Our Board

Executive Board of Trustees:
  • Walter Zielinski, IIIhas successful experience in leadership of Higher Educational and Non Profit organizations. He transforms start ups and young organizations to move them to well organized, mature and progressive entities. Walt is involved with education and  serves as Director of Philanthropy for Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association. He has also served as Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Beacon College.  Walt has a PhD Philanthropy and Leadership and a M.A. in Counselor Education.
  • Bill Geringswald  For more than twenty-five years, Bill has led BG&A Consulting to provide comprehensive business analysis to more than 600 corporate clients worldwide. This experience grows from – and feeds – his ability to grasp business potential quickly. His expertise extends to contract negotiations, reengineering, new business development, fundraising and personnel training. His secret weapon: Instilling a teamwork mentality.  Accomplishments include obtaining (pro bono) more than $8,000,000 in donations for various non-profits, helping a client alleviate $1.3 million in internal hemorrhaging while generating $2.9 million in commissioned sales volume. Bill also spent three years as interim president of FUS Corporation. In that position, he held total corporate responsibility for international and internal operations re-engineering internal operations. More significantly, he met his obligation to turn around the multi-million dollar clothing manufacturing company.

  • Wayne Easterling President and Producer Alliance Global Insurance Group, Inc. Orlando, Florida Area.   AGIG provides Health and Financial services in the following areas: Financial Services,Fixed Annuity, Index Annuity, Health Insurance, Medical Coverage, Supplemental Plans, Various Types of Life Insurance for Individual or Group Coverage.  Before this, Wayne was director of Diversity and Minority Business Development for Orlando Health,  responsible for setting the tone and strategy for diversity and inclusion of workforce and board, as well as,  setting the tone and strategy for supplier diversity and the diversity of the vendor base.  Area Manager for  Walt Disney World Resorts. As Director Business Development for Walmart Stores he was responsible for setting the tone and strategy for all vendors and suppliers.

     Ellen Didion  Founder and president of Sunshine Community Foundation.  Ellen h is a teacher wcareer includes an internship with the National League of Cities, and experience in non-profit corporations including the Smithsonian, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Science Foundation, and The Graduate School, USDA.  She has worked as a grant writer, fund raiser, program specialist, teacher and consultant.  Work and travel to five continents has given her a greater appreciation of the importance sustainable development and environmental and natural resource economics, fueling her desire to develop ecological, sustainable communities through smart partnerships that optimize local and regional resources.

  • Margarita P. McCartney   Margarita has over thirty years of experience at various financial institutions with ascending levels of responsibility.  She is currently a branch manager at the First National Bank of Mt. Dora.  She had had experience as a loan officer, compliance officer, small business administration officer and branch operations manager and teller.  Margarita takes and active role in our communities and the support of nonprofits. 

  • Dr. Richard Benjamin   A practicing foot and ankle specialist in Lady Lake, Florida.  He resides in The Villages. Dr. Benjamin has been president of his national association as well as the chief of staff  in the Washington, DC.  Dr. Benjamin is a nationally and internationally known speaker on lower extremity surgery and wound care.  He has headed medical missions to Latin America, the Caribbean, and to his self-funded charity in Kiev, Ukraine where he performs surgery on Chernobyl orphans. With a background in law as well as medicine, Dr. Benjamin has added insight in to the medical needs of the community at large and it's interactions with local governments. He is an avid golfer, horseman, and boater.