Since 1959, the CF Foundation has brought together individuals, organizations and resources to fulfill the needs of our growing college and community. Our board determines direction and policy, works to accomplish the mission of this non-profit organization, manages resources efficiently, enhances our public image and monitors the organization's operations. The board reflects the communities we serve – our members have a broad spectrum of knowledge, experience and interests to ensure that the Foundation's mission and vision become a reality.
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|Rusty Branson||Past Chair||President, Gateway Bank
|Lorraine Carrier||VP Administration||Retired
|Craig Conrad||Member-at-Large||Retired/Business owner
|Bill McCall||Chair||Vice President/Investments, Stifel Nicolaus
|Philip Olstein||VP Programs||Senior Agent, Principal Financial Group
|Fred Roberts Jr.||Secretary||Attorney, Klein and Klein, P.A.
|Marcia St. John||Member-at-Large||Retired/Business owner
|William L. Trice||Vice Chair
||CPA, Partner - Crippin, Trice, Ford, Torres, LLP
|Sagi Asokan||The Aesthetic Center & Spa
|Patricia Conrad||Financial Advisor, Raymond James Financial
|George Isaacs||General Manager, Bridlewood Farm
|Lois Johnson||Retired Educator
|Chuck Koch||Owner/Operator, Oak Lane Farm and Polo Club
|Laney Lamay||Retired Educator
|Bob Little||President, Regions Bank
|John Meffert IV
||SVP - Wealth Advisor, Wells Fargo Private Bank
|Judy Peacock||Director of Volunteer Services, MRMC
|Phil Rosenburg||Human Resouirces Consultant, Writer, Speaker, Mentor
|Doug Shepson||EVP, Brown & Brown Insurance
|James Tomlinson||Business Manager, Ocala Eye
|Joyce Urban||Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Emeritus Board Members
|Sara C. Arnette||Marjorie Renfroe||The Late Prof. Vincent Best
|Phyllis Sharpe||Richard A. Chazal||David L. Skipper
|The Late Jack A. Clark||Pamela Bugg Stafford|| Jonathan S. Dean
|Mary B. Steddom||E. L. Foster||Russell W. Smith
|The Late John M. Green Jr.||Col. Alva L. Wilkerson||James E. Kirk
The CF Foundation is a public, nonprofit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization providing resources to help the college carry out its mission of providing quality educational services to residents in Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. The Foundation provides exceptional opportunities for leadership service, voluntary action, charitable giving and community involvement. It also provides a variety of educational and cultural events to add to the quality of learning for our students and to the community.
Contact the CF Foundation at:
||352-854-2322 ext 1735
||352-746-6721 ext 1735
||352-493-9533 ext 1735
To contact individual staff member, click here
|Mailing Address:||Office Address:|
|CF Foundation||CF Foundation|
|3001 SW College Rd||3001 SW College Rd|
|The Enterprise Center, 2nd Floor||The Enterprise Center (Building #42, Room 202)|
|Ocala, FL 34474-4415||Ocala, FL 34474-4415 |
To contact a staff member directly, dial 352-854-2322 and the extension number.
Joan Stearns - Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Joan's is the CEO for the College of Central Florida Foundation and has Supervision over the Appleton Museum of Art. Other duties include the supervision of Grants and Resource Development and Marketing and Public Relations. Joan received her Bachelors of Science Degree from the State University of New York. Joan serves on the Board of Directors Council for Resource Development, Board of Directors at Munroe Regional Medical Center, Board of Directors for Public Policy Institute of Marion County and the Appleton Museum Advisory Council. Joan enjoys gardening in her free time. You can contact Joan Stearns at extension 1388 or by email here.
Lisa Ulmer - Chief Fiscal Officer
Lisa joined the college in October 2013, and is responsible for managing the Foundation’s financial operations. Duties include supervision of the accounting staff, oversight of the Foundation’s investments, developing financial reports and the annual budget. Lisa received a B.S. in Accounting from Lipscomb University, and has worked in higher education accounting for over 25 years. She enjoys reading, caring for her pets, and visiting family in her free time. You can contact Lisa Ulmer at extension 1600 or by email here.
Jean Imes - Coordinator – Resource Development
Jean has been with the college since January 2010 and is responsible for development of major and planned gifts for the CF Foundation. Jean has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. She is a member of the Estate Planning Council and serves on the Board of Directors as the treasurer for Marion Senior Services. Jean's hobbies include reading, music and gardening. You can contact Jean Imes at extension 1689 or by email here.
Bob Hawkins - Manager, Grants Development
Bob prepares approximately 25 to 30 grant applications for the College of Central Florida annually. In addition, he supports CF departments as they prepare another 30 to 35 applications. He conducts grantsmanship workshops for the public through the CF Institute. Bob has been in the grants field for over 25 years and is a Certified Grants Professional and holds a Masters in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania at Wharton. Bob is an active member of the National Grant Professionals Association and the Marion County Grant Writers Group. In his free time, Bob is an online seller primarily offering media items (books, CD's, etc) through Amazon and eBay. You can contact Bob Hawkins at extension 1566 or by email here.
Note: the Office of Grants Development obtains grants for CF. Students looking for grants should contact the CF Office of Financial Aid
Diana Barge - Donor Relations
Diana joined the CF Foundation in 2010 as a part-time grant assistant. Shortly thereafter, she transitioned to her current full-time role as a staff assistant in donor relations. Her responsibilities include co-managing the STEPS to CF annual scholarship award process, research, reporting, assisting with the Annual Fund and March of Dimes Blue Jeans for Babies programs and various donor-related matters, i.e., gift acknowledgements, recognition society correspondence and assisting with CF Foundation events, including photography. Previously, Diana attended Barry University in Miami, and is returning to school this year at CF. She is a licensed state and national legal guardian, as well as a licensed real estate associate. You can contact Diana Barge at extension 1743 or by email here.
Traci Mason - Annual Fund and Alumni Coordinator
Traci has been with the college since February 2013 and is responsible for Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund. Traci received her B.S. degree in Advertising from the University of Florida and has been working in the nonprofit industry for over 13 years. Traci is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Ocala and is also at volunteer at 8th Street Elementary School. When not working, Traci enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering and antiquing. You can contact Traci Mason at extension 1436 or by email here.
Bonnie Malcom Accounting Specialist III
Bonnie's responsibilities include advanced accounting and bookkeeping work including accounts payable, accounts receivable and posting to general ledger. She also coordinates with College of Central Florida faculty and staff on the use of Endowed Chair funds. She has been with the college since August 2001. Bonnie has an AS Degree in Accounting Technology from the College of Central Florida. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Society. Bonnie enjoys reading, travel, crafts and her pets. You can contact Bonnie Malcom at extension 1211 or by email here.
Stacey Melancon - Scholarship Accounting Specialist
Stacey’s responsibilities include advanced accounting and bookkeeping work including posting & receipting gifts to development software, preparing donor endowment activity reports, and assisting with the preparation of the annual scholarship allocation report for the College of Central Florida. She also coordinates with Financial Aid office to assist with the awarding of both endowed and non-endowed scholarships. She has been with the Foundation for 13 years. Stacey has an A.S. Degree in Business Administration & Management from the College of Central Florida and a Certificate in Advanced Equine Care & Technology. You can contact Stacey Melancon at extension 1736 or by email here
Lynda Peek - Volunteer Coordinator
Lynda is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Friends of the Foundation. She is also involved in other events that include Dinner Theater, receptions, Performing Arts in Ocala and Lecanto, Information Stations and graduation. She has been with the Foundation since 2005. Lynda has an A.S. Degree in Dental Hygiene from St. Pete Junior College, an A.S. Degree in Horticulture & Landscape Design from CF and is certified by Florida's Volunteer Administration Certificate Program. Lynda has been involved with the Junior League since 1986 and serves as the vestry at Grace Episcopal Church. Lynda spends her personal time reading and gardening. You can contact Lynda Peek at extension 1592 or by email here
Anna Stephenson - Accountant III
Anna has been with the college since 2004. Her responsibilities are to assist the Chief Fiscal Officer with reconciling, recording & reporting the general ledger. Anna has an A.S in Accounting from Mass. Bay Community College, B.S. in Accounting from Bently University and her M.B.A. from Webster University. Anna is an active member of the American Tree Farm System and enjoys fitness, biking & tree farming. You can contact Anna Stephenson at extension 1591 or by email here.
Linda Stickney - Executive Administrative Assistant
Linda has been with the college since July 2011. She is the assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and to the Foundation Board of Directors. She also assists with planning, coordinating and set-up of events for various Foundation and College events. Linda has an A.S. Degree in Office Systems Technology from the College of Central Florida and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Society. You can contact Linda Stickney at extension 1288 or by email here.
Norma Tellez - Resource Development Specialist, Grants Development
Norma is part of the Grants Development team. Her responsibilities include tracking, research and assisting with Grants. Norma has completed her Certificate of Completion in A to Z Grantwriting. She enjoys spending time with her family and attending sporting events her children are involved in. You can contact Norma Tellez at extension 1427 or by email here.
Jennie Weaver - Special Events Coordinator, Taste of Ocala
Jennie Weaver joined the CF Foundation in 2011 and coordinates all special events, including Taste of Ocala, Taste of CF and the Annual Donor Reception. Jennie has a bachelors degree from the University of Florida. You can contact Jennie Weaver at extension 1352 or by email here.
Learn More About Us
With your support, the College of Central Florida Foundation provides scholarships to students, endowed chairs for faculty, and academic programs to enhance the college's learning environment.
Currently, the foundation's Promise for the Future campaign is generating resources for three college priorities: instructional program development, CF Citrus Instructional and Conference Center, and a permanent CF Levy Campus.
If you want to be involved in something that is exciting, full of possibilities, fun, educational, and worthwhile, consider joining hundreds of other people who, through the CF Foundation, have helped College of Central Florida make our community a special place to live, work and play.