These key individuals are the backbone of
The Children’s Hunger Project:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amy Boyson – Amy is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a B.S. in Communications, focused on Public Relations. Ms. Boyson has eleven years of experience in the communications/community relations field and is responsible for internal and external communication, community outreach and community awareness of Waste Management’s sustainability efforts in Central and North Florida. She has been integral to our mission to promote awareness and fundraise to feed hungry kids on school weekends.
Ben Malik – Ben is VP/Commercial Relationship Manager for CenterState Bank. He has been the Mayor of Cocoa Beach since November 2016. He is a former Cocoa Beach Planning Board Member and Cocoa Beach Citizens Academy graduate as well as Lead Brevard graduate. Ben is also active in local Melbourne and Cocoa Beach Chambers of Commerce, and non-profits in the community: Kiwanis, Elks, Surfers Helping Kids, Cocoa Beach Surfrider and volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement (Cocoa Beach High School).
David Dischler – SEO Consultant, David Dischler, is the owner of WebX Design, and has been serving the Brevard County area and beyond in Search Engine Optimization and web design. He attended Louisiana State University, and we are fortunate to have him here in Brevard. Says Dave, “I get more happiness from inspiring others than business has ever given me!” Dave truly is “passionate, unstoppable, and focused”, and lends his passion to our organization to help end child hunger in Brevard.
Delores Spearman, Emeritus – Delores is truly one of the gems that make Brevard County a great place to live. With seemingly endless energy to help others, she works on behalf of people she will never meet to make their lives better through countless hours of hard work. Delores was one of four founders of Project Hunger through the United Way of Brevard, which feeds 1600 hungry kids each week during the summer months. It is clear that Delores is passionate about helping children. There is no doubt that thousands of children here in Brevard County have benefited by her hard work and visionary leadership.
Jonathan Reed – Jonathan is the founder of Strategy First LLC, a local consulting firm helping organizations with strategic planning and management processes. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Florida Institute of Technology College of Business, where he teaches courses in management while earning his doctorate degree. Mr. Reed excels at driving business growth through strategy, innovation, and execution. Jonathan is a father of three boys and an active volunteer within the community.
Karen Montas – Karen, one of the area’s best personal injury attorneys, has spent years in the forefront of charitable causes, including Junior League of South Brevard. Her support of other charities that address children’s needs combined with being a mother of two enables Karen to provide valuable insight to our charity.
Kendall T. Moore – Kendall is the managing partner of Rockledge based law firm The Moore Law Group, PLLC, as well as Space Coast Strategy, Inc. He attended University of Florida – Frederic G. Levin College of Law. Mr. Moore was educated in the Brevard County school system and as the father of two, he understands the importance of nutrition to a successful educational experience.
Maegen Anderson – COO at Brevard Health Alliance, Maegen has been working with BHA since 2014. She attended University of North Florida. Brevard Health Alliance has a Pediatric Stay Strong campaign, focusing on staying ahead of medical needs, back-to-school necessities, and educating patients, which makes Maegen’s input to our organization invaluable.
Michael Ballard – Michael is President of TechRev, a software solutions and consulting company offering a wide range of innovative services to commercial and government clients, and a Service Disabled Veteran Owned small business.
Rosy Ojha – Rosy, an Account Executive with Ascendance Innovation, is a passionate, open-minded person who values simple acts of kindness. She is a firm believer that a warm smile or a few words of encouragement have the power to propel massive action. Known as a tenacious and determined business professional, her experience spans several industries including healthcare, lighting, and technology. She prides herself in being able to forge deep, meaningful and long-term collaborative relationships in all walks of life. Rosy is married and a mother of two amazing sons who have benefited from an exceptional education in the Brevard County school district. When not working, she builds in time to do the things that bring her joy and infuse her with energy. This can be reading a book, sharing a meal with a friend or traveling with family.
Samuel Jordan – Sam is President of S&S Entertainment, Owner and Partner of Live Tanks Aquarium in Melbourne, Managing Partner/Consultant of 321 WebPrint, and one of the original co-founders of The Children’s Hunger Project. Sam is an active and devoted father, and his business background and success is combined with community involvement and charitable work.
Shana Marshall – Shana is an Account Provider Executive with Health First.
Summerpal Kahlon – Summerpal is Chief Medical Information Officer with Steward Health Care Network. He has an MS in Healthcare Informatics from University of Florida, and received his MD at University of Alabama School of Medicine. He applies modern information and communication technologies to transform the delivery of healthcare. Summerpal brings to our organization a keen awareness of the health impact of undernutrition.
Summit M. Shah – Summit oversees the daily functions of Southeast Petro’s wholesale and retail businesses. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Tulane University combined with being a father of two young children, Summit brings the educational, business and parental knowledge needed to help our kids.
Tina Descovich – Tina has spent many years as a marketing and communications professional, with experience managing large teams and strategic planning. A graduate of Satellite High, Tina has two children in Brevard Public Schools and has long been a strong advocate for students and parents. In addition to volunteering at her children’s schools, she is a past president of Sally’s Friends and a past president of the Indialantic Elementary PTO.
Cheryl Cominsky – Prior to accepting an official role with The Children’s Hunger Project four years ago, Cheryl served as a volunteer for two years. Cheryl brings to the position a diverse background of operations expertise, sales management and volunteerism. Formerly the Community Outreach Coordinator, she became well-known for her ability to connect the mission of TCHP with the goals of businesses, organizations and faith-based groups. Cheryl has deepened and broadened those relationships.
Amanda Thurn – Amanda has been a fixture in the Space Coast Thanksgiving Basket Brigade, helping to grow the success of this volunteer effort which impacts hungry families. Adept at increasing sponsorships and donations, Amanda brings a strong background in utilizing volunteers and resources in the best way possible to help our kids.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Stacy Benezra has a solid background connecting and working with a diverse community and volunteers of all ages. She has been an active leader and volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America – Central Florida Council for the past 8 years and currently serves as the District Activities and Civic Service Chair for Riverside District. She is graduating in August from UCF with honors with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Communications and Behavioral and Social Sciences, and a minor in Nonprofit Management. Stacy previously worked with Health First, one of our strong partner organizations.
Lori Mollnow – Lori relocated to Florida from Virginia, where she served as Executive Director of Colonial Heights Food Pantry and as a member of FeedMore’s Advisory Council. Lori’s background includes human resource management, and brings to The Children’s Hunger Project a passion to serve the community, with a focus on fulfilling the mission of ensuring all children in Brevard have adequate nutrition.
Sherry Burklew – Sherry maintains an archive of the successes and growth of The Children’s Hunger Project through the years. Creating and curating stories from a brief synopsis, she manages published content, ensuring upcoming events and end results receive recognition on social media. She believes childhood hunger in Brevard is a solvable problem in large part due to the efforts of TCHP volunteers and the compassionate people of Brevard.