Board of Directors

From our Staff to our Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.

 

Adam Watson

Chair

Adam Watson is a shareholder at Watson & Associates, PA, CPAs. He has been in public practice for over 15 years working with individuals, small businesses, and non profits. Adam is a Big Brother and has been on the Board since 2010. He is currently serving his second term as Chair of the Board.


Jennifer Stanford

Immediate Past Chair

A member of the board since 2010, Jennifer works with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP as a Client Accounting Manager. She is an active member in the community, volunteering on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Tallahassee and with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a former Big Sister. She has also held a leadership position as the Event Chair for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Champagne Bash and has been very active with our event planning committees. Jennifer is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of local children. Jennifer is married with two sons.


MaryRose Sirianni

Vice Chair

MaryRose has 26+ years’ experience in telecommunications policy, regulatory and legal affairs, internal and external relations, and visionary programs for community involvement. She has held a position with AT&T as External Affairs Manager since 1998. She was the recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award in 2012 and 2014 and has been a Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Member since 2013.


Brian Walgamott

Treasurer

Brian joined the board of directors in 2016. Since 2008, Brian has been providing tax compliance and consulting services. A graduate of Florida State University with a Master's degree in Accounting, Brian has experience working with corporate, not-for-profit, trust, and high-net worth individual clients. He has provided services to clients in the automotive, real estate, construction, medical, manufacturing, and wholesale import/export industries. Brian also has specific experience working with clients on international issues and litigation support. 


Samantha Sexton

Secretary

Samantha Sexton joined the board of directors in 2016 after volunteering as a Big Sister for three years. She currently acts as the Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at the Personal Insurance Federation of Florida. Past positions include the Director and Associate Director of Government Affairs with the PACE Center for Girls. She is an active member of the Junior League of Tallahassee and Immediate Past President of the Capital Area Gator club. A distinguished recipient of the Ralph Gonzalez Memorial Award, she was recognized in 2015 as one of the '30 under 30' rising stars of Florida politics. Samantha is a strong believer in fighting for children, civil rights, economic empowerment and education and is honored to be part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors.


Zackery Scharlepp

Zackery was elected to the board in 2015. An attorney, he earned his JD from Florida State University in 2010 and is a member of the William H. Stafford American Inn of Court. He has also been a Big Brother in our community based program since August 2015. Zackery is married to wife, Rachel and enjoys running in his spare time.

 


Erroll Powell

Retired judge Errol Powell has been committed to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors for over 20 years. He has held positions on numerous boards including Elder Care Services and 100 Black Men of Tallahassee Area. His background is in administrative law and he has received several distinguished awards for his service to the community.

 

Brent Hartsfield

Brent Hartsfield was named National Big Brother of the Year in 2012 and earned a trip to the Whitehouse. An engineer by trade, Brent has been a board member since 2013 and has also served as a mentor and tutor with the Leon County School System.


Blake Dowling

Blake Dowling is Chief Executive Officer for Aegis Business Technologies headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. He has been with the firm more than 10 years. In the past, he has worked with Platinum selling recording artist Sister Hazel, as an artist manager. In addition to his duties with Aegis, Blake is a regional columnist contributing business and technology columns to the Tallahassee Democrat, Influence Magazine, Context Florida and others. He enjoys spending time with his family (a bunch of cats, beautiful wife Jeanne and 2 step children). He can be reached at dowlingb@aegisbiztech.com or www.twitter.com/aegissales


Alex Jordan

Alexander Jordan joined the Board of Directors in 2016. He is the Director of Students and Administrative Affairs with the Florida College System. Alexander graduated from Florida A & M University with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Master degree in Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the Helms School of Government from Liberty University. Mr. Jordan has a high devotion to education, civic engagement and the youth in our communities. Alexander and his wife Annie have two daughters, who also share the same passion for community service.


Samantha Vance

Samantha joined the board in 2017. She is the co-owner and Managing Partner for Vance Strategies, a business consulting firm specializing in nonprofit development, small business management, real estate investing, branding, and more. She also serves as the Executive Director of Ladies Learning to Lead (L3), a professional development organization that prepares teen girls for college, careers, and life. Samantha has a passion for youth, developing young ladies into leaders, and helping them achieve their goals. She was a dedicated BIG for 4 years. Samantha is a first-generation college graduate, who worked her way through school at Florida State University, graduating with a BS degree in Political Science, and minor in Public Administration. She serves as the President for the Leon County Alliance for Girls, and board member for Adullam Entrepreneur School, Code Caravan, and Generation Now Youth Ministries. Samantha is a certified Sexual Risk Avoidance trainer with the National Abstinence Education Association. She also serves as a youth leader for her church and runs a Praying Wives group. She is known as a strong believer in JESUS.  


Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a partner at Akbar Law Firm where he focuses on criminal defense and personal injury matters.  After attending law school at Florida State University, he began his legal career at the Public Defender's Office and he's remained actively engaged in the Tallahassee community.  He is currently serving his first term on the Board after recently joining in 2017.


Delaitre Hollinger

Delaitre J. Hollinger is Executive Director/CEO of The National Association for the Preservation of African-American & Culture, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of historical properties and preservation advocacy. Professionally, he was employed with The Florida Senate where he served as District Legislative Aide to Senator Geraldine F. Thompson. He presently works with the Tallahassee Urban League, Inc., where he is founding Curator and Associate Director of the Taylor House Museum of Historic Frenchtown. He has also been Curator of the Wells'Built Museum of African-American History and Culture. Due to his efforts, the 123-year-old Taylor House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. On January 8, 2016, Hollinger was appointed to the Utility Citizens Advisory Committee by Tallahassee City Manager Rick Fernandez.

 Hollinger was Student Body President, Black Student Union President, Black Male Achievers President, and Student Organizations Council Chairman for Tallahassee Community College. He has also served in various capacities as a Community Reporter, and a Legislative Intern. He has been recognized with the prestigious Cherry Hall Alexander African-American History Calendar, and the NAACP Citizen's Award among numerous other honors. He has published two books, including "And This Too Shall Pass - The Story of Aquilina C. Howell," (2012-Bookstand Publishing) and "STAND UP!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World and How You Can Too!," (2013-Publishing Syndicate) which received both an IndieFab Book Award, as well as a Nautilus Book Award for Young Adult Non-Fiction.


Marcus Nicolas

Marcus Nicolas moved from Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media Arts from Clark-Atlanta University, to Tallahassee, Florida to purse a Masters of Fine Arts from the Florida State University Film School.  While studying professional writing at the Film School, Marcus found his passion in teaching.  Shortly after graduating with an M.F.A from Florida State, Marcus began teaching at Amos P. Godby high school in Tallahassee, Florida.  While at Godby, Marcus earned a Master’s of Education Leadership and Policy Studies.  Thereafter, he moved to Tallahassee Community College and taught English and Literature courses before accepting a position at the College as the Associate Dean of Academic Partnership and College Success. 

Marcus currently sits on the Leon County Sheriffs Citizen Advisory Council and the Southern Shakespeare Company Board of Directors.


Lindsey Magura

Lindsey Magura joined the school based mentoring program and the Board of Directors in 2017.  Lindsey is a University of Florida graduate and a licensed building contractor.  She has a passion for building and years of experience in construction, development, and real estate.  Lindsey is currently a Project Manager with North American Properties.  Being able to contribute to such a worthy organization is a rewarding experience and one that she is thankful for.