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."   




Nancy Srodes is a relationship and results-driven Operations, Human Resource and Administrative leader with experience in nonprofit and for-profit sectors. MORE

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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. Born in rural New Jersey, Tom attended Barry University in Miami.  MORE

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Board Member

Michael Mitchell is an award-winning videographer and founder of Overhead Films. He has more than 20 years' experience in video production, photography and audio/visual editing.

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Board Member

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


Mike Latham

Vice President

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


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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Patty Delaney

Board Member

Patty Delaney is an administrative assistant at Pinecrest Lakes Academy in Minneola.

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Jo Ann Jones, Ph.D.

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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Justin Nichols

Board Member

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


Jill Swidler

Board Member

Jill Swidler is a 20-year resident of Clermont and is a marketing executive and head of Everly Marketing & Events. She is a longtime attendee of Pig on the Pond Community Festival. MORE

Sean Parks

Paul Rountree

Nancy Srodes

Lisa Busto

Tom English

Michael Mitchell

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