Learning is for Everyone is managed by a team of energetic volunteers who coordinate everything from our website and social media to our community STEM programs, TEDxYouth@TampaBay , Gulf Coast Makers and our Community Innovation Center program, as well as the ongoing smorgasbord of projects we have underway at any given time. LI4E Board members all agree to abide by our nonprofit best practices and commitment to ethical conduct and transparency in all we do, as per our:
So it is with great pride and appreciation that we ask you to make the acquaintance of our all volunteer Board of Directors.
Irv Cohen, Board Chairman, is the Managing Director of Innovations Capital Group, a boutique investment bank and advisory firm, located in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Cohen also serves on the Board of Big Brothers and Big Sisters and is a Big Brother himself. An avid education supporter, Mr Cohen has served on numerous Education related boards and is currently a Board member of C2 One Fit Labs. Mr Cohen has also been an enthusiastic supporter of the local entrepreneurial community. Mr Cohen was responsible for building world-class businesses for global financial organizations throughout his career. Mr. Cohen has held numerous senior management positions including serving as President of J.P. Morgan Treasury Technologies Corporation; Managing Director of ABN AMRO, Inc.; Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Lehman Brothers Fixed Income business and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Barclays Bank, North America. Email [email protected]
A self described “serial entrepreneur”, Jamie Klingman is LI4E’s Vice Chair. After developing several profit and non-profit companies, Ms. Klingman turned to helping others realize their dreams of starting, developing, reorganizing or reinvigorating successful profit and not for profit companies. She assists profits and not for profits through creative strategic planning, event development and management, and more. Ms. Klingman is founder and CEO of Live at Home, Inc., Bay Drive Sound Studios and co-founder of Athletes Who Care, which provides endurance sporting opportunities for athletes who wish to fund raise for charities across the nation. She is also a Certified Race Director for USA Triathlon (USAT), and has event development and management experience specializing in multisport, youth and music events. Contact Jamie at [email protected] .
LI4E Programs Chair and founder, Theresa Willingham, has been diversely engaged in professional writing and knowledge management for more than twenty five years. The author of two books on health, and numerous articles across a range of topics from health to education, religion and philosophy, her work focuses on helping empower individuals to live and learn in meaningful, personally fulfilling and socially productive ways. She has worked as lead curator and promoter for TEDxYouth@TampaBay since 2010, and Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire 2012 and 2013. Her day job is Regional Director for FIRST STEM education programs in Central Florida. Email [email protected] to connect.
Steve Willingham , Financial Chair and Treasurer, is an engineer by trade, with 25 years of experience in Systems Engineering. He has been a key agent of success on a wide variety of government projects for satellite communications, civil aviation, manned space flight, and commercial venues including insurance, financial services, medical technology, and accounting. Steve is also providing service to his community through his role as the Florida Judge Advisor for Florida FIRST Tech Challenge . Email [email protected] to connect.
Rob Shamblin, LI4E’s secretary, is a business consulting professional with a comprehensive background in marketing, personnel management, and business development. He has hands-on experience in process management, diversification and skills based empowerment training. He also has an extensive history of community leadership, social change innovation and experience in the non-profit sector. Rob currently holds the position of Director of Business Development at Bay Drive Sound Studios as well as serving in an advisory capacity for Innovations Capital Group, Inc. He utilizes his strategic planning abilities, capitalizes on opportunity creation, and works with integrity. Rob has served his community is various roles and leadership positions. He is the co-founder of Men Stopping Violence against Women, served as Vice-Chair for the Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay, volunteered as the Director of Music for Take Back the Night, organized the Men’s Impact Panel and served in countless positions supporting community programming for at-risk, traumatized, and often stigmatized individuals and families. Rob can be reached at [email protected]