Board Members

Mike Palombi is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and received an MBA from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. He was a Certified General Contractor and home builder in Florida for 20 years, and has worked in all areas of real estate and construction. He is a Community Commercial Associate with Coldwell Banker Realty, and he specializes in commercial buildings and complex land development projects.

Initially hired by Melissa Simpson to look for land to build Tiff’s Place from the ground up, he quickly switched gears once realizing the vision that Melissa had and found the ideal residential property that fit Tiff’s Place’s needs. He’s now very excited to see Tiff’s Place take off and start serving the community as first envisioned by Melissa!


Thomas Fezzey is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University (B.S., 1974) and the Detroit College of Law (J.D., 1980). Mr. Fezzey was admitted to the bar in1995, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois with areas of practice in bankruptcy, real estate, wills, trusts and estate planning.

With over 25 years in real estate law, Tom has helped to make the process of creating Tiff’s Place as easy and stress-free as possible.  Mr. Fezzey uses his heart and intellect to provide great counsel to Tiff’s Place. 


Cody Salter is the President of Great Western Properties.  He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and of the UCLA School of Law.  For several years, Mr. Salter worked as a real estate attorney at two of Chicago’s most well-respected law firms. He now focuses on representing purchasers and sellers of residential real estate and business owners seeking to purchase, sell or lease commercial space.  He founded Great Western Properties in 2005 and currently lives with his wife, Kathryn, and their children in St. Charles, Illinois.  


Kim Devine

Kim Devine is from the Chicagoland area by way of Wisconsin.  She has over 30 years of customer service experience in the medical field.  With her years of extensive experience, strong organizational and multitasking skills, Kim first began working with Melissa on estate sales.  This partnership bloomed when Melissa began developing Tiff’s Place. Kim’s knack for creating a friendly atmosphere and a comforting experience will be incredibly vital to the development of Tiff’s Place!


Colleen Malany is a native of Chicago. She graduated from Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She received a BS degree in Applied Life Science and Kinesiology. She taught and coached for four years in Dade County, Florida. Colleen worked in the field of Dentistry for 10 years, gaining certification in radiology & expanded duties from the State of Florida. She then earned a BS degree in Respiratory Therapy in 1993 and worked in the medical field for two years. In 1994 she & Ken Braid founded The J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation in memory of their son. After twenty years, Colleen created the JKB Experiential Education Foundation to continue Kyle’s memory and legacy. The program launched in June 2015. She is currently the CEO & Executive Director, and is a certified ROPES course facilitator.

Past & present affiliations include: Delta Gamma Fraternity, AARC (American Assoc. of Respiratory Care), FSRC (FL Society of Respiratory Care), AAUW (American Assoc of University Women), Advisory Board of the National Institute of Steroid Research, M & M Orthopedic steroid presentation panel. She was presented the Brevard County (FL) Citizen of the Year (2002) Award by FL Today and the University of Illinois Alumni Association Humanitarian Award in May 2007. She is currently a Rotarian in Las Vegas and a Paul Harris Fellow. She has been honored twice with the Rotarian of the Year Award from two different clubs, one being a club she helped form in 2018. It just recently chartered on May 1, 2019.

Colleen is currently transitioning JKB into a global partner with Watts of Love, in the endeavor to distribute solar lights to poor and marginalized villages with no electricity. Alumni and volunteers from JKB become people of action in distributing these lights in order to impact the recipients educationally, economically and productively.