Cornerstone Collaborative Florida's network of caring individuals and committed organizations directly engages the most vulnerable populations and people most in need of support for education, training, employment, legal advocacy, housing, health, nutrition, wellness, and whose underserved communities need immediate and sustainable economic development.
West Palm Beach
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Founder & CEO
West Palm Beach
Mr. McFarlane has held leadership roles with several nonprofit organizations and privately-held companies, as a senior executive in federal and state government, and as a cabinet-level administrator in higher education.
McFarlane is an agile thought-leader with more than two decades of professionally-developed strategic, financial, operations, and interpersonal skills. In several CFO roles, he has been responsible for the delivery of comprehensive finance, information technology, human resource management, and facilities management functions. The breadth of his experience goes beyond traditional CFO responsibilities of accounting and audit, budgeting and resource planning, grants management, risk management and insurance, tax and compliance, asset management, treasury services, and capital investment to also include program design and evaluation, facilities and construction management, security operations, business continuity, marketing, communications, philanthropy, resource development and enterprise strategic planning.
Mr. McFarlane has lectured in Economics and Management as Adjunct Faculty with Emmanuel College in Boston. He serves on the Board of the National Blood Foundation Research and Education Trust and is a Posse Foundation Career Coach.
After graduating from Regis High School in Manhattan, he attended Brown University and later earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and MBA from Bentley University. He is a native New Yorker, raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn.
Nasseam McPherson James
Executive Director, Central Florida
Mrs. Nasseam M. James (She/Her/Hers) is passionate and knowledgeable about health, wellness, and the way early life impacts lifelong health for families and the communities in which they live. She has dedicated her professional work and personal mission in life to the service of vulnerable populations. Nasseam has professional experience in public health, chronic disease, maternal and child health, mental health therapy and counseling, and she is keenly involved in services that impact the lives of families in the perinatal and early childhood period through bringing light to the need for access to quality supportive wraparound services and the prevention of childhood trauma.
Nasseam has had a successful career working in government and not for profit organizations and has held executive leadership positions within the Florida Department of Health beginning in 2012 where she designed and supported programming that provided an array of services from chronic disease prevention to emergency and disaster preparedness. In gaining expertise in Public Health, Nasseam was able to build an infrastructure of wraparound services for LGBTQ+ youth and helped to expand access to care for individuals living with HIV and AIDS. She credits those for making her a true advocate for social justice and equity in all spaces and she continues to vehemently live by the values of integrity, collaboration, and empathy.
Nasseam earned her Bachelor of Social Work- Social Policy and Administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a Master of Social Work and graduate certificate in Leadership in Executive Administration and Development from Florida State University in Tallahassee. She also completed a Master of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Nasseam is a graduate of both Focus on Leadership Class VIII and Leadership Ocala Marion Class XIII and a current participant in Leadership Orlando Class 99. Nasseam was honored by the Marion Chamber as a recipient of the Jane Mansfield Award for Outstanding Dedication to Leadership and Community Services and was named on the list of Top Forty Under 40 Leaders. Nasseam serves as a Board Member and the Quality Chair for an Orlando-area Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
Nasseam knows that to heal communities she must start with individuals, so she offers a holistic approach to her therapy work with individuals encouraging each to use techniques such as meditation and/or prayer and mindfulness to reduce stress, bring balance to hectic lives, improve communication in relationships, and heal from trauma.
Saul Ivy, MPA, PhD.
Executive Director, Sarasota/Bradenton
Dr Ivy has 15 years of experience in non-profit capacity building focused on developing and measuring the impact on service delivery and outcomes and is Cornerstone’s Executive Director in the Tampa Bay Area. As National Program Director for the Enterprise Foundation he has worked with more than 20 organizations in Santa Fe, NM, York, PA, Cleveland, OH, Dallas, TX, Portland, ORE, Denver CO, Baltimore, MD. He has served as a consultant in the development of more than 1,250 single family homes, 16 multifamily developments, rehabilitation programs for drug traffickers and community safety initiatives. As Executive Director of the North Side Citizens Coalition and in partnership with Youngstown State University he developed 12 homes funded through Historic Tax credits financial education for first time home buyers. Dr. Ivy also teaches Leadership, and Non-profit Management courses at the Masters and Doctoral level. Dr. Ivy received his Bachelors in Urban Studies and Masters in Public Administration from Cleveland State University, and completed doctoral studies with Capella University, earning a Phd. in Business Management & Organizational Behavior.