Activating knowledge, collaboration, and capital to accelerate social impact.
We’ve assembled assembled a team of experts across the functional areas of a nonprofit. Each of them is community minded and driven to support the innovative ideas that improve our world. But they are just a part of the Catalyst for Good bench. Executive Director Karen Chassin can call on the entire St Petersburg Group network of talent to do the work needed to stand our program participants up tall.
After a very successful 30-year career as a strategic human resources executive with top Fortune 100 companies, Ruth Ross opened up her own consulting firm to focus on the intersection where human capital and business process fuse together in organizations. Her areas of expertise include leading organizations through times of change, leader coaching and development, employee development, managing through mergers and acquisitions and culture integration.
Executive Director of the St Pete Arts Alliance and career-long champion of nonprofits with a focus on growth, financial stability, and capital campaigns. If it has to do with the arts and is happening in St Pete, John Collins has something to do with it.
Joe Hamilton first entered the startup world with Steve Case’s Revolution Money (prior to AMEX’s $350MM purchase of the company). There he built the card fulfillment, statementing, customer service and communication infrastructure for the innovative credit card company. He then founded ThinkTank, a creative strategy firm that grew 50% year-over-year, and served as CEO of Big Sea digital marketing. Presently, Joe is the co-founder of the St Petersburg Group, a consulting firm that utilized agility and cross-functional methodologies to solve public sector problems with private sector strategies.
A dynamic and highly qualified accountant with extensive experience with and knowledge of accounting principles, taxation policies, and income tax procedures. Entrepreneur and owner of the Tampa Bay area accounting firm Taxes Tampa.
Dzuy has been in the tech space for a long time (he wrote his first QBASIC program at age 7). A well-rounded technologist, he has been everything from a help desk technician, developer, project manager, to his current role as small business owner and CTO of Big Sea Digital Marketing.
Wilborn is executive director of the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College. As a journalist, Paul collected multiple awards from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. He won the Green Eyeshade Award from the Atlanta Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the South’s top writing prize. Wilborn was chosen for the Paul Hansel Award, Florida’s top journalism prize, and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. His plays have been produced at Stageworks, Off-Center Theater, Radio Theater Project, and University of Michigan. Paul was a founding member of Ybor City’s Artists and Writers Group.
Susana Weymouth is the Chief Development Officer for The Florida Orchestra. She is Executive Director Emeritus of Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts, where she was a transformational leader and driving force behind the nonprofit’s growth and success. Her professional experience includes roles at Florida International University, the Miami International Film Festival, the National Film and Television School in London, England, and founding Executive Director for the Government Research Corporation China Advisory Group.
Drawing on a decades-long career in philanthropy and nonprofits, Karen brings expertise in strategy and communications to her role as the Executive Director of the St. Petersburg Foundation. She excels at helping mission-driven organizations position, brand and deliver on their unique value propositions and engage authentically with donors, funders and communities. Previous work includes leadership roles at the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.