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. 

Chuck Stephens

Board Member

Chuck Stephens is a makerspace manager for Pasco County Libraries in central Florida. He’s also a STEM programming consultant with Eureka!Factory, a board member for the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation and a coach and mentor to three library-based FIRST robotics teams. He has a wide skill set gained from a life of boundless curiosity and a thirst for adventure. He believes in learning by doing and teaching by being.

JoAnn Fitzpatrick

Board Member

Creative Director at RealValidation, and owner of Studio 7 Communications, JoAnn 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 Real Estate executive and former Account Executive and President of TAB Products Co, LLC, a document management company.  Kirk is an enthusiastic and highly motivated team player, Kirk owned his own business providing products and services to commercial and government accounts. He ultimately sold the business in 2013 and remained on as a consultant. Kirk is an active community volunteer and FIRST mentor.

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.

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