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Joann R Gammichia


Director of Talent Management · Orange County Clerk of Courts · 407-836-2304 · Contact by email

Vivian D Geary


CMP · Universal Orlando · 407-224-6552 · Contact by email

Melissa Geist

Melissa started working at the Clerk’s office in 1993 as a file clerk. Over the years, she has held various leadership roles and worked her way up to Court Operations Director in 2010. Prior to being employed by the Clerk’s office, Melissa spent 3 years with Blockbuster Video as an assistant manager, back when they still had stores to visit.

Melissa was born and raised in Florida. She enjoys spending her free time with her 14 year old son and family.


Director of Court Operations · Orange County Clerk of Court · 407-836-2201 · Contact by email

Sean Gerlin

Sean Gerlin serves as a Financial Planner with Prudential Financial Planning Services here in Orlando. In his practice he services wealth accumulation and protection, insurance, investment tax efficiency, and planning needs of his clients ranging from young professionals to those looking to retire or recently retired. He loves working with small businesses and assisting them with the unique challenges of planning for growth and succession planning.

Priding himself on giving a unique perspective on the markets and how macroeconomic trends can affect his client's investments, Sean is continuously in contact with those he services to assist them with structuring a well balanced portfolio.

Sean is a native Floridian having lived in Miami, Tallahassee, Gainesville, West Palm Beach, Melbourne, and central Florida. He currently resides in Maitland with his wife, Nicole, daughter, Avery, and son, Will. Sean received his B.S. with Honors from the University of Florida in 2002. He is involved in Florida Citrus Sports, loves playing golf, and is a member of the National Associate of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

"My goal is to develop long term relationships with my clients so that I can grow with them, see them achieve their goals, and help them be financially secure for retirement or whatever life throws at them. I recognize that each client is different and I treat each one with the customized service and personal attention they deserve."


Financial Professional · Prudential Financial · 407-702-8290 · Contact by email

Joanne Godwin



Orlando Utilities Commission · 407-434-2050 · Contact by email

Fethi Goktepe

Fethi Goktepe is the Director of Operations at Orlando Science School. It is a K-12 Public Charter School here in Orlando, Florida. Before starting there in October of 2012 he was the Executive Director/Principal at Broward Math and Science Schools in Margate, Florida. He has a Bachelor in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, along with a MBA. Currently he is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Engineering from The Graduate Institute of Sciences and Engineering, Yildiz Technical University (Istanbul-Turkey). Fethi Goktepe is married with four children (three sons and a daughter).


Director of Operations · Orlando Science Schools · 407-253-7304 · Contact by email

Elisha Gonzalez-Bonnewitz


Executive Director, Valencia College, Orange County Take Stock in Children · Valencia College · 407-582-3336 · Contact by email

Teri Gorman

Teri graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She has over 20 years of public accounting experience servicing clients in a variety of specialized industries including real estate, professional services, retail, professional services, finance, manufacturing and technology. She also specializes in estate and trust planning and compliance. In addition to her tax background, she has audit experience in a range of industries.

Teri’s involvement with community and professional activities include past Finance Chairman for the Better Business Bureau of Central Florida, past Board Member of the Downtown Orlando Partnership and Finance Committee Member and Board of Education Member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church and School.


CPA/Tax Principal · Parks, De Filippo & Associates · 407-539-1330 · Contact by email

Mildred Graham

Mildred Graham is Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law in downtown Orlando, where she has served in that capacity since 2002. Her responsibilities include fundraising, grant management, media relations, communications, special events and alumni affairs. Prior to coming to FAMU, she spent nine years at Sprint’s local telephone division, where she managed internal, external and customer communications and she coordinated executive-level special events. Before she joined Sprint, she spent nine years at the Orlando Sentinel as a reporter and copy editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from FAMU and a master’s in business administration from Webster University. She is married and has an adult daughter.


Director of Development and Human Affairs · FAMU College of Law · 407-254-3206 · Contact by email

Jennifer Gravlin

Jennifer Gravlin, CPA, is a tax manager at Averett Warmus Durkee. Averett Warmus Durkee was founded in 1989 and is the largest independent accounting firm in Central Florida. The firm provides assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services to clients throughout Florida and the Southeast. In 2011, Jennifer had been employed by A. Scott McEachron, PA since 1996.

Jennifer has been heavily involved in Rotary over the past 13 years. She has been treasurer for the Rotary Club of Altamonte for the past eight years in addition to serving as district treasurer for two years. Prior to that, she served terms as treasurer and secretary of the Rotary Club of Maitland Center. She is currently serving as treasurer for the 2013 North American Youth Exchange Network conference being held in Orlando. In addition, she is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs, and the American Society of Women Accountants.

Jennifer holds both her Bachelors in Accounting and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Central Florida.


CPA · Averett Warmus Durkee · 407-379-2502 · Contact by email

Reginald M. Green


Associate Dean for Student Services and Administration · Florida A&M University College of Law · 407-254-3205 · Contact by email

Christopher Grim

Chris has 19 years of experience in accounting, with 11 of those years in public accounting, and eight in private industry as chief financial officer for a real estate developer, controller for a high-tech engineering firm, internal auditor for a defense contractor and instructor for a CPA review course. He serves as the shareholder in charge of assurance services for Davis, Grim and Company, P.A., a full-service public accounting firm located in downtown Orlando. His primary areas of expertise are in not-for-profits, agribusiness, franchisors, manufacturing, technology, construction, and employee benefit plans. Chris is the board treasurer for the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Central Florida, and also serves on the FICPA Not-For-Profit Conference Committee as well as the UCF Accounting and Advisory Board. He earned a bachelors’ degree in economics from the University of Delaware and an MBA from The Crummer School of Business at Rollins College.         


Davis, Grim and Company, P.A. · 407-434-7900 · Contact by email

Nicholas G. Grounds

Nick put a high value on integrity and discipline at an early age, later on using those virtues as his guiding principles in his quest for career excellence. He has mastered the ability of translating plans and visions into success, thanks to a career spanning more than four decades of executive management experience in various aspects of sales and marketing.

Nick started his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in London, working in the operations department before managing a computer system which generated marketing information for senior management; before becoming the youngest senior supervisor Chase London ever had, directing and coordinating the money market operations department with 26 direct reports.

Nick was Chase’s coordinator for cash management products, applying  best management approaches in coordinating these products for the London-Moscow-Johannesburg area; conducting marketing and site visitation around Europe and Israel. He exemplified versatility in executing diverse tasks, such as addressing bank issues, developing a team, and overseeing the daily performance of a designated team.

For two decades, Nick was affiliated with Tradition North America Inc. New York, a leading inter-dealer broker of money market instruments. As the Senior Vice President, his responsibilities included managing the strategic product planning, marketing, and departmental budgets within $1billion annual company revenue. Nick also rendered effectual supervision to a team of brokers responsible for marketing sophisticated financial products to a varied domestic and global client base.

While working full time Nick gained a degree in Sports Management and a MBA in Leadership and Sustainability, from the University of Cumbria in England. Nick also has a passion for soccer and has coached for 17 years, and holds a Premier Coaching License and a Director of Coaching Diploma from the NSCAA.

Upon moving to Florida, Nick has taken up a position of Financial Professional Associate with Prudential Financial, Orlando, and looks forward to the learning opportunities offered by participating in the Leadership Law Program.                                                                          


Prudential Financial · 845-406-7489 · Contact by email

Nancy T. Grzesik

For the past seven years, Nancy T. Grzesik, CPA, has held the position as Chief Operating/Financial Officer at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida. Her office is responsible for all of the financial aspects of the zoo operations, including the cafe and gift shops, adventure services, admissions, risk management and human resources administration. As a member of the Executive Team, Nancy works closely with the Executive Director and the Deputy Director of Programs in strategic planning and forecasting for the zoo.

Prior to moving to Florida, Nancy was the Director of Administration in the Department of Capital Project Management of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Her office was responsible for staffing, budgets, project controls, cost estimating, environmental impact, quality insurance and legal agreements for our project work.

Nancy says her alter-ego can be found in education. Her current positions include teaching online for UMUC and serving as Course Chair for International and Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting and teaching at Webster University in the MBA program.

In her spare time, Nancy dabbles in consulting, trains for triathlons and in-line skating marathons, and love to travel.


COO/CFO · Brevard Zoo · 321-254-9453 · Contact by email