About Us

Since 1990, the Hans & Cay Jacobsen Charitable Foundation has been dedicated to helping disadvantaged, underprivileged and at-risk children receive greater access to education, healthcare and recreational programs, and enjoy opportunities for cultural and personal enrichment. The Foundation is also committed to supporting civic causes primarily affecting the communities of Lake County and Sumter County in Central Florida.

Created by Cay Jacobsen to help fulfill the dreams she shared with her husband Hans, the Foundation is overseen by a Board of Trustees whose commitment is to find and fund those programs and organizations promoting the Jacobsens’ passion and vision.

Meet Our Staff

teresa_borcheckTeresa Borcheck – President
Ms. Borcheck serves as the president of the Jacobsen Foundation and has been on the board of directors since its inception. She has recently retired as senior vice president of Suntrust Bank’s Foundation and Endowment Services, a division she started in 2001. She received a gubernatorial appointment to the Florida Board of Accounting in 2005, and was named Florida Trust Banker of the Year by the Florida Bankers Association in 2007.
 tom_brooksTom Brooks – Vice Presdent
Mr. Brooks is vice president and a founding director of the Jacobsen Foundation. He has been a certified public accountant since 1972. Mr. Brooks is the Treasurer of the Holding Company of the Villages and a director of Villages Bancorporation, Citizens First Bank, Sabel Trust Company and Central Florida Health Alliance. He is a minority partner in 10 investment companies and a former partner in Brooks, Wiley, Young, Padgett & Kleiser, PA, from 1972-2005.
brian_brooksBrian Brooks – Treasurer
Mr. Brooks has served as treasurer of the Jacobsen Foundation since 2006. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in accounting and began a career with Brown & Brown Insurance where he is currently executive vice president of the Leesburg office. Mr. Brooks is also on the board of directors for Boys & Girls Club of Lake Sumter Counties, serving as president from 2003 to 2006.
Shannon Florida BarShannon McLin Carlyle – Secretary
Ms. Carlyle serves as secretary of the Jacobsen Foundation. She is a shareholder of the Carlyle Appellate Law Firm and is Board certified by the Florida Bar in appellate practice, AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and a Board certified appellate court mediator. She earned her Juris Doctorate with honors from Pepperdine University School of Law, and a BA in journalism with honors from the University of Central Florida.
walter_mclinWalter McLin – Director Emeritus,Past Foundation President
Mr. McLin began his involvement in the foundation as Mrs. Jacobsen’s attorney, helping to honor the memory of Mr. Jacobsen and his wishes to provide greater access to education, healthcare and recreational programs to the local community.
Mr. McLin succeeded Mrs. Jacobsen as president after her passing in 1999, and remained president until his passing in 2007. He was devoted to education issues in Lake County and had a personal mission to provide assistance to those who might not have had the chance without the foundation’s help.