Board of Directors

Ismael Hernandez

Founder & Executive Director With a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and professional experience as executive director of the African Caribbean American Catholic Center, Ismael leads FVI based on the principles ...

Mark Forster

Board Member Mark grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and masters of management from Northwestern University. Mark worked as a vice president in commercial lending prior to ...

Neftali Feliciano

Vice-Chairman Neftali Feliciano is a financial representative that engages individuals, families, and business owners in the financial process. He has been working within the financial services and business consultant industry since 2010. He received his B.A in ...

Daniel D. Wright (Dan)

Board Member Dan Wright is a retired telecommunications executive. His business experience includes general management, new business development, marketing, government relations, and operations. He headed operations for Time Warner Cable in southwest Florida, Missouri/Kansas/Nebraska, and in additional ...

Dr. Carrie B. Kerekes

Treasurer Dr. Carrie B. Kerekes is an Associate Professor of Economics at Florida Gulf Coast University. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. Her research interests are in the areas of applied microeconomics; public ...

Carmen Salomé

Chair Carmen Salomé has a Master’s Degree in Management and 17 years of local government experience. She specialized in budgeting and community affairs. Her employment included 10 years working for the Lee County Board of County Commissioners ...

Board of Advisors

J. David Lyons

Past-Chairman of the Board, Freedom and Virtue Institute

Mary Briggs

Lee Memorial Health Care

Barbara Pizzolato, PA

Attorney/Estate Planning

Errol Howard

Wells Fargo Bank

Jerry Cohen

Equity Build, Inc.

James Kelly

American Airlines

Lawrence Reed

Foundation For Economic Education – President