Congressman Bill Posey District Eight Florida
Liz Alward is a 40 year Brevard County resident who has made her home for the last 25 years in Satellite Beach. She is an employee of the Federal Government as a Casework Manager for Congressman Bill Posey, District Eight. Liz was previously the Assistant City Manager with the City of Satellite Beach and a 25 year Chief of Staff to 3 County Commissioners. She has served as the BHC Chairman for 3 years, past President of the Port Canaveral Propeller Club, past Technical and Advisory Committee with the Brevard County Transportation Planning Agency, she also served on the Space Coast City Managers Association, Outside the office, Liz enjoys time with her family, travel and beachside living.
Space Coast Ice Cream
Misty Belford has been an advocate in our community for many years in varying capacities and involving many issues. She served as a school board member for eight years, as the President for Swim Safe Forever for many years, and has volunteered with multiple organizations striving to make our community a great place for us all to live and thrive. In addition to her advocacy roles, she provides infant survival swim instruction through Infant Swimming Resource and runs Space Coast Ice Cream in Titusville.
Central Florida Cares Health System
Maria Bledsoe serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Central Florida Cares Health System, Inc., a non-profit, managing entity contracted with the Department of Children and Families, that manages the state and federal funded mental health and substance use disorder system of care in Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. Maria has over 30 years of experience in the criminal justice and social services system, which include organizational operations, contract management, business administration, project management, performance management, strategic planning, and staff management. She has successfully developed, led, managed, implemented, and monitored strategic objectives, projects, services, programs, budgets, grants, and contracts achieving the highest level of efficiency, cost-effectiveness, compliance, and accountability. Ms. Bledsoe works collaboratively with senior leadership, provider service network, the community, and government agencies. She is mission driven, focusing on strengthening performance, improving operational controls, and promoting best practice for the community. Ms. Bledsoe holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.
Space Coast Health Foundation
Johnette Gindling is the President & CEO of Space Coast Health Foundation, a health legacy foundation formed in 2010 from the sale of Wuesthoff Health System. The Foundation is a grant making organization that supports the health and wellness of Brevard County. In addition to its grant-making work, the foundation operates the Center for Collaboration, Lifetime Counseling Center and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Brevard.
Johnette has 12 years’ experience in foundation operations and more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare strategic planning, patient satisfaction, public relations and marketing. She previously worked for Wuesthoff Health System in Rockledge, Florida, Good Shepherd Health System in Longview, Texas and Parkview Health System in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Johnette has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in communication from Purdue University, where she also served as an Associate Faculty member in the Department of Communication, School of Arts and Sciences.
She currently serves on the boards of the Community Credit Union, the Florida Philanthropic Network and United Way of Brevard.
Johnette and her husband Michael live in Viera, Florida and have two sons.
Community Foundation for Brevard
Theresa Grimison is president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Brevard, supporting powerful philanthropy to create a region where everyone can participate and thrive. Previously, Grimison held executive leadership positions with the Brookings Institution, social enterprise First Book, New Mexico Governor’s administration, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Grimison currently serves on the boards of the Florida Philanthropic Network, Brevard Homeless Coalition, and Brevard County Estate Planning Council. Grimison earned a bachelor’s from Fordham University and MBA at the University of New Mexico. Her life and professional journey have instilled a passion for philanthropy, social action, and deep community connection.
City of Melbourne
“Yvonne Minus has been a member of BHC since 2014 and helps citizens and businesses in Melbourne and Brevard County.
As a city council member in the city of Melbourne, District 3, she finds it rewarding to assist the community by working with the Mayor and fellow City Council members.
Outside of the office, in addition to service to others, she enjoys reading, relaxing with family, and being active in her church of 42 years at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church-Melbourne, she is also actively involved in many fraternal organizations.
She truly believes that To whom much is given, much is required””.”
The Virtual Glue
Shayla M. Murray is a Florida native who specializes in administrative management. Her passion for streamlining processes and helping organizations increase productivity has led to her success as CEO of The Virtual Glue, a Brevard County-based Administrative Management firm. Her natural abilities to manage well is supported by her Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation and Sports Management from Florida International University in Miami, Florida and her Master of Science Degree in Church Management from Villanova University.
Because of her experience and attention to detail, Shayla proudly serves as the Administrative Director at Oil of Joy Church Ministries, Inc., and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager at United Way of Brevard, in conjunction with the administrative management services she and her team provide to businesses throughout the US. Previously, she was privileged to serve as Government Relations Consultant with Space Coast Strategy, Inc. In November of 2019, she aided in the victorious win of two City Council campaigns.
Shayla is committed to fulfilling her purpose through various civic, social, and charitable causes in her local community. She is an active participant with LEAD Brevard and weVenture, where she serves as a Chair and Advisory Board Member, respectively. She is also the proud recipient of the Alliance for Neighborhood Restoration’s Women in Leadership Rising Star Award in 2020, the Space Coast Business Under 40 Award in 2019, and the Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church’s Social Humanitarian & Community Service Award in 2015.
Spending quality time with her family and traveling is how Shalya spends her personal time, and her favorite vacation destination to date is Athens, Greece.
Lockheed Martin Corp.
Matt Reed is a veteran media and public relations manager now supporting Lockheed Martin programs that develop advanced technology for military aircraft. Since moving to Brevard County in 2001, Reed also served as a senior editor and columnist for Florida Today from 2001-2017 and as an assistant superintendent for communications and government relations for Brevard Public Schools from 2017-2020. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arizona. He lives on Merritt Island.
Florida Coalition to End Homelessness
Leeanne is the Executive Director at Florida Coalition to End Homelessness. She has over 20 years of experience working in the field of homelessness. She has an MBA and MPM from Keller Graduate School of Management. Prior to joining FCEH, Leeanne was the Assistant Director for a homeless Continuum of Care Lead Agency. Leeanne brings her experience in non-profit finance, grant management, and program management into her dedication to end homelessness in Florida.
Health First Foundation
“Michael Seeley joined the Health First Foundation as President in October 2016. He has more than 17 years of experience in building and strengthening comprehensive fund development strategies for both health systems and not-for-profit organizations. As Health First Foundation President, Michael serves as the Chief Development Officer of Health First and is responsible for the planning, implementation, and coordination of all fundraising activities. He is also responsible for Health First’s Community Benefit programs and community partner programs.
Michael most recently served as the Vice President of Development for Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). While in this role, he was responsible for identifying and cultivating sources of philanthropic, investment, and contract revenue. Michael also played a key role in developing and executing a $100 million university-wide capital campaign at FIT. In his previous leadership roles at two large health systems, he worked closely with community physicians and a variety of health professionals. Michael led a team of fundraisers developing portfolios of individual, corporate, and foundation prospects, cultivating major, planned, and annual gifts. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration & Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany.”