Laurie Meggesin joined FCAN in 2013 as its executive director to implement the organization’s first strategic plan. A longtime practicing attorney and partner with a national law firm prior to joining FCAN, Laurie started her career as an English teacher and job skills coach serving recent immigrants working to assimilate into the American workforce. A passionate believer in the power of collaboration, Laurie has also served as a community development manager with a major nonprofit organization to advance innovative multi-sector partnerships serving low-income youth. Laurie holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of South Florida and a B.A. in English from Columbia College Chicago. Outside of FCAN, Laurie loves exploring Florida’s natural wonders by camping, kayaking, and hiking with her husband and their dogs.
Associate Director for Research and Policy
Troy Miller, associate director for research & policy, leads FCAN’s work on effective policies and practices that contribute toward improving college and career readiness, access, and completion in Florida. His work entails research and policy analysis through briefs, blogs, and data dashboards as well as technical assistance to FCAN partners in data analysis, goal-setting, and evidence-based practices. Troy’s work has been featured in media outlets such as PolitiFact Florida, the Tampa Bay Times, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, and Los Angeles Times. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida’s College of Education and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Central Michigan University. Troy is also a recipient of the University of South Florida Outstanding Staff Award and National College Access Network’s Dr. David B. Swedlow Memorial College Access Practitioner Award of Excellence.
Assistant Director for Network Partnerships
Kathy McDonald, assistant director for network partnerships, joined FCAN in 2016. Kathy supports the network of LCANs throughout the state and contributes to the development of new LCANs by facilitating the LCAN learning community. Kathy has supported the education and career development of adult learners for 17 years. She is an experienced workshop leader and speaker who has developed adult learning programs for numerous organizations including Accenture, PwC, the City of Chicago, Eckerd College, and the Hillsborough Education Foundation. Kathy holds an MBA from Northwestern University, a BS in Business Management from Southern Illinois University, is certified as a leadership coach from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, is a Certified Scrum Master from the Agile Scrum Alliance, and holds an Advanced Professional Certificate in Internet Marketing from the University of San Francisco. Now an empty nester, Kathy enjoys time with her husband John and their 3 dogs, as well as gardening and traveling.
Senior Research Associate
Kimberly Lent, senior research associate, joined FCAN in 2016. Her research work focuses on K-12 and higher education data and policy analysis, while also providing data technical assistance to FCAN partners. She has experience in community-based participatory research and program evaluation in public health and K-12 education settings. Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a certificate in public affairs and nonprofit management from University of Florida, a master’s degree in public health from University of South Florida, and is currently earning a doctorate in measurement and evaluation from University of South Florida’s College of Education. Kimberly enjoys exploring the Tampa Bay area with her family, friends, and German Shepherd-mix.
Community Engagement and Programs Manager
Amy Bolick, community engagement and programs manager, joined FCAN in 2017. Amy oversees FCAN’s College Ready Florida statewide initiatives, including Apply Yourself Florida, the Florida FAFSA Challenge, and Florida College Decision Day. Before joining FCAN, she worked directly with college students as a teacher and tutor in Freshman Composition and Professional Writing. Amy holds an MA in Rhetoric & Composition from the University of South Florida, a Graduate Certificate in Professional and Technical Communication from the University of South Florida, and a B.A. in English from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. In her free time, Amy enjoys traveling with her mother, aunt, and wife, all of whom share her goal of visiting all 50 states.
John Ceballos, communications manager, joined FCAN in 2017. John manages FCAN’s communications strategies and social media pages, fields media requests, and produces content for the organization’s website, blog, and e-newsletter highlighting the work of FCAN’s partners. Prior to joining FCAN, John spent more than a decade working as a newspaper reporter for The Tampa Tribune and The Ledger in Lakeland. John holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. John also enjoys swing dancing and is proud papa to three corgis and one tortoise.
Chlöe Sweetman, administrative assistant, joined FCAN in 2017. Chlöe coordinates FCAN’s office and administrative needs while assisting with grants reporting and event organization. Chlöe has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of South Florida, a certificate in public health social marketing from USF Health, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in biological anthropology. With a professional background working for non-profit organizations, Chlöe was drawn to FCAN because of her interest in learning more about the social sector and creating meaningful change through social impact work.