Stephen Kubasek, CFRE is Director of Advancement Services & Planned Giving 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.
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VITAUTS M. “VIT” GULBIS. 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, FINANCINGS, 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.
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.
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.
MARION T. YONGUE, CAP® IS THE ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT FOR GIFT PLANNING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. HE WORKS WITH INDIVIDUALS TO CREATE CHARITABLE ESTATE PLANS TO TRANSFORM LIVES. HE HAS WORKED AS A PHILANTHROPIC ADVISOR FOR OVER 16 YEARS WITH PRIOR ROLES AT WEDU (FLORIDA WEST COAST PUBLIC BROADCASTING, INC.) AND THE MOFFITT CANCER CENTER FOUNDATION.