Carlos Valderrama, Chair
Manager Valderrama Partners, LLC
Carlos Valderrama is a Managing Partner of Valderrama Partners, LLC; a “one-stop-shop” for small business resources and solutions to help businesses get started, maintain positive cash flow, control costs and accelerate profitable growth. Carlos is a creative art and strategic business development consultant, entertainment manager, and a visionary entrepreneur. Carlos is a Ouickbooks Certified Accountant, notary, and certified through the National Society of Tax Professionals. Additionally, Carlos was a founder of the Volusia Hispanic and the West Volusia Regional Chambers and also serves on the City of Deltona and West Volusia Economic Committees.
Cheryl Tanenbaum, Vice 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 and acquired her Certified Financial Planner designation. In addition to serving as the Vice 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.
Bret Schmitz, Secretary
President Hudson Technologies
Bret Schmitz has served as the President for Hudson Technologies for the past five years. He has over fifteen years of progressive experience in the support of Operations and Manufacturing. Bret’s previous positions include Director of Operations for Greatbatch and Operations Manager for Sparton Electronics.
President Volusia United Educators.Full Bio
Mary Jo Allen
Executive Director Halifax Health Hospice & Palliative CareFull Bio
Educator, Administrator, Secretary-Treasurer Daytona CollegeFull Bio
County Director (Flagler/Volusia) Special Olympics FloridaFull Bio
President & CEO Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia CountyFull Bio
Certified Public Accountant and Professional Accountant Taxes & Financial ServicesFull Bio
Economic Development Director Volusia County Economic DevelopmentFull Bio
President & CEO Giles ElectricFull Bio
Volusia County Council, District 1 (LCEO)Full Bio
Business Manager International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)Full Bio
President LCP Machine, Inc.Full Bio
Store Manager WalgreensFull Bio
Area 2 Director Vocational RehabilitationFull Bio
Dr. Tom LoBasso
President Daytona State CollegeFull Bio
Dr. Aubrey Long
Vice President, Business and Community Development Bethune Cookman UniversityFull Bio
Director of Operations for Specialty Practices for Advent Health Medical GroupFull Bio
Commissioner, District 4 Flagler County (LCEO)Full Bio
Dr. Kent Sharples
President CEO Business AllianceFull Bio
Helga van Eckert
Executive Director Flagler County Department of Economic DevelopmentFull Bio
District Leader PrimericaFull Bio
Broker Coldwell Banker Commercial AI GroupFull Bio
President Volusia United Educators.
Ms. 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
Executive Director Halifax Health Hospice & Palliative Care
Mary Jo Allen is a Florida native who has served her community over the years as a Rotarian for the South Daytona /Port Orange Chapter, a student mentor for Volusia County School’s Take Stock in Children program, and as a United Way Community Impact Cabinet member. In 2017, Mary Jo was recognized twice as the Volusia Flagler Business Report’s 40 Under 40 Young Professional of the Year and Daytona Beach News Journal’s Influential Women in Business.
Educator, Administrator, Secretary-Treasurer 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.
County Director (Flagler/Volusia) Special Olympics Florida
Denise Breneman is the County Director for Flagler and Volusia Counties 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. Denise manages over four hundred volunteers, organizes all local events, and is responsible for operations within the two-county region. In addition, Denise 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, Denise 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. Bob 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. Bob is active in many community organizations; Volusia Literacy Council, United Way, Food Brings Hope and Adopt a School just to name a few.
Certified Public Accountant and Professional Accountant Taxes & Financial Services
David Dougherty has worked in his field of preparing tax returns, tax representation, and forensic accounting for thirty-five years. He is a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs, a past board member for John Knox Village, and has served on multiple boards in state and local government.
Economic Development Director Volusia County Economic Development
Rob Ehrhardt is the Director for Volusia County’s Economic Development Division which focuses on assisting the growth of local firms through targeted business expansion and retention initiatives. The division also supports the business recruitment efforts of Team Volusia and the CEO Business Alliance. Rob is a retired naval officer with more than twenty-five years of commissioned service, both Active and Reserves. He has over eighteen years of experience in relationship development, revenue generation, and business leadership in the manufacturing division of a Fortune 500 firm.
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. Brad 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 with serveral recognitions 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.
Business Manager International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
Dan currently serves as Business Manager (beginning in 2012) for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 756 which has been serving Volusia and Flagler Counties since 1936 by training apprentices to become licensed Journeymen Electricians and represent them through a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Dan was a graduate of JATC Apprenticeship Program at Daytona State College in 1991 and is a licensed Journeyman Electrician with Volusia County. He has been a member of the IBEW Local 756 for 30 years and is a Member of the Electrical Council of Florida, Volusia/ Flagler Chapter. Dan also served two terms on the DeBary City Council.
President LCP Machine, Inc.
Sean Lafferty is the President of LCP Machine, Inc., a full-service CNC machine shop serving multiple industries including medical, aerospace, energy and defense, located in Flagler County. Sean is a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional focused on business planning, product management, fund raising, technology and financial strategy of the company. In addition to Sean’s service as a CareerSource Flagler Volusia Board member, he serves as Vice President and Board member on the Hammock Conservation Coalition.
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. Mark 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.
Area 2 Director Vocational Rehabilitation
Yovancha Lewis-Brown serves as the Area 2 Director for Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab). The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation assists individuals with disabilities find gainful employment; whether they are finding work for the first time or returning to work after an injury. Yovancha has worked in the field of rehabilitation for over twenty years and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
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.
Dr. Aubrey Long
Vice President, Business and Community Development Bethune Cookman University
Dr. Aubrey Long has served over twenty-seven years at Bethune-Cookman University in various positions including currently returning as a part-time Full-Professor while also serving in his Vice President role. 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
Ms. Madden holds an A.S. degree in Nursing from Marshall University, a B.S. 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.
Commissioner, District 4 Flagler County (LCEO)
Elected in November 2018, the honorable Joseph Mullins represents Flagler’s District 4, which includes the city of Bunnell and is geographically the largest district in Flagler County. He is serving his first term on the Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Mullins is a native of Evans, Georgia. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia. He is President and CEO of The Mullins Companies.
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.
Helga van Eckert
Executive Director Flagler County Department of Economic Development
Helga van Eckert serves as the Executive Director for Flagler county’s business recruitment and expansion entity. She is charged with seeking out opportunities that build a strong economic platform, thus empowering local businesses, creating jobs and securing capital investment in the community. Helga earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University and has been a driver of strategic public/ private and public/ public partnerships for over two decades. She is a member of the International Economic Development Council, Florida Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council and the Urban Land Institute. Helga was named a Woman of Influence in 2017 and 2013 as well as Citizen of the Year in 2013 by the Volusia/ Flagler Counties Association for Responsible Development.
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). John owns the Coldwell Banker Commercial AI Group in Orange City, Florida and joined CareerSource Flagler Volusia in 2008, he served as Chair from 2012 to 2014. During this time John also served as Chair of the Florida Workforce Chairs Alliance; an alliance of the chairs of all 24 workforce boards across the state. He also dedicates a great deal of time to community organizations; John 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.
Resources for Board Members
New Board Member Orientation
Board and Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes
- 3/29 Board Meeting Agenda Packet
- 3/21 Board Officers Meeting
- 3/21 Career Pathways Committee
- 3/19 Industry Demand Connection Committee
- 01/31 Career Pathways Committee Meeting Agenda
- 01/29 IDCC Meeting Agenda
- 01/17 Meeting Agenda
- The Florida Scorecard Presentation by Dr. Jerry Parrish (8 meg)
- The Orlando Economic Partnership Presentation by Mr. John Davis (29.8 meg) Please note that this presentation links to a YouTube video. To see the video, you must Enable External Content if prompted.
- 10/17 Joint Executive and Finance Committee Meeting Agenda
- 10/9 IDCC Meeting Agenda
- 10/9 IDCC Meeting Minutes
- 2/7 IDCC Committee Meeting Minutes
- 2/8 CPC Committee Meeting Minutes
- 2/28 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
- 10/5 IDCC Committee Meeting Minutes
- 10/3 CPC Committee Meeting Minutes
- 10/18 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
- 7/19 Finance Committee Meeting Minutes
- 7/11 IDCC Committee Meeting Minutes
- 7/13 CPC Committee Meeting Minutes
- 7/19 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
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. Industry Demand Connection Committee The Industry Demand Connection 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.