About Our Team

Wendell Philp

President & Board Chair

Born in Bermuda and having spent much of his childhood in Kingston, Jamaica, Wendell’s humble beginnings lead him and his family to pursue a new life in the United States. Arriving in Tennessee with little to their name, Wendell and his siblings had a front row seat to life at the bottom of the pyramid. As a single parent, Wendell’s mother instilled in him the importance of giving back. Devoting himself to
hard work and school, Wendell graduated with honors and vowed a life of servitude. Wendell went on to work at the Walt Disney World Resort for 16 years in numerous roles including his time as a Disney Ambassador.

Wanting to impact the greater society, he left the Disney Company to dedicate his efforts in the real estate business with a key focus on helping countless families achieve the American dream of homeownership. As a licensed Real Estate professional, Wendell has sold over $30 million in real estate while mentoring and coaching numerous families and individuals through this process. Eventually, with his faith and belief in giving back, Wendell created Housing 4 All, a non-profit with the sole purpose of bridging the gap to affordable housing and homeownership.

Housing 4 All focuses on aligning resources and those in need, with an ultimate goal of raising individuals, families and Veterans to self-sufficiency in life and eventually homeownership.

Deana LaRosa

Board Member

I have been a professional in the mortgage business for over 13 years. I absolutely love the real estate & finance industry.

My education and training is centered on the equities and bond market as a software engineer and financial analyst. Throughout my career, I have structured a professional and compassionate approach, focused on educating consumers on the home buying process. My core strength is consulting clients in a way that anticipates their future housing and financial needs. As a leader, I enjoy coaching and mentoring team members to strategically achieve their personal and professional goals, while simultaneously taking time to appreciate the human spirit.

Born and raised in NY, the baby of 7 brothers and sisters, I always enjoyed family time and learning from my parents and siblings. 11 years ago I moved to Florida and I truly love the beautiful landscape and sunshine that wakes me up every morning. When not working, I enjoy family time with my best friend and husband Joe, our 5 amazing children (Meghan 14 Emily 12 Ali 12 Ella 6 Joey 5) and our 3 dogs. The Federal Savings Bank mission and values are a perfect fit for me and my family. Additionally, The Federal Savings Bank provides me with more tools to better support my clients and my community.

Neva Smith

Board Member

Neva is a retired corporate executive with more than 30 years of service with Prudential Insurance Company.  She joined Prudential in 1977 and steadily progressed through the ranks to become a senior officer of the company. During her tenure with Prudential, she managed between 5 and 5000 people, was responsible for an annual budget of close to $100 million and headed operations that managed north of $150 billion in corporate assets annually.

She has been a part of and has chaired several non-profit organizations including Board Chair First Baptist Community Development Corporation, National Eagle Leadership Institute Outstanding Executive of the Year Recipient, Member of the National Association of Black Accountants, Member of Leadership America and Member of the Black Executive Leadership Forum.

Since retiring and moving from New Jersey to Florida, Neva has continued her passion for developing businesses and coaching and mentoring people to find their God giving talents and to achieve financial success.  In addition to being a real estate developer, she started an organization called Women Building Women with chapters in New Jersey and in Florida, whose mission is to empower women to take their rightful place in the small business arena. She has also partnered with an International healthier lifestyle company and is teaching 100’s of people how to become successful entrepreneurs.

As Board Treasurer of Housing 4 All, Neva brings her business and leadership skills to support our clients and families in not only getting on their feet, but staying on their feet.

Elvi Hebra

Board Member

 

Antonio Martin

Board Member

Antonio G. Martin was born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Central Florida.  After graduating with a double major in Political Science and Finance from Florida State University, Antonio went on to graduate from Florida A&M’s College of Law [in (2008)]. During his academic tenure, Antonio Martin received numerous awards for his community service include the Seminole Torchbearer’s Award.  With a diverse work background from grassroots political campaigns to business sales, Antonio has infused personal connection with legal advocacy in the areas of real estate, family law, business law, and personal injury.

Manny Rodriguez

Housing Advocate

As a Housing Advocate for Housing 4 All, Manny believes whole heartedly in the unique, personal nature of real estate. He is fully committed to providing clients with what is known as “The La Rosa Difference” – a noticeably higher level of service that will make the real estate experience as easy and as stress-free as possible.  Skilled as a “Neighborhood Specialist” familiar with local communities, home values, and price trends – Manny provides personal and knowledgeable service.  His commitment to the community extends far beyond the office as a Volunteer at Troop 826:  Kissimmee Boy Scouts, Volunteer at Troop 589 & 268: Kissimmee Daisy & Brownie Girl Scouts, Kissimmee Little League Baseball Coach and Holy Redeemer Catholic School Girls Soccer Coach.

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