Dr. Jeffery S. Allbritten
Dr. 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 Belohlavek
Dr. John Belohlavek is the Professor and Former Chair 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.
Ms. Teresa W. Borcheck
Ms. Borcheck currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of the Special Olympics Florida, while also serving as President/Owner of Borcheck Non profit Consulting Services in Maitland, Florida. Prior to that, she was Director of Development for the Barbara Bush Foundation for Financial Literacy 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. Borcheck 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.
Dr. John Gyllin
John Gyllin, an executive with over 23 years of experience in higher education administration, is the Vice President of Resource and Economic Development and Executive Director of the Seminole State College Foundation.
Gyllin, who previously served in similar capacities in Georgia, Oklahoma and Arkansas, has been back in his home state of Florida working with the Foundation for Seminole State, a non-profit corporation that oversees the development and stewardship of external resources on behalf of the College since 2011.
Gyllin holds a bachelor's degree in management and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. He also has a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration (Ed.D.) from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Gyllin is active in the community as a graduate of both Leadership Orlando and Leadership Seminole. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Mary, serves on the boards of Leadership Seminole, Florida Citrus Sports, Seminole County Regional Chamber, CareerSource Central Florida, and was a trustee and former commissioner with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), as well as the Association of Fundraising professionals (AFP). His goal is to connect people with thier passions and improve lives through philanthropy.
Mr. Bill Cramer
Bill 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 Cullens
Tamela 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’Alemberte
Richard 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.
Ms. Claudia Davant
Claudia Davant is a founding partner at Adams St. Advocates a governmental and business development consulting firm.
Claudia has extensive, in-depth experience in both government and private sectors. Most recently, Claudia was on the national business development team for Accenture, a global information technology firm, where she led sales campaigns for large, complex integrated systems opportunities.
In 2000, Claudia moved to Florida, where she served as AT&T’s state president for regulatory and legislative affairs, working hand in hand with key decision makers in both the Florida legislative and executive branches for five years. Claudia was subsequently promoted to regional vice president for legislative affairs for AT&T, where she successfully led legislative and regulatory reform campaigns in the Southern Region before the merger with BellSouth.
In addition to her corporate experience, Claudia worked in government on both the state and federal levels. Claudia served as U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond’s legislative aide in Washington, D.C., for three years, providing legislative analysis, constituent service and external communications services. Claudia also served as a policy advisor to the Michigan House of Representatives, where she led the staff effort to rewrite the Michigan Telecommunications Act. And, as general counsel and communications director for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Claudia negotiated economic development incentives with corporations wanting to do business with the state.
She currently serves on the Florida TaxWatch Board’s Executive Steering Committee, the Take Stock In Children Board, the Florida After School Network Board and the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority. Claudia is also a founding member of the Florida Technology Council (FTC), a newly-formed association that is focused on the needs of the technology sector. She previously served on the Associated Industries IT Council.
A South Carolina native, Claudia holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a law degree from the University of South Carolina.
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. Hightower
Michael Hightower is a member of the Holland and Knight Florida Government Advocacy Team. He serves as senior policy advisor in its Jacksonville office. He previously served as vice president of governmental and legislative relations for Florida Blue. During Hightower's 34-year tenure at Florida Blue, he worked closely with key political leaders in federal, state and local government. Throughout the state, he is well-known for his political leadership, having served as chair or finance chair for more than 580 successful state, local or federal candidates since 1972.
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, Jacksonville Electric, Water and Sewer Authority and member of Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Ounce of Prevention. He currently holds leadership and board positions with Associated Industries of Florida; Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce's JaxBiz; Florida House Embassy in Washington, D.C.; Children's Resources in Miami; and the Florida Governor's Mansion Foundation.
Hightower is a third-term Graduate School Adjunct Instructor, University of Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science from Jacksonville University in 1972.
Mr. Sherod Halliburton
Mr. Halliburton is the President of the Manatee Community Federal Credit Union. MCFCU now stands as one of the only Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified credit unions in southwest Florida. These projects illustrate his integration of workforce and economic development as a strategy to improve the lives of the residents of the Central CRA by leveraging resources and ultimately creating an environment that is more conducive to outside investment.
Previously, Mr. Halliburton was Chairman of the Suncoast Community Capital Corporation, the Bradenton Front Porch Council, the Central Community Redevelopment Agency, and Equifax. He holds degrees from Georgia State University and certificates from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University, as well as Georgia Tech.
Mr. Halliburton is a founder and served as Co-Chairman for three years at the bi-county workforce development and training initiative CareerEdge Workforce Funders Collaborative (CWFC). CWFC is the first National Fund for Workforce Solutions site located in the Southeastern USA, and the first to be led by a public entity. The National Fund is dedicated to preparing jobseekers and employees for a career, not just a job. Mr. Halliburton is active in the Bradenton community. He has served as a Golden Herald Award Judge; Manatee County State of the Arts Panelist; Imagine Manatee Facilitator; Manatee County Head Start Policy Prevention Board Member; Manatee Juvenile Justice Council Member; Tropicana Black History Essay Judge; as an Advisory Board Member for Church Leaders Assuring Student Success; and as host of the Community Matters TV show. Mr. Halliburton has recently joined the board of directors of Manatee Community Action Agency and for five years held the statewide appointment on the board of directors for the Florida Redevelopment Association.
Having been raised by a single mother in one of the most economically depressed city in the country, Mr. Halliburton has acquired the expertise to assemble work groups and solve very complex community problems. He is recognized as a community development finance expert and holds a deep knowledge and compassion for the community especially as it relates to economically challenged populations.
Ms. Karen B. Moore
Karen 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.
Ms. Marva Johnson
Marva Johnson, of Winter Garden, FL , is a corporate vice president for Bright House Networks LLC. She currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Board of Education and is a board member for Central Florida Partnership and Business Force Florida. Ms. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, her master’s degree from Emory University and her law degree from Georgia State University. She succeeds Mr. John Padget on the FCS Foundation Board.
Mr. George I. Platt III
George 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 Salud
Mrs. Violeta Salud is a Financial Advisor with Salud & Associates Inc. She has more than 25 years of experience in financial services. Her main areas of work include: investment and wealth preservation, retirement income planning, financial planning and estate planning. She currently works as a financial professional with Investacorp Advisory Services Inc., a $1 billion RIA based in Miami, Fla Mrs. Salud is also registered with Investacorp Inc.
Mrs. Salud graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, from the University of the Philippines, and a Master of Business Administration in Economics from New York University. She also served as an adjunct faculty, in Economics, at Warner Southern College.
Mrs. Salud 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, Polk State College Foundation, and more. In 2008 she joined a group of financial advisers and financial planners to represent the U.S. with People to People as a delegation member to Russia for the Financial Planning Association. She was Chair of the Education Committee of her local Chamber of Commerce and as Chair she started many youth programs an initiative for leadership training. She was the first woman president of her local Chamber of Commerce. She was a recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award and the Rotary Harris Fellow Award. She is active in the Pension and Endowment Arena and currently serves a Chair of her City's Pension Plan. She also currently Chairs the Florida State College Finance Investment Committee. She was recently invited by the Cambridge University to attend an Endowment Seminar in Vienna this past June.
Mrs. Salud currently lives in Lake Wales with her husband John, who is an ophthalmologist. Mrs. Salud and John have raised four children none of whom chose financial adviser as a profession. Except for her daughter who is a lawyer. The two sons have chosen to be doctors, perhaps inspired by the chronic illness of their older sibling who is a third time kidney transplant, not to mention their dad. She is also the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.
Ms. Lyn Stanfield
Lyn 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 Stewart
Mr. 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.
Mr. Randall Vitale
Randall Vitale is the President for Hoffman’s Chocolates – the company that has helped people Celebrate the Everyday in South Florida for over 40 years. In addition to eating a lot of chocolate and ice cream, he is currently responsible for Making Life Sweeter for chocolate lovers everywhere.
Prior to his current role, Randall previously spent 17 years in banking and was a Market Executive leading teams focused on private banking and wealth management in South Florida.
When not munching on chocolate covered Oreo cookies, Randall currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Broward Workshop and is the Regional Chair for Leadership Florida®.
His past community involvement efforts include serving as the Chair of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Visioning Committee, Caucus Member for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars Caucus System and as the Chair of the Broward Housing Council. He served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Leadership Florida®, Leadership Broward Foundation, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, and Business for the Arts Broward.
Randall has been recognized for his service to his community multiple times including receiving the Broward Workshop Chairman’s Award (2016), as a YOUNG HISPANIC CORPORATE ACHIEVER™ by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) (2011), a “Rising Star” in Florida by Florida Trend Magazine (2009), and is a recipient of the Community Leadership Association’s 2008 Distinguished Leadership Award, presented by Jim Collins at the National Leadership Conference.
Randall is a frequent speaker on panels relating to multiple topics including leadership, community engagement, community visioning, and transportation.
He is a graduate of Florida State University and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.
An avid traveler, Randall has visited 40 countries on 6 continents, and spends as much of his free time as possible traveling with his wife Kelly and seeing Coldplay in concert. He looks forward to sharing both of these passions with their young son Grayson.
Ms. Wendy Walker
Wendy Walker 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.
Walker 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.
Mr. Wendell W. Williams
Wendell W. Williams, President of Williams Citrus Nursery is a citrus grower from south Florida. He is a former member of the State Board of Community Colleges and co-founder along with Dr. Philip Benjamin, of the Florida College System Foundation. He served on the State Board of Community Colleges from October of 1983 to September of 2000.