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Advisory Board

The Lastinger Center Advisory Board provides thought leadership in key areas of the Center’s work and makes recommendations to the Director and Executive Team in the areas of academics; fundraising; media and communications; policy and advocacy; technology; and administration/management. Members serve as ambassadors, enlist partners to engage in efforts to advance the Center’s mission and support the development of strategic partnerships and fundraising efforts to grow and sustain the organization.



Board Members

Allen and Delores Lastinger
Allen & Delores Lastinger

Lastinger Center for Learning

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Chris Sprowls

2020-2022 Speaker
Florida House of Representatives

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James Patterson


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Susan Block

Retired Chief Executive Officer
ELC of Southwest Florida

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Gary Chartrand


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Ethan Fieldman

Study Edge

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Michael Grego, Ed.D.

Former Superintendent
Pinellas County Schools

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Larry Holland

Senior Consultant
Office of the President
Scholastic, Inc. 

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Marva Johnson

Group Vice President
Charter Communications

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Maria Langworthy, Ph.D.

Founder & Managing Partner

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Madeline Pumariega

Miami Dade College

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Denise Spangler, Ph.D.

College of Education
University of Georgia

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Sharon Vaughn, Ph.D.

Department of Special Education
University of Texas

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Nicole Washington

Washington Education Strategies

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Michele Watson

Chief Executive Officer
Florida Alliance of Children’s Councils & Trust

Ex-Officio Members

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Alyson Adams, Ph.D.

School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education
University of Florida

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Thomasenia Adams, Ph.D.

Associate Dean
College of Education
University of Florida

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Hope Carter

Assistant Vice President
University of Florida

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Glenn Good, Ph.D.

College of Education
University of Florida