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Dorothy Aaron has been a marketing and social researcher for over 40 years, specializing in qualitative research. She has conducted literally thousands of focus groups and depth interviews for clients in business, government, and the non-profit sector. Since getting a Master of Education degree in Adult Education (Workplace Learning & Change) in 2003, she has specialized in Organizational Development research and facilitation. Besides doing focus groups and interviews, she assists Boards and work groups with strategic planning, marketing, team building and creative problem solving. She is a Volunteer Consultant with MAS, Management Advisory Services, and Impact Broward’s ESC program, both of which send experienced consultants to do pro bono projects for non-profit groups.

Jay Bowen has experience in the nonprofit sector as a manager, executive and board member which spans more than 40 years. It includes 20 years in higher education in the areas of student services, academic administration and advancement. This with Jay’s experience as a chief development officer, chief executive officer and board chair positions him to be an excellent resource for organizations that are in transition, need assistance to evaluate their mission, programs and governance structure or to address institutional challenges. Jay is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Masters from Boston University.

John Canada has a 42+ career focused on providing excellent services through innovative, creative and workable solutions for both basic and complex issues and activities. Worked 30 years for Broward County as Budget & Management Director. Experience includes: budget and management; negotiating; streamlining processes, procedures and activities; innovative and creative solutions. Became the first Town Administrator in the Town of Southwest Ranches, where he served for seven (7) years. While Town Administrator reduced operating cost to 40% less than traditional towns and cities. John is a graduate of the University of Miami, with a degree in Business Administration.

Dennis Clark has served as president of two Broward County banks for a total of 15 years. Between those engagements, he served as president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Broward County for 13 years. During his banking career, he also served as Director of Marketing Communications for Florida’s then largest bank. And, as an entrepreneur, Dennis has operated South Florida consulting practices focused on Community Banks and later on Nonprofit Organizations. Dennis has served on the boards of 12 Broward nonprofits, including 10 years on the Broward Workforce One Board

Manuel Fernandez is a retired banker that divided his career between Bank Operations and General Banking Administration. During his active years he was head of Southeast Banking Corporation Statewide Operations responsible for 1,080 employees. He was also President and CEO of three Broward County Community Banks. In unison with his regular working activities he dedicated time to several non-profit organizations such as, Visiting Nurses, Community Hospital of South Broward, Goodwill Industries and Broward Workforce One.

Marion Field Fass has spent a career as an educator, in the classroom, university, corporations and communities. She has focused on teaching people how to live healthier lives, and teaching university students how to be agents of change in building healthier communities. Along the way, with a doctoral degree in public health education from John Hopkins University, she has directed a corporate wellness program, written grants for community programs to reduce racial disparities in health, and worked with undergraduate students supervising their projects with community agencies. Her areas of experience are nutrition and health, environment, HIV/AIDS and public health. Marion has experience in needs assessment and evaluation, grant writing and community outreach, and has received awards for her work in community health and in undergraduate science education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Doug Flom retired from Macys Florida (formerly the Burdines division of Federated Department Stores) where he spent his entire 37 year career beginning as a high school senior. He held the positions of Senior Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Merchandise Planning and Allocation where he was requested to develop and implement this new organization of one hundred executives, responsible for managing inventories and assortments to customer demographics and space for each of the company’s fifty locations. Doug worked his way through college and obtained a BA in Business Administration at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. During and after his career, Doug has been involved with the United Way of Miami Dade and Broward Counties. He and his wife Jean reside in Pompano Beach and Western North Carolina.

Paul B. Goodstat is a management consultant with 40 years experience in the field of information technology. Prior to his retirement from Price Waterhouse in June 1998, Mr. Goodstat was a senior partner in the firm’s Management Consulting Practice. Mr. Goodstat’s experience ranges across the areas of business and strategic planning, strategic systems planning, systems development and implementation in the private and public sectors. Mr. Goodstat’s professional affiliations included the Institute of Management Consultants, Board Member of the NYU Center for Research on Information Systems and the Baruch College Graduate School of Business Board of Advisors.

Laraine Mastrianna holds a Bachelors of Art in Humanities from Providence College and a Masters of Science degree in Industrial Relations from the University of New Haven. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, and is certified with the Human Resources Certification Institute as well as with the Society for Human Resource Management. She has served as Director and Vice President of Human Resources for corporations domestically and internationally. In her role as a volunteer, she performs accreditation reviews of nonprofit organizations’ Human Resources, Volunteer and Volunteer Management areas to verify the agencies have the infrastructure in place to support the programs and services they offer. This includes legal, regulatory and best practices. Laraine also delivers training courses to Human Resource professionals and nonprofit organizational leaders.

Kayla Olsen is a retired public administrator whose 35 year career with Broward County involved leadership positions in budgeting and management analysis. As Director of the Office of Management and Budget Kayla led the County's budget process through numerous economic cycles including the "great recession". Her focus on providing management consulting services to county agencies using a collaborative team approach helped improve the effectiveness and efficiency of numerous programs. Kayla holds a BA degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a Masters of Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Broward.

Peter Palin has spent 35 years plus in the financial service area for Trust companies in Connecticut and South Florida culminating with a twenty-year position as Vice-President of Business Development for Northern Trust Company in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Beginning in 2003, he became a state-wide Consultant specializing in Planned Giving for American Lung Association of Florida, and, in 2005, was appointed Director of Gift Planning for United Way of Broward County, Florida. He has twice served as President of The Planned Giving Council of Broward and is currently a Trustee on the Board of The Children's Home Society Foundation in Winter Park, FL. He has served on numerous non-profit Boards for various causes, including Cultural, Educational, and Civic organizations.

Gilberto Rustice was most recently President of Ford Credit Latin America, a regional arm of Ford Motor Credit Company providing wholesale and retail financing to Ford dealers and their customers. His organization included 1200 employees in six countries, where he managed $5 billion in assets, with the highest return-on-equity within Ford Credit globally. His career has been distinguished by the ability to identify dealers and consumer needs, create strategic vision, develop and coach teams with extraordinary leadership, and routinely build and execute significant Shareholder Valued Added under extremely volatile operating environments. Gilberto has been working as a consultant to non-profit organizations for several years, and has been able to assist a large number of them, primarily in the areas of strategic planning and team building.

Jeff Sacks has over 30 years’ experience in marketing, having worked at a variety of top tier corporations, including Citibank, General Mills, Clairol, WebMD, Elsevier Health Sciences, and Bloomberg BNA; at the latter two serving as Chief Marketing Officer. His unique background includes nearly 20 years in the online space, with areas of expertise including strategy, branding, eCommerce, search engine marketing, database and analytics, e-marketing, social media and market research. His experience in managing and championing change is extensive, and includes organizational, strategic and operational change. Jeff has worked and succeeded in both entrepreneurial and corporate environments. As a result, he has developed, managed and mentored teams of up to 100 plus, as well as "gotten his hands dirty" with teams of two or three. Jeff holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

William Schroth spent 30 years in international investment banking in New York and London, advising governments and large corporations on investments and fund raising. During this time he was the Executive Vice President in charge of the global investment banking operations of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, a Managing Director of First Boston Corporation, and the Chief Operating Officer for the New York capital markets’ operations of two foreign banks. In 2001 he moved fulltime into health care, co-founding eMedexOnline LLC, a medical systems company with technology designed to improve the health care of the rural poor in developing countries. He founded and led New York State’s initial efforts in that area from 2004 through 2007. Since 2007 he was president of Hudson Highland Advisors, a consulting firm focusing on achieving value and sustainability for health information technology investments and advising on projects linking technology and finance. Mr. Schroth is a graduate of Princeton University, has an MBA from Fordham University.

Denna Starks has over 35 years’ experience in public service. Her government career began in the field of Employee Relations and has been the focus of her vast experience as an H.R. professional. She has a clear Human Resources career path developing comprehensive and diverse approaches to employee training and development; workplace safety; compensation and benefits; personnel policies and procedures; and, Employee Relations. Denna has extensive knowledge in FLSA, FMLA, ADA and managing complex Worker’s Compensation functions. She reins on the cusp of the old H.R. function and the evolvement of the new changing H.R. role, whereby she can help any organization to become better strategic planners; coaches; advocates for employees and change mentors. Denna is a graduate of Barry University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University.

Jorge Werlang started his career with Dow Chemical in Brazil, 37 years ago. With an engineering background, he developed expertise in international sales and marketing that led to successful positions in various companies and ultimately to the job of President and CEO of Summit Trading, a global commodities trading company that became fully owned by Sumitomo Corporation of Japan. He oversaw a nimble enterprise with headquarters in Houston, offices in Europe, Asia and South America, with yearly sales close to one billion dollars. Strong risk and PNL management, international exposure to fast growing markets, relationship with other international BOD members, insurance, legal and contractual issues, strategic planning, as well as compensation and retention of high potential employees represented the main challenges he navigated. He earned degrees in Chemical Engineering and Business and various continuing education studies including a Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.


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