BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paul Rountree - President
Paul Rountree is a native Floridian, growing up in the Tampa Bay area. He served as an Aviation Specialist in the Army and was named “Soldier of the Year” for the HHC of 12th Aviation Brigade. In 1997, after leaving the army, he moved to the Orlando area and began his career in banking with First National Bank of Central Florida. Paul moved to Clermont in 2003 where he joined the team at Florida Choice Bank as Area President. In 2009, he was instrumental in the opening of First Green Bank, where he served as President and a founding Director of the Bank until 2015. Paul is currently the Executive Vice President for Mainstreet Community Bank, located in Clermont and is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Paul earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Central Florida in Business Management in 2005. He is very active in his community, currently serving as a board member and past president of Project Scholars and their signature event, Pig on the Pond, current Vice President of the South Lake Hospital District Board, and a member of South Lake Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past board member of the Community Foundation of South Lake and has served on the board of South Lake Pop Warner. Additionally, Paul is an active volunteer and coach for various youth league.
Mike Latham - Vice President
Michael Latham is president of GatorSktch Corp. He has 21 years of experience in all phases of Architectural Design and Construction. He has played key roles in projects from $50,000 to $30M. Mike ensures the creativity and design elements created by the staff meet and exceed the high standards of his clients. Mike is very involved in the Clermont community and sits on a number of boards for local non-profits. He has been the Vice President of the Clermont Downtown Partnership, co-organizer of the Clermont Family Food Truck Rally, Committee member for the DCAF (Downtown Clermont Art Festival), and Chairman of the 125th Celebration for the City of Clermont among other projects.
Nancy Srodes - Secretary
Nancy Srodes is a relationship and results driven Operations, Human Resource and Administrative leader with experience in both non-profit and for profit sectors. Currently, Nancy is the Patient Experience Manager at South Lake Hospital. Her responsibilities include partnering with hospital leaders to interpret patient survey results and develop strategies to deploy best practices to support patient experience improvement initiatives. Additionally, she has been in a Church Business Administrator role for over 12 years in a large Methodist church. Nancy has over 21 years in the theme park industry in both Operations Management and Human Resources where she developed and led a variety of teams. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.
Don Rose - Treasurer
Don Rose, now retired, was previously Director of Finance at Comtech Systems, Inc. in Orlando. He is a member of First United Methodist Church of Clermont where he has served as Chairperson of the Finance Committee and is currently serving on the Missions Committee. Don has also served as Treasurer of several other non-profit organizations, and is currently also serving on the board of the South Lake Community Foundation.
Lisa Busto is a 22-year resident of Clermont and a native Floridian born in St. Cloud. She earned her Associates degree from Valencia College, studied Interior Design at Southern College, and attended the University of Central Florida. She currently works at the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando as Director of Community Engagement where she connects groups and individuals with the appropriate resources at the Center. Additionally, she manages the Center’s special events and provides marketing support. She also works at the First United Methodist Church of Clermont, serving as Communications Coordinator, and is a member of the Parks Consulting Services team, where she provides project management support. She previously worked with Focus Magazine and was an ambassador with the South Lake Chamber of Commerce for several years.
Tom English has been a Project Scholars/Pig on the Pond board member since 2008. Born in rural NJ, Tom attended Barry University in Miami as an adult night student. After graduating he moved to Orlando, then into Clermont in 1999. “I’ve raised two amazing girls here, created many meaningful lifelong relationships, and feel blessed each day to call Clermont my home.” Tom is the Sales Leader/Senior Mortgage Loan Advisor at Coast2Coast Lending. Tom has held board positions on the Southlake Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of South Lake. He currently sits on the Florida Health Care Alliance board of directors. Tom enjoys many sports and a healthy lifestyle.
Jo Ann Jones
Marketing director for the local Chick-fil-A restaurants.
Sean Parks -
Sean is the chair of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and is also the chair of the Central Florida Expressway. His complete bio.
Jill Swidler is a twenty year resident of Clermont and has attended almost every Pig on the Pond Community Festival in that time. She joined Project Scholars as a board member in 2017. Jill is currently the Sr. Director of Development at Montverde Academy, and her professional experience includes fifteen years in the theme park and entertainment industries. Jill's son is a junior at Stetson University and her daughter is a senior at Montverde Academy.