Slater Bayliss is a partner in The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners, a political and government affairs firm which represents businesses and organizations before the Florida Legislature and State agencies. The firm represents some of the most recognized and respected companies in the country, from Fortune 500 publicly traded industry leaders to small non-profit organizations. Previously, Mr. Bayliss served in Governor Jeb Bush’s administration where his portfolio consisted of Economic Development policy formation and implementation in the Governor’s Office of Tourism and Trade. Preceding that, he served as personal assistant to Governor Bush. In this role, he acted as the liaison between the Governor and the executive office, agency secretaries, members of the Florida Legislature and constituents. Preceding his tenure in the Governor Bush's office, Mr. Bayliss also served as Deputy Policy Director on Jeb Bush’s 1998 gubernatorial race and on the political team for the George W. Bush Iowa straw poll effort in 1999. Mr. Bayliss began his political career with the Republican Governors’ Association in 1996. Mr. Bayliss earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Iowa. He later attended graduate school at Florida State University where he earned a Master’s Degree of Applied American Policy and Politics. He recently collaborated on a book that analyzed Florida elections through multiple types of data and changes in voter registration and turnout over time while comparing the electoral behavior of groups in Florida to those of the nation as a whole. Mr. Bayliss currently serves as Florida Co-Chair of Maverick PAC, a political committee that promotes next generation leaders and the principles of personal and fiscal responsibility in public service. Additionally, Mr. Bayliss sits on the Board of the Florida Coalition for Capital, a partnership of leaders supporting economic development and job creation through long term access to capital for Florida’s entrepreneurs and emerging companies. Mr. Bayliss previously served two terms as gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Directors of the Florida Sports Foundation and served as the Chair of the Florida Sports Charitable Foundation, Inc. Bayliss also functioned as Director of Operations for Governor Jeb Bush’s Inaugural Committee and as Special Advisor to Governor Rick Scott’s Inaugural Committee. Moreover, Bayliss has raised monies for the U.S. Central Command Memorial Fund, Inc. and the Florida Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund. He and his wife, Sara, met as undergraduates the University of Iowa and now reside in Tallahassee. They are the proud parents of Brooks, Blair and Blake.
Allie is a sixth generation resident of the Big Bend area and grew up in Gadsden County, Florida. She attended Florida State University and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration. Employed by Capital City Bank since 2005, Allie is the Client Experience Manager; responsible for managing client service and entertainment as well as planning corporate events. A dedicated community volunteer, Allie serves on the Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful board of directors and has served on the Golden Gala Decoration Committee for the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation. She is a member of Access Tallahassee and the Seminole Boosters.
Andrea is an avid proponent for early learning and strives to use her education background in order to benefit the children at Tree House. She taught in Leon County Schools for six years in grades 2-5. While teaching, she earned a master's degree in Reading Education/Language Arts (K-12) from Florida State University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Curriculum & Instruction at Florida State University’s College of Education. In recent years, she has been an expert English/Language Arts reviewer for CPALMS, a research assistant at FSU’s College of Education and the Florida Center for Reading Research, and an Adjunct Professor at Florida State University and Flagler College-Tallahassee. Andrea now serves as Education Department Chair and Assistant Professor at Flagler College-Tallahassee (FCT). She oversees the efforts to prepare highly-qualified teachers within FCT's reputable teacher preparation program. Andrea is also a Board Member for JDRF North Florida (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and serves as a representative for Tallahassee within this organization. In the past, she has served as a Board Member for The Tallahassee Ballet. She is married to Wilson Carlile and has three young children.
Allison is a shareholder with Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A., a regional accounting firm. She has dedicated most of her career to specialize in not-for-profit and governmental accounting. She is a graduate of Florida State University, holding both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in accounting. She provides a wide range of services to clients, which include financial statement audits, compliance audits, internal control studies, and various consulting work. Prior to joining Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A., she worked for the State of Florida Auditor General. Allison is a member of various organizations and has served on boards and committees with her professional associations as well as within our community. She is currently serving on the American Institute of CPAs Government Audit Quality Center Executive Committee and was a member of the AICPA’s Inaugural Leadership Academy. She is a member of Leadership Tallahassee, Class 27, and Access Tallahassee. She has also received such honors as being named one of the Top 40 under 40 CPAs in CPA Technology Advisor Magazine in 2009 and one of the Top 26 under 36 for the Florida Institute of CPAs CPA Today Magazine in 2013. Most recently she was awarded the 2014 Golden A.C.E. Award in the Finance Category by the Tallahassee Network of Young Professionals and the 2014 Emerging Leader Women to Watch Award by the Florida Institute of CPAs. Allison is originally from Fort Pierce, Florida, but after attending Florida State University, fell in love with Tallahassee, where she met and married her husband, Scott. They live a hectic life as they both work full time and have two children, Ensley, 2, and Caden, 6, but they both enjoy giving back to the community. She enjoys traveling, college football, and reading in her “spare” time.
Rian Meadows was born and raised in Winter Park, Florida. After graduating from Florida State with a degree in education she taught for 2 years in Orlando and 3 years in Jacksonville. She left the classroom to become the Florida Department of Education's Ambassador Teacher for 2 1/2 years. Rian missed the classroom and the student interaction and decided to return and teach in Leon County for a year. After having triplets she was able to start down a new educational path with Florida Virtual School. In her 7 years with FLVS she has been a teacher, Lead Teacher, Account Manager, and now serves as the District Relations Manager serving 20 counties in the Panhandle. Rian truly believes in serving the community and is a board member of Second Harvest Food Bank and Dress for Success Tallahassee.
Sheila was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. She graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis and moved with her family to Tallahassee shortly after high school. She is part of the Medical Support Administration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is working toward her degree in Social Work. She is married to Jason Mork and has an 8 year old daughter named Rylee and a 10 year old son named Bryson. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, reading and exercising.
Jimmy is the managing partner at Fasig | Brooks Law Offices, a local law firm that has been honored with the Tally Award for “Best Law Practice” for the past seven years. Jimmy is a passionate and skilled trial lawyer and has devoted his professional life to fighting for the rights of the injured. He says, “I believe that everything we do in life, especially how we treat other people, matters. I see customer service not only as good for business, but also the way I’m fulfilling my mission in life: To make my community a better place.” With his enthusiastic direction, Fasig | Brooks supports numerous community organizations throughout the Big Bend. Jimmy and his wife, Janette, live in Tallahassee with their three daughters.
In 2015, Dennis moved to Tallahassee joining the accounting firm Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs. He has over 20 years of public accounting experience in Ohio working as a CPA in the areas of tax compliance and business consulting. Dennis earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Akron (OH). In addition to his professional experiences, Dennis has been actively involved as a public official in the previous communities in which he has lived. He has served as a Village Council member and as Mayor of the Village of Bluffton (OH). He has also been actively involved in professional and service organizations and non-profit boards in both Ohio and Florida. In addition to joining the Tree House Board, Dennis is currently involved with the FICPA State Tax Committee and is a member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 34. Dennis and his wife, Chassity, are the proud parents of Mary, Rebecca, and Peyton. Dennis and Chassity were licensed foster and adoptive parents in Ohio, which led them to adopting Mary and Rebecca as well as having a deep appreciation for the mission of Tree House. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys supporting his children’s school and athletic activities as well as running (he has completed 2 marathons and a half marathon) and going to the beach.
Tracey Grant is an Account Executive for Cardinal Staffing Services of Tallahassee. She has a variety of experience in customer service, sales & marketing & business development. She graduated from Florida State University and majored in Sociology with a minor in Child Development. She also has a degree in Legal Assisting and holds a Personal Training Certification. She is active in the Tallahassee community and has served on several committees and enjoys fundraising. She has been involved and has supported Treehouse since 2011. She is originally from New Smyrna Beach, FL and has been in Tallahassee for sixteen years. Tracey enjoys spending time with friends and family and especially her daughter Kyleigh. She loves college football, working out and relaxing at the beach and giving back to her community.
Renee McNeill was born in Jacksonville Florida. She moved to Tallahassee in 1995 and graduated Cum Laude from Leon High School in 1997. Renee attended Auburn University and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (Finance) in 2001. She began her banking career in June of 2001 as a Special Projects Coordinator with Capital City Bank. From 2003 - 2011 she was employed with Premier Bank as a Commercial Lender. In 2011 she joined Farmers & Merchants Bank as Vice President, Commercial Lender. She is a 2010 graduate of the Florida School of Banking, and a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee, Class 23. She is actively involved in several Tallahassee community organizations and volunteers her time freely to the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Youth Leadership Tallahassee, and the Community Human Services Partnership with the United Way. She is a member of St. Peter's Angelican Church. Renee and her husband have one son, Hayden, and she enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her family.
Louis Poskey currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Aegis Business Technologies, a Managed IT Services provider based in Tallahassee. Louis, a Tallahassee native, is a graduate of Lincoln High School and Tallahassee Community College. He received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama with a Management Information Systems major. He and his wife, Meghan Poskey, have been active in coastal cleanups, and other community activities. Louis enjoys spending time with friends and family, biking, mountain climbing and spending time at the beach.
Christina Riccardi was born and raised in Tallahassee. After graduating from Leon High School, she attended the University of Florida and received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience. Christina returned to Tallahassee and earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University. Following graduation she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with an emphasis in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She then joined the staff of the medical center as the OEF/OIF/OND Psychologist working with returning veterans and their families. Christina and husband, Carter (also a Tallahassee native), moved back to the area in 2014 and are the proud parents of one daughter, Katherine. Christina is a Staff Psychologist at the Tallahassee Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic and Clerkship Faculty at the FSU College of Medicine.
Dan Sherraden is a vice president with BB&T Landrum Yaeger Insurance in Tallahassee, Florida. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Flagler College. Dan specializes in the placement of insurance coverage, risk management services, and bonding for large companies in the Southeast. As a trusted advisor, Dan provides clients with insight and interpretation of complex policy language while assisting with loss prevention policies and procedures. He is an expert in workers compensation and the NCCI experience mod and has taught numerous CE classes on this topic. Dan serves as committee chair for the Associated Builders and Contractors Young Professionals. When not working, Dan enjoys competing in offshore fishing and spearfishing tournaments, hunting, golfing and spending time with his wife Jaimie and daughter Blair. The Sherraden family is growing, and is excited to welcome a son, Clay, in November of 2018.
Meredith is a Tallahassee native and Leon High School graduate. She earned degrees in history and classical studies from Furman University and a law degree from The University of Virginia School of Law. After graduating from law school, Meredith held a judicial clerkship at the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach before returning to Tallahassee to go into private practice.She is currently a shareholder at Williams Gautier law firm, where her practice focuses on providing regulatory and legal compliance assistance to the firm’s financial institution clients. Meredith is a member of the Tallahassee Bar Association, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, a Sustaining member of the Junior League of Tallahassee, and she and her husband, David, are active members of First Presbyterian Church.
Mark was born and raised on Kent Island in Maryland. He graduated from Queen Anne’s County High School and after a short time in south Florida, moved to Tallahassee in 1994. Mark owns and operates BlackJack Auto Transport and BBT Trucking, auto transport carrier companies he founded in 2004. Community involvement is important to Mark and his wife, Maria, and they support many worthy non-profits in our area each year. An avid outdoorsman, Mark loves boating, spearfishing and spending time with his family and friends at Alligator Point.