Margaret Linnane is Executive Director of the Rollins College Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. She has full administrative responsibility for the college’s multi-purpose resource center dedicated to providing a broad range of executive education programs, workshops, seminars, and services for volunteer and staff leadership of nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Edyth Bush Institute in 2004, Margaret served as executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Orlando for 18 years. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Nonprofit Alliance, a statewide coalition of nonprofits focused on advocacy, collaboration, and research, and she serves on a variety of advisory committees and boards that strengthen nonprofit decision-making.
Since taking the helm as Chief Executive Officer of the Nonprofit Center in 2005, Rena Coughlin has focused on strengthening the local nonprofit sector by leading nonprofit sector advocacy, helping governments, philanthropic organizations, and citizens understand the importance and power of local nonprofits. Under her tenure, the Nonprofit Center has grown to 300 nonprofit member organizations, and now provides hundreds of professional development opportunities for over 2,000 staff and board members annually.
Previously, Rena led Girls, Inc. of Jacksonville as CEO. Before that, she enjoyed six years as the Special Projects and Alumni Manager for Leadership Florida. Earlier in her career, she worked in Washington D.C. as a legislative aide to Florida Senator Bob Graham. She joined the Peace Corps immediately after graduating from the University of Florida, and worked in Liberia, West Africa as a fisheries extension agent.
Adriene Tynes is the Director of Accreditation at Nonprofits First. Previously, she co-founded a food and clothing drive for homeless veterans, contributed to best practices reports on federal funding for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, and served on the Planning Committee for the Center for Civic Literacy during her time as a graduate assistant at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Before pursuing her graduate degrees, Adriene worked for environmental education programs in North Carolina and Alabama, and completed a year of national service in AmeriCorps.
Adriene holds a Master of Public Affairs degree and a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida. She is also a recent graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County. Adriene is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Community Greening, a collective effort to improve our environment for people and nature, and Youth Making Ripples, a marine science film festival for students grades K - 12.
Felina Martin is the new Executive Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence. For the previous six years, Felina served as the Director of Healthy Living Innovations: Healthy Aging for the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast in Jacksonville, overseeing a $2.5 million budget in membership revenues. She also served as Executive Director of the Flagler Center YMCA.
Taking the helm at INIE will be a homecoming for Felina who previously served as Division Director for the March of Dimes in Tallahassee, Corporate Outreach Manager with the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and Member Relations Director with the University Center Club. Felina also founded and served as President of Eventions, an event planning and promotions company, which helped produce fundraising and community awareness events for a variety of local nonprofits, corporations, and government entities.
Emily Benham was named CEO of Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay after years of service in nonprofit organizations. She came to the Center after serving as interim president of Bayfront HERO, a newly formed health legacy foundation. Prior to that, she directed the Bayfront Health Foundaton for nearly two decades, raising millions of dollars for capital improvements for Bayfront Medical Center. She’s also led fund development efforts at the Florida Orchestra, American Stage and the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami.