FACE operates with a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the overall direction and policies of the school. Typically held in the library or office conference room, all meetings of the Board are open to the public and parents are welcome at any time. Please check with the office to confirm the dates, times and locations.
Brenda Connolly – Board Chair
Brenda Connolly is the senior effort administrator for the Moffitt Cancer Center. She received both her bachelors and masters degrees in accounting from the University of South Florida, where she was also the team captain of the swim and cross country teams. Connolly has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida since 1991. She has provided her green thumb and more as the volunteer leader of the award-winning community garden at FACE. Under her leadership, the garden project has won two grants and currently has more than 35 co-op members who receive fresh, organic vegetables grown, harvested and packaged by FACE students every week.
Mary Helenius – Vice Chair
Mary F. Helenius is Senior Business Consultant, Business Analysis & Reporting for Publix Super Markets, Inc. She spent more than 20 years at Frito-Lay and PepsiCo in a variety of roles that included sales, marketing and planning, eventually landing the executive role of vice president of finance. Helenius has long been a volunteer with the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, FishHawk Creek Elementary School, Grace Community United Methodist Church and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of South Florida.
Carolyn Notaro Hodges – Parental Involvement
Carolyn Notaro Hodges is the owner/operator of Faithful Friends Pet Cremation in Zephyrhills. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and holds Florida Professional Educator Certifications in Elementary Education, Early Childhood and Emotionally Handicapped. Hodges taught students with autism for 15 years in Hillsborough County on both the elementary and high school levels. She has served on the education committee of the Academy at the Farm Charter School in Dade City, and as a director and officer of the boards of both the Dade City and Zephyrhills Chambers of Commerce. She is a charter member of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Dade City.
Kavita Kalidas, M.D.
Kavita Kalidas received her medical education beginning at the University of Miami and concluding at the University of South Florida, where she is an Assistant Professor of Neurology; she has medical certifications from the State of Florida, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Headache Medicine. Dr. Kalidas has written numerous articles for medical journals, been an invited presenter at professional conferences and led many research projects. She was elected to her first term on August 9, 2012.