Board Members

Chairman John D. Rood

Ambassador John D. Rood was appointed to the Florida Prepaid College Board by Governor Rick Scott in 2016 and is the current Chairman of the Board. As Chairman of the Florida Prepaid College Board, Mr. Rood serves as Chairman of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation Board. Mr. Rood is the founder and chairman of The Vestcor Companies. He served as United States Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas from 2004 until 2007. Mr. Rood previously served as a member of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Board of Governors of the State University System. He is on the Board of Trustees of Flagler College and previously served as a board member for Episcopal High School and Teach for America. Mr. Rood received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana.

Sandra L. Murman – Vice Chairman

Chair of the Hillsborough County Commission and former State Representative Murman was elected to the Florida Prepaid College Foundation Board in December 2004. She served eight years as a member of the House of Representatives and held the positions of Speaker Pro Tempore; Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; and Chairman of the Health & Human Services Appropriations and Health Policy Council. Mrs. Murman had a successful career in business as a manager and sales representative of Top 500 companies prior to her public service career. She has served on many civic boards and commissions and is an advocate for children, families, and seniors. Mrs. Murman has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Indiana University.

Christyne B. Hamilton

Ms. Hamilton was elected to the Florida Prepaid College Foundation Board in March 2007. She is a former member of the Florida Prepaid College Board, former Vice President of Administrative and Business Services at Seminole Community College, and has more than 40 years of experience working with the Community College System. Additionally, Ms. Hamilton served as Bureau Chief for the Division of Community Colleges in areas of administration, finance and business services. Ms. Hamilton also served as the Business Officer for Lake-Sumter Community College and, after retiring from Seminole Community College, returned to Lake-Sumter to currently serve as Special Advisor to the President in the role of Equity Consultant. She is the President/Treasurer of the Albert L. Brown Foundation, Inc. She is a former Board member of Lake-Sumter Community College Foundation, Inc.; a recent Board member and past Chair (2006-2008) of the Association of Small Foundations, Washington, D.C.; and is a member of a number of local civic and volunteer organizations. Ms. Hamilton has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Rollins College and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida.

Madeline M. Pumariega

Madeline M. Pumariega is currently the Executive Vice President and Provost at Tallahassee Community College. Ms. Pumariega was Chancellor of the Florida College System from 2015-2019. Prior to becoming Chancellor, Ms. Pumariega served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Take Stock in Children, a statewide non-profit organization that aims to help at-risk youth break the cycle of poverty by completing college. Previously, Ms. Pumariega served as President of the Wolfson Campus at Miami Dade College. She was with Miami Dade College for more than a decade, serving in a number of leadership roles. Ms. Pumariega also serves on the board of City Year Miami and was a national Kellogg Fellow for the League for Innovation’s Expanding Leadership Diversity in Community Colleges program. Ms. Pumariega is a doctoral candidate at Barry University and earned her Master of Education from Florida Atlantic University and her Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University.

Senator Ron A. Silver

The Florida Prepaid College Foundation would like to thank Senator Ron Silver for 16 years of service.  Mr. Silver joined the Board in April 2003 after a career serving the State of Florida as both a State Representative and State Senator.  His strong connections in the South Florida community were a valuable asset to the success of the Foundation.

Staff

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Kevin Thompson

Kevin Thompson was named the executive director of the Florida Prepaid College Board and the Florida Prepaid College Foundation in April of 2012. He joined the Board in November 2011 as Director of the 529 Savings Plan. With more than 18 years of experience in financial and administrative management, Thompson has served in key roles with several state agencies, most recently serving as Director of Agency Support Services for the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI) for the past nine years. Prior to this, he held financial and administrative positions with the Florida Department of Management Services and the Florida Department of Banking and Finance. Mr. Thompson’s private sector experience includes stints with Ernst & Young and Law, Redd, and Crona. Mr. Thompson is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in accounting from Florida State University.

Cindy O’Connell

Mrs. Cynthia F. O’Connell serves as the inaugural Director of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Secretary of the Florida Lottery and under her tenure directed an historic 38 percent increase in revenue over 4.5 years. Mrs. O’Connell is past chairman of  Florida House Board on Capitol Hill and served a 10-year term (2001-2011) on the University of Florida Board of Trustees. She currently serves as a gubernatorial appointee of the Volunteer Florida Board, and serves on the UF National Foundation Board. Mrs. O’Connell is a graduate of Leadership Florida, a Florida Chamber Foundation Trustee, current president of the Economic Club of Florida and advisory board member for St. John Paul II Catholic School in Tallahassee, Florida. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Florida State University, obtained a Graduate Studies certificate in financial services marketing from Louisiana State University and was named in 2000 as an honorary alumnus of the University of Florida.

Kelia Wilkins

Kelia Wilkins has been working with the Florida Prepaid College Program since 2005 and is proud to assist in providing educational opportunities to students throughout the state of Florida. Ms. Wilkins is a go-to resource to all scholarship recipients, donors and institutions seeking assistance with their Florida Prepaid College scholarship. Ms. Wilkins is a graduate of Florida A& M University in which she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

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