About

Our Team

Leadership

Dr. Brenda Birkett
Chair, National Board of Trustees

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Mike Thornton
President & CEO

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Heyward Golden
Senior Vice President, Operations

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Maria Porto-Duarte
Chief Financial Officer

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Rosemary Brackman
VP, Support Services

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Phildra Swagger, PhD.
Vice President

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Shannon Jager
Vice President of Resource Development

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Executive Committee of the National Board of Trustees

Brenda Birkett
National Chair,
AMIkids Baton Rouge

John Ingraham

National Chair-Elect,
AMIkids Southwest FL

Mike Neustrom
Immediate Past National Chair, 
AMIkids Acadiana

Jerry Prejean

Chair of Budget & Finance,
AMIkids Acadiana

Amy Deatherage

Chair Audit, At-Large,
AMIkids Sandoval

Nancy Loehr
Chair Strategic Planning,
AMIkids At-Large

Justin Day

Chair Resource Development,
AMIkids Tampa

Mark Criser

Chair AMIkids Foundation, 
AMIkids Tampa

Larry McNeil

Chair Program Development,
AMIkids Bennettsville

Nick Porter
AMIkids At-Large

Paul Gardner
At-Large,
AMIkids Georgetown

Mimi Methvin
At-Large,
AMIkids Acadiana

Dina Foster
At-Large, 
AMIkids Tallahassee

Brad Roub
At-Large, 
AMIkids Space Coast

Charlie Noonan
At-Large,
AMIkids Emerald Coast

Mike Thornton
CEO,
AMIkids, Inc.
Non-voting member

Founders

Honorable Frank Orlando

Bob Rosof

Ollie Keller

Louis de la Parte

Foundation Board

Mark Criser

Chair of Foundation Board, 
Immediate Past Chair of National Board of Trustees,
AMIkids Tampa

John Ingraham

Chair Strategic Planning, AMIkids Southwest FL

Rod Petrey
At-Large, AMIkids 

David Hull
AMIkids General Counsel
Pro bono

Newton Thomas
AMIkids Baton Rouge

Wally Johnson
Immediate Past Chair of Foundation Board 

Dan Thompson
Past Chair of National Board of Trustees 

Trey Traviesa
Honorary Member

Bill Martin

Past Chairs

Mike Neustrom
2017-2015

Mark Criser
2015-2013

Dan Thompson
2013-2011

Jesse Rigby

2011-2009

Brendon Barber

2009-2007

Honorable Frank Orlando
2007-2005

Newton Thomas
2005-2003

Pamela Mooney
2003-2001

Joseph Lettelleir
2001-1999

Brantley Harvey
1999-1996

Warren Jolley
1996-1995

Honorable David Mitchell
1995-1993

John Dinkel, III
1993-1991

William Adams, III
1991-1990
1979-1977

Rod Petrey
1990 – 1988 
1985 – 1983 

William Myers
1988-1985

Robert Friedman
1983-1981

Honorable Frank Orlando
1981 – 1980 

Richard Ackert
1980-1979

Louis De La Parte
1977-1976