• Board of Directors

    This exclusive group includes only members of the board of directors and staff.
    Don Long
    CEO, President
    Lake Nona Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Don Long has served as CEO/President of the Lake Nona Regional Chamber of Commerce since December of 2017. He is also a former Chairman and interim President of the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce.

    Previously, Don enjoyed a successful entrepreneur career as owner, executive and employing yacht broker where he specialized in worldwide export and foreign currency purchases.

    Don is a retired US Marine and served in numerous duty stations including command of four embassy security detachments in high tension areas in Africa and Europe along with combat deployment to Somalia. Don is also a military combat correspondent holding certifications as a print, broadcast and photo journalist. Reaching the highest enlisted rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant, Don served as the Public Affairs Chief of the Marine Corps where he managed an entire occupational field from the Pentagon.

    Don graduated with honors in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
    Andrea Byrge
    Andrea Byrge Realtor, Realty 320

    I am a Licensed REALTOR with Realty 320 who has lived in the Orlando area for over 40 years. Having designed and built two custom homes, I really enjoy working with buyers who are using local home builders on new construction homes. My specialtes include lakefront and investment properties. I am also Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Lake Nona Regional Chamber of Commerce and am a former board member of St. Cloud Chamber. Foundering and current member of The Influencers BNI, I strive to help grow local businesses through relationships and referrals. I have been married 33 years to Chuck Byrge, a Captain for Southwest Airlines; together we have two adult sons and 2 grandchildren. Call me for a no-pressure consultation.

    Sean Gerlin, CFP® ChFC® CLU®
    Financial Planner
    Nelson De Freitas
    Past Vice-Chair
    LATAM Airlines
    Teresa Turner
    Friends of Fisher House Orlando
    Orlando Fisher House Manager
    Gary Salzman
    Director Legal
    Garganese, Weiss, D'Agresta & Salzman, P.A.
    Shareholder/Attorney, Mediator, Arbitrator

    Gary Salzman handles litigation, mediation and arbitration for business, real estate and employment disputes.  (www.orlandolaw.net)  He is Board Certified by The Florida Bar and is a "Master" and former president of the George C. Young American Inn of Court.  Gary Salzman is also a certified circuit civil and appellate mediator and a qualified arbitrator. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association's employment, commercial, and financial arbitration and mediation panels. He  serves as a mediator, arbitrator and private judge for business, employment and real estate disputes.

    Nicole Finegan
    HMS Certified Public Accountants
    Arbra Calvert
    Director Membership
    Michelle Estevez
    Vice-Chair Membership
    Nona Mortgage, LLC
    Senior Admin
    Kris Conner
    Director Programming
    Office of Lou Holtz
    Paty Person Wright
    Director Economic Development
    Wright, Paty Person
    Director Economic Development LNRCC
    Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce Professional.
       Proffesional History: Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission-Sr. Director-Headquarter Recruitment, Bio-Tech & Life Science Development, Osceola County& Four County Region; Florida Film & TV Commissioner; Florida Economic Development Council-Regional Director/ Two FL Regions; Co/Founder-Highlands County 'Council of 100'; IDA  Industrial Development Authority (IDA) Secretary for Orange & Osceola County, Fl; CEO of three Florida Chambers of Commerce.
     Professional Certificates:
      *Economic Development-IEDC  *Chamber of Commerce-IOM 
    Brigitte Jensen
    Vice-Chair Economic Development
    Ryan Thomas NMLS 3799
    Director Events
    Northpoint Mortgage
    Area Sales Manager
    Cari Rubin
    Vice-Chair Events
    Cari Rubin Photography LLC
    Your pets are more than friends; they are part of your family!    My desire is to capture your pets in portrait wall art, to give you smiles and lasting memories of the special spaces our pets hold in our hearts. 

    Heart of the Image ~ from my heart hounds to the pets of your heart!   I have been a lifelong pet owner - cats and dogs.   Currently I share my home with Piper, an Irish Wolfhound and registered pet thereapy dog.  I interact with your pets to make them comfortable, having fun, and thus, allowing me to capture their seriousness and their playfulness.  I also do head shots for Humans, Event Photography, Business Marketing and Social Media stock images.  Contact me to set up a consultation to discuss your photographic needs.  
    Rhys Lynn
    Director IT & Trustee
    Nona.Media (Nonahood News)
    Owner, Publisher
    Austin Purkeypile
    Director NE
    Vice President of Operations
    Barry Brockway
    Director NW
    GuideWell Innovation
    Director of Operations
    GuideWell Innovation Center Director of Operations. Provides the Operational leadership for all facilities, IT requirements and membership, event and venue support for the Innovation CoRE (Collaborative Resource Ecosystem) business services. A retired Naval Commander, held various leadership positions and was responsible for strategic planning for US Naval operations throughout career. In the business sector, as a Project Management Professional, led several IT projects during tenure with Florida Blue, and was responsible for starting a Mechanical Division of a successful Jacksonville based business.
    Angie Amate
    Director SW
    Luxury Realty, Inc.
    Sales Associate
    Brian Miller
    Director SE
    Business Development Manager
    I've spent the last 20 years helping companies streamline their human resources, workers compensation, payroll and employee benefits. My goal is to lower your labor costs while you focus on growing your business and increasing revenues.
    Lidya Gongage
    Director HOAs
    Spring Realty Orlando
    Pam Moore
    Director Marketing
    Marketing Nutz
    Robin Wright
    UCF Life Sciences Incubator
    Chief Operating Officer
    Omar Hickman
    Director PR
    Felicity Gomer
    Communication & Administrative
    Madelyn Long
    Business Development
    Lake Nona Regional Chamber of Commerce
    Business Development Manager
    17 years’ working at St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce as Business Development Manager where we grew the chamber from under 250 members to over 600 and helped plan many of today's successful events and programs. Previously held several senior positions with US Government  as Systems Analyst and Welcome Coordinator for American Embassies overseas. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Fitness, Recreation and Health from the University of Maryland.