Development and Alumni Relations - Meet Our Staff

Alphonce Brown

Alphonce Brown

Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Phone:
727-562-7318 
Email: [email protected]

Alphonce J. Brown, Jr., ACFRE has been selected as the Interim Director of Development and Alumni Relations and will be responsible for overall management of the office. Additionally, he will work to lay the foundation for launching the major gift campaign in the future. Alphonce has extensive experience in higher education, non-profits, development strategic planning, organizational development and capital campaign feasibility studies. He has worked extensively with small to large universities, faith-based, governmental and other nonprofit organizations. He is also the past Chairman of the International Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)—a 33,000 global member organization. During his career, he has been recognized as one of 110 Advanced Certified Fundraising Executives (ACFRE) and one of 94 certified Master Trainers within AFP.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Psychology from The University of Texas, in Austin. Over the last 35 years, he has worked in many aspects of philanthropy. In 2009, he was also named Top 14 Most Influential Fundraisers in the United States by NonProfit Times.

Karen Ryals

Karen Ryals

Development Officer
Phone: 727-562-7846
Email: [email protected]

Karen Ryals, a native Tampan, has spent the past 30 years working in nonprofit leadership and fundraising. She is the former Chief Development Officer for the Humane Society, Tampa Bay. She has specialized over the years in annual giving and donor development. Karen also has experience in planned giving and capital campaigns. She will oversee new cutting-edge annual
giving programs and manage existing campaigns including the Law Firm Challenge, Student Emergency Fund, and Book Awards.

Ryals has worked at numerous nonprofits in the Tampa Bay area and has been very active in the community as a volunteer. She received her B.A. in Education from the University of Florida and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida State University.

Janet Caramello

Janet Caramello

Major Gift Officer
Phone: 727-562-7980
Email: [email protected]

Janet is a native Floridian with more than two decades of leadership experience in the private, nonprofit, and governmental sectors. As a fundraising executive with several non-profits over the last decade, Janet was instrumental in diversifying fundraising, increasing major gifts programs, and starting or expanding planned giving programs. As the Major Gifts Officer, Janet will connect donors and potential major donors with opportunities to advance the Stetson College of Law through financial contributions and volunteer leadership.

Janet has been active in many volunteer leadership roles or the public and private sectors. She recently served as the president of the Board for Charitable Gift Planners of Central Florida. Janet is a former Board member of the Pinellas Juvenile Welfare Board.

Janet has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Marketing from the University of Florida and an Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. She holds her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from CFRE International and recently was awarded her designation as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, CAP®. through her graduate work at the American College of Financial Services

Tomeka Jackson

Tomeka Jackson

Administrative Support
Phone: 727-562-7976
Email: [email protected]

Tomeka Jackson provides administrative support for the entire department, and in particular, works closely in helping to prepare for the College of Law's multitude of events. A graduate of Florida Metropolitan University (BS – Criminal Justice) and a graduate of Nova Southeastern University (MSCJ – Criminal Justice), Jackson most recently worked at Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg.

In her free time, Jackson enjoys shopping, traveling and visiting with family and friends

Patricia Stone

Patricia Stone

Database Administration Support
Phone: 
727-562-7376
Email: [email protected]

Patricia Stone is native to the Tampa Bay area and is the Database Administration Specialist for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. She joined the College of Law in January 2016 and worked in the Registrar’s Office and the Dean’s Office before transitioning to this team. In her current role, she supports the work of the Development Operations functions (gift accounting and processes, database management and reporting tools, and donor stewardship) and provides administrative support to the entire staff of the Development and Alumni Relations Office.

Stone earned her B.A.S. in Paralegal Studies from St. Petersburg College in December 2015 and is currently a law student in the College of Law’s part-time program. While law school keeps her very busy, she enjoys spending free time reading, ballroom dancing, and being with her family