Our Boards and Key Supporters

Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM – President, Licensed Real Estate Broker, Realtor®

Dean Saunders began his real estate career in 1985 specializing in Florida land and conservation easements. He also served in the US Senate as Agricultural Liaison,
Special Assistant, and Director of External Affairs to US Senator Lawton Chiles, then Governor Chiles (D-FL).

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Board Vice President Gina Saunders

Mrs. Gina Saunders is encouragement and leader in Lakeland FL where she has resided for more than 30 years. As a graduate of the University of Florida, Gina initially taught Elementary School. After getting married and beginning her life as a Mom of four children, Gina became a sales representative for Mary Kay Cosmetics.

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Board Member Whit Dunham

Mr. Dunham was born in Miami FL in 1958; he attended college at Wake Forest University and graduated with a business degree in 1980. Mr. Dunham initiated several small entrepreneurial endeavors from 1980 to 1982. He then began working in the manufactured housing industry in 1983 with Palm Harbor Homes, Inc. with roles in all facets of the industry.

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Board Member Scott McBride

Bio: Scott McBride was born and raised here in Lakeland, FL where he lives today with his wife and three children and grandson. Scott is an entrepreneur and has been involved in several businesses since college at the University of Florida in 1983.

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Board Member Tobby Donalson

Bio: Reverend Tobby Donalson is a native of McMinnville, Tennessee. Tobby is a graduate of the University of Tennessee for his undergraduate. He pursued a call to ministry and graduated with both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy through Reformed Theological Seminary.

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Advisory Board Members:

Steve Wilson
Susie Wilson
Lisa Dunham
Julie McBride
Greg Smith
Jillanne Smith
Steve Smithson
Kimberly Smithson

Seeing the beauty of what marriage is meant to be motivated me to invest thought, time and energy into loving my husband better by God's grace. I'm thankful for the space it carved out in our busy lives, to evaluate our marriage and apply practices that help us connect to the hope we have in Christ as we interact with each other. Laura McCauley
In all the MEF programs, God is first. The Forum helped to make the association of marriage to Biblical beliefs. It helped us have a much clearer understanding that marriage is a reflection of your relationship with God. Greg and Jilanne Smith