“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
– Mother Teresa
Tara L. Zinzow
Executive Director & President
Member of the Board of Directors
Tara spent her early years in Portogruaro, Italy and Upstate New York. She lived in a strong military family, where she learned the values of service above self and the importance of family and country. She attended Russell Sage College for a degree in Legal Studies, Florida State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Sociology, George Washington University where she earned a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration, and Boston University where she earned a Certificate as a Project Management Professional. Tara has worked as a Paralegal, as Executive Director of a Private Christian School, Education Director, Curriculum Developer, Educational Consultant, Grant Writer, Human Resource Director, Chief Financial Officer, Business Owner, and Director of the non-profit organization Operation American Patriot. Using her extensive experience in business, charitable, and community service for veterans and children, Tara directs the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and executes the vision set out by the Foundation’s board of directors. Tara’s positivity, generosity, friendliness, and optimism are visible, outward extensions of her servant’s heart.
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”
– John Wayne
Justin R. Zinzow
Executive Vice President
Member of the Board of Directors
A Native of Upstate New York, Justin grew up on a small cattle and horse farm. When he was not working on the farm he spent much of his time helping in the family business, running his own business, volunteering for community development activities, and engaging in the electoral process. Justin has been politically active and civic minded since the youthful age of twelve, since which he has hosted countless political fundraisers, run and advised campaigns, and served as an election day lawyer to root out voter fraud. It is his love for American exceptionalism and business that spurred Justin’s decision to go to law school. Justin graduated from Stetson College of Law fourth in his class and from the State University of New York’s School of Business where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Management. Since law school Justin has become Florida Bar Board Certified as a construction specialist, and has founded and operates numerous businesses, yet he still finds time to serve. Justin lives in Florida where he carries on his family heritage as a Master Mason and a Shriner, helping children and families in need, and practicing the crafts of charity, morality, and brotherly love. Two Florida Governors have appointed him to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, which he has chaired, where he fulfilled critical Constitutional duties for the judiciary. Personifying the Cowboy Code, Justin enriches the Foundation’s board with practical knowledge and altruistic values.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.”
– Vince Lombardi
David J. Condron
David is fortunate to have grown up in the beautiful Tampa Bay area where he found himself imbedded in athletics. David was a member of Florida State University’s Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity before transferring to the University of South Florida where he joined their prestigious football team. Sports did not stop in college for David; he is currently a youth coach and an active participant in a prison inmate mentorship through sports programs. Athletics provided David with discipline, dedication, and team building character that have enhanced both his business and personal life. David gives back through several community and religious organizations, including the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and through his church. David graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. David is an award-winning financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual, and he brings his business acumen, keen fiscal responsibility, and love for his community and country to the Foundation’s board of directors.
“Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.”
― Alfred A. Montapert
W. H. “Trip” Ruby
Executive Vice President of Logistics
Member of the Board of Directors
A multi-generational Floridian, Trip spent his time taking care of horses and other animals on the family farm in Northern Florida; it was on the family farm where Trip acquired strong family, community, and country values. These values are the compass that has guided and continues to guide Trip. Trip imparted his strong work ethic and values on others as a youth mentor and volunteer at the Girls Club of Alachua County and as a Teen Court Advisor. At the end of his first year of law school Trip tragically lost his lifelong friend and law school roommate to cancer. This tragedy motivated Trip to turn his loss into a positive, and together with the “Friends of Raman,” he facilitated coordination and fundraising for an annual memorial scholarship in his friend’s honor. The Raman Subramamian Personal Tragedy/Catastrophe Scholarship lives in perpetuity as both a Stetson Law School Scholarship and a University of Florida Scholarship designed to benefit individuals who experience personal tragedy and need financial assistance in pursuing their academic dreams. Trip holds a Juris Doctorate from Stetson College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Florida. Trip, an accomplished Business and Real Estate Litigation Attorney, ensures the coordination of event supplies and brings his strong management and organizational skills to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world… but it requires people to make the dream a reality”
– Walt Disney
Maria T. Taylor
Vice President of Finance & Foundation Treasurer
Maria grew up in the heart of Miami. She is proud of her Cuban and Puerto Rican family Heritage, but even prouder of the country that gave her family opportunities to live in freedom and pursue their American dream. Understanding the values, hard work, and dedication that it takes to be a productive member of society, Maria entered the business sector. Maria is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where she obtained a B.A. in Business Administration. Maria’s more than 25 years of business and professional experience transcends industry boundaries, reflected by her background in the legal, banking, financial, accounting, human resource, and technology fields. With decades as a civic and school volunteer in the Town and Country area of Tampa, Maria protects the Foundation’s tax-exempt status through management of its financial affairs.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston S. Churchill
Vice President of Corporate Giving
Kimberly, a life-long Pinellas county resident, spends her time dedicated to improving the quality of life and services in the community in which she lives. Volunteering is second nature to Kim, whether it’s spending time as a swim coach for the Special Olympics, as a director on several boards of non-profit organizations, volunteering for Pinellas county schools or through her church, Kim’s dedication is unparalleled. Kim’s passion is helping those who cannot help themselves. For over 15 years Kim worked with UPARC assisting developmentally challenged adults. As Associate Executive Director for UPARC Kim served on the Commission for Accreditation for Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF), and authored several national standards for improving the quality of life for the developmentally disabled. Kim is a certified paralegal with a Master of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Kim is Vice President for Corporate Giving and spearheads the Foundation’s development activities in order to meet its philanthropic goals.
“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
– John F. Kennedy
Adam M. Main
Vice President of Marketing
Native to Michigan, Adam grew up in a military family, learning the importance of American values at a young age. Adam has dedicated his time to the VFW, and as a past Sergeant of Arms for the Sons of The American Legion. He has a love for history and the generations that have built America into the United and Free States that make our country so special. As a former Disney Cast Member Adam deems that his most important role in all of his endeavors is to “Make People Happy.” Adam is an active civic servant, dedicating his time to youth mentorship and coaching for the Florida Premier Futbol Club. Adam received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University where he focused on history. Adam’s cheerful demeanor and wicked creativity are uniquely well suited for his role in promoting and advancing the Foundation’s charitable work through external media and relationship building.
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