Board of Directors

board of directors

Johnette Gindling, Chair

Meet Johnette Gindling, who serves as the Board Chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network. Johnette currently serves as the President & CEO of Space Coast Health Foundation, a health legacy foundation formed in 2010 from the sale of Wuesthoff Health System. She has 20 years’ experience in healthcare strategic planning, patient satisfaction, public relations and marketing having previously worked for Wuesthoff Health System in Rockledge, Florida, Good Shepherd Health System in Longview, Texas and Parkview Health System in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She currently serves on the board of the Community Credit Union.

Daryl Houston, Vice Chair

Daryl Houston is the Senior Community Impact Officer for the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  In this capacity, he manages the Foundation’s Community Revitalization portfolio of grantees and provides oversight of the Foundation grantmaking initiatives and collaborative efforts in Martin County.  Daryl served as the Senior Director of the Volunteer Center and Disaster Management with United Way of Palm Beach County before joining the Community Foundation. He has spent the last 20 years working in the nonprofit sector.  Daryl has been very active within FPN, having served on the 2016 Statewide Summit on Philanthropy and as Chair of the Education Affinity Group from 2016 until 2019.  He currently serves as the Board Chair for the Emergency Food Shelter Program, serves on the Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ Grants Committee, and The Lord’s Place Advocacy Steering Committee.  Daryl is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, and a minor in Sociology.

Tim Cromwell, Treasurer

Tim Cromwell is the Director of Finance at the Florida Blue Foundation.  In this role, he is responsible for the management and oversite of accounting and finance systems of the Florida Blue Foundation and Florida Blue’s Public Affairs and Community Engagement division.  This encompasses financial reporting, grant accounting, maintenance of internal controls, planning and budgeting, cash flow forecasting, board presentations, policy review, external audit processes, and tax and regulatory reporting. Prior to joining Florida Blue in 2016, Tim spent 15 years with the PGA TOUR in Ponte Vedra Beach in various finance positions.  He began his career at KPMG, LLP in Jacksonville. Throughout his career, Tim has been active in community and professional organizations.  He is the Treasurer for The Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville and served more than 10 years on the audit committee for the St. Johns County School Board.  Tim is a member of both the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of North Florida and is a Florida licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Charles Hokanson, Secretary

Charles Hokanson is Senior Vice President – Florida Community Engagement for Helios Education Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s staff engagement with the community and stakeholders to improve quality, access, and achievement across Florida’s birth-16 education continuum. Hokanson’s career has bridged the worlds of nonprofit, private sector, and government policy development and executive management. Prior to joining Helios, as President and CEO of Hokanson Consulting Group LLC, he provided strategic and public policy advice to nonprofit, think tank, trade association, and federal and state agency clients. Hokanson has held appointments at the U.S. Department of Education as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the General Counsel, and Chief of Staff for the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Program Development. He has also served as president or executive vice president of several national education reform nonprofits and as professional staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, where he earned a B.A. in History and American Studies and an M.A. in History, Hokanson earned his J.D. and Master of Public Policy degrees at the Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He currently sits on the Boards of the Florida Chamber Foundation, Florida Education Foundation, and Florida Philanthropic Network and serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hostelling International USA. Hokanson is also a member of the advisory boards for the Florida College Access Network (serving as Chairman), Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance and Accountability, Center for Postsecondary Success at Florida State University, and Future Plans USA, LLC.

Stacy Baier

Dr. Stacy Baier has more than 20 years of experience in foundation development and capacity building, including identifying partnership opportunities and strategic investment goals implementation. As CEO of the nationally recognized Pinellas Education Foundation, Stacy leads all development, program and administrative activities at the Foundation while cultivating a strong working relationship between the business and school communities. Her proven leadership and extensive policy background was most recently utilized at the Florida Philanthropic Network where she served as president and CEO. Prior to that, Stacy was vice president and program director of College and Career Readiness for Helios Education Foundation. She has also served as executive director of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. She has held numerous leadership positions at state and national levels, including serving as chair of the Florida Education Foundation Board, chair of FPN’s Education Funders Affinity Group, co-chair of the National Collaborative for Student Success and co-chair of the Grantmakers for Education Annual National Conference.

Stacy received her doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Florida and holds a Master of Education from Harvard University. She is a past president of The Junior League of Tampa. A graduate of Leadership Florida, Class XXXII, Stacy is also a founding board member of the National Schools Foundation Association and author of “From Better to Best: Practical Strategies to Boost Efficiency in Your Education Foundation,” a strategy guide to enhance the effectiveness of education foundations and improve financial return. Most recently, Stacy was recognized for the second time on the Florida Trend 500 Most Influential Leaders in the category of nonprofits/philanthropy.

Allison Chase

Allison Chase is the President & CEO at the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, known as The Able Trust.  For over twenty-five years, she has dedicated her career to employment of people with disabilities.  She has both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Services from Florida State University, and completed the National Executive Leadership Institute for rehabilitation leaders at the University of Oklahoma in 1999 and most recently, the Florida State University College of Business, Non Profit Executive Program.  She is on the Florida Chamber Foundation Board of Trustees, a member of the national Society of Human Resource Professionals, the Florida Economic Development Council, the Florida Society of Association Executives, and the UCF Center for Unique Abilities Advisory Council.

Allison’s vision is for The Able Trust to be the leader of thought, connection, and collaboration in Florida for disability workforce inclusion, providing valuable resources to businesses, employment service providers, communities, and most importantly, Floridians with disabilities. She has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors giving her a 360-degree perspective of the field. 

Charisse Grant

Charisse Grant is the Senior Vice President & Strategy Advisor. She engages across the organization and Greater Miami to focus on and unlock the Foundation’s potential for greater community impact. She designs and leads major investing efforts that target strategic change and community building, serves as a senior advisor to the President and CEO, develops staff as leaders to advance Foundation goals, and directs our civic leadership development program. Charisse joined the Foundation in 1995 and has extensive community and nonprofit knowledge and experience helping donors and national funders achieve their philanthropic goals. Before joining the Foundation, she was a reporter for the Miami Herald newspaper covering a range of issues and graduated from the University of Missouri. She is a member of Leadership Florida Class XXIX, an International Women’s Forum Fellow, served on the Children’s Trust and the City of Miami Bond Oversight boards, and as a volunteer teacher in Namibia.

Theresa Grimison

Theresa Grimison serves as president and CEO for The Community Foundation for Brevard, a foundation that inspires and supports powerful, engaging philanthropy to make Brevard a stronger, more vibrant community where all can participate and thrive.

 The Community Foundation for Brevard has granted more than $22 million to support the philanthropic intentions of its donors, social benefit organizations, and critical elements of community life in Brevard and beyond. Representing hundreds of philanthropists, the Community Foundation is overseen by a volunteer Board of Directors and a professional staff, all who are deeply committed to inspiring legacies, investing in our communities, and building a better world.

 Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Theresa served as senior director of international development and operations with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. During her tenure, she helped direct a successful $600 million comprehensive campaign in support of policy solutions addressing the world’s biggest challenges. Previously, Theresa’s career spanned executive leadership positions with social enterprise First Book and New Mexico Governor and Ambassador Bill Richardson’s administration. Prior to that, she served as the deputy director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, helping lead the organization from its inception to international acclaim.

 Theresa earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, and an MBA at the University of New Mexico.

Barbara Roole

Barbara Roole is Director of Equity, overseeing the Fund's application of an equity lens to all of its work as the Fund works to create communities of belonging by reducing structural and systemic barriers that have historically prevented some members of society from reaching their full potential. Barbara also serves as program officer for a broad range of Fund grantees, including the national and higher education portfolios and communities across Delaware, Virginia and Florida.

Prior to joining the Jessie Ball duPont Fund in 2010, Barbara served as Health Disparities Program Officer at the state of North Carolina’s Health and Wellness Trust Fund and as the Social Justice and Equity Program Officer at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a statewide family foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While working in North Carolina, she was appointed to the North Carolina Supreme Court’s Equal Access to Justice Commission, and served on the boards of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Foundation and the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers. She received the Advocate for Social Change award from NC Community Shares, a network of social justice organizations. Since joining the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Barbara has served on the board of the Nonprofit Center for Northeast Florida since 2011.

Barbara holds a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law; a Master's of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government; and a Bachelor's of Social Work from Florida International University.

Grace Sacerdote

Grace is the Executive Vice President and CFO of the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. She joined the Foundation in 2004 following 10 years in public accounting, primarily in tax, small business and nonprofit accounting, and 10 years with a family office in Jacksonville. Grace leads financial administration, risk management, legal affairs, human resources, informational technology, budgeting and economic modeling for the Foundation.

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