PRESIDENT - STEPHEN KUBASEK
Stephen Kubasek, CFRE is Associate Vice President of University Advancement at Saint Leo University. Stephen has served Saint Leo for nearly a decade in fundraising leadership roles with responsibility for parent fundraising, major gifts, planned gifts, grant administration, and advancement services. Prior to Saint Leo, he worked for the Tampa regional office of a national nonprofit managing volunteers, recruiting new members, and raising annual gifts to support the organization’s mission. Stephen has also spent time as a volunteer in Honduras teaching English. Stephen holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration from Saint Leo University. He has also earned a doctorate of business administration with an applied research focus examining the motivation of alumni donors.
VICE PRESIDENT - LAURIE VALENTINE
Laurie Valentine rejoined the Wills, Trusts and Estates Team of Fisher & Sauls, P.A., in St. Petersburg, Florida in the fall of 2017. Her law practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, will and trust preparation, probate and trust administration, charitable gift planning, and business succession planning. Prior to her return to private practice in October 2017, Ms. Valentine served for more than 23 years as Trust Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of the Kentucky Baptist Foundation in Louisville, Kentucky.
Laurie has spoken on a variety of estate planning, charitable gift planning, and incapacity planning topics at seminars sponsored by Suncoast Estate Planning Council, Charitable Gift Planners of Tampa Bay, Diocese of St. Petersburg, National Catholic Development Conference, the American Council on Gift Annuities, Crescendo Interactive, Philanthropy Planning Group of Greater New York, The Florida Bar, and Louisville Bar Association.
Laurie has also been involved in various professional and community organizations over the past 38 years, including service, beginning in 2001, on the board of the American Council of Gift Annuities where she served as President-Elect and President 2015 – 2018 and 2019-2020. She is also currently serving as a member of the Pinellas County Advisory Council of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, as Chair of the Planned Giving Committee of the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation, and as a member of the CGP of Tampa Bay Board.
She has a B.A. in Speech Pathology from the University of Florida and a law degree from the University of Florida College of Law. Laurie lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, Amos. Their son, Andrew, and his wife, Sarah, live in Tampa.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - VIT GULBIS
Vitauts M. "Vit" Gulbis is a partner in the law firm of Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP and is board-certified in taxation by the Florida Bar. His practice includes tax planning for individuals and representing closely-held businesses in business transactions, financing, and mergers and acquisitions. He regularly represents tax-exempt organizations in transactional, governance and tax compliance matters. Vit Gulbis holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (B.A. and J.D.), University of Florida (LL.M.-Tax) and the University of Rochester (M.B.A. - Finance), and is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York.
TREASURER - LYDIA BAILEY
Lydia is a senior member of the Johns Hopkins All Children's Foundation team. Over the past 15 years she has been honored to work in several different leadership and management roles helping donors fulfill their philanthropic dreams through thoughtful plans to change the lives of children in our community and beyond.
Lydia has more than 20 years of professional experience in the areas of planned giving, major gifts, estate planning, stewardship, event planning, data management, non-profit management and donor focused fundraising. Her career began at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital managing the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean Regions.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lise Amundrud is the Director of Estate & Gift Planning based for AMERICAN Cancer Society based in the Tampa Bay area and covering 26 counties in NE and Central Florida. Lise brings with her nearly 30 years of fundraising in both non-profit and higher education, in the areas of Annual, Major, and Planned Giving.
Lise is a member of Charitable Gift Planners of Tampa Bay, Central Florida, and Northeast Florida. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Florida. She received her BS in Business from the University of Central Florida.
Mrs. Denyve Boyle serves as the Director of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. She previously served as the Director of Operation at the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg and prior to that as the Director of the Development at Gulfcoast Legal Services. She started her career in the nonprofit sector at her alma mater, Saint Leo University. She worked in their University Advancement office for over 11 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a BA in Psychology from Saint Leo University.
Suzanne Ruley, CFRE, CFRM, is an accomplished fundraising professional with extensive experience and connections in the greater Pinellas Community. Before joining the Pinellas Community Foundation, Ruley worked as director of development at RCS, after serving as manager of grants and planned giving at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Prior to that, Ruley was the national arts marketing project coordinator at Americans for the Arts and served as the City of Clearwater’s cultural affairs specialist. In addition to overseeing administrative operations, Ruley will prepare the Pinellas Community Foundation to launch an expanded donor development program. She holds a Master’s from Goucher College and a Bachelor’s from Carnegie-Mellon. Ruley has also earned professional certificates in fundraising from Indiana University and Rollins College.