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Board Member Biographies
Ms. Wendy AbbergerWendy Abberger is president of Leadership Florida, a position she has held for 25 of the organization's 32 years. During that time, Leadership Florida has grown from producing an annual class program to providing programs for the state's top college students, young professionals, locally elected officials from cities, counties and school boards, new executives in Florida, graduates of community leadership programs, and members of the Florida Legislature. Leadership Florida is also well known for producing televised debates between candidates running for Governor, the U.S. Senate, and President of the United States, and for its anti-discrimination campaign, the Faces of Florida.
Abberger has served as president of the Economic Club of Florida, and is on the boards of Florida House, the Village Square and Florida State University's 7 Days of Opening Nights.
She is very proud of her two daughters, Beth and Julia, son-in-law Jaime, and grandson Luke.
Dr. Jeffery S. AllbrittenDr. Jeffery Allbritten returned to Edison State College on July 31, 2012 as the College's Fourth President
after being unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees on June 1, 2012. He served as President of Macon State College, Macon, GA from 2011 - 2012.
During his tenure as the president of the Collier Campus of Edison State College from 2003 - 2011, Dr. Allbritten successfully expanded enrollment and course offerings, as well as the campus itself. Working diligently to cultivate community and corporate partnerships, Dr. Allbritten was instrumental in the expansion of campus facilities to accommodate innovative programming. In 2008, the University of Florida NCEF Pediatric Dental Center and the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center opened on the Edison State College Collier Campus. In 2010,ground was broken on two important facilities: The Student Services Building and the Allen & Marla Weiss Health Sciences Hall. These buildings opened in February 2012. Also in 2010, Dr. Allbritten advanced an application for the creation of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused charter school to the Collier County School Board, which was unanimously approved.
Dr. Allbritten has been very active in the community, serving on a number of boards, including the Board of Directors for the former Economic Development Council of Collier County, the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and the German-American Business Chamber of Florida. He was an Advisory Board Member for Eden Florida and the Southwest Florida Holocaust Museum. He also served on the Editorial Board for Business Currents Magazine.
Prior to his appointment at the Collier County Campus of Edison State College, Dr. Allbritten was the director of Pines Center Campus of Broward College, a comprehensive community college serving Broward County in southeast Florida, from 2000-2003.
Dr. Allbritten served as dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Florida State College at Jacksonville, the second largest college in Florida with 80,000 students, from 1999 to 2000. Prior to his arrival in Florida, he was associate dean of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, from 1995 to 1999.
Dr. Allbritten holds a Doctor of Arts degree in chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, a master of science degree in mathematics from Murray State University, Murray, KY, and a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, also conferred by Murray State University.
Dr. John BelohlavekDr. John Belohlavek is the Dean of History at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He is an established author with his three books, titled: George M. Dallas: Jacksonian Patrician, Let the Eagle Soar: Foreign Policy of Andrew Jackson, and Broken Glass: Caleb Cushing and the Shattering of the Union. His scholarly expertise is in Florida studies, Native American studies, political history, social history, Civil War, colonial studies, and U.S. Foreign Affairs.
He has participated in a variety of Florida Humanities Council-sponsored events, especially focusing on 19th century Florida. He has also served as a member of the Florida Humanities Council for the past two years with an emphasis on developing teacher skills/opportunities and statewide programs. He is a former member of the State Board of Community Colleges and served from June 1992 to September 2001.
Mr. Randy BerridgeRandy Berridge has held the position of president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council since its formation in 1996. He also currently serves as president of the Berridge Consulting Group, Inc., and Advisory Board Member of SunTrust Bank, N.A. Previously, Berridge held several management positions with AT&T Corporation including chair of the Central Florida AT&T Management Council; District Manager of Public Relations for the Florida Division; Manager of Legal and Divestiture Planning; and, Coordinating Supervisor of Budgets, Forecasts, Planning, Human Resources, and Manufacturing. He also served as a member on the State Board of Community Colleges from October 2000 to September 2005.
In addition, Berridge is an alumnus of Leadership Orlando and Leadership Florida. He is also a past member of the Mayor of Orlando’s High Tech Task Force and the Advisory Board for Florida Community Colleges. He also served as a founding board member of the Astronaut’s Memorial Foundation.
Ms. Teresa W. BorcheckWendy Ms. Borcheck's currently serves as Director of Development for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Tallahassee, Florida, while also serving as President/Owner of Borcheck Non profit Consulting Services in Maitland, Florida. Prior to that, she was President and Chief Operating Officer of Hans & Cay Jacobsen Foundation, Winter Park, Florida. She also served as Sr. VP Florida Regional Manager, Endowment Foundations with SunTrust Bank.
Ms. Borcheck has worked with non-profits and private foundations for over 30 years. Her significant accomplishments include creating and managing investment management process, procedures and policies for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She established and managed the ground up Endowment & Foundations Specialty Practice for SunTrust's Florida Region and managed a team of 10 professionals responsible for 250 relationships with non-profit clients in the Southeast. Ms.Borcheck achieved accountability for $2.5 Billion in assets under management in 7 years, with average annual revenue of $10,000,000. She provided assistance with grant administration, asset management, strategic planning, board governance, and Executive Director. Her work at SunTrust, with the Jacobsen Foundation and on the Florida Board of Accountancy has provided her with many opportunities to find creative, innovative and collaborative solutions to meet the financial needs of college students in Florida.
Ms. Borecheck is a Gubernatorial Appointment to the Florida Board of Accountancy as one of two Consumer Members from 2005-Present. Ms. Borcheck was Florida Bankers Association Trust Banker of the Year, 2006 SunTrust Bank.
Ms. Nancy BoteroNancy Botero, Broward College's Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the Broward College Foundation, is an exceptionally busy woman-and she'd have it no other way.
Botero leads a 20-member team of development officers, grant writers and support professionals, who work with a volunteer board of directors comprised of area business and community leaders. Her responsibilities include advocating for, elevating awareness of and raising private financial support for Broward College, its academic programs and its students. After honing her skills at Florida Atlantic University for 22 years, where she served as Assistant Vice President of University Advancement, Broward Campuses, she began her career at Broward College in November of 2005.
Involvement in her community and her industry is of paramount importance to Botero. As President elect to the Florida Council for Resource Development (FCRD), Botero chaired the recent FCRD "Catch the Wave" Conference, which took place in February in Orlando. She has been elected to a special task force responsible for developing a curriculum and method of delivery to executive directors and foundation board members statewide. She is involved with the Community Foundation of Broward, leading a CEO Circle. She is on the Executive Committee for the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and Tower Club. A graduate of the Leadership Broward V class, she is currently serving on the committee for the Leadership Broward Foundation's 20th Anniversary Fun Lunch.
She also is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XXIX. Botero has presented at several professional development conferences, including workshops for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She has served on the boards of many local organizations, including the Broward Arts Council, Downtown Fort Lauderdale Rotary, Leadership Broward, and Take Stock in Children among others.
A South Florida native, Botero is a product of the Broward County Public School system and a graduate of Northeast High School in Oakland Park. Botero began her pursuit of higher education at Broward Community College, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida, graduating with the distinction of membership in Florida Blue Key Honor Fraternity. She earned her Master of Arts in Communication from Florida Atlantic University. Her thesis was recognized by CASE for outstanding scholarship in communication.
When she is not serving her community, which is a gift that she cherishes, Botero spends time with her husband Larry in their new Pompano Beach home. She enjoys golf, photography, motorcycling, hiking, fishing, and scuba diving.
Ms. Sally S. BradshawSally Bradshaw has an extensive career in federal and state government and the political arena.
Currently, Bradshaw serves as the Transition Director for House Speaker-Designate Will Weatherford of Tampa. She served as a senior advisor to the Republican Party of Florida during the 2010 general election cycle. Bradshaw served as Governor Jeb Bush's Chief of Staff from January of 1999 through January of 2001. She was also the director of the Bush transition effort.
She has also served as Executive Director of the Foundation for Florida's Future, a non-profit grassroots public policy institute.
Before moving to Florida, Bradshaw worked at the White House, where she was an Associate Director of Political Affairs for President George H.W. Bush from 1989-1991. She served as a regional field coordinator for the Bush for President Campaign in 1988.
She attended Vanderbilt University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from George Washington University.
Bradshaw was recently appointed to the Florida State Board of Education by Governor Rick Scott and previously served on this board from 2003-2004 as an appointee of Governor Jeb Bush.
Ms. Rosanne BrandeburgRosanne Brandeburg is the Executive Director at Lake-Sumter Community College Foundation. She attended Daytona Beach Community College, received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Florida, and received her Master’s Degree at Nova University.
She has 16 years of experience in health care public relations & marketing, and worked as the Director of Community Relations for Leesburg Regional Medical Center for seven years. She has been involved with many community organizations such as:
- Board Member, Educational Foundation of Lake County since 1999
- State Director, Foundation for Florida’s Community Colleges
- Past President, Florida Council for Resource Development & Current Director
Mr. Brian P. BuwaldaBrian P. Buwalda graduated from the University of Florida and became partner at Graham, Cottrill, Jackson & Hostetter, LLP with a focus on income tax, in 1989. He is now a CPA/Principal at Larson Allen and also serves as the Treasurer of the Florida College System Foundation.
Mr. Bill CramerBill Cramer is president and owner of Bill Cramer Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC, Inc. located in Panama City, Florida and Outlet Rental Car Sales of Dothan, Inc. located in Dothan and Enterprise, Alabama.
Mr. Cramer has been extensively involved in education since 1987 when he was first appointed to the Board of Trustees of Gulf Coast Community College (now known as Gulf Coast State College) where he served for 18 years, including 15 years as its chairman. During that time, he chaired all three major scholarship campaigns which brought the assets of the college's Foundation from $1.6 million to over $25 million. Cramer is a recipient of the Association of Community College Trustees M. Dale Ensign National Trustee Leadership Award, and has twice been awarded the Florida Association of Community Colleges Trustee of the Year Award. Additionally, he served on the Education Commissioner's Blue Ribbon Committee on Education Governance for the State of Florida and as a Public Commissioner on the Committee on Criteria and Reports for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He also chaired the Florida Association of Community Colleges Trustees Commission. He presently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast State College Foundation.
Mr. Cramer earned a JD from Harvard Law School and a bachelor of arts in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ms. Tami CullensTamela Cullens, a member of South Florida State College's (SFSC) eight member District Board of Trustees, assumed the chair of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) Trustees Commission. Her term runs through June 30, 2015.
Cullens has been an active member of the AFC Trustees Commission since 2006, serving as secretary-treasurer in 2011 and vice chair 2012-13.
In the role of chair, Cullens oversees all aspects of the annual commission work plan and work closely with Division of Florida Colleges Chancellor Randy Hanna and AFC Chief Executive Officer Michael Brawer to carry out its mission. Cullens is responsible for planning education forums for the trustees, coordinating communications, and planning the Trustee Commission's annual legislative conference.
Cullens was appointed to the SFSC District Board of Trustees and began serving on June 1, 2006. She twice served as board chair, in 2008-09 and 2012-13. As an SFSC trustee, Cullens follows in the footsteps of her uncle, Ronnie Sachsenmaier, and her brother-in-law, Jim Brooks, who both served on the SFSC District Board of Trustees in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
She is also a member of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and served on the Finance and Audit Committee for one year. Currently, she is a member of the ACCT Southern Regional Awards Committee during its 2013 selection process.
Mr. Richard W. D’AlemberteRichard W. D’Alemberte is the Broker and Owner of D’Alemberte Realty, with over 40 years in the real estate business in Chattahoochee. He has served the community in many capacities but is best known for providing a full service Realty business including Sales, Property Management, Consultation, Appraisal and even insurance at one time. He is a former member of the State Board of Community Colleges and served on the board from September of 1991 to September of 2000.
Dr. G. Thomas DelainoDr. G. Thomas Delaino retired in 2008 as president of Pensacola Junior College, and served as interim president of Northwest Florida State College. Delaino's professional experience includes 32 years of increasingly responsible positions in the Florida community college system and six years as president of Pensacola Junior College.
His background also includes more than six years in the Air Force, with command experience at Lackland Air Force Base and four years on the faculty at the Air Force Academy. Delaino is a Florida native who grew up in Cedar Key, the son of a commercial fisherman and a high school English teacher.
Dr. Thomas E. Furlong, Jr.Dr. Furlong served as Vice President for Educational Services at Tallahassee Community College from 1987 to 1995. From 1995 to 2001, he was the Deputy Executive Director for Educational Services for the State Board of Community Colleges. He served as Senior Vice President for Baccalaureate Programs and University Partnerships at St. Petersburg College from 2001 to 2009, where he directed the efforts of the University Partnership Center which provides baccalaureate and graduate programs at College locations by other universities in Florida and nationally. He also spent time as Interim President of St. Petersburg College in 2010.
Currently, Dr. Furlong serves as Chief Executive Officer for Bachelor Degree Access Strategies, LLC.
Dr. Furlong has also received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in Postsecondary Education Management.
Mr. Michael R. HightowerMichael Hightower is Florida Blue's vice president, Governmental and Legislative Relations. In this role, Hightower works with leaders from state and local government, business and academic communities and volunteer organizations to effect positive changes that enhance Floridians' quality of life. Hightower was promoted to his present position in 1985.
Prior to joining Florida Blue in 1981, Hightower was appointed Florida State Director of the Farmers Home Administration U.S.D.A. by President Carter. At age 31, Hightower was the youngest director to date appointed to lead the federal agency. Hightower also served as the North Florida Region Director for Florida's State Comptroller as well as a congressional coordinator for the Carter-Mondale presidential campaign.
Throughout his career, Hightower has been active in several community and civic organizations. He serves as past board chairman U.S. Naval Academy; chairman of the Florida House Board of Trustees in Washington D.C.; chairman 2009 of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce; chairman, Jacksonville Political Leadership Institute; Florida Public Service Commission nominating council; JEA board of directors; board of advisors, Leadership Florida; as well as Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists' board of directors. Hightower is immediate past chair, Jacksonville Public Library Foundation. Hightower also serves as a member of the board of directors for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Ounce of Prevention. He also is a member of the Legislative Policy Council of the Florida Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of directors for Florida Insurance Council and Children's Resource Fund.
Hightower is a third-term Graduate School Adjunct Instructor, University of Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science from Jacksonville University in 1972.
Ms. Catherine KellyCatherine A. Kelly assists not-for-profit organizations in building organizational capabilities, influencing health care policy, partnership formation and development. This consulting practice builds on 30 years experience in legislative relations, communication and business development, including over 20 years as an officer with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc., one of the largest Blue plans nationwide.
At BCBSFL, Kelly managed and led human resources, public and community relations, and alliance development for this not-for-profit health plan. During her tenure, she grew an initial corporate community investment of $1M into a public/private partnership that increased to over $40 M in 4 years and addresses the critical Florida workforce shortage of nurses. The initiative, branded as Generation RN, creates a lasting legacy for BCBSFL that is estimated by the state to fully fund the education of an additional 200 new nurses annually, many from underrepresented ethnic groups. In addition to attracting a diverse group of public and private funders, national recognition garnered by the program prompted other Blue Plans across the country to become involved in the workforce initiative and further broadened its impact and funding base.
Ms. Kelly has been a significant presence and active voice in state and national discussions of the important role that nurses play in advancing health care in our communities. Kelly was instrumental in bringing together Florida nurse funders and northeast Florida clinical and academic healthcare leaders to discuss the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s Report on the Future of Nursing, and consider steps that can be undertaken to implement them in our communities. Kelly also was a catalyst in the formation of a regional nurse collaborative comprised of academic nursing deans and chief nurse officers. The group is active today in collaborating on nurse recruitment and retention strategies and promoting community wide quality and safety practices. Kelly is one of the initial members of the National Nurse Funders’ Collaborative, convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and currently serves as a trustee and advisory board member on several foundations that fund nursing initiatives, including the Gertrude Skelly Charitable Foundation and the Florida College System Foundation. She has served as a development consultant to The University of North Florida Brooks College of Health and The University of Florida College of Nursing and is a former board member of The University of West Florida.
Ms. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in organizational communication from Michigan State University. She has completed executive education programs in human resources, health care and board development from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.
Mr. Joseph H. LangJoseph H. Lang, is the managing partner at Baynard, McLeod, and Lang, PA, a law firm in Saint Petersburg, FL. He practices in the areas of estate planning, administration, real property, taxation, and general civil practice. He attended Duke University for his undergrad and the University of Florida for Law School. He is a former member of the State Board of Community Colleges from January of 1997 to September of 2002.
His community involvement includes:
- Phi Delta Phi - Member
- St. Petersburg Junior College District Board of Trustees, 1977-1997; Chairman, 1983-1989, 1993-1996
- Florida Association of Community Colleges Trustee Commission, 1977—; Chairman, 1986-1987.
- Florida Association of Community Colleges Foundation Founding Board Member, 1995.
Dr. Ann McGeeE. Ann McGee was appointed President of Seminole Community College in 1996. She is a graduate of St. Petersburg College, Florida State University and Nova Southeastern University. She was “Most Outstanding Graduate” at SPC; Phi Beta Kappa at FSU; and “Practitioner’s Hall of Fame” at Nova. She recently completed an eight-year term as a charter trustee for Florida State University. Prior to SCC, she was Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the BCC Foundation at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale, raising more than $21 million in 10 years. She was also a Provost for BCC; and Dean of Students and a faculty member at Florida Keys Community College.
She serves on the American Association of Community Colleges Presidents Academy Executive Committee; the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Board; the Steering Committee for Florida’s Community College Presidents’ Council; and the Higher Education Research Development Institute. She is also active on regional Chamber and civic boards throughout Central Florida. McGee has been recognized by the Association of Community College Trustees as the top community college CEO in the nation (2006); by Phi Theta Kappa with the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction (2005); and by the Seminole Chamber of Commerce with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2004) for making a difference in the quality of life in Seminole County.
The past few years have been ones of phenomenal growth for Seminole Community College (SCC). Construction of two new campuses, a law enforcement training facility, and an economic development center, plus renovation of the College’s original campus, have enabled SCC to enjoy one of the best student participation rates in the state. With more than $100 million dedicated to either renovation or new construction, SCC has just broken ground for a University Partnership Center, in conjunction with the University of Central Florida, which will open in spring 2010 and house more than 20 baccalaureate degrees available at SCC. The SCC Foundation Board is a “destination board” for the area whose efforts have built two classroom buildings and increased the endowment from $1M to over $14M. SCC’s Honors Institute has graduated three Jack Kent Cooke Scholars in the past three years.
Other honors and awards recently bestowed upon Dr. E. Ann McGee include:
- 2005 Presidential Phi Theta Kappa Ambassador for the All-Florida Academic Team
- 2004 Top 100 Most Influential People In Central Florida, Orlando Business Journal
- 2002 U.S. Air Force National Security Forum at the Air War College in Montgomery, AL
- 2002 Top 100 Most Influential People In Central Florida, Orlando Business Journal
- 2001 “Women Who Mean Business” Award, Orlando Business Journal
- 2001 Top 100 Most Influential People In Central Florida, Orlando Business Journal
- 2000 Summit Award (for community involvement), Central Florida Women’s Resource Center
- 2000 Florida Phi Theta Kappa “Distinguished Service” Award
- 2000 Florida Phi Theta Kappa “Distinguished Alumna” Award
Ms. Karen B. MooreKaren B. Moore was appointed to the Tallahassee Community College Board of Directors in 2007 by Governor Charlie Crist and re-appointed in 2012 by Governor Scott. She is the president of Moore Communications, a public relations and advertising firm. Moore Communications Group is a nationally ranked integrated communications firm providing advertising, social media, graphic design, marketing, public affairs, and public relations services for public and private companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Moore Communications Group works with clients to establish a national or statewide communications presence through our offices in Tallahassee, Florida, South Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Washington D.C. Recognition for her work has brought numerous honors including the Distinguished Leader Award by the National Association of Community Leaders. Under Karen's leadership, Moore Communications Group has earned more than 375 industry awards. However, ask Karen to name her greatest professional success, and she'll tell you it's seeing Moore Communications Group recognized by Florida Trend as a "Best Place to Work" three years in a row. It's Karen's commitment to hiring and cultivating the best talent and instilling a commitment to excellence in her team that makes MCG a success.
Moore previously served as president of the TCC Foundation Board, chairing the College's first capital campaign, which secured $10 million. She is also chairman of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County. Moore represents Leon County.
She earned her bachelor's degree in Russian History from the University of Central Florida and her master's degree from New Mexico State University.
Mr. John R. PadgetJohn Padget lives in Key West, Florida, but frequents New York, Europe and the Caribbean, looking after investments and supporting charitable activities. Born on a farm in upstate New York, Padget graduated from Cornell University with Bachelor's and Master's degrees and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University.
His business life featured international assignments, and he founded Padget Associates, a private equity investment firm Amsterdam. He spends most of his time on charitable projects, the most notable of which is Florida's Take Stock in Children. He is President of the Monroe County Education Foundation and serves on the board of the FKCC Foundation.
Padget's public service included an interim term as Superintendent of Monroe County Schools in 2003 and 2004. He is trustee of the LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State University and a board member of the Askew Institute at the University of Florida. Padget is a Commissioner and Chairman of the Lower Florida Keys Hospital District. He is Vice Chair of Florida's State Board of Education, serving a term ending December 31, 2016.
The University of Rochester awarded Padget an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. The Queen of the Netherlands made him a Knight in the house of Orange, honoring him for contributions to Dutch-American relations. Padget was awarded the Golden Medal in the Order of the Lion from Ethiopia. He received the prestigious Ambassador K. Terry Dornbush Award from the Netherlands-America Foundation for his international public service.
Mr. George I. Platt IIIGeorge I. Platt III is known for his considerable experience in Government Law and lobbying. With more than 30 years in practice, he counsels clients on regulatory law, government relations, land use, environmental law and related corporate issues. He currently works for LSN Government Affairs, LLC, a lobbying and government relations firm as the head of their Broward office. He was the managing partner of the Fort Lauderdale office and was an “AV” or top-rated attorney in his field. He has represented some of South Florida’s major projects including the Broward County Convention Center, Dolphins Stadium, development of the Coral Springs and Parkland communities, the Bank Atlantic Center, and the 450-acre Pembroke Pines Mitigation Bank.
Mr. Platt is also well versed in matters involving Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which he also served as a former Broward County Commissioner. As a Board member of the Port Everglades Association and as Chair of the Broward Workshop Transportation Committee, he helps represent the interests of companies doing business at the port and the airport. As a former Broward County Commissioner, Mr. Platt chaired the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Value Adjustment Board. He also served on the South Florida Regional Planning Council. More recently, he was a Commissioner on the Broward County Charter Review Commission. He currently serves as a Board member of the Broward Performing Arts Center Authority.
A supporter of local and state organizations, Mr. Platt served as Chairman for the State Board of Community Colleges from January of 1992 to September of 2001 and the Florida Atlantic University Foundation and Fort Lauderdale’s Downtown Council. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Trustee and Chairman of the Broward Public Library Foundation, the Board of Trustees Nova Southeastern University and Chairman of the Advisory Board for NSU's College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Platt also serves on the Board of the Global Education Advisory Board of UNC, Chapel Hill.
Mr. Platt began his legal career in 1972 at the Harvard Center for Law and Education. After law school, he was awarded an International Legal Center Overseas Teaching Fellowship at the Catholic University Law School in Santiago, Chile, where he taught and advised. Fluent in Spanish, Mr. Platt also served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Panama.
Ms. Violeta SaludVioleta Salud is a Financial Advisor with Salud and Associates. She has more than 25 years of experience in the Financial Services. Her main areas of work include: Wealth Management, Retirement Income Planning, Registered Financial Advisor, Long-Term Care, Life Insurance, Investments, Financial Planning, and Estate Planning.
She has served on many community boards including: Bank of Central Florida, American Bank and Trust of Polk County, El Bosque Nuevo, Costa Rica, City of Lake Wales, Vanguard School, Webber International, Lake Wales YMCA, Imperial Symphony Guild of Lake Wales, Florida State Board of Community Colleges, and more. In 2008 she was chosen to represent the US with People to People as a delegation member to Russia for the Financial Planning Association. She also is the Chamber Of Commerce Or Economic Development Council Appointed Member of Polk County School Readiness Coalition, Inc. She also was a former member of the State Board of Community Colleges from June 1999 to September 2003.
She currently lives in Lake Wales with her husband John, who is an Ophthalmologist. Violeta and John have raised four children and are the proud grandparents of two grandchildren. She serves on the Polk State College Foundation Board of Directors.
Ms. Lyn StanfieldLyn Stanfield leads Apple's Strategic Initiatives Group's efforts in the Southeastern US, addressing a broad range of issues with a special focus on innovation and education.
Apple's Strategic Initiatives Group builds bi-partisan coalitions in support of expanded education and technology funding, emphasizing greater equity of access for underserved student populations, higher levels of academic achievement, and 21st century digital learning environments that prepare students for college and the workforce.
Ms. Stanfield has been involved with several innovative efforts at Apple, and has been involved in education policy for more than 15 years. She has served as a member of the Tallahassee Community College District Board of Trustees, serving as Board Chair in 2006-2007; Florida's Digital Divide Council, Jobs for Florida's Graduates Foundation Board, the Holy Comforter Episcopal School Board, Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, Dr. Khiran Patel Charter School Board, Florida Tax Watch Board of Trustees, and the Florida Education Foundation Board. Ms. Stanfield also served on Governor Rick Scott's (R-FL) education transition team.
In addition to her professional affiliations, Ms. Stanfield is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, and is an active member of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. Lyn is deeply involved in her community. She and her husband, Kevin, are the proud parents of two school-aged children. In her spare time, Lyn enjoys reading, cooking, traveling for leisure, and being a sports mom.
Mr. Larry StewartMr. Larry Stewart retired from SunTrust Bank after thirty years of service, where he began as a Cost Accountant and ended as EVP, Central Florida Region Retail LOB Manager, where he was responsible for a 150 branch network. Mr. Larry Stewart currently serves as a Client Advisor at Seaside National Bank & Trust where he manages a portfolio of clients delivering commercial, private baking and wealth management services to individuals and private business owners.
Mr. Stewart attended St. Johns River State College, where he received his Associate of Arts Degree. He later received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from the University of Central Florida.
Ms. Marjorie TurnbullFrom 1994-2000, Marjorie represented Leon County, District 9, in the Florida House of Representatives where she served on the Fiscal Responsibility Council, the Committees on Rules, Education Appropriations, Business Regulation and Consumer Services and Community Affairs. As a legislator she focused on the funding needs of education, benefits for public employees, the funding for the Challenger Learning Center, and the creation of a Florida World War II Memorial. Prior to her service in the House, she was a member of the Leon County Commission from 1988-1994, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Planning for the State of Florida, and a member of the staff of the Florida House of Representatives.
Representative Turnbull served as the Executive Director of the Tallahassee Community College Foundation. During her tenure, its assets increased from $250,000 to $9 million, including over 70 endowed scholarships and more than 500 Challenge and Take Stock in Children Scholarships for middle school children who will be first generation college students. Under her leadership, the TCC Foundation will successfully complete its first Major Gifts Campaign totaling $10 million.
Ms. Turnbull is actively involved in community service in Leon County. She co-chaired a committee which developed a cultural plan for Tallahassee and Leon County. She currently serves as President of the Board for the Challenger Learning Center and has served in the past as President of the Council of Neighborhood Associations, the Tallahassee Symphony and the Children’s Home Society. In addition, she serves or has served on the boards of numerous local advisory and civic groups, including the Girl Scouts, the Civic Center, The Florida Association of Voluntary Agencies for Caribbean Action, Seven Days of Opening Nights, the Legislative Historic Preservation Commission and the United Way. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Tallahassee and Zonta International.
Ms. Stacey WebbStacey Webb is a partner at Southern Strategy Group. She formerly served as Assistant Chancellor for the Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Education at the Florida Department of Education. Stacey led the Division’s legislative efforts and played a key role in the Department’s communications, personnel, and budgeting – gaining the deep, substantive policy knowledge, especially in education, with which to work at the high staff level throughout state government.
Ms. Webb also served as the Executive Director for the Foundation for Florida’s Community Colleges. Prior to working for the Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Education, Stacey served as staff director and Majority Office senior analyst with the Florida House of Representatives. There, Stacey covered legislative issues relating to higher education, criminal justice, state administration, local government, and education appropriations. Stacey attended Brevard Community College and received a Bachelors of Arts from Stetson University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.