Life Town Board Members

Codie Bryant

As a wife, mother of four, and former teacher for 8 years, Codie has a heart for serving families in the local community. She has seen the impact that caring for children with special needs can have on families, and she is excited to be a part of something that can encourage them.

She is originally from South Carolina, where she attended the ACC powerhouse known as Clemson University (Go, Tigers)! She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Spanish Education in 2006. After several moves, her family put down roots in Tallahassee in 2016, and she was overwhelmed by the warm welcome they received. It is her privilege to help create something that will have a continual positive impact on this community.

Lisa Chase

Lisa was a professional elementary educator for 30+ years in Tallahassee.

Lisa knows and understands the needs of the children in our region.

Upon being introduced to the Life Town concept, Lisa immediately embraced the project. Lisa understands how Life Town will help transform special education.

Lisa has been a leader in early education for many years. She has served on numerous boards and has implemented many creative, unique and educational ideas. Lisa’s prior experiences have made her uniquely qualified to be a valuable member of the Progressive Pediatric Foundation Board.

Lisa serves on the Capital Development Team and has become dedicated to making the Life Town campus a reality.

Jill Conley

Office Manager

Jill Conley is the Office Manager at Progressive Pediatric. She is the mother of three children and has devoted her last 17 years advocating for children with special needs. Jill’s 1st child, Logan, was born with a disability and continues to be her inspiration. She has been a member of the Leon County Schools Exceptional Student Education Advisory Board. She was also a member of KEYS (Key to Exceptional Youth Success) team, fundraising and promoting opportunities for young adults with disabilities. Jill was a part of the National Autism Association of Florida team that advocated at the Capital to help enact legislation that requires insurance companies to cover children with Autism. Jill’s career experiences and passion for people with disabilities and their families allow her to serve the community and the State in meaningful roles.

Charlie Dailey

Raised in Tallahassee, Florida, Charlie Dailey graduated high school from Maclay School and received a bachelor of arts degree from Florida State University. He has had a professional career in healthcare for over twenty-five years. Past experience supports medical and surgical roles in sales, marketing, strategy and management. Charlie is currently the Senior Vice President for ASD Management, a national development and management company for ambulatory surgery centers. Personal service includes Maclay School Board of Trustees, Leon High School Foundation Board, and serving as an elder for Faith Presbyterian Church. For twenty-three years, Charlie has been married to Sharon Dailey. They have four boys: John Scott, Will, Preston and Lawson.

Bart Gunter

Bart Gunter is the Area Vice President for Rogers Gunter Vaughn Insurance HUB Florida. Bart is a graduate of Tallahassee Lincoln High School and received his A.A. from Tallahassee Community College and a B.A. from the University of Florida. After working in the political arena, Bart has been an insurance professional for the last 26 years specializing in property and casualty and employees benefits. His community service includes current member Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and numerous non -profit and charitable boards. Bart is married to Jennifer Basford Gunter. He has three daughters Claudia, Hannah and Dorey and is a member of Bradfordville First Baptist Church.

Mark T. Haney

Mark Haney is an attorney and founding partner of Haney Holloway, PLLC. Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Auburn University, a Juris Doctorate in law from Cumberland School of Law and a Masters of Laws (LLM) in Taxation from New York University. Mark’s practice includes the areas of business, corporate, contracting, real estate, mergers and acquisitions and related taxation issues. In addition to his legal experience, Mark was also a business broker with Thomas Pierce & Company and a commercial real estate specialist with The Staubach Company assisting the State of Florida and its various Agencies in the negotiation of third party leases. Mark and his wife, Sarah Nan, have been married for 27 years and have three daughters: Taylor, Kendall and Alyssa.

Colson Hosford

Director of Real Estate & Development

Colson Hosford joined the Seminole Boosters staff in April 2015 and serves as the asset manager for all SBI owned real estate assets. In 2016 he also began serving as a major gift fundraiser focusing on real estate gifts to the Boosters. Prior to joining the Boosters Colson was a member of the 2002-03 Football team as a walk-on WR and later played two seasons professionally in Europe with the Munich Cowboys. Prior to playing football abroad he spent eight years in the Commercial Real Estate & Banking industries. Colson is a native Tallahassian and is a very average golfer and angler, but seems to really enjoy both. He and his wife, Katie (Class of '03), have been married for 8 years and have two sons: Yancey (2) and Duke (1).

Alma Mater: Florida State 2002, MBA 2005

Kevin Kolka

Board President

Kevin Kolka’s career has covered many areas of the accounting and financial industry including working in the audit department of two CPA firms, as CFO for a local civil engineering firm and owner of a small business consulting firm since 2008. Presently, Kevin is the CEO and a Partner of the Progressive Pediatric family of services. These three entities provide therapeutic and educational opportunities for children primarily with special needs.

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Kevin Kolka

Summary

Kevin Kolka’s career has covered many areas of the accounting and financial industry including working in the audit department of two CPA firms, as CFO for a local civil engineering firm and owner of a small business consulting firm since 2008. Presently, Kevin is the CEO and a Partner of the Progressive Pediatric family of services. These three entities provide therapeutic and educational opportunities for children primarily with special needs.

Capabilities

  • All corporate financial matters
  • Tax compliance matters
  • Financial consulting

Experience

  • Progressive Pediatric Therapy/Developmental/Child Care
    Chief Executive Officer/Partner, 2012 – Present
    Business/Financial Consultant, 2008 – 2012
  • Kolka Consulting, LLC
    Owner, small business consulting firm, 2008 - Present
  • Moore Bass Consulting, Inc.
    Chief Financial Officer, 2004 – 2008
    Financial Controller, 2001 – 2004
    Accounting Manager, 1998 – 2001
    Internal Corporate Accountant, 1996 – 1998
  • Thomas Howell Ferguson, PA
    Staff Auditor, 1994 – 1996
  • Watkins, Watkins & Keenan, CPAs
    Staff Auditor, 1992 – 1994

Leadership & Community Involvement

  • Board President, Progressive Pediatric Foundation, Inc.
  • Board Secretary/Treasurer, Progressive Pediatric Developmental Center, Inc.
  • Deacon Secretary, Bradfordville First Baptist Church
  • Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee volunteer
  • Former Board Member, Christtown Ministries, Inc.
  • Former Deacon, North Florida Baptist Church
  • Former Ronald McDonald House meal volunteer
  • Former Habitat for Humanity House Build Team Member

Education

  • Mississippi State University, 1991
    Bachelor’s of Professional Accountancy
  • Mississippi State University, 1992
    Master’s of Professional Accountancy

Tammy McKenzie

Tammy is the founder of Progressive Pediatric Therapy Services which began in 2004.

She is the co-founder of Progressive Pediatric Developmental Center, Progressive Pediatric Child Care and Progressive Pediatric Foundation.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude at Florida A&M University in Occupational Therapy in 2000. Tammy has served on the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy from 2014 to 2016.

Her passion and purpose is the development and education of children and adults with varying needs.

Her vision is to have an all-inclusive campus that provides LIFE training for success.

Christy Oberste

Christy Oberste is the Director of Capital Development for the Life Town Board. Since first becoming involved with Progressive Pediatric as a parent, she has developed a passion for those needing a little extra assistance. This passion led to her addition to the Foundation’s Board as the Director of Capital Development. Christy’s background in education has led her to use her talent and skills for the betterment of others. Life Town’s focus on education is paramount to development. Christy is now dedicated to leading our Capital Campaign Team that will create the campus for Life Town.

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Christy Oberste

Summary

Christy Oberste is the Director of Capital Development for the Life Town Board. Since first becoming involved with Progressive Pediatric as a parent, she has developed a passion for those needing a little extra assistance. This passion led to her addition to the Foundation’s Board as the Director of Capital Development. Christy’s background in education has led her to use her talent and skills for the betterment of others. Life Town’s focus on education is paramount to development. Christy is now dedicated to leading our Capital Campaign Team that will create the campus for Life Town.

Education

  • University of Arkansas, 1996
    Bachelor’s Degree, Mathematics
  • University of Arkansas, 1997
    Master’s Degree, Secondary Education/Mathematics
  • University of Arkansas, 2000
    Doctorate Degree, Higher Education/Mathematics

Professional Experience, Mathematics Instructor/Professor

  • Pulaski Technical College, Little Rock, AR
  • University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
  • Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, TX
  • University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
  • University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX
  • Troy University, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Community/Charitable Involvement

  • Florida Disability Outdoors Association
  • Leon County - Special Olympics Florida
  • United Way of the Big Bend
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Boys Town North Florida
  • Tallahassee Young Life

Larry Powell

Special Needs Educator

Larry Powell is retired after over 35 years as a Special Needs Educator, where he taught children of all ages with a wide variety of different circumstances and special needs. Larry also helped spearhead the special program ANCHOR, in Gainesville, Florida, where students who were homeless, or were classified as transitional families, would be provided consistent services in one school, including transportation from wherever they lived. These students also received additional support such as nursing care, food support, clothing, and family counseling when needed. Larry has been actively involved with Flagler College and FSU to instruct Speciation Education and Regular Education practicum students due to his innovative teaching style, oftentimes supervising 4-5 students a semester. Larry also volunteers at various schools and events that serve the special needs community and has been on numerous school advisory committees and boards over the years. Larry’s passion is to provide positive and productive educational, vocational, and real life learning opportunities for the children he serves. His goal has always been to provide the tools and skills necessary to encourage children to be as self-sufficient, independent, successful, and well-rounded as they possibly can be.

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