ABLE United
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Our Mission

To encourage and assist the saving of private funds to help persons with disabilities cover costs that support their health, independence and quality of life.

ABLE United

In July 2015, the State of Florida created Florida ABLE, Inc. (d/b/a ABLE United) a registered not-for-profit and direct support organization of the Florida Prepaid College Board to administer the ABLE United Program.

The Florida Prepaid College Board, established in 1987, oversees more than $10 billion in investments for the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program and the Florida 529 Savings Program under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information about the Florida Prepaid College Board, please visit: myfloridaprepaid.com

Board Members

The ABLE United Board of Directors includes the Chair of the Florida Prepaid College Board, an appointee of the Florida Prepaid College Board, and one member appointed by the Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the President of the Senate.

Chairman John D. Rood

Chairman John D. Rood

Ambassador John D. Rood was appointed to the Florida Prepaid College Board by Governor Rick Scott in 2016 and is the current Chairman of the Board. As Chairman of the Florida Prepaid College Board, Mr. Rood serves as Chairman of the ABLE United Board.
Mr. Rood is the founder and chairman of The Vestcor Companies. He served as United States Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas from 2004 until 2007. Mr. Rood previously served as a member of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Board of Governors of the State University System. He is on the Board of Trustees of Flagler College and previously served as a board member for Episcopal High School and Teach for America. Mr. Rood received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana.

Ander Crenshaw

Ander Crenshaw

Former Congressman Ander Crenshaw was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2000 and represented Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years. His signature legislation was the passage of the ABLE Act. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Crenshaw spent nearly 20 years as an investment banker. He also served as an elected official in the Florida State Legislature, ultimately serving as President of the Florida Senate. Mr. Crenshaw was appointed to Florida ABLE, Inc. Board in 2017 by the Florida Prepaid College Board. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida.

Patrick T. Hogan

Patrick T. Hogan

Patrick T. Hogan was appointed to the Florida ABLE, Inc. Board by Governor Rick Scott in 2015. Mr. Hogan is a Florida attorney and Managing Shareholder of Hogan Legal Services, P.A. In addition to practicing law throughout Florida state courts, Mr. Hogan is a member of the Bars of both the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and has experience with Social Security Disability (SSDI) cases. He is an IL Registered Certified Public Accountant, as well as a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Florida Institute of CPAs. Mr. Hogan received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame and graduated from Notre Dame Law School.

Deborah Linton

Deborah Linton

Deborah Linton is the Chief Executive Officer of The Arc of Florida, a statewide advocacy and service association for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ms. Linton has served as the CEO for The Arc of Florida since 2007. Prior to her current position, she served as the Assistant Director for The Arc of Florida for 8 years, was previously the Executive Director of Leon ARC for 12 years and served as the Executive Director for Taylor ARC for 5 years. Prior to serving as an Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Linton was employed as a social worker serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ms. Linton has 35 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities.

Ray Rodrigues

Ray Rodrigues

Ray Rodrigues was appointed to the Florida ABLE, Inc. Board of Directors in 2015. Mr. Rodrigues currently works as a Budget Manager for the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University as well as a Florida State Legislator for District 76. Mr. Rodrigues previously worked a decade for a corporate component of General Electric where he managed their U.S. Import Compliance program. Mr. Rodrigues has served as an appointee of Governor Jeb Bush on the Lee County Housing Authority, held elected office on the Stoney Brook Community Development District, and served as the Vice-Chair of the Lee County Republican Executive Committee. Mr. Rodrigues earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Berry College in Rome, Georgia.

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