Building Philanthropy to Build a Better Florida

Meet our Team

 

Robert "Bob" McFalls, President & CEO 

Robert L. (Bob) McFalls comes to FPN with more than 25 years of executive level experience in association leadership, policy and legislative advocacy, grants management and strategic planning and execution. A distinguished and widely recognized leader at the national, regional, state and local levels, Bob continues to build on FPN's legacy of building philanthropy to build a better Florida. In 2016, he received Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives, joining industry leaders worldwide elevating professional standards and enhancing individual performance. Prior to joining FPN, Bob served as Executive Director and CEO of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association and its Foundation since 2011. Among his accomplishments there, he advanced the association’s emergency preparedness partnership with the Department for Public Health, successfully guided the Foundation through an ACPE reaccreditation process, represented members on the Qualified Health Subcommittee for the state’s nationally recognized Health Benefit Exchange and led coalition efforts to achieve several legislative successes including being the first state to pass transparency legislation for pharmacy benefit managers, a measure that passed by a unanimous vote in the bi-partisan state legislature in spite of major opposition from the PBMs.

Bob’s prior experience includes having been the COO for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, based in Washington, DC; he had previously served as its member-elected President and its first Grassroots Advocacy Committee Chair. Bob’s experience also includes service as CEO of the Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach and Treasure Coast for almost six years where he oversaw a budget of $32M in annual contracts and grants, fundraising/resource development and financial stewardship. While in Palm Beach County, he led AAA disaster response efforts for elders and people with disabilities following four federally declared disasters, providing door-to-door assistance to more than 185,000 individuals. Subsequently, he shared lessons learned at the 2005 Grantmakers in Aging National Conference.

Bob graduated with academic honors from both the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in business administration followed by a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Phone: 813-983-7396 | Email: bob@fpnetwork.org

   

Cynthia Crank, Office Manager

As Office Manager, Cynthia  plays a crucial role in keeping FPN’s office running smoothly and effectively; assuring governance is thoroughly documented; supporting FPN’s activities, events and programs; and meeting the needs of our members. Cynthia comes to FPN with a background of more than 25 years in office management, global administration operations and human resources at large corporations and small businesses throughout the Tampa Bay region. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Art History and a current member of the Catholic Council of Women, Diocese of St. Petersburg.

Phone: 813-983-7399 ext. 3 | Email: cynthia@fpnetwork.org

   

Geula Ferguson, Director of Programs

As Director of Programs, 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.

Phone: 305-371-7944 | Email: geula@fpnetwork.org

   

John "Johnny" Van Heest, Director of Communications and Engagement 

Johnny comes to the role of Director of Communications and Engagement with almost 15 years experience in communications, public relations, and marketing within the cultural non-profit sector in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining FPN, Johnny served as the Communications Officer for  McGill University’s department of Teaching and Learning Services in Montreal, Quebec. His career at McGill also included communications positions within Student Affairs well as the Dean’s Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Johnny’s experience extends into the university classroom in a teaching capacity where he has served on the faculty of Drexel University in Philadelphia and McGill University in Montreal. Throughout the tenure of his career, Johnny has assumed leadership roles in communications, public relations, and community outreach for a number of cultural, educational, and arts organizations including The Wilma Theater, Delaware Contemporary Art Museum, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, and a state division of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Johnny holds a Masters in Public Relations and Communications Management from McGill University and a BA in Art History from the University of Delaware. 

Phone: 813-371-7399 | Email: john@fpnetwork.org


David Biemesderfer

Bill Hoffman, Consultant, Education Funders Affinity Group (EAG)

 Bill Hoffman leads Bill Hoffman & Associates, LLC which is a Tampa-based consulting firm with national-level independent sector expertise in these specialized areas:

  • Educational engagement strategies
  • Nonprofit leadership transitions
  • Organizational and board development

Bill is a prolific author and frequent presenter on these and other related topics, which BH&A studies on an ongoing basis. Bill has senior-level nonprofit management experience in education, having been the president of one of the nation’s top K-12 education foundations, functioning as interim CEO for prominent national and state education and philanthropic associations, as well as leading national, regional and state boards of directors. Since 2012, Bill has helped guide the work of FPN's Education Funders Affinity Group as FPN’s Education Consultant.

He has served as a consultant to various groups and individual non-profits in the education field including the Florida Philanthropic Network, Florida College Access Network, SRI International, National School Foundation Association, the National Math and Science Initiative, and the Consortium of Education Foundations as well as others. His work has been primarily in K-12 education, especially college and career readiness and success, standards reform, and STEM fields. Learn more about Bill.