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Board of Directors

A message from Ivory Matthews, Board of Directors Chair

Since joining Step Up Suncoast's Board of Directors in 2020, I've had the opportunity to see first hand the dynamics of our exceptional leadership team, staff, and Board of Directors; who are dedicated to making our organization a nationwide leader among community action agencies. I’m honored to continue to serve my community as Board Chair of Step Up Suncoast. I believe every child in our community deserves access to a quality early childhood education, no matter their families socioeconomic status and am passionate about furthering our primary mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

In addition to education services, Step Up Suncoast provides programs and services across five counties that range from energy assistance to income tax preparation. These vital programs are designed to empower individuals and families to achieve long-term economic stability. We adhere to the core values of treating others with dignity, respect and integrity while working toward our ultimate goal - assisting our clients in their achievement of economic self-sufficiency.

My goal is to continue working with the board to drive awareness of our mission in the communities we serve and to help make a positive difference in the lives of low-income children and adults.

Danielle Barnard
Ivory Matthews
Lauri Benson
Barbara Vedder
Lisa Gonzalez Moore
Ja’nay Amos
Ana Reyes
Lorie Ayers
Jim Delgado
Barbara Harvey Headshot
Barbara Harvey
Shawna Malecki

The Board of Directors at Step Up Suncoast is a tripartite board structure, which is comprised of members from the private sector, local government, and the low-income community. Each member has an equal voice in setting policy and program development.

The board meets on the last Thursday of every other month at 12:00pm. If you are interested in learning more or applying to be a board member, please contact 941-827-2887 for more details.