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Our board of directors are volunteers who bring a wide range of expertise, skill sets and passion to help guide Project Scholars' mission and long-term goals. They direct strategic plans and actions to promote the organization's scholarship program among other responsibilities.  



Paul Rountree is a native Floridian and is Regional President of Mainstreet Community Bank. He served as an Aviation Specialist in the Army and was named “Soldier of the Year."   


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Patty Delaney is an administrative assistant at Pinecrest Lakes Academy in Minneola. She is a photographer and active community supporter.

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Board Member

Lisa Busto is the Director of Community Engagement at the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando and also serves as the Communications Coordinator at First United Methodist Church of Clermont   MORE


Board Member

Tom English has been a Project Scholars/Pig on the Pond board member since 2008. Tom is the Sales Leader/Sr. Mortgage Loan Advisor for Coast2Coast Lending. He is a graduate of Barry University.  MORE

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Board Member

Jo Ann Jones has been a Lake County resident since 1986 and is a lifelong educator. She has a doctorate in educational leadership and is involved in several community nonprofits.

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Board Member

Ray Villegas is Vice President of Lake Economic Area Development (LEAD) and Business Creation. He was formerly manager of a UCF mentorship program with previous experience in leadership with CareerSource of Central Florida and the South Lake Chamber of Commerce

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Justin Nichols

Vice President

Justin Nichols assists with marketing for the Chick-fil-A franchises in Clermont and is a former law enforcement officer.


Don Rose


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      MORE

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Jose Gonzalez

Board Member

Jose Gonzalez is the founder and pastor of the Love & Living Hope Church in Clermont. He is an in-demand speaker on youth and family relationships and heads a consulting firm that assists in forming community collaborations.


Mike Latham

Board Member

Mike Latham is president of GatorSktch Corp. He has been the Vice President of he Clermont Downtown Partnership and is active in the community, especially educational projects. MORE

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Chelsea Metka

Board Member

Chelsea Metka is a Clermont native and a Florida Bar-Certified Real Estate Attorney.. She founded the Metka Law Firm and is a graduate of Florida State University where she received her bachelor's and law degree.

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Sean Parks


Sean Parks is Chair of the Lake County Commission and represents south Lake County. He operates a small business and writes for "Lake Business" magazine.. He and his wife, Ivy, are active in the community.

Paul Rountree

Patty Delaney

Lisa Busto

Tom English

Jo Ann Jones, Ph.D.

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