Leadership

Erin Authier, Executive Director (2021 to present)

Erin is a native Floridian and Tampa Bay area resident who fell in love with serving others when she was a teenager, volunteering on local and national mission trips and at summer camps. This passion for charitable work stuck with her through college and into adulthood. Prior to joining the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, Erin served as Executive Director of Central FL for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for more than 11 years. She is skilled at engaging the community in the mission of an organization and is excited to be using her many years of strategic planning and stewardship to now serve the foster care community. Erin has served as a foster parent to more than 10 children over 4 years and has become the proud mother to her daughter Amber, whom she adopted from foster care. Erin and Amber live in Clearwater along with their rescue dog, Bailey. Erin attended the University of West Florida where she obtained her Bachelors in Marketing and Masters in Educational Leadership.
 

Phone: 727-464-6528 (office); 941-330-7477 (cell)

Email:  ErinA@galf6.org

 

Board of Directors

Cynthia Allen, President (1/20 to present)                                                                                           

Cynthia has served as a Volunteer Child Advocate with the Guardian ad Litem Program since 2011 and as a mentor for Starting Right, Now. She previously served the Foundation as Vice President, Secretary, and as Chair of the Children's Needs Committee. Cynthia earned her law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego and her B.A. from the University of Delaware. She is licensed to practice law in the states of California, New Jersey, and New York. Cynthia and her family relocated from New Jersey in 2010 and are actively involved in non-profits that help children since moving to Pinellas County.

 

Alycia Weigley, Vice President (5/16 to present)

Alycia is the Vice President of Employee Success 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.

 

Mary J. Jones, Secretary (5/19 to present)

Mary has held a variety of positions in the microbiology field and currently works as a Project Coordinator for Global Safety Management. Obtaining her Master’s in Biology from the University of Central Florida, she has served as an industry expert consultant at Saureus Inc. and has obtained multiple awards in her field. She has volunteered for many programs with the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay and has served on the Children’s Needs Committee since 2017. She is now the Co-Chair of the Program Support Committee.

 

Lucas Michalski, Treasurer (11/20 to present)

Lucas is a Tax Accountant at Hajek & Hajek CPAs in St. Petersburg, FL.  He is a life long Floridian who earned his degree in Accounting at the Kate Tiedemann College of Business.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his friends, family and his 5 year old Black Lab, Buster. Lucas enjoys being outdoors and on the water and giving back to his community.

 

Starr Brookins, Esq., Board Member (11/20 to present)

Starr is a first-generation lawyer, fierce advocate, mentor and servant leader. Starr has her law degree from George Washington University Law School. Professionally, she serves as a Hearing Officer, where she presides over cases and renders decisions related to local ordinances. Starr is also an Attorney at Butler, Weihmuller, Katz, Craig, LLP.   She began her legal career representing the State of Florida in dependency, whereby she sought to protect our most vulnerable citizens-abandoned, abused, and/or neglected children. She is a proud member of The Athena Society, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, and Bible Based Fellowship Church.  Starr has served as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer and is a single adoptive mother to a teenage daughter who has spent the majority of her life in foster care. Starr takes an active role in our community and truly believes that greater services to greater progress.

 

Traci Gregory, RN, Board Member (11/20 to present)

Traci is the Nurse Coordinator at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s Vascular Anomalies Multidisciplinary Clinic where she is instrumental in transforming the lives of children to help them thrive.  She was inspired to become a nurse as she experienced the expert compassionate care her premature infant received in his fragile, early days of life. She found her voice through advocating for her son’s medical needs and educational goals. Traci wants to use her life and her voice to help others and stand up for what is right.  She believes that children are our most valuable assets toward leaving the world a better place. 

 

Nicole Hisler, Board Member (12/19 to present)

Nicole serves as the Senior Vice President, Director of Charitable Solutions at Raymond James Trust. Prior to this position, she was a Marketing Director at Raymond James, ran her own marketing business and was an adjunct professor at the University of Florida – her alma mater – teaching social media management. Nicole and her husband, Pram Dass, live in south Tampa and have four young children – three boys and a girl. She is passionate about helping all children receive the love and support they need to thrive.  

 

Ya Levey-La’Ford, Board Member (11/20 to present)

Ya is an artist, educator, and foremost a transporter working between visual and community arts. She holds a BFA in Painting from Florida State University, JD from the Levin College of Law at University of Florida, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the Art Institute of Boston Her art work explores journeys, space, and interconnectivity through a language of geometric patterning evolved from her Jamaican historical roots. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is currently working on a large scale public art installation.  Ya is the mom of a son who she adopted out of the foster care system and she is dedicated to contributing to the positive aspects of the system to make a difference for other children.

 

Rabbi Joshua Lobel, Board Member (11/20 to present)

Rabbi Lobel serves as the spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater, Florida.  He strives to build a caring community, one in which members truly feel connected to each other and their faith.  Rabbi Lobel believes the synagogue must be an intrinsic part of the greater community. He believes that no child should be subject to abuse and neglect and he is dedicated to doing what he can to create a community where all children may grow and thrive in a safe and secure environment. Rabbi Lobel is married to Dr. Elizabeth Lobel, and they are proud parents of three boys.

              

Steve MacLauchlan, Board Member (11/19 to present)

Steve has served in leadership roles at for profit and not for profit hospitals in Florida, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Massachusetts. He recently retired as CEO of Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA in 2017.  Throughout his life, Steve has been actively involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations.  Since 2017, Steve has served as a Volunteer Child Advocate with the Guardian ad Litem Program of Pasco and Pinellas and has served on the Speakers’ Bureau for the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay since 2018.  He is the chair of the Resource Development Committee.

 

Megan L. Roach, Board Member (12/17 to present)

Megan is a St. Petersburg native. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, along with minors in History and Spanish, from the University of Florida. Megan received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law. At Stetson, Megan received Certificates in Trial Advocacy and Leadership and served in various leadership roles. Currently Megan works as a civil trial attorney at Marone Law Firm in St. Petersburg and is an active member of the Young Lawyers Section of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. She is the President-Elect for Junior League of St. Petersburg, the Vice Chair of the Florida Federation of Young Republicans, the Past President of the Pinellas County Young Republicans, the Chair of the Young Floridians for Opportunity, the Volunteer Coordinator for the Mainsail Art Festival, and on the Gala Committee for the Drug Free America Foundation.

 

Norma Stallions, Board Member (10/15 to present)

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 8 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.

 

Becca Tieder, Board Member (6/19 to present)

Founder of non-profits such as Let’s Talk Solutions and most recently, the internationally recognized One Student, this Florida native is no stranger to community engagement. Becca currently volunteers in over 25 different organizations in the Tampa Bay Area. A true advocate of women’s rights, Becca serves on the Board for the Athena society and is also actively involved with Working Women Tampa Bay, Women’s Exchange and Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity- just to name a few. She also serves as a board member of the Gulf Coast Jewish Community Family Services and is very involved in the Jewish community. With the Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, she has served on the Vision 2020 committee since 2018. Becca is an experienced fundraiser and event planner; obtaining her B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of West Florida.