Advisory Council Members

Jean Amuso is Chair and member of the Executive Committee for Harrell Center within the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. She is also the Board President for the Child Abuse Council, a member of the University of Tampa’s Chiselers, and the Athena Society.

She is a UT graduate with a degree in English and later was awarded a Master of Social Work from Florida State University. For thirty years she was a program administrator with the State of Florida, Department of Children and Family Services. She served as chair of the Social Work Department at USF for five years. Following her retirement, Jean has continued to be active in the Tampa Bay region on projects that benefit children and families.

Tom Banta is vice president for global operations for Numera Software and is the Board of Fellows liaison to CSSME. He is responsible for product development and product management at Numera Software. Prior to this position, Mr. Banta spent several years in senior management roles at ClickSafety, an e-learning company; Harbinger Corporation, an electronic commerce company; and JD Edwards, an international enterprise software provider. Mr. Banta earned his bachelor's in accounting from Kansas State University and his MBA from Emory University.

Jimmie Butler is a partner in the law firm of Barbas Koenig Nunez Sanders & Butler. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in History from the University of Tampa and his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Mr. Butler has been admitted to practice by The Florida Bar, the United States District Court (Middle District of Florida) and the United States Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit). He is a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, The Hillsborough County Bar Association, George Edgecomb Bar Association, James C. Adkins Inns of Court, Tampa Bay Inns of Court and the Court of Federal Claims.

Mr. Butler is recipient of the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Trial Practice and Workers' Compensation. He was president (Spring, 1991) and vice-president (Fall, 1990) of the University of Florida Trial Team. He was a member of the national championship team in the 1991 American Trial Lawyers Association Student Trial Competition, National Mock Trial Competition in 1991. He was also a member of the state champion team in 1990 of The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Intrastate Mock Trial Competition. He was associate policy editor for the Journal of Law and Public Policy. He is currently teaching a course on Trial Advocacy for UT.

Jane Castor made history when she was appointed Tampa’s first female Police Chief. But that wasn’t her first accomplishment for the history books. Twenty-five years ago, she was the first female elected president of her police academy class. She has continued a leadership role throughout her career. She moved quickly through the ranks and has served in nearly every capacity within the Department from Patrol, Narcotics, Family Violence and Sex Crimes to Criminal Intelligence, the Field Training Program and Administration. As Chief, she commands a force of 1,000 police officers.

Chief Castor is one of the architects of the Tampa Police Department’s progressive crime fighting strategy that has reduced crime by 56% in the last seven years. Jane Castor has also led the Department of Homeland Security’s Tampa Bay Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). In that role, Chief Castor became a pioneer in homeland security trends in local law enforcement. Chief Castor’s dedication to the community reaches beyond her role as Chief. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough House of Hope and Trinity School for Children.

Chief Castor earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminology from University of Tampa where she attended on volleyball and basketball scholarships. She developed her natural leadership abilities on the hardwood where she served as captain of both teams. She has been inducted into the University of Tampa’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She also holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Troy State University. She is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy. In 2010, Chief Castor was named Law Enforcement Executive of the Year by the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives.

Patty Clark is a multi-talented individual who currently is a sales manager with The Toni Everett Co. Prior to this position, Dr. Clark served in a number of administrative positions at the University of South Florida including Assistant Dean in the College of Nursing in Tampa, and Assistant Dean for Academic Services, Director of Academic Support, Associate Director for Student Services, all at the Lakeland campus of USF.

Her doctorate is in Curriculum & Instruction/Counselor Education from the University of South Florida. Her MBA is from the University of Tampa.

Dr. Clark easily bridges the business and academic communities and has taught at the graduate level in the counseling program at the University of South Florida. She is a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and chairs the Creative Arts Subcommittee for the Chamber. Additionally, she is a member of the Centre For Women board.

Paul D’Agostino is Executive Director of the Child Abuse Council since 1978. He leads more than 150 staff and over 600 volunteers in this program whose mission is to stop and prevent child abuse and promote healthy families. He has earned the national and regional recognition for his efforts. He has been a clinical caseworker and an administrator in numerous agencies supporting families and children. He has a MSW from the The Catholic University of America and is a member of the Academy of certified Social Workers and past Board member and Treasurer of the National Association of Social Workers.

Mr. D’Agostino is active in many community organizations and boards, including the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Inc, the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County, The Executive Council of the Harrell Center for Family Violence at the University of South Florida, the YMCA Leadership Tampa, the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, the Citizen’s Advisory Council, the United Way Executives Association, and many, many more.

Recently, he was recognized for his work by the Tampa Bay CEO Magazine as a CEO for the year in the category of non-profits. In 2008, he also received the Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award, and in 2007 was presented with the Dr. Luanne Panacek Award for outstanding community service.

Geneva M. Damron is a resident of Sun City, is an accomplished educator and retired superintendent of schools in Springfield and Akron, Ohio. In her career in education, she has served as a first grade teacher, a secondary level teacher, a guidance counselor, principal, director of curriculum and staff development, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. She earned her bachelors degree from Kent State University and then earned her MEd and Ph.D in Educational Administration from her alma mater.

She is a dedicated volunteer who has served as President of Kent State University Women, Kent State University Alumni and the Kent State Alumni Association National Board of Directors, as well as fundraising chair for ZONTA International.

Recently, Dr. Damron was honored by her alma mater, Kent State University, for her work in support of the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. She served as president of Friends of Fashion, a volunteer organization that, under Damron's direction from 1996 to 2007, helped raise more than $171,000 to support the museum and the school.

Locally, Dr. Damron is a member of the St. Joseph's Hospitals Foundation Board of Trustees where she has been active in several fundraising events including the Stepping Out Gala and Brides Around the World Showcase. She is a member of St. Joseph’s Philanthropic Women.

Susan Dellinger is a communications specialist who has developed a system of analyzing personality types that has been used by numerous corporations to improve communications. She earned her BS in Education from the University of Indiana and taught high school for six years. She returned to school to earn a MEd from the University of Florida and then a Ph.D in Speech Communications from the University of Colorado. She served as a faculty member at the University of Oregon and taught at the University of South Florida part time.

In 1984, Dr. Dellinger started her own business. A designer and provider of training services, Susan Dellinger & Associates provides services on such “soft skills” subjects as: interpersonal and group communications, leadership, diversity and team building. She is the creator and owner of Psycho-Geometrics® is a system of communication 
style analysis that has been presented by Dr. Dellinger 
and her 30 licensed consultants over a period of 30 years 
in 24 countries.

Dellinger is also the author of three books; Communicating Beyond Our Differences: Introducing the Psycho-Geometrics® System; Psycho-Geometrics®: The Art of Influencing People; and Communicating Effectively: A Complete Guide to Better Managing. In her work with organizations she has facilitated corporate communications, team-building, customer/client relationships, integrations in mergers and acquisitions, diversity issues, and gender-based communication differences.

Dr. Dellinger is also the author of Red Legs And Black Sox: Edd Roush And The Untold Story Of The 1919 World Series, a book she wrote about her grandfather. She is a member of the Athena Society.

Major Thomas Feeney joined the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on December 2008, following his retirement from the US Department of Homeland Security/Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Orlando Field Office. In this assignment Major Feeney supervised complex security investigations involving alleged or suspected violations of criminal law associated with threats or actions against the United States.  

Major Feeney also supervised the Orlando Field Office’s Training Squad. In this capacity, he was charged with developing and managing all aspects of training at the field office level. He was responsible for coordinating training initiatives with law enforcement counterparts throughout the Orlando Field Office’s area of responsibilities. In addition, he was called upon to participate in FAMS working groups that addressed policy issues, and conducted curriculum reviews of FAMS subject matter at the FAMS Training Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FAMS, Major Feeney served for over 20 years with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He accepted an appointment as a Special Agent in 1983 and served in numerous assignments in the Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Miami Field Divisions, as well as the Tampa District Office and West Palm Beach Resident Office. Major Feeney began his career in law enforcement in 1980 as a police officer in Maryland. 

Major Feeney holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. Mr. Feeney has attended the DEA’s Group Supervisor Institute, a four-week training program conducted by the University of Virginia’s Center for Executive Development.

Mary G. Gamble is President of Competitive Performance Systems, Inc. (CPS) an advisory and consulting firm dedicated to assisting leaders in both the private and public sector transform their organizations to high performance. Ms. Gamble is an expert in Organizational assessments based on nationally recognized criteria for performance excellence, development of organizational leadership systems, organizational change, quality improvement, facilitation skills, and organizational capacity building.

Ms. Gamble also specializes in Strategic Success Planning™ including visioning and mission development, identification of organizational success factors, and development of strategies to insure those success factors, as well as Strategic Deployment Planning TM intended to align work design, organizational structure and staffing, and performance Scorecards to strategic direction, strategies, and organizational performance.

Prior to leading CPS, Ms. Gamble served as Vice President Strategic Planning and Quality for Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Inc. (HOK), the largest architectural design firm in the world. In that role Ms. Gamble was responsible for organizational performance of HOK’s 23 office worldwide. In addition she has held senior sales and marketing positions within The Gillette Company, Hospital Corporation of America, and Environmental Science and Engineering, (ESE), gaining well over 25 years of experience in organizational leadership.

In 1992 Ms. Gamble was selected by Florida’s governor, as one of 23 Florida business leaders tasked with looking at how the principles and practices of Organizational Excellence could be used to drive the economic development and health of Florida as well as efficiencies in government. Out of that effort the Governor’s Florida Sterling Council was formed. Ms. Gamble has committed 17 years to the Sterling effort and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. She also currently serves as the Senior Judge for the Florida Sterling Award for Organizational Performance Excellence; this panel of Judges is responsible for selecting, from among the manufacturing, service, health care, education, public, and not for profit sectors, winners of the Florida Governor's Sterling Award. She has served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and currently serves on the board of the Child Abuse Council of Hillsborough County, the Hillsborough Education Foundation. She is a sustaining member of the Jr. League, a member of the Athena Society and a member of the American Society of Quality.

Ms. Gamble holds a Ph.D in Business Administration from the University of Florida. She and her husband John Kondrotas live in Safety Harbor with their chocolate lab, Truffle.

Rodney Kite-Powell is the Saunders Foundation Curator of History at the Tampa Bay History Center, where he joined the staff in 1994. His academic degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in history from the University of South Florida. Born and raised in Tampa, he has written extensively on the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County. He is also editor of Tampa Bay History, a regional history journal published through a partnership between the Tampa Bay History Center and the University of South Florida Libraries' Florida Studies Center. In addition to his duties at the history center, Mr. Kite-Powell is an adjunct professor of history at The University of Tampa, where he teaches a course on the history of Florida.

Albert Murillo holds a Ph.D and M.S. in industrial and organizational psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology and earned a bachelor's in psychology from the University of South Florida. He works for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office as a personnel research specialist and is involved with the recruitment, training and evaluation of new officers. He teaches part time with Hillsborough Community College and Walden University. He is a member and regularly reviews for the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is a member of the Southern Management Association, American Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association.

Kenneth R. Otero is Deputy Superintendent with the Hillsborough County Public Schools and specializes in curriculum. He earned his Bachelors degree in Education with a concentration in Social Sciences from the University of South Florida and later received an endorsement in supervision from USF. He earned another endorsement in supervision from the University of Tampa.

Mr. Otero has a long history in education and educational leadership within the Tampa Bay Area. He was a teacher of social studies at Plant High School and later an assistant principle at the same school. In 1989, he became principal of Sligh Middle School and led that school for 4 years. He was principal at the Tampa Bay Technical High School from 1993 to 1996. He left Tampa Bay Technical to join the Hillsborough County Schools as a general director of secondary education, then general Director for Area VII schools and Assistant Superintendent for Administration. He served as Chief of Staff within the County School system prior to taking his current position as Deputy Superintendent.

He is active in the Tampa Bay community and currently serves on the Florida Aquarium Board of Directors and on St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Advisory Board.

E.J. Salcines is a retired Senior Judge on the Second District Court of Appeals. Emiliano Jose (E.J.) Salcines, a Tampa native, graduated from Riverside Military Academy and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Southern College in 1959 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1963 from South Texas College of Law where he served 16 years on its Board of Trustees. The "E.J. Salcines Student Lounge" at the law school was dedicated in his honor. In 2002, Florida Southern College conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

He has done postgraduate law studies and has been a visiting lecturer at Northwestern University Law School Summer Course for Prosecuting Attorneys continuously since 1974 to the present; the National College of District Attorneys; the Texas College of Trial Advocacy; and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Academy of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was licensed as a member of the Florida and Texas Bars in 1963 and the Supreme Court of the United States in 1967. He is the author of a Trial Manual on Predicate Questions which continues to be the "best seller" of the National District Attorneys Association and is distributed annually since 1974 as part of his summer lectures at Northwester’s Law School.

Judge Salcines was a career federal and state prosecutor for 22 years and in private practice 13 years before being appointed as judge of the appellate court by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1998 and retained in 2000. In 1963 he served as an Assistant State Attorney for Hillsborough County and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney of the U.S. Department of Justice in the Middle District of Florida from 1964 to 1968 and as a special federal prosecutor for organized crime in the Southern and Midwestern States in 1967. He was four times elected the State (Prosecuting) Attorney for 16 years for Florida's Thirteenth Judicial Circuit from 1968 to 1985, first as its County Solicitor and then as its State Attorney. He served as President of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and Vice President of the National District Attorneys Association that awarded him its 1974 Special Merit Award as on of the outstanding Prosecuting Attorneys of this nation. He is the former Treasurer of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Foundation.

Judge Salcines created and developed the first pilot program on pre-trial intervention programs that have become a standard throughout Florida. He is a founding Master/Lawyer in the Tampa Bay Inn of Court. In 1974, the Florida Supreme Court, upon nomination by Governor Reubin Askew, commissioned State Attorney E.J. Salcines as Florida's first Special Prosecutor in charge of the first Statewide Grand Jury investigating and prosecuting narcotic smuggling and trafficking. Governor Bob Graham appointed State Attorney Salcines to the State Medical Examiners Commission where he served ten years (1975-1985).

In 1979 Judge Salcines was knighted by King Juan Carlos of Spain into the Royal Order of Queen Isabella. The President of the University of South Florida in 1993 awarded him the President's Distinguished Citizen Award, and in 1996 he received the Distinguished Service Award for his years as a Trustee of the USF Foundation. In 1993 the City of Tampa recognized him as its Hispanic Man of the Year. He has received numerous awards from civic groups and Bar Associations including five Awards of Merit from the Florida and American Bar Associations for outstanding community service in law oriented programs that he spearheaded.

Daniel J. Valdez is Deputy Superintendent and Chief Human Resources Officer for the Hillsborough County Public Schools. He earned his BA and MEd from the University of South Florida and has spent the past forty years in service to public education at the K-12 level. He was a social studies teacher, an administrator at three different high schools and directed the Adult and Community Education program for ten years. He also served as the Vice Chairman and Chairman of the State of Florida’s Correctional Education School Authority for four years. He was born and raised in Tampa, Florida (more specifically Ybor City); he and his wife have raised and educated their daughter Alexa who also lives with their grandson in Tampa.