Our Board of Directors
Pedro Melendez, VIce Chair
Pedro Melendez recently retired
from his position as a Bi-lingual School Social Worker in the Dept. of Pupil Support Services of the Sarasota School Board. See full bio.
Donna is a Financial Advisor with
Merrill Lynch in Sarasota, Florida. She has spent a total of 13 years in the financial services industry, and 8 years working in philanthropy and grants management. See full bio.
Rev. Belinda Alexander
Rev. Alexander is the current pastor of the Greater Hurst Chapel AME Church in the Newtown Community.
Floyd Hill was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. He attended Florida A&M University on a Presidential Scholarship and majored in Computer Information Systems and Mathematical Science. See full bio.
Ms. Bacon has over 30 years of community service including organizing cultural events and serving on community government boards. A native of Sarasota, her professional experiences include education, social service, non-profit administration and journalism.
Doras Davila, Treasurer
Doras Davila is a Commercial Relationship Manager at Regions Bank in Sarasota, Florida with over 30 years in the banking industry.
Dr. Marilyn Highland
Dr. Highland has had a lifetime career in education. For 17 years, she was principal of Bay Haven School of Basics Plus— the only school in Sarasota recognized as a National School of Excellence by President George Bush and his wife Barbara in 1989.
Carlos Yancy is a third-generation Sarasotan who grew up in the Newtown community. He went to school and played football at Riverview High School and the University of Georgia before he enjoyed a brief professional career playing for the New England Patriots under Coach Bill Parcells.