Nonprofits First
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Nonprofits First is governed by a Board of Directors. Our Directors are business and community leaders representative of the communities we serve. They are active and involved with fundraising, increasing partnerships, creating opportunities for service and growth, and providing advocacy and developing community relationships. They are also raising awareness of Nonprofits First, identifying venues for marketing and public relations, recruiting new board members, and participating in special events and projects.

Deana Pizzo,  Board Chair

Deana Pizzo is a native Floridian, born and raised in Palm Beach County. Deana has over 10 years of experience as CEO/Owner as a leading technology solutions provider serving South Florida. Her firm serves as the technology advisor and CIO services for business. Deana is an accomplished entrepreneur and successful female business owner. Deana leads her company with passion from the heart. She is very involved in the I.T. Channel nationally, which allows her company to continually pursue new technology within the I.T. industry, in order to be a cutting edge, innovative technology leaders. She helps Small Businesses in South Florida develop cost effective solutions, by implementing the best-in-class technology to improve their bottom line. She strives daily to motivate and encourage her dedicated staff, and does her best to make a positive contribution to her local community. Additionally, she oversees marketing and community development for her business and loves what she does.

She was honored to have WITI (Women in Technology International- South Florida) name her as a recipient of the "Women to Watch Award" in November 2010. She has a passion for green technology, as well as guiding SMBs to make the little changes that will affect us all. She enjoys sharing technology strategies with business owners to help their business grow strategically with less, through technology. In March 2014, Deana was awarded the Central Palm Beach County Community Foundation "WOW (Women of Worth) Stiletto Award" honoring outstanding women who have achieved professional excellence, serve their community, and have strengthened and enriched the quality of life in Palm Beach by helping to advance the educational, cultural and economic interests of the community. She has also been a nominee in 2011 and 2014 for the Athena Award, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.

She has been very involved in the other organization serving Palm Beach County having served on boards and committees for Families First of Palm Beach County, Leadership Palm Beach County, and Imagine Chancellor Charter School. Deana attended Florida Atlantic University for her undergraduate studies in Geological and Earth Sciences/Geoscience. She is married and a working mother of 2 children. Much of her volunteer time is split between the local community, her church and her children’s school. 

Deana may be reached on LinkedIn.

Philip M. DiComo,Vice Chair

 

Born in Hollywood, Florida, is a summa cum laude graduate of the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center where he was a member of law review. Mr. DiComo is a 1986 high honors graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication. Mr. DiComo previously was associated with the law firm of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, where he practiced in the areas of corporate, securities, and private equity.
Prior to his law practice, Mr. DiComo had more than 15 years of communication, fund development, and management experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Mr. DiComo had an extensive background in the radio and television industry, and served as Vice President for the West Palm Beach Public radio and television stations.

Mr. DiComo is currently active in the Lawyers for Literacy Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Treasure Coast Angel Investor Forum, and is a director of the Community Broadcast Foundation of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast and the Bio Motion Foundation. Mr. DiComo is the recipient of the 2004 Non-Profit Law Award from the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. Mr. DiComo concentrates his practice in the area of corporate, private equity, emerging companies, mergers & acquisitions, and not-for-profit law. Mr. DiComo has made presentations to numerous groups on such topics as:

  • The Role of Non-Profit Board of Directors
  • Why Sarbanes-Oxley Matters to Non-Profit Organizations
  • Risk Management Considerations in your Business and Workplace 

Phil may be reach on LinkedIn.

Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary

 

Jennifer Sullivan has spent nearly 17 years in the public relations and marketing industry, and has held senior positions at some of South Florida’s most reputable companies. Her experience includes managing complex media outreach, community relations and social media programs for varied clients; influencing fundraising and donor cultivation strategies; and providing creative concepts and art direction for a range of collateral and promotional materials. Mrs. Sullivan spent 14 years at the O’Donnell Agency in West Palm Beach, one of Florida’s leading public relations firms and top 115 in the country. In 2013, she joined the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties as the Director of Marketing & Communications.

During her tenure, she developed initiatives and creative strategies to meet the Foundation’s mission, including launching the first-ever multimedia advertising campaign. She also led the marketing efforts for the inaugural Great Give, a 24-hour online fundraising campaign in collaboration with multiple funding partners that raised over $5 million for hundreds of local nonprofits in its first two years.

Last year, Mrs. Sullivan was recruited to work for Ideabar, a start-up marketing consultancy and advertising agency that is part of The Palm Beach Post and is supported by Cox Media Group, the largest privately-held media company in the country. She currently manages the new business team; contributes creative marketing ideas; and acts as an ambassador for the firm in the community. Mrs. Sullivan recently completed Leadership Palm Beach County’s Engage program Class of 2016 and is an incoming Board member. She grew up in Palm Beach County and currently resides in Royal Palm Beach with her husband and two children. 

Jennifer can be reached on LinkedIn.

Thomas A. Brockway, CPA,Treasurer

 

Thomas (Tom) is an Audit Partner of Holyfield & Thomas, LLC and works closely with the engagement team. Tom joined the firm in 1990 and brings extensive experience to audit and accounting engagements with numerous types of business organizations, both from the public and private sectors. Tom provides an insightful perspective to all engagements, which include not-for-profit organizations, family owned businesses and real estate.

As Audit Partner, Tom provides technical support on a wide variety of topics involving the audit and accounting practice of Holyfield & Thomas, LLC. Tom serves on several not-for-profit organization committees and boards. Tom was raised in Palm Beach County and lives with his wife in unincorporated Lake Worth. 

Mark Montgomery, Board Member

 

Mark Montgomery advises successful families about their complex personal risk and designs and manages risk management programs to mitigate and protect against loss. Mark has 25 years of insurance expertise, 14 of which have been specifically focused on the property and liability risk management needs of affluent families in Palm Beach. Mark has been very involved in Palm Beach non-profits having served on boards or committees of Foundcare, Community Chest, and Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults, Food for the Poor, Boy Scouts of America, Place of Hope and the Community Partnership Group.

Additionally, Mark is a past President of the Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council. Montgomery earned his MBA and undergraduate degrees from Stetson University. Formerly, he was a Vice President at Marsh Private Client Services and Director at Frank Crystal & Company. 

Mark may be reached on LinkedIn.

Andrew J. Gray, Board Member

 

Andrew is a CPA Manager with Crowe Horwath. Mr. Gray has more than 6 years of tax and consulting experience in the non-profit sector. Mr. Gray’s clients include trade associations, hospital systems, charitable organizations, private foundations, and social clubs. He advises organizations on tax matters unique to the non-profit sector, including unrelated business income, 501r, excess benefit transactions, and public support. He also represents clients before the IRS and has prepared applications to obtain and reinstate exempt status. 

Andrew may be reached on LinkedIn.

Bessie Phillips, Board Member

 

Bessie Phillips is a banking professional with Wells Fargo & Co. Bessie is the National Sales Enhancement Program Manager for Merchant Services, responsible for designing channel distribution strategies that leverage her 10 years of experience within the financial services industry. Bessie was raised in West Palm Beach and is actively involved in the Wells Fargo Volunteer Program. In 2014, Bessie co-founded the Wells Fargo Greater Palm Beach Volunteer Chapter, with past service as the Vice President and as the Communications Chair currently.

Bessie attended the University of South Florida USF) for her undergraduate studies on a full athletic scholarship. While attending USF, she earned a BS degree in Criminology with a minor in Psychology. Upon graduation, she joined the LPGA Futures Tour and played professional golf for 3 years. Following her professional golf tour, Bessie went on to graduate school at Nova Southeastern University. She earned her Masters of Business Administration (MBA), graduating with honors. She is a member of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honors Society. 

Bessie can be reached on LinkedIn

Mae Ferguson, Board Member

Media Group President's Circle Winner, noted for her ability to create results-focused marketing strategies for her clients as the New Business Development Executive for Ideabar/Cox Media Group.

Mae graduated from Rollins Collins with a degree in Organizational Communication. She currently serves on the board of Meals on Wheels and has served on boards and committees for Best Buddies, Young Friends of the Norton Museum of Art, Young Friends of the South Florida Science Museum, and Girls on the Run. She is also a member of the 2017 Leadership Engage Class with Leadership Palm Beach County. Mae is an avid runner and the mother of Cook, a first grader at Palm Beach Day Academy, and Mary Britton, age 5. Mae's husband, Tad Ferguson, is a fourth generation Floridian and Palm Beach County resident. 

Mae can be found on LinkedIn.

Henry Martin, Board Member

Henry is a Senior Manager in the audit and assurance practice of Daszkal Bolton and has been with the Firm for eleven years. He oversees audits for privately-held corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Additionally, he oversees Uniform Guidance (OMB Circular A-133), Florida Single Audit Act and employee benefit plan audits for a number of clients. Prior to joining the firm, he served as an in-house accounting manager for a large advertising firm as well as an accountant for a yacht manufacturing and service company.

Henry earned a Master of Science in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. He is active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Henry is a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain and is fluent in Spanish. 

Henry can be reached on LinkedIn.

 

Nikki Fingerhut, Board Member

Nicole “Nikki” Fingerhut, Esq., PHR, is a native Floridian with more than a decade of experience in government, law and human resources. She holds a law degree from Florida State University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and is certified as Predictive Index Analyst and Professional in Human Resources. She currently serves as the Deputy Legal Counsel in the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s Office, and previously worked as the Director of Human Resources & Administration at the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, as a Florida Gubernatorial Fellow at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and as staff for a member of the Florida House of Representatives.

Mrs. Fingerhut is passionate about volunteering and has a long history of community involvement. She is a past recipient of the Palm Beach County League of Cities William Cruickshank Award and Florida Atlantic University Jacqueline L. Becker Award. Presently, she is active in the Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Alumni Association, pursuing certification as a Florida Sterling Examiner, and is a member of the Leadership Palm Beach County Engage Class of 2018. 

Melissa Nash, Board Member

Melissa Nash is President, CEO and Founder of Accounts Receivables Inc. (ARI) based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Recognizing the strong need of many industries in today’s challenging economy for proactive approaches to receivables, Melissa developed ARI to provide all of the accounting services necessary on the revenue side of the transaction as an outsourced function. Since 2007, ARI continues to provide full service collection services for small and medium size businesses for professional services and governmental agencies as well as Home Owners Associations and Condominium Owners Associations.

Melissa is author of How to Get Paid On-Time, Every Time, which is an informative and easy-to-read book about specific solutions to improve cash flow which was highlighted in Entrepreneur Magazine in August of 2010. At the heart of the book, is Melissa’s philosophy that business owners need to be accountable for the tasks and responsibilities that lead to putting the “check” into their business. Her ideas rest on the premise that it is essential for business owners to assume a proactive approach for collection of “their money.”

Melissa is a native Palm Beach County resident and is an avid supporter of many community organizations, including West Palm Beach Police Athletic League, Junior Achievement, American Cancer Society, Girls Scouts of Southeast Florida, American Cancer Society and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Volunteer at South Tech Academy and a proud Alumni of Leadership Palm Beach County. 

Melissa can be reach on LinkedIn.

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