Meet the FPN Team!

Meet Our Team

Ashley Heath Dietz, President and CEO

Ashley serves as President and CEO of FPN. She previously served as Senior Director, Community Partnerships and Operations for United Way Suncoast, where she led the integration of the community investment process, partnership strategies, and regional contract management process across the organization’s five county footprint, ensuring sound stewardship of financial and non-financial resources.

Ashley has also served as the chair of the Florida Chapter for PEAK Grantmaking, a member-led community of grants management professionals who foster collaboration to enable philanthropy to achieve its full potential for good. She previously worked at the City of Sydney Council in Sydney, Australia for five years, managing complex funding streams and processes at the local government level. Ashley has a Master’s in Policy Studies with a focus in International Relations from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She has a B.A. in Media    Communications with a Minor in Political Science from Webster University in St. Louis.

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Geula Ferguson, Senior Director, Programs and Strategic Initiatives

As Senior Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Geula provides vision and oversight for all FPN educational programs and learning initiatives, including Census 2020, College Access & Success Intiative and Florida Women's Funding Alliance. Geula has been with FPN since 2010, both as a long-time consultant and staff member. Before joining FPN, she served as Interim Executive Director of Donors Forum of South Florida, a regional association of grantmakers that merged with FPN in 2012. Formerly the marketing director for a technology company, Geula joined Donors Forum as a special events coordinator in 2006. After two years as the Special Projects Coordinator, Geula worked at the Sun Sentinel News in its education program as the development coordinator. During her time at the Sun Sentinel, Geula brought new partnerships together to help deliver educational programs to South Florida students. In early 2011, she returned to Donors Forum as a program manager and assumed the interim director position in September 2011. Geula is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she earned a degree in art history.

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Sheilla Thomas, Executive Assistant

As Administrative Consultant, Sheilla Thomas, has been in the Administrative field with over 15 years of experience working alongside a variety of Executive teams, including in the not-for-profit, finance and technology fields.  Sheilla specializes in administrative logistics and is responsible for keeping her Executives highly organized, being the department liaison and working towards engaging employees both on the professional and personal level.  Sheilla is inspired daily by her husband and her family. In her free time, Sheilla likes to read, travel and play with her grandchildren. 

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Bill Hoffman, Education Consultant, CASI Education and Learning Community Consultant

Bill consults with FPN member groups working in education, including the Education Affinity Group, Innovative Scholarship Workgroup, and College Access & Success Initiative.  He has served as an FPN consultant since 2012 including two engagements as FPN’s Interim President and CEO. Bill leads Bill Hoffman & Associates which is a Tampa-based national consulting firm specializing in educational engagement strategies, nonprofit leadership transitions, and organizational and board development.  Prior to his consultancy, he served for 9 years as President of the Hillsborough Education Foundation.  His early career was a transition from science to youth services with AMIkids (formerly Associated Marine Institutes).  He serves on national and regional nonprofits boards including the National School Foundation Association where he developed and currently leads the Certified Education Foundation Leadership program. Bill has Masters in Marine Botany from the University of South Florida and a Bachelors in Biology also from USF.  

Deborah Chapman, CASI 2.0 Evaluation and Learning Consultant

Deborah consults with FPN as an Evaluation and Learning Consultant for the College Access & Success Initiative. With over 25 years of experience in the consulting field, Deborah has spent her career working with organizations to achieve their transformational goals. Her focus is on improving strategies and systems to drive results-based outcomes for the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She has worked with the Florida College Access Network as a consultant to several local collaboratives implementing strategies to increase college attainment rates in their communities. Deborah also served as the Program Director of CareerEdge managing major workforce development initiatives and was the Director of Customer Research at Kaset International (now part of MHI Global) where she managed a team of consultants providing customer satisfaction research services. Deborah graduated from Florida State University cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and received an MBA from the University of Alabama, where she was awarded the Graduate Council Fellowship.

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