Our Board of Directors

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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 Gora

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.

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Rev. Belinda Alexander

Rev. Alexander is the current pastor of the Greater Hurst Chapel  AME Church in the Newtown Community.  

See full bio. 

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Floyd Hill

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.

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Eula Bacon

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.  

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Doras Davila, Treasurer

Doras Davila is a Commercial Relationship Manager at Regions Bank in Sarasota, Florida with over 30 years in the banking industry.

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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.   

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Carlos Yancy

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.

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