Melodie “Dee” Menzer | Chairwoman of the Board
Melodie “Dee” Menzer is a co-founder of Cetera and serves as the organization’s Chairwoman of the Board. Dee also serves as a Guardian ad Litem, is a Board Trustee and the Treasurer for the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation, and a 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 is 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.
Dr. Kasandrea Sereno | Vice President & Board Member
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 Education–College 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 university 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 world-wide professional network for social media managers in higher education.
Victor Sims| Secretary & Board Member
Victor Sims grew up in Florida’s foster care system without the stability of a permanent home and supportive family prior to his adoption in 2007. Mr. Sims works at SailFuture in St.Petersburg, Florida, and is active as an advocate for children in foster care. From his work helping to improve children’s experiences when they are removed from their parents to his TEDx Talk on the importance of social capital for youth in care, Mr. Sims is focused on bringing about positive changes to the foster care system.
Mr. Sims travels throughout Florida and the country speaking to legislators about creating reform for youth in care. He has advocated for a bill of rights for children in foster care as well as efforts to ensure that every child has a plan for permanency. In addition to serving on the National Foster Youth and Alumni Policy Council and he has met with legislators in support of the Family First Prevention Services Act. In June 2019, he was recognized by the American Bar Association as a Reunification Hero. Victor shares his experiences to ensure that children have a chance for reunification and beyond. He was recognized this year as 2020 Casey Excellence for Children Award as an Alumni in care.
Jeremy Dobes | Treasurer Elect & Board Member
When not volunteering with Cetera, Jeremy Dobes is the VP of Financial Analysis & Reporting at PSCU.
PSCU is a Credit Union Service Organization that supports over 2,000 financial institutions throughout the United States.
Jeremy is responsible for supporting PSCU’s core lines of business and product organization in order to achieve profitability targets, cost structure optimization, vendor financial health assessment and a long-term planning strategy.
Jeremy joined PSCU in 2016 and has since made significant contributions to the relationships with our partners in Advisors Plus, Analytics, Plastics, Bill Pay, Fraud and Mobile solutions. His strategic mindset and ability to influence have positioned PSCU for continued growth, profitability and Owners satisfaction. For his contributions, Jeremy was also a recipient of the 2019 President’s Award. Prior to joining PSCU, Jeremy held positions in the investment banking industry with J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. Jeremy holds a bachelors degree from Eckerd College and a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance Management. He is also a Certified Management Accountant and Certified Strategy and Competitive Analysis from the institute of management accountants (IMA). In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, wife Sarah Dobes; former “Pinellas Country Teacher of the Year” and his two year old daughter.
Dr. Luz Randolph | Board Member
Dr. Luz D. Randolph is responsible for the college-wide fundraising efforts for at St. Petersburg College. Since her arrival in January 2020, she has guided the fundraising efforts surrounding the recently established Helios Titan Achievement Program (H-TAP), the Social Justice Institute Microgrant awarded by the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, the SPC Emergency Fund among other initiatives. Prior to her role at SPC, she served as Assistant Director of Development, Diversity Initiatives. Her primary focus was to assist in cultivating relationships between USF constituents and the Tampa Bay community that will enhance the university’s diverse students’ experiences. Since her arrival in 2016, she has successfully fundraised over $3 million for diversity initiatives and assisted in the development and implementation of the Black Leadership Network which aims to provide financial and mentoring support to African American students at the University of South Florida.
Before coming to USF, Luz served as Director of the Candidate Empowerment Center (CEC) at Florida A&M University. In this role her team increased FAMU’s College of Education’s Teacher Certification passage rate by 75%. She also served as Assistant Director of the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Miami where she coordinated services and programs that challenged, motivated, and supported ethnically diverse students in their development at the University of Miami and seek to bring issues of diversity and multiculturalism to the foreground of campus conversation.
She is a double alumna from the University of South Florida with a B.A in Interpersonal Communication and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – College Student Affairs. She completed her Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Leadership Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University.