Leadership & Staff

Leadership: Board of Directors

Thomas A. James, Chairman: Executive Chairman, Raymond James Financial, Inc.
Frank R. Chivas: Owner, Island Way Grill, Marlin Darlin, Rumba & Salt Rock Grill
Robert D. Basham: Founder, Outback Steakhouse
Griffith S. Braddock: Owner and GM, Braddock Metallurgical, Inc.
Ronald Ciganek: Senior Vice President, Commercial & Industrial Banking, US AmeriBank
Scott Curtis: President, Raymond James Financial Services
Robert Enck: President and CEO, Equinox Fund Management
Glenn "Buck" W. Jones, Jr.: CFO, Fintech
W. Andrew Krusen, Jr.: CEO, DFG Management
Claude Mascari: Partner, KPMG
Jessica M. Majeski: CLU, Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
Julie Mastry: President, Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
Conrad A. Plimpton: Chairman and Owner, Inolex Group
Philip J. Powell, Jr.: CEO/President, C3 Management, Inc. and Powell Holding & Development
Elliott M. Ross: President, Ross Consulting Group, Inc.
Eric E. Stewart: SVP/Commercial Banking Manager, Synovus Bank of Florida
Fred E. Whaley: Senior VP & Managing Director, North Shore Wealth Management Group, Raymond James and Associates
Bill Wickett: Executive VP Communications, Tampa Bay Lightning

Advisors (non-voting members):
Chris Butler, Raymond James
Andrew Rios, Pinseekr
Matt Yost, Pinseekr

 

Leadership: Academy Executive Committee

Elliott Ross, Committee Chair: Ross Consulting Group, Inc.
Bob Baker: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Scott Brown: Retired
Linda Damsky: Retired
Dan Etlinger: Perry Law, P.A.
Bill Hurter: Hurter & Wilson, P.A.
John Kobasic: Retired
Monica Kobasic: Retired
Jessica Majeski: Northwestern Mutual
Katie Majeski: Ultimate Staffing Services
Chuck McGee: MVP Holdings
Pete Morell: Consultant
Jeremy Robinson: Comfort Inn & Suites
Scott Tobe: Bimbo Bakeries USA
Sean Tobe: Brown and Brown Insurance
Katrina Trump: Bank of Tampa
Richard Wegman: Retired

 

Staff

Cary Stiff, CFRE

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Senior Vice President

Email: cary@chichi.org, Tel: (727) 726-8829, ext. 202

Born and raised in Clearwater, Cary is a graduate of Largo High School and St. Petersburg College. She is a graduate of Leadership Pinellas and co-founder of Clearwater Jazz Holiday. She joined Eastern Airlines as a flight attendant then returned to Clearwater to begin a real estate practice. After earning her Florida broker’s license, she joined a real estate firm to handle downtown Clearwater commercial leasing and property management. She then formed Cary Management and served as president of the firm.

As a volunteer in 1980 for Chi Chi’s, Cary met co-founders Chi Chi and Bill Hayes, who asked her to join the staff in 1984. She began her non-profit career at the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation as Director of Marketing and helped steer the fundraising and growth of the Foundation’s 170-acre McMullen Booth campus for 16 years. In 2000, she accepted the position of Director of Major Gifts for Ruth Eckerd Hall and then served as a Director for the Vincent Reid Foundation for children with disabilities.

In 2006 Cary was invited to return to the Youth Foundation as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of The First Tee. Her goal in returning was to assist the Foundation with its future expansion plans and to position its alternative education program for struggling students as a permanent educational institution in the Clearwater community.

She has served as a chairperson for the Downtown Clearwater Association, an Ambassador for the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, and a member of both Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. Her recognitions include "Up and Comer" from the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Nominee from the Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts, Jazz Hall of Fame Honorary Member, Outstanding Young Women of America, and the Century 21 Gold Pacesetter Award for Top Sales Producer.

 

James Poulter

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COO/Director of Golf Operations

Email: james@chichi.org, Tel: (727) 726-8829, ext. 215

Born and raised in Derby, England, James studied English Law and Business at South East Derbyshire College.

He moved to Pinellas County in 2003 and started his career in The United States by volunteering at The Clearwater Marine Aquarium and The Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation.

In the summer of 2004, The Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation hired James to help run The First Tee of Clearwater’s Junior Golf Summer Camp Program. He has held multiple positions within the organization and is currently the Foundations Chief Operating Officer and Director of Golf Operations. He oversees the management and operations of the Golf Club and Sports Complex, including administration and maintenance.

In his free time, James loves to play golf, attend local sporting events and spend time with his wife Jenny and daughter Lyla. 
Since 2014, James has served as the Treasurer for The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce and is currently Chair Elect. He loves to promote events and other great local non-profits. Grateful for an amazing group of family and friends, James makes sure to make a difference in our community by building relationships every day.

 


Staff

Ashley Cimillo
Administrative
Email: ashley@chichi.org, Tel: (727) 726-8829, ext. 250

Doug Curls
Sports Complex Operations Manager
E-mail: doug@chichi.org, Tel: (727) 216-6389

Wanda Di Landro
Administrative
Email: wandad@chichi.org, Tel: (727) 726-8829, ext. 205

Eric Dixon
Golf Course Superintendent
Email: eric@chichi.org, Tel: (727) 723-0516

Mallory Hubbard
Director of Development
Email: mallory@chichi.org, Tel: (727) 726-8829, ext. 246

Jayme Pecci
Academy Director
Email: peccij@pcsb.org, Tel: (727) 726-8829, ext. 203

Laura Tobe
Volunteer and Communications Specialist
Email: laura@chichi.org Tel: (727) 726-8829, ext. 207

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