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.
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.
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.
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.