of investments in real estate, medical devices, specialized packaging, and food products. Dr. Kryger also holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Physics at Florida Polytechnic University and teaches part-time. He is extensively published and regularly consults with expertise about flavor chemistry, beverage formulations, food safety, chemical processing, measurement science and applied physics.

Robert has served on numerous professional advisory boards for the USDA, University of Florida, and various scientific societies. He also regularly volunteers as a judge for the State of Florida Science Fair and mentors science students.

 

David R. Ramos

 Resurrection Catholic Church, Lakeland

David R. Ramos is a licensed Certified Public Accountant with 40 years of accounting experience. He is a board member who has previously served on other charitable boards, including Catholic Charities of Central Florida. David, who attends Resurrection Catholic Church in Lakeland, has operated his public accounting firm, David R. Ramos CPA, for 30 years. David has served as a peer reviewer for the Florida Institute of CPAs since starting his practice and was appointed to the Peer Review Acceptance Committee in 2014.

During his accounting career, David has served a wide variety of clientele, including local charities and municipalities. Professionally, he is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Florida Institute of CPAs, the AICPA’s Governmental Audit Quality Center, and is the Immediate Past President of the Polk County Chapter of Florida Institute of CPAs. David is also a former President of both the Kiwanis Club of North Lakeland and Polk County Estate Planning Council, past Treasurer of Alliance for Independence, and past advisory board member of Peace River Center.

David and his wife, Janice, have eight children, six of them adopted. They have also fostered several more children.

Orlando L. Evora

St. James Cathedral, Orlando

As Co-Managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Orlando office, Orlando Evora has a wide-ranging experience in the acquisition, development, finance, disposition, entitlement, permitting and leasing of real property. His professional and community involvement includes membership in the Florida Bar, the Metro Orlando Economic Commission, and the Central Florida Partnership. Additionally, he currently sits on the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and served for ten years on the Saint James Advisory School Board.

Orlando received a B.A. in Business Administration at Rollins College and a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law.  In 2010 he was listed in Orlando Magazine as one of the best lawyers in Orlando and was twice named by the Orlando Business Journal as one of Central Florida’s ten most influential businessmen.

Very Reverend Ivan Olmo

Annunciation Catholic Church, Altamonte Springs

Fr. Ivan Olmo was ordained a priest by Bishop John Noonan on May 25, 2013 at St. James Cathedral in Orlando. He is originally from New York and previously worked as a manager with AT&T for 23 years. He was involved in many parish ministries and in 2007 a conversation with a priest planted a seed in his heart that led to his vocation to the priesthood.

Fr. Olmo graduated with a master’s degree in theology from Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass., a seminary for men who receive their calling to the priesthood later in life. He also has an associate’s degree in accounting, a bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA. He speaks Spanish fluently. Before being appointed pastor of Annunciation, Fr. Olmo served as parochial administrator of St. Mary Catholic Church in Rockledge, and as parochial vicar at Resurrection Catholic Church in Lakeland.

Randall Scott

Blessed Trinity, Ocala

Randall Scott is President, CEO and Chairman of MANDEX, Inc., a respected Service Disabled, Veteran Owned Small Business that provides national security and information technology services. MANDEX is based in Fairfax, VA, and operates offices throughout the nation, including Ocala. He has enjoyed a career of more than 50 years, including service in the U.S. military and as a contractor supporting national defense. He has more than 30 years of experience managing governmental and private organizations.

Randall currently serves on several boards and councils, including the Catholic University of America (CUA) School of Theology and Religious Studies (STRS) Board of Visitors, CUA Parents Council, and CUA 1887 Society. He is a graduate with degrees from several universities as well as numerous military institutions and schools.

Over the past 15 years, Randall has been actively involved in the community by helping to improve educational outcomes as they relate to the “Catholic Perspective”. For decades, he and his family have worked to serve the Church and Catholic community through gifts and personal support.

Jessica Bracero

St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, Kissimmee

I was blessed with wonderful, hardworking & loving parents who were devoted to family and ensured my brother and I lacked nothing. I graduated with a Finance degree from the University of Central Florida & worked at an International Law Firm as well as my husband’s medical practice. I held executive and administrative positions and oversaw multiple construction projects both residential and commercial/professional. At one point I was managing 3 locations and 27 employees. I am now a blessed and happy wife and mother of two beautiful daughters. We are a homeschooling family. Our main objective is to raise our daughters firmly in the faith and to know God and to follow His will for them. We are currently in our 10th year of homeschooling and working towards preparing my daughters for college. I still assist my husband from home mainly heading all his marketing and promotions projects. I am grateful for the privilege of serving as a Minister of the Word, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Children’s Ministry, Construction Committee & Faith Formation Catechist at St. Catherine of Siena parish. I currently dedicate my free time to continuing my spiritual growth and total trust in God.

Dr. Erika Wikstrom

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park

Dr. Erika Wikstrom is an innovative Education Leader with 15 years of experience providing quality, creative instruction to elementary, middle school, high school, and college students as well as faculty.  She is an expert at understanding pedagogy and student development which she uses to her advantage in creating curriculum and instructional designs tailored to the broad range of students’ abilities, including gifted and special needs children.

Erika is personally dedicated to developing the potential of all students and faculty as her background shows.  She is a focused, disciplined, and patient instructor who uses data to drive education decisions and methods of instruction.  She is also experienced and enthusiastic about using 21st-century technologies in more and more ways in the classroom.

Erika’s tenure with the Diocese of Orlando Catholic schools began in 2013 when she served as an English teacher at Bishop Moore Catholic. She went on to become a Director of Instruction at BMC. She left BMC to become principal of Trinity Catholic in Ocala and served there for three years. She returned to Bishop Moore in 2019 and proudly serves as principal, beginning her second year.

Erika has presented at NCEA, FACTS education, is a published author, and has been featured on a myriad of podcast and education forums.

Erika has been married to her husband Arve for 8 years. She and her husband are members of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church where she serves as a lector. Arve was active in the Army for thirty years and is currently a Colonel in the Army Reserves. Erika enjoys cycling, painting, and is an avid long-distance runner, participating in many running events including marathons.

Erika, a life-long lover of learning, received her BA in Humanities from Rollins College and then went on to obtain her MA in History of Art from the University of York, MBA from the University of Glasgow, Education Specialist degree from National Louis University. She also received her Doctorate in Education at National Louis University.

Lori Tolland

Prince of Peace, Ormond Beach

Lori Tolland is a Registered Nurse at several ambulatory surgical centers and Hospice Care Center. Born in Maryland, she is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Maryland in Baltimore. After moving to Florida in 1989, Lori became involved in various community organizations, school-related boards, and fundraising activities.

Present community involvement includes: Planning Board in City of Ormond Beach, Leisure Services Activity Board, Friends of Recreation and Friends of the Performing Arts Secretary, and Jesus Clinic volunteer providing free health care.  As a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Lori serves on the bereavement committee, assists with baptisms, serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and led the “Christ Renews His Parish” retreat.

Lori previously served as Board Chair of Father Lopez Catholic High School and member of the Capital Campaign Board, Halifax Health Foundation Board, Embry Riddle Athletic Advisory Board, Fundraising Chair of Embry-Riddle Blue and Gold Gala, and Celebrate at Father Lopez.

Lori and her husband, Tim, moved to Florida in 1989. They live in Ormond Beach and enjoy their seven children, and five grandchildren. Lori plays tennis and gardens in her spare time.

Karen Monteleone

Most Precious Blood, Oviedo

Karen Monteleone is an accomplished board relations executive with extensive experience building relationships that ensure organizations excel in their mission, especially during times of significant change. Karen has worked with a diverse range of community leaders, C-suite executives, and other influential volunteers to help advance the goals of the institutions they serve.
In her current role as Assistant Vice President for Board Relations at the University of Central Florida, Karen manages the university’s 13-member Board of Trustees responsible for policy decisions, performance, and fiscal management for one of the nation’s largest universities. She oversees all board operations and works directly with each member on the board’s activities and engagement, drawing from her volunteer leadership with the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB).
A builder by nature, Karen has helped improve transparency and communication essential for effective and informed decision-making. She also served as the primary staff liaison to the UCF board during its national presidential search in 2020, innovating new ways to virtually introduce candidates to the campus community during the pandemic.
Before working with the Board of Trustees in this new role, Karen served as the director and primary relationship manager for the university’s Foundation Board of Directors, where she provided strategic counsel to the Foundation CEO, executive leadership team, and board leadership and helped increase board engagement and philanthropy during the university’s $531 million IGNITE campaign. She has shared many of her successes in board member recruitment, advocacy, and fundraising and her passion for volunteer management as a speaker for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
and AGB.
Karen began her higher education career more than a decade ago at the UCF Alumni Association serving in several roles involving membership, student development, and college-level alumni relations programs. She has a background in marketing and previously worked for the Orlando Sentinel and Central Florida YMCA.
Karen is past president of the American Marketing Association of Orlando and has served in multiple community board positions, including on the board of directors for the Women’s Club at UCF, Rotary Club of Oviedo, and Central Florida YMCA. She is past vice chair for The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations and a master’s degree in educational leadership from UCF, and she is a graduate of UCF’s Leadership Empowerment Program.

Elisha González

St. James Cathedral, Orlando

Elisha González is an influential strategic and trusted executive, collaborative problem solver, connector and relationship builder, with the proven ability to develop lucrative partnerships and form valuable alliances.  She has been recognized for her leadership, business acumen and her commitment to community. She has been active in the community throughout her career, committed to making it a great place to live, work and play.

Elisha is an Educator and Public Affairs Executive and represents FAIRWINDS Credit Union nationally as the vice president of Government Affairs and Community Relations and executive director of the FAIRWINDS Foundation. González has been instrumental in the new, unified vision for the FAIRWINDS Foundation, where she leads the philanthropic effort to bolster organizations that advocate financial literacy, education and volunteerism by working with FAIRWINDS crew members in the community. She oversees government affairs, community relations, philanthropy and corporate giving. Most recently she was the lead consultant for the Central Florida collective impact initiative, Project Opioid in association with Change Everything Inc. González led the government and community relations efforts for Duke Energy Florida, a Fortune 150 company. Elisha’s focus was the company’s east coast operating area encompassing Seminole, Volusia, Flagler and Brevard counties. González served as Duke Energy’s leader in this region for local governments, civic partnerships and was responsible for government relations, philanthropy, community engagement strategy and social responsibility.

González served as director of community affairs for Valencia College and executive director of Valencia Promise/Orange County Take Stock in Children. González successfully re-launched the program in Orange County providing college scholarships, mentors and hope to economically disadvantaged youth locally, and was responsible for financial management, educational partnerships, community relations, marketing, branding, corporate partnerships, fundraising, and business operations. She previously served in the Orange County public school system where she held roles as principal, assistant principal, dean, and high school teacher. She served as the instructional leader, led faculty development, curriculum delivery, student achievement and led its financial and facilities operations.

In addition to her experience in education, González worked as the Central Florida regional director for the United States Senate.

Elisha serves in leadership roles for numerous organizations, including her gubernatorial appointment to Career Source Florida State Board and is the Vice
Chair of the Finance committee, Florida Policy Institute, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, United Arts of Central Florida, Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way Board Member and 2021 Women United Chair and 2019 Campaign Chair. Board Chair of the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando and the Orlando Economic Partnership – Policy & Advocacy and Investor Relations committees.

She recently concluded her second term as board member of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and also served on the Seminole State College Foundation, Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida, Past Board President of Art & History Museum – Maitland, 2019, Seminole Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, Leadership Seminole Board, Seminole County Homelessness Action Board, Kids House of Seminole Inc., Florida Executive Women Board and Investor Relations Team Volusia Economic Development Commission.

She has also served on the boards of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, City Year Orlando, Orange County Government Minority/Women Enterprise Advisory Committee, Orange County Government Children and Families Board, Women’s Resource Center of Central Florida, and Orange County Government Arts and Cultural Affairs Board.

González is also member of Leadership Florida. González also served on the gubernatorial appointed state board, Equity in Educational Opportunity Task Force and the senate appointed Florida’s Partnership for School Safety and Security Task Force. Elisha has been recognized for her community work and leadership with numerous honors, including 2021 Women of Influence, Orange Appeal Magazine, 2020 Women Who Move the City, Orlando Magazine, 2019 Women of the Year, Orange Appeal, 2019 i4 Business Magazine UP CLOSE feature, 2018 Orlando Business Journal’s, (OBJ), Women Who Mean Business Executive of the Year Honoree, 2018 Orlando Magazine Women of the Year Honoree, 2015 Mexican Consulate Women of Distinction Award, 2014 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando 25 Most Influential Hispanics in Central Florida, 2014 Association of Fundraising Professionals, (AFP), – Embraced By Grace Champions for Children Award, 2014 La Prensa Women of Distinction Award, and Orlando Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award. In 2014, she received the prestigious Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando/ Hispanic Business Initiative Fund Don Quijote Professional of the Year Award.

González earned a Master of Science degree in Business Administration in Education from Nova Southeastern University. A native of Mexico City, Mexico, González earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Central Florida.