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
Kim Dyson, President and CEO – Ms. Dyson’s interest in advocating for economically-disadvantaged students began with her role as Vice President and Comptroller of the Pinellas Education Foundation. This coalition of education, business, and community leaders works together to improve the quality of local public education through innovation, relationships, and resources. She became deeply involved in school choice during her eight-year tenure as the Chief Financial Officer of Step Up for Students, an administrator of the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program. She and her colleague, Heather Brault, founded AAA Scholarship Foundation in March 2010. AAA is currently the only state-approved scholarship organization in the country that is approved to manage corporate tax credit scholarship programs in four states. 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 USF with a BA in Accounting, Ms. Dyson is a licensed CPA in the state of Florida, a Certified Fixed Income Practitioner, 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, Government Finance Officers Association, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma. She serves on the AICPA Uniform Accountancy Act Committee and the FICPA State Legislative Policy Committee.
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.
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.
Kimberly Perry, CPA, Director – Ms. Perry has over 25 years of accounting experience with both public and privately-owned clients. She was a principal at the firm of Guida & Jimenez, PA and left in 2013 to start her own firm, Kimberly Perry, CPA, PA in Oldsmar, FL, where she provides bookkeeping, consulting and tax services to clients in various industries. She has specialized experience with closely-held entities and non-profits. Ms. Perry graduated from Tampa College with a BS in accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration and is a member of the Florida Institute of CPA’s (FICPA)
Lupe Baergen, Scholarship Director – AZ, GA and NV
Amber Botamer, Arizona Community Outreach Coordinator – 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.
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.
Aileen Rodriguez, Customer Service and Florida Community Outreach Coordinator
Crystal Larocca, Development Database Manager – Ms. Larocca began her career in the non-profit sector over 15 years ago at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. She joined the education reform arena a few years later and has held various positions at the following organizations: Alliance for School Choice, Step Up For Students, and the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. In addition, she has assisted numerous education reform organizations with database conversions, as well as training on Raiser’s Edge databases and moves management systems. Having two young children of her own, education reform continues to be one of her strong passions.
Ana Maciel, Director of Operations
Allison Neiman, Director of Development – Ms. Neiman serves as a key member of AAA Scholarship Foundation’s national development team, focused on the expansion of tax credit scholarship programs in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania. She began her career in the nonprofit sector more than 13 years ago at Volunteer Florida Foundation, where she helped to oversee public relations and fundraising efforts related to then Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s mentoring and literacy initiatives, as well as the Florida Hurricane Relief Fund. In 2005, she joined Step Up For Students, where she remained until 2012 and served as a senior member of the development team, helping to further establish and grow the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program and assisting a team in raising more than $1 billion for scholarships. Prior to joining the AAA Scholarship Foundation, she also served on the development team at the Barbara Bush Foundation, helping to raise awareness and support for literacy efforts nationwide. Ms. Neiman is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Florida State University with a BA in Public Relations and English.
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, Nevada 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.