Cheryl Tanenbaum, Chair
Senior Vice President/ CFO – Intracoastal Bank
Cheryl Tanenbaum has been with Intracoastal Bank for ten years. She currently oversees operations, accounting, human resources, and information technology. Cheryl holds an A.S. Degree in Business Administration, B.S. in Business Management and Communications along with her Certified Financial Planner designation. In addition to serving as the Chair of the CareerSource Flagler Volusia Board, Cheryl also serves on the Leadership and Finance Committee for the Flagler County Education Foundation and volunteers as a mentor for the Take Stock in Children program.
Nancy Bradley, Vice Chair
Educator, Administrator – Daytona College
Nancy Bradley has served students in the postsecondary career college sector as an instructor, dean, administrator, and owner for over 35 years and is a proud graduate of the Ohio State University with a BS in Business Education. Nancy is a two-time Volunteer of the Year award recipient for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and a three-time Member of the Year award recipient from the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. Nancy serves on numerous boards including Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education and Volusia County Women’s Network.
Bret Schmitz, Secretary
Co-Founder, Happiier, LLC
Bret Schmitz is the Co-Founder of Happiier, LLC. Bret served as the President for Hudson Technologies and has more than fifteen years of progressive experience in the support of Operations and Manufacturing. Bret’s previous positions also include Director of Operations for Greatbatch and Operations Manager for Sparton Electronics.
President Volusia United Educators.Full Bio
Mary Jo Allen
Chief Nursing Officer Halifax HealthFull Bio
Development Manager Northeast Region Special Olympics FloridaFull Bio
President & CEO Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia CountyFull Bio
President & CEO Giles ElectricFull Bio
Volusia County Council, District 1 (LCEO)Full Bio
Store Manager WalgreensFull Bio
Dr. Tom LoBasso
President Daytona State CollegeFull Bio
Arthur L. Loeffler CPA
Chief Financial Officer Dynamic Engineering Innovations, Inc.Full Bio
Dr. Aubrey Long
Long’s Global Business Enterprises LLC.Full Bio
Director of Operations for Specialty Practices for Advent Health Medical GroupFull Bio
Business Manager – IBEW #756Full Bio
The Honorable Donald O’Brien
Flagler Commissioner, District 5Full Bio
Dr. Kent Sharples
President CEO Business AllianceFull Bio
Carlos Valderrama, MBA
Managing Partner Valderrama Partners, LLCFull Bio
Helga van Eckert
Volusia County Economic Development DirectorFull Bio
District Leader PrimericaFull Bio
Broker Coldwell Banker Commercial AI GroupFull Bio
Area Director, Division of Vocational RehabilitationFull Bio
President Volusia United Educators.
Elizabeth Albert is President of the Volusia United Educators (VUE), the professional union representing teachers, guidance counselors, media specialists, social workers, speech clinicians, psychologists, and office specialists in Volusia County Public Schools. VUE was established in 2016 as a result of a merger between the Volusia Teachers Organization and the Volusia Educational Support Association. Ms. Albert has served as a public school educator in Volusia County for more than 16 years and holds a B.S. Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida and a M.S. Ed. Mathematics K-6 from Walden University.
Mary Jo Allen
Chief Nursing Officer Halifax Health
Mary Jo Allen, MSN, MBA, RN is Vice President & Interim Chief Nursing Officer for Halifax Health. Mary Jo joined Halifax Health in 2015 as the executive director for Halifax Health-Hospice, overseeing leadership responsibilities for Care At Home and Continuing Care Services. In addition to service as executive director for Halifax Health – Hospice/Palliative Care, Care At Home, Continuing Care Services, Mary Jo has taken on additional oversight of Case Management. She holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Central Florida, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Mary Jo was named Young Professional of the Year in 2017 for Volusia and Flagler counties by the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Mary Jo serves on the United Way Community Impact Committee and the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce. She is a Take Stock in Children mentor and a Rotarian with the South Daytona-Port Orange Rotary.
Development Manager Northeast Region Special Olympics Florida
Denise Breneman is the Development Manager for the Northeast Region for the Special Olympics Florida which provides year-round sports training and competition to children and adults eight years of age and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ms. Breneman manages over four hundred volunteers, organizes all local events, and is responsible for operations within the two-county region. In addition, she contributes by sitting on the Disability Coalition, ESE Advisory Team, and the Volusia and Flagler County Transition Teams. She is highly active within the community and has served on the board for the Domestic Abuse Council, Volusia Literacy Council, VMA, United Way of Volusia and Flagler Counties, and March of Dimes. When asked about her work, Ms. Breneman stated, “When we as individuals, and as a society, choose inclusion over exclusion, we broaden ourselves, brighten the lives of others, and make the world a better place for all.”
President & CEO Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County
Bob Davis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County; a position he has held for twenty years. He has been an unwavering advocate of the area’s visitor-based economy and hospitality workers for more than 50 years. Mr. Davis is a certified Hospitality Administrator and Hospitality Sales Professional. He serves on the Board of Counselors for Bethune Cookman University and the Board of Hospitality Management for Daytona State College and recently Governor Rick Scott reappointed Bob to the Daytona State College Board of Trustees. Mr. Davis is active in many community organizations; Volusia Literacy Council, United Way, Food Brings Hope and Adopt a School just to name a few.
President & CEO Giles Electric
Brad Giles has become the leader of organized electrical contractors in both Flagler and Volusia counties through tenacious hard work and a common-sense approach to business and the community. Brad studied both at Daytona State College as well as Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia. He enrolled in the IBEW/NECA Electrical Apprenticeship in 1987 and obtained his Florida Electrical Journeyman’s license in 1989. Soon after, he left the field and went to work for his entrepreneurial father Art Giles, in their electrical contracting firm which was established by Art in 1970. Mr. Giles has served on numerous boards in many capacities, such as Past Chairman of Volusia County School Board FUTURES Foundation, Civic League of the Halifax Area, Team Volusia Economic Development Committee and was recently appointed in 2016 to the Florida Construction Workforce Taskforce.
Volusia County Council, District 1 (LCEO)
Barbara Girtman is the District 1 Representative and was elected to a four year term in November 2018. Ms. Girtman serves on multiple boards and committees, including but not limited to, Greater Union Life Center, West Voluisa NAACP executive Committee, Rotary Club of DeLand and Fall Festival of the Arts. Ms. Girtman received an A.A. Degree from Suffolk Community College, a B.A. Degree in business from SIU and a M.A. Degree from St. Leo University in healthcare administration. Ms. Girtman has been a licensed realtor since 2012 , receiving recognition for her service and performance. She is a healthcare consultant and has a 30 year career in healthcare management roles.
Ms. Girtman was born in Long island, New York, although she has deep roots in DeLand. She moved to DeLand in 1984 and has one son, two grandsons and a Yorkie.
Store Manager Walgreens
Mark Lanham is the store Manager for Walgreens in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Mark has eighteen years’ experience managing and recruiting team members in the retail and pharmacy sector. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Mr. Langham has implemented the REDI program in his store. REDI is the Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative created by Walgreens to train people with disabilities to be qualified candidates for positions in their stores.
Dr. Tom LoBasso
President Daytona State College
Dr. Tom LoBasso has served as the President of Daytona State College (DSC) for the past three years, following six months as Interim President and fourteen years in progressive roles at DSC. He is the college’s seventh president. Dr. LoBasso has initiated numerous technology enhancements at the college, including overseeing the implementation of a new $12 million enterprise resource management system (ERP) that will enhance all institutional business, human resources, and student services applications. Dr. LoBasso is active in the community and serves on the boards for Team Volusia, Daytona Regional Chamber, the Collaboration Council with the Volusia and Flagler County school systems. Dr. LoBasso has also served twenty-one years in the Pennsylvania and Florida National Guards, retiring in 2007 with the rank of Sergeant First Class.
Arthur L. Loeffler CPA
Chief Financial Officer Dynamic Engineering Innovations, Inc.
Arthur L. Loeffler received his B.S. Degree from Bernard Baruch College in New York, and his CPA from Cooper Union University, N.Y. He has served as Board Chair for more than 10 years for Briar Cliff College in New York and is the current Board Chair for VMA.
Dr. Aubrey Long
Long’s Global Business Enterprises LLC.
Before founding Long’s Global Enterprises LLC, Dr. Aubrey Long served over twenty-seven years at Bethune-Cookman University in various roles ranging from Full-Professor to Vice President. Dr. Long earned a B.S. Degree from Lane College, a M.S. Degree from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Dr. Long has served his community on numerous boards including, but not limited to: PACE Center for Girls as Board Chair, Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Easter Seal Society of Volusia and Flagler Counties, United Way Board of Directors and liaison for the national Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program of New York.
Director of Operations for Specialty Practices for Advent Health Medical Group
Bonnie Madden holds an A.S. Degree in Nursing from Marshall University, a B.S. Degree in Nursing from Florida Southern College and a Health Risk Certification from the University of Central Florida. Ms. Madden has an extensive background in healthcare, from inpatient clinical services, urgent care, managed care consulting, insurance claims administration to occupational health and business health services. In addition to Ms. Madden’s professional memberships, she serves on several boards and community service organizations; Advent Health Foundation 2020, Rotary Club of Flagler Beach and Florida Technical Institute.
Business Manager – IBEW #756
Following his four-year service as President of the local chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) #756, Mr. Nelson was elected to the position of Business Manager. He is a Journeyman electrician with a strong construction industry background. Mr. Nelson brings his desire and commitment of community involvement to the Board.
The Honorable Donald O’Brien
Flagler Commissioner, District 5
Elected in November 2016, The Honorable Donald O’Brien represents District 5, an area that includes the northern area of Palm Coast and mostly to the west of Interstate 95. Mr. O’Brien is Chief Financial Officer and Account Executive with Hayward Brown-Flagler, a full-service independent insurance agency. He is currently a board member and past Chairman of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation Board and the Early Learning Coalition of Volusia and Flagler Counties.
Dr. Kent Sharples
President CEO Business Alliance
Dr. Kent Sharples is the President of the CEO Business Alliance, a private, non-profit organization with a focus on expanding the local economy by assisting companies with expansion and relocation efforts through strategic business partnerships. He has won Citizen of the Year for both Daytona Beach, Florida and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Dr. Sharples’ previous work includes President for Daytona State College and President for Horry-Georgetown Technical College Continuing Education.
Carlos Valderrama, MBA
Managing Partner Valderrama Partners, LLC
Carlos Valderrama has been a managing partner with Valderrama Partners, LLC since 2003. He is a Small Business Consultant, Accountant, Corporate Tax Preparer and Non-Profit Consultant with extensive experience in engaging with clients to maximize ease of operations, organization and strategic planning.
Mr. Valderrama has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a B.A. in Entertainment Management from Columbia College Chicago.
Mr. Valderrama is a founding member of the Volusia Hispanic Chamber and the West Volusia Regional Chamber.
Helga van Eckert
Volusia County Economic Development Director
A recognized leader in economic development and redevelopment in Florida and New Jersey, Helga van Eckert has been a driver of strategic public/private and public/public partnerships for over two decades. Currently serving as the Economic Development Director for Volusia County, Ms. van Eckert has been selected for such leadership roles as the Governor’s appointee to the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council and as regional representative to the Florida Economic Development Council.
District Leader Primerica
Tyrone Walker holds a B.S. Degree in Economics from the University of Florida and is the Ex-Treasurer for the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Broker Coldwell Banker Commercial AI Group
John Wanamaker is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), commercial real estate broker, member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Mr. Wanamaker owns the Coldwell Banker Commercial AI Group in Orange City, Florida and joined CareerSource Flagler Volusia in 2008, where he served as Chair from 2012 to 2014. During this time, he also served as Chair of the Florida Workforce Chairs Alliance; an alliance of the chairs of all 24 workforce boards across the state. Mr. Wanamaker dedicates a great deal of time to community organizations; he has served as the past chair of Team Volusia EDC, a member of the Board of Trustees for Florida Hospital Fish Memorial and the Board of Directors for the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce.
Area Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
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Board and Committee Agendas and Minutes 2020
- 01/07 Strategic Doing Group Agenda
- 01/16 Board Meeting Agenda
- 01/30 Board Officers Agenda Review Meeting
- 02/04 Business Development Committee Agenda
- 02/11 Notice of Executive Committee Meeting
03/19 Career Pathways Committee Agenda – CANCELLED
Board and Committee Agendas and Minutes 2021
- 02/04 Board of Officers Agenda
- 02/09 Career Pathways Committee Meeting
- 02/10 Business Development Committee Meeting
- 02/18 Executive Committee Meeting Agenda Package
- 03/11 Board Officers Agenda Review Meeting
To serve a vast spectrum of resident career development and business community needs, CareerSource Flagler Volusia has designated committees to oversee and provide guidance in the implementation of workforce development strategies.
Executive Committee The Executive Committee exercises in the intervals between meetings of the board, all of the powers that may legally be delegated in the management of the affairs of the organization. The Executive Committee may create project-based ad-hoc committees and serves as the CareerSource Flagler Volusia’s Nominating Committee.
Finance Committee The Finance Committee is primarily responsible to ensure that we spend our funds in a responsible and transparent manner. The Finance Committee also shares in oversight of the alignment of our funds with our vision to create the partnerships needed when we are seeking funds through grants.
Career Pathways Committee By bringing business and economic development partners together with educational leaders, this committee helps to shape training solutions that meet the immediate and future workforce needs. It is this committee’s responsibility to provide oversight to the process of selecting and reviewing performance of all service providers and to ensure workforce solutions are implemented.
Business Development Committee The Business Development Committee focuses on engaging businesses. The resulting business alliances leverage each other’s expertise and technologies to enable us to prepare a pipeline of workers to meet both the current and future need of business.