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Advisory Council

The RMHC North Central Florida Advisory Council serves as a critical community champion of our organization. Members provide professional expertise, diverse knowledge and perspectives, connections and resources, and philanthropic support.

The Advisory Council meets quarterly for an engaging meeting with guest speakers such as RMHC North Central FLorida staff, families staying at the House, and community members.

For more information or to join the Advisory Council, please contact Sherry Houston at or 352-374-4404 x230.

Advisory Council Members

Maritza Arroyo – Attorney, Arroyo & Talbert, P.A.

Anne Aulisio – Area Director, n2 Publishing

Carlene Baker – Market Director of Sales, Hilton Garden Inn / Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville

Holly Bender – Realtor, Pepine Realty

Alisha Bowen – Senior Biological Pharmaceutical Representative, Amgen Pharmaceuticals

Michele Brewer – Co-Owner, Adam’s Rib Co.

Karyn Brinkley – General Manager, VITAS Healthcare

Michele Broadhurst – Senior Liability Adjuster, Tower Hill Insurance

John Brochu – Community Volunteer

Kimberly Buchholz – Marketing Director for United Country Real Estate and Columbia Timber Company.

Becky Bumgarner – Vice President of Operations, Keith Watson Events

Alison Cannon- Substitute Teacher, Alachua County School Board

Steve Cannon-Vice President Member Development, Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce

Donna Carroll – Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Barnett Chenault, President – Architecture, Monarch Design Group

Sandhya Chheda, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones.

Kimberly Clawson – Business Development Manager, Pediatrics, UF Health Shands          Children’s Hospital

Kevin Coulson – Digital Communications Strategist, UF College of Education

Sherri Cousins – Owner, Southeast Car Agency

Joanne Edde – Financial Center Manager, First Federal Bank

Clara Edwards, Senior Account Executive, Feathr

Sue Edwards – Community Volunteer

J.R. Fort – Community Volunteer

Suzanne Gilbert – Owner, The Hatchetbury

Eric Gillum, Jr., Director of Sales, Home 2 Suites by Hilton/Mcneill hotel Company, LLC

Michelle McElroy, Owner, MM Design and Decor/the Home Place

Erica Nicole Eubanks-Social Media & Public Relations Specialist, The Collier Companies

Alesa Flewellen-Research Coordinator II, UF Radiation Oncology

Deputy Cary Gallop – PIO/Crime Prevention Unit, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

Erica Goldstein, Forensic Program Manager, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare

Brian Graham – Development Director

Sukanya Gururangan – Community Volunteer

Cynthia Hedman, Product Management Analyst, Tower Hill Insurance Group

Kate Hillard- Teacher, Marion County Public Schools

Marcia Hodik, RN, BSHS, CCRC- Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator, McKnight Brain Institute

Charise Holcombe – PA-C Clinical Oncology Specialist, Genetech

Christine Jimenez, Realtor, Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage

Matt Hunter-Director of Promotions & Creative Services, WCJB TV 20

Joseph Kennedy – Branch Vice President, VyStar Credit Union

Debby Kinman-Ford – Owner, CEDAR Learning

Andree Kocian – Owner/Operator, McDonald’s

Lee Ann Lawson MS ARNP CCRC- Coordinator Research Programs

UF-College of Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

David Lindsey – Director of Sales & Marketing, Cicis

Lisa Magary- Co-Owner, Celebrate Primary Care

Julieanne McGuinness – Director of Sales- Team Dynamo-Keller Williams Realty

Leza Mueller – Stylist, Cabi

Alison Paris – Co-Founder/CFO, Parisleaf

Erin Peterson – Community Liaison, WellFlorida Council

Mercedes Petrus – Operation Manager, John Spence LLC

Steve Plein – Past Board Member, Thomas A. Plein Foundation

Jennifer Watson-Reddish – Vice President, VyStar Credit Union

Samantha Roberts – Media Specialist, West Port High School

Wendy Robertson – Business Relationship Banker, Florida Capital Bank

Chris H. Robinson- Regional Director, AFLAC

Julie Roca- Development Manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Central and North Florida Chapters

Hillary Rohrs, DNP, PNP-AC/PC- Pediatric Nurse Specialist, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

Glenda Russell – Community Relations Coordinator, GRU

Matthew Ryon-Regional Sales Manager, First Federal Bank

Pam Schneider – Partner, Wershow and Schneider, PA; Founding Member, Family Mediation Solutions

Holly Scorpio – Art Director, Scorpio.

Jennifer Siorek – Advertising Sales Associate, The Wyman Company

Darlene Skidmore – Instructor, Santa Fe College

Soly Schrack-Human Resource Director, Comfort Temp

Stephen Starling, Sr. – President-Chapter 5, Florida Council on Crime & Delinquency

Shirley Stone – Former Owner/Operator, McDonald’s

Alison Talbert- Attorney, Arroyo & Talbert, P.A.

Shelby Taylor- Director of Communications, Communications Department, City of Gainesville

Della Tuten- Co-Owner, Celebrate Primary Care

Terry Vaughan – Bradford County Supervisor of Elections

Melanie Venuto – Listing Specialist, Keller Williams Reality

Tonya Meyer Walsh – PCICU Nurse, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

Jennifer Webb – Founder, Magic Communications

Samantha Smith – Manager/Buyer, Narcissus

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RMHCNCF is recognized as a 501(c)(3) and therefore contributions to RMHCNCF may be tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Donors should consult their tax advisor for questions regarding deductibility.