Board of Trustees

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush is the President and Chairman of ExcelinEd in Action.

Jeb was elected the 43rd governor of the state of Florida on November 3, 1998, and was re-elected by a wide margin in 2002. His second term as governor ended in January 2007.

Jeb earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Florida in 1981. With partner Armando Codina, he started a small real estate development company, which grew to become the largest, full-service commercial real estate company in South Florida.

Jeb served as Florida’s Secretary of Commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida’s 40th governor. As Secretary of Commerce, he promoted Florida’s business climate worldwide. Following an unsuccessful bid for governor in 1994, Jeb founded the nonprofit Foundation for Florida’s Future, which joined forces with the Urban League of Greater Miami to establish one of the state’s first charter schools. He also co-authored Profiles in Character, a book profiling 14 of Florida’s civic heroes–people making a difference without claiming a single news headline.

After his election, Jeb focused on reforming education. Florida students have made the greatest gains in achievement and Florida is one of a handful of states that have narrowed the achievement gap. In addition, Jeb cut taxes every year during his tenure as governor and Florida led the nation in job growth seven out of eight years. Governor Bush put Florida on the forefront of consumer healthcare advances by signing Medicaid reform legislation “Empowered Care” in June 2006.

Before launching a run for the Republican presidential nomination in June of 2015, Governor Bush led his own successful consulting business, Jeb Bush and Associates, whose clients ranged from small technology start-ups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He also served as the chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education; co-chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy; and chair of the National Constitution Center.

He is the co-author of Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution (March 2013) and author of Reply All (October 2015).

Governor Bush is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. He lives in Miami with his wife Columba, and they have three children and four grandchildren.

Colleen Castille

Colleen Castille serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

Colleen currently serves as vice president, board member and co-owner of EarthSteps. The firm engages in energy efficiency. Castille served as Chief Cabinet Aide during the passage and implementation of Florida’s bold A+ plan in 1999. The plan encompassed a combination of reforms – rigorous academic standards, standardized measurement, data-based accountability, effective teaching, outcome-based funding, and school choice. Castille also served as former Secretary of both the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Colleen has had a tremendous impact on Florida’s environmental and energy policies, as well as economic development and growth management issues. She serves as a board member of the LeRoy Collins Institute and is a trustee of the Foundation for Florida’s Future.

David F. Dyer

David Dyer serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

David Dyer is a successful retailing executive with over 37 years of experience, primarily in the apparel business.

David currently serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Chico’s FAS, Inc., a $2.4 billion NYSE-listed women’s specialty retail company. The Company operates four brands - Chico’s, White House-Black Market, Soma Intimates, and Boston Proper - that offer private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy apparel, intimate apparel, complementary accessories, and gift items.

Prior to joining Chico’s, David served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of Tommy Hilfiger, Inc. He was with the Company from August 2003 until May 2006, when it was acquired by Apax Partners, a European LBO investment firm. Following the sale, and prior to assuming the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer at Chico’s, David served as a consultant, private investor, and director.

In November 1998, David served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lands’ End and served on the Company’s Board of Directors. Following the Company’s sale in June 2002 to Sears Roebuck and Company, David was appointed Executive Vice President of Sears Direct and The Great Indoors and became a member of the Executive Committee, in addition to retaining his responsibilities at Lands’ End. During this time, he was responsible for over $3.5 billion of Sears’ businesses.1

David has also served as a consultant at TPG, a private equity firm managing due diligence and advising on retail acquisitions. While in this capacity, he served as Acting President of J. Crew Catalog.

David began his career as an executive trainee with Burdines department stores in Miami, Florida. Over the next 17 years, he rose through the ranks to become Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing. David left Burdines in July 1989 to become the Managing Director of the Home Division for Lands’ End, Inc. After ten months, David was promoted to Executive Vice President Merchandising, Creative, and Design, and was also elected to the Company’s Board of Directors. A year later, he was elevated to the role of Vice Chairman, a title he maintained, along with his directorial responsibilities, until August 1994, when he joined Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg as Chief Operating Officer, President, and director.

Additionally, he has served as a director of other NYSE companies, including Tommy Hilfiger, ADVO, Inc., Lands’ End, and Home Shopping Network. He serves on the Board of Directors of Zale Corporation and the Board of Trustees for the Salvador Dali Museum.

David received his Bachelor Degree of Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1971, and in 2005, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus for the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.

1 Includes Lands’ End

T. Willard Fair

T. Willard Fair serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

T. Willard Fair is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. A powerful voice in the effort to improve his community, he has worked for the Urban League since September, 1963.

Fair has served as an adjunct professor at the Atlanta University School of Social Work, Bethune Cookman College, Florida International University, and the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Center for Urban Leadership.

Fair is academically and professionally prepared, having attended local elementary and elementary schools in his native home of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He received a B.A. degree in Sociology, graduating Cum Laude, from Johnson C. Smith University in 1961. He received a M.S.W. degree from Atlanta School of Social Work in 1963.

Fair’s published works include articles in the Miami Herald, Miami Magazine, and Tropic Magazine. He has been a host of both radio and television programs. As an analyst on some of the pressing issues of the day, he has been interviewed by 60 Minutes, Tom Brokaw Show, Ebony Magazine, and National Geographic. Fair was selected Icon of the Month by Florida Trend Magazine, the magazine of Florida business, September 2006.

Fair has received many awards for his vast service. Among these awards are Family Christian Association of America President Excalibur Award, “Who’s Who Among Black Americans”, State of Florida’s Outstanding Citizen Award (2003), Whitney M. Young Jr. National Urban League “Living Legend” Award (2006), and the National Urban League Distinguished Service Award (2007).

Fair serves in many leadership positions. These include, but are not limited to: Chairman, Miami-Bayside Foundation BOD; Chairman, Florida State Board of Education; Member of Miami Business Forum Board of Directors; Member of Center for Educational Performance and Accountability Advisory Committee; and Former President of Johnson C. Smith National Alumni Association.

Mr. Fair is co-founder, with Governor Jeb Bush, of the first charter school organized in the state of Florida, Liberty City Charter School.

Pepe Fanjul, Jr.

Pepe Fanjul, Jr. serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

Pepe Fanjul, Jr. is Vice President of Fanjul Corp. and Executive Vice President of Florida Crystals Corporation, where his responsibilities include government relations, corporate communications, land development and real estate investments.

Fanjul Corp., the parent of the Fanjul group of companies, including Florida Crystals, is a privately held diversified agricultural, real estate, resort and power generating company with global operations and holdings in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. Fanjul Corp. owns 400,000 acres of land, including the world-renowned 7,000-acre Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic. Fanjul Corp. can produce more than 7 million tons of sugar per year and has $5 billion in annual revenues.

Florida Crystals Corporation is a leading sugar producer and the United States’ first fully integrated cane sugar company, guiding its sugar from the field to the table with its American Sugar Refining subsidiary -- the world's largest sugar refining company -- and the brands Domino®, C&H®, Redpath®, Florida Crystals® and Tate & Lyle®. Florida Crystals owns and operates the largest biomass renewable energy facility in North America, which powers its sugar operations and tens of thousands of homes. Florida Crystals pioneered organic sugar cane farming in the country and remains the sole producer of certified organic sugar 100% made in the USA. Because of the company’s eco-friendly practices, Florida Crystals® natural and organic sugars are the first certified CarbonFree® sugar products in the world, which means they have a carbon neutral footprint. Fanjul Corp. and Florida Crystals are headquartered in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Prior to joining Fanjul Corp. and Florida Crystals, Mr. Fanjul was a principal at several investment banking firms, including Rhone Group LLC.

Mr. Fanjul presently serves on the boards of Florida Crystals Corporation; American Sugar Refining, Inc.; Central Romana Corporation (Casa de Campo); BlueGate Partners, LLC; the Sugar Association (former Chairman) and is President of the Florida Sugar Cane League.

Mr. Fanjul holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA from the University of Miami.

Tom Feeney

Speaker Tom Feeney serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

Tom Feeney represented the 24th Congressional District of Florida, which covers portions of Brevard, Orange, Seminole, and Volusia counties. Feeney, elected from 2002 to 2008, was previously Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and was Governor Jeb Bush's running mate in his first race for governor in 1994.

Representative Feeney graduated in 1980 from Penn State University with a B.A. in Political Science and obtained his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983. Feeney made Central Florida home 23 years ago and in 1990, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served two terms before being chosen as Governor Bush's running mate.

In 1994 he joined the Board of Directors of the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee, before returning to the State Legislature in 1995. In 2000, Feeney was elected Speaker of the Florida House where he served until his election to Congress in 2002.

Feeney’s service while on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee (2002-2008) included experience in banking, insurance, monetary and fiscal policy, corporate governance, and a wide variety of financial issues.

Additionally, Feeney served on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, leading on Intellectual Property and Anti-Trust issues, among others.

In his first term in Congress, Feeney brought common sense principles from his service in Florida to the U.S. House of Representatives. His six principles: less government, lower taxes, personal responsibility, individual freedom, stronger families, and national defense gained popularity on Capitol Hill and became the guiding principles for the Conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), the largest organization in the House of Representatives.

Representative Tom Feeney was consistently named a "Taxpayer Superhero" and "Taxpayers' Friend" by the Citizens Against Government Waste and the National Taxpayers Union respectively.


  • Ranking Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Space and Aviation Subcommittees, 2006-2008
  • Deputy Ranking Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Intellectual Property Subcommittee, 2006-2008
  • Co-Chairman Congressional Intellectual Property Caucus U.S. House of Representatives, 2002-2008
  • Co-Chairman Congressional Modeling, Simulation and Training Caucus
  • Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
  • Active in establishing and growing the I-4 Hi-Tech Corridor, Medical City and Modeling Simulation and Space related growth in Central Florida
  • 2009-2011 Tom was a Sr. Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation

Alfred Hoffman, Jr.

Al Hoffman serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

Al Hoffman was founder and Chief Executive Officer of WCI Communities, Inc., a NYSE company. Under his guidance, the Bonita Springs-based company became the largest master-planned community developer and builder in Florida with more than 38 communities and revenue exceeding $1.6 billion. He resigned from WCI in 2005 to accept President Bush’s appointment as Ambassador to the Republic of Portugal in 2005 until 2008. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Hoffman served as a fighter pilot during his military career and later earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Ambassador Hoffman was National Co-Chair for the elections and inaugurations of George W. Bush for President. He was National Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee for two separate terms from 2001 and 2004. At the state level, he served as Finance Chairman of Jeb Bush’s gubernatorial campaigns in 1998 and 2002. Hoffman was also National Co-Chair for the McCain ’08 campaign and General Campaign Chair of the Marco Rubio Senate campaign.

His interest and involvement with education and the arts and business span many years and include his tenure as Chairman of the Florida Education Foundation, Chairman of the Florida Council on Economic Education, founding Chairman of Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Performing Arts Center, trustee of The Florida Arts Council, Vice-Chair of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Hall, founding Director of the Council for Educational Change and the Board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He was also former Chairman of the Florida Council of 100, a group comprised of the state’s top business leaders.

In 2005, Ambassador Hoffman was awarded the state’s highest civilian honor by the Governor and Secretary of State and was designated a “Great Floridian” for his civic and philanthropic efforts on behalf of the people of Florida.

Currently, Ambassador Hoffman serves on the Board of SAFE, a nonprofit Washington-based organization dedicated to energy security and is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington.

An avid polo player, Hoffman founded the Tampa Bay Polo Club and was its Chairman for 15 years.

Ambassador Hoffman’s wife, Dawn is active in the community, participating and taking leadership roles in various philanthropic organizations. They and their two daughters live in North Palm Beach, Florida.

Toni Jennings

Toni Jennings serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

Florida’s first female lieutenant governor, two-term president of the Florida Senate, successful businesswoman and former fifth grade teacher, Toni Jennings is among the most prominent public figures in Florida’s history, dedicating over 27 years to the citizens of Florida.

Ms. Jennings has distinguished herself as a skilled consensus builder, shaping key policy initiatives important to Floridians for almost three decades. Ms. Jennings served as Florida’s 16th Lieutenant Governor, officially taking office in March 2003. She served an unprecedented two consecutive terms as President of the Florida Senate from 1996-2000. When she took the oath of office in 1976 as a member of the House of Representatives, Ms. Jennings became the youngest woman ever elected to the Florida Legislature and the first female Republican leader of either house of the Legislature - her first historic mark on Florida politics with many to follow throughout her political career.

Ms. Jennings’ strong business acumen and years of public service contributed greatly to her successful partnership with Governor Bush as his Lt. Governor. As co-chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Access to Affordable Health Insurance, Ms. Jennings helped craft reforms that apply sound principles of quality, competition and technology to increase patient access and modernize Florida’s health care market. Consumer information and choice, as well as an emphasis on transparency, are cornerstones of the new system. She led the Universal Pre-kindergarten Education Advisory Council, which worked to develop recommendations for a voluntary, free pre-kindergarten education program for all Florida four-year-olds. Ms. Jennings also chaired the Governor’s Hurricane Housing Work Group charged with assessing long-term housing recovery needs following one of the most active and destructive hurricane seasons in Florida’s recorded history. In addition to her role in hurricane recovery initiatives, Ms. Jennings spearheaded the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Space and Aeronautics in Florida to ensure the state remains the premier location for aerospace activities. Her talents were enlisted to tackle the state’s insurance crisis resulting from two unprecedented hurricane seasons. As head of the Governor’s Property and Casualty Insurance Reform Committee, she helped develop recommendations for the Governor and the Legislature on improving Florida’s insurance market for homeowners and businesses.

Ms. Jennings’ contributions to Florida have been far reaching. During her Senate Presidency, she was a driving force behind the state’s welfare reform initiative. She is recognized for her work in creating a system of accountability in public education, championing solutions to Florida’s sky-rocketing workers’ compensation costs and launching Florida’s School Readiness program. Ms. Jennings also shepherded the passage of the Workforce Innovation Act of 2000. This reform initiative re-designed Florida’s workforce development system to establish partnerships among economic development, workforce development and businesses. Workforce Florida, Inc. is managed by a governing board appointed by the Governor to oversee and monitor the administration of the state’s workforce policy, programs and services carried out by business-led regional workforce boards.

Ms. Jennings’ commitment to education and workforce training initiatives has made a significant impact on preparing Florida’s future workforce. Key to the successful integration of education standards and workforce needs were recommendations of the Task Force on Career and Professional Education chaired by Ms. Jennings. The curriculum reforms adopted by the Legislature equip middle school and high school students with skill sets necessary to maximize career and postsecondary education opportunities.

Of these accomplishments, Ms. Jennings considers the University of Central Florida Exceptional Education Institute created in 2000 as one of the most gratifying contributions of her public service. The Institute was named in honor of Ms. Jennings for her leadership in establishing and funding an exceptional education component of the UCF Academy for Teaching, Learning and Leadership. As Senate President, Ms. Jennings was able to turn into reality this ground-breaking approach to providing education and clinical services for children and adults with exceptional needs.

A native of Orlando, Ms. Jennings began her professional career as a public school teacher at Killarney Elementary in Orlando. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Elementary Education from Wesleyan College, the world’s oldest women’s college.

At the age of 23, Ms. Jennings joined her father’s commercial construction company, Jack Jennings & Sons, Inc. Founded in 1948, Jack Jennings & Sons has been a longstanding corporate citizen serving the Central Florida area for over 60 years. This award-winning firm has successfully completed a diverse range of construction projects consisting of entertainment and themed facilities, office and retail, institutional and public sector work, health care and medical facilities and specialty restaurants. Ms. Jennings served as its president from the mid-1980’s until becoming Lt. Governor in 2003. She currently serves as chairman of the board.

Ms. Jennings’ commitment to civic duty is reflected by her many years of service on various community boards and commissions. She chaired the Florida Chamber of Commerce and was the first chair of Workforce Florida, Inc. She currently serves on the Rollins College Board of Trustees and the boards of Brown & Brown, Inc., Florida Power & Light Group, Nemours, and SunTrust Bank Central Florida.

Ms. Jennings’ distinguished public career has earned her numerous awards and recognitions. She was named to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002 and recognized as the “2004 Central Floridian of the Year” by the Orlando Sentinel for her hurricane recovery efforts. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies honored Ms. Jennings with the William L. Heartwell Award for her workforce education and training advocacy. Her accolades also include the “Florida Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Florida Economic Development Council’s Distinguished Service Award, Florida League of Women Voters’ “Distinguished Florida Women Award,” “Friend of the First Amendment” bestowed twice by the First Amendment Foundation and the coveted “Friend of Education Award” given by the Florida School Boards Association.

Julia Johnson

Julia Johnson serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

Mrs. Johnson is President of Net Communications, a national regulatory and public affairs firm comprised of highly specialized attorneys and regulatory analysts who focus primarily on governmental and regulatory practices combined with media and public relations. Net Communications has offices in Orlando & Tallahassee, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Washington, D.C.

Governor Lawton Chiles appointed Mrs. Johnson to the Florida Public Service Commission for two consecutive terms from 1992-1999 where she served as Chairman from 1997-1999. She also served as the State Chair of the Federal/State Joint Board on Universal Service which dealt with bringing Internet access to schools and libraries across the country.

In 1999, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Mrs. Johnson as the Chairperson of Florida’s Internet Taskforce. In that capacity she served as key advisor to the Governor and the Florida Legislature on issues related to free-market development and beneficial use of advanced communications networks and information technologies. In 2001, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Mrs. Johnson to the Florida Board of Education. She served on the board from 2001 – 2006.

In 2003, Mrs. Johnson was appointed by FCC Chairman Michael Powell as the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity for communication in the Digital Age. In 2004, Mrs. Johnson was elected Chairperson for the Florida African American Education Alliance (FAAEA) Board of Directors. FAAEA promotes open and collaborative dialogue between parents, administrators, educators, students, lawmakers and the community to ensure quality education for all students in Florida.

In 2007, Speaker of the House Marco Rubio appointed Mrs. Johnson to the Florida Tax and Budget Reform Committee. Mrs. Johnson serves as the Corporate Chairwoman for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative (NOBEL) Women. She also serves as the Chairwoman for Communications Policy Development and Outreach for the Florida State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Mrs. Johnson serves as the Chairwoman of Emerging Issues Policy Forum, where she hosts energy, communications and information technology public policy forums at which industry CEOs and state and federal regulators discuss and debate emerging industry and regulatory issues.

Mrs. Johnson serves on the following boards: FirstEnergy (FE) a diversified energy company which includes the nation's largest investor-owned electric system serving six million customers and a diverse generating fleet; American Water (AWK), the largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility company in the United States which serves more than 15.6 million people in the US and in Canada; MasTec (MTZ), a $2 billion end-to-end voice, video, data, and energy infrastructure solution provider; and Northwestern Energy Company (NWE), one of the largest providers of electricity and natural gas in the northwest quadrant of the United States.

Mrs. Johnson holds a B.S. degree in Business Management and J.D. degree from the University Of Florida College Of Law.

John Kirtley

John Kirtley serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

John Kirtley is the co-founder of two private equity firms based in Tampa. His current firm, KLH Capital, invests in management buyouts of smaller middle market companies. For several years he has been working in the cause of parental choice and education reform. Some highlights of his school choice activity:

In 1998 he created the Children's Scholarship Fund of Tampa Bay, which partnered with the national organization Children Scholarship Fund and provided privately funded scholarships for lower income children to attend the K - 8 school of their choice. In three months, with little publicity, this program received 12,500 applications for 750 scholarships.

He is the Former President of Children First America and a former director of The American Education Reform Foundation, both national school choice advocacy organizations. He is currently Vice Chairman of the American Federation For Children (“AFC”) a national non-profit with C3, C4 and political capacities. AFC works to pass, implement and defend parental choice laws across the country. He is also Chairman of the Florida Federation For Children, an electioneering communication organization. The mission of this group is to help elect Florida state legislators of both parties that support parental choice.

In the 2001 Florida legislative session he helped fight for a new law that gives corporations tax credits for donating to scholarship organizations that help lower income children attend the school of their choice. This program currently enrolls 70,000 children. He is currently Chairman of Step Up For Students, which administers these scholarships under this law.

Mr. Kirtley is also a board member of the Florida Charter School Alliance, The Hillsborough Education Foundation and The James Madison Institute. He is married with two daughters.

Alan Levine

Alan Levine serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

Alan Levine is the Senior Vice President and Florida Group President of Health Management Associates, a Naples-based operator of 71 hospitals in 15 states. With 20 years of hospital operations experience, Alan has served as CEO of hospitals and health systems from the rural north Florida town of Perry to the fifth largest public not-for-profit health system in the nation. Recently, Alan was named as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit integrated hospital and health system serving 29 counties in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky.

Modern Healthcare Magazine has named Alan one of 30 people in the nation who will have a powerful impact on health care in the next 30 years. Others on the same list include then Senator Hillary Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Alan was also named an "Up and Comer" in American healthcare by Modern Healthcare in 2005.

Prior to his current role with Health Management Associates, Alan served on Governor Bobby Jindal's Cabinet as Secretary of Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals - Louisiana's largest state agency - and as Governor Jindal's senior health policy advisor. During his tenure, Alan decreased the size of his department by 25 percent, while also achieving remarkably improved results for the state. For instance, by partnering with the private sector to improve child immunization rates, Louisiana improved from being ranked 48th in the nation to 2nd in the nation in just two years. Alan managed the largest medical evacuation in the history of the nation in the response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike - major hurricanes making landfall on the gulf coast. He led the State's response to the pandemic H1N1 influenza, a response applauded by the CDC, and was part of the Governor's response team for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, often representing Louisiana before the federal government, BP, and on national news networks.

Alan also served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Health Policy Advisor to Florida Governor Jeb Bush prior to his appointment by Governor Bush to serve as Secretary of Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, an agency responsible for administering a $17 billion budget. During his tenure in Governor Bush's administration, Alan served on the Governor's senior response team for 8 major hurricanes making landfall in Florida. He led Governor Bush's landmark effort to reform the state's Medicaid program. Alan’s efforts to crack down on fraud and abuse in Medicaid led to recognition by Associated Press with the headline "Florida Crackdown on Medicaid Fraud Paying Off" and an award by Florida Tax Watch. Alan also spearheaded Governor Bush's effort to reform Florida's Medical Malpractice system, which led to stabilization and decreases in medical liability insurance costs for Florida's physicians. Notably, Alan helped design Governor Bush's "No Place Like Home" Initiative, which led to a 36% improvement in the rate of adoption of children in foster care in Florida.

Prior to being recruited by Governor Jindal, Alan served as CEO of Florida's Broward Health, one of the nation's largest public, not-for-profit hospital systems. Citing his operational plan and successful execution, both Moody's and Standard and Poor's National Credit rating agencies upgraded Broward Health's debt ratings and outlook. While improving financial performance and implementing the two largest tax cuts in the history of Broward Health, the system won several quality awards, and patient satisfaction improved dramatically. Alan's success in transforming Broward Health was highlighted in two books - "Conventional Wisdom" and "Stop Paying the Crooks".

Alan currently serves on the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, the governing body of Florida’s 12 state universities. He serves as Chairman of Audit and Compliance and as a member of the Finance and Building committees. Prior to his service on the Board of Governors, Alan served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Florida, Florida’s flagship research university. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Florida Athletic Association, the body responsible for overseeing University of Florida’s athletic programs.

Alan is married to his wife, Laura – a public health nurse, and has two children, Terry (26) and Katy (23).

Susan Pareigis

Susan Pareigis serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

Susan Pareigis serves as the President of the Florida Council of 100 where she advises the Council membership on issues affecting business, assists in strengthening partnerships to achieve a competitive business climate and provides research on public policy issues.

The Council of 100 is composed of a diverse group of key leaders and has served in an advisory capacity to the Governor since 1961. The Council promotes policies that ensure a high quality of life for Floridians and a diversified Florida economy. Susan serves on the 2060 Transportation Steering Committee, Enterprise Florida Board of Directors, Policy Council of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Legislative Policy Council of Workforce Florida, Foundation for Florida’s Future Board of Directors and currently serves as Chairman of the United States Department of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Veteran’s Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO).

From 2002 to 2006, Susan was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush and served as the Director of Florida’s Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI). AWI is a $ 1.5B agency that administers the state’s workforce development, unemployment compensation and early learning programs. During her tenure at AWI, Susan implemented the State of Florida’s first Universal Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program and provided leadership for the Agency during the recovery periods following the devastating hurricanes of 2004-2005.

Prior to 2002, Susan served as the President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Collier County, International Business Affairs Director for the Lee County Office of Economic Development and the Executive Vice President of the Chamber of Southwest Florida.

Susan served on the President's National Hire Veterans Committee (PNHVC), focused on the employment of separating military men and women. She also served as a co-chair of the Statewide Strategic Plan for Economic Development, "Roadmap to Florida's Future," and was a member of Governor Bush’s Growth Management Study Commission, which issued its report in 2001.

Susan was appointed and served on the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Education Advisory Council and on the Board of Directors for the Child Care Executive Partnership. She also served on the Workforce Florida Board of Directors, Career Education Task Force, the Governor's Ex-Offender Task Force, the Florida Construction Institute and the Workforce Estimating Conference. She is a University of South Florida graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Class XIX.

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Lou Plasencia

Lou Plasencia serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

Lou Plasencia is the Chief Executive Officer of The Plasencia Group, the hospitality investment advisory company that he founded in 1993. He is responsible for the firm’s business development activities and for oversight of all investment, disposition and advisory activities of the firm.

Following an active career in higher education, which included work in Student Affairs at Indiana University and later at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Mr. Plasencia entered the hospitality industry with Hyatt Hotels Corporation. There he worked in a variety of hotel settings before joining Grubb & Ellis Commercial Real Estate as Director of that company’s Hospitality Investment Group.

While leading The Plasencia Group to its prominent position as the country’s premiere boutique hospitality investment firm, Mr. Plasencia has coordinated several major portfolio engagements for companies such as Host Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, MetLife Real Estate Investments and Prudential Real Estate Investors. Investment clients and partners include The Carlyle Group, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Real Estate Investments, The Blackstone Group and numerous other institutional and private owners of hotel, resort and golf real estate assets.

Mr. Plasencia serves on the Indiana University President’s Advisory Council (Board of Aeons), the Jesuit High School (Tampa) Board of Trustees, the St. Lawrence Catholic Parish Board in Tampa, the Board of Directors of Tampa Bay & Company (Past Chair), the Board of Directors of the Florida Council of 100. He most recently served on the Board of Directors of the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Plasencia is as a member of the Hillsborough County Tourism Development Council, the Hotel Development Council of the Urban Land Institute and the Leadership Group of New York University’s International Hospitality Investment Conference.

Mr. Plasencia received a Master of Science in Education degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans. Mr. Plasencia is an avid angler and enjoys preparing meals for the family’s weekly gatherings. Given his extensive business-related travels and his familiarity with over thirty major metropolitan areas throughout the United States and Canada, he is frequently tapped by his family and friends for advice on the best cultural venues, hotels, restaurants and local dives across North America. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Tampa.

Raquel "Rocky" Rodriguez

Raquel (Rocky) Rodriguez serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

Raquel (Rocky) has more than 25 years of extensive experience counseling clients on a wide variety of government, business and litigation matters. She provides unique insight and solutions to the legal, business, political, and public relations challenges that private and public companies face. Whether representing Fortune 500 clients, closely held companies, foreign governments, family businesses, nonprofit entities, or entrepreneurs, Rocky focuses on developing creative approaches and innovative strategies to complex issues. From 2002 through 2006, she was General Counsel to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. In that capacity, Rocky worked on some of the most complex and urgent issues facing the state. This included conceiving and co-drafting the legislation for and negotiating the largest economic development project in state history, a $310 million economic incentive grant to The Scripps Research Institute. She counseled Governor Bush with respect to over 200 judicial appointments at all levels of the Florida judiciary.

Rocky’s areas of concentration include:

  • Litigation commercial, international, real estate, constitutional, administrative, and election law
  • Dispute resolution and strategy
  • Crisis and risk management
  • Government affairs
  • Economic development and incentives, such as alternative energy, financial services and high tech
  • Inbound and outbound transactions

Rocky has advised both U.S. and non U.S. clients involved in disputes or transactions in Latin America. Fluent in Spanish, Rocky is familiar with the civil law concepts that are prevalent in Spain and most Latin American countries, which enables her to work seamlessly with local counsel. She is also knowledgeable about key U.S. laws, such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the USA Patriot Act, which impose compliance requirements and risks to U.S. companies operating in foreign countries.

In addition to her four years in the Florida Governor’s office, Rocky was executive director of the London based MULTILAW, Multinational Association of Independent Law Firms. Her law firm experience includes 15 years at Greenberg Traurig LLC, where she was a shareholder for six years, and four years as a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Peter Rummell

Peter Rummell serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

Peter Rummell has been active in the real estate development industry for almost 40 years.

Rummell began his real estate career in 1971 with the Sea Pines Company, developers of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Amelia Island, Florida. Beginning in 1977, he was general manager of Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for the Arvida Corporation. He joined the Rockefeller Center Management Corporation in New York as vice chairman in 1983, leaving in 1985 to become president of Disney Development Company. The Development Company was responsible for The Walt Disney Company’s non-theme park land, directing hotel and related development at the company’s theme park locations in Orlando, Anaheim, Paris and Tokyo. During Rummell’s 12-year tenure, Disney produced over 20,000 hotel rooms. The new town of Celebration, Florida was also a product of this focused development effort. Disney Development Company and Walt Disney Imagineering, the company’s design and creative division responsible for theme park development, were later merged and Rummell became chairman of the combined group, Walt Disney Imagineering.

In 1997, he left Walt Disney Imagineering and became chairman and chief executive officer of The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE) where he led the transition of St. Joe from a regional manufacturing conglomerate focused on paper making to a dynamic real estate company and place maker. He retired from St. Joe in 2008. Later in 2008, he became chief executive officer of Nicklaus Companies, founded by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, with services including golf-course design, development of golf and real estate communities, and marketing and licensing of golf products and services. He retired in August of 2009.

Rummell is on the board of AvalonBay Communities, the largest publicly traded apartment REIT in the United States and The Haskell Company, a privately held design-build organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, with business interests spanning the western hemisphere. He is also active in real estate advisory work for several clients.

Rummell is currently active and is past chairman of the Florida Council of 100, a nonpartisan organization of the state’s leading CEO’s. He is also past chairman and on the board of The Alliance for World Class Education, an advocate for public education in Northeast Florida. He is currently on the Advisory Board of Teach for America (Jacksonville Chapter), an innovative movement to eliminate education inequity. Rummell is the incoming chairman of the Urban Land Institute and immediate past chairman of the Urban Land Institute Foundation, the worldwide real estate organization promoting the intelligent use of land. He is the current chairman of the Jacksonville Civic Council, a CEO-based civic group dedicated to long-term growth and community betterment. Rummell was co-chairman of the Jacksonville Super Bowl Host Committee, which hosted Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005 and is currently on the board of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Rummell, 65, graduated from The Hill School, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1971, he received a master of business administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Rummell and his wife, Lee Ann, have two children; Mahala Hunter (18) and Harry Stevenson II (16). They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.

Trey Traviesa

Anthony "Trey" Traviesa was born in Tampa in 1969 to Anthony A. Traviesa, Jr. and Linda Ware Traviesa. The Traviesa family immigrated to Tampa from Asturias, Spain in the 1930s. Raised most of his life in Tampa Bay, Trey attended St. Patrick’s in Tampa and St. Petersburg Catholic High School. Trey graduated from FSU (BS-Finance '92) and the University of Texas at Austin (MBA '97). His career experience spans a variety of banking, venture capital and corporate operational leadership endeavors in Washington, D.C., New York, Austin, Dallas, Beijing, Mumbai and Budapest. A growth-business leader at heart, he recently served as President and COO of Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute during a period of rapid growth. Between 2004 and 2008, Trey represented Tampa and certain areas of East Hillsborough County in the Florida House of Representatives. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Trey currently owns a venture capital firm called V3 Partners, LLP, which provides strategy, operational leadership, and capital support required by disruptive growth companies to achieve their “next level” of value creation. Since its founding in 2010, V3 has acquired equity positions in automotive services, alternative media, public affairs and health services companies. He remains active in Florida and national politics and policy through a V3 public affairs portfolio company, through his role on the board of directors for Jeb Bush's Foundation for Florida's Future and as a member of the Mitt Romney for President finance team.

Trey is married to Nina Tosta Traviesa of Maracaibo, Venezuela, formerly a fashion designer in New York City's Fashion District. Trey met Nina when they were both working in New York in 1998, and they have been happily married since 1999. Nina was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on Florida's Commission on Volunteerism.

They have two daughters, and Trey and his daughters enjoy triathlons. The family enjoys boating and travel. Their committed charitable causes include Christ the King Catholic Church, the Tampa Museum of Art, Trinity Café, and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

John Winn

John Winn serves as a member of the Florida Board of Trustees.

John Winn has a distinguished career in education policy and a lifelong commitment to quality education for all students. An educator for 35 years, he began his career as an elementary and middle school teacher. He joined the Florida Department of Education in 1984 and served in several responsible positions including Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Staff before being appointed to Commissioner of Education in August 2004. In February 2007 he retired from Commissioner of Education. He joined the National Mathematics and Science Initiative in March 2007 as the Chief Program Officer for AP* and pre-AP courses.

In 1999 Winn joined Governor Jeb Bush as his Education Policy Coordinator. While in that position, he was responsible for drafting and directing the Governor's education budget recommendations and legislative initiatives for all education sectors. These included the A+ Plan for Education, One Florida programs, K20 education system, and charter district legislation. He was also instrumental in crafting the John McKay Scholarship authorizing legislation. While in this position, he played a major role in developing the concept and implementation of measuring annual student learning gains, school grading formula, and the K20 data warehouse.

Winn returned to the Department of Education with Commissioner Jim Horne to assist in the restructuring of the Department of Education and the K-20 education system. There he coordinated the massive restructuring of the Florida School Code, centralized all data and accountability operations, and participated in creating a high performing senior staff team.

During his tenure as Commissioner, student achievement in Reading and Mathematics reached an all-time high. The achievement gap closed considerably and students with disabilities and limited English proficiency more than doubled their reading improvement. Also, Florida led the nation in the percentage of high school graduates taking at least one Advanced Placement exam. Over the past three years Florida has rated in the top three states in the increase of minority students taking and passing AP exams.

John Winn has built a solid reputation as an authority in statewide implementation of innovative education improvements and on policy issues facing public education at every level. He is respected throughout the Florida education community and nationally. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated commitment and compassion in improving education quality for all students.

Ex-Officio F. Philip Handy

F. Philip Handy serves as a member of the ExcelinEd in Action Board of Directors and as an Ex-Officio on the Florida Board of Trustees.

Ex-Officio Bill Oberndorf

Bill Oberndorf serves as a member of the ExcelinEd in Action Board of Directors and as an Ex-Officio on the Florida Board of Trustees.

Ex-Officio Zachariah P. Zachariah

Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah serves as a member of the ExcelinEd in Action Board of Directors and as an Ex-Officio on the Florida Board of Trustees.