FACE operates with a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the overall direction and policies of the school. Typically held in the library or office conference room, all meetings of the Board are open to the public and parents are welcome at any time. Please click here to view scheduled board meetings for this year.
If you have questions or would like to contact the FACE Board of Directors, you may do so by sending an e-mail to: Face_board@faceprogram.org
2013 – 2014 Board Minutes
Brenda Connolly, Director and Chairman
Brenda Connolly is the senior effort administrator for the Moffitt Cancer Center. She received both her bachelors and masters degrees in accounting from the University of South Florida, where she was also the team captain of the swim and cross country teams. Connolly has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida since 1991. She has provided her green thumb and more as the volunteer leader of the award-winning community garden at FACE. Under her leadership, the garden project has won two grants and currently has more than 35 co-op members who receive fresh, organic vegetables grown, harvested and packaged by FACE students every week.
Judy Romera, Director
Judy Romera has a degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University. She has worked for the School District of Hillsborough County since 2002, serving as a music teacher, choral director and teacher evaluator. She currently serves as the Orchestra and Chorus Director at Davidsen Middle School. Judy has completed the Master Trainer program and will graduate from the Future Leader’s Academy in October, qualifying her to become a school administrator. Judy also serves as our parent liaison.
Laura Prather, Director
Laura Prather is the Managing Shareholder for the Tampa, Florida office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Laura Prather specializes in the representation of management in all facets of employment law with an emphasis on complex litigation cases and class actions. Ms. Prather was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1990, and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and Super Lawyers®.
Zaida Torres, Director
Zaida Torres is Board Certified Behavior Analyst for Positive Behavior Support, Inc. and a Florida Certified Teacher. Prior to becoming a BCBA in 2014, she taught children in ASD self-contained classrooms for 6 years in both Charter and a District Public School. She was formerly a Teacher at FACE and during her time at FACE she co-led an afterschool program to increase extracurricular opportunities to the students in the school. Zaida received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Florid and her Master’s in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. Zaida was a recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Action Award, nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2010 for the CEC Chapter, and received the 2011 Belvedere Elementary Outstanding efforts award. When not volunteering in the community she is very busy taking care of her three beautiful children.
Miles Davis, Director
Miles Davis is a Junior Financial Specialist for Uber Technologies. Currently enrolled at the University of South Florida double majoring in Political Science and Community Development, Miles is active in all aspects of the Tampa Bay Community having worked on Bernie Sanders primary campaign across seven states, and Hillary Clinton’s General Election Campaign in Florida. After graduating from Hillsborough Community College with honors in 2016, Miles was then nominated as HCC’s Student of Excellence Award Recipient for his work in grant writing for Lamb Elementary School. The grant, which was approved, enabled the school to receive 70 laptop computers.
Michael McCormick, Director
Michael J. “Mike” McCormick is the founder and CEO of Retail Consultants of Tampa Bay, a full service marketing agency located in Tampa Bay. He is a 40+ year veteran of the sales and marketing industry and has excelled in both high volume executive retail management, in Learning and Development, and in Digital and Social Media Marketing. As a Digital Marketing Executive, Mike led all aspects of online marketing for one of the largest publishers in the United States. He directly designed and developed strategies for e-commerce, email, social media and content marketing. Seeking to improve efficiency and return on investment, he successfully implemented marketing automation solutions across the enterprise. In addition, he has multiple trainer certifications in various business programs.
Beyond his service to the FACE Board of Directors, his volunteer activities include actively playing an important role in the lives of unwanted pets and has rescued and/or adopted over 20 pets ranging from large birds, rabbits, reptiles, and dogs and as a business mentor for SCORE (an affiliate of the Small Business Administration).
He and his wife, Michelle, have enjoyed the RV lifestyle full-time for the past year and live by the quote “Home is where we park it!” Their two sons visit often!
Ron Sklaver, Director
Ron Sklaver has over 15 years of experience helping organizations realize the benefits of their project and program investments. Focusing on programs that transform operations to achieve strategic goals, Mr. Sklaver effectively marries these goals to tactical execution. He has experience in a breadth of industries including manufacturing, defense and business services, and earned his MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia University. He also holds the PMP certification and has presented papers on program governance and related topics at numerous professional conferences.
Gregory Eckley, Director
Gregory Eckley is a parent of one of our former students. He is currently a Communications Consultant for One Call Consulting. He is an active Realtor and a member of the National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors and Greater Tampa Association of Realtors. Mr. Eckley’s involvement in the community is extensive. He is a former FACE PTO President, TOP Soccer (special needs soccer coach) as well a member of the Tampa Rough Riders serving on their Special Olympics Committee as Co-Chair. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Nova Southeastern University.
Budget and Audit Information
Florida Statue 1012.42- Notification of Out of Field Teachers
All educators in Florida are monitored to ensure they meet certification and training requirements as mandated by law. Per Florida Statute 1012.42, when a teacher is assigned teaching duties out of the field in which the teacher is certified, the parents of all students in the class shall be notified in writing. Per the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), we are also required to notify parents when their child has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher not highly qualified for that class.
All of our teachers are certified to teach, although some of them are currently out-of-field and/or not highly qualified (HQ) and are working on additional areas of certification. You have the right to know the professional qualifications of the teachers or paraprofessionals who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s teachers and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. If you would like more information, please contact the school at 813.985.3223
Click here to see a table of teachers who are currently out-of-field and/or not highly qualified (HQ).