The Patel High School Governing Board members represent some of the best and brightest local business and community leaders.

Kavita Jain holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from USF School of Medicine. Florida licensed Physical Therapist with over 27 years’ experience including 24 years at Florida Hospital of Tampa’s Comprehensive In-patient Rehabilitation Unit. Supervising therapy staff since Jan 2008 and over 13 years of Center Coordinator for Clinical Education (CCCE) experience.

Jeffrey Mitchell is an educational administrator and school principal, currently serving as a educational program consultant for schools in Tampa, FL. He was an inaugural faculty member of Brooks DeBartolo CHS in 2007 and has worked in numerous capacities throughout his tenure including spending time as the school’s Curriculum Coordinator, IT Director, and Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, as well as Assistant Principal of Administration and Operation. During his tenure, the school began a consecutive string of “A” grades that endures to this day and was awarded the national recognition of 2015 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence from the US Department of Education. He served as the principal of another local charter school, overseeing all operations and educational programs to successfully return a struggling school back to stability, putting it in a position to thrive.
Mr. Mitchell, once an admissions representative for a large state university, has made helping students attain higher levels of education his life’s mission. With this in mind, Mr. Mitchell and his wife LaDessa founded MERGE, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to help the youth and families of the Tampa Bay community merge on the path to lifelong success through higher education. We provide workshops, mentoring programs, college tours, and one-on-one consultations to students and their families to prepare for life beyond high school.

He is a proud graduate of Florida State University (Go Noles!) and Nova Southeastern University, and is a self-proclaimed “techie.” He is also a licensed and ordained minister, seeking to use his entire being for God’s glory. Mr. Mitchell is married with four children, with whom he spends most of his time when he is not working. He is an avid sports fan, movie watcher, and enjoys spending time studying the Bible.

Jenny Zheng has been employed at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) since May 2005. As an accomplished accounting and finance professional, she has demonstrated her capabilities as a hands-on team player and problem-solver that envisions solutions and executes with urgency. She played a leadership role through the changes and challenges in Financial Accounting & Reporting area from 2009 to 2015. Her current work in Business Continuity & Crisis Management area helps optimize operational performance and strengthen organizational resiliency.

She earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) with concentration in Finance from University of Florida, Gainesville, and Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Hospitality Management at Florida International University, Miami.

Ray Jacobs is an Information Technology (IT) professional with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. During his 20-year career Ray has worked in a variety of leadership roles at the University of Florida, Huston-Tillotson University, and Ultimate Medical Academy. The roles have allowed Ray to work with stakeholders at these educational institutions on a number of key projects.
Due to Ray’s continued innovation and impact on student outcomes, he was awarded the Jane N. Ryland Fellowship in 2012 by Educause. Recipients of the Ryland Fellowships are awarded for their commitment to higher education and information technology. Ray is currently employed at CCG Analytics in the role of Senior Delivery Leader. On a daily basis, Ray is leading teams of Information Technology professionals who are working with companies throughout the United States.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Information Systems from the Pennsylvania State University.

Jim Ake is a retired businessman with over 50 years in international business and aviation. Jim holds a BS Civil Engineering degree from Duke University, and a MBA in international business from Tulane University. Early in his career he focused on operations in Asia and Southeast Asia with work ranging from Japan to Australia. Initially he was a pilot in the US Air Force flying in Southeast Asia.

After securing his MBA degree he worked for McDermott, Inc. as a project manager in offshore services in Singapore, Indonesia and Australia. Upon returning to the United States after a two year assignment in Australia, Jim continued working for McDermott in Strategic Planning. At that time McDermott controlled 40% of the world’s offshore services industry.

He continued to work in strategic planning and international business; and was a cofounder of an international micro brew company with facilities in Hong Kong, Mexico, Ireland and New Orleans. Subsequent to the micro brew venture Jim became Executive Director of an international trade association (SUSTA) that represented small food and beverage businesses in the southern USA. SUSTA’s mission was training and guiding US business on how to enter and prosper selling their products overseas. Our programs consisted of identifying markets, conducting foreign trade missions, assisting southern companies in foreign and domestic trade shows, and financing company efforts

For any parent wanting to contact Mr. Ake, he can be reached by email at

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