Foundation for Community Driven Innovation

Making the Future

FCDI's Board and Executive Director

FCDI’s Board of Directors hale from a diverse background of engineering, banking, tech, media, real estate, and civil service.  The broad spectrum of experience and dedication to the community based mission of innovation from the ground up provides a strong base of support and a bright future for FCDI and the communities it serves.

 

Terri Willingham

Terri Willingham

Executive Director

As executive director, Terri is caretaker of FCDIs mission and has the board’s full confidence in her stewardship.  A recipient of the Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award in 2017, Terri maintains the daily operations of FCDI, oversees production of its events, nurtures and grows the collaborative relationships we have with our associates, and endeavors to ensure the acquisition of sufficient funding for our programs.   A professional writer by trade, Terri is the author of two books on health,  co-author of the book, Makerspaces in Libraries (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), and Library Makerspaces: The  Complete Guide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).  Her work is focused on helping empower individuals to live and learn in meaningful, personally fulfilling and socially productive ways.  She was  Regional Director for FIRST in Central Florida from 2011-2017. 

Steven Willingham

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Steve is a Systems Engineer and has been the key team leader on a wide variety of government projects for satellite communications, military and civil aviation, manned space flight, and commercial venues including insurance, financial services, and medical research. Steve is also the concept and design architect behind Tampa Bay’s precedent setting 10,000 sq. ft. public makerspace at the John F. Germany Library, the Foundry makerspace at Land O’ Lakes Library, and the makerspace at Regency Park Library.  Steve also served several years as the State Judge Advisor for FIRST Tech Challenge youth robotics programs in Florida. 

JoAnn Fitzpatrick

Board Member

A founding board member of FCDI, JoAnn is Creative Director at RealValidation, and owner of Studio 7 Communications.  She is a graphic design and web development professional with over 20 years experience in web and print design. She is also an outstanding photographer and creative entrepreneur.  JoAnn coached FIRST Tech Challenge Team Duct Tape for 6 years.

Kirk Malone

Board Member

A founding board member of FCDI, Kirk is also a parent of a FIRST student alum, from Team Duct Tape. He’s a Real Estate professional by trade, most recently with Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

Michael Smith-Mapp

Board Member

Michael is an Independent Consultant and Boeing Retiree who is a certified machinist with 33 years of manufacturing and military experience. He is an adviser and mentor to the efforts that espouses everything technology. Michael started became involved with FIRST programs in 2006 as a FIRST ambassador for international teams while working for the Boeing Company. He continues his contributions and strong support through FCDI and Diversity initiatives.

Michele Mendez

Board Member

Michele, a Vice President with Bank of America, helps small businesses secure loans they need to grow and prosper.  Michele has also participated as volunteer for FIRST team activities and events for many years, and more recently serves as the assistant-director of “PLuGHiTz Live”, a popular webcast covering geek culture, and the worlds of gadgets, gaming, Internet and media.    Michele is a strong supporter of the FCDI mission.

Pam Oakes

Board Member

Pam is an Automotive Standards Expert with nearly 30 years in the industry, owner of U.S. Auto Training and a 4th generation auto tech. She’s author of Car Care for the Clueless and hosts a syndicated radio show by the same name, and the inventor of the Gas Cap Grip.  She brings sold workforce education knowledge and experience to the FCDI Board of Directors.

Vanessa Ferguson

Board Member

 Vanessa is a Florida native, and an alumna of the University of South Florida and the University of Dayton. She is currently the managing director at Ferguson Legal, a business law firm that helps start-ups and small business address their business’s needs within their budget. Vanessa brings her legal knowledge and her passion for new ideas and innovation to the FCDI Board.

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