Our Team

Senior Management

Kim Jowell, middle-aged woman with brown short hair, black and white headshot, Hillsborough Education Foundation

Kim Jowell

Chief Executive Officer

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Kim Jowell

Chief Executive Officer


Proud mom of 2 adult boys, 2 French Bulldogs, and 1 rescued German Shepherd.

I love Champa Bay. Big fan of our amazing sports teams.

Huge nature lover! Which is why my favorite vacation was to Costa Rica!

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Mike McCollum, young adult man, black and white image, head and shoulders showing only, Hillsborough Education Foundation

Mike McCollum

Chief Advancement Officer

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Mike McCollum

Chief Advancement Officer


Big, big sports fan in general. Favorite sport is basketball.

Favorite food is Macaroni & Cheese (the homemade kind).

Dark Knight is my favorite movie of all time (willing to debate this).

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Michelle Matis

Chief Financial Officer

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Michelle Matis

Chief Financial Officer


My favorite place to visit is Italy. If I won the lottery, I would move to Tuscany.

I’m a true Floridian, born and raised in Central Florida.

I have two cats who are really the ones in charge of the house.

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Anna Corman

Chief Program Officer

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Anna Corman

Chief Program Officer


I served in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan from 2010-2012.

Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite TV shows.

I have a black cat named Nora!

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    Amber Sale, young adult woman with blonde hearing, smiling, large eyes, black and white headshot, Hillsborough Education Foundation

    Amber Sale

    Development Coordinator

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    Amber Sale

    Development Coordinator


    I am a second generation Tampa native.

    I’ve been a ballet dancer for 20 years.

    The top countries I’d like to visit include Nepal, Japan and Cambodia.

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    Angelica Lombrana

    Teaching Tools Program Coordinator

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    Angelica Lombrana

    Teaching Tools Program Coordinator


    Proud mom to a very beautiful, fun & adventurous little girl. Family is everything!

    As an Italian girl, I’ll only eat meatballs with pinolis and raisins.

    My happy place is the beach and Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY during the holidays!

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    Angie Anthony, middle-aged adult woman, smiling, wearing dark shirt and blazer on top, black and white headshot, Hillsborough Education Foundation

    Angie Anthony

    Dir. of Scholarships and Grant Programs

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    Angie Anthony

    Dir. of Scholarships and Grant Programs


    I have 2 adorable dogs & love taking them to the beach-our happy place!

    I‘m Greek & Irish. I love cooking traditional Greek foods & visiting Greece.

    Love my job & helping students on their path to success!

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    Ashley Shaw

    College Success Coach

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    Ashley Shaw

    College Success Coach


    I love to explore the Tampa Bay area by visiting thrift shops & bookstores with friends.

    I enjoy watching documentaries and gaining more knowledge about the music industry.

    I attend USF, where I am getting a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

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    Brandon Pitts

    Resource Development Manager

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    Brandon Pitts

    Resource Development Manager


    I am a father of three boys. All named after Boston Red Sox players.

    I love to hunt and fish. My favorite thing to hunt is wild turkeys.

    I moved to Florida from Minnesota.

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    Brittany Ervin

    College Success Coach

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    Brittany Ervin

    College Success Coach


    I love to travel and take trips. One of my travel goals is to visit each state in America.

    My favorite food is shrimp. It’s one food I will never cease to eat!!

    My favorite animals are axolotls and snakes.

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    Dan Grucza

    Warehouse & Facilities Coordinator

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    Dan Grucza

    Warehouse & Facilities Coordinator


    I enjoy helping my kids with their house projects.

    My favorite food is pizza. I could eat it every day.

    Watching TV puts me to sleep, unless it is football.

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    Denise Becker, middle-aged adult woman with light curly hair, wearing black shirt, black and white headshot, Hillsborough Education Foundation

    Denise Becker

    Director of Teacher Resource Program

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    Denise Becker

    Director of Teacher Resource Program


    I enjoy physical and mental challenges.

    I love to travel and experience new cultures.

    Proud momma of a rescue pup from the Humane Society.

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    Elisabet Rivera, young woman with long curly hair, black and white headshot, Hillsborough Education Foundation

    Elísabet Rivera

    Mentor Coordinator

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    Elísabet Rivera

    Mentor Coordinator


    According to Myers Briggs, my personality type is ISFJ-A aka “The Defender.”

    The beach (& any place near a body of water) is my happy place!

    I served with AmeriCorps for 2 years after graduating from USF.

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    Hannah Coto

    Executive Assistant to the CEO

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    Hannah Coto

    Executive Assistant to the CEO


    I was born and raised in Florida and love to be near the water.

    I am a cat mom to two, Moe and Mae.

    I graduated from USF but am a Miami Hurricanes football fan.

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    Jasmine Burney

    Tech Connect eLearning Coach

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    Jasmine Burney

    Tech Connect eLearning Coach


    I have a passion for working with children & families and teaching them how to become their own advocates.

    I love traveling to the Caribbean. My favorite vacation spot is Montego Bay, Jamaica.

    I love tacos. If I could, I would have them for dinner at least 5 times a week!

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    Joanne Sandoval, young adult woman with black hair, black and white head shot Hillsborough Education Foundation

    Joanne Sandoval

    Director of TSIC Program & Student Services Coordinator

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    Joanne Sandoval

    Director of TSIC Program & Student Services Coordinator


    I am a first-generation graduate! I also went on to obtain my master’s degree.

    I collect crystals. My favorite is the selenite crystal.

    I played the clarinet for 8 years.

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    Jordan Walters

    Program Support Assistant

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    Jordan Walters

    Program Support Assistant


    I’m a mom to a beautiful daughter who keeps me on my feet & makes life 10x better.

    A burrito is my #1 favorite food. Throw in some chips, salsa & queso and it’s a party!

    I have one dog, two cats and 8 reptiles.

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    Johanne Castagan

    Tech Connect Program Assistant

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    Johanne Castagan

    Tech Connect Program Assistant


    The gym is my happy place.

    I was a performer in the pregame show of Superbowl XXXV.

    My running group is called Brunch Bunch with a Running Problem.

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    Kayla Gleason

    Content Creator

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    Kayla Gleason

    Content Creator


    I have a black standard poodle named Frankie (short for Frankenstein).

    I studied abroad in the UK and want to revisit Scotland.

    I love to paint (animals & people are my favorite subjects)!

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    Kendra Oestreich, young woman, black and white head shot, curly hair with highlights, Hillsborough Education Foundation

    Kendra Oestreich

    Director of Communications

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    Kendra Oestreich

    Director of Communications


    As a TV News reporter appeared on Nancy Grace, Larry King & Making a Murderer.

    Love to dive w/Lemon Sharks, Goliath Grouper, turtles & manatees.

    I’ve lived in 10 cities & 6 states (WI, MN, IN, SD, TX, FL).

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    Lamine Gueye

    Tech Connect eLearning Coach

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    Lamine Gueye

    Tech Connect eLearning Coach


    My favorite running shoe is the Nike Spiridon.

    I love British culture. Every so often in college I’d pretend I was from Liverpool, England.

    I’d like to own a ranch one day.

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    Laura Grucza, older woman with hoop earrings and blonde hair, black and white headshot, Hillsborough Education Foundation

    Laura Grucza

    Resource Development Manager

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    Laura Grucza

    Resource Development Manager


    I am a New York girl at heart.

    I was a roadie for the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIII.

    My glass is half full, always!

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    Mark Allen

    Accountant

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    Mark Allen

    Accountant


    After 25 years, I relocated to Tampa from Maryland to pursue personal goals.

    Cycling is my passion; I ride several thousand miles per year.

    Life is an incredible journey, I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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    Melanie Jimenez, young adult woman with curly hair, black and white headshot, Hillsborough Education Foundation

    Melanie Jimenez

    College Success Coach

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    Melanie Jimenez

    College Success Coach


    I have visited 5 countries: Chile, Nicaragua, Mexico, Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic

    My favorite food is Sushi. I can eat it every day!

    I love collecting magnets from different cities and countries, I have 55 in total.

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    Mindy Taylor, young adult woman, wearing glasses, smiling, black-and-white, Hillsborough Education Foundation

    Mindy Taylor

    Director of Digital Equity Initiatives

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    Mindy Taylor

    Director of Digital Equity Initiatives


    I love to camp at Disney’s Fort Wilderness with my family.

    I have an adorable cockapoo named Ginger.

    I love to read and have been in my book club for 25 years.

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    Mitzi Castiglione

    Controller

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    Mitzi Castiglione

    Controller


    Having grown up near a produce field, I’m a tomato and strawberry connoisseur.

    My hobbies include hiking and snorkeling. I love adventure!

    I love all animals, especially cats!

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    Pooja Bhavsar

    Teaching Tools Resource Assistant

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    Pooja Bhavsar

    Teaching Tools Resource Assistant


    I love spending time with family.

    My favorite city is Washington, D.C.

    My family is from Gujarat, India.

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    Sarai Navarro

    Teaching Tools Resource Assistant

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    Sarai Navarro

    Teaching Tools Resource Assistant


    I am a USF student seeking to major in Biology on a pre-med track.

    I have four brothers, which makes me the princess of the household.

    My favorite food is a Mexican dish called “Chiles Rellenos.”

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    Stephen Ford

    Digital Access Coordinator

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    Stephen Ford

    Digital Access Coordinator


    University of Tampa – National Champion (Baseball ’93)

    Hobbies – Coaching Baseball, Golf, and spending time with family

    Tampa Bay Sports Fan (Rays, Bucs, Lightning)

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    Zarna Patel

    Events & Engagement Manager

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    Zarna Patel

    Events & Engagement Manager


    A big fan of Taylor Swift, mac and cheese, karaoke and themed parties.

    I avidly listen to a pop culture podcast called The Morning Toast.

    Tik Tok addict – I sometimes even speak in Tik Tok references!

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