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About Cetera

Fundraising

Provide monetary support directly benefiting former foster youth.

Social Connections

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Housing

Ensure youth who age out of care have safe and stable living conditions.

Education

Facilitate the pathway to post-secondary opportunities.

Helping You Find Success With Personalized Coaching

Feel Like It’s Time to Make a Change in Your Life, But Can’t Seem to Find a Way?

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What Is Life Coaching?

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How Do I know If Coaching is Right For Me?

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My Approach

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Board of Directors

Jamie Bennett LMSW, ACC

Jamie Bennett LMSW, ACC

President

Jamie Bennett is the co-founder and President of Cetera, Inc. Jamie has a decade of experience in training training and consulting for organizations who aim to improve outcomes for young adults leaving foster care.  She holds a bachelors and master’s degree in social work, a clinical license in social work, and a coaching certification through the International Coach Federation. 

Jamie is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Program Development and Educational Innovation from the University of South Florida, with a research agenda focusing on coaching methods for college support staff working with students from foster care.

Jamie is a Senior Fellow with Case Commons and is also the Senior Trainer for the Fostering Success Coach Training. She participated in the launch of the Seita Scholars Program at Western Michigan University. Jamie has coached dozens of college students from foster care and led the The Fostering Success Coach Training, developing curriculum and providing training to hundreds of education and child welfare professionals working with students from foster care in several states.

As an alumna of the foster care system, Jamie is passionate about improving outcomes for young adults who have experience in the system.

Melodie “Dee” Menzer is a co-founder of Cetera and serves as the organization’s Vice President and Treasurer.  Dee also serves as a Guardian ad Litem, is a Board Trustee and the Treasurer for the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation, and member of the Leadership St. Pete Planning Committee for the Class of 2020. 

In her spare time, she works as an attorney at Trenam Law, focusing on tax and business planning for entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. 

She is a member of the Florida Bar and North Carolina Bar, and an alumna of the University of Miami where she earned a Bachelor of Science. She attended Elon University School of Law  for her Juris Doctorate, and the University of Florida Levin College of Law for a Master of Laws in Taxation. 

Melodie Menzer

Melodie Menzer

Vice President

Kasandrea Sereno Ed.D

Kasandrea Sereno Ed.D

Webmaster

Kasandrea Sereno is a college advisor from Tampa Florida. She is an alumna of the University of South Florida, holding a bachelor’s degree in business management and industrial psychology, an MBA, and a Master’s in EducationCollege Student Affairs. She recently completed her doctorate in Higher Ed Organizational Leadership & Policy at Vanderbilt University and currently works as a certified career counselor and academic advisor. In addition to her work with Cetera she also sits on the board of the National Institute of Social Media and runs the organization HigherEdSocial; the largest professional network for social media managers in higher education. 

Youth Advisory Committee

This could be you!

Cetera is currently interviewing for positions on the Youth Advisory Committee. This committee will be made of former foster youth and will advise the Board of Directors as needed as well as assist with events and lend their expertise to the work of the organization. If you are interested in applying for the Youth Advisory Board please email: kasandrea@ceterafl.org

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