Michael David Herrera
Michael David Herrera joined the Community Foundation of South Lake as its Executive Director in April 2016. Originally from New York City, Michael has also lived in Western NY and has made Florida his home since 2004. He has been engaged in non-profit work for over twenty years and has previously held leadership positions with local non-profits in Western NY and the Tampa Bay region. He has served on various boards and enjoys helping his community. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher College (Rochester, NY) with a BA in Political Science and is currently completing a Masters in Organization Leadership at Medaille College (Buffalo, NY). He and his wife Shannon have four lovely daughters and are delighted to make the South Lake community their home.
Director of Donor Relations
Kathy Smith has been with the Community Foundation since 2013 and involved with development for over twelve years in the West Orange and South Lake communities. Kathy played an integral role in developing a new campus for a private school in the area. After successfully completing the campus, she was invited to join the Community Foundation with a new role working with donors to connect their passions with the needs in the South Lake community. Before moving into the development field, Kathy was a professor at Valencia College for many years. She has a Bachelor’s degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology. Kathy lives in Winter Garden with her husband and has two adult children.
Director of Community Strategies and Initiatives
Brittany is from Eustis, Florida and moved to the Orlando area. She majored in Social Work with a Certificate in Substance Abuse from the University of Central Florida. She is currently continuing her education at Rollins College to obtain a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. Passionate about the well-being of children and families, Brittany began her career at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, where she spent over 7 years specializing in mentor and program management. She joined the Community Foundation of South Lake team in September 2015 to serve as the DREAM Coordinator, and has recently assumed the role of Director of Community Strategies and Initiatives. Brittany resides in Orlando with her husband and four beautiful children. Her divine purpose and passion is to help youth and families thrive.
Community Foundation Board Members
Rocco (Rocky) DeStefano, President
Rocky is the owner/operator of Chick-fil-A in Clermont, FL. He has worked for the company since 1984, when he started as a part-time high school employee. He acquired his B.S. Degree in Political Science and Psychology from Berry College in Northwest Georgia. After law school, he was offered and accepted his current position with Chick-fil-A.Read More
John Moore, Vice-President
John Moore has been with Orlando Health since 1997. He has served in various roles, beginning as Corporate Director of Orthopedic Services and then as Administrator of Community Services, before moving to South Lake Hospital. At South Lake Hospital, he served as Administrator of Campus and Business Development and Chief Operating Officer prior to being named Chief Executive Officer in 201 1 and then President in 2012.Read More
Moore is very involved in the local and regional business community and serves on numerous community boards. He previously served as the Orlando Health representative on the initial Lake Nona YMCA Board of Managers, was appointed by Governor Bush to serve on the Florida Sports Foundation Board of Directors, served on the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Sports Commission and on the Workforce Central Florida Board of Directors following Governor Scott’s revamping of that Board, and served on the CEO Search Committee which selected the current CEO. He has been actively involved in the South Lake Chamber of Commerce serving in various roles, including Chair of the Board. He currently serves as Chair of the Cornerstone Hospice Board of Directors which provides governance for the seven county hospices serving Lake, Orange, Osceola, Sumter, Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. He was recently appointed as Chair of the Health Purchasing Alliance Board of Directors. He is a member of the Lake EMS Board of Directors and serves as the Orlando Health representative to the Community Foundation of South Lake Board of Directors; he most recently served on the Executive Director Selection Committee. Moore and his wife Marcia are members of the First United Methodist Church of Clermont, where he has previously chaired the Staff-Parish Relations Committee and the Building Committee. Marcia and John are the proud parents of Madelyn and Ryan.
Timothee Sallin, Treasurer
Timothee Sallin is President of Cherry Lake Tree Farm and LegacyScapes. Timothee is responsible for guiding the implementation of strategy and providing executive leadership to the company operations. He is passionate about connecting with leaders in the landscape, construction, design and planning industries in order to build beautiful, functional and sustainable landscapes.Read More
Kelly Cartier, Secretary
Kelly Cartier is owner and president of Cartier Financial, which she opened in 2009. As an independent financial advisor, Kelly has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and enjoys creating customized strategies for her clients and helping them build, manage and protect their wealth.Read More
Kelly has a B.A. in English and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Kelly has also attained the Certified Financial PlannerTM designation and the Retirement Income Certified Professional® designation.
Wade Boyette, J.D.,
Was born in Estill, South Carolina in 1967, and has lived in Lake County since 1994 where he has made his mark with a strong transactional law practice. Mr. Boyette was responsible for organizing many of the local businesses as the area grew, and has participated with many local charitable and nonprofit organizations. Prior to moving to Lake County, Mr. Boyette practiced tax accounting in the Big Six accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand in Jacksonville, Florida.Read More
James has served the agriculture and irrigation industries for 30+ years. Currently he is the President of Senninger Irrigation, Inc., a product development and manufacturing company in Clermont, FL. He received his BS degree in Agriculture (Agri-business Management) from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. James is very involved in the South Lake community. He currently serves as a Board of Director for The Groundwater Foundation (Lincoln, NE), and of New Beginnings of Central Florida (Clermont, FL). He and his wife Shauna have two children, Kristin and Matthew.
Aurelia Cole is the daughter of the late Rev. William N. and Marie Rose McKinney, who were both longtime educators. She is the only girl of 3 children born to this union with a fourth son having been adopted. Aurelia completed her elementary and secondary education in Clermont where she was the Salutatorian of her class. She entered Tuskegee Institute (University) where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.Read More
Aurelia is a member of New Jacob’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where Rev. Darryl Church is the Pastor. She serves on the following: Director of Christian Education, Family Matters Ministry (Food Distribution); Vision Committee; Homecoming Chairperson; Pastor Support Team; Black History Committee. She is a long time member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the South Lake Historical Society and President of the W. N. McKinney Gospel Choir. She also serves on the Community Foundation of South Lake Grants Committee, the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast Committee, and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Clermont. Aurelia retired from Lake County Schools July 31, 2014 and is enjoying being a grandmother.
J.J. Dahl, Esq.
J.J. Dahl is the owner and managing attorney of Dahl Family Law Group in Clermont, Florida. She practices exclusively in the area of marital and family law in Lake County. She is Lake County’s first Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney. J.J. was selected to the 2013 Florida Family Law Super Lawyers List. She is regularly highlighted in the Orlando Sentinel’s Law and You column.Read More
J.J. still actively participates in these organizations, as well as the Central Florida Family Law Inns of Court. She formerly served on the Board of Directors for Legal Community Services of Mid-Florida and the Board of Directors for SunTrust’s Central Florida Client Relations Board. She earned her B.S. degree from Nova University and J.D. degree from Florida State University in 1990. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. In 2012 she received the Florida Bar President’s Award for the Fifth Judicial Circuit.
She and her husband Eric recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. JJ says she learns a lot from her clients, including what not to do. When she is not serving her own family, her clients, or the Florida Bar, she enjoys church, running and yoga.
Becky Elswick joined the South Lake community in January 1994 with her husband, Shannon, and sons, Aaron, Scott, and Drew. Becky took an active role in south Lake County schools – volunteering in classrooms, teacher appreciation events, booster programs and in various Parent/Teacher organizations and School Advisory Councils while her children completed their primary & secondary educations. In 2002, she was elected to serve a 4 year term on the Lake County School Board.Read More
Heath B. Nailos, Esq.
Heath was born in 1969 in Atlanta, Georgia, and has resided in Florida since 1978. He received his B.A. in History from the University of South Florida in 1992 and his J.D. Degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1995. He made his mark by focusing primarily on Personal Injury and Litigation. Mr. Nailos also handles sinkhole disputes and issues associated with sinkhole claims.Read More
Larry retired from Michigan and left his thriving company, LOR Manufacturing, to their two daughters and their husbands. LOR Manufacturing is a leader in industrial systems integration and famous for the strongest permanent magnets. LOR works collaboratively with large corporations such as John Deere, Ford, Caterpillar, and Cummins. LOR products and engineers are often featured on the Discovery Channel’s hit show, Mythbusters.Read More
Lance Sewell hails from Southaven, Mississippi and completed his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration-Accounting as well as Masters of Accountancy from Belmont University. Upon completion of his Masters, Mr. Sewell was employed by Arthur Andersen LLP in Nashville, TN. After a four-year stint at Andersen, Mr. Sewell has held positions in hospital finance with both Health Management Associates and Ardent Health Services.Read More