Wimauma CDC Appoints New Leadership Team


For Immediate Release

Wimauma, Fla. (July 15, 2019) – The Wimauma Community Development Corporation (CDC) announced today a series of appointments to support its mission of creating a healthier and more vibrant community that engages and empowers all Wimauma children, families and businesses. Wimauma, dating back to 1902 is an unincorporated area located in east Hillsborough County.

Manuel Ayala is the new executive director of the Wimauma CDC and is joined by eight new Board members, bringing the Wimauma CDC Board of Directors to a total of 11 members.

Ayala has nearly 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, most recently serving as director of operations for Neighborhood Housing Services of the Lehigh Valley in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. He spent nearly 15 years with the YMCA of the USA, serving as division director and branch executive in Milwaukee, as executive director in Honolulu and as Chief Executive Officer in Philadelphia. He received three master’s degrees in Public Administration, Project Management and Human Resources Management from Keller School of Management of DeVry University in Naperville, Illinois.

According to Ayala, “The youth of Wimauma need unlimited options to fulfill their dreams and their families need our undivided attention as well. I am looking forward to the challenge of creating positive changes benefitting all Wimauma citizens.”

New Board members of the Wimauma CDC include:

  • Bryce Bowden – strategic consultant and commercial realtor with Turner Cole Company
  • Elizabeth Brown – certified travel agent at Nolan Travel and field manager for Rizzetta & Company
  • Tonya Burney – owner, Burney Cool Italian Ice, LLC
  • John Hooker, attorney
  • Marcia Jackson, owner, MJ Desired Travel Service and youth ministry leader
  • Holly Jamison, video producer at Triad
  • Vincente Lopez Jr., former educator in public and private schools for 29 years
  • Beverly Opie-Ortland, sales and marketing executive and consultant with IGT

About the Wimauma CDC

The Wimauma Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501(c) (3) public/private partnership with a mission to create a healthy and vibrant community that engages and empowers the children, families and businesses in Wimauma. Its primary focus areas are affordable housing, economic development, and enrichment opportunities for the children and youth of Wimauma. Founded in 1967 as the Citizens Improvement League of Wimauma, the Wimauma CDC today is led by a Board of Directors that champions positive change aligned with community needs and the Wimauma Village Plan. For more information, visit WimaumaCDC.org.