MELBOURNE, Fla., (January 6, 2021) – The Community Foundation for Brevard has appointed officers and elected three new members to its volunteer Board of Directors, which creates the organization’s strategic vision and propels its progress to build a healthier, more vibrant community through philanthropy and community leadership.
Newly elected Community Foundation Directors:
Active community volunteer and philanthropist, Keri Donald is the co-chair of Steadytown, a private operating foundation focused on ending homelessness and advancing equity of opportunity. Through innovation, collective action, and strategic philanthropy, she has helped address chronic homelessness; inclusive and affordable housing in Brevard; and the revitalization of South Melbourne. Donald is past president of the South Brevard Sharing Center, where she continues to serve on the board. Along with her husband, she holds the Keith and Keri Donald Brevard Impact Fund with the Community Foundation.
Prior to her community activism, Donald was a senior developer with Harris Corporation. She holds a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Alabama. A longtime Brevard resident, Donald resides in West Melbourne with her family.
Community leader and businessman, Robin Fisher is the owner of the Robin L. Fisher Insurance Agency, Inc. and an investor in real estate. Fisher has applied his skills on behalf of the Brevard community, serving on both Palm Bay and Titusville city councils and as a two-term Brevard County Commissioner. Additionally, he has lent his time and resources to nonprofit organizations, including serving for 30 years on the boards of the Central Florida YMCA and Titusville YMCA, as well as on the boards of Junior Achievement of the Space Coast and Eastern Florida State College.
Fisher holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida, where he’s recognized as one of the best linemen in Gator history. Fisher and his wife Rhoda are active in the community and reside in Titusville.
U.S. Air Force veteran, community volunteer, and philanthropist, Doug Holton retired from a successful career in information technology that spanned the private sector to the U.S. Government; he also taught as an adjunct professor for a decade at Brevard Community College. Holton holds a bachelor’s degree from American University and a master’s in management from Troy State University.
Holton has contributed his time and resources to many organizations in Brevard, focusing on those helping people in need and serving as a full-term board member for Family Promise of Brevard. He and his wife Kathleen hold the Holton Family Fund with the Community Foundation. Longtime Brevard residents, they live in Melbourne.
Officers and returning board members include: Amanda G. Smith, Esq., Board Chair; Myles H. Wilkinson, Vice Chair; Elizabeth O. Shorr, Secretary; Juliana Kreul, CPA, Treasurer; Robert J. Naberhaus III, Esq., Past Chair; Laura Chiesman; Kit Fisher; Shirley Friedland; Jennifer Griffin; CPA; Justin Knox, CPA; Anne J. McPhee, JD, LLM; Arthur R. Schmitt; Bob Sukolsky, CLU; James F. Suplee.
“2021 marks the Community Foundation for Brevard’s 40th anniversary of helping to create communities that are safe, vibrant, and inclusive for all,” said Amanda Smith, Board Chair. “Our board, fund holders and staff are united in maximizing our impact and addressing the most critical issues here in Brevard and beyond.”
“I’m grateful and honored to work with the inspired leaders and philanthropic investors who comprise the Community Foundation for Brevard, and I invite all to join us,” said Theresa Grimison, president & CEO. “Together, we can build and sustain lasting good, now and for generations to come.”
About Community Foundation for Brevard
The Community Foundation’s for Brevard’s mission is to strengthen communities through philanthropy. Since 1981, we have helped donors invest their philanthropic gifts wisely, helped nonprofits serve the region effectively, and inspired people to make the community a better place. With the deepest integrity and best practices, the Foundation has successfully stewarded the philanthropic interests of donors, granting more than $21 million to build a better, more vibrant Brevard County and beyond. Visit cfbrevard.org to learn more and join us.