Pinellas County, Fla. (Sep 30, 2020) – During the recent Annual Board Retreat for Hope Villages of America, formerly RCS Pinellas, the organization’s Board of Directors voted in three accomplished leaders from the business community as new members.
Upper Pinellas NAACP President Zebbie D. Atkinson IV; Klar & Klar Architect Emily Pano and Executive Director of the State Attorney’s Office Adam McGill Ross are the newest additions to the Hope Villages of America board.
“No matter how noble or important a nonprofit organization’s mission may be, without sound governance, the chance of success is slim to none,” said Kirk Ray Smith, President & CEO, of these appointments. “The greatest threat to any business is poor governance and management oversight. We consider ourselves fortunate and beyond blessed to have such incredible additions to an already amazing Board of Directors. I look forward to their expertise and high-level leadership.”
Smith also announced changes in board leadership positions: David Siracusa, owner of Siracusa Staffing & Leasing, is now the Immediate Past Chair, while Prudential Financial’s Branch President Seema Ramroop assumes the role of Board Chair. Enterprise Holdings’ Vice President Matthew Weber will serve as Vice-Chair & Secretary.
The role of the Hope Villages of America, formerly RCS Pinellas, Board of Directors is to oversee and protect the mission of the organization, which serves 130,000 individuals and families living in Pinellas County by providing programs, services and support to those facing hunger, homelessness and domestic violence.
About Hope Villages of America: Formerly RCS Pinellas (RCS), the organization established in 1967, is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that addresses the needs of the hungry, homeless and victims of domestic violence in Pinellas County. This mission is advanced through five distinct but integrated programs: The Food Bank, Basic Services, Affordable Housing, The Haven Domestic Violence Shelter and Grace House. These programs operate in more than 60,000 square feet of service space and serve more than 130,000 participants annually throughout Pinellas County. In 2019 RCS was awarded GuideStar’s Gold Seal of Transparency for the second year in a row and the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce Biggest Community Impact award. For more information, visit www.rcspinellas.org or call 727-584-3528.