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Meet Our New Board Chairman

by Kyanna Johnson, Executive Intern, UCF College of Undergraduate Studies

As the CEO of Adept Leadership, Paul DePalma continues to show his impressive leadership skills as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at UP Orlando. Previously serving as the Chairman of the Organizational Leadership Committee, DePalma has remained committed to our cause since 2015. Having trained numerous companies and organizations about restructuring and re-developing leadership skills, DePalma has made his mark in the Orlando community.

Wanting to get involved in his community, DePalma began volunteering with UP after visiting the campus with Eric Gray, Executive Director who describes DePalma as a “good friend and mentor for 15 years” and also stating that “we’ve all benefited greatly from his leadership and organizational experience”.Since that moment, DePalma has enjoyed hearing the success stories of students in the STEP program and getting to see how moving up and out of poverty can affect generations of families. For this he thanks the staff, who have “dedicated their lives to this type of work”.

While at UP, he has both made and brought friendships to the organization and is sure these friendships will last a lifetime. Having learned a great deal about generational poverty and the societal impact of people trying to lift themselves out of it, DePalma is looking forward to what UP will do in the future ranging from finished parking to improving the STEP program. His goals for the board are positive as well, including having a solid bench of people ready to serve, engaging the board in a way that can get them more involved at UP and in the Orlando community, and enabling each board member to have the tools to be an advocate for UP to gain more resources. As he claimed, “we’re doing great, but we’ve really just touched the surface”.