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