The FSBA Executive Officers include the President, President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President. In addition, the FSBA Executive Director serves as an ex-officio member of the Executive Officers. All Executive Officers except the Immediate Past President, President, and the Executive Director are elected by ballot of a majority of the membership in attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Association.


Jane Goodwin
Sarasota County


Chris Patricca
Lee County


Thomas Kennedy
Citrus County


Wendy Atkinson
Charlotte County


Jerry Taylor
Suwannee County


Andrea Messina


The FSBA Board of Directors is composed of the five Executive Officers, 27 Directors representing geographical districts in the state, and FSBA members who serve as an officer or member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association or the Southern Region School Boards Association. The table below lists the geographical districts, the school districts within each geographical district, and the Director and Alternate that represent each geographical district. These Directors serve two-year staggered terms. The Board of Directors’ meets four times annually to establish positions and provide direction on major issues that directly impact the Association’s activities. The meetings are held in conjunction with the Day in the Legislature, Annual Summer Conference, Board of Directors Leadership Development Training, and Annual Joint Conference.


The work of FSBA Committees is essential for the Association to carry out its Mission and Strategic Goals.  The FSBA Bylaws establish three types of committees: Standing Committees for ongoing action; Ad Hoc Committees to explore topics or issues of special interest; and Nominating Committee to recommend a slate of candidates for FSBA executive officer positions.

The FSBA President, in consultation with the other Executive Officers, appoints the Chair and Vice Chair of each committee, consistent with requirements set forth in the Bylaws and Policies.  School board members may sign up to serve on FSBA Committees by completing and submitting the FSBA Committee Assignment Request Form.  The current FSBA Committees and Subcommittees are described below and linked to more information about each committee’s/subcommittee’s leadership, membership, staff support, and activities.

Advocacy Subcommittee:The Advocacy Committee shall develop a comprehensive public relations and communications strategy designed to strengthen FSBA’s advocacy for public education. The strategy must include elements to encourage public involvement and to earn public understanding and support for public education.  The Advocacy Committee has two subcommittees: Legislative and Federal Relations.

Committee Staff Support: BillieAnne Gay

 Beth McCall, Marion
Vice Chair:  Kim Amontree, Charlotte
2020-21 FSBA Advocacy Committee as of 9-30-2020

Committee Documents & Activities

Legislative Subommittee: The Legislative Subcommittee shall develop a propose legislative platform to be presented to the Advocacy Committee for adoption in accordance with the timeline and procedures set forth in FSBA Policy 2025. The Legislative Subcommittee shall pursue legislative changes consistent with the adopted FSBA legislative platform and shall represent the interests of local school boards before the Florida Legislature, Executive branch, and State agencies.

Committee Support Staff: BillieAnne Gay

 Dr. Sue Woltanski, Monroe
Vice Chair: Dr. Karen Castor-Dentel, Orange
Jane Goodwin, Sarasota
Beth McCall, Marion
Shirley Brown, Sarasota
Tim Bryant, Okaloosa
Jason Catalano, Walton
Sara Beth Reynolds, Polk
Teresa Castillo, Osceola
Elizabeth Andersen, Duval
Cynthia Armstrong, Pasco
Misty Belford, Brevard
Debbie Hawley, St. Lucie
Cara Reynolds, Charlotte
Christia Li Roberts, Martin
Susan Roberts, Washington
Nora Rupert, Broward
Dr. Colleen Conklin, Flagler
Jen MItchell, Collier
Beverly Slough, St. Johns

Committee Documents & Activities:

Federal Relations Subcommittee: The Federal Relations Subcommittee shall develop a proposed Federal platform to be presented to the Advocacy Committee for adoption in accordance with the timeline and procedures set forth in FSBA Policy 2025. The Federal Relations Subcommittee shall pursue legislative changes consistent with the adopted FSBA Federal platform and shall represent the interests of local school boards before the United States Congress, the Executive branch, and Federal agencies.

Committee Support Staff: Andrea Messina

Chair: Beverly Slough, St. Johns
Vice Chair: Kevin Adams, Escambia
Kim Amontree, Charlotte
Elizabeth Andersen, Duval
Misty Belford, Brevard
Teresa Castillo, Osceola
Beth McCall, Marion
Sara Beth Reynolds, Polk
Nora Rupert, Broward
Sue Woltanski, Monroe
Dr. Colleen Conklin, Flagler
Debbie Jordan, Lee
Linda Prescott, Hernando

Committee Documents & Activities:

Equity Committee: Sensitizes and cultivates positive images and attitudes among school board members on multicultural education issues and recommends program topics for workshops and conferences.

FSBA Staff Support: Andrea Messina

Chair: Marcia Andrews, Palm Beach
Vice Chair: Georgia “Joy” Bowen, Leon

Brenda Carlton Taylor
Tina Certain Alachua
Deidra Dunnell Taylor
Caprice Edmond Pinellas
Sarah Fortney Polk
Gwen Gittens Lee
Debbie Jordan Lee
Lisa Miller Polk
Chris Patricca Lee
Christia Li Roberts Martin
Nora Rupert Broward
Mara Schiff Indian River
Beverly Slough St. Johns
Dr. Sue Woltanski Monroe

Committee Documents & Activities:

Finance Committee: Monitors the financial operation and budgetary process of FSBA.

Committee Support Staff: Leslie Dunlap, CPA

Wendy Atkinson, Charlotte
Vice Chair: Linda Cuthbert, Volusia
Dr. Maria Barbosa, Flagler
Brenda Carlton, Taylor
Tina Certain, Alachua
Jane Goodwin, Sarasota
Kathryn Hensley, St. Lucie
Beverly Slough, St. Johns
Jerry Taylor, Suwannee

Committee Documents & Activities:

Leadership Services Committee: Plans, guides, and monitors the implementation of the Leadership Development Program which includes the Certified Board Member and Master Board Programs, Certified Board Distinction, new board member and ethics training.

Committee Support Staff: Tina Pinkoson

Chair: Mary Bolla, Clay
Vice Chair: Elizabeth Anderson, Duval
Wendy Atkinson, Charlotte

Committee Documents & Activities:

Long Range Planning Committee: Engages in long range and strategic planning to ensure that FSBA’s vision, mission, and strategic directions are pursued and to encourage the smooth transition of leadership within the Association. The membership of the Long Range Planning Committee includes the FSBA executive officers and two at large members elected from the general membership.

Committee Support Staff: Andrea Messina

Chris Patricca, Lee

Committee Documents & Activities:

Policy Committee: Assists in the review, development, and revision of the FSBA Bylaws and Policies and facilitates the adoption process of any proposed changes.

Committee Support Staff: Cheval Breggins

Chair: Thomas Kennedy, Citrus 
Vice Chair: Jen Mitchell, Collier

Kim  Amontree, Charlotte
Teri Barenborg, Indian River
Joy Bowen, Leon
Teresa Castillo, Osceola
Deidra Dunnell, Taylor
Angie Gallo, Orange
Jamie Haynes, Volusia
Patricia Hightower, Escamba
Linda Kobert, Orange
Linda Prescott, Hernando
Nora Rupert, Broward
Matt Susin, Brevard
Wei Ueberschaer, Santa Rosa
Darryl Willie, Duval

Committee Documents & Activities:

Please review prior to requested action in June 10, 2021:

Past Presidents’ Council: Serves in an advisory capacity to the Executive Officers on issues of governance, seeks ways and strategies to advance the FSBA President’s focus area, recruits leaders for FSBA, and performs other duties as assigned by the FSBA President.

Committee Support Staff: Bill Graham

Chair: Jerry Taylor, Suwannee
Beverly Slough, St. Johns

Committee Documents & Activities:

The FSBA Nominating Committee is a very important committee that selects a recommended slate of officers for the FSBA leadership team.  The association needs you to be a part of this important process.  Nominating Committee members are elected during the General Membership Meeting, at the FSBA Annual Joint Conference.

The FSBA Nominating Committee is comprised of members elected by regions of the FSBA general membership during the general membership meeting held annually at the joint conference in the fall.  Individuals who are interested in serving in an Executive Officer’s capacity must submit a completed Declaration of Candidacy and related materials to the Committee.  The Committee meets to review the applications, interview all candidates, and nominate a slate of candidates for consideration and election by the FSBA General Membership.

Chair: Jerry Taylor, Immediate Past President, Suwannee

2020-2021 FSBA-Nominating-Committee Members

Committee Support Staff: Patricia Peterson