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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our independent Board of Directors is made up of a diverse group of local business and community leaders to help provide corporate governance and guidance for Boys Town North Florida.

We are grateful for the continued support and expertise they provide, ensuring that each department and program lives the mission we strive to fulfill every single day.

Lisa Cashin
Lisa Cashin, Chair
Philanthropist

North Florida Board Member since 2019

Lisa has been an advocate for children as long as she can remember. When first introduced to Boys Town 15 years ago, she knew the organization would always hold an incredibly special place in her heart. An alumnus of University of Central Florida, Lisa began a career with Leon County Public Schools. While her four children (Emily, Stephen, Maggie and Sam) were growing up, she left the classroom to dedicate time to her kids and any community volunteer opportunity that presented itself, always finding a way to touch the lives of growing minds. Once her children reached school age, Lisa returned to the classroom at Maclay School until 2017, when she made the decision to spend more time with family and focus on philanthropic opportunities supporting children within the community.

Carrying on the legacy of her late father, Jeff Gabor, Lisa understands every Boys Town child has the potential to reach the stars when given the support they truly deserve.

Current Board Memberships

  • Executive Committee, Chair
  • Nomination Committee
  • Development Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • ART Town Committee

Education/Certification

  • University of Central Florida

Affiliations

  • Poppie’s Candy Box
Sevin Wilson
Sevin Wilson, Chair-Elect
Financial Advisor, MillCreek Financial Consultants

North Florida Board Member since 2023

Sevin was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. As the oldest of eight siblings, he naturally developed leadership qualities and a sense of responsibility.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University, where he double majored in Entrepreneurship and Finance. Sevin currently thrives as a dedicated financial advisor at MillCreek Financial Consultants, providing invaluable guidance to clients in navigating the complexities of their financial decisions. He is also a partner in a software development company, SoftAge Systems, that builds applications for healthcare companies.

An active community member, Sevin freely lends his expertise and support to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in starting their businesses. From starting a youth basketball organization to helping kids in underserved communities, Sevin enjoys giving back to his hometown.

In his free time, Sevin enjoys running, biking and playing basketball.

Current Board Memberships

  • Executive Committee
  • Nominating Committee, Chair

Education/Certification

  • Florida State University
Ryan Sandy
Ryan Sandy, Secretary
Attorney, DBPR Office of General Counsel

North Florida Board Member since 2019

Ryan is an attorney with the State of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional regulation. His college career started at Central Florida Community College, then moved on to Florida Southern College, before earning a Master’s Degree in international politics from American University, which led him to obtain his law degree from Florida State University.

He and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Leslie Redding, are following in the family’s footsteps of supporting Boys Town North Florida. Ryan’s support began through attending fundraising events, and volunteering in the Birthday Buddy program. Over the last few years, Ryan’s dedication has led him to support Boys Town on a larger scale by joining the Board of Directors in 2019.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and their son, Flynn.

Current Board Memberships

  • ART Town Committee, Chair

Education/Certification

Central Florida Community College

  • Central Florida Community College
  • Florida Southern College
  • Florida State University

    Affiliations

    • The Florida Bar
    Marcus Lampkin
    Marcus Lampkin, President
    Executive Director, Boys Town North Florida

    North Florida Board Member since 2017

    Marcus is the Executive Director of Boys Town North Florida. Marcus’ service to children and families spans for more than two decades. He has a vast knowledge and experiences in Human Services, Boys Town programs and Model application. As a result, Marcus has previously served as a peer reviewer for Site Certifications and on several internal/external Executive Committee member panels.

    Prior to his appointment as North Florida’s Executive Director, he served as the Senior Director of Operations for the Boys Town North Florida Site for over 6 years, directing the programmatic operations of North Florida’s programs which span across Boy’s Town Continuum of Care service levels. Before his appointment as Senior Director of Operations, Marcus completed the Boys Town Administrative Training program. In previous roles, he served as the Residential Program Director and a Residential Consultant for the North Florida site.

    Other related experiences include his service as the Adoptions and Community Service Director for the Mid-Florida Division of Children’s Home Society of Florida and the Family Services Supervisor for Florida Department of Children Family Services. Marcus holds a Master of Science Degree in Individual and Family Services and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in social work. During his tenure, Marcus has received numerous commendations for his outstanding service to youth and families.

    Current Board Memberships

    • Executive Committee
    • Nominating Committee

    Education/Certification

    • MS, Individual & Family Services, Florida A&M University
    • BS, Criminal Justice (minor: Social Work), Florida A&M University

    Affiliations

    • Sickle Cell Foundation
    • United Partnership Human Services Florida Coalition for Children
    Mutaqee Akbar
    Mutaqee Akbar, Member
    Attorney, Akbar Law Firm, P.A.

    North Florida Board Member since 2021

    Mutaqee was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, and attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated Cum Laude (with honors) in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Mutaqee received a full scholarship to the University of Miami School of Law where he served as President of the law school’s Black Law Student Association, Vice President of the Southern Regional Black Law Student’s Association and was a member of several honor’s societies. Mutaqee graduated from the University of Miami School of Law, Cum Laude with his Juris Doctor degree in 2004. During his 3½ years at the Public Defender’s Office, the newly titled Attorney had over 50 trials, with over half of them being jury trials and handled hundreds of other cases that did not involve a trial.

    Mutaqee now owns the Akbar Law Firm, P.A., where he continues to represent criminal defendants in both State Court and Federal Court. He is also very active in the Florida Bar and has received many awards from his peers including Minority Business Owner of the Year, Tallahassee Bar Association Champion for Diversity, and is in the Tallahassee Barrister’s Association Hall of Fame. He not only invests his time in his community, he also substantially invests in the community financially by giving to a variety of charities, youth programs and other endeavors aligned with improving the community as a whole.

    Current Board Memberships

    • Nominating Committee

    Education/Certification

    • Morehouse College
    • University of Miami Law School

    Affiliations

    • Florida Bar Association
    • Tallahassee Branch NAACP (President)
    • Tallahassee Barrister’s Association (Past President)
    • Virgil Hawkins Bar Association (Past Vice President)
    Rhyse Boeneke
    Rhyse Boeneke, Member
    Vice President of Sales, Florida Residential Elevators

    North Florida Board Member since 2024

    Rhyse grew up in Tallahassee and attended Florida State University where he earned a double major in Finance and Real Estate with cum laude honors. He was active at FSU, and he worked at Raymond James and the Florida State University Real Estate Foundation while serving as his fraternity president.  

    After graduation, Rhyse moved to Houston, Texas, where he began his career with Residential Elevators -- America’s largest manufacturer of home elevators. After three years in Texas, he moved back home to Tallahassee, and he is currently the Vice President of Sales for Florida.

    He was introduced to Boys Town while he was growing up as his parents were involved with the mission and they took part in various events. When he moved back to Tallahassee, he reconnected with current board members and immediately sought to help. After serving on the committee for the Christmas Classic Golf Tournament, he showed interest in joining the board. Rhyse has national connections and a strong footprint of relationships within the state of Florida. His goal is to spread awareness of the Boys Town mission and to enhance fundraising efforts.

    Rhyse enjoys basketball, fishing, and cheering on the Seminoles. He recently married his college sweetheart, Brooke, and they are planting their roots in Tallahassee. He strives to be a servant leader in all aspects of his life and is an active member at Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

    Current Board Memberships

    • TBD

    Education/Certification

    • Florida State University

    Affiliations

    • Good Shepherd Catholic Church
    Christy Daly Brodeur
    Christy Daly Brodeur, Member
    Partner, Tallahassee Ballard Partners

    North Florida Board Member since 2024

    Christy has two decades of experience working with the Florida Legislature and executive Branch on criminal justice public policy. Most recently she served as Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice where she played an integral role in the development and implementation of data-driven reform in the largest, most comprehensive juvenile justice system in the country. She has also contributed to the national movement of the importance of a balanced, common-sense approach to criminal justice  system outcomes and is seen as a national leader in her field. In 2022, Christy was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lobbyists in Florida by the Florida Standard. 

    Christy is a passionate advocate for children and families and a known collaborator. She has successfully partnered with many stakeholder groups, such as law enforcement, the judiciary, and child welfare and is known to manage challenging issues and competing priorities.

    Prior to becoming Secretary, Christy held numerous leadership positions at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services. She has worked nationally with the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University and the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators.

    Current Board Memberships

    • TBD

    Education/Certification

    • Florida State University
    • Tallahassee Community College

    Affiliations

    • Florida Commission on Community Service
    • Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program
    • Florida Youth Foundation
    • Goodwill Industries-Big Bend
    • Inspire of Central Florida
    Monesia Brown
    Monesia Brown, Member
    Vice President, Tallahassee North Highland

    North Florida Board Member since 2016

    Monesia is Vice President of North Highland’s Tallahassee location. Prior to her current role, she served as the Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Walmart where she played a key role in engaging legislative and executive officials on issues of importance to the company. Prior to joining the private sector, she worked for the State of Florida in several capacities including General Counsel to the Department of Management Services, Director of Legislative Affairs and Chief Cabinet Aide to the Attorney General and concluded her public service as the Director of the Agency for Workforce Innovation, Florida’s labor agency. As a member of the executive branch, her career focused in the areas of legal, policy and management.

    Monesia is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and Illinois State University with a degree in English. She is a member of the Florida and Wisconsin Bar Associations. In addition, she is the Chairwoman for the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend, a member of the Board of Directors Maclay School and the Florida History Museum. She is married to Junious Brown, and a mother to two children – Jay and Evan. Their family resides in Tallahassee where they have lived since 1999.

    Current Board Memberships

    • Finance Committee

    Education/Certification

    • Illinois State University
    • University of Wisconsin Law School

    Affiliations

    • Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend
    • Maclay School
    • Florida History Museum
    Sheri Bryan
    Sheri Bryan, Member
    Philanthropist

    North Florida Board Member since 2017

    Sheri has volunteered for Boys Town of North Florida in many capacities during the last 10 years. She was appointed to the Boys Town Board of Directors one year ago. Sheri helped raise over $500,000 when she chaired the 100-Year Anniversary Gala for Boys Town. Sheri graduated from Florida State University with a degree in communications. She has served as Chief Cabinet Aide for Florida’s Commissioner of Education and helped to create the Florida Education Foundation. She also served as Executive Staff Director for the Department of Labor. Sheri has been involved in many charitable organizations including Trinity Catholic School, Young Actors Theater, Children's Homes Society, Boys and Girls Clubs of Florida and the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation.

    Current Board Memberships

    • Development Committee, Chair

    Education/Certification

    • Florida State University

    Affiliations

    • TMH Healthcare Foundation
    Bruce Foster, Member
    Licensed Realtor, The Big Bend Group

    North Florida Board Member since 2023

    Founder of the The Big Bend Group®, Bruce Foster of Tallahassee, is nationally and internationally recognized for his sales achievements and has a reputation as one of the most trusted and admired agents in North Florida’s real estate industry.

    He possesses a strong combination of local knowledge and established connections that produce results for his clients. When marketing for his clients, Bruce understands that innovation, collaboration and artistry are key.

    Bruce was introduced to Boys Town in the fall of 2022 and was so impressed by what he saw that he organized a fundraiser in December to benefit Boys Town North Florida. He is committed to aligning his contacts with the Boys Town mission and vision through shared partnerships of giving.

    Bruce enjoys spending time with his family, which includes two children, three pups and a cat.

    Walt McNeil
    Walter “Walt” McNeil, Member
    Sheriff, Leon County Sheriff’s Office

    North Florida Board Member since 2017

    Walter was elected Sheriff of Leon County in November 2016. In his distinguished 35-year career as a public servant, Sheriff McNeil has led the fight against crime in Tallahassee, has been tapped to lead two state agencies under former Gov. Charlie Crist, and has advised the Obama White House, and other governments around the globe, on law enforcement strategies and tactics.

    For 10 years at the helm of the Tallahassee Police Department, then Chief McNeil was recognized for his progressive voice and his effective response to citizen concerns. His community policing efforts to control gangs, drugs and juvenile crime earned him numerous honors, including the Tallahassee NAACP Humanitarian Award, Public Sector Businessperson of the Year and the United States DEA Award.

    At the same time, he's been a good neighbor -- giving his time and talents to organizations that make a difference in our lives. He has chaired the Heart Walk for the county chapter of the American Heart Association, been honorary co-chair of Leon's March of Dimes Walk America campaign and served on the boards of the local Boys Town, Chamber of Commerce and Refuge House. The Sheriff and his family are active members of New Mount Zion AME Church.

    Current Board Memberships

    • Nomination Committee

    Education/Certification

    • University of Southern Mississippi
    • FBI National Academy

    Affiliations

    • New Mount Zion AME Church
    Kate Murray
    Kate Murray, Member
    Owner, Lemon & Thyme

    North Florida Board Member since 2023

    Kate is a native of Tallahassee and a graduate of Auburn University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Post grad, Kate moved to Atlanta and worked as an associate for Structures. Knowing she would always find her way home; she moved back to Tallahassee to begin a new journey in hospitality. In 2022, her idea became reality opening Lemon & Thyme, a restaurant serving made-to-order organic salads and grain bowls. The restaurant is designed to shatter the idea that fresh, healthy food can't be provided conveniently for people on the go.

    Kate was introduced to Boys Town at a young age and spent many days on campus playing with the other kids. In time, Kate became a supporter of Boys Town through special events and volunteering. She has a heart to serve others and looks forward to dedicating her time and talents serving on the Boys Town North Florida Board of Directors.

    In her spare time, Kate enjoys traveling and downhill mountain skiing.

    Current Board Memberships

    • Finance Committee

    Education/Certification

    • Auburn University

    Affiliations

    • Lemon & Thyme
    Abby Pichard
    Abby Pichard, Member
    Director of Sales Operations, WEX

    North Florida Board Member since 2020

    With over 18 years of experience in the B2B payments industry, Abby is a seasoned professional known for her expertise in business development and revenue generation. She embarked on her career journey with a decade at American Express, where she honed her skills and demonstrated exceptional leadership in driving sales and fostering client relationships at a regional, national and global level.

    As the Director of Sales Operations at WEX, Abby spearheads enterprise-wide initiatives that optimize revenue streams and enhance operational efficiency.

    Upon learning about the Boys Town mission, Abby felt immediately drawn to the cause and began her support of children and families through Boys Town North Florida, where she also volunteers as a Birthday Buddy. 

    She graduated from Clemson University and currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband, Will Pichard, and two daughters, Lilly and Camden.

    Current Board Memberships

    • Finance Committee, Chair

    Education/Certification

    • Clemson University

    Affiliations

    • Southern Hunter Jumper Association
    Mary Petrandis
    Mary Petrandis, Member
    Retired Educator, Leon County Schools

    North Florida Board Member since 2023

    Mary’s career focused on teaching exceptional student education for elementary, middle school and high school students. Her final years teaching were at Chiles High School where she also served as a Special Olympics coach for the girl’s junior varsity flag football team. Following retirement, Mary worked in real estate until 2019, when she was awarded a grant project through Florida’s Department of Education, identifying and working with youth who were developmentally delayed.

    Mary has always been an advocate for children and as an educator with Leon County Schools, she had the opportunity to work with Boys Town youth. After retirement, she volunteered as a tutor for Boys Town North Florida and became dedicated to the mission.

    Mary is glad to be a voice in the community to advocate for the youth supported by Boys Town North Florida. 

    Current Board Memberships

    • ART Town Committee

    Education/Certification

    • Florida State University

    Affiliations

    • Special Olympics
    Leslie Redding
    Leslie Redding, Member
    Community Volunteer

    North Florida Board Member since 2017

    Leslie recently retired from a 30-year career as Bookkeeper and Property Manager for Bud Warehouses, Inc. She is actively involved at St. John’s Episcopal Church, regularly volunteering her time to serve at the church’s Lively Café. In recent years, she and her husband, Charley Redding, also co-chaired St. John’s Stewardship Committee.

    While raising their three children, Leslie volunteered at Kate Sullivan, Cobb and Leon’s PTO as well as football, baseball and volleyball booster organizations. She has been affiliated with Boys Town of North Florida since its inception through her mother, June Strauss. Leslie and her husband played a key role in the establishment of Art Town at Boys Town. Leslie has served on the board since 2017 and is an active member of the Boys Town Birthday Buddy program.

    Current Board Memberships

    • Development Committee

    Education/Certification

    • Florida State University

    Affiliations

    • St. John’s Episcopal Church
    DaMonica Smith
    DaMonica Smith, Member
    Director, Health and Human Services Indelible Solutions

    North Florida Board Member since 2024

    DaMonica is a Senior Health and Human Services Consultant at Indelible Solutions with nearly 20 years of experience in communications, media & public relations, and strategic planning. She excels in driving growth, optimizing operations and leading strategy development to help organizations achieve short-term and long-term goals. 

    Prior to her tenure at Indelible Solutions, she held impactful roles such as the Director of Communications and Press Secretary at the Florida Department of Children and Families, as well as External Affairs Coordinator at the Florida Department of Education.

    Beyond her professional achievements, DaMonica is deeply committed to community involvement and service. Her dedication extends to volunteering in programs that provide health and human services to children, women, families experiencing homelessness, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. She is a member of the Junior League and actively supports a local public health foundation where she champions evidence-based strategies to enhance public health outcomes, with a particular focus on youth and families in Florida’s rural counties.

    She enjoys laughing and spending quality time with her husband, Eric, their daughter, Kamryn, and their two fur babies, Lila and Teddy B.

    Current Board Memberships

    • TBD

    Education/Certification

    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

    • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
      • BS, Political Science
      • MS, Social Science

    Affiliations

    • Junior League