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Keys Local Advisory Board

Amber Acevedo, Coordinator of Community Relations/Professional Development, Monroe County School District

As a career educator, Amber has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal, giving her the opportunity to work with many students and the community to support their success.  As an educator, Amber has seen firsthand how United Way serves our community and is excited about being a part of the organization that makes such a positive impact for our residents who struggle. 

Amber and her husband Randy have five children between them and one granddaughter.  Amber loves to spend time with her family, read and enjoy the waters around the island.  

 

 


Jana Caylor

Jana Hill Caylor was born and raised in the Keys and returned to Key Largo with her husband, Dan, and their two Brittany pups, Sam Adams and Ryleigh after a few years away. She has a BS in Dental Hygiene and is currently working part-time at Tolley & Hill, PLLC. Jana has worked to protect the public as a LT/O-3 in the United States Public Health Service for the US Food and Drug Administration, as a commissioned officer.

 

 

 

 

 


William Doxey Vice President, CenterState Bank of Florida

Bill Doxey is a Vice President Commercial Relationship Officer with CenterState Bank. He has a bachelor’s degree in human resource management, an MBA, and is a graduate of the Louisiana State University’s Graduate School of Banking. Bill has been involved with United Way for 18 years.  

Outside of his work with United Way, Bill enjoys fishing and diving and is a member of the Upper Keys Rotary and the President of the Florida Keys Scenic Corridor Alliance. He lives in Tavernier and has two children, a son in Atlanta and a daughter in Islamorada.

 

 

 


Mike Forster, Owner, Mangrove Mike's Cafe and Catering, District Five Monroe County Commissioner

Mike Forster is the owner and operator of Mangrove Mike’s Café in Islamorada and also serves as Distrist Five Monroe County Commissioner. Originally from Virginia, Mike has been a part of the Keys community for many years, engaging in service projects county-wide. He currently serves on the boards of both the MARC House and Healthy Start Coalition and sponsors a hot meal at Burton Memorial Church once a month.

 

 

 

 


Douglas Helkenn, Teacher, Sigsbee Charter School 

Douglas Helkenn is a 5th grade math teacher at Sigsbee Charter School.  Formerly the senior interior designer and showroom manager for D’Asign Source in Marathon, he has an associate’s degree in business and a bachelor's in interior design. 

Douglas is a former Take Stock in Children mentor and currently is a member of the Key West Sunrise Rotary. Originally from South Dakota, Douglas lives in Key West with his partner, Steve, and their Chihuahua, Oliver.

 

 

 

 


Brandi Horton, Manager,  Freewheeler Vacations &  Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Keys Real Estate

Originally from Texas City, Texas, Brandi and her family moved to Florida in 1978, in search of blue skies, gorgeous water and spectacular sunsets. Upon graduating from Coral Shores High School in the Upper Keys, Brandi started working for Freewheeler.  She has managed Freewheeler Vacations for over 30 years and is also a licensed Realtor. Brandi is very active in the community and has served multiple roles in business, educational and community organizations. 
 
 

 

 

 


Maria Jones, Director of Member Services & Government Relations, Florida Keys Electric Cooperative

Maria Jones joined the United Way in 2013 and was elected chairperson in 2015, serving as chair through 2020. During her leadership, our United Way has made further strides to better serve Keys residents by expansion through a merger, and by learning and growing from challenges such as Hurricane Irma and COVID-19. 

An active community member, Jones gives back to the Florida Keys community she loves through various organizations and volunteer efforts including the local Chambers of Commerce, Rotaries and churches.  Jones and her husband, Ronnie, both grew up in Key Largo, where they continue to reside with their beloved pups Rocco and Bella.

 

 

 


Mindy McKenzie, Group Sales Manager, Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel

Mindy’s commitment to Monroe County human services non-profits that provide much needed assistance in our community is unwavering. “So many in the Keys have no idea that there are so many ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families, often living "next door" to them,” she says. Mindy appreciates the UWCK’s community investment model, addressing those most at need within our community and working together to achieve larger goals.
 
Mindy has served on the United Way board previously and is glad to be part of the team again.  
 

Richard Tamborrino, Retired Publisher, The Key West Citizen & Free Press
 
Richard Tamborrino is the retired newspaper publisher of The Citizen and previous to that the Keynoter and Reporter. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and spent 35 years working in the media. He has supported United Way for 25 years and is currently doing some freelance writing. Richard lives in Marathon with his wife, Candy. They have three children together and four grandchildren. 
 

 

 

 

 


Carter Weber, Dentist, Southernmost Smiles

After serving as a Captain in the US Army Dental Corps, Carter opened Southernmost Smiles dental office in Key West. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his doctorate at the University of Florida. When he is not practicing dentistry, Carter enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons. He also enjoys paddle boarding, boating and fishing.

 

 

 

 

 


Karen Williams-deCastro, Realtor, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Destinations 

Having grown up in the Keys, Karen is self-employed as a Realtor, as well as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and Credit Restoration Specialist.  She is passionate about bridging the wealth gap in our community, affordable housing, and fair wages.  She is very involved in her community and believes that charitable organizations must do more than simply give handouts; they must work at resolving underlying issues that contribute to financial hardship.

 

 

 

 


Trich Worthington, SVP-Retail Manager, Florida Keys Market, Iberiabank

Trich Worthington works at Iberiabank as the Senior Vice President where she is responsible for the county’s retail operations. Trich is a graduate of the University of Florida banking school and has lived in the Keys since 1969.

Trich joined United Way in 1989, holding the position of Treasurer for 4 years and Vice-Chair for 10 years.  Trich resides in Marathon with her husband Pete, has 2 adult children and 4 grandsons. She enjoys boating, golfing and the outdoors and spending time with her grandsons.