Charleita M. Richardson
Charleita M. Richardson joined FCAN in 2020 to lead the organization as it works towards the statewide SAIL to 60 goal. Prior to joining FCAN, Charleita served for 14 years as President and CEO of Partnership for the Future (PFF), a direct college access and success service provider in the metropolitan Richmond, Virginia area. She previously worked for the City of Richmond establishing a workforce training program for area high school students, as well as the Capital Area Workforce Investment Board as its Youth Programs Manager for the seven counties surrounding Richmond. Charleita holds a B.A. in Accounting from Randolph-Macon College, where she was the first black female in the history of the college to serve as the class commencement speaker. She also holds an MBA in Management from Strayer University, as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. Charleita is excited about being able to walk her dogs in a new area and sightsee with her mother, who is also relocating to the Tampa area.
Assistant Director for Network Partnerships
Kathy McDonald 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.
Assistant Director for Research and Policy
Kimberly Lent 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-mixes.
LaVerne Handfield joined FCAN in 2019. LaVerne manages FCAN’s College Ready Florida statewide initiatives and collaborates with FCAN partners to assess community needs. She previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA working on implementing college access and success programs in Fort Dodge, Iowa. LaVerne holds two bachelor’s degrees in psychology and public health from the University of South Florida, and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Florida International University. She also enjoys traveling and going on road trips with her sister.
John Ceballos 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.
Kristen Hengtgen joined FCAN in 2020. Her work focuses on K-12 and higher education data and research. She has experience in critical qualitative and historical research in both K-12 and higher education settings. Prior to joining FCAN, Kristen was an academic advisor at Indiana University. Kristen holds bachelor’s degrees in history and secondary education from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in history and philosophy of education from Indiana University, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Indiana University. She hails from the Detroit area and enjoys fresh air, a good workout, and experimenting with new recipes.
Jolanda Thompson joined FCAN in 2019. She is a skilled administrative assistant with over 17 years of experience supporting executive-level positions in both corporations and higher education. Jolanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northwood University. Prior to joining the civilian workforce, Jolanda was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a Logistics Planner and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant with 23 years of honorable service. Her last tour of duty brought her to the Tampa Bay area, where she enjoys spending quality time with her husband Kevin, two daughters, and two sweet guinea pigs.