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

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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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.

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Board Member

Ray Villegas is Manager of Mentorship for UCF's Incubator programs. He was formerly in leadership positions with CareerSource Central Florida, the City of Clermont, and chambers in South Lake, Mount Dora and Seminole County

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Ray Villegas


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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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.

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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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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

Paul Rountree

Nancy Srodes

Lisa Busto

Tom English

Jo Ann Jones, Ph.D.

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