Secretary of the SPPF Board
Expertise: Project Management for Innovation – I manage large, cross-functional teams to bring new product innovation to life.
Title: R&D – Global Innovation Process Manager, Transitions Optical, SPPF Board Secretary
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Lead by example – I do Math like a girl, try to keep up.
Favorite Book: Still searching for the one…. I love adventure fiction.
Favorite Quote: “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got”.
Expertise: Marios’s Consulting Group specializes in multinational business development strategies for start ups, relocations and expansions. Working extensively with several municipal economic development divisions and assisting with market placement.
Title: CEO-Managing Partner at Farias Consulting Group
Title: Founding Dean and Professor of Childhood Education Emerita, USF St. Petersburg College of Education
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Attribute: Persistence and a Positive attitude. I believe that what matters most is to set high expectations for oneself and to persist until one succeeds.
Favorite Book: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Favorite Quote: “The time is always right to do what is right.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Board Vice Chair
Expertise: Law – former State and Federal prosecutor – over 15 years’ experience in civil and criminal law
Title: St. Petersburg City Council Member; Attorney; President of Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association; co-founder of Friends of Woodlawn Elementary
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Practical, analytical and creative thinking – I think it is important to be practical when analyzing issues and use creativity in finding solutions
Favorite Book: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
Favorite Quote: “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Title: Retired Pinellas County School Board Member
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: A little progress every day adds up to big results.
Favorite Book: I have many favorite books and cannot choose one. However I especially like historical novels.
Favorite Quote: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: “To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” (Tony Dorsett)
Favorite Book: “The Four Agreements” – Don Miguel Ruiz
Favorite Quote: “Life is hard” — Scott Peck
Expertise: Law practice primarily focusing on commercial real estate.
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Desire to learn and improve and taking one thing at time to accomplish goals.
Favorite Book: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Favorite Quote: You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated. – Maya Angelou
Expertise: K-12 Education
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Humor is a great tool for deflection
Favorite Book: The Poverty Problem by Horacio Sanchez
Favorite Quote: “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is like a broken-winged bird that cannot fly” – Langston Hughes
CoFounder and Treasurer of the SPPF Board
Expertise: Fiscal Management/Accounting – I’ve managed large departments with staffing of 20- 30 people responsible for budget development and fiscal management, within Pinellas County Government –utilities and law enforcement. I’ve served in Financial Leadership roles for a number of nonprofit organizations (fraternity, church, Boys & Girls Club, Girls Inc., etc)
Title: CoFounder & Treasurer of SPPF
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Don’t sweat the small stuff –I like to keep progressing, it’s the best way to accomplish something.
Favorite Book: “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz
Favorite Quote: “Don’t Kill a Good Idea with Perfection” Mordecai Walker
Expertise: Insurance industry – I worked 25 years in the managed care industry. I built networks of physicians for insurance companies.
Title: Owner –I own my consulting business. I am a managed care advocate for physicians.
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Self esteem- I will learn that I can do anything through education! I am the best at what I do!
Favorite Book: “Diary of Anne Frank”
Favorite Quote: “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” Mother Teresa
Title: Founder and General Manager, ARCS Wellness, LLC.
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Problem-solving, critical thinking, and active listening. Become a lifelong learner! Wisdom is the key to building a successful and fulfilling life.
Favorite Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Favorite Quote: “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau
Title: Principal Consultant, L. Barnes Consulting
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Arts/Creativity and Reading – LOVE musical arts and exercising the creative side of my brain. Reading can be a form of knowledge and I love to learn. A welcomed respite since daily I’m SO left brained most of the time!
Favorite Book: Waaaay too many to choose just one. I LOVE to read!! Fiction especially.
Favorite Quote: “You can’t be what you can’t see.” – Marian Wright Edelman