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Michael Stewart, Foundation Chair

Chair, Communities in Schools
(Dropout Prevention Program)
VP, Director of External Affairs,
Jacksonville Aviation Authority
President of Florida Airports Council

Charles McBurney, Board Member

Member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2007-2016 where, among other committees, he was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Charles McBurney is a native Floridian and has lived in Jacksonville since receiving his law degree from the University of Florida in 1982. He graduated with his B.A. with High Honors, also from the University of Florida in 1979. McBurney is a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar and the Jacksonville Bar Association. He is admitted to all Florida courts, the U.S. Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Eleventh Circuit.

  • Distinguished Legislator Award 2012 – Florida Bar Business Law Section
  • 2012 Outstanding Citizen Award – Florida Council on Social Studies
  • Distinguished Legislative Service Award – Florida Bar 2009
  • Civic Education Advocacy Award, Florida Law Related Education Association
  • House Legislator of the Year, Florida Clerk’s and Comptroller’s Association, 2013
  • Florida Bar Legislative Award, 2013, 2014
  • Legislative Leadership Award, 2014 – Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section
  • Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, 2014 – 2016 Appointed by Chief Justice of Florida Supreme Court
  • James C. Rinaman Public Service Award, Jacksonville Bar Association, 2016

Stephen R. Wise, Ed. D., Foundation Advisor

Florida State Senator (District 5)
elected 2001, term limited – 11-6-2012)
Chair, FL Senate Education Appropriations Committee
Chair, FL Senate Education Pre-K-12 Committee
FL Senate Budget Subcomm. on Higher Ed. Appropriations
FL State Representative (1988-2000)
VP, FL State College at Jacksonville (1970-1993)
Ed.D, University of Alabama, 1970
Teacher, Brevard and Polk Counties (1963-1968)

Robert Wood, Executive Director 2017-2023
University of North Florida, Dean of Continuing Education, 2006-2015
Central Carolina Technical College, Dean of Continuing Education, 2000-2006
Robert Wood & Associates, President, 1983-2006
Piedmont Technical College, Director of Continuing Education, 1976-1983
University of Georgia, DPA, ABD, Public Administration, 1979
Purdue University, MPA, Public Affairs, 1975
Indiana University Bloomington, BA, Political Science, 1972

Susanne Kohl-Parker Director of Advancement (DC Area)

Washington National Cathedral, Development Officer, 2015-16
Consultant – fund and board development, 2003-present
Circle of Angels Initiative, Inc., VP Outreach, 2014-15
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, 2013-14
The River School, Washington, DC, 2007-13
Epilepsy Foundation, Landover, MD, 2005-07

Matt Phillips Chief Advancement Director (CA)

JD, University of California, Hastings School of Law, San Francisco
BA, Michigan State University
Past Experience:
Foundation Director, U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology
Director, National Association for Community Mediation
Executive Director, Volunteers of America, Western Washington
Executive Director, Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers, CA


Donald M. Loop, Foundation Chair, 2007-2021

Betz Laboratories, VP Sales, EVP, President, 1965-95, Philadelphia, PA
ECC Intl., VP Reg. Dir., Western U.S. & Canada 1995-2000, Orlando,
FL Stewards of the St. Johns, Executive Dir., 2000-2007, Jacksonville, FL

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