About the Board

SolgamesUSA's Board of Directors guides the overall philosophy and direction of the organization and reflects the community goals and perspective. The Board is a diverse group of leaders who bring a variety of talents, experiences and expertise to the governance of the SolgamesUSA. Our Board's composition today is a strong, balanced blend of skills and experience, allowing it to offer guidance in core areas important to SolgamesUSA.

Wade West - President
As a television news anchor with experience in the "major leagues" at both ABC and NBC in New York, Wade West's interviews with business, professional and political leaders gave him a unique insight into what really brings increased results, and benefits in the not-for-profit world.

Founder and President of American Fundraising Auctions, Wade is a licensed auctioneer who has traveled the country appearing before audiences, lecturing, consulting, and conducting fundraising programs. His great public speaking and platform skills are known to motivate and capture an audience’s attention so everyone wants to get in on the bidding.

His depth of experience adds to his skills on any event. He is a former television news anchor and reporter. His media communication and fundraising skills have made him a popular consultant for political candidates ranging from local elections, to more than 85 members of congress, federal civil rights enforcement executives, and former members of the President's cabinet. He worked with former Senator Paul Wellstone on the project to prevent the continued importation of women into this country for forced prostitution. He also consulted for the JFK School of Government and Department of Justice's civil rights office. During the Clinton administration, the US State Department arranged for him to go to Italy, Iceland, Sweden, Canada and Argentina to teach media skills to local anti-drug counselors to help stem the flood of teenage drug abuse there. He also lectured for the European Council of Mayors on the same issue. Drawing on that deep and varied background, Wade West founded American Fundraising Auctions with the goal of helping organizations around the country be more successful in serving their constituents.

Joseph J. Rizzo - Vice President
A past president of the University Club of Winter Park, Mr. Rizzo has served on numerous Central Florida nonprofit boards including the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Alzeheimer's Association, and the Festival of Orchestras. He earlier served four years as CEO of Orlando’s Festival of Orchestras, which presents world-class concerts of symphony orchestras. Earlier, as founder of the national Better Hearing Institute, he served 25 years as CEO of the Washington, DC-based non-profit association. He began his career as a correspondent for the Paris edition of the New York Herald Tribune and the European edition of Stars and Stripes, and as a reporter for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.

He also held executive public relations and marketing positions with major consumer and industrial manufacturers, and led development programs for national and Florida non-profit associations. He has served on Central Florida boards of Habitat for Humanity, the Civic Theater of Central Florida, the YMCA, and the Alzheimer Resource Center—as well as on committees of United Way and Easter Seals. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Temple University, with a B. S. degree in Communications.

Carleta Wilson - Secretary
Carleta Wilson is a graduate of Rollins College, where she received B.G.S., M.Ed., and Ed. Specialist degrees. She also pursued doctoral studies at the University of Hawaii East-West Institute, and was an exchange teacher in Shanghai as well as guest lecturer in Russia, Korea, Australia, and Iceland. Carleta was the first woman Flotilla Commander of the Orlando U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and currently donates many hours on the water monthly for training and rescue. She is currently Chair of the Public Relations Committee. She is also a Director on the Board for the University Club of Winter Park.