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Board of Directors

David Watson - President
Claudia Davant – Vice President
Brian Wolfe– Treasurer
Byron Greene- Secretary
Bob Inzer - Immediate Past President

Donna Callaway
Kathryn Karrh Cashin

Dr. Gallop P. Franklin II

P. John "Johnny" McEachern
Jon C. Moyle, Jr.
Glenn Robertson


Officers


David Watson - President
David grew up in Liverpool England where he did not see the Beatles perform, but he is still a fan.  He did however go to many performances at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  He earned a degree in Engineering from Cambridge University.  After a year flirting with engineering, he started a computer programming consulting company.  He knew nothing about computer programming at the time, but nobody else did either.  He spent the next 40 years owning and running software products companies.

In 1993, he had his wife, Jane, started VR Systems, which provides software and services to elections officials.  The company employs more than 35 graduates in Tallahassee and serves 66 of the 67 Florida counties, as well as customers in 6 other states.  David’s role in the company was product management and development, finance, and business strategy.  Seven years ago, Jane and David transformed the company into an employee owned company and David became chairman of the board. He has been instrumental in moving VR Systems from an owner-managed organization to a company with professional managers and an active board with external board members.

David has always loved classical music and has sung with the Tallahassee Community Chorus several times.  In 2009 David joined the board of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra – at the height of the great recession. He served on the search team that selected Mandy Stringer as CEO, and chaired the search committee that resulted in the appointment of the current Music Director, Darko Butorac.  He served 4 years as Treasurer 4 years as Board Chair.  He is credited with helping; to revise the business model; to re-energize the board; and to double the operating budget, trebling donations and sponsorships.


Claudia Davant - Vice President
Claudia has extensive, in-depth experience in both government & private sectors. Claudia has been serving clients and working in the government affairs industry for over 25 years. Prior to Adams St. Advocates, Claudia was on the national business development team for Accenture, a global information technology firm, where she led sales campaigns for large, complex integrated systems opportunities.
Claudia moved to Florida in 2000, where she served as AT&T’s state president for regulatory and legislative affairs, working hand in hand with key decision-makers in both the Florida legislative & executive branches to pass historical telecommunications reform legislation. Claudia was subsequently promoted to vice president for legislative affairs for AT&T, where she successfully led legislative & regulatory reform campaigns in the Southern Region before the merger with BellSouth.

In addition to her corporate experience, Claudia worked in government on both the state & federal levels. Claudia served as U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond’s legislative aide in Washington, D.C. providing legislative analysis. Claudia also served as a policy advisor to the Michigan House of Representatives, where she led the staff effort to rewrite the Michigan Telecommunications Act. And she served as general counsel, legislative affairs director & communications director for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, where Claudia negotiated economic development incentives with corporations wanting to do business with the state.

Bryon Greene - Secretary

Brian Wolfe - Treasurer

Brian is a Senior Portfolio Advisor with Merrill Lynch who began his financial services career nearly 20 years ago in the risk management and insurance field. After four years he was given an opportunity to join a start-up consulting firm where he worked as a project manager and consultant to facilitate analysis of complex financial and management functions within government entities and nonprofit organizations. In 2014, after winding down his consulting career, he returned to his roots as a Financial Advisor with Capital City Bank Group and Capital City Investments in Tallahassee where he worked prior to joining The Robinson Group at Merrill Lynch. His team focuses on helping professionals, families and business owners find balance in their lives by helping them manage their complete financial affairs so they can focus on the things that give them joy.

A 20+ year resident of Tallahassee, Brian believes strongly in giving back to his community and serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend and recently completed a term as a member of the Development Council for Opening Nights at Florida State University, Tallahassee’s premier performing arts organization in addition to being a Deacon at Wildwood Church. In his leisure time, Brian enjoys spending time in the outdoors, relaxing with family, and loves to cook. He love watching his daughters Ellie and Aubrey pursue their passions for dance and watching his son Ethan excel on the baseball and soccer fields.

 

Bob Inzer
Retired as the Leon County Clerk of Courts in 2017 a position he held since 2001.  Inzer also served for nineteen years as City Treasurer-Clerk for the City of Tallahassee. He established Local Government Financial Solutions in 2017 and works with cities across Florida on local government financial issues.  He is also Executive Director for the Sunshine State Governmental Financing Commission a non-paid position he has held since 1985.   He holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Arts from FSU School of Business. Inzer has been an active participant in the Leon County community for more than thirty years, serving on numerous civic boards and committees including: Florida Economics Club Board of Directors; United Way of Big Bend Board of Directors; Cultural Resource Performing Arts Center Committee; Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors; and Big Bend Hospice Board of Directors. He was awarded "Public Official of the Year" for 1996 by Governing Magazine, and received the Florida Government Finance Officers Association's 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award and was presented with the Florida Association of Court Clerks/Comptroller's 2008 President's Clerk of the Year Award. Inzer is a frequent presenter at professional associations on issues related to local government financial management.

 

Directors

Dr Gallop Franklin II
Dr. Gallop P. Franklin II, graduate from Florida A&M University's College of Pharmacy, is a Clinical Pharmacist with a focus on Pharmaceutical Compounding at TMH, and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Florida A&M University that has committed his professional life to addressing health disparities of the community. While a College student, from 2009 - 2011, Gallop served on the Florida A&M University Board of Trustees, and because of his in-depth understanding of Florida's Higher Education System, he was elected to serve one year (2010 - 2011) on the Florida Board of Governors, which is the policy board for the State University System of Florida. Because of Gallop's interest in public service, he sought out the opportunity to serve as a Gubernatorial fellow, where he was able to learn how Florida's Government governs the State of Florida as well as assist during the process under the leadership of Gov. Charlie Crist. While a Gubernatorial Fellow, Gallop was nominated by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and then was confirmed by the Open World Leadership Center in conjunction with the Russian Federation to serve as a Kremlin Fellow, which at the time was a group of aspiring U.S. leaders who played an intricate role within US-Eurasian relationships. Shortly after the aforementioned appointment Gallop and others established a non-profit organization (CAREEL) to assist in the strengthening of US-Eurasian relationships, where Gallop served as a member of the Advisory board and the Advancement Director. With the desire to continue to help the community through additional avenues, Gallop founded Gallop Inc. where he serves as the President/CEO. Gallop Inc. is a general consulting firm with its main focus on education, Gallop Inc. also recently created a boutique Real Estate investment firm to provide affordable housing for communities throughout the State of Florida.  Gallop is the Co-founder of Distinguished Young Gentlemen of America Inc. He also serves as the Vice-President of Diversity for the Suwannee River Area Boys Scouts of America Council.  He is a member of the City of Tallahassee Minority, Women & Small Business Enterprise Citizen Advisory Committee.  During his undergraduate academic pursuits, Franklin was a member of the Florida A&M University Men’s Golf Team and was awarded membership on the Athletic Director’s All-Academic Team and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. He also served two terms as Student Body President at Florida A&M University. Franklin is a fourth-degree black belt in Shaolin Goju karate, a former nationally ranked gymnast, and accomplished violinist.

Donna Callaway
Retired principal of Raa Performing Arts Magnet middle school where she served from 1994-2004 and again from 2008-2012.  Callaway was appointed to the State Board of Education by Governor Jeb Bush where she served from 2004-2008. Callaway currently serves on the Board Trustees at Tallahassee Community College, she was first appointed to the board in 1999, reappointed in 2002 both times by Governor Jeb Bush. She returned to the board in 2012 appointed by Governor Rick Scott. She has served as a Commissioner of the Blueprint Commission for Juvenile Justice, serves now as a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Board, serves as President of the Tallahassee Symphony Society, and serves as Chair of the FSU Music Associates. Callaway holds Bachelors, Masters and Advanced Masters degrees from Florida State University.


Kathryn Karrh Cashin
An FSU Assistant in the Humanities, Cashin supervises the Multi-Cultural Film Course (HUM 3321) and has taught extensively in FSU's Program of Interdisciplinary Humanities beginning in 1998. She holds a Ph.D. in Humanities, MA in Slavic and East European Affairs, and a BA with co-majors in Russian Language and Business Administration.
In addition to an academic career, she has served as resident choreographer for The Tallahassee Ballet for over 25 years and has choreographed 18 of Florida State Opera's works.

An avid believer in the power of volunteer work, she has served as president of the Junior League of Tallahassee, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and FSU's Friends of Dance. She is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee and has served as both steering and curriculum chairs of Youth Leadership Tallahassee. She is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Council and was recently named as a trustee for The Florida House on Capitol Hill.

P. John "Johnny" McEachern
After playing four sports for Leon High School, McEachern earned All SEC recognition playing football on scholarship for the University of Georgia, where he received his degree in Economics and Finance. He also attended General Electric Management School and the Institute for Financial Education, where he also taught. He went on to co-found the Athens/UGa chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Chattahoochee River Club, Uptown Public Elementary School, and authored “It’s Always First Down.” McEachern played a significant role in the development of the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts located in Columbus, GA. He is a recipient of the United States Congressional Award for “Contribution to Arts” and has served on many Boards of Directors, including United Way, American Red Cross, Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Columbus. He has also served as an adjunct teacher for Troy State University, offering instruction on corporate finance, management and banking.


Jon C. Moyle, Jr.
A partner at the Moyle Law Firm, Moyle is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Law where he was a member of Florida Blue Key and a four-year letterman on the football team. Prior to returning to the private sector, Moyle served as Legislative Affairs Director, Executive Office of the Governor. He was a member of Leadership Florida Class XXIV, past President of the Lafayette Park Neighborhood Association and currently serves on the Florida Tax Watch Board.

Glenn W. Robertson - Vice President
Became an oil, acrylics and watercolor artist after retirement. Former President/CEO of his consulting firm for 25 years, specializing in budget, finance and policy integrated systems and software. Previous positions: Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning/Policy and Budget serving three Democratic and Republican Florida governors; Assistant County Administrator and Budget Director for Pinellas County, Florida; Strategic Planning Supervisor and Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator for Tampa, Florida; Hillsborough County Public Schools teacher. Former President of the National Association of State Budget Officers. Served on many commissions and boards of non-profit groups including chairmanships of the Florida Sports Foundation, Economic Club of Florida and Healthy Start Coalition. Currently a Board member: St. Andrew Society of Tallahassee and Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition. Recipient of Leadership Florida’s Lifetime Membership Award.  Author of many publications on Gubernatorial transitions, economic conditions and public administration. PhD. courses in Public Administration, MA in Economics; MS in Management; BA in Economics with double major in Social Sciences.


 



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