Board Members Announcement

Ryan Nece Foundation Announces Two New Board Members and Names New Board Chair

New members will enhance Board’s focus on expansion of the Student Service Program, along with strategic, organizational growth.

TAMPA, FL – As the calendar flipped to 2022, the Ryan Nece Foundation was excited to welcome two new Board members and announce a new Board chair who will each help support the foundation’s work to empower the next generation of servant leaders by creating opportunities for teens to embrace the power of giving.

“We’re excited to expand our Board with two new members who will bring diverse expertise and insight to our work,” said CEO Melissa Neeley.

Ryan Nece Foundation also elected Licensed Psychologist with Hammond Psychology & Associates, P.A. Dr. Nekeshia Hammond as its new Board chair. Dr. Hammond has served on the Ryan Nece Foundation Board since 2015 and most recently was the Board’s Programs Committee Chair.

“On behalf of the Board, I want to express our gratitude to Marc Matthews, who has concluded his service as Board Chair after three years, two years which were not expected of him and fell during a global pandemic,” Neeley said. Matthews will still lend his passion and expertise at an executive level, as he moves into the Immediate Past Chair role.

The new Board members began their three-year terms with Ryan Nece Foundation effective January 1, 2022 and can serve a maximum of three terms. The two new board members are:


  • Simone Girard, Owner/President, Legacy First Financial Services, LLC and Student Service Program Alumni
  • Johan Martinez, Audit Senior Manager, Cherry Bekaert LLP

Neeley added, “I also want to thank Rob Mainelli who has concluded his service as a valued Board member after eight years, most of which were spent as our Treasurer.”

To learn more about the Ryan Nece Foundation Board, click here.


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