A Gift for Teaching is pleased to announce the newly appointed Executive Committee and the addition of distinguished individuals to its Board of Directors. These accomplished professionals are committed to advancing educational causes and enhancing the organization’s community impact.

“We are honored to welcome such esteemed industry leaders to A Gift for Teaching. Each of these individuals brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for education, contributing to the diverse skill set that will drive our mission forward,” says Jane Thompson, President of A Gift for Teaching. “The combined leadership experience and insights from our Board of Directors is especially significant as we celebrate a major milestone in our history this year.”

Celebrating 25 years of community service, A Gift for Teaching not only reflects on its impactful history but also embraces the fresh perspectives and innovative ideas that these new board members bring. Together, they constitute a formidable team dedicated to resilience, progress, and ensuring that every Central Florida student receives the support required to succeed.

At the helm of the Board of Directors, now comprising 25 members, is the newly elected Executive Committee:

  • Board Chair: Valerie Read, Universal Orlando Foundation
  • Vice-Chair: Rick Chattin, Charter Communications
  • Treasurer: Kevin Dougherty, Addition Financial
  • Secretary: Traci Ash Bjella, Valencia College

The Board of Directors warmly welcomes its newest members:

  • Abe Gonzalez, Publix Super Markets
  • Steven Miller, Walt Disney World