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Pasco Education Foundation hires new executive director


Nonprofit for education hires new director

The Pasco Education Foundation Inc. has concluded its national search for a new executive director by hiring Tom P. Avramis, head of a private consulting firm with more than 22 years of executive leadership in the nonprofit sector. Among his prior roles, Avramis served as president and CEO of Advanced Education Services in Colton, Calif., where he transformed a $17 million organization serving only the state of California into a $70 million family of five related agencies serving seven states. Avramis received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and earned two master's degrees: one in science from California State University East Bay and one in divinity from Holy Cross College in Massachusetts. "We feel fortunate to have found such a qualified new leader for the Pasco Education Foundation," said Donna Prentice, who chairs the foundation's board of directors. "Tom will bring strategic leadership and creativity to the foundation's programs with a deep sense of commitment to advancing student achievement throughout Pasco County schools." Avramis, who starts June 3, replaces Chip Wichmanowski, who retired last year from the nonprofit organization, which raises money to enrich educational opportunities for Pasco students and educators.


Funeral Mass Friday for lawyer

A funeral Mass for Pete Proly, a longtime Pasco County criminal defense lawyer who died last week, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, 2405 Philippe Parkway. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow. Proly, whose 40-year legal career included service as a military prosecutor and judge, Pasco assistant state attorney and private defense counsel, had been battling leukemia since 2010. He died May 10 at age 66. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the "Blood and Marrow Transplant Patient Program at Moffitt Cancer Center" at or Suncoast Hospice at For directions to the church, visit


GOP club meeting features ex-official

The Republican Club of Central Pasco will feature Deborah Cox Roush at its meeting at 6 p.m. May 29. Roush has served as chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee and as vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida. She will discuss her current position as Florida state director of Job Creators Network, a nonprofit founded by Herman Cain and Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus to promote free market policies. Job Creators Network assists in educating employers about policy issues and candidate positions affecting their company, job security, wages and benefits, and their families. The club meets at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O'Lakes Blvd. For information, call Steve Graves at (813) 996-3011.

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