SPPF Board Member
Expertise: Education, Reading and Early Learning
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Creative Thinking or Optimism- I like finding new ways to approach situations, and I believe that we can find a way to be successful, whether that means refining ourselves or re-defining success.
Favorite Book: Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Detective Series
Favorite Quote: “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” Shel Silverstein
Secretary of the SPPF Board
Expertise: Project Management for Innovation – I manage large, cross-functional teams to bring new product innovation to life.
Title: R&D – New Products Project Coordinator, Transitions Optical, SPPF Board Secretary
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Lead by example – I do Math like a girl, try to keep up.
Favorite Book: Still searching for the one…. I love adventure fiction.
Favorite Quote: “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got”.
SPPF Board Member
Expertise: Finance and Accounting for 15+ in financial reporting and operations within publicly traded, start-up, and global organizations. Proven ability to lead transformation, increase efficiency and develop financial controls and processes.
Title: Director, Accounting
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Perseverance! Stick to it and you can do anything!
Favorite Book: Educated by Tara Westover
Favorite Quote: “Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.”
– Maya Angelou
Expertise: Marios’s Consulting Group specializes in multinational business development strategies for start ups, relocations and expansions. Working extensively with several municipal economic development divisions and assisting with market placement.
Title: CEO-Managing Partner at Farias Consulting Group
Expertise: Law – former State and Federal prosecutor – over 15 years’ experience in civil and criminal law
Title: Attorney; President of Crescent Lake Neighborhood Association; co-founder of Friends of Woodlawn Elementary
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Practical, analytical and creative thinking – I think it is important to be practical when analyzing issues and use creativity in finding solutions
Favorite Book: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
Favorite Quote: “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Expertise: Early childhood intervention
Title: Program Supervisor; MASTR Kids
Attribute: Good character
Favorite Book: The Bible
Favorite Quote: Ps. 138:8 “He will make perfect that which concerns you”
CoFounder and Treasurer of the SPPF Board
Expertise: Fiscal Management/Accounting – I’ve managed large departments with staffing of 20- 30 people responsible for budget development and fiscal management, within Pinellas County Government –utilities and law enforcement. I’ve served in Financial Leadership roles for a number of nonprofit organizations (fraternity, church, Boys & Girls Club, Girls Inc., etc)
Title: CoFounder & Treasurer of SPPF
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Don’t sweat the small stuff –I like to keep progressing, it’s the best way to accomplish something.
Favorite Book: “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz
Favorite Quote: “Don’t Kill a Good Idea with Perfection” Mordecai Walker
Chair of the SPPF Board
Expertise: Behavioral Speech Pathologist specializing in Autistic Spectrum adults over 40 years
Professional Title: Transition to Teaching Mentor, Classroom Management Trainer, SPPF Board Chair
Favorite Book: “Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self” by Richard Rohr
Favorite Quote: “We convince by our presence.” Walt Whitman
Expertise: Insurance industry – I worked 25 years in the managed care industry. I built networks of physicians for insurance companies.
Title: Owner –I own my consulting business. I am a managed care advocate for physicians.
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Self esteem- I will learn that I can do anything through education! I am the best at what I do!
Favorite Book: “Diary of Anne Frank”
Favorite Quote: “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” Mother Teresa
Expertise: Digital Marketing, Communication, & Real Estate — Vast experience in broadcast radio, digital marketing/website development, as well as mortgage loan origination.
Title: Mortgage Loan Originator & Digital Marketing Specialist
M.A.S.T.R. Kids Attribute: Communication — I believe that strong interpersonal communication skills lead to a greater understanding of an individual’s peers, community, opportunities, as well as themselves as individuals.
Favorite Book: “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
Favorite Quote: “Be Yourself; Everyone is Already Taken” — Oscar Wilde