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BCA BOARD OFFICERS FY17
RSM US LLP
Jill is an audit manager at RSM US LLP and is a CPA and Certified Internal Auditor. She holds an MBA from FIT and has lived in Brevard County for more than 10 years. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.
Joe Mayer is Lockheed Martin’s Director for Government Relations in Florida. He has 38 years’ experience in government and community relations, national security affairs and U.S. space exploration policy. He has worked previously for The Boeing Company, Rockwell International, the Senate Intelligence Committee and U.S. Senator Jake Garn (R-UT). He is the National Chairman of Citizens for Space Exploration and also serves on the Board of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Astronauts Memorial Foundation.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
As Senior Communications Manager for Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Andrea Farmer brings professional public relations accreditation, and more than 29 years of experience to the job. Farmer joined the Delaware North team, operators of the visitor complex for NASA, in 2004 with responsibility for communications, content, media relations and community relations.
Andrew Weintraub is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Health First Health Plans. Weintraub is responsible for providing leadership and business development activities for their commercial group plans, Medicare Advantage plans, and individual and Marketplace (Exchange) plans. He also leads business development efforts into new products, market segments and geographic regions for future growth.
Johnson & Montas, P.A.
Karen is the managing partner of Johnson & Montas, P.A.. She focuses her practice on assisting the injured throughout the State of Florida. She is active with the Junior League of South Brevard, March of Dimes of the Space Coast, and her home church – Lifepoint Church in Palm Bay.
Kathy has been a practicing CPA in Brevard for 25 years. She is Partner with McGladrey, the fifth-largest accounting firm in the country. She serves on the executive committee for the State of Florida, and leads the statewide consulting practice. She has received the McGladrey Employee of the Year honor, given to one of 8,000 employees who exemplify teamwork, integrity and excellence.
Gray|Robinson Attorneys at Law
Jack is a Senior Partner in Gray|Robinson and a highly respected and experienced civil trial lawyer. He has over 30 years of courtroom experience in civil litigation and has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers in the area of General Litigation. Jack has handled numerous jury, nonjury and administrative matters in both State and Federal Court and currently holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a former Chair of the BCA Board and currently serves on the Board of the Astronaut Memorial Foundation.
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Carpenter | Kessel Homeselling Team
Shane Burgman is a 9 year Navy submarine veteran that now practices real estate with Carpenter | Kessel Homeselling Team, the #1 rated real estate team in Brevard. He is also the owner of Coastal Signs, a real estate marketing business and director of 321Millennials, a non-profit organization focusing on giving back to the community and building meaningful relationships.
Gina Kaiser is the Director of Marketing and Community Affairs for FLORIDA TODAY. She serves as chief marketing executive for FLORIDA TODAY Communications. Gina works across departments developing strategic plans to increase aggregate audience and revenue for Florida Today’s product portfolio. Additionally, she manages key partnerships and community relations efforts to strengthen Florida Today’s position in the Space Coast community. Gina received her BA in Graphic Design/ Fine Arts from Kansas State University. Gina has received numerous awards in creative excellence and is a member of the American Advertising Federation.
The Viera Company
Todd Pokrywa is the Senior Vice President, Land Use Planning and Development for The Viera Company. He is responsible for planning and directing the development process for land owned and managed by The Viera Company, primarily the ongoing expansion of the master-planned community of Viera. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Association of Florida Community Developers (AFCD) and is an active member of both the Urban Land Institute and ULI’s Community & Housing Development Council. Todd is also a member of the American Planning Association, Civilian/Military Community Relations Council, EDC of Florida’s Space Coast Development Council, the Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida’s Board of Directors, Government Affairs Committee, and Business Voice Political Committee.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
Cathy Rodby is the Fine Arts Department Chair at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne. She received her MA in Art Education from Boston University and her BFA from Florida State University. She is an accomplished artist and past recipient of a Best in Show award in a Florida Art Educators Association show.
Forensic Accounting Services
Leeanne Saylors relocated to Brevard County in 2002 with her husband, Jim Milucky. Together they opened Forensic Accounting Services, Inc., with offices on US 1 in Malabar and Downtown Melbourne. A longtime advocate for Brevard County, Melbourne and the Arts, Leeanne serves on multiple nonprofit and Brevard County boards including the Henegar Center, Melbourne Main Street, the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program [EEL’s], the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization Citizens Advisory Committee, and as a newly appointed Brevard Cultural Alliance board member.
Brevard County Property Appraiser’s Office
Milo has been a Brevard County resident since 2003, and first came to the area in 1993 to finish his undergraduate degree in Aviation Management at Florida Institute of Technology. Living on the Space Coast was almost a foregone conclusion for the guy who went to space camp (twice!) as a teen. Over the past twenty years, Zonka has worked in a several industries in roles ranging from self-employment to representing a Fortune 200 company. He is currently the Senior Director of Finance and Administration for the Brevard County Property Appraiser’s Office, a role he’s held since 2013. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional and a FAA-licensed Commercial Pilot and Aircraft Dispatcher.
NASA Kennedy Space Center
Dicksy serves as Chief of the Public Services Division for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center. She has a Business Management degree from UCF and has lived in Brevard County for 23 years. She started her career with NASA in 1990 and has served various functions in the Chief Financial Office, Human Resources, and the Education and External Relations Office. In her current position she is responsible for launch guest operations, outreach event planning, and VIP tours at the KSC. She is passionate about partnering the KSC with the local community and ensuring that Brevard County is kept a vibrant and an attractive community for families to reside. In addition to her career with NASA she serves as the LFCC Chair for the Space Coast Combined Federal Campaign and is an active member with the Space Coast Freewheelers and East Coast Christian Center.
Venetta Valdengo is Assistant County Manager for Brevard. Venetta holds more than 24 years’ experience in local government and prior to working in Brevard, she served in a variety of roles for Orange County Government, including as Director of Parks and Recreation and Deputy Director of Community and Environmental Services. Ms. Valdengo holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and a B.A. in International Relations.
Residence Inn by Marriott / Courtyard West Melbourne
Jim L. Ridenour is the Dual General Manager of Residence Inn by Marriott Melbourne and Courtyard by Marriott West Melbourne, and is a retired Colonel of the U.S. Air Force. Currently, Jim serves on the following Boards of Directors in addition to BCA: Melbourne Regional Chamber; MyRegion.org for East Central Florida; FL Restaurant and Lodging Assn.; Space Coast Office of Tourism; Economic Development Commission; Tiger Bay Club; Buena Vida Estates; and Melbourne Police Foundation, among others. Jim has a BS Degree from Ball State University and an MS Degree in Personnel Management from Central Michigan University.
Jim has been honored as Courtyard’s GM of the Year for 1999 for the United States and Canada; recognized in 2009 by Space Coast Business Magazine as one of top ten Business Leaders of the Year in Brevard County; and, was honored in 2010 by receiving FL Today’s Volunteer Recognition Award (VRA) as Volunteer of the Year.
Brandt Ronat + Co.
Linda is a communications consultant, writer, art director, design firm leader, and has 30+ years of experience in strategic marketing, program development and design/branding solution–from startups to rebranding or repositioning businesses and organizations at moments of challenge or for crucial milestones and future sustainability. Linda is the CEO of Brandt Ronat + Company, a national firm specializing in marketing, advertising and communications technology, headquartered in Merritt Island, Florida.
Bunny is an active community leader noted for her strengths as an organizer and motivator. A critical thinker and visionary, she understands the dynamics of change. Effective in planning and policy development, Bunny’s leadership brings significant growth and participation to Brevard. Civic interests include uniting the community, promoting education, and youth – she serves on boards, committees and task forces at state, regional and local levels to further those interests.
Jimi is a Project Manager for the Technologies Division of ION Electric, focusing on commercial projects in the Southeast. His career has been focused on the growth of the audio/video systems integration industry and he has written for local and national publications on the subject. Jimi is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional with a focus on Interior Design and Construction. He is also a musician with experience on guitar, piano and ukulele.
Mike is Product Manager for Global HR at Ultimate Software, Fortune Magazine’s Best Place to Work in Florida. His service passions for the Space Coast include arts and culture, education, economic development, destination tourism, and helping local people and organizations achieve greatness. Mike holds degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology (go Panthers!), and is a proud product of Brevard Public Schools and Eastern Florida State College. Mike now lives in Satellite Beach with his talented artist wife, Christina, and brilliant son, Alexander.
Jim received his BA in Telecommunications from Kent State University. Jim is also a member of the Brevard Schools Foundation Board of Directors and the Community Credit Union Board of Directors. Jim has a strong commitment to education of our youth in Brevard.
Delores Spearman dedicates most of her time giving back to the community she grew up in. Her interests include history and environmental issues. She is very involved with the Brevard Historical Society focusing on the Rossetter House and other historical places throughout Brevard County. She has also been a member of the Art in Public Places program for the past two years. Delores also sits on the Florida State University’s National Alumni Asscociation Board, the Historic Rossetter House Museum Board, The Cocoa Village Playhouse Board, & Project Hunger. She was most recently awarded the Citizen of the Year Award for 2011.
Susie graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Education, and attended Brevard Community College and Cocoa Beach High. Wasdin Associates initially constructed custom homes, and her company has been known as an award-winning builder. Susie and husband Tom are active on several boards and committees including the University of Florida’s College of Health and Human Performance under the direction of the Dean, Dr. Steve Dorman. Susie is a talented pianist, interior designer, and avid volunteer in the community.