Donna Sines is regarded as an expert in organizational management and developing outcome-focused collaborations. She has over 25 years of extensive experience in the non-profit sector and is best known nationally for the creation and impact of Community Vision (established in 1995). She shares her knowledge related to civic engagement with numerous communities nationally as a consultant and conference speaker.
Donna, together with a board of 31 grass-root partners, organized CV involving over 3,000 residents in shaping a vision for a preferred future, as well as, crafting five key goals, nine strategies and 87 plans to help Osceola County reach its full potential. The organization has grown from living room office space and a $50K annual budget to an annual budget exceeding $386K with a staff of four. Donna is a natural facilitator rallying the community around issues important to them and extracting the time and talent needed to move from planning to action rather quickly. Professional milestones include overseeing the restoration of the Kissimmee Train Station raising over $150K and involving 170 volunteers. She also spearheaded the Rainbow Park Children’s Playground Project recruiting over 400 volunteers and raising over $100K cash and $25K in-kind gifts. She was also responsible for leadership in downtown Kissimmee revitalization establishing a Community Redevelopment Agency, a Main Street designation, and a recently completed streetscape corridor and master plan. Under her leadership, Community Vision secured a multi-million HRSA grant to operate a mobile health unit offering free health care to nine underserved communities and generating an additional $10M new dollars. The organization received a $1M endowment to fund a Community Vision health collaborative in perpetuity. In 2009, CV secured long-term housing by executing a 99 year lease on the Osceola Council on Aging’s intergenerational campus sharing building space with the Children’s Advocacy Center.
Sue Ring has worked in the non-profit industry for more than 25 years for indirect and direct service providers. She has extensive experience in program development, volunteer management, special events coordination and community outreach. However, philanthropy was not her chosen career. Sue graduated many moons ago with a bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV Communications from Butler University but found herself unemployed in that field. After a brief stint in retail, she joined the Meals on Wheels program in Indianapolis, IN as the volunteer coordinator and hasn’t looked back since. After 13 years at MOW, she relocated with her family to Central Florida. She served as the Downtown Kissimmee/Small Business Area Council Coordinator of the Kissimmee Chamber of Commerce (fit that on a business card) where she was introduced to Community Vision. She joined the Community Vision team in January 2002. She wears many hats which can include a strategic planner, program manager, event coordinator, communications specialist, grants administrator, meeting planner and bookkeeper. Sue and her husband Matt have been married for 25 years and have a daughter Megan.
Emily joined the Community Vision team in 2013. This Osceola native returned home after a productive career in Health & HR Management in Georgia. Her retirement plans were short-lived after she reconnected with fellow Osceola High School grad Donna Sines at a class reunion. Emily started as a part time Special Projects Manager offering staff support for CV initiatives and programs. She helped launch the Project OPEN program where her passion, enthusiasm and dedication have made it a wild success. With firm guidance and warm heart, the pogrom continues to grow and thrive. In Emily’s private time, she enjoys spending time with her 2 adult daughters, 5 grandchildren, dear mother and precious Yorkie and resident stinker Bentley.
With more than 25 years in employment services, Jackie has become an asset in achieving the community’s vision of having a employed workforce. Since joining our team in 2012, Jackie reenergizes underemployed and unemployed individuals with desirable job skills in our E2E Empowerment to Employment program. Jackie works with local organizations and establishes networks to ensure that individuals will not only get a job but work in their desired career field. Originally from Orlando Florida, when Jackie isn’t working she loves volunteering with foster youth, shelters and YMCA programs.
Erika, an Osceola County native, joined Community Vision in February of 2015 and manages various community related projects as well as coordinating the Youth Leadership Program.
She volunteers and has held leadership roles in non-profit organizations and enjoys working with youth. Erika brings 15 years of education and teaching experience to the organization.
“Much of her free time you will find her with her husband Ricky, 3 children and family. Also cheering on her kids at the ballfields, teaching preschoolers at her church, enjoying photography, and spending time outdoors on the family cattle ranch South of the County.
Isaac began at Community Vision in February of 2016 as an Intern from Valencia College. He was officially welcomed aboard as our Bi-Lingual Part Time Operations Associate. Isaac graduated with his Associate in Arts degree from Valencia College, May of 2016 and will be starting at UCF fall term 2016.
Driven by a passion to help those in need and by a powerful desire to positively impact the community, he naturally merged with the Community Vision team.
Isaac was born in Quito, Ecuador. In a desperate attempt to rescue his family from a crippling economy and country-wide corruption, Isaac’s father decided to offer his family a new beginning in the United States in 2006. As someone who has endured the hardships of immigration, Isaac offers a unique perspective on community and cultural issues.
Isaac’s contributions at Community Vision include clerical organization, writing, public speaking, and technological operations. Isaac is the videographer behind CV TV; part of Community Vision’s Social Media marketing initiative.
Isaac’s goal is to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida by 2018.
Shane Townsend joined Community Vision’s Empowerment to Employment team June 2017. Shane serves as our Employment specialist ensuring accurate and efficient assistance to all E2E participants. He is our pre-employment specialist ensuring participants are screened and prepared for boot camp. He also assists in job placement, retention and tracking of participants’ progress.
Shane obtained his Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Hospitality Management from Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina. During his youth, Shane had a strong passion in becoming a professional basketball player and was a member of the university’s varsity basketball team. Prior to his relocation to Central Florida, he helped coach and develop young athletes from his hometown Columbia, South Carolina. Shane is excited to help guide program participants on their journey to employment and self-sufficiency.