|Board of Directors|
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.
Andrew J. Gray, Board Chair
Andrew leads Daszkal Bolton’s Nonprofit Tax Services practice and oversees all tax consulting and compliance services for the firm’s tax-exempt clients. His clients include charitable organizations, private foundations, social clubs, trade associations and high net-worth families. Andrew has advised organizations regarding unrelated business income, excess benefit transactions, public support, and charitable planning strategies. He has also represented clients before the IRS and prepared applications to obtain and reinstate exempt status.
Deana Pizzo, Vice 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 may be reached on LinkedIn.
Thomas A. Brockway, CPA, Board Member
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.
Philip M. DiComo, Board Member
Philip M. DiComo was 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 a Vice President for 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 BioMotion 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 and acquisitions and not-for-profit law. Mr. DiComo has made presentations to numerous groups on such topics as:
Phil may be reach on LinkedIn.
Myra Goldman, Board Member
Most of Mrs. Goldman's career was spent in the nonprofit sector working for major health care institutions. Although her primary responsibilities were in the public affairs, public relations, media relations areas, she directed community relations programs, volunteer programs, health education and health testing programs, fundraising and development programs and was one of the first in the country to develop and implement marketing programs and strategies for an academic health care institution. She also developed unique student volunteer educational programs. Mrs. Goldman designed and taught sensitivity training course to emergency room personnel, both professional and non-professional staff.
Kenneth E. Montgomery, Jr., Board Member
Kenneth E. Montgomery Jr., a native of Palm Beach County, received a BA and BS degree from the University of Tennessee with graduate course work at Nova University. He has over twenty years of experience as a CEO/President/Executive Director of not for profit corporations with budgets ranging from $ 8,000,000. to $58,000,000 in Palm Beach County. During his tenure he was known for not only thinking out of the box, but getting out of the box and implementing new programs while staying within the rules of the box. He attributes successes not to himself but too others he encouraged and supported thereby developing innovative teams to exceed performance expectations and outcomes.
Kenneth may be reached on LinkedIn.
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, 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.
Mark 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.
Thérèse Shehan, Board Member
Thérèse Shehan has over 35 years of broad Human Resources and business experience. She has built a professional reputation as an innovator and executor of progressive management practices that create significant value for organizations. Through her leadership and collaborative style, Ms. Shehan has successfully increased the business impact of positive management practices and has demonstrated the importance of ethical and operationally effective management.
Ms. Shehan has a Bachelor of Arts from Caldwell University, Caldwell, NJ and a Master of Arts degree from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.
Jennifer Sullivan, Board Member
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.
Ms. 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, Ms. 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.
Ms. 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.