Operation Round Up Board
The Operation Round Up® Board of Directors screens applications to decide which grants will be awarded. The board consists of nine directors, one appointed by each of SVEC’s trustees. Each director brings their own experience in education and business to the board. Decisions on funding are made collectively by the board and with the best interest of the community and its students in mind.
Menieca Kennedy, SVEC District: 1
Menieca Kennedy, a third-generation educator, recently retired from the Hamilton County school system after 29 years of service. During her career, she taught kindergarten, third grade and fifth grade. She also served as an instructional coach in mathematics. She is a member of the First Baptist Church in Jasper.
Donna Wade, SVEC District: 2
Donna Wade is a retired administrative secretary from the Suwannee County school system. She is an active officer in the Home and Community Education organization through the extension office. She is past president and an active member of the McAlpin Community Club, and she is active in her church.
Sylvia Taylor, SVEC District: 3
Home: Live Oak
Sylvia Taylor has served as a volunteer and student mentor in Suwannee County schools for over a decade.
Matt Buchanan, SVEC District: 4
Matt Buchanan is a lifelong resident of Lafayette County. A fifth-generation farmer, he is the owner of a native- tree nursery, a member of the Middle Florida Baptist Assembly Board of Directors and a deacon at Brewer Lake Baptist Church. He has six children, all of whom attended Lafayette County schools.
Michelle C. Lord (Vice President), SVEC District: 5
Home: Live Oak
Michelle Lord assists her husband in running his business, Lord Farms. She also serves as president of the Suwannee High Academic Boosters.
Amanda Clark, SVEC District: 6
Amanda Clark is a 5th grade teacher at Branford Elementary School.
Delores Howell is a retired educator and grandmother of children who attend local schools. She serves on the foundation board out of a desire to help enhance the educational environment for students and teachers.
George Scott (President), SVEC District: 8
George Scott recently retired from Florida Gateway College as facility director. He served as chair of the College Senate and now serves as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer, assisting students who are the most needful in the system. He is pleased to be able to work on the foundation board to help advance local education.
Francene H. Folsom (Secretary), SVEC District: 9
Francene H. Folsom holds a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education from Florida State University. She has taught for 30 years, and is now a kindergarten teacher at Lafayette Elementary School.