Brandy W Ioppolo, Chair
Brandy has a diverse background with more than 30 years in many facets of accounting and entrepreneurship in numerous industries. She has owned 7 businesses the past 3 decades, with the last two specializing in Virtual CFO Services. These niche services help businesses make data driven financial decisions, which assists in maximizing cash flow and minimizing tax liability.
Her firm provides over 250 domestic and international clients, including both private and nonprofit organizations, full cycle accounting, bookkeeping, payroll and/or tax services via QuickBooks Accountants Online. The firm’s specialties include strategic business planning, month end accruals, transitioning accounting methods, reconciliations, setting up and customizing entire chart of accounts, filing Sales Tax Returns, filing Annual Reports, IRS tax resolution & much more. Brandy serves on multiple nonprofit boards throughout Seminole County, and resides in Longwood with her husband, Frank.
Madison Wilkinson, Vice Chair
Madison was born in Iowa, raised in Illinois, moved down to Seminole county in 2016, and currently resides in Winter Springs, FL. She moved to Florida to open up her office as an Edward Jones Financial Advisor. She provides human centered complete wealth management to multi-generational families, women in transition, and small business owners. She works with her clients to help educate, create a personalized financial plan and protect their financial goals throughout their lifetime. This includes working in partnership with tax professionals and attorneys to make sure the family has one coherent plan tailored to what’s most important to the individual.
Madison is passionate about giving back to the community. Within the Metro-Orlando region for Edward Jones, Madison is the Culture of Compliance leader. She also serves on the board of directors for HOPE Helps, another local nonprofit, and is an active member of the Winter Springs Rotary Club. In her free time, Madison enjoys playing tennis, playing the piano or guitar, and biking the trails of Seminole County.
Andrea Mahoney, Secretary
Andrea Mahoney, Executive V.P., Certified Computer Solutions has been a Central Florida resident for over 40 years and a Seminole County resident for 20 years. She grew up in New Smyrna Beach and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Stetson University, DeLand, Fl. She has setup, bought and sold several companies and has been with Certified Computers since 2004.
For over 20 years, the CCS team has provided incredible support for over 500 companies from small startups to teams comprised of over 800 members with their IT, Security and CRM needs. We identify our clients’ critical IT touchpoints and work with them to develop a comprehensive technology roadmap. This approach enables us to work in lockstep with our clients with long term, groundbreaking results.
Channi Sodhi is the CEO and co-owner of Sunshine Pharmacy of Sanford and Sunshine Pharmacy of Casselberry, which are local pharmacies serving customers throughout Seminole, Lake, Orange, and Volusia counties. She is also a Realtor with KW Heritage Realty and specializes in residential real estate. Channi is very involved in the community. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Mary, Seminole and Sanford Chambers of Commerce, and Heathrow Women’s Club. She is the Regional Director for Florida for UNITED SIKHS, an UN-recognized non-profit organization specializing in humanitarian aid and disaster relief and is also on the Board of Directors for Seniors Intervention Group (SIG) in Seminole County, and on the Board of Directors for Indian American Business Association (IABA).
Larissa is from Honolulu, Hawaii and resides in Longwood FL with her husband Matt Morgan and son Jackson Morgan.
She’s heavily involved in her community and is currently a member of the Longwood Parks & Rec Advisory Board (appointed in October 2021 by the Longwood City Commission), an Assistant Coach for Central Florida Bambino Buddy Ball League in Altamonte Springs (League is for athletes with special needs to develop confidence and positive self-esteem and to be able to participate in organized sports), Board Member (Vice President of Girls Softball) for Longwood Babe Ruth Baseball.
Meghan Gaborko currently serves as the Human Resources Business Partner at Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital and Lake Mary Emergency Room. The last three years, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital was recognized as Modern Healthcare Best Place to Work. Meghan also sits on the Ronald McDonald House Charities- Key Initiatives Group, serving the three Central Florida Ronald McDonald houses. Meghan graduated with her undergrad at the University of Central Florida in Health Services and Administration. She then obtained her graduate degree from Western Governors University in Master of Health Leadership.
Meghan and her fiancé are homegrown Seminole County residents and currently reside in Sanford, Florida. They love to travel, be on the boat, and spoil their dog, Baxter
John Horan is a retired lawyer who served as a County Commissioner for Seminole County from 2010 through 2018. Commissioner Horan was a strong advocate of the PARC’S Foundation and was excited to become a board member in 2019. Mr. Horan received his law degree (J.D., 1977) and undergraduate degree (A.B., cum laude, 1974) from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Horan had a distinguished law career as a partner in the Foley and Lardner law firm. Before he retired from the practice of law, Mr. Horan was recognized by his peers for inclusion in the 2007 – 2013 Florida Super Lawyers® lists and the 2008 – 2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®.
John has been extensively involved in community and public affairs for many years. He has received several awards and recognitions for his pro bono representation of scores of dependent children and his public service. He received the Notre Dame Alumni Award for his many years of service to Notre Dame and the community. John has also served on the Board of Trustees of Barry University and as past chairman of the Barry University School of Law Board of Advisors. John has been involved in the mission of the PARC’S Foundation for many years, which included serving on the Seminole County Natural Lands Advisory Committee before he was elected to the County Commission. He believes strongly that Seminole County’s parks, natural lands and recreational offerings are essential to our quality of life.”
Retired Chairman of the County Commission
Richard E. Durr, Jr., CPRP, AICP, PLA, Ex-Officio
Rick Durr has been serving in the Seminole County Government since 2012 and is currently Director of the County’s Leisure Services Department. As Director, he manages a headcount of over 190 employees with an annual operating and capital budget combined of over $19 Million. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida and is formally trained in project management with over 29 years’ experience in project planning, strategic planning, public space design, management and policy implementation. Prior to the role of Director, Rick served as Greenways & Natural Lands Division Manager for Seminole County and managed parks planning and improvements projects for the County.
Rick has been professionally licensed in the State of Florida as a Landscape Architect since 1996, as a Certified Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2001, and a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional since 2016. His experience includes serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission and Local Planning Agency for the Village of Royal Palm Beach, Florida for over nine years, including serving as Vice Chair or Chair for four of those years. Prior to his work at Seminole County, Rick spent eighteen years in private practice with a focus on parks, public spaces & greenways planning, design and construction. He has also spent time serving in various roles on a Youth Sports non-profit Board of Directors as a league organizer and treasurer, and nine years as a youth sports coach. Rick is a graduate of Leadership Seminole’s Class 28 in 2019.
Chris Akkawi is a lifelong resident of Seminole County. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and has over 15 years of executive experience in the retail and consumer products industries, overseeing multiple operations. With professional concentrations in Business Strategy, Revenue Management, Leadership Development, and Innovation & Growth, Chris has a track record of creating innovative and imaginative solutions for clients spanning the commercial, domestic government, and international sectors. Chris is a team-oriented leader that loves to take a hands-on approach with all of his endeavors. He has additionally served as a small business and industry consultant, throughout his career. Outside of his professional career, Chris is passionate about the outdoors, outdoor sports, and raising his family in Seminole County.
Susie Dolan, Director of Community Affairs and Government Relations, Waste Pro of Florida, Central-East Florida Region
In 2013, Susie joined the Waste Pro team as Director of Community Affairs and Government Relations for the East Central Florida region, which includes Orange, Seminole, and Volusia Counties. She is based in Waste Pro’s Sanford office which serves as the Regional Headquarters. Her responsibilities include building and maintaining relationships with municipalities to promote contract retention and grow Waste Pro’s customer base, interacting with customers, elected officials and community leaders.
Susie is very active in the Central Florida community, with board involvement in many local organizations, including: PARCs Foundation (Seminole County), Seminole State Foundation, Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Daytona Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lake Mary Rotary Club, Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, Central Florida Council Boy Scouts USA, Ali’s Hope Foundation, Backpack Buddies, UNCF of Seminole County, and others.
Dr. John Gyllin
Dr. John Gyllin, an educational executive with close to 30 years of experience in higher education administration, is the vice president for resource and economic development, and executive director of the Foundation for Seminole State College.
Gyllin, who previously served in similar capacities in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, has been back in his home state of Florida working with the Foundation for Seminole State, a non-profit corporation that oversees the development and stewardship of external resources on behalf of the College.
Gyllin holds a bachelor’s degree in management (B.B.A.) and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. He also holds Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Gyllin is active in the community as a part of Leaderships Florida, Orlando, and Seminole. He is a member of Rotary International and serves on the boards of Career Source Central Florida, Orlando Regional Realtor Association Foundation, Leadership Seminole, Florida Citrus Sports, Greater Orlando Sports Commission and the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Gyllin is also Involved with the Florida Council for resource development (FCRD) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), where he previously served as trustee and now serves on a national committee for community college advancement. He also is involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). His goal is to connect people with their passions and identify and secure support for worthy causes.