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November 1, 2022

Please help us congratulate Robert and Phil on their acceptance into Tampa’s FBI Citizen Academy!

Phil is a dynamic hands-on human resources leader from the private sector earning his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his MBA from Babson College in Massachusetts. Phil most recently worked for Jabil Circuit as Global HR VP, leading HR work in several corners of the globe, but his passion to help others and his faith drew him to LSF. He sits on several Community Boards that tie into our mission, including Starting Right, Now, a nonprofit organization in Hillsborough County meeting the needs of homeless families and children. Phil enjoys playing tennis, traveling with his family, and taking in all sports events.

Robert (Bob) Wydra currently serves as Lutheran Services Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Before joining LSF, Mr. Wydra was Chief Financial Officer for Children’s Home Society of Florida since July 2007.  Mr. Wydra was the CHS Controller prior to that, and he was with Children’s Home Society of Florida for 14 years.

Mr. Wydra has over 30 years of progressive nonprofit accounting and financial experience.  In addition to CHS, he spent 8 years with The Nature Conservancy and 3 years with The Conservation Fund.  Mr. Wydra also worked for an accounting software consulting firm where he implemented and trained staff on accounting systems in various international Marriott hotel locations.  Mr. Wydra also spent time as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Wydra is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Financial Executives International and is a Board member of the Lutheran Financial Managers Association.

Mr. Wydra graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and he received his MBA in 2011 from Strayer University.

The Citizen Academy is an engaging six-to-eight-week program that gives business, religious, civic and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. Classes are held in the evening annually at the Tampa Field Office, along with an annual class taking place at one of the eight resident agencies. The mission of the FBI Citizens Academy is to foster a greater understanding of the role of federal law enforcement in the community through frank discussion and education.

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