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Andrea Messina began as Executive Director on July 1, 2015. A former English teacher, Charlotte County School Board Member, and FSBA Professional Development Coordinator, she brings a multi-faceted perspective to her leadership role. Ms. Messina is responsible for all organization operations and works with the Board of Directors and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and outreach. She oversees the development of sufficient resources to make certain the financial health of the organization is maintained. Andrea is a proud University of Central Florida Alumna.
Leslie Dunlap, CPA
Leslie Dunlap came on board the FSBA team as Comptroller in July of 2010. She is responsible for all financial reporting, budgeting, and accounting functions for the association. Her role also includes pension management, IT oversight, human resources, staff liaison to the Finance Committee and planning for the Annual Summer and Annual Joint Conferences. Leslie is a graduate of Florida State University and a Certified Public Accountant.
Member Communications Manager
BillieAnne Gay joined the FSBA team in March of this year as Member Communications
Manager. She brings a wealth of education policy, instructional leadership, and district communications experience from her tenure with Leon County Schools. Her responsibilities include: member and external communications, advocacy and legislative support, publications, website maintenance, and social media. BillieAnne earned her undergraduate degree at Florida State University. She earned a master’s in Education Leadership from the University of West Florida and holds multiple teaching certifications and Education Leadership certification in Florida.
Executive Director, Florida School Labor Relations Service
Bill Graham joined the FSBA Team in February 2012 as Executive Director of the Florida School Labor Relations Service and the Florida Educational Negotiators. These organizations focus upon collective bargaining and employee relations within our 67 school districts. Prior to moving to Tallahassee Bill served on the Palm Beach County School Board for 24 years and was FSBA President in 1998-99. Mr. Graham was an associate professor at Palm Beach State College for 35 years in the Department of Business Administration where he taught real estate license courses and business administration for students pursuing an A.S. degree in business administration. Bill is a graduate of the University of Florida and is an avid Florida Gator.
Ruth H. Melton
Director of Advocacy Services
Ruth Melton began working with FSBA in 1997 and was named Director of Legislative Relations in 1999. In conjunction with the FSBA Strategic Plan 2020, in 2016 Melton’s title became Director of Advocacy Services. Her responsibilities include coordinating the development of FSBA’s federal and state legislative platform, compiling and distributing timely legislative reports and summaries, providing informational materials and workshops on education funding and policy issues, and coordinating FSBA’s government and public relations advocacy strategies. Prior to joining FSBA, Ruth was an energetic public education advocate and civic activist having served in leadership roles in the local and state PTA, Dade County Children’s Services Council, the Citizen’s Coalition for Public Schools and the Coalition to Build Schools Now. Ruth is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia.
Member Services Specialist
Patricia Peterson, Member Services Specialist, has been an FSBA staff member for 28 years. Prior to FSBA, Patricia was employed with the Florida Department of Education as a Secretary Specialist. Patricia’s journey with FSBA started at the front desk as a receptionist and moved through several different positions and departments. Prior to her new role, she served as the Board Development Department Administrative Assistant. In addition to
planning the Board of Directors’ Development Training and Meeting, Patricia also serves as a direct liaison to the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Executive Officers, NSBA and the Nominating Committee. Patricia holds her bachelor’s degree from Flagler College, Tallahassee and a master’s degree from Florida A&M University.
Director of Leadership Services
Tina Pinkoson joined the FSBA staff in July of 2015 as the Coordinator of Professional Development, and in conjunction with the FSBA Strategic Plan 2020, her title was changed to Director of Leadership Services in 2016. Her experience as a teacher, Alachua County School Board member, and FSBA Facilitator gives her a broad perspective of the professional development needs of Florida’s School Board members. She oversees all professional development programs including required ethics training, Certified Board Member, Master Board, and Mentor programs as well as the New School Board Member and Chairmanship Academies. Tina is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Member Services Associate
Carolyn Sanders serves as Member Services Associate for the association and assists departments as needed. Her key responsibilities include maintaining the member database, supporting members in their pursuit of professional development distinctions, assisting the accounting department and FEN, and planning the Day in the Legislature Advocacy Conference. Carolyn is the first voice you hear when you call FSBA.
Director of Risk Management and Insurance,
Florida School Boards Insurance Trust (FSBIT)
David Stephens has been working with Florida School Boards Insurance Trust for the past 7 years as a Member District Risk Manager and, since 2013, as the Executive Director of Risk Management. David has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida in Tampa. David has 25 years of school system experience in Florida – 17 of those years in administration. He has served as an assistant principal, principal and at multiple district administrative positions. Prior to pursuing teaching as a career, David worked for IBM and Rockwell International.
Anti-Harassment Compliance Officers
“Anti-Harassment Compliance Officers” for the Association shall be identified each time policy updates are published in accordance with Policy 1065. They are hereinafter referred to as the “Compliance Officers”.
FSBA Compliance Officers:
Andrea D. Messina
FSBA Executive Director
203 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
203 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301