Archives: Class 37

Jess Tharpe, Office of Economic Self-Sufficiency at Florida Department of Children and Families

Director of Office of Innovation & Project Management Neighborhood: Lakeshore Drive area Family: Spouse- Mat Tharpe; Children- Everett (6), Elliott (2)  Enjoys: Working out at Orange Theory Fitness, reading with my book club, and spending time at St. Teresa beach. Inspired cause: Children & Families and At-risk youth. College(s): University of North Florida, Florida State University, currently […]


Adriane Grant, CareerSource Florida

Vice President of External Affairs Neighborhood: Highway 27 and Mount Sinai Road Family: Spouse – Reggie; Sons – Micah (18) and Jadon (16) Enjoys: Spending time with family, traveling and shopping. Inspired Causes: Professional mentoring and caregiving. College(s): Florida A&M University


Candice Hopkins, Prime Meridian Bank

Vice President/Compliance & CRA Officer Neighborhood: Lake Jackson Family: Spouse – Kalon; Son – Myles; Daughter – Angel Enjoys: Reading, movies, family time, and Zumba. Inspired Causes: Financial education, mentoring, and providing resources for our youth. College(s): Florida A & M University; Florida State University


Julie Cheney, FSU Alumni Association

President/CEO Neighborhood: Greater Brandt Hills Family: Dog, Zeke (2 years old) Enjoys: Music, photography, pottery, traveling, beach and pool time, reading, and mentoring. Inspired causes: Women’s issues, mentoring young women, arts, education, organizational development, organizational citizenship. Colleges: University of Georgia (Bachelors and Masters and nearly-but-not-quite PhD)


Maria Mead, Keiser University’s Tallahassee Campus

President Neighborhood: Royal Oaks Family: Spouse – Burton F. Mead II; Children – Brianna and Dakota Enjoys: Outdoor activities, theatre, music, and spending time with family and friends. Inspired Causes: Helping others achieve their educational and life ambitions. College(s): BS – Florida State University & MS – Troy University


Neil Fleckenstein, Tall Timbers Research Station

Planning Coordinator Neighborhood: DayStar Community at Midtown Family: Spouse – Terri Enjoys: Hiking, traveling – anywhere abroad and National Parks in the US, working out, and gardening. Inspired Causes: Conserving land, natural resources, and rural community character. College(s): MS in Urban Planning from FSU; BA in Political Science from University of South Florida


Scott Rowse, Mad Dog Construction

Project Manager Neighborhood:  Royal Oaks Family: Spouse – Vanessa; Daughter – Callie; Son – Jackson Interests: Family, fly fishing, camping & outdoors, hunting, sports, yard games. Inspired cause: Stewardship/conservation of natural resources; elementary-level physical education. College(s): Florida State University


Alex Folmar, Folmar Gun & Pawn, Inc. (Folmar’s)

Owner Neighborhood: Waverly Hills  Family: Spouse – Kelly; Children: Madison (8) and Carter (5)  Enjoys: Spending time with my family at St. Teresa Beach. Inspired Causes: Lee’s Place, Treehouse and Big Bend Hospice. College(s): TCC and FSU


Tracey Cohen, Target Print & Mail

President  Neighborhood:  Betton Hills Family: Spouse – Jeremy Cohen; Children: Molly (12) and Paige (8) Enjoys: Tennis, reading, wine, and rainy days. Inspired cause: Children’s Issues, particularly access to education, poverty and hunger. College(s): University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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