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 and 2 French Bulldogs.

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

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 the sweetest Goldendoodle named Penny!

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Jordan Freindlich

    Development Manager

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    Jordan Freindlich

    Development Manager


    I’ve walked the Great Wall and snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef.

    I love rock and roll music. I go to about 15 concerts per year.

    Originally from NJ, so I’m a NY sports fan. Yankees, Jets and Rangers!

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    Kaye Acosta

    Teaching Tools Program Coordinator

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    Kaye Acosta

    Teaching Tools Program Coordinator


    On the weekends my husband and I like to go paddleboarding and eat tacos.

    I lived in Spain for four years before moving to Florida.

    I love to read and am currently working on writing my first novel.

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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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    Kori Elliott

    College Success Coach

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    Kori Elliott

    College Success Coach


    My first job was to be an Undercover Purchaser of tobacco products for the FDA!

    I love to shop at the thrift store, it’s a gold mine!

    I am the first person in my family to obtain a Master’s degree.

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    Kristen Hendrickson

    Program Support Assistant

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    Kristen Hendrickson

    Program Support Assistant


    Hockey is my go to sport and have had my photo taken twice with the Stanley Cup. Go Bolts!

    I love 70’s and 80’s music with two of my favorite genres being Yacht Rock and New Wave.

    I have a passion for gardening and am cultivating a beautiful butterfly garden.

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    Lamine Gueye

    Tech Connect eLearning Coach

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    Lamine Gueye

    Tech Connect eLearning Coach


    Teaching about technology has introduced me to amazing students and parents.

    I love the science, industry, and art of route running.

    Porus, Manchester, Jamaica is my second home.

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

    Laura Grucza

    Development Manager

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    Laura Grucza

    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 love going salsa dancing.

    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 Impact

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    Mindy Taylor

    Director of Impact


    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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    Natalie Doig

    Director of Teacher Resource Program

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    Natalie Doig

    Director of Teacher Resource Program


    #BoyMom to a high school senior.

    As a Formula 1 racing fan, I’ve traveled from England to Austin, Texas to see races.

    I love everything Christmas!

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    Shelby Hearn-Belluso

    College & Career Center Coordinator

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    Shelby Hearn-Belluso

    College & Career Center Coordinator


    I love planning weekend getaways with my family.

    I think DreamWorks hit it out of the ballpark with Shrek.

    My favorite music genre is Pop Punk.

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    Stephen Ford

    Director of Digital Equity Initiatives

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    Stephen Ford

    Director of Digital Equity Initiatives


    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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