Community Foundation for Brevard Announces New Board Members

Four board members join the Foundation from a variety of professional backgrounds

Pictured L-R: Holly Carver, Myles Wilkinson, Ashley Byrne, and Art Schmitt


MELBOURNE, Fla., (March 6, 2018) – The Community Foundation for Brevard, a public grantmaking foundation dedicated to serving Brevard County, today announced four community members have joined its Board of Directors for 2018. The newly appointed board members bring expertise in investment and financial management, entrepreneurship, community development, and not-for-profit leadership – all of which advance the Community Foundation’s mission to connect people with well-informed, customized philanthropic strategies to build the health and vitality of Brevard.


New Community Foundation Board Members:

Ashley Byrne is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, with a practice specializing in serving retirees, helping families with their financial goals including retirement and college savings, and helping individuals with insurance and estate needs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business, finance and financial management services from the University of Central Florida. A native of Brevard, Byrne and her family reside in Titusville, where they are active in the community.

Holly Carver serves as Sales and Leasing Associate with Lightle Beckner Robison, specializing in North Brevard. Previously, Carver was Chief Legislative Aide to Commissioner Robin Fisher, where her accomplishments include some of the largest commercial real estate transactions helping to re-energize the “Post-Space Shuttle Titusville.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and supervision rom Daytona State College. A long-time resident of Brevard, Carver is engaged with a variety of charitable organizations and activities. She and her family reside in Titusville.

Art Schmitt, Entrepreneur and businessman, built and sold multiple companies based in Brevard County. His business expertise is comprehensive, with specialties in finance, systems, sales, logistics and organizational development. Most recently, Art was the co-founder and CEO of DTx, Inc. Schmitt holds degrees from Florida Atlantic University in special education, finance and accounting. A long-time Brevard resident, Schmitt and his wife Sheila reside in Indian Harbour Beach.

Myles Wilkinson is the founder and president of Corporate Property Group, Inc., a full service commercial real estate services business specializing in retail property. Wilkinson studied finance at Vanderbilt University and holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College. A fund holder with the Community Foundation since 2007, Wilkinson and his family actively align their values and goals with their commitment to community. A long-time Brevard resident, Wilkinson resides in Indialantic.

“We are pleased to welcome these four outstanding business leaders, and remain grateful to our entire board” said Theresa Grimison, president and CEO at the Community Foundation. “Their unique perspectives and strategic guidance are absolutely invaluable as we work to ensure the continued strength and growth of our vibrant community through philanthropy.”

Returning members of the Community Foundation Board of Directors include: Michael S. Cerow, Chair; Matthew Kucera, Vice Chair; Amanda Smith, Secretary; Juliana Kreul, Treasurer; Linda J. May, Past Chair; Brian Fisher; Juliette Mondesir Adams; Robert J. Naberhaus III; Kurt D. Panouses; Elizabeth O. Shorr; Bob Sukolsky; and James F. Suplee. After eight years of distinguished service, Ronald E. Bray retired from the Community Foundation Board at the end of 2017 and returns as a Director Emeritus beginning in 2018. View Board of Directors

About Community Foundation for Brevard

The Community Foundation for Brevard serves as a trusted resource and leader for philanthropic individuals and organizations to enhance and sustain Brevard County’s quality of life. An independent, 501(c)(3) organization, the foundation manages family foundations and funds for the philanthropic community with the goal of providing a perpetual source of income for charitable causes while protecting the investment. For more information about the Community Foundation, visit