About Us

John Meeks - President

John A. Meeks is retired and living in the Tampa Bay area. John had a 30-year career working for the


John A. Meeks is retired and living in the Tampa Bay area. John had a 30-year career working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Tennessee, Connecticut and North Carolina. During his FDIC career John was involved in bank closings and failed bank asset liquidations, was a commissioned Bank Compliance Examiner and was a part of the FDIC’s Community Affairs Program. In Community Affairs John worked with financial institutions, governmental entities and private and non-profit organizations to facilitate wealth building activities and opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals such as financial education, connecting small business owners and entrepreneurs with available resources, homeownership, and Individual Development Accounts. He was a Board member and officer with the North Carolina JumpStart Coalition.

Prior to joining the FDIC John worked for the US Small Business Administration and served in the United States Air Force. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Charlotte and holds a law degree from North Carolina Central University.

Declan Sheehy - Vice President



Declan J. Sheehy serves as Assistant Director of Development for the Ringling. Prior to joining The Ringling, Sheehy served as the assistant director of special gifts for the Smith Fund at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. He oversaw fundraising, outreach, special gifts and strategic prospecting. Sheehy also oversaw the development of new programs and revamped the Sophia Smith giving circle program to encourage giving. His career spans over 30 years in marketing, finance and the non-profit world.

In his spare time, he has been a founding partner in the successful Bekrshire County, Mass Women's Financial Empowerment series. He has served on the board of Tanglewood Business Partners, Berkshares local currency initiate and was state president of the Massachusetts Jump$tart Coalition for personal financial literacy where he ran numerous events to further the cause of financial literacy. He currently serves on the board of Florida Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy®. 

Brenda Hubbard - Treasurer Florida Institue of Certified Public Accountants



Brenda Hubbard is semi-retired and was a Past President (2007-10) and Secretary (2006) of the Florida Jump$tart Coalition. She currently serves as Treasurer.

Brenda works part time for the Florida Institute of CPAs in Tallahassee as the Director of Online Learning. She was also responsible for the Institute’s financial literacy outreach initiatives including the “Accounting for Success” program supporting the 500-plus CPA volunteers who spoke to students on accounting careers and personal finance topics K-college. Brenda also spends half her time in Southwest Michigan co-managing a family business. She serves on several boards in the North Florida area. 

Brenda received her Bachelors in Educational Media and Masters in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Florida. She also has an ABD (All But Dissertation) from Florida State University in the area of Instructional Systems. In addition, she holds certificates in Human Resources and Program Evaluation from Florida State University.

Gabriella Gabor - Secretary



Gabriela Gabor was a founding member of gMed, Inc, (1997) a Specialty Medical Software company based in South Florida where she held the position of VP of Finance and Administration for 18 years prior to its purchase by Modernizing Medicine in 2015. During her tenure Gabriella oversaw all Finance, Administration, Risk Management and Human Resources for gMed through sustained profitable growth.

Prior to the foundation of gMed, Gabriella worked as an Architect at Grupo Garel, a leading construction Company in Caracas Venezuela where she obtained her degree in Architecture.

Upon moving to the United States, she completed her Post Graduate studies in Management Development at the University of California Irvine (1999). 

After the sale of gMed Gabriella decided to fulfill her passion for social responsibility taking on a leadership role with WIZO- Women’s International Zionist Organization where she is Chair of the Broward Chapter. She is also on the Board of the Latin Division of Jewish Federation of Broward County and Secretary of the Florida JumpStart Coalition.

Gabriella lives with her husband and children in Weston Florida where she is active in community life.

William Porro - Communications


William Porro is the Assistant Director for the City of Miami. He serves in this capacity to coordinate the resources of the City Manager’s Office of Grants Administration - Economic Initiatives in conjunction with the Mayor’s strategy to reduce poverty. In 2005, he helped create and launch ACCESS Miami, the second phase of the Mayor’s original anti-poverty plan.  ACCESS Miami has received distinguished awards most recently, the Bright Idea in innovative government from Harvard University, Model Program from the US Conference of Mayors, and the National Livability Award. William strives to create linkages through such projects as free tax preparation, Earned Income Tax Credit campaigns, Individual Development Accounts, micro-lending, small business assistance, banking, financial literacy & individualized one-on-one coaching and homeownership in order to produce a “continuum of care” for the City’s residents and small business entrepreneurs. William’s other responsibilities includes workforce development and the launching of key economic development initiatives such as; the Office of Financial Empowerment, www.AccessMiamiJobs.com, and www.BuyMiami.Biz; and positioning the City of Miami favorably when attracting new funding sources through collaborative efforts.  William is a graduate from the University of Texas in Finance and an MBA graduate from Western Governor’s University.

Dr. Martie Gillen - Board Member


Associate Professor
Family & Consumer Economics for Older Adults

Martie Gillen is an associate professor in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Family Studies at the University of Kentucky. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from the University of Kentucky. Martie earned a MBA from Sullivan University. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner and a Financial Social Work Educator.

Prior to her position, Martie served as assistance dean for finance and center administration in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. She served as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on sponsored projects from the KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services totaling over $3.6 million; many of which had a child welfare focus including working with foster parents, adoptive parents, and college students who were also welfare recipients. In addition, she also taught courses in financial social work, social work research methods, introduction to family science, family resource management, and personal finance.  

Martie has been a foster mom for over three years and has welcomed 11 children in to her home, some for a few days, some for months, some for years, and one for forever through adoption.

3028A McCarty Hall D
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: (352) 392-0404

Tasha Carter - Board Member



Tasha Carter, Director

Division of Consumer Services

Office of Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis

Florida Department of Financial Services

Tasha.Carter@MyFloridaCFO.com 850.413.5816

Juli Lewis - Board Member




Southeastern Credit Union Foundation,

League of Southeastern Credit Unions

Juli Lewis joined the League of Southeastern Credit Unions in 2014, serving as a Member Relations Consultant and Director of the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation. As support and Foundation initiatives quickly grew under Juli’s leadership, in 2018, she was moved to be solely over the Foundation. She has served on the Executive Committee of the National Youth Involvement Board since 2008 and as Chair from 2014-2016 and is currently a Board member for the Florida Prosperity Partnership and Florida Jumpstart.

Prior to joining the League, Juli worked for 21 years at Suncoast Credit Union, based out of Tampa, FL. as the Youth Marketing Manager. At Suncoast, Juli was responsible for all youth and young adult programs including student-run branches, financial literacy presentations and reality fairs.

Juli graduated from the University of South Florida in 1998 with a Bachelors in Social Work. She has also earned the Credit Union Development Educators (CUDE), the Certified Credit Union Financial Planning (CCUFP) and Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designations and HR and Marketing certifications.

Away from work, Juli enjoys participating in outdoor sports, caring for the many stray animals that seem to find her and spending time with her husband and two amazing children. 

Lesley Mace - Advisor to the Board



Lesley Mace is a Senior Education Program Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Jacksonville Branch. Prior to joining the Fed in 2010, she was an Instructor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at Auburn University Montgomery and a high school economics teacher. A native of Auburn, Alabama, Lesley holds a B.A. in Economics and Foreign Language and a M.S. in Economics from Auburn University. 

April Atkins - Advisor to the Board



April A. Atkins

Community Affairs Specialist (North & Central Florida) | Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

o: 678.916.2237