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Four public members appointed to Foundation’s board

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Patricia Babcock

Patricia Babcock

Patricia Babcock, Vincent Cuomo, James Schwarz, and George Tinsley, Sr., have been appointed as public members to serve three-year terms on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation.

Vincent Cuomo

Vincent Cuomo

Babcock, of Tallahassee, is a licensed clinical social worker. She earned her doctorate and master’s degree in social work from Florida State University. Babcock was the co-director of the Center for Behavioral Health Integration at FSU College of Medicine from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, she was the inaugural director of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare at FSU’s College of Social Work.

James Schwarz

James Schwarz

Most recently, Babcock served as the deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families where she oversaw policy and operations for family safety, substance abuse and mental health, and economic self-sufficiency. She also sits on the Florida Dependency Court Improvement Panel.

Palm Beach Gardens wealth manager and banker Cuomo is an executive partner with Pursuit Wealth Management and has spent more than 24 years in the financial services industry.

George Tinsley, Sr.

George Tinsley, Sr.

Cuomo has been a member of the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County Board of Directors since 2012. He is also a member of The Florida Bar’s Citizens Advisory Committee and currently serves as its vice chair. Cuomo previously served on the 15th Judicial Circuit’s Grievance Committee.

Jacksonville nonprofit governance consultant Schwarz has served as president of Compass Development and Governance Group since 1991, where he works with business and nonprofit leaders to achieve their strategic goals. He graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia with a bachelor’s in business administration.

Schwarz is an emeritus board member of St. Johns Riverkeeper and a member of the Memorial Park Association Board Affairs Committee in Jacksonville. He has also served on the boards of SoundWaters Environmental Education Center and the American Red Cross of Stamford.

Tinsley, who has been reappointed after a first term, is CEO of PenGeo, Inc., GWTinsley Consulting, Tinsley Group, Inc., and Tinsley Family Concessions. Tinsley’s holdings span 45 restaurants, including KFC, PF Chang’s, Pei Wei, Starbucks, Wendy’s, and Chili’s. He has been honored as KFC’s Premier Operator twice and has won the Domestic Franchise of the Year award three times. He was named Florida’s 1999 Minority Entrepreneur of the Year.

Tinsley earned his bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College, where he led its basketball team to four consecutive Division II NCAA Final Four appearances and three national championships. He was inducted into its Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005 and its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. More recently, Tinsley served as president of the NBA Retired Players Association.

Their terms begin July 1.

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