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FEA Board: Florida

Jessica Cecere

CEO, Business Entrepreneur, Consultant and Personal Finance Expert
Nonprofits First Inc

Jessica Cecere is the Chief Executive Officer of Nonprofits First, Inc. and has over 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience. Ms. Cecere is also a small business owner, consultant, and active community volunteer. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University. She was a Certified Consumer Credit Counselor, as well as a Certified Counselor for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Cecere is an expert in board governance, nonprofit management, leadership facilitation and personal finance and has appeared in numerous local and national publications. Cecere was a long time local television media source in the area of credit and personal finance, as well as, serving as a frequent guest host on Clear Channel Radio’s WJNO morning news. Jessica Cecere has a long history of community involvement with many community service and nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate and active alumni of Leadership Florida and Leadership Palm Beach County. Jessica also serves on several committees. Jessica has served on 10 plus nonprofit boards and advisory councils from 1992 – 2020. She is currently a board member of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, the Central Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and recently the Financial Executives Alliance for First Republic Bank. Jessica is also the Chairperson of Board for the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida and Puerto Rico. .

Gregory Demetriades

Chief Financial Officer
Community Partners of South Florida

Gregory Demetriades joined Community Partners of South Florida in February 2006 as their Chief Financial Officer. He has served the Palm Beach County nonprofit sector for over 30 years in key leadership roles including as CFO at The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and at the Perry Institute for Marine Science, as well as Business Manager/Deputy Director of the Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches. Gregory brings strong organizational skills and experiences in diversified financial activities and general management, combined with extensive computer knowledge to his role at CP. Gregory holds a Master of Business Administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Bob Hamon

Chief Executive Officer
Center for Creative Education

Bob Hamon has served as the Chief Executive Officer of CCE since 2011 when he transitioned from being a consultant for the organization to its full-time leader. Hamon uses his extensive background in management and strategy to work effectively with the community, Board of Directors and CCE staff, on finance, development and programming issues. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of CCE, Hamon works to devise long-range strategies to carry out its mission. Hamon has over 30 years of experience in executive positions in healthcare. He served as Senior VP of Group Purchasing Services for the largest health care purchasing group in the US until 2005 and remained as a consultant until 2007. He then opened his own consulting practice, RH Consulting, with a focus on strategic and operation performance.

Randy B. Nobles

President & CEO
Habitat for Humanity of S. Palm Beach County

Randy has been in his current role at Habitat for Humanity since June 2016, during which the Affiliate has experienced rapid growth and enhancement of its brand and visibility. Prior to joining Habitat, Randy spent 2 years as an independent business consultant, but most notably retired in 2012 after a 32 year career at Comerica Bank. Randy has served as Chair of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce for 2 years (2014‐2015) and was a Founding Board Member of the Mizner Center for the Arts. He currently serves as a Trustee Board Member for the YMCA of S. Palm Beach County (Chair 2002‐03), as a Board Member for Trustbridge Health, as a Governing Board Member for West Boca Medical Center and serves as an appointee by the City of Boca Raton on the Board of the Boca Raton Airport Authority. Randy has received numerous awards and accolades over his career, including the Boca Raton Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year award. Randy holds his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Graduate Banking.

Dana Eschenburg Perez, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

Dana Perez is Chief Financial and Operations Officer of Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc. (AAF), an agency with an operating budget of $9M, which was founded to assist Palm Beach County families in achieving housing stability and self-sufficiency. Ms. Perez is a Florida licensed CPA who has been with the agency since 2013, coming from a ten year tenure in public accounting with RSM US, LLP. Ms. Perez was an audit manager with RSM US, LLP managing engagements for clients with annual revenues ranging from $8 million to $1 billion. Ms. Perez holds her master’s and bachelor’s degree, both in accountancy, from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She serves many volunteer roles: Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Financial Management Network; a member of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches since 2006, currently serving as Treasurer; member of the Financial Recovery Committee for Area Agency on Aging Palm Beach/Treasurer Coast; PTA Treasurer for the past two years; and most recently a member of the Financial Executive’s Alliance Florida Chapter. She resides in Royal Palm Beach with her spouse and three children.

Nancy Politsch

Executive Director
Jupiter Lighthouse ArtCenter

Before joining the staff at Lighthouse ArtCenter, Ms. Politsch was a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Private Bank in Baltimore, Maryland. After 38 years in banking and wealth management, Ms. Politsch retired from the banking world to pursue her passion for the arts and begin her position at the Lighthouse ArtCenter. Ms. Politsch served on the Maryland Hall Center for The Creative Arts (Annapolis, MD) Board of Directors Executive Committee and as Chairman of their Finance Committee. She also served as the Chair of their annual fundraising event, All That Art. Ms. Politsch holds a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Missouri. She began her financial career in Kansas City with Waddell & Reed and moved to Baltimore to serve as an equity portfolio manager for Bank of America. She later managed portfolios at PNC and Andersen Tax before joining Wells Fargo Private Bank as a Wealth Advisor in 2010. Besides her work with Maryland Hall, Ms. Politsch has been involved with The Kidney Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Chesapeake, Paul’s Place, and is a founding member of Leadership through Athletics. Ms. Politsch was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record, which recognizes outstanding women who are both professional and community leaders.

Paula Simmonds

Chief Financial Officer
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County

Paula Simmonds oversees all aspects of the Agency’s finances, including the development and management of budgets, preparation of financial statements and reporting to the Board. She brings over 16 years of senior level nonprofit financial management experience, with a focus on developing policies and procedures to improve performance and productivity. She has dedicated her career helping various organizations define their strategic direction, prepare new business plans, streamline financial processes and create monitoring and accountability systems. Paula holds a BBA Degree in Accounting from Baruch College, NYC and a MBA from Florida Atlantic University.

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