David Sietsma, CPA, is a partner with Carr Riggs & Ingram with over 20 years of experience in public accounting. Sietsma also spent more than a decade as the owner of a closely held retail sales business.
In addition to tax and opportunity planning for high net worth individuals, Sietsma now focuses on estate and trust planning providing a variety of tax and advisory services to business owners.
A graduate of the University of South Florida, Sietsma is also active in a variety of civic and professional organizations including serving as a volunteer planned giving advisor for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Dunedin Fine Arts Center and the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation.
Sietsma serves as a trustee to the board of directors of Directions for Living and is a member of both the Pinellas County and Suncoast Estate Planning Councils. He is also a proud member of the Clearwater Jazz Festival’s High Note Society.
Committee Appointments: Capital Improvements Grant Chair • Audit Planning • Investment Oversight
Joseph W. “Jay” Fleece III, J.D., is an attorney with practices in estate and trust litigation with the firm of Baskin Fleece. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Fleece began practicing law in 1980 focusing on estate, trust and fiduciary litigation.
Fleece sits on the Board of Trustees for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital having previously served as chairman. He is a past president of PARC and the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg. In addition to serving on numerous boards in the St. Petersburg area, Fleece has also been commodore of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and is the former chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida.
Fleece is a graduate of Tulane University and Stetson University College of Law.
Committee Appointments: Capital Improvement Grants
Sandra Fascell Diamond, J.D., is a partner at the law firm Williamson, Diamond & Caton; her areas of practice include estate planning as well as estate and trust administration.
Diamond is Past Chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. She serves on the boards of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Health System from whom she received the All Children’s Hospital William Belcher Award in recognition of her service as an advocate for children’s health care. She is also a recipient of the prestigious William S. Belcher Lifetime Professional Award.
Diamond is a devoted long-term member of the PCF Board of Governors, having served longer than any other current board member.
A graduate of Smith University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Diamond received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity College and a Juris Doctor from Villanova University.
Robert Entel, M.D., M.P.H., FACR, is the medical director of radiology and president-elect of the medical staff at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital in New Port Richey.
Entel is also the director of the radiographic technology program at St. Petersburg College. He has also worked as a visiting professor or fellow in multiple medical institutions in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.
Active in numerous local and statewide professional organizations in the greater Pinellas community, Entel is a past president of the Pinellas County Medical Association, Florida West Coast Radiological Society and the Florida Radiological Society.
A graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina, Entel earned a Master of Science in Public Health and completed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago following his internship at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
Rene Flowers is presently the Vice Chairperson of the Pinellas County School Board. She has also served as a member of the City Council of St. Petersburg and as President of the League of Cities.
Active in civic life, Flowers has held or currently holds service affiliations with PSTA, City of St. Petersburg Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, CDBG Committee, YMCA of Greater Tampa Bay, The National Council of Negro Women, and the MLK Day of Service Committee.
Flowers attended Howard University and the University of South Florida and is a graduate of Eckerd College.
Sallie Parks has been a resident of Pinellas County for more than 50 years, and she is a recipient of the Governor’s Points of Light Award, which recognizes Florida residents who demonstrate exemplary service to the community.
Parks retired as a lobbyist for St. Petersburg College in 2003. From 1992 to 2000, she served as a commissioner for Pinellas County and spent two years serving on the board of directors of Tampa Bay Water.
As the first executive director of the Pinellas County Arts Council, Parks helped expand the arts council’s services and grow its operating budget. She also founded the PACE (Practical Academic Cultural Education) Center for Girls Pinellas, a nonprofit prevention program for at-risk girls in Pinellas County.
Committee Appointments: Capital Improvements Grants • Nominating
Judith Powers, M.A., brings a strong leadership background in arts and cultural education to the Pinellas Community Foundation. She was the executive director of the Pinellas County Arts Council and the Pinellas Cultural Affairs department for 21 years and served as a board member and president of the Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies.
Powers is active in several community organizations and holds board positions with the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and St. Petersburg Arts Advisory Committee. She also holds a seat on the Public Art & Design Board for the city of Clearwater and has served on the boards of the Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin and the PACE Center for Girls.
Powers received her Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of South Florida.
Committee Appointments: Huntley/Tonne Arts Grants Chair
Virginia “Ginny” Rowell spent her career in social services, both with the State of Florida and the city of St. Petersburg. The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners appointed Rowell to the Pinellas Community Foundation Board of Governors.
Rowell is a graduate of Florida State University and has long been active in a wide variety of community affairs in the St. Petersburg area.
Today, Rowell is president of the board for Area Agency on Aging for both Pasco and Pinellas counties. She serves as secretary of the Homeless Leadership Board of Pinellas County and is the president of the board of trustees of Peterborough Apartments Inc., a senior retirement apartment building located in downtown St. Petersburg.
Byron Smith, CPA, is a shareholder and leader of the Wealth Strategies & Services Team at Gregory, Sharer & Stuart. He also serves as a managing member of the firm’s tax accounting practice where his primary areas of concentration include planning for wealth accumulation and preservation, tax and accounting issues regarding estates and trusts, and business valuations.
An expert in guiding nonprofit organizations, Smith is also widely recognized for his extensive knowledge in charitable giving and succession planning for closely held businesses.
In addition to being the recent past chair of the Board of Governors of the Pinellas Community Foundation, Smith’s history of leadership in Pinellas includes having the positions of past chair of both the Tampa Bay Estate Planning Council and the Salvation Army Tampa Area Command. Smith has provided pro bono assistance to the Pinellas Education Foundation Planned Gifts, National Christian Foundation and The Idlewild Foundation.
Smith holds a degree in accounting from the University of South Florida.
Irene Sullivan, J.D., served as a juvenile and family court judge from 1999 to 2011 in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Before serving on the bench, she was a general partner at Harris, Barrett, Mann & Dew, LLP, where she had a civil trial practice for 22 years and became an AV-rated trial lawyer.
Sullivan is a notable author of the books “Raised by the Courts: One Judge’s Insight into Juvenile Justice” and “Restorative Justice Evanston: Restoring Justice … One Circle at a Time.”
In addition, she sits on many boards and committees involving children’s issues. Sullivan received numerous national and local awards including her recent induction into the Stetson University College of Law Hall of Fame.
Sullivan received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law.
Sarah Williams, Ph.D., J.D., is an attorney practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration. She also teaches estate planning as an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law.
Prior to earning her law degree, Williams was a clinical and research speech and language pathologist at Bay Pines Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Williams possesses an extensive educational background with a Master of Science degree in speech pathology from the University of South Florida, a Doctor of Philosophy in communicative sciences and disorders from Northwestern University, and a Doctor of Law degree from Stetson University College of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude. Williams is active in numerous local professional and civic organizations.