Get to Know Our Board
Executive Director - Jan Garcias
Jan Garcias has lived in Central Florida for more than a decade with her daughter Britt. Active in the philanthropic community, Jan has served as an active volunteer for UCF, the Down syndrome Association of Central Florida and numerous local charities.
Board Chair - Amy Van Bergen
Amy was elected as the chair in 2022 and has an extensive background as a nonprofit executive and consultant. She currently works with nonprofits on strategic planning, coaching and interim leadership. She has known Jan & Britt since 2011, and is a true leader in the non-profit community.
Vice Chair - Robert Aronoff
Robert is a graduate of UCF and has a background as a reporter and speech writer before returning to the classroom as a communications professor. He has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the chair of both the Tallahassee Alumni Club and the Dallas-Forth Worth Alumni Club. As a die-hard UCF Athletics fan, Robert's dog was named after the UCF mascot, Knightro.
Treasurer - Jennifer Sikora
Jenn has served on the boards of multiple nonprofits in both the DC-area as well as Central Florida. She currently works at Magnolia Press and spent years as the legislative director for a local congressman. She has volunteered with Jan and Britt on dozens of projects, especially those addressing medical and health issues and disparities.
Secretary & Website - Lauren Gardenhire
Lauren is a lifelong Central Florida resident and proud second generation UCF Alumni, following in her father's footsteps. She started volunteering with nonprofits in middle school, and was a volunteer lacrosse coach throughout high school and college. She first met Britt as a UCF football game -- where else?!
Board Member - Antoine Poe
Antoine Poe is a physical education teacher for Duval County Public Schools. Antoine is a UCF graduate and was a member of the UCF Football team in the early 2000s. He finished the 2003 season with 111 tackles - including a team high 16 for a loss and 3 sacks.
Board Member - Britt Garcias
The Girl With The Dream.
"It's simple - find someone who needs your help and help them."
Board Member - Leah Wimberley
Leah is a pediatric clinical social worker who provides mental health services and psychosocial support to patients with cancer and blood disorders. She currently works at the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. She is also a proud graduate of UCF.
Board Member - Patrick Nurse
Patrick is an IT Program/Project Manager at Walt Disney World and met Britt and the Britt's Bunch team through his love for UCF football. He loves politics and is active as an Alumnus for Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Board Member - Steve Martin
Steve is the owner and principal for Omni Productions in Orlando which produces high-end corporate videos, in-person & hybrid events/conferences and multimedia projects for Fortune 500 companies. He is the proud parent of two sons, one of whom is currently a wide receiver for the UCF Football team.