Ava Kay Defonzo

Ava Kay Defonzo

Education: University of Florida & Middle Tennessee State University, I/O Psychology Employer: SAP SuccessFactors  Position: Engineering Manager Goals: To always believe there is good in the world and everyday learn and live to #bethegood. Michelle Boyd DeJong defined Fighter as “A fighter is a person who works their butt off, doesn’t give up easily, and continually fights or at least tried their hardest despite incredible obstacles.” As...

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Rachel Luis

Rachel Luis

Education: Florida State University & Flagler College, Business Administration Employer: Core Concepts Position: Owner Goals:  To make a positive impact in many lives by volunteering, educating others on the importance of philanthropy and raising awareness for the wonderful organizations right here, in Tampa Bay. Rachel is a Tampa native that is happy to call this dynamic city her home-town.  After graduating college and moving back to...

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Ava Kay Defonzo

Ava Kay Defonzo

Education: University of Florida & Middle Tennessee State University, I/O Psychology Employer: SAP SuccessFactors Position: Engineering Manager Goals: To always believe there is good in the world and everyday learn and live to #bethegood. Michelle Boyd DeJong defined Fighter as “A fighter is a person who works their butt off, doesn’t give up easily, and continually fights or at least tried their hardes despite incredible obstacles.” As the...

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Michelle Boyd DeJong

Michelle Boyd DeJong

Education: University of Tampa, Marketing & Communications Employer: mdb&co Position:  Owner/Operator Goals: “To develop personally, professionally and philanthropically throughout my entire life – I guess my goal aligns pretty well with the mission of High Hopes in High Heels – Therefore my second goal is to continue to support this incredible organization and its members!” Michelle Boyd DeJong was born and raised in Massachusetts and...

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Tiffany A. Spies-Valdez

Tiffany A. Spies-Valdez

Education: University of South Florida, Psychology Employer: STRATIX Marketing Position: Project Manager for Credit Unions Goals: To constantly look for ways to make a positive impact on our community not only professionally but philanthropically while always remembering the impression small gestures can have on others in big ways. Originally from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, Tiffany moved to Tampa with her family in 1979. Tiffany graduated...

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Cheryl Thole

Cheryl Thole

Education: University of Florida, Urban and Regional Planning Employer: Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at USF Position: Senior Research Associate, Adjunct Instructor Goals: To work hard and play hard, but to also always remember that life is defined by that which we give, and time and kindness are often the richest things people can offer. Having lived in Florida since the age of 15, Cheryl is originally from Huntington, New...

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