Paul Dontenville, Chair
Paul is an Asistant Statewide Prosecutor at Florida Office of the Attorney General. A graduate of Albany Law School of Union University, prior to his current role, Paul served as Legislative Aide for Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner and before that as an Assistant District Attorney for the Monroe County District Attorney’s office. Paul is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Tampa and an avid supporter of Equality Florida. He has been on the Community Tampa Bay Board since 2014 and became Board Chair on September 1, 2015.
Rick Weinberg, Vice Chair
A long-time Community Tampa Bay volunteer, Rick has served residentially every summer at ANYTOWN since the mid-1990s. In addition to his dedicated ANYTOWN service, Rick also served on the Board from 1997 – 2012 and re-joined the team in 2014. Rick is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of South Florida, where he teaches Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, and Medical Family Therapy in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, and leads a group of USF Study Abroad students to Florence, Italy each summer. He has also been a practicing clinical psychologist since 1984. Rick is the proud father of three adult children, all of whom are not only graduates of the ANYTOWN program, but have also served as ANYTOWN volunteer leaders.
Bemetra Simmons, Treasurer
Bemetra is a Market President for BB&T. She has been in this role in Tampa since 2011, when she moved from Georgia, having served as the DeKalb County Area Executive for BB&T for three years. Prior to BB&T, she served as Global Account Manager for AT&T. Bemetra has a BS in Business Administration from Christian Brothers University in Memphis and a MBA from Wake Forest University. Bemetra is a graduate of Leadership Tampa Class of 2013. She is a Board Member of the University of Tampa Board of Fellows, NLC and the Centre Club and serves as an Advisory Board Member for the United Way SunCoast. She joined the Community Tampa Bay Board in 2015.
Gabrielle Silberman, Secretary
Gabby serves as Community Tampa Bay’s Youth Board representative. Gabby’s role demonstrates our commitment to youth-adult partnerships and our value of sharing power with our youth program participants and beneficiaries. She is a senior at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa and is a 2013 ANYTOWN graduate. She also served as an ANYTOWN residential volunteer in 2015. Gabby is a National Honor Society and Dean’s List member. She is a graduate of the Poynter Institute High School Journalism program and a member of Berkeley’s Diversity Club. She has interned for Congressman Gus Bilirakis in Washington D.C., has served as a volunteer abroad and is Krav Maga instructor.
Suzanne is the Senior Director of Community Relations for the Tampa Bay Rays. Prior to her role with the Rays, she served as Community Relations Manager for Capital One and as Community Development Manager for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Suzanne received her BA from Ohio Wesleyan University. Suzanne joined the Community Tampa Bay Board in 2011.
Kaukeb is a Manager at the Tampa Bay Hand Center. Prior to this role, she was an educator for 10 years, teaching middle and high school students in Ohio and Florida. She coordinated a youth leadership development program for the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and was honored as a Woman of Excellence for the Cincinnati Tri-State area for women under the age of 50. Kaukeb has been a member of the Community Tampa Bay Board since 2009 and formerly served as Board Vice Chair.
Teddy is Vice President of Human Resources at Oldcastle Materials. Prior to Oldcastle, Teddy held Human Resources management roles with various companies, including Macy’s, Proctor & Gamble and CitiGroup. He is also the President and founder of The Pascall Company, a management consulting and strategy firm specializing in diversity recruiting, consulting, training and human resources. Teddy has a BA in Psychology from Harvard. He served on the Community Tampa Bay Board from 2002 – 2008 and re-joined our team in 2015. Both of Teddy’s daughters are ANYTOWN graduates.
Mike is the Statewide Organizer for Another Business for Equality at Equality Florida. He has been involved with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County’s Strategic Planning Committee, the City of Tampa’s Enterprise Zone Development Agency and the Greater Tampa Association of Realtors. He also served as the Fundraising Manager for April Griffin’s Hillsborough County Commissioner District 7 campaign. Mike is the former director of the youth opera program at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida and is currently running for Florida House District 63. Mike joined our Board in 2015.
Abby is the founder and Vice President for observe4success, a web-based tool school administrators use to observe, encourage, and sustain effective instructional practice and classroom culture in school communities. She is also Director of Community Outreach at Advanced Learning Centers. Abby received a BBA in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Abby serves on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties as the Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning. She has been on the Community Tampa Bay Board since 2009 and formerly served as Board Treasurer.