Meet The Team

Scott Hottenstein

President

Scott Hottenstein 

Civics Teacher, Coach, Mentor, & Community Activist

2019 Teacher of the Year Finalist, Hillsborough County Public Schools

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Beverley Ledbetter

Secretary

Beverley Ledbetter

[Autobiography in development.]

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Dr. Patty Ball Thomas

Parlementarian

Dr. Patty Ball Thomas

[Autobiography in development.]

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Sarah Fortney

Board Member

Sarah Fortney

Fortney is most proud of the relationships she has helped to cultivate between students, staff and parents over 33 years as a teacher and advocate. She graduated USF and is serving her first term on the Polk County School Board. 

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Stephanie Vanos

Board Member

Stephanie Vanos

[Autobiography in development.]

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Mel James

Board Member/State ESE Chair

Melony "Mel" James

Mel is originally from Wales, but now lives in Hillsborough with her family. She has worked tirelessly defending human rigghts, particularly the rights of women's, children's, trafficking victims, ESE students.

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Stacey Carter

Vice President

Stacey Carter

[Autobiography in development.]

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Reagan Miller

Treasurer

Reagan Miller

[Autobiography in development.]

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Karen Welzel

Board Member

Karen Welzel

[Autobiography in development.]

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Don Goldstein

Board Member

Don Goldstein

[Autobiography in development.]

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Francine Julius Edwards

Board Member

Francine Jullius Edwards

[Autobiography in development.]

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Elected June 17, 2021