Board of Trustees

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David Gonzalez

President & Loan Committee Chair

David was born in California and moved to the Tampa Bay Area as a child.  He graduated from the University of Florida, go Gators! He has been in the financial services industry for 20 years and is currently the Chief Risk Officer at TCM Bank. David has been a member of the Loan Committee since 2016 and on the Project Prosper Board as of 2018. David’s parents emigrated from Cuba to the United States in the 1960’s. He is the youngest of six brothers, four of whom were born in Cuba. In his free time, David enjoys playing sports, traveling, and volunteering for several civic organizations throughout Tampa Bay.

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Sandy Knight

Secretary

Sandra “Sandy” was a teacher and reading specialist for 29 years with Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Beaverton, Oregon Public Schools. As a teacher, she is very aware of the issues and challenges facing the immigrant/migrant population. She was Teacher of the Year in 1990-91. Active in her community and church, she volunteers with Project Prosper’s Literacy Program, Clothes for Kids, and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Matthew A. Knight Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. She joined the Board in 2019 and continues to teach financial literacy classes.

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Robin Warren

Co-Founder / Trustee

Robin was Executive Director of the Florida Council on Economic Education from 2009 to 2013. Previously, she spent 21 years with Bank of America and its predecessor banks in various roles including Associate General Counsel, Public Policy Executive and Compliance Risk Management Executive. Robin has served in leadership roles with the Wealth Building Coalition of Pinellas County (now the Pinellas Prosperity Partnership) including Asset Building Committee Co-Chair,  the Steering Committee for Bank on St. Pete, a program to bank the unbanked in the City of St. Petersburg, and as Vice Chair of the Board of the Florida Holocaust Museum.

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Molly Auld

Trustee

Molly attended UCLA, where she graduated with honors and received a BA in Latin American Studies and a minor in Spanish Literature. After graduating she moved to Central America where she worked with an organization dedicated to bringing educational opportunities to impoverished rural communities and teaching English. Motivated by wanting to help create real positive social change in her local community, she attended graduate school and pursue a degree in Urban Planning with a focus on Community and Economic Development. She graduated from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service in 2008 and moved to St. Petersburg, FL the following summer. She has been a part of the Board of Trustees since 2009 and served as President of the Board for ten years (2011-2021). Additionally, she volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay and Community Tampa Bay working to empower young people to make positive changes in their communities.

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Ron Knight

Trustee

Ron is a business owner and entrepreneur. He develops corrosion protection and control products and procedures for his company Corrosion Protection and Solutions. In addition, through his Organic Resource company, he develops microbial consortiums for soil/water bioremediation. He has served as an Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO) for the United States Air Force Academy for the past 18 years and he was civilian ALO of the year in 2004. He was named Businessman of the Year for Apollo Beach, Florida, in 1996. Ron is President of the Board for the Matthew A. Knight Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which sponsors a Cub Scout and Boy Scout troop. Active in the local Rotary International Club, he has served as president and is a Paul Fellow. With his entrepreneur and business background, he enjoys mentoring immigrants in their business ventures.

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Sean Dougherty

Trustee

Bio coming soon!

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Michelle Waite

Trustee

As the founder of GrowthMVP, Michelle brings over two decades of experience in marketing, sales, business development, and product marketing to the table. Her firm provides fractional CMO services tailored for tech-forward entrepreneurs, employing a philosophy grounded in empathy, creativity, and accountability. She has a proven track record of driving growth and innovation across diverse markets, often bringing Silicon Valley-level expertise to emerging tech markets without the associated costs.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Michelle is deeply committed to economic empowerment. During her time living in Singapore, she was actively involved in supporting women entrepreneurs in Cambodia, an experience that greatly influenced her approach to philanthropy and business. Her passion for empowering individuals economically aligns closely with Project Prosper’s mission, and she is excited to contribute to their shared goal of enhancing economic opportunities for refugees and immigrants in the United States.

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Faye Steinhauser

Executive Director

Since she began working with refugees and immigrants in 2009, Faye has developed a passion for empowering, elevating, and achieving better inclusion for this incredible population of American society. Executive Director since 2018, Faye is responsible for strategic growth and planning, programmatic success, and overall operations of Project Prosper. She sees clients as fully capable of creating their own bright future if given the tools to empower themselves strategically and fully.

Prior to joining Project Prosper, she worked as Development Officer in individual gifts and grants for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, and in Business Development for the organization’s national interpreter network – a start-up “Uber model” business that connected clients with language skills with organizations needing to provide language access. Additionally, Faye provided direct service at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), teaching cultural orientation and financial skills to a wide variety of populations and with Literacy Network, a Madison, WI based non-profit that provides community ESOL classes to refugee and immigrant clients. Outside of work, Faye enjoys reading, keeping up with news and politics, and spending time at the beach.

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