Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist
Larry Pintacuda has built his career working tirelessly to promote the high quality youth development across Florida. From 2007-2013, Larry served as the CEO of the Florida Afterschool Network and returns to support the mission in 2021 in an interim capacity. During his tenure, Larry developed a network of community leaders to serve on the Board of Directors and FAN Panel of Champions. Under his leadership, Pintacuda created an organization to advocate for the development, enhancement and sustainability of innovative, high quality afterschool programs and policies statewide. Prior to joining FAN the first time, Larry spent 33 years with the State Department of Children and Families (DCF). At DCF, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Operations, as well as the State Child Care Coordinator.
Holly McPhail manages communications for the Florida Afterschool Network, as well as provides strategic consultation for the organization’s program and funding development. As the chief strategist & creator at Windwood Communications, LLC, a boutique communications firm in Tallahassee, Florida, Holly specializes in helping organizations and small businesses build communities online and in real life. With nearly two decades of experience, she has worked with large statewide organizations coordinating communications, marketing, advocacy efforts and events. Her clients include several local government, statewide associations, early learning programs, literacy campaigns and more. Holly is very active in her home community serving as a ‘connector’ for many individuals and programs and currently serves as chair person for Capital City Youth Services, a crisis shelter for youth. Holly holds degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and International Affairs with concentrations in Anthropology and Economics from the Florida State University.
Jennifer Smith joins the Florida Afterschool team as the Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist. She is a former Duval County Florida educator, turned entrepreneur and business owner. Jennifer used her passion, creativity, and leadership skills to start a 501(c)3 nonprofit to provide clothing, hygiene items, and other basic essentials to homeless and low-income youth in need. Last year, Jennifer went through JAX Bridges Program, an entrepreneurial development program hosted by the Jacksonville Chamber Entrepreneurial Growth Division. This program helped Jennifer develop strategies through teaming and mentoring, along with perfecting her business plan and pitch. This fueled Jennifer’s passion for helping others, so in the Summer of 2020, she created a consulting business, Better Roots, LLC. where she can now assist and guide others on starting their own nonprofit. Jennifer is a positive and influential mover and shaker in the community, and always looking for new, innovative ways to advocate for our future leaders of tomorrow.