The 2020 Faces of Orlando
Meet the 2020 Faces of Orlando! See how these 7 everyday leaders are helping the Central Florida community.
THE FACE OF EPILEPSY CARE | Orlando Epilepsy Center
Ahmed Sadek, M.D.
Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care for our epilepsy patients,” says Dr. Sadek, an Ivy League-trained neurologist with extensive training in the ﬁeld of epilepsy management and Medical Director of Orlando Epilepsy Center. He adds, “We strive to achieve our goals of unparalleled epilepsy services to our patients not only through our clinical team but also by providing one of the most sophisticated centers for epilepsy monitoring.” As a specialist and thought leader in the ﬁeld of epilepsy, Dr. Sadek believes that medical and surgical approaches for managing epilepsy should be tailored to each patient according to their epilepsy type, functional needs and their goals. In addition to highly advanced epilepsy management approaches, Dr. Sadek and his team emphasize compassion and patient advocacy as a core philosophy for their patient care.
2881 Delaney Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806 | Phone: 407-704-8510 | Orlando-Epilepsy.com
THE FACES OF TALENT SOLUTIONS THAT IGNITE POTENTIAL
Mimi Coenen | Chief Operating Officer
Steven Nguyen | Vice President of Information Technology
CareerSource Central Florida (CSCF) is a nonprofit organization that’s embraced bold ways of thinking and doing to keep Greater Orlando career seekers and employers thriving during these difficult times.
“Rather than asking ‘What now?’ or ‘What if?’, we focused on ‘We can.’ By remaining flexible and innovative, we transformed our offerings so we could keep transforming livelihoods for those we serve,” noted Mimi Coenen, Chief Operating Officer of CareerSource Central Florida.
CSCF launched a broad spectrum of virtual services for career seekers and employers, such as:
• Virtual workshops where career seekers can advance skills from the comfort of home; figure out next steps through career guidance; or get valuable resume suggestions.
• Virtual consultations to help with anything from career planning to professional development to get career seekers hired throughout Orange, Lake, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter Counties.
• Virtual hiring events and job fairs that connect local employers with the talent they need.
• Online training through a partnership with Skillup® Central Florida that gives access to hundreds of free job skills programs.
Since CSCF implemented its COVID support measures, they’ve served 40,276 career seekers and 1,698 employers in Orange County alone. “These numbers are a testament to the positive ways we’ve impacted individuals and local businesses through innovation and technology to make meaningful connections.” said Steven Nguyen, Vice President of Information Technology of CareerSource Central Florida.
390 N. Orange Avenue, Suite 700, Orlando, FL 32801 | Phone: 1-800-757-4598 | CareerSourceCentralFlorida.com
THE FACES OF HEROES LEADING & TEACHING VIRTUALLY DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC | FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
From Top L to Bottom R: Mary Beth Plank-Mezo, VP of Staff & Cultural Development; Dave Franko, VP of Academic Affairs; Jay Noble, VP of Alumni & Events; Debby Wiskus, Director of Human Resources; Garry Jones, President; Nell Thompson, VP of Academic Innovation; Isis Jones, CIO & Executive Director of Education; Mark Gilbert, VP of Information & Media Technology
While Full Sail University works hard to keep its community safe and engaged during this unprecedented time, they have also man-aged to solidify their place as leaders in immersive virtual education, in addition to setting the bar for innovative leadership. With a student-centric culture, technological expertise, and its decade-plus investment in developing robust virtual curricula and project-based educational experiences, including its proprietary online learning management system, Full Sail was uniquely positioned to seamlessly help over 5,000 students transition to a fully virtual learning model, and migrated 2000+ employees to remote status in less than a week when the pandemic struck. Full Sail then quickly unveiled initiatives to address the academic needs of its scholars who continue to pursue their education and career dreams.
These efforts include an enhanced exclusive virtual learning master lecture series featuring notable alumni and industry stars such as NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico and more. In addition, Full Sail’s COVID-19 support extends beyond the university. Using its cutting-edge technology and vast educational resources, Full Sail aggregated digital assets, created webinars and provided open source material to help supplement instruction to assist K-12 teachers with virtual training sessions. Going further, Full Sail committed over $1 million in full-tuition scholarships to its Instructional Design & Technology Masters online degree for over thirty K-12 educators. The university created this scholarship to honor Dr. Deborah Kantor Nagler, a Full Sail graduate and proponent of the degree, who passed away in April following her battle with COVID-19.
3300 University Blvd., Winter Park, FL 32792 | Phone: 407-679-0100 | FullSail.edu
THE FACES OF SPORTS TOURISM | GREATER ORLANDO SPORTS COMMISSION
Front Row L to R: Eileen Babich, Bookkeeper; Jennifer Lastik, Senior VP of Events; Naiya Parker, Corporate Partnerships & Events Coordinator. Middle Row: Shalisa Griffin, Director of Business Development & Events; Kyle Sturley, Senior Director of Special Events; Lindsey McBride, Senior Director of Business Development & Events. Back Row: Gary Cohen, Chief Financial Officer; Jason Siegel, President & CEO; Michael Kalinich, Senior VP of Corporate Partnerships; Brent Nelson, Senior VP of Business Development
Founded in 1993, the Greater Orlando Sports Commission (GO Sports) is a community and privately funded non-proﬁt whose mission is to attract and manage sports-related events, conferences and activities that drive positive economic impact for the region. GO Sports is one of the country’s largest regional sports commissions, representing the City of Orlando, Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties and the 30+ venues within the Central Florida footprint. Jason Siegel is entering his ﬁfth year as President & CEO, and was recognized as Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful, Ones to Watch in 2019. Under Siegel’s leadership, GO Sports will host more than 260 events and is projected to drive more than $660 million in economic impact. “In these complex and difficult times during the pandemic we take great pride in the unwavering efforts of our devoted and talented staff, dedicated board of directors and stakeholders, and collaborative tourism community,” Siegel says.
The GO Sports team has secured and are targeting new and returning marquee events, including WrestleMania, Monster Jam World Finals, 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, NCAA championships, Olympic Qualiﬁers, major league all-star games, and large amateur and e-sports events. They are also spearheading Orlando’s campaign–along with the City of Orlando, Orange County and Orlando City Soccer Club—in pursuit to serve as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. GO Sports recently hosted the 2020 SPORTYS: Greater Orlando’s Night of Champions presented by Orlando Health, which honors local sports business professionals whose contributions and impact are vital in making Greater Orlando one of the country’s premier sports destinations. The awards show celebrated a total of 51 ﬁnalists from 21 different organizations across 12 categories, and winners were revealed during the show’s broadcast on WKMG News 6.
400 W. Church St., Suite 205, Orlando, FL 32801 | Phone: 407-648-4900 | GreaterOrlandoSports.com
THE FACES OF MARITAL & FAMILY LAW | GREEN FAMILY LAW
From L to R: Kristin Coffey, Caryn Green, Jennifer Lawson, Susan Savard of Green Family Law
Green Family Law P.A. was founded by Florida Bar Board Certiﬁed Marital and Family Law Specialist, Caryn Green, to bring peace of mind to families during times of uncertainty and unrest. Being a mother of two, her goal as a family lawyer is to minimize the effect of family disputes on the parties and, most importantly, the children. During this extremely stressful time in the lives of the parties and children, Caryn offers emotional support and guidance to her clients, based on the client’s individual goals.
Caryn and her team, comprised of Florida Bar Board Certiﬁed Marital and Family Law Specialist, Susan Savard, and Attorneys, Kristin Coffey and Jennifer Lawson, have over 55 years combined experience facilitating the complex issues involved in marital and family law by using a personalized approach that ﬁts the needs of the individual client.
Green Family Law attorneys work diligently to utilize dispute resolution methods designed to avoid expensive litigation, whenever possible, to preserve relationships and provide a sense of renewal. However, when amicable methods are unsuccessful, Green Family Law attorneys are determined trial lawyers who relentlessly advocate to protect clients’ rights.
All four attorneys devote a portion of their private time to bettering the community: Caryn is a founding member of Orlando’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation local gala, raising millions of dollars. Susan has served on the faculty for the Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop. Kristin enjoys her role as a lobbyist and advocacy coordinator for International Justice Mission, an NGO committed to eradicating global human trafficking, and Jennifer is a board member and VP of Communications for the Central Florida Gator Club.
Both Caryn and Susan are recognized by “Best Lawyers” featured in Orlando magazine as well as National Advocates’ “Top 30 Lawyers in Matrimonial and Family Law.” Caryn has been designated as one of Florida Super Lawyers’ “Top 50 Women” and featured as honoree of Florida Trend’s “Legal Elite” list for over 10 years. Jennifer has been nominated as Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” for 2021. Green Family Law has been on the Best Lawyers/Best Law Firms list in U.S. News & World Report since the ﬁrm’s inception.
1000 Legion Place, Suite 1650, Orlando, FL 32801 | Phone: 407-403-5558 | GreenFamilyLaw.net
THE FACE OF WINTER PARK REAL ESTATE | KELLY PRICE & COMPANY
Kelly L. Price
Since moving to Winter Park as a 12-year-old, Kelly L. Price has had an infectious passion for our community and the people in it. That passion is the driving force at Kelly Price & Company, a premier real estate ﬁrm that has been known since 2002 for its loyalty, integrity and unwavering enthusiasm. Ranked among the top 50 Realtors in Central Florida for the past 10 years, Kelly also is often recognized among Orlando magazine’s Hot 100 for sales production. Her client-focused service and depth of knowledge ensure ﬁnding the right ﬁt for her clients in any market. It’s not just a job to Kelly, it’s an expression of who she is. And it’s not just about selling homes. It’s about creating relationships and fulﬁlling dreams.
To Kelly, Winter Park is home, and its people are her neighbors. It is the home of Winter Park High School and Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, from which she graduated. It’s where you’ll ﬁnd Kelly invested in and enjoying her community, playing a game of tennis and pickle ball, walking her dog Ella or grabbing takeout. As a Winter Park resident since 1975, Kelly’s expert knowledge of all of Central Florida extends as far as New Smyrna Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach. Kelly has surrounded herself with a team of professionals who share her expertise, commitment to customer satisfaction and drive. You can ﬁnd her office on a brick-lined street in Winter Park across from the Farmer’s Market.
243 W. Park Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789 | Phone: 407-645-4321 |
THE FACE OF PRIVATE EDUCATION | WINDERMERE PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Jason King | Director of Fine Arts at Windermere Preparatory School
When driving onto the Windermere Preparatory School campus, you will notice the beautiful Cypress Center for the Arts, the most recent addition to the campus. What happens inside this state-of-the-art facility is nothing short of magic. The quality of teaching and the depth of learning make Windermere Prep’s Fine Arts program among the best in Florida. Leading this program is Jason King, Director of Fine Arts.
“Jason King’s love for all of the art forms enables our department to create a wonderful learning experience for all of our Fine Arts students. He is always looking for new and exciting ways that we can collaborate and give the students the absolute best Fine Arts experience here at Windermere Preparatory School,” says Rosemarie Redman, Lower School Drama Teacher and Theatre Arts Team Lead.
Jason’s 23-year journey in education began in Indiana as a music educator directing bands, choirs, and musical theatre which paved the way into school administration. After discovering how special and unique Windermere Preparatory School truly is, Jason relocated his family to Florida in 2014. Over the past six years, the Fine Arts department has grown and is now producing over 100 events each year, has earned 33 Applause Award Nominations in 2019-2020, and has over 120 high school students involved in Fine Arts after-school programs.
At Windermere Prep, students are prepared for college auditions and top university arts programs. A sampling of WPS programs includes dance, 2D and 3D visual arts, musical theatre, drama, opera theatre, vocal and instrumental programs, digital arts, and national honor societies. Using the Juilliard Creative Classroom, WPS’ collaboration with The Juilliard School has provided academic and performance opportunities that are unique to our school in Central Florida. In addition to global connections such as the Juilliard collaboration, WPS also develops ways for students to work with arts organizations close to home, such as Opera Orlando and the Orlando Ballet.
Jason states: “I am thankful to work with an esteemed staff of innovative professionals who inspire students every day and are passionate about what they do. We believe that every child is a creator at heart, and we strive to unleash expression and unlock the passions of all our students.”
To learn more or schedule a tour, please call 407-905-7737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere, FL 34786 | Phone: 407-905-7737 | email@example.com | windermereprep.com