Board of Directors

Abi Merkle
Chairman of the Board
AM Design & Services
Owner/Graphic Artist
Your local advertising/marketing professional with over 20 years in corporate retail advertising experience.
• Social Media Management
• Logo Design
• Package Design
• Photoshop Editing & Manipulation
• Manuals, Catalogs & Brochures
• Banners, Custom Wall Art & Trade Show Materials
• Marketing Services
• Product Photography & much more
Melissa Gallway
Excellence First Insurance Specialist

Melissa Gallway is a Florida native, she graduated from Bloomingdale High School and continued her education locally at Saint Petersburg College graduating with a BAS in Information Technology Management. Melissa and her husband Michael share 2 beautiful daughters together. She is the owner of Excellence First Insurance Specialist, a local independent insurance agency located at the Cowork Landing off Oakfield Rd. near Brandon Hospital. Melissa has been an active advocate for the community volunteering countless hours for youth sports programs, Hillsborough County Schools, and other local chambers. She is a current member of the Greater Tampa Realtor Association, Center of Influence for Entrepreneurs, Trusted Choice Insurance Carriers, SIAA, Hispanic Networking Groups and partakes in other local charities. 

Marie Gilmore
Vice President
The Osprey Observer Newspapers
Managing Editor

Gilmore started the newspaper as a one-page newsletter in FishHawk 17 years ago and it has grown to four editions with a circulation of more than 80,000 copies, along with a Website Quesada says, “I couldn’t be prouder of our staff that has always gone the extra mile to make this newspaper a success.” Colesanti has been with Gilmore since the beginning and says “Marie has an energy to make things happen; to put forth an idea and we have a great team to put it into action.” Colesanti also says “The Osprey Observer doesn’t just print community events, we as a team get involved in them, whether it is cleaning the highways or participating in fundraisers.”

Zachary Kamish
Wrobel Accounting

Zach is a licensed CPA in the State of Florida since July of 2012.  Zach’s background has been mostly helping to provide accounting and tax services to small business owners and individuals.  His specialty is helping small business owners tax plan throughout the current year and beyond.  He is just not a tax preparer, he is a tax planner.

He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 Areas of experience include the health care industry, construction contractors, consultants, real estate including agents/brokers and properties, recruiters, production companies plus other industries. 

Other areas of practice include non-profit tax preparation, tax-exempt IRS filings and international tax issues including FIRTPA.

Jeanne Baldi
Ribbon Cuttings Chair
Birthdays to Banquets
Melissa Canfield
Business After Hours Chair
HiTech Automotive
HiTech Automotive is a family owned and operated family mechanic shop.  Joe and Melissa Canfield have been the owners for the past 15 years.  There is a large 8 bay shop with an RV lift outside which easily lifts commercial work vehicles also.  The technicians specialize in brakes, air conditioning, and check engine light diagnostics.  Good referrals are drivers who want a second opinion on their repair bill, business owners with multiple vehicles who need to stay on the road to earn a living, and people who love cars.  We welcome the opportunity to earn your business. 
Candice Duffey
VFCC University Chair
Duffey Tree Care
Candice & husband Anthony own Duffey Tree Care, an arborist led tree company caring for trees in the Eastern Hills County for 9+ years.  Before joining her husband’s company, her 14 yr career focused on health information technology & claim processing config for health insurance agencies.  Since leaving corporate america, she has embraced her community, is passionate about helping others grow their businesses, & helping homeowners pull out the potential of their trees.
Nate Goldenberg, CFP®
General Assembly Chair
NextWave Wealth
Owner - Financial Planner
NextWave Wealth helps developing professionals and entrepreneurs get the most out of what they earn.  Our goal is to help you achieve financial independence and live the life you want to, not the life you have to.

Michael Holmes
Scholarship/Awards Chair
Delta Credit Restoration
Robet Love
Community Events Chair
Karyn Scech
Ambassadors Chair
Karyn Scech Yellowfin Realty
I am a full-time licensed REALTOR with Yellowfin Realty.  Running my own local business, I thoroughly enjoy supporting the small businesses in my community.  I volunteer with our Valrico Fishhawk Chamber of Commerce, ECHO and St. Andrews Preschool.  Ribbon Cuttings are my hobby these days as I understand the determination it takes to succeed in businedd.  Always shop local whenever you can , the support is always appreciated.
My website offers free up-to-date information directly from our Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  This is the best way to have the current information right at your fingertips.  Please visit 
I look forward to working with you and assiting you with your real estate needs.  

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