To Provide Economic and Other Assistance to Economically-Disadvantaged Families and Families of Children with Disabilities to Enable Them to Select the Best Schools for Their Children.
Board of Directors
Becky Burress, Director – Ms. Burress is currently the Director of Success Events and Opportunities at Medical Practice Success which provides educational resources and training events on the business side of running a Medical Practice. Prior to joining MPS, she served as the Corporate Relations and Exhibit Manager for Urgent Care Association of America, a not-for-profit national medical trade association providing networking and educational opportunities to professionals working in the urgent care industry.
Toni Cardamone – Director – Ms. Cardamone is currently a media analyst for Field Marketing Solutions, a national media purchasing firm. She previously served as a founding Deacon in her church, a position she held for 4 years. She also successfully ran a food outreach program through Angel Food Ministries, and then a pantry from her previous church to help those in the community that just needed a hand up. She has been a resident of Florida for 25 years and calls New Port Richey home. Her greatest success was raising her son.
Kim Dyson, President and CEO – Prior to founding AAA in March 2010, Ms. Dyson worked for eight years as the CFO of Step Up for Students, an administrator of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Her earlier role as Vice President and Comptroller of the Pinellas Education Foundation sparked an early interest in education as this coalition of business/community leaders worked together to improve the quality of public education. Her financial career began with the prestigious Gregory, Sharer & Stuart, P.A., one of the largest regional CPA firms in the Tampa Bay area. A Magna Cum Laude graduate from the USF with a BA in Accounting, Ms. Dyson is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Council on State Taxation, Institute for Professionals in Taxation, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma.
Teri L’Homme, Director – Ms. L’Homme is currently the Employee Services Manager at McNichols Company, a worldwide leader in providing specialty and designer metal products. She joined McNichols Company in 1987 and progressed to the position of Accounting Manager before transitioning into her current role. Prior to her employment with McNichols Company, she was a Supervisor for Founders Life Assurance Company for 11 years. Ms. L’Homme received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Tampa. She is a native of Tampa and is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Brandon. Ms. L’Homme has served as the Salvation Army Angel Tree coordinator at McNichols Company for the past 10 years. The L’Homme family sponsors the Ryan L’Homme Memorial Scholarship at Florida State University in memory of her son.
Lupe Baergen, Scholarship Administrator – AL, GA, NV, PA
Sharyn Bicknell, Bookkeeper
Amber Botamer, Community Outreach – AZ – Ms. Botamer began her professional career as a 5th grade public school teacher in Glendale, AZ. She has also held various administrative and executive positions with the Arizona Supreme Court and UMOM New Day Centers in Phoenix, AZ.
Rosa Parra, Scholarship Administrator – FL Gardiner Scholarship
Patti Froebel, Controller – Prior to her tenure at AAA, Ms. Froebel worked as a full-charge accountant at Dyson Business Advisors, PA, a Florida CPA firm. She was also an accountant at Step Up for Students, an administrator of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Her professional career began at Hudson Highland Group, eventually being named the VP of Internal Audit where she was responsible for managing the Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance team.
Cheryl Hillen, Director of Corporate Relations – Ms. Hillen has worked in the public policy and education reform arena for 30 years and her work focuses on building and supporting programs that provide educational opportunity and options to our nation’s low-income children. She has worked with tax credit, voucher, public policy, charter associations and schools, and public school reform organizations – all exclusively working to improve our nation’s K-12 education reform systems. Previously, she was director of development for the Alliance for School Choice/American Federation for Children and Vice President at Children First America. She has also previously worked as the vice president of a Washington, D.C. -based lobby firm, development director at a national public policy group, and as an aide on Capitol Hill.
Crystal Larocca, Development Database Manager
Ana Maciel, Director of Operations
Jim Moran, Community Outreach-FL – Mr. Moran was the broker-owner of a real estate corporation for 13 years before taking on the role of Director of Community Outreach. Prior to that, he held a variety of management positions, including Regional Sales Manager, Director of Purchasing and Director of Pricing Strategy during a 25 year career with a major national metal distribution company. He has a B.S. in Business and Public Administration and an M.S. in Management and Administrative Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas. Mr. Moran has been a volunteer member on the Homeowner’s Services Selection Committee with the Pinellas County Habitat for Humanity and a volunteer at the Salvation Army, St. Petersburg for several years.
Allison Neiman, Director of Development
Kerri Vaughan, Managing Director – Ms. Vaughan has been working in the fundraising arena for more than 20 years. An exceptional leader, who builds, manages, and inspires high-performing teams; she formerly oversaw the development efforts of Step Up For Students and raised more than $1 billion in state tax-credit and philanthropic contributions to fuel tax credit scholarship programs in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona. In 2011, The Chronicle of Philanthropy listed Step Up For Students 212th overall and No. 3 in terms of growth in its annual ranking of nonprofit organizations that have raised the most money in private support. She is recognized nationally for her fundraising expertise and success, and serves on the boards of the Miami-Dade Industrial Development Authority and Consumer Debt Counselors. Previously, she served as the statewide Director of Development for Take Stock in Children, a non-profit organization providing scholarships, mentors, and hope to low-income children. She also served as the Executive Director of the Perrine-Cutler Ridge Council, an economic development organization dedicated to rebuilding after Hurricane Andrew. Vaughan’s efforts led to her receiving a national “Women at their Best” award.