Board of Directors

A message from Charlie Kennedy, Board of Directors Chair

I have been a member of the Step Up Suncoast Board of Directors since 2015. I originally joined the board as the representative of the Manatee County School Board. In my role as a board member, with both Manatee Schools and Step Up Suncoast, I strongly believe education is the best path out of poverty, our primary mission. In addition to educational supports, other programs and services provided by Step Up Suncoast align with that mission. When I joined the Step Up Suncoast board, I believed I would serve only one year. However, I've renewed my commitment each year, due to the strength of the leadership and staff, the proven results, the financial strength, and most of all, seeing for myself the joy and success of the students and families served by Step Up Suncoast.

Step Up Suncoast has an exceptional leadership team led by President and CEO Amy Yount. She has been with the agency for over 20 years and was elevated to her new position in 2021 after a nationwide search. She has compiled a strong group of directors and managers who are skilled and dedicated to making Step Up Suncoast a nationwide leader among community action agencies. I am proud to serve Step Up Suncoast and our community. Our core values demand that we treat others with dignity, respect and integrity while working toward our ultimate goal - assisting our clients in their achievement of economic self-sufficiency.

Danielle Barnard
Ivory Matthews
Jodie Williams
Lauri Benson
Michelle Grimsley
Lorie Ayers
Jim Delgado
Barbara Harvey Headshot
Barbara Harvey
Charlie Kennedy Headshot
Charlie Kennedy
Shawna Malecki
Dr. Robin Thompson Headshot
Dr. Robin Thompson
Keenan Wooten Headshot
Keenan Wooten

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.