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.


Jennifer Sullivan, Vice Chair



Jennifer Sullivan is Chief Marketing Officer at the Cultural Council of Palm Beaches County. She manages a talented team of staff, interns and professional partners responsible for marketing The Palm Beaches as a cultural destination, as well as marketing the Cultural Council as a resource and support agency to artists, musicians and cultural organizations around the county. She has spent two decades in the public relations and marketing industry, and has held senior positions at the O’Donnell Agency, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and Ideabar, an advertising agency owned by Cox Media Group. Her experience includes strategic planning; managing complex media outreach, community relations and social media programs for varied industries; influencing fundraising and donor cultivation strategies; and providing creative concepts and art direction for a range of materials and tactics. Jennifer is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where she received a degree in English Literature and certificates in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. A Florida native, she resides in Royal Palm Beach and serves on the boards of Leadership Palm Beach County, Nonprofits First and The Carbonell Awards. 

Jennifer can be reached on LinkedIn.


Melissa Nash, Secretary


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.


Henry Martin, Treasurer


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.


Gina Ardillo, CPA, Board Member

Ms. Ardillo has seven years of tax experience concentrating in services to the not-for-profit sector. She serves healthcare organizations, colleges and universities, private foundations, and various other not-for-profit organizations.

Ms. Ardillo manages a significant portion of Crowe’s not-for-profit client base in Florida, as well as other not-for-profit organizations across the country. In addition to being well-versed in the IRS Forms 990, 990-T, 990-PF, and related state forms, Ms. Ardillo corresponds with the IRS and state taxing authorities on behalf of her clients. Ms. Ardillo also provides consulting services related to issues affecting not-for-profit organizations, which includes the performance of research and the writing of memorandums, and is currently assisting her clients in navigating the issues of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that are relevant to not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Ardillo has presented educational seminars on topics specific to not-for-profit organizations, both internally for her colleagues and externally for local organizations.

Ms. Ardillo is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA), and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). A graduate of Ohio State University, Ms. Ardillo is a Certified Public Accountant in Ohio and Florida.


Janice Brunson, Board Member

Janice Brunson is a Commercial Lender with Valley Bank, a financial institution with over 91 years of experience. Valley Bank has 41 branches in Florida with the Regional headquarters located in West Palm Beach. Janice is a Florida native and has been in commercial banking in Palm Beach County for more than 20 years. She is an Alumni of Leadership Palm Beach County, a member of CREW/Treasure Coast, and volunteers her time to the ARC of Palm Beach County. Janice currently serves as a Trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches.


Peter L. Cruise, Ph.D. Board Member


Peter Cruise is the Executive Director of the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy and Affiliate Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University. Both his academic and professional careers have been focused on improving the ethical climate in public sector programs and organizations. Since graduating with his Ph.D. in Public Administration from FAU in 1995, he taught ethics and organizational behavior in both undergraduate and graduate students in universities such as California State University-Chico, Golden Gate University, Louisiana State University and Mary Baldwin University. Before beginning his academic life, his professional career started in West Palm Beach in the early 1980s, working at St. Mary’s Hospital, and the Palm Beach Blood Bank, and later at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart.

In addition to many published articles, he is the co-editor of the Handbook of Organization Theory and Management: The Philosophical Approach (2nd Edition, 2006).  In April 2015, he was selected by the faculty the College of Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University as a Distinguished Alumnus. In March 2018, he was appointed Palm Beach County Ethics Commissioner. He currently serves on Boards of Directors for the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Community Partners of South Florida, the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce for the Palm Beaches, the Palm Beach County Medical Society’s Council of Ethical & Judicial Affairs, and is the Co-Chair of the Palm Beach County Mayor’s Ball.

Peter may be reach on LinkedIn.


Philip M. DiComo, Attorney, Board Member



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.



David M. Gobeo, Board Member



David Gobeo is the Office Managing Partner for FordHarrison's West Palm Beach office. He focuses his practice on the representation of management in a broad range of employment matters including against claims of discrimination, harassment and wage and hour violations.

David routinely handles lawsuits involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Florida Civil Rights Act; as well as litigating non-compete and trade secrets matters. David also represents clients in charges of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and various local agencies. David also advises clients on the use of employment policies and procedures to reduce litigation risk.

David may be reached on LinkedIn.


Sergio A. Mariaca, AIFA, Board Member

Sergio Mariaca is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst and the President of Mariaca Wealth Management, LLC, a Florida-based Registered Investment Advisory Firm serving the financial and wealth management needs of individuals and institutions in the Unites States. Sergio graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina – Asheville, earning a double degree in Economics and Financial Management.

Sergio believes in giving back to his community and is a strong advocate for children, education, and for persons with special needs. He serves or served on the governing boards or committees of: The Economic Council of Palm Beach County; Autism Society of America; The United Way of Palm Beach County; The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County; The Area Agency on Aging of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast; SunFest; and Girl Scouts of America. Sergio is also a member of Leadership Palm Beach County Class of 2019. 

Sergio is very active and enjoys boating, biking, exercising, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. He is married to Andrea Mariaca and they reside in Wellington, Florida and have four children, Dean, Mia, Sofia and Joaquin.


Teresa Miller, Board Member

Ms. Miller is currently the Vice President of Human Resources for Garden of Life, a whole food based nutritional supplement company headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Garden of Life’s mission is to Empower Extraordinary Health by providing the highest-quality, USDA Organic, Certified Non-GMO, RAW, whole food nutritional products on the market. Ms. Miller joined Garden of Life in 2005. She is responsible for leading a team in the design, development, and administration of an effective Human Resources function including compensation, benefits, staffing and recruitment, training and development, employee relations and HR policies. She also manages and leads the companywide Wellness initiative. Prior to joining Garden of Life, Ms. Miller served as the Human Resource Service Center Manager for Union Safe Deposit Bank in California.  There she led teams in the areas of benefits & compensation, recruitment & selection, employment, employee relations and HR technology. 

Ms. Miller earned her Bachelor Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County.

Ms. Miller has served on numerous boards and committees such including the American Cancer Society, Cattle Baron’s Ball San Joaquin, CA and Team Recruitment Member, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; Hispanic Human Resources Council, Fundraising Committee Member; Consumer Credit Counseling Service – Palm Beach County Board Member; Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson, Business Support Sub-Committee; and, the San Joaquin Human Resources Association Board Member, VP, Professional Development

Teresa can 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, 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.


Lisa M. Pierino, Board Member

Lisa Pierino is a banking professional with Wells Fargo Bank. Lisa is currently a branch manager and has 10 plus years of experience within the financial services industry and over 20 years in leadership. Lisa is actively involved in the Wells Fargo Volunteer Program. She believes in giving back to the community and is an advocate for small business owners, children and animals. 

Lisa was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and moved to Palm Beach County in 1992. Lisa attended Mercyhurst University for her undergraduate studies in Hotel Restaurant Management.  After college Lisa began her career in the restaurant industry and eventually pursued her dream of owning her own restaurant.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo Bank Lisa has held Real Estate and mortgage licenses and was actively involved in Habitat for Humanity and The Homeless Coalition.

Lisa may be reached on LinkedIn.


Katia Saint-Preux, Board Member

Ms. Saint-Preux manages all volunteer programs at Florida Power & Light Company. She works closely with the company business units to engage employees in meaningful projects. She also works closely with the External Affairs team and non-profits to make an impact. She has been with the company for four years.

She earned her degree in Marketing with a minor in business management from Northern Kentucky University. She is passionate about volunteering and giving back to the communities where we live and work.

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving nearly 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 25 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2016, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the seventh year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2017 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune's 2017 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites:,,

Katia can be reached on LinkedIn.


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