Our Board of Trustees
The Mease Life Board of Trustees is a dedicated and widely experienced group of individuals who provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance to the organization and Executive Staff.
Mary Beth Carroll
Mary Beth Carroll has been a member of the Mease Life Board since 2017 and has also served on the Board of the Mease Life Foundation. Ms. Carroll is a graduate of Dominican University (formerly Rosary College) in River Forest, Illinois, and holds certificates from Boston College in Corporate Community Relations and the University of Michigan through the Public Utilities graduate management program. In her role as FirstEnergy’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Community Involvement and President of the FirstEnergy Foundation, Ms. Carroll was the first woman to serve on the senior management team. Her responsibilities included investing more than $50 million in Foundation contributions to not-for-profit organizations located in the service areas of FirstEnergy’s 10 electric operating companies in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, and New York.
Ms. Carroll founded Leadership Sandusky and served as a City Commissioner in Sandusky, Ohio. Her board experience ranged from the Ohio Ballet to Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Hospital Board, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Oversight Committee and many more. Her honors include being named Distinguished Alumni from the National Association of Community Leadership; Recognition from the Ohio House of Representatives, City of Akron and City of Cleveland; Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio Inaugural Woman of Influence; Erie County, Ohio Business Woman of the Year and being named one of Northern Ohio Live’s Most Influential Women. She is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Dunedin North.
Mel Ora joined the Mease Life Board in 2019. Before he retired in 2019, Mr. Ora specialized in bank automation and electronic funds transfer systems throughout his career.
Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1968, Mr. Ora entered Delta State University and concurrently began his career in banking at Second National Bank. He relocated to Wilmington, Delaware, where he developed and managed the first successful debit card system in the United States. In 1975, Mr. Ora was part of a team that developed a strategic business plan for the deployment of a national debit card system for American Express. A few years after that project, he traveled to Taiwan where he participated in developing a strategic plan for the implementation of a national debit card system. After relocating with his family to Clearwater in 1981, Mr. Ora traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally as a consultant overseeing projects for companies such as Citibank and AT&T, as well as other major financial services companies. He started four separate companies that specialized in electronic banking services, and he was a Founding Board member of Patriot Bank.
Mr. Ora served as Co-Chairman of the Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation during its initial construction. He has served on the boards of Florida Bank of Commerce, North Bay Hospital, Morton Plant Hospital and the Morton Plant Mease Foundation, where he chaired a capital campaign that raised over $13 million for Mease Countryside Hospital. Mr. Ora lives in Dunedin and currently serves as Vice Chair of the City of Dunedin Board of Finance.
Stacy Galik joined the Board in 2018. Ms. Galik currently serves as Director of Hospital Care Coordination for five BayCare Hospitals in the Tampa area, including Mease Dunedin Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital and Morton Plant Hospitals. As such, she is responsible for BayCare Hospitals’ key performance indicators related to Patient Care Coordination as well as for collaboration with BayCare outpatient care management teams and relationships with community partnerships for transition of care, disease management, quality outcomes, and reduction in healthcare costs.
Ms. Galik received her BA in Psychology and her MA in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida and obtained her Certified Case Manager certification in 2018. She is a member of the American Case Management Association (ACMA), the Morton Plant Mease Ethics Committee, and is a Board Member for the Pinellas Homeless Leadership Alliance (HLA). Ms. Galik been a presenter for BayCare, NatureCoast Social Work Association, the National and Florida ACMA chapter Conferences, and a panelist for Zirmed Healthcare Revenue Management.
Kevin Donoghue has served on the Mease Life Board of Trustees since 2016. A graduate with high honors from the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Donoghue, CPA, served as managing partner of Price Donoghue Ridenour (PDR CPAs) for 18 years and is currently a private wealth advisor with Heartfire Wealth – Ameriprise Financial. His experience in financial planning extends to tax exempt bond issues for non-profit healthcare entities, business valuation, and audit review of financial statements for healthcare entities including hospitals and nursing homes.
A former Captain in the US Army, Mr. Donoghue was recognized as a Master Instructor at the US Army Ordnance School. He currently serves as Chair of the Pinellas County Health Facilities Authority and as a Trustee for the Morton Plant Mease Foundation. Mr. Donoghue has previously served as President of the Dunedin Council of Organizations, Chair of the Finance Council of Our Lady of Lourdes, and President of the Dunedin Rotary Club Foundation. He has also served as a member of the City of Dunedin Board of Finance, the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, the Dunedin Historical Society, and the Board of Leadership Pinellas. He has the distinction of being the only individual to receive the small business award for both Dunedin and Clearwater, Florida.
Jeff Beck joined the Board in 2018. He is a graduate of The University of Florida with a B.S. Degree in Business Economics and he currently serves as Executive Vice President of Assured Partners. Mr. Beck specializes in identifying and analyzing emerging risks and in implementing risk management programs ultimately designed to control the total cost of risk in both the short and long-term. His focus is within the healthcare industry, including senior living, developmental disability facilities and hospice.
Mr. Beck currently holds both the General Lines License and the Life, Health and Variable Annuities License. He has obtained the designation of Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) and is an active partner in many associations including LeadingAge and the American Health Care Association. Mr. Beck lives in Tampa with his wife Lisa, daughter Kirstin, and son Carson.
Linda R. Chamberlain
Linda Chamberlain joined the Mease Life Board in 2019. Ms. Chamberlain is a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney who has practiced in Clearwater and the surrounding area since 1991.
Ms. Chamberlain is a Past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar and remains an active member. She served as an Adjunct Professor at the Stetson College of Law 2011-2015. She has also served on the Gulfcoast Legal Services Board, Board of the Clearwater Free Clinic, Board of the Clearwater Bar Foundation, Leadership Pinellas Board of Directors, St. Paul’s School Board of Directors and Partners in Self-Sufficiency.
A graduate of Oral Roberts University and the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law, Ms. Chamberlain is a member of the Florida Bar, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, Clearwater Bar Association, Elder Law Committee and Probate Committee of the Clearwater Bar, St. Petersburg Bar Association, Aging Life Care Association and the Florida Council on Aging. Ms. Chamberlain lives in Belleair with her husband, Kerry, and their two Labradors Lucy and Ethel.
Deborah Kynes joined the Mease Life Board in 2018. Ms. Kynes currently serves as Vice Mayor of the City of Dunedin and as the City Liaison to the Dunedin Fire Arts Center, the Dunedin History Museum, the North Pinellas Cultural Alliance, and the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee. She was appointed to the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and currently serves on the Leadership Florida West Central Region Council. Ms. Kynes is a voting member of the Cherokee Nation and a member of the Cherokees of Central Florida.
Ms. Kynes has served as a three-term Chairman of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority; Chairman of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council; Chairman of the Environmental Quality Committee for the Florida League of Cities; Chairman of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation; and Chairman of the Pinellas County Arts Council. She has served on numerous other committees and boards including the Utilities, Natural Resources and Public Works Legislative Committee of the Florida League of Cities; the Institute for Strategic Public Policy Solutions; the Florida Humanities Council; the Florida Chamber Water Task Force; the Pinellas County Charter Review Commission; the BayCare Medically Needy Task Force; the Morton Plant Mease Community Impact Committee; the PACE Pinellas Center for Girls; the Pinellas County Arts Council; and the Board of Leadership Pinellas. Ms. Kynes has also served as Honorary Co-Chairman of the Art Harvest as well as Co-Chairman of the Hospice of Pinellas Suncoast “Hospice Ball.”
Ms. Kynes has received recognition as the “Deborah Vincent” Distinguished Alumni of the Year from Leadership Pinellas and has received the “History Maker” Award presented by the Dunedin Historical Society. Other awards include “Rotarian of the Year” from the Dunedin Rotary Club and the “Women Honoring Women Award” from the Soroptimist Club.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Tulsa College of Law, Ms. Kynes is a member of the Florida Bar. Ms. Kynes lives in Dunedin with her husband, Allen.
Bill Francisco joined the Mease Life Board in 2020. Founder of AdSharp, Inc., a marketing firm from which he retired in 2013, Mr. Francisco previously held senior marketing positions including Director of Marketing for Busch Gardens Entertainment Corporation; Manager of Group Sales, Walt Disney World; Vice President of Marketing for Six Flags Over Georgia; Executive Vice President of Marketing and Entertainment for the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair; and Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Dixie Stampede Dinner Theatres, a Dolly Parton company.
Mr. Francisco currently serves on the Board of the Mease Life Foundation, is President of the Friends of the Island Parks citizen service organization and is Co-Chair of the Dunedin Fine Art Center Advisory Board. He volunteers at the Honeymoon Island Nature Center and serves as a Nature Walk Guide. He has served on the Morton Plant Mease Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors and is a Past President/Chair of the Rotary Club of Dunedin, the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, the Dunedin Council of Organizations, Visit Dunedin and the City of Dunedin Charter Review Committee. He has received numerous awards, including the Beatrice Donoghue Delightful Dunedin Award in 2015 and Dunedin Small Business of the Year in 2012.
A graduate of Florida Southern College, Bill lives in Dunedin with his wife of 54 years, Ginger. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Judee Bavaria joined the Mease Life Board in 2020. Ms. Bavaria is President Emeritus of Presby’s Inspired Life, a not-for profit, faith-based organization that provides continuing care and affordable housing to older adults throughout the Greater Philadelphia, PA, area. She served as President and CEO of the organization from 2005 until 2019. Ms. Bavaria’s leadership at Presby’s was marked by many accomplishments, including execution of several strategic plans to expand and improve Presby’s continuing care communities and affordable housing. Her progressive oversight of capital improvement initiatives increased viability for the organization and set the stage for its continued growth. Prior to joining Presby, Ms. Bavaria served as Corporate Compliance Officer and VP Operations for Lutheran Services Northeast as well as in various leadership capacities for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare.
Ms. Bavaria currently serves on the Board of the Philadelphia Corporation of Aging in Philadelphia and on the Mease Life Foundation Board. She has previously served as on the Board of the University of Scranton, and was chair of Catholic Senior Housing and Healthcare Services in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for 12 years. Ms. Bavaria has also served as Co-chair of LeadingAge and as a member of the LeadingAge Pennsylvania Board of Directors.
A graduate of Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing, Ms. Bavaria is a Registered Nurse and licensed Nursing Home Administrator. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg State University and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Scranton. A frequent holiday visitor to the Tampa Bay area, Ms. Bavaria has permanently relocated to Dunedin.
Charles S. Gamble
Charles Gamble joined the Mease Life Board of Trustees in 2021. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and from Harvard Business School with a Master of Business Administration. He retired in 2003 as President of Halkey-Roberts Corporation (Atrion) a major manufacturer of components for the medical device, aviation, and marine safety industries. Prior to that he was President of United Medical (Pfizer). In addition, he was employed by Baxter Healthcare and Concept Inc. both in the medical device industry. Mr. Gamble served in the US Navy’s Civil Engineering Corps (Seabees) and in Vietnam as part of the Military Advisory operations.
Mr. Gamble now serves as a Director of the Chautauqua Foundation in Chautauqua, New York, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Advocare Trust in Clearwater, Florida. He is a Trustee and former Chairman of the Board of Charlestown Community in Catonsville, Maryland. Mr. Gamble and his wife Gail reside in Dunedin, Florida.