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Board Members work to ensure that the goals and mission of the foundation are being met. They are dedicated to promoting philanthropy throughout the community.

The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation

Board Members of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
in this 45th Anniversary Year.



David A. Odahowski - President & CEO

David A. Odahowski - President & CEO

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David Odahowski has demonstrated leadership in various professional and community organizations. In addition to his role as President, CEO, and Board Member of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, he is an advisor to The Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College; a member of the Donors Forum of Central Florida's Executive Committee; and an Advisory Board member on the Nemours Children's Hospital Committee. As a member of the Florida Chamber Foundation's Board of Trustees, Mr. Odahowski serves as Vice Chair of the Caucus on Quality of Life & Quality Places. He also is a member of the Board of Directors for Florida's Blood Centers. Mr. Odahowski is a former member of the United Arts Board of Directors, the Community Foundation of Central Florida, and the Nonprofit Quarterly's Editorial Advisory Board; he also previously served as a Trustee of the Southeast Council on Foundations. He is a former Chairman and current Board Member of the Florida Philanthropic Network.

Mr. Odahowski came to the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in 1990 from the Wasie Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned a Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a law degree from the Hamline University School of Law. He completed the Management Certificate Program at Rollins College's Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business.

Mary Ellen Hutcheson - CPA, Vice-President and Treasurer

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Ms. Hutcheson is responsible for overseeing the treasury functions of the Foundation which include investments, accounting and financial and tax reporting. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2000, Mary Ellen was the Controller for Rollins College. She began her career with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP in Orlando. She is a member of the AICPA and FICPA. Mary Ellen has served the community in various volunteer capacities and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Winter Park Day Nursery. Mary Ellen graduated from the University of Central Florida with both a bachelor's and master's degree in Business Administration.

Mary Ellen Hutcheson - CPA, Vice-President and Treasurer

Phyllis E. Corkum - Grants Manager

Phyllis E. Corkum Grants Manager

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Phyllis has served in leadership roles in nonprofit and educational settings for more than 30 years. She initially trained adult literacy tutors and established a satellite learning center for tutor-student teams. She then directed a mobile adult education program initiated by the Pew Charitable Trusts to address the high unemployment and low literacy rates of the residents of Chester, Pennsylvania, where she later served as the director of fund distribution and then fund development for the local United Way. While at the United Way, she managed the Delaware County FEMA Board, distributing emergency food and shelter funds to area programs. She founded the Homeless Services Coalition and rallied clergy to create a church-based warming center network to back up the shelter system on the coldest winter nights.

Phyllis and her husband moved to Cold Spring, New York, where she served as the director of the annual fund for Outward Bound National. After moving to Central Florida in 1998, Phyllis earned certifications to serve as a Montessori teacher and a parent educator, and taught in Maitland for 10 years. Phyllis came to the Foundation from her family’s beloved Winter Park Public Library, where she had served as the development director.

Highlights of her volunteer leadership experience include serving as Treasurer and Search Committee Chair of the Delaware County Cooperative Extension, and Chair of the Penn State Urban Gardening Advisory Board in the City of Chester.

Silvia Landivar - Executive Assistant to the Vice-President

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Silvia is responsible for assisting the Vice President & Treasurer in all aspects of the daily financial activity of the Foundation. With more than 10 years of experience providing administrative support, Silvia brings to the Foundation substantial knowledge attained from her positions at National Retail Properties, GE Capital and Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital.

Silvia is involved in women’s ministries, founding Woman of Excellence Ministry, empowering Hispanic women through Bible study. She also has been a guest speaker at numerous local Christian women’s conferences. Silvia and her husband have two children and reside in Casselberry.

Silvia Landivar - Executive Assistant to the Vice-President