Board of Directors
Our board of directors is composed of local church, business and community leaders who oversee the organization’s ongoing development.
Campus Pastor, Summit Church
Kris DenBeston - CEO, Vermeer Southeast
Kris DenBesten is President/CEO for Vermeer Southeast, an international construction equipment business headquartered in Orlando, Florida. Kris has authored three books on living by faith. His passion for workplace ministry has empowered him to become a frequent speaker and servant leader in the business as ministry movement. Kris and his wife Robin reside in Central Florida with their three children Cole, Gracyn, and Brooks.
CEO, Vermeer Southeast
Roger Dunnavan - Vice President, APC Holdings LLC
Roger is an innovative problem solver who has been involved in multiple start-ups over his business career, helping to create multi-billion dollar businesses that span 22 countries with expertise in business services.
Roger was with ZeroChaos since its inception, playing a major role in its growth. He has built partnerships and created global customer relationships, leading ZeroChaos' international expansion with full P&L responsibility for a $330MM business unit operating in 15 countries. Mr. Dunnavan began his career with European American Bank, was a consultant with Coopers & Lybrand, started several small businesses including an Internet franchise and managed an ERP upgrade practice during the dot.com bubble. Mr. Dunnavan holds a BA. in Economics and an MBA in international business.He is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America and is involved in several parachurch ministries.
Vice President, APC Holdings LLC
Managing Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
Tammy Fowler - Senior Director of Human Resources, Florida Hospital
Tammy Fowler is the Senior Director of Human Resources with Florida Hospital. She has worked within Florida Hospital Human Resources for 17 years and has been an HR professional in the central Florida area for more than 20 years. Florida Hospital has partnered with Jobs Partnership for more than 10 years to place graduates within healthcare roles. It is Tammy’s desire to see this partnership strengthened, as well as the placement of more graduates who desire to live the Florida Hospital Mission “To extend the healing ministry of Christ.”
Senior Director of Human Resources, Florida Hospital
Rev. Sylvester Robinson - Senior Pastor, Love Fellowship Christian Church, JP Board Chairman
Pastor Sylvester Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 23, 1961. He is the second son of Pastor Thomas J. and Nelsie Mae Robinson. Growing up in church, he exemplified an innate ability for teaching the Word of God in a way all could understand. This ability led him to become the Adult Sunday School instructor at the age of twelve. Feeling the call of God upon his life and not wanting to accept the call, he ran off to the military at the age of 17 (U.S. Navy). In the Navy, he got caught up with the wrong crowd and his life began to spiral downwards, due to his experimentation with drugs and alcohol. Finally in 1990 after eleven years of running and living with reckless abandon, he recommitted himself back to God. In June 1991 he preached his first sermon entitled "I Got Myself Together - Now I Know, Who I Am" from Luke 15. Since that time he has served in a myriad of positions within the church. Each position has been a catapult to him being where he is today as the esteemed Pastor of Love Fellowship Christian Church.
Rev. Sylvester Robinson
Senior Pastor, Love Fellowship Christian Church, JP Board Chairman
Dorathy Nevitt - Director of Human Resources, Orlando World Center Marriott
Dorathy has served as the Director of Human Resources for the Orlando World Center Marriott for more than 2 decades, and is responsible for the mentorship and hiring of many LifeWorks Students and Graduates, as well as inspiring the involvement of Marriott employees to volunteer in the LifeWorks classes.
Director of Human Resources, Orlando World Center Marriott
Deborah Catalano - Partner, Akerman LLP
Deborah Catalano is a partner with Akerman LLP, a leading transactions and trial law firm, with more than 17 years of experience representing employers in litigation and arbitration, through trial and appeal. Due to the close role she has with her business clients, Deborah has seen how hard-working individuals benefit from employment with great companies. Deborah’s involvement with JP began in 2004 and, since that time, she has seen JP students’ lives transformed due to the mentoring, training, and validation received from JP – which allows them to realize their unlimited potential.
Partner, Akerman LLP
Jeffrey Blydenburgh - Director, Lighthouse Creative / President, Jeffery Blydenburgh Architect
With 35 years of experience in planning, design & delivery of commercial, entertainment, community and tourism architectural projects, Jeffery has been serving as a Director at Lighthouse Creative for more than 13 of them. In addition, he serves as the Director of Lighthouse Attractions, providing architectural services to resort, hospitality, attraction, and theme park clients. Jeffrey also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Mead Botanical Garden.
Director, Lighthouse Creative / President, Jeffery Blydenburgh Architect
Community Educator, Florida Blue
Ryan Simmons - Marketing Director, Live Services at EA Sports
Ryan oversees live services marketing on world famous video games such as Madden NFL, NBA LIVE and Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR®. Most notably, Ryan has played a key leadership role in Madden NFL Mobile’s recent sky-rocketing path to the top of the top-grossing charts in the App Store and Google Play. Recently, Ryan has been busy building player loyalty programs, personalization and eSports marketing infrastructures for EA SPORTS™. He currently resides with his amazing wife in Orlando, FL and was born and raised in the backwoods of western Pennsylvania.
Marketing Director, Live Services at EA Sports
Employment Technologies Corporation
Marc Stanakis - The Jobs Partnership of Florida
Marc Stanakis serves as the President and Co-Founder of The Jobs Partnership of Florida. As the strategic leader of this thriving non-profit organization, his mission is to transform the lives of the chronically underemployed through the power of partnerships. Utilizing his business development and fundraising abilities, Marc co-founded The Jobs Partnership initiative in 1999, through which struggling people could find hope, purpose and employment opportunities, through the help of others. Marc's exceptional ability to build cross-cultural relationships has brought a diversity of people and organizations together to serve working poor families. The Jobs Partnership has formed more than 250+ strategic partnerships with churches, businesses, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, government and social service agencies in Central Florida, with thousands of Graduates now active in the workforce.
Program Manager, LifeWorks
Partner Development Administrator
Sharon Denise Parker
Our greatest Partnerships are with people and organizations like you. Whose life could you change? Whether it’s using your time and talents as a Volunteer, joining our network of Employers, engaging your Church, connecting as a Community Resource, or becoming part of our Transformation Team by investing financially, the rewards are great for everyone involved. Don’t underestimate what you can do to change the course of families across Central Florida.