JACF Leadership Council

The JA Leadership Council consists of professionals in Central Florida who want to have a direct impact on the students served by Junior Achievement of Central Florida. 

The Council members form a critical bridge to our business community through public relations, volunteer recruitment and fundraising efforts, and awareness.  The Council meets bi-monthly, convening to learn more about the programs and work of Junior Achievement of Central Florida, as well as meet like-minded professionals throughout the region. Each member is expected to be willing to secure resources from their organizations and from others to support the vision of Junior Achievement of Central Florida. More information regarding Leadership Council Member Expectations can be found here

To learn more about the JACF Kathy Panter 


2017-2018 Leadership Council Chair

Namit Kapoor
Fifth Third Bank
Vice President, Middle Market Relationship Manager


2017-2018 Leadership Council Members



Nicholas Abrahams
Orlando Economic Partnership

Chief of Staff
Krista Altman
Orlando Magic
Premium Activation Manager
Nicole Allen
Allstate Insurance Company
Trial Attorney

Dominick Avello
Director, Risk and Compliance

Laura Barbero-Buffa
BASE Consultants, inc.
Vice President, Business Development

Anthony Bordenga

New York Life Insurance Company

Chad Brown
Chad Brown Career Counseling &  Consulting LLP
CEO, Career Counselor & Business Coach

Peter Calilao
Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Audit Senior Assistant


Clifford Davy
Global Public Intelligence

Joanna Del Moral
BRPH Architects/Engineers, Inc.  
Director of Business Development, Leisure Services

Jennifer Felder-Smith
Tupperware Brands Corporation
Senior Manager, Strategic Planning

Dan Fox
Ernst & Young LLP
Senior Manager

Jorge Friguls
Newport Group
Investment Consultant

Christine Gassman

Walt Disney Company
Sr. Manager, WDW, Efficiency Site Strategies
Michael Gorritz
Avant Healthcare Professionals
Director of Organizational Development

Ronald Gruninger
Signature Wealth Advisors
Managing Director/Financial Planner

Justin Hall

GreyFox Construction Group
Business Manager

Taylor Hughes
Resource Consulting Group
Communications Coordinator 

Jason Lietz
CareerSource Central Florida
Public Information & Events Manager 

Tres Loch
Rollins Crummer Graduate School of Business
Associate Director of Admissions

Timothy Lowe
Berman Hopkins Wright & LeHam, CPA's and Associates, LLP
Senior Tax Associate



Tori Merola
Ernst & Young LLP
Senior Manager

Adam Michelin

Ryan Mitchell
Roy's Restaurant
Senior Director of Marketing 

Ashley Moore
AM Public Relations

Franciso Nunez
Helman, Hurley, Charvat, Peacock/ Architects, Inc.
Associate, Director of Design Technologies

Sandra Palacios

President - Central Florida Chapter

Elesa Rectanus

Shutts & Bowen, LLP
Associate Attorney

Eric Reed
Shutts & Bowen, LLP

Jason Reynolds
Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization Office, Orange County Government                Administrator

David Riccardi
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. 
AVP, Commercial Relationship Manager

Christina Ruiz

Tupperware Brands Corporation
Community Impact Strategist

Nicole Santalla

Microsoft Store (Florida Mall)
Community Development Specialist

Ryan Schutt
Assurance Senior Manager, Audit Services

Renata Sobral

Fisher & Phillips LLP
Attorney at Law

Cherisse Stover

Orlando Health
Community Relations Manager

Tomei Thomas

STA Elements
Vice President, Sales
Austin Valle
The Walt Disney Company - Disney Cruise Line
Product Manager, Attendance Forecasting
Vasilis Vervitas
Helman, Hurley, Charvat, Peacock/ Architects, Inc.
Project Coordinator

Jamara Wilson
Tuxedo Impressions, LLCâ„¢
Business Process Analyst

Luis Zapata, Jr.
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. 
Relationship Specialist Advisor Services