Amy Foster, Executive Director
Amy is a passionate youth advocate and her career has been devoted to empowering girls and women while advocating against inequities for the most underserved and at risk communities. Prior to joining the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation, Amy served as the National Collaborative Network Manager for the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). During her tenure, Amy provided professional development to 43 states while building public/private cross sector partnerships. Her prior experience includes ten years with Girl Scouts, where she developed highly effective collaborative partners, managed volunteers, created curriculum and training, and developed funding streams.
Amy is Chair of the City of St. Petersburg City Council and serves on a number of committees, including Chair of Youth Services Committee. She volunteers for local community organizations and serves as the Vice President of Community for the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin. From Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Amy received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Centenary College of Louisiana. Amy serves as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem to teens. Amy recently adopted her daughter, Elena, a teen who aged out of foster care.
Board of Directors
Erin Emnett, President
Erin is a Pinellas County native, community volunteer and woman’s advocate. She began her career as a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in 2010 after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at the University of South Florida. She donates the majority of her free time to local non-profits that provide assistance to and advocate for at-risk women and children in Pinellas County. She is the Chair for State Public Affairs of the Junior League of Clearwater/Dunedin and recently completed Leadership Pinellas. Erin also the Chairs of the SuperHero 5K Committee.
James Green, Vice President
James was born and raised in Michigan but attended Countryside High School in Clearwater. He has spent over 20 years in the Tampa Bay area and considers it home. James has two boys, aged 11 and 12. James is a Senior Consulting Manager with Strategic BCP. He believes in, and is passionate about, what the Guardian ad Litem Foundation is charged with doing. James’ is dedicated to helping to advance the mission of the Foundation and ensure that it is better known in the community.
Norma Stallions, Secretary
Norma has true empathy for the children we serve. Her life had a bumpy start when at age 14 months she went to live in a foster home. Norma excelled in school and obtained her B.A., M.A. and Ed.S, and spent her professional years as a teacher. Norma is enjoying retirement by paying it forward in her community. She has volunteered for 12 years at Morton Plant Hospital and 7 years at a local library and as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer. Norma is also an advocate for adoption-adopting one of her own children at the age of 11.
Anita Kailing, Treasurer
Anita is a Corporate Tax Accountant with 20+ years’ experience and she currently works at Welbilt, Inc. as the Tax Manager. She has also owned and operated small businesses. Anita earned her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from Florida International University and is a CPA. As a native of Hillsborough County she has seen this community change through growth and recognizes the needs of those who are underserved. She has served in volunteer leadership positions over the years at local non-profits. In her spare time she loves to cook using fresh herbs from her small backyard garden.
Berny Jacques, Board Member
Berny moved to the U.S. from Haiti at the age of 7 and was raised in Naples, Florida. He received his Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Studies from Washington Adventist University and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. Berny currently serves an Assistant State Attorney, where he is responsible for prosecuting felonies. Berny has served as President of the Pinellas County Young Republicans, a Rotarian, and is a member of the Pinellas County Leadership Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. In 2014, Maverick PAC, a national organization, named Berny as one of its "Future 40" award recipients. Berny was also named as one of the top government attorneys in Florida, by Florida Trend magazine in 2016. In his spare time Berny enjoys reading, and spending time with friends.
Susan Jo, Board Member
Susan immigrated to the United States from South Korea in 1976 and has lived mostly in Northern Virginia until she relocated to St. Petersburg in 2014. She holds a MBA from George Washington University and BBA degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary. Susan has 20 plus years of experience in the financial services industry in various roles including management consulting, financial analysis and accounting and strategic planning. Her experience in large scale finance transformation and technology implementation led her to her current role as Finance Program Manager at Raymond James Financial. Susan is an avid golfer and is a classically trained pianist.
Canaan McCaslin, Board Member
Canaan is a native Floridian who recently moved back home to the Tampa Bay region from the Washington, DC area in July 2014. Canaan serves as the Associate VP of Communications for Lutheran Services Florida (LSF), a statewide human services agency. Previously he was the Senior Director of Public Policy and Community Engagement for the Head Start program at LSF. Canaan earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Latin American and African Studies from Georgetown University. He also has a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
Fran Scerbo, Board Member
Fran has been a Guardian ad Litem Volunteer for 6 years. She is an accomplished business management professional and entrepreneur. Her sales management career focused primarily in the service industry. Fran later became a certified personal trainer and started her own business. Originally from Bedford, Massachusetts, Fran relocated to California and graduated valedictorian from Santa Ana College. She is now retired and living in Hudson where she is an active member of The Junior Service League of New Port Richey and a member of the Church Council at Hudson First United Methodist Church. Fran chairs the Pasco Advisory Committee focusing on children’s normalcy and fundraising activities.
Mitchell Shenkman, Board Member
Mitchell, a passionate advocate of children, has served for the last 9 years as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer and a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor. He serves on several boards and committees, including the Treasure Island/Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Gulf Beaches Rotary, the Treasure Island Planning and Zoning Board, and the LPA and Vision Steering Committee. Mitchell’s business career has spanned 40 years, both as president of a public corporation and as an executive in the apparel and sporting goods industries. A native New Yorker, Mitchell has resided in Florida since 1997.
Alycia Weigley, Board Member
Alycia is the Director of Talent at UPC Insurance in St. Petersburg, FL and the mother of two boys. She received her BBA Degree in Accounting from Siena College in Loudonville, NY and her MBA from USF. She has also earned the Certified Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation. Alycia served as a foster parent for many years and believes passionately that is vital that children in care have someone who will speak for them. There is no other organization that she would like to serve more than the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay.