Board

Board Member

Chair

Sam Rogers, Jr.

Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Inc.

Sam Rogers, Jr. graduated from Florida State University with an Accounting degree. He began his insurance career with United States Fidelity & Guaranty Insurance Company as a Surety Bond Underwriter in New Orleans, LA. He returned to Tallahassee to work with Rogers-Atkins Insurance and later became a partner and shareholder. He then assumed the role of CFO before being named CEO of Rogers Gunter Vaughn Insurance. Sam also holds the designation of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter, (CPCU). As a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee, Rogers’ community services includes currently serving on the United Way of the Big Bend Board of Directors and formerly serving on the board of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and the Tallahassee/Leon County Economic Development Council. Previously, Sam served as past Chairman of the Tallahassee Risk Management Board, Leon County Schools Foundation, Independent Insurance Agents of Tallahassee and Florida Association of Insurance Agents.

 

Eric Grant

Secretary

Eric Grant

Municode

Eric is President of Municode. Eric joined the Municode team in 2007 as Vice President of the Corporation's Supplement Department after graduating from the University of Virginia's School of Law. Prior to receiving his Juris Doctorate, Eric served as a Tank Platoon Commander in the United States Marine Corps. As a Marine, Eric served stateside and abroad with his unit deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom shortly after September 11, 2001. As prepartion for his career as a Marine, Eric attended both the United States Naval Adademy and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. While at the Naval Academy, Eric served as the Brigade Commander, responsible for the development, training and welfare of over 4,000 of America's finest young men and women. While serving as a Marine, Eric served in Virginia, Kentucky, California and abroad as a member of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Eric serves on a number of boards including John Paul II Catholic HIgh School and the Boys and Girls Club of the Big Bend.

Board Member

Treasurer

Susan Payne Turner

Prime Meridian Bank

Susan Payne Turner is the Bank's Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer/HR Director. She was formerly a Regional Retail Leader for Centennial Bank, where she managed ten branches located in Leon, Wakulla, Calhoun and Liberty Counties. Prior to this position, Mrs. Turner was Chief Financial Officer for a local community bank with responsibilities in: financials, budgeting, staff management and development; AML/BSA compliance; deposit compliance; facility expansion; GLBA-Technology; and audit/exam initiatives. Mrs. Turner began her banking career while working part-time in high school and has worked in many areas of banking including operations, marketing, compliance, financials and human resources. She is a graduate of Florida State University and received a Master's in Business Administration from Troy University in 2005. Mrs. Turner is also a graduate from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. She is a Past Chair for the Tallahassee Community College Foundation and currently serves on the Foundation's Board. She also serves as Past Chairman for the Tallahassee Community College Alumni and Friends Association, as a Director on the board for the Wakulla County Senior Center, Associate Director for the Wakulla Historical Society and Director Emeritus on the board for the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Turner is a member of the Coastal Optimist Club.

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Member

Sarah Butters

Ausley & McMullen, PA

Sarah S. Butters is a Shareholder at the law firm of Ausley & McMullen in Tallahassee, Florida. She is also an adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law, where she has taught wills and trust related courses since 2010. She is experienced in trust and estates litigation; the preparation of wills, trusts, and complex estate plans; and the administration of probates and trusts.  She is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel and is the current Probate and Trust Division Director for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.

 

Investment Committee

Member

Seth Clark

Capital City Trust Company

Seth is a Senior Vice President and Senior Investment Officer of Capital City Trust Co., a subsidiary of Capital City Bank Group. He leads a portfolio management division responsible for the oversight of $700 million of client assets. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Seth has called Tallahassee home for more than twenty years. An entrepreneur while in college, Seth has spent his entire career with Capital City Trust Co. since completing undergraduate studies at Florida A&M’s School of Business & Industry. Along with his mentoring activities, Seth also serves on the boards of the Miccosukee Youth Education Foundation and Fathers, Brothers, and Sons Inc.

Skip Foster

Member

Skip Foster

Community Leader

Skip came to Tallahassee from Ft. Walton Beach where he was the publisher of the North Florida Daily News since 2013. A native of Lakeland, FL, Skip began his career as a sportswriter and spent the first 24 years of his career in Gastonia and Shelby, North Carolina. He served as editor of the Shelby Star from 1997-2007 and then as publisher of that newspaper from 2007-2013. Skip was an active member of the Shelby Rotary Club for 16 years and served on many organizations’ boards in Florida and North Carolina. Notably, the United Way of Cleveland County awarded him the H. Eugene LeGrand Lifetime Achievement Award and named him their Volunteer of the Year for 2010. In addition to the Community Foundation of North Florida, he is currently a board member of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, the EDC of Tallahassee/Leon County and the United Way of the Big Bend. Skip is a 1988 graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He is married to former North Carolina District Court Judge Anna (Dina) Foster, who is now an attorney at the Pennington Law Firm. The Fosters are the proud parents of one daughter, Mary Frances, who is a junior at Elon University in North Carolina, and two sons, Matthew and Will, who attend Chiles and Deerlake.

Fred Harris

Member

Fred Harris

GreenbergTraurig

Fred is a shareholder of the Grennberg Traurig law firm. He focuses his practice on renewable energy projects, public-private partnerships, taxation, transactional work, corporate and dispute resolution.Fred received his B.A. from Auburn University, his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and a LL.M. degree from The University of Florida College of Law. He was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year,” Corporate Law, Tallahassee in 2014 and has been listed as twice as a Florida Super Lawyer. Fred currently serves on the board of the Tallahassee Friends of the Library Endowment Trust, as President of the board for Mind, Body & Spirit, Inc., as Vice President of Truthseekers, Inc. and is former President of Tallahassee Habitat for Humanity.

Scott Higginbotham

Member

Scott Higginbotham

Entrepreneur

Scott has been a resident, entrepreneur, and community advocate in Tallahassee Florida since 1992. Throughout his career, Scott has served as Vice President of Tallahassee Auto Group, President of Capital City Harley-Davidson, served on the Board of the Capital City Challenge Law Enforcement Rodeo to support the Special Olympics, and since 2005, served on the local board of YoungLife Tallahassee where he is currently the outgoing Chairman. Scott has also served on the Community Christian School Board, has volunteered with Elder Care Services and the Walker Ford Center in Tallahassee helping to mentor young men in after school programs. Scott also served on the board of Capital City Youth Services helping to establish Project Safe Places in Tallahassee, and served several years on the Funds Distribution Committee for the United way of the Big Bend. Scott is a second Generation CFNF Board member following in the footsteps of his father Richard.

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Member

Bob Inzer

Florida League of Cities

Bob Inzer is a former Leon County Clerk of the Court and former City of Tallahassee Treasurer and Clerk. He currently serves as the Financial Advisor to the Florida League of Cities. Bob is the Founder and Executive Director of the Sunshine State Governmental Finance Commission and is on the board of the Florida Center for Performing Arts and Education.

Investment Committee

Member

Michael Kramer

K3 Investments

Michael is the managing partner of K3 investments, a private investment fund that has holdings in commercial real estate, investment banking, express car washes, manufacturing and a home nursing company.  He serves as a director/advisor for several regional companies including Infinity Software, Titus Sports Academy, Ghost Controls, Red Hills Radio, and Hopewell Home Health Care. Michael was also the Chairman of Red Elephant Pizza from its startup until it was sold in 2012.  

In 2006, Michael and partners acquired Desloge Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment, a regional medical equipment provider. He served as the COO/CFO, and within 6 years, sales had tripled and profits quadrupled.  In 2013, Michael led the negotiations and sale of the company to AeroCare, a national company with 150 locations which has retained Michael’s services since their purchase. Prior to Desloge, Michael was the COO/ CFO for Walls Industries of Texas.  Walls is a $100 million manufacturer and marketer of branded outdoor apparel. Michael led the recapitalization in 2001, the transition to global sourcing in 2002 and the ultimate sale of The Company in 2004 to Brazos Equity Partners, a Dallas based investment firm. From 1996 to 1999 Michael was the CFO of Super-Lube, Inc. Michael was part of the management team that grew the business from 35 to 75 units and Michael led the ultimate sale of the company for an industry high EBITDA multiple. Michael spent 4 years with Arthur Andersen (1992-1996) in Dallas working as a Manager in the business consulting services group that grew from a staff of 10 to 180 during his tenure while working with manufacturing, retail and distribution clients in the Southwest United States.

In 2010, Michael was appointed by the Leon County Commission to serve on the Investment Oversight Committee (IOC) for the County. The IOC oversees the portfolio investments and practices of Leon County, FL. In addition, Michael serves on the Investment Committee for the Community Foundation of North Florida. Michael has also given several talks to companies and private groups on business valuation and transaction planning, professional responsibility and incentive systems.

Michael has an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin as well as Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. 

 

Debie Leonard

Member

Debie Leonard

Thomas Howell Ferguson

Debie is a shareholder in the Tax Services Department of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPA's  with over 30 years of experience in public accounting. A graduate of FSU, Debie earned a degree in Accounting, as well as Nutrition. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Debie has earned the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Certificate of Achievement for Personal Financial Specialist, which is a unique credential making Debie more than a financial planner - she is a CPA with the powerful combination of extensive tax expertise and comprehensive knowledge of financial planning. Her main practice area includes servicing individuals, high net worth clients including estate and charitable planning, and not-for-profit entities. Debie is a member of the Tallahassee Regional Estate Planning Council. She also serves or has served on the FSU Foundation Planned Giving Council, the United Way of the Big Bend, the American Lung Association of the Big Bend Region, and the Mary Brogan Museum of Arts & Sciences, in addition to being a very active member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). Debie is also a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee, Class XIII and a former president of Leadership Tallahassee. In 2013, Debie was selected by the Tallahassee Democrat as one of the “25 Women You Need to Know” and officially joined Club 25, where she currently serves as a Board Member and Treasurer.

Jana McConnaughhay

Member

Jana McConnaughhay

Waldoch and McConnaughhay, P.A.

Jana is an elder law attorney, practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration, guardianship and long-term care planning at Waldoch and McConnaughhay, P.A. She is a Tallahassee native, who received a B.A.in Accounting, with honors, from Furman University and her J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law. Currently Ms. McConnaughhay serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Elder Law Section of the Florida and on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys. She and her husband, Chad, have two children, ages fourteen and twelve.

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Member

Angie Sipple

Angie Sipple is a native of Tallahassee. She received a BFA in Journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and her JD from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. She was a civil litigator with the St. Louis law firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale before returning to Tallahassee in 1997 with her husband Marty. Since returning to Tallahassee she has been an active community volunteer working most closely with the Leon High School Foundation, Young Actor’s Theater and Word of South. She and Marty have four children ranging in age from 16 to 23. 

Susan Thompson

Member

Susan Thompson

Smith Thompson Shaw Minacci & Colon, P.A.

Susan has more than 30 years of experience in real property law and civil litigation. She was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1981, and the State Bar of Georgia in 1982. Susan is a graduate of the University of Florida and Universtiy of Florida College of Law. She is a member of the Tallahassee Board of Realtors; past president of the Tallahassee Lenders Consortium; and past chair of the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.

Glenda Thornton

Member

Glenda Thornton

Florida State University College of law

Glenda currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiative for the Florida State University College of Law. Previously, she was Regional Vice President of Revenue Cycle Sales for Accretive Health as well as General Counsel for the Florida Lottery after practicing law for over 20 years. Glenda has always been very involved in the community serving on numerous boards including the Tallahassee Memorial Foundation, Seminole Boosters, Southeastern Community Blood Center, Downtown Redevelopment Commission and the Southern Shakespeare Festival. She also has served as chairman of the boards for Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, the Greater Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Big Bend, Workforce Plus, Leadership Tallahassee, the American Heart Association and Capital City Bank’s Leon Community Advisory Board. A graduate of Florida State University College of Law and the 2005 recipient of the law school’s Distinguished Alumni Award, Glenda was also the 2001 Recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Awards’ Pacesetter Award.

Claude Walker

Member

Claude Walker

Summit Group

Staff

President & CEO

Katrina Rolle, JD

President & CEO

Katrina Rolle began at the Community Foundation in October 2019 after having served as CEO of United Way of the Big Bend for almost five years. Katrina has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Tuskegee University and is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Katrina practiced law in Tallahassee primarily in the area of estate planning. Katrina has been actively involved in the community and with her law school alma mater. She is the Immediate Past President of the University of Florida Alumni Association and Immediate Past Chair of the Maclay School Board. Katrina is also a board member of the Economic Club of Florida and the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she is member of Leadership Tallahassee and Leadership Florida.

CFO

Lucia Fontela

Chief Financial Officer

Lucia is a graduate from Loyola University where she earned her BA degree in Accounting. She began her accounting career as a CPA with Deloitte and Touche in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to joining the foundation Lucia served 20 years as CFO and Vice-President of Administration for Redwire/Sonitrol. She has served our community in various volunteer roles including The United Way and the PA of Holy Comforter. For the past 10 years, she has taught 6th grade religious education class at Blessed Sacrament and is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee class #17.

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Laurie Hartsfield Burleson

Sr. Director Donor Relations

Laurie has served the non-profit sector for more than 20 years. Her experience includes directing healthcare non-profits and a trade association’s educational foundation in all programmatic, cause-related marketing and fund development activities. Since 1999, Laurie has served as a consultant for non-profit organizations specializing in development audits; feasibility studies; capital campaign direction; campaign follow-up services; case development and marketing strategies; and public relations programs. Her diversified client base includes environmental, health, education, religious and social service organizations. Between 1999 and 2003, Laurie helped various non-profits raise nearly $20 million to further their organizational goals. Since then, her efforts have been focused on collective impact projects that harness the power of multiple stakeholders collaborating toward a shared aim for the betterment of our community through her work with the Knight Creative Communities Institute and her volunteer efforts with the Leon County sales tax committee, Imagine Tallahassee and the Town & Gown initiative. Laurie has established and maintains strong ongoing relationships with locally elected officials, government leaders within both city and county administrations, community and business leaders, and other stakeholders who have a vested interest in strengthening our community. She has proven experience in leading, managing and supporting teams of staff, board and volunteer leaders, as well as managing project and organizational budgets and a demonstrated passion for solving community problems.Mrs. Burleson is the Senior Director of Donor Relations for the Community Foundation of North Florida and the former Vice President of Business Development for the Florida Medical Association.

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Sarah Stout

Director Donor Relations

Sarah joined the Foundation in 2019 after having most recently served as Scholarship Officer for the Tallahassee Community College Foundation. Her position at the TCC Foundation focused on improving scholarship administration by developing more effective policies and procedures pertaining to student awarding, scholarship donor relations and community engagement for academic program fundraising. Sarah previously taught elementary school students in grades Kindergarten through Fourth, but left education to work with her husband on developing a new franchise concept for their restaurant. Sarah manages grants for the Community Foundation and focuses on donor relations pertaining to the nonprofit organizations affiliated with the Foundation. She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Administration and is also a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. In 1991, Sarah and her husband founded Bagel Bagel Café on W. Pensacola Street in Tallahassee, they have two children who currently attend the University of Alabama.