Young Executive Committee
University of Central Florida - Public Administration
Ms. Sharinita Hester is a native of Tampa, Florida. Her college background began in journalism, as she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Radio-Television, at the University of Central Florida. After graduating in the Fall of 2010, she recognized her strong passion for the field of public affairs. Soon after, she made the decision to apply for the Public Administration graduate program at the University of Central Florida. Her future plans include working in the area of public affairs reporting, covering anything from White House briefings to healthcare policy updates. She also has plans to one day open a non-profit agency. The program, will teach young boys and girls how to overcome past circumstances through the use of public speaking. The organization will also teach students the importance of being assertive and give them an opportunity to change the world one speech at a time.
BMO Harris Bank
About me: I grew up in the Orlando area, in Apopka. I graduated from Apopka high, (GO DARTERS!) then went to University of North Florida in Jacksonville where I received a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship. I moved home and have since started my career in banking, where I am your local neighborhood banker at BMO Harris Bank. I have struggled with low vision my whole life and have fond memories of participating in various programs and events that LCF put on in years past. I am grateful that I am now in a position to be able to make a contribution to an organization that did so much for me as a child and young adult.
Healthy Eatonville Place
Jessica Kleinberger is a Spring 2014 graduate from the University of Central Florida’s Applied Sociology – MA program. Since graduation, Jessica has accepted a position as the Project Manager for Healthy Eatonville Place, a nonprofit health and wellness center supported by Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation. Healthy Eatonville Place will specifically focus on reducing the high prevalence of diabetes in the Eatonville community, offering free and low-cost services to screen for diabetes and pre-diabetes, and provide programmatic support for lifestyle changes. As diabetes is a leading cause for visual impairments, Jessica is excited for the opportunity to work with Lighthouse Central Florida in bringing awareness to underlying diseases, and support for those who have already had their vision impacted.
Winter Park Health Foundation and Healthy Central Florida
Asher Levine graduated from UCF with a marketing degree in 2011. Since graduation Asher has been working as the Marketing and Social Media Specialist for the Winter Park Health Foundation and Healthy Central Florida. Asher loves to stay active, is a self-described "health nut" and enjoys cooking.
Central Florida Retina
Adlyn Lugo is a highly motivated and enthusiastic person. She was born in San German, Puerto Rico and has lived in Central Florida with her family for the past 22 years. Adlyn has always had a passion for serving the community and making a difference in the lives of others.
In 2007, Adlyn completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Adlyn’s professional career in ophthalmology has enabled her to work in many of the industry’s sub-specialties including refractive, cornea, occuoplastics and presently retina. Adlyn is currently the Manager of Practice Development at Central Florida Retina and The Macular Degeneration Center. Adlyn works as a liaison between her practice and the optometric and ophthalmology communities in the Central Florida region.
Ferrell Wealth Management
Sean Olenek was taught from a very early age the importance in helping others. He believes that people’s compassion and generosity can strengthen a community. Sean is a Financial Advisor for Ferrell Wealth Management and is responsible for helping clients with multifaceted decisions that impact their financial success. He primarily focuses on developing new relationships and sharing how the firm can assist individuals and families achieve their long-term financial goals.
As an Orlando native, Sean attended Saint Mary Magdalen, Trinity Preparatory School, and went on to earn a full scholarship to play Division I baseball at Mercer University as an Academic All American. He then transferred to Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Sean is a member of Trinity Preparatory School Alumni Advisory Board, the Fund Development Committee for Seniors First Inc., the Young Executives Committee for Lighthouse Inc., the Florida Citrus Sports Club, and the Orlando Seminole Boosters. In his free time he enjoys coaching Winter Park Babe Ruth Baseball, playing tennis, softball, and fishing.
|Justine L. Siergey, O.D.
Yager Eye Institute
Justine L. Siergey O.D. is a local optometrist specializing in difficult to fit contact lenses and dry eyes. She grew up in Calgary, Canada and attended the University of Alberta before graduating from optometry school at Pacific University in Oregon. After years of snow and rain, Justine and her husband Matthew love the weather in Central Florida. In her spare time she loves to share meals with friends and family and is an avid football fan. After dedicating her career to vision care she is delighted to share her passion with Lighthouse Central Florida.
University of Central Florida - Sociology PhD
Sara Strickhouser is a Sociology PhD student at the University of Central Florida and the Project Manager for UCF's Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences, a research institute that carries out studies for many nonprofit and government agencies around Central Florida and across the state. She received her undergraduate degree in International Studies and Spanish from Stetson University and her Master's in Sociology from UCF in May 2013. She is from Ormond Beach, FL. In her free time she enjoys performing live music at local establishments across Orlando.
University of Central Florida - Sociology
Jamie Thomas is a Florida native and moved to Orlando in 2006. She is scheduled to graduate with a degree in Sociology from the University of Central Florida in early 2014. Jamie holds positions in a number of clubs at UCF including Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Sociology, and is also involved with Knights Advocates. Jamie is scheduled to present at the Southern Sociological Conference in Charlotte, NC in April 2014. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys running, hiking, surfing, and snow-skiing. Go Knights!
Kathy holds the role of Marketing Coordinator at Hutton, a Central Florida high - end boutique recently voted Best Women's Boutique in Orlando. As the Marketing Coordinator she works directly with the owner, Susan Johnson, who is also the chairwoman on the board of directors at Lighthouse Central Florida. She is responsible for aligning all marketing initiatives and creating and delivering marketing ideas, materials, and scheduling all to form a seamless course of events. Her efforts at Hutton are all aimed at driving sales and keeping brand consistency.
Before her current role as Marketing Coordinator at Hutton she received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She is also an Orlando native, who graduated from Pine Castle Christian Academy. In her spare time she enjoys running, cooking, and reading.