Amy Foster, Executive Director (2014 to present)
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 of Tampa Bay, 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 managed volunteers, created curriculum and training, and developed funding streams. Amy is a Member of the City of St. Petersburg City Council and serves on a number of committees. She volunteers for local community organizations and has served in leadership 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 Child Advocate to teens. Amy has a daughter, Elena, whom she adopted after she aged out of foster care.
Board of Directors
Cynthia Allen, President (01/20 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.
Mary J. Jones, Secretary (5/19 to present)
Mary has held a variety of positions in the microbiology field and currently works 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 co-chair of the Program Support Committee.
Vicki Parker, Treasurer (4/18 to present)
Vicki is a Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager in the Government & Institutional Banking Group at Wells Fargo Bank with more than 30 years of commercial banking experience in the Tampa Bay area. Vicki has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida and she completed the commercial banking program from the Graduate School of Banking of the South. Besides her work with Guardian ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay, she has been an active volunteer with Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay for more than 15 years. Vicki lives in Safety Harbor with her husband Will.
Alice M. Delgardo, Board Member (5/19 to present)
Formerly of Boston, Massachusetts, Ms. Delgardo is a twenty-year veteran of administrative management and public health programming. A 1989 graduate from Cambridge College, she received a Master’s in Education. As the Former President/CEO of United Way of Pasco County, Alice led a dedicated team of professionals providing grant opportunities for programs servicing youth, homeless individuals, services for seniors and more. Alice retired from the United Way in October 2018, but retirement didn't las long. She now serves as CEO for The Volunteer Way Food Bank Ministry. Alice serves as Chair of the Healthy Start Coalition of Pasco, is a Volunteer Child Advocate, member of the Pasco Homeless Advisory Board, and serves on the Board of Vincent Academy Adventure Coast, Pasco Coalition for the Homeless and Uplifting Neighbors.
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 an attorney at Zinobar Diana & Monteverde, P.A. 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.
Fran Scerbo, Board Member (4/14 to present)
Fran 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. Besides her work as a Volunteer Child Advocate, she is a member of the Junior Service League of Greater New Port Richey and an active member of Hudson First United Methodist Church. Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts, Fran relocated to California and graduated valedictorian from Santa Ana College. She is now retired and living in Hudson. Fran chairs the Pasco Advisory Committee focusing on children’s normalcy and fundraising activities and is the co-chair of the Program Support Committee.
Mitchell Shenkman, Board Member (5/15 to present)
Mitchell, a passionate advocate of children, has served for the last 13 years as a Volunteer Child Advocate and a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor. He serves on several boards and committees, including the Gulf Beaches Rotary, PARC, the Greater Treasure Island Association and he currently sits as chairman of the Eckerd Advisory Council for Eckerd Connects. 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.
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 Volunteer Child Advocate. 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.