Amber Johansen, Executive Director
Amber was born and raised in Tampa. After graduating from Leto High School, she attended Florida State University for her undergraduate degree and then the University of South Florida for her graduate degree in Government and International Studies in 2012. Her major thesis was on religion and politics, and her minor studies were on public policy in education. She and her husband, Seth, of 20 years live in south Tampa with their three children; all of whom attend public schools in Tampa.
Amber has been involved with FPTB since 2009, when she began serving as a parent partner. In 2012, she consulted with FPTB as a Community Development Director, and in 2013 stepped into the position of Executive Director.
In addition to her role with First Priority of Tampa Bay, she has served on several boards, chaired fundraisers for non-profits, led family mission trips to Central and South America, and been involved in programs serving local schools.
Her background includes: working with at-risk teens; teaching a coping skills program to middle and high school students; and speaking to church and community groups. She is currently blogging on how to parent tween and teens; serving in youth ministry at her church; mentoring several students and publishing articles.
Amber’s primary focus as Executive Director is: vision casting, fundraising, program development, and ministry operations. Amber is available to speak on a wide range of topics including: the role of First Priority in the community, parenting,public education and faith based issues.
Tim Mann, Director of Community Relations
Tim was born in Tampa and grew up in Brooksville. After graduation from Hernando High School, he played basketball at Mt. Olive College and Liberty University where he received a bachelor’s degree in business management. While at Liberty he met the love of his life, Lisa. The two have been married for 21 years and live in Valrico with their children, Braxton and Haley.
Tim began volunteering as a coach with First Priority in the spring of 2014. Prior to this he served as a Vice President, HR Service Delivery with HSBC (Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation). During his 21 year career with HSBC he served in 13 different positions and held leadership roles in Collections, Customer Relations, Customer Service, Global Resourcing, Human Resources, and Learning & Development. Tim is also certified as a Global Professional Human Resources(GPHR).
He has faithfully served at Relevant Church in a variety of ministry areas and as an elder since its inception in 2005. Recently, he joined the staff on a part-time basis as the Director of Outreach and Connection. Tim has always had a heart for youth. In 2011, Tim founded a separate non-profit, Unlocking the Potential, as an extension of Relevant Church, and has served as the Executive Director in a volunteer capacity since that time.
Tim’s primary focus with First Priority is communications, partnership development, and engaging local churches in the mission. He is also responsible for volunteer training.
Jennifer Atkinson, Community Director for Pinellas County
Jennifer and her husband have four children, all of whom attend public schools. Jennifer attends First Baptist of Indian Rocks where she serves students in the youth group. She has taken classes on education and has a passion for reaching students for Christ.
Jennifer’s primary role with First Priority is to equip volunteers and students in the Pinellas county area.
Dr. Al-Aakhir Rogers, Community Director for Hillsborough County
Al-Aakhir was born in Queens Village NY and later moving to Stone Mountain, GA. He has a bachelor and master degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina A&T and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida (2011). Al-Aakhir and his wife, Diana, have a precious toddler daughter and another on the way.
Al-Aakhir grew up with a father who was incarcerated and a single mother. He has faced many challenges in his life, but he has been blessed by several mentors to guide and direct him.
Over the past ten years Dr. Rogers has be an invited presenter at more than 30 US & International conferences, earning various poster and speaker awards. He is internationally recognized for establishing strong collaboration with both National and International scientific communities including serving as a reviewer for The National Science Foundation’s Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) Programs. He has mentored nearly 100 students over the past 10 years ranging from high school to Ph.D. candidates and post-docs.
Dr. Rogers is currently serving as a Minister of Youth at Glory to Glory Ministries in Tampa where he has faithfully attended for the past 10 years.
Dr. Rogers primary focus with First Priority is to expand clubs, train students and build more partnerships with churches and the community.