BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Lightholder

David Lightholder is the Chief Executive Officer at Lightholder Building Contractors and a founding board member and founding director at Sunrise Bank.   He studied building technology at Florida Construction School and received his licensing and certification in 1987.  He has since founded five companies specializing in real estate, construction and remodeling, painting and roofing services.  Lightholder has served on various community boards including the City of Cocoa Code Enforcement Board.  He is dedicated to investing and serving the area’s youth and programs that help advance opportunities for youth to succeed. Lightholder also serves as a board member for the Eastern Florida State College Foundation Board of Directors.  He is a former board member of Shema Ministries. Mr. Lightholder was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania in 1961 and moved to Central Florida in October 1981.  He is married and has one son.   When he is not working or donating his time to various charitable organizations, Mr. Lightholder enjoys golf and traveling with his wife.

Herbert "Rip" Dyal

Herbert "Rip" Dyal has spent most of his life in Cocoa. He is a  Cocoa High School graduate, class of 1980. Following high school, Rip join the U.S. Air Force as a security police officer where he spent six years.  He has been married to his wife, Marsha for 36 years and they have a daughter, Rachel, who is a 4th generation graduate of Cocoa High. Rip spent time working as a brick mason and business owner of a salvage yard.  He is a lifetime member of the VFW and is also a member of the Moose Lodge, both organizations dedicated to community service.  Since 2005 he has volunteered for the City of Cocoa serving as a VCOP and VCOP coordinator, and chairman of the Board of Adjustment. In 2018 he was named Volunteer of the year for the city and in 2019 he was awarded VCOP of the year for the Cocoa Police Department where he volunteered more than 1000 hours of service. 

Ralph Perrone, Sr.

Ralph Perrone Sr. is the owner of Perrone Properties, Merritt Island, Cocoa and Rockledge Fl.  He is a real estate investor/commercial landlord for 31 years  and currently owns and manages 268,000. sq. ft. of commercial building space. Mr. Perrone recently retired as a board member for the Sunrise Bank in which he was one of the founding directors and member for 11 years. He is also a former director with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Police Athletic League (PAL) and a current director with the Community First Charity. Mr. Perrone is also known as Officer Perrone due to his rank as a Cocoa Auxiliary Police Officer since February of 2015. Mr. Perrone brought national recognition to Brevard County with the HGTV show House Hunters which featured Ralph’s family as he and his wife Cindy were buyers of a million dollar home in Cocoa using Ralph Jr. as the realtor. Ralph has helped Thousands of people start business in Brevard County over the past 20 years.  He is married to Cindy Perrone for 39 years and counting and is the father of 3 children and grandfather of 11.   Mr. Perrone has lived in Brevard County since 1996.

Brenda Warner

Brenda Warner is a dedicated and passionate public servant. For more than two decades, she committed to building a solid foundation for the City of Cocoa’s future. She was first elected to Cocoa City Council in 1999, partnering with residents, business owners, and community leaders to encourage smart development, economic revitalization and safe streets. She has lived in the City of Cocoa for more than 40 years. She has served as past chair for the Titusville Chamber Government Affairs Committee and has been a member of the Cocoa Police Advisory Board, Cocoa Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Downtown Redevelopment Agency. She has served the community in many areas including the Brevard County Affordable Housing Council, the County Affordable Housing Task Force, the Cocoa US 1 Corridor Redevelopment Agency, and Cocoa Police Athletic League Board of Directors.  She is a current member of the Brevard Kennel Club and has a passion for dogs. She helped donate K9 Copper to the Cocoa Police Department to serve as a therapy, and public relations dog. She has a daughter who lives in Atlanta, but affectionately calls Cocoa home.  

Michael Cantaloupe 

Chief Cantaloupe began his law enforcement career with the Cocoa Police Department in December of 1990.  He started in the patrol division on midnight shift. He was selected for the street crimes unit and spent the better part of two years assigned to that unit.  Chief Canatloupe also spent several years working as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division, the Special Investigations Unit and was also assigned to the Brevard County Drug Task Force for two years. He later went back into the patrol division where he became a field training officer and served on the SWAT team.  During his tenure he served as a corporal, sniper and team leader.  He was later promoted to sergeant and assumed responsibility over special investigations.  Chief Cantaloupe has served in nearly all capacities within the Cocoa Police Department including patrol watch commander, SWAT commander and professional compliance commander before becoming chief in 2014. Chief Cantaloupe has a passion for community policing and the outreach programs that he hopes will transform a generation of youth into accomplished adults serving their community.  As an executive board member for the Community First Charity, Chief Cantaloupe hopes to use his influence to grow new programs and additional support for the department’s outreach efforts.

Eric Austin 

Eric Austin is a major responsible for the Support Services Division of the Cocoa Police Department. He currently serves as secretary/treasurer for the Community First Charity non profit executive board.  Major Austin joined the Cocoa Police Department in February 2001. He was promoted to Major on December 7 2015.  His command staff duties encompass all aspects of police support services administration which includes the communications center, records, equipment, accreditation, training, budget, finance and accounting, information technology project management, building maintenance, field training evaluation program, policy development and recruiting and hiring.  During his tenure with the police department Major Austin has worked in every area of operations. He was a school resource officer, detective, patrol sergeant, community relations sergeant and lieutenant over professional compliance. Major Austin is considered a law enforcement subject matter expert and is an adjunct instructor at the Advanced Law Enforcement Training and Police Academy at Eastern Florida State College. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Central Florida and is on track to earn a master's degree in business administration from Webster University in 2016.  Major Austin’s brings with him a wealth of knowledge and business expertise in the field of non-profit work.  His tenacity for accountability and fiscal management gives Community First Charity a  fiscally sound foundation.

LeRoy Darby

Mr. Darby recently retired after 38 years of service with Eastern Florida State College, formerly Brevard Community College.  He earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Brevard Community College, Bachelor and Master Degrees from the University of Central Florida. He is an active member of the community and serves on boards of directors for the Central Brevard Sharing Center; the Cocoa Family YMCA; the Green Acres HOA; the immediate past Chairperson of the Florida College System of the Council of Student Affairs an advisory group sanction by the Florida College System Presidents.  He has also served on the board of directors for Lead Brevard, Central Brevard NAACP and the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. The City of Cocoa Economic Development Committee, Chair and Vice Chair of the Cocoa Diamond Square RDA, Cocoa High School Parent Advisory Board,  Founding Board member Richard Milbourne Academy, President and Secretary of Central Brevard Gideons International. Mr. Darby has received numerous accolades and awards during his professional career and was honored with the Florida Association of Community Colleges, Student Development Commission Cameron Hall Practitioners Award for the highest level of humanitarian service. As well as the Space Coast Onyx Award for humanitarian service and his musical talent.  He is an avid supporter of Community Theater and has been cast for roles at The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, The Henegar Center and the Titusville Playhouse, Inc.  He has performed in the United States and abroad. Mr. Darby and his family attend the Shield of Faith Ministries Church in Cocoa Florida.

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