The All Star Children’s Foundation is led by a committed group of individuals dedicated to improving the lives of children who have been abused and/or neglected. They give freely of their time to guide the Foundation and ensure its strategic goals are being met.
Graci McGillicuddy, Chair
Graci McGillicuddy is a co-founding member of The All-Star Children’s Foundation and serves as its chair. She has been a committed child advocate since 1986 when she read an article about 20-month-old baby Shannon Nicole, who died after being brutally abused by her mother and stepfather. Unable to fully comprehend how any child could be so mistreated ending child abuse became Graci’s life’s calling.
Since that time, Graci has worked tirelessly to prevent child abuse and provide treatment & care for these most vulnerable children. In 1987, she joined the Board of Directors of the Child Protection Center whose mission is the prevention, intervention & treatment of child abuse and in 2009 she spearheaded their $6 million-dollar Capital Campaign to build a state of the art Child Advocacy Center. Graci has worked with local, state & federal officials as a guiding force to prevent & treat child abuse. She has been recognized as a philanthropic leader in her community and for her efforts as a child advocate. The Florida Senate recognized Graci’s tireless work on behalf of children with its “Spirit of Service” Award, the highest honor bestowed on civilians.
Dennis McGillicuddy, Vice-chair
Dennis McGillicuddy graduated in 1966 with honors from the University of Florida Law School. He practiced law until becoming a partner in a cable television company. The business was sold in 1999. During Dennis’ career, he was involved in various businesses including investment banking, waste to energy facilities, recycling of industrial metal-working fluids, biological treatment of waste water, magazine publishing, commercial real-estate, real-estate development and home building, the manufacture of building products and minor league professional baseball, and significant investments in publicly traded securities. He currently serves on the Board and Audit Committee of Franklin Street Properties, a publicly held REIT.
Dennis has served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations. He is currently President of the Board of Trustees of Florida Studio Theater, a professional nonprofit theater organization. He is the Co-Chair of Embracing Our Differences, an annual 2-month art exhibit promoting the values of diversity and inclusion. Dennis serves on the Advisory Board of The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society.
Noah Riner, Interim CEO
Noah Riner is an entrepreneur, investor, and experienced chief executive. He currently invests in privately held businesses across the US. He was formerly the CEO of NeuroInternational Healthcare, which operated specialized treatment facilities in multiple states for individuals with brain injuries and developmental disabilities. Under Noah’s leadership the company grew from 90 to 550 employees. Previously, Noah founded Ironclad Capital, a private investment fund which acquired NeuroInternational.
Noah has a passion for human services and was a long-term leader and volunteer for a non-profit providing residential substance abuse treatment services. Noah also serves as an officer in the US Navy Reserve and is a member of the Finance Committee at the Church of the Redeemer. Noah graduated from Dartmouth College and received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In his free time, Noah enjoys being outdoors with his wife Britt and their four children.
Ashley Coone is a passionate advocate for children of all ages, especially those from asset-limited families in her hometown of DeSoto County. She has a wealth of experience in government, education, non-profit management and more. Ashley has built a network of relationships with business and non-profit leaders, donors, and policy makers. As Chief Executive Officer of Ashley Coone Consulting, she works with a variety of clients providing consulting services for strategic planning, initiative/project management, community building, legislative advocacy and more.
Ashley was appointed to the DeSoto County Board of County Commissioners by Governor Ron DeSantis in May 2021. She has previously served as DeSoto County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Executive Director of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce, and in the Office of Congressman Connie Mack. Ashley has also received gubernatorial appointments to the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees, the Florida Board of Ethics and as Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Heartland.
Ashley is the co-founder and Executive Director of Links2Success, a nonprofit organization in DeSoto County that provides free college and career readiness programs to middle and high school students. She also serves on the Board of Directors for All Star Children’s Foundation and The Smith Brown Community Foundation. Ashley spearheaded the Smith Brown Project, a capital renovation initiative that restored the historic Smith Brown Gym and established the very first Boys & Girls Club in DeSoto County. The Ashley Coone Pavilion at the Louis and Gloria Flanzer Boys & Girls Club is named in honor of her efforts to bring the project to fruition. Ashley earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Florida Gulf Coast University. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University. Ashley is a proud member of Leadership Florida’s Connect Class VI.
Elaine Crouse held numerous leadership positions in international US-based communications companies. In her career which spanned more than 25 years, she concentrated on the operations and marketing areas of business. Now retired, Elaine is active in various homeless and hunger initiatives and has devoted much of her time to promoting and supporting the well-being and education of children and adolescents. In addition to the All Star Children’s Foundation, Elaine serves on the Boards of the Child Protection Center and of the Ringling College of Art and Design.
Early on, children’s causes were a focus of Elaine’s philanthropic activities. She has been involved in numerous children’s organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls Inc. and several Catholic charities. Her interest in children who, she believes, have the innate ability to succeed and thrive in life, but are amongst the most vulnerable in society and often unheard, are very basic. “I am passionate about giving them a voice. Children who have suffered from abuse, neglect and trauma need to be heard. The ultimate goal must be, in society’s very own interest, to break this vicious cycle and to enable these children to live to their fullest potential. It’s a win-win situation for all of us when they do. ”
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Elaine lived and worked the majority of her professional career in New York City. She attended the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Masters Degree in International Studies from New York University.
Raymond Dean Hautamaki MD, FCCP, FACP,
Raymond Dean Hautamaki MD is board certified Internal Medicine- Pulmonary/Critical Care physician practicing in Sarasota, Florida. He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida for undergraduate studies and medical school. He was inducted into AOA his junior year of medical school and graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine with honors along with honors in research. Dr. Hautamaki was a general surgical resident at the University of Florida at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida and then completed his Internal Medicine residency and Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine-Barnes/Jewish Hospital system.
Since 1997 Dr. Hautamaki has been a practicing physician in Sarasota, Florida where has served as Chairman of Medicine, Director of Critical Care and currently as the Chief of Internal Medicine for Sarasota Memorial Hospital an 821 bed regional teaching medical center with an active Level II Trauma center. He has served on the hospitals executive medical committee and remains active teaching as an assistant clinical professor with Florida State College of Medicine.
Dr. Hautamaki serves as director for several private and public biotechnology companies which have included Wafergen Biosystems, Fibralign Corporation, First Wave Technologies, and 20/20 Genesystems. Dr. Hautamaki sits on the University of Florida College of Medicine Leadership council and now serves as their president.
Dr. Hautamaki is married to Elizabeth and has four children.