Our staff

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Marlene Spalten
George Hardy
Beverley McLain

Marlene Spalten joined the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay as its President and CEO in October 2012. She was previously the Executive Director of the Baptist Health Foundation and a Vice President of Baptist Health, Jacksonville’s largest community-owned hospital group.  

Previously, Marlene was Associate Head of School/Advancement and Planning at The Bolles School in Jacksonville. She is a graduate of Cornell College with a BA in English.  Marlene is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP).

Contact Marlene: 813.609.4853

George Hardy joined the Foundation during 2010 following a career in public accounting.  A native of the Tampa Bay area, a graduate of Stetson University (DeLand, FL), George has been a CPA for more than 40 years.

Contact George: 813.609.4854


Beverley McLain has been with the Community Foundation for ten years serving in a variety of roles from communications to marketing to planned giving. Currently working with our community of professional advisors, Beverley brings her years of experience to bear to ensure that advisors know the value of working through the Foundation with their charitable clients. She has a BA in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Contact Beverley: 813.609.4855

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Matt Spence
Molly James
Wilma Norton

Matt Spence joined the Foundation in 2016. He was previously the Director of Planning and Development for the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County and Special Projects Manager at the Juvenile Welfare Board. Matt earned a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Florida State University. He also holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Texas.

Contact Matt: 813.609.4867

Molly James joined the Foundation in 2014, working with donors to develop strategies to meet their giving goals. She previously was director of development at the Salvador Dali Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art. A long-time community volunteer, Molly has a BA in psychology from Emory University.

Contact Molly: 813.609.4857

Wilma Norton joined the Foundation in 2014. She was a journalist at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times) for more than 20 years. Most recently, she was assistant director of public information at St. Petersburg College. Wilma has a BA in journalism and political science from Western Kentucky University and an MBA from Florida International University.

Contact Wilma: 813.609.4858

Operations staff



Chuck Tiernan
Director, Community Impact
Director, LEAP Network

Rich Strehl
Director, Philanthropy
Liz Corder
Development Manager
Jo Bull
Director, Operations
Carly Meek
Director, Information Services
Steven Totino
Director, Accounting Services
Lori Stubbs
Staff Accountant
Jay Josephs
Executive Assistant
Patti Strippoli
Administrative Assistant