RESPECT Oversight Committee

RESPECT’s primary oversight comes from the RESPECT Oversight Committee (ROC). The committee meets quarterly and consists of nine members representing a cross-section of RESPECT-affiliated Employment Centers. As RESPECT’s primary Advisory Committee, the following members provide programmatic oversight to ensure that the RESPECT program achieves its stated mission:


Stephen Bailey, Executive Director
CARC - Advocates for Citizens with Disabilities
Lake City, Florida

Carol Shay, Enrichment Program Director
SMA Behavioral Healthcare
Daytona Beach, Florida

Lori Ann Whittington, CEO
Pinecastle, Inc.
Jacksonville, Florida

Kyle Johnson, President and CEO
Lighthouse Works
Orlando, Florida

Brian Rothey, AVP of Adult Community Programs
St. Petersburg, Florida

Karenne Levy, President/CEO
MacDonald Training Center, Inc.
Tampa, Florida

Amar Patel, President
Brevard Achievement Center
Rockledge, Florida

Stefanie Pontlitz, CEO
Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind
New Port Richey, Florida

Ron Sharpe, Executive Director
St. Andrew Bay Center d/b/a The Arc of the Bay
Lynn Haven, Florida

ROC Chair: Stephen Bailey

Business Development Committee

The RESPECT program receives input and guidance from the Business Development Committee (BDC). As a consulting body to RESPECT, the BDC is involved in the development of ideas and strategies that will result in job development for individuals with disabilities. The BDC members pool their expertise and business acumen and expertise to guide and advance RESPECT’s commodities and services programs. The Committee Members include:


Tom Derzypolski, Principal
BowStern Marketing Communications
Tallahassee, FL

Stephen Bailey, Executive Director
CARC - Advocates for Citizens with Disabilities
Lake City, Florida

Andrew Collins, Chief Operating & Financial Officer
Career Source Florida
Tallahassee, FL

Karenne Levy, President/CEO
MacDonald Training Center
Tampa, FL

Victoria Smith, Equal Opportunity Office, Manager
Florida Department of Transportation
Tallahassee, FL

Mary Jo Thorn, Chief Executive Officer
The Arc Volusia
Daytona Beach, FL

Kris Rawson, VP for Workforce Development
Goodwill Industries Suncoast
Clearwater, FL

Jim Scarboro, Senior V.P. of Institutional Banking and Treasury Management
Capital City Bank Group
Tallahassee, FL

BDC Chair: Tom Derzypolski