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OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Frank Biafora, Chair
Frank serves as Professor and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USF St. Petersburg. He and his wife Lea Ann moved to the area in the summer of 2007 from New York where Frank was a member of the faculty at St. John’s University since 1993. His love of the arts and theatre go back to his early childhood where music and performance was an integral part of the Biafora family. Frank is a graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Miami. As a recent graduate of Leadership St. Pete (Class of 2008) he is honored to be a member of the American Stage family and to support the vibrant Arts community of St. Petersburg.
Matthew J. Conigliaro, Esq., Vice Chair/Secretary
Matt is a shareholder at Carlton Fields (St. Petersburg office) specializing in appellate law and complex commercial litigation. His web log at www.abstractappeal.com is the first web log devoted to Florida Law and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has served as an officer of the Florida Bar’s Appellate Practice Section since 2004, currently serving as Vice-Chair, and is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. He is a member of St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, where he serves as chair of the Finance Council. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Matt received his law degree cum laude from Tulane Law School, and served as Deputy Solicitor General of Florida from 2001-2002. Born in Connecticut, Matt has lived most of his life in Florida but has lived all over the state and, at times, all over the country. He and his wife Debbie have lived in St. Petersburg for the past 12 years and are currently residents of the newly vibrant downtown neighborhood, where Matt is active in the Tampa Bay Fit Club, training marathon runners in his spare time.
is currently employed as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg. As Deputy GC Mike's management responsibilities include supervision of the litigation, regulatory, and employment law teams within the firm's legal department. He is also responsible for evaluation and management of outside counsel relationships. He joined Raymond James in 1994. Mike is a past board member of the Tampa Bay chapter of the American Red Cross and has served on the finance committees of Hyde Park United Methodist Church and Calvary Episcopal Church in the Tampa Bay area. Mike enjoys life on the water in North Redington Beach with his wife Rebecca, their three children, and Rosie, their puppy.
Joseph A. Barkley, III
Joe Barkley and his wife, Mary Lou Ambrose, have been in the insurance business for over 30 years, and also have legal backgrounds. In 2005, after many years of visiting the Clearwater St Pete area for Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training, Mary Lou and Joe moved to Pinellas County from New Jersey, where they were partners in the firm of Ambrose & Barkley, Attorneys At Law, LLC. Joe’s specialty was Taxation defense. Upon moving to Florida, Mary Lou and Joe returned to their original field (Insurance). They own and operate East Bay Insurance and Financial Services, LLC, a full service insurance agency in Largo. They have been active supporters of the arts for over 30 years in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida, and are currently subscribers to the St Petersburg Opera, the Florida Orchestra, and Florida Grand Opera in Miami, as well as American Stage. Joe holds a B.A. Degree from Trinity College (Hartford), an M.B.A. degree from Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville), a M.S. degree in Financial Services from the American College (Bryn Mawr), and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University (Camden). Joe is a former Captain in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. In addition, Joe is an elected official, having served as a Commissioner-At-Large for the City of Belleair Bluffs since 2009. Joe and Mary Lou are active in local business and political organizations, including the Bluffs Business Association and the Tiger Bay Club. They are avid Tampa Bay Rays fans.
Prior to Intel, Ms. Biever held a number of executive titles at several companies including First Data Corporation, American Express and Time Inc. and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in business from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.
As Chief Administrative Officer of Raymond James Financial, Angela Biever has responsibility for the firm’s key operational areas including information technology, operations and administration, human resources, legal, and risk management.
Before joining the staff in May 2008, Ms Biever served over ten years as a member of the firm’s board of directors and was chairman of the audit committee. Prior to that, she was a vice president of Intel Capital and managing director of Intel Capital’s Consumer Internet Sector. In that role she had worldwide responsibility for Intel Capital’s venture capital investments in consumer-related Internet businesses and technologies. Ms. Biever had previously led Intel’s New Business Initiatives, an internal incubator for the creation of new businesses.
Lora L. Brown, MD
Lorrie is a board certified Interventional Pain Management Specialist. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston and completed her surgical internship and anesthesia residency at University Hospital in San Antonio. She then completed her fellowship training in pain management at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation as Chief Fellow. Currently she is a physician partner at Coastal Orthopedics and Pain Management in Bradenton, where she treats all types of chronic pain conditions.
Lorrie is the immediate past president of the Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. She is a member of numerous professional organizations and holds local, state, and national professional board positions in the medical field.
Introduced to the arts at a young age by her mother, Linda Brown, Lorrie has developed a love of theater, music and art. She resides in downtown St. Petersburg and is committed to the preservation of the arts in our community. Lorrie is very excited to be a part of American Stage and looks forward to promoting its continued success.
is a Manager/Executive with an MBA degree, CPA certificate, and over 40 years of hands-on management expertise and operational, financial and administrative functions, including 14 years in the apparel industry, over 20 years as a licensed real estate broker, and 14 years as in security auditor and consultant. He has worked with Brightwaters Consulting, INC., and Visa International, among others. He has an MBA from Columbia University and is a licensed real estate agent and a CPA.
Michael L. Gentile
Michael is Chairman and Managing Member of The Gentile Group, LLC. He has over 30 years of commercial real estate development, acquisition, and banking experience. These areas of expertise include strong managerial experience with developing and implementing highly effective organizational structures designed to meet specific economic goals. Mr. Gentile has been directly involved in the organization, development, and management, and/or financing over $600 million worth of commercial real estate projects. He has also participated in arranging financing for over $100 million syndicated real estate projects in Florida.
Kanika is Vice President of Strategic Planning & Public Affairs for Bayfront Health System. Kanika oversees strategic planning, marketing and image initiatives, public affairs, government, and community relations. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 Young Professional Business Leader of the Year Award; PEMHS’ 2008 PACE Award for Community Service; 2009 Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Footprints in Service Award and as one of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “30 Under 30”. She is involved with many organizations including board service with the Florida Society of Health Care Public Relations and Marketing Board; Pinellas County Urban League; St. Petersburg Suncoasters, the Canterbury School of Florida and the Morean Arts Center. She is also involved with the St. Petersburg Chapter of The Links, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, inc. Kanika received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University, a master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in marketing management from the University of Miami and will graduate with a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University in Sept. 2011.
Bob Devin Jones
Bob Devin is artistic director of Studio @ 620, a recently launched creative venue in downtown St. Petersburg. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bank of America 2005 Local Hero award and the Weekly Planet Best of the Bay awards (Directing: 2001, Playwright: 2002, New Gallery: Studio @ 620 in 2005).
is a journalist with over 20 years of experience at the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the circulation department to lead the Times' Newspaper in Education program, Letterman held a variety of newsroom positions including editorial writer and lifestyles editor. In that role, she worked closely with NIE to produce its in-paper features and also supervised the Times' X-Team, the group of student reporters ages 9-18, for six years. Her interest in the role newspapers play in developing literacy at all ages was fueled by teaching these young writers and mentoring journalism students at Melrose Elementary School in St. Petersburg. Letterman strives to find ways to link the newsroom and the NIE program, building literacy with a newspaper "textbook" and companion educational materials, as well as building lifelong newspaper reading habits. Letterman has bachelor's degrees in journalism and psychology from Indiana University. She is honored to be on the board of American Stage Theatre Company, where her two children contracted permanent cases of the acting virus during many summer camps and holiday productions, including Jean Shepard's "A Christmas Story."
Brian D. Ludwick
Brian has been involved in the financial services industry since 1981, holding various management and leadership positions. He currently serves as Senior Resident Director of the St. Petersburg Merrill Lynch office. Brian is a certified financial planner, a certified investment management analyst, and a chartered financial consultant. Brian earned his degree from Regis University.
Isaac McKinney III
Isaac is a manager in Client Solutions for PriceWaterHouseCoopers, LLP, where he manages IT Governance Application Environments. Prior to joining PWC, Isaac held positions at Accenture, LLP and Oracle Corporation. Isaac is a graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business. Isaac is a graduate of Leadership St. Petersburg. He is an active volunteer and advocate for several community organizations, including Suncoast Boys & Girls Clubs, Florida Prostate Cancer Network, 5000 role models, American Heart Association, Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance and others. He currently serves on the board of trustees for the YWCA of Tampa Bay. He is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Diane Bailey Morton, Esq.
Diane is a local attorney and mediator who practices in the area of Labor and Employment. She has been a Board member and volunteer for American Stage for many years, just recently rejoining after a brief hiatus. Her strong support of the theatre is evident in her almost yearly Mainstage co-sponsorships, and her great sense of humor is evident in her playbill ad for American Stage in the Park (quoting Henry VI): "The first thing we do is kill all the lawyers." She currently also serves on the Board of Trustees of Great Explorations, the Children's Museum, as volunteer General Counsel. Her daughters, Bailey and Sarah, have volunteered at the Park concession booths for over ten years. Sarah performed in King Island Christmas for two years. Diane is married to Nicholas Morton and they reside in St. Petersburg.
Kristy is associate general counsel for Progress Energy overseeing all construction and real estate legal matters. Prior to joining Progress Energy, she worked for Taylor Woodrow, a land development company, and in the Tampa office of Carlton Fields. She is a member of the Leadership St. Pete Class of 2008 along with board members Robin Grabowski, Frank Biafora, Paul Carder and Bill Ulbricht, and was on the Planning Committee for LSP 2009. She is also a member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and is a co-Vice Chair of that Section’s Development and Governmental Regulation Committee. Kristy graduated from the University of Michigan and received her law degree from Stetson Law School. A native of Michigan, she has lived in St. Petersburg for nine years.
Robert Rudnicki, Esq.
Bob is Vice President - Director of Litigation since 2006 for Raymond James Financial. Prior to Raymond James, Bob was Senior Counsel with Bank of America for 15 years and managed several of Bank of America's highest profile litigation, including the Enron and WorldCom litigation. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Buffalo (B.S. Biology) and a 1981 honors graduate of the UCLA School of Law. Bob is married to the former Joy Krystofiak and has three children, Donna (19), Laura (17) and Nick (15). Bob and Joy have been subscribers to American Stage since 2008 and are members of the 229 Club.
Kiley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has a private practice in St. Petersburg. She provides individual, couples, children, and family therapy. Her specialties include anxiety, grief and loss, divorce adjustment, and trauma-based counseling. Kiley received her BA at Elon University and her Masters at University of Miami. She has worked at previous non-profit organizations, such as Family Service Centers, Inc, and Suncoast Hospice. She was born and raised in St. Petersburg and is involved in other community organizations, such as Project Patchwork. Kiley grew up going to American Stage and other cultural events in the community and looks forward to being a part of the American Stage family.
William (Bill) Ulbricht
Bill is president of St. Anthony’s Health Care, a one-hospital system with 395 beds located in St. Petersburg. Bill was appointed president of St. Anthony’s in April 2007. Previously, he was the COO for South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City for ten years. He has more than 15 years of operational and management experience and a strong background in health care finance. While in Plant City, Bill also volunteered his time in leadership positions for organizations such as the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, the Lions Club and the city’s Planning Board. He also served on the boards of the American Cancer Society and the United Way. Bill received his bachelor’s degree in business administration-finance from the University of Kentucky, and his MBA from Regis University in Denver.
Scott is a real estate entrepreneur, developing, purchasing and managing retail, office and industrial real estate through his company, MyBuyersWin, Inc. His community leadership experience includes Leadership St. Pete (Class of 2009), St. Petersburg Citizen Police Academy (Class of 2008), CONA Leadership (Class of 2008), Pinellas Citizen University (Class of 2008), Lawyers for Literacy, Canterbury School of Florida, Suncoast Ronald McDonald House. He has been involved with American Stage for many years, having served a term as Board President in 1999-2000, and now returning to the board as the 2009 Gala Committee Chair. Scott is married to Beth A. Houghton and has three children.