Board of Directors

Robert Birdsong, Chair

Robert Birdsong, "Bob," moved to South Florida at the age of 7 and attended Nova Middle and High Schools. Birdsong attended Michigan State University and left after being accepted into the United States Naval Academy. Bob served 10 years in the Navy on nuclear submarines as a nuclear engineer and as an instructor and Division Officer in Naval Nuclear Power School and Naval Nuclear Field “A” School. Upon leaving the Navy in 1990, Bob went to work for OK Generators as a Service Technician. He purchased the company with a partner in 1998 and bought out the partner in 2004. He completed his second degree in Electrical Technologies at NYU in 2003.

Bob is currently an active member of the Association of Energy Engineers, the Construction Executives Association, the Association of Building Contractors, and the Construction Association of South Florida. He is also a board member of Six Degrees of Golf and Broward 2-1-1. Bob is a corporate partner with and a contributor to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. He also contributes to Broward YMCA, Urban Youth Impact, March of Dimes, and Inspiration University.

Bob has three children: Bradley, 25; Rachel, 15; and Sarah, 11.

Nathan Landsbaum, Vice Chair

Nathan Landsbaum is Vice President of Finance for Sunshine State Health Plan. Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, Landsbaum is currently responsible for the financial operations of a health plan that manages the health care needs of approximately 200,000 Medicaid recipients and 2,000 Long Term Care members. His professional experience also includes working as the Senior Director in Market Development and Director in Mergers & Acquisitions at Centene Corporation, and in previous roles in Investment Banking and Equity Research at Bank of America.

Nathan has a history of philanthropy. In years past, he has served as a Board Member for his Mid-County YMCA and as a Member of the Allocation Panel for United Way of Greater St. Louis. Between his rich experience as a finance professional and his firm dedication to the communities of which he is a part, the Broward Health Foundation is excited to have Nathan Landsbaum as a Board Member. Nathan resides in Parkland with his wife, Sharon, and their two children.

Ken Ortner, Treasurer

Ken Ortner is a certified public accountant and is president of the local Fort Lauderdale firm, Kenneth A. Ortner, P.A. He has over 25 years of experience serving the international tax community, high net worth individuals, professional service firms, not-for-profit entities, and the real estate industry.

In addition to serving as a board member for Broward Health Foundation, Ken is the treasurer of Winterfest, Inc., a board member (and past president) of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Trust, and president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. In recent years, he has served as treasurer of South Andrews Business Association (SABA) and Broward Education Foundation. He has also served on several other civic and not-for-profit boards and is a graduate of Leadership Broward, Class IV.

Ken and his wife live in Fort Lauderdale, and he has two grown daughters.

George J. Taylor, Esq.

George J. Taylor was recently admitted to the Florida Bar. Taylor earned his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, where he graduated 4th in his class. He attended the evening law program while continuing to work full-time. He also is the owner of Taylor Tropicals, LLC, which he founded in 2006. Taylor has 14 years of experience in agribusiness, landscaping, and property management. Prior to attending law school, Taylor received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lynn University. While in law school, Taylor received Book Awards for Interviewing and Counseling, Charitable Organizations Workshop, Probate Law Workshop, and Real Estate Transactions.

In addition to serving as a Board Member for the Broward Health Foundation, Taylor serves on the Board of the Salah Foundation. In this role, he identifies local and national grant opportunities that meet the Foundation’s grant criteria.

Taylor resides in Boca Raton with his wife, Joleen, and their two children.

Robert J. Roschman, Immediate Past Chair

Robert J. Roschman is president of Roschman Enterprises, a local development company involved in hospitality operations. Robert has extensive real estate holdings with over 130 single purpose tenants. He is also a founding general partner of Cashel Capital and a founding member of Landmark Bank, N.A.

Robert is the past secretary of The Museum of Discovery and Science and a member of the Palm Beach Chapter of The Young Presidents Organization. He lives in Fort Lauderdale with his wife and two children.

Dennis L. Stefanacci, President & CEO, Broward Health Foundation

Dennis L. Stefanacci, Advanced Certified Fund Raising Executive (ACFRE), is President of the Broward Health Foundation. In his role, he oversees the performance of the Foundation in accordance with the mission, philosophy, and values of Broward Health, and is charged with establishing a comprehensive program of strategic philanthropy for the System.

Prior to joining Broward Health, Dennis was Vice President of the Max Planck Florida Foundation in Jupiter. He was also the founding partner and principal of Dennis Stefanacci & Associates, a company specializing in consulting services in the area of external relations with special emphasis in the development and implementation of strategic and comprehensive development and communications plans, board development, capital campaigns, and major and planned gift programs. Before starting his company in August 2002, Dennis was senior vice president for Corporate Social Responsibility at Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, Washington, with worldwide oversight of the Company’s business practices, environmental and community relations programs, corporate giving, and the Starbucks Foundation.

Additionally, Dennis has served as president and CEO of the Mt. Sinai Health Systems Foundation and vice president of the Miami Beach based System; senior vice president of institutional advancement at Intracoastal Health Systems in Palm Beach County, Florida; and president and CEO of the Grant-Riverside Hospitals Foundation in Columbus, Ohio. He has held senior positions at the Toledo Museum of Art, Father’s Flanagan’s Boys’ Home (Boys Town), and at several colleges and universities including the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Dennis holds bachelor and master degrees in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is currently a Ph.D candidate in political and applied sociology there. He has achieved the prestigious designation of ACFRE and earned professional and educational recognition from organizations such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), which named him National Outstanding Fund Raising Executive of the Year in 1996.

He has more than 38 years of experience in both the not-for-profit and for-profit worlds with extensive experience in all phases of external relations. Dennis has been active as a presenter both nationally and internationally on many topics, and is a dedicated community volunteer, having served on many volunteer boards throughout his career. Currently Dennis is a member of the Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Broward where he is a 2012 graduate of its Senior Executive Orientation (SEO) program and is on the Planning Committee for the 2013 SEO program, Executives’ Association, FBI Citizens Academy, Association of Fund Raising Professionals, the Association of Hospital Development Professionals, and was a judge for ArtServe’s 2012 ArtBrovo show.

A.J. Acker

A.J. Acker is co-owner and an executive of Sleepy’s, LLC. She has been heavily involved with the company’s growth and strategic initiatives for the past thirty years. As a privately-held, family-owned business with over $800 million in revenue, Sleepy’s is an industry leader. Over the years, the company has acquired Rockaway Bedding, 1-800-Mattress, Better Bedding, and Off Track Bedding.

A.J., who resides in Fort Lauderdale, was educated at The Royal College of London and proceeded to the Royal Westminster in London where she obtained her Registered Nurse (RN) degree. Although her decision to leave nursing was a difficult one, the leadership and guidance she has given to Sleepy’s is what has helped to both define the company and set the standard for the entire industry.

Peter Anderson

Peter works with affluent and emerging affluent clients to structure and execute customized and intricate wealth management strategies. His client list currently includes medical professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners, and corporate executives. With 20 years of experience working in the financial services profession, Peter has joined United Capital to offer a more comprehensive menu of services to his clients.

Peter currently serves on the Financial Planning Association Board of Directors of Broward County where he directs the Pro Bono efforts of the association. He is also a member of the Executive Board for Junior Achievement of South Florida and has been an active member of United Way of Broward County Tocqueville Society since 2008.

Peter received his Master’s Degree in Finance from Florida Atlantic University and is a member of the Broward President’s Council for Florida Atlantic University. He is a South Florida native who enjoys being active in his community. Peter and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Vince Boccard

Vincent Boccard was elected mayor of Coral Springs in 2012. He is a general contractor/developer, and co-owner of Boccard Homes and Kessler Construction. He previously served eight years as vice mayor and village commissioner of El Portal in Miami Dade County.

Mayor Boccard has been a resident of Coral Springs for over a decade and has been involved in the community for years. He participates in the Citizens Emergency Response Team and the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce. He founded the Lisa Boccard Coral Springs Breast Cancer Foundation for women without healthcare and is a founding director of the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition. He is also the Chairman of the Coral Springs Construction Review Committee, the Coral Springs Youth & Family Committee and the Coral Springs Renewing Together, as well as being the Commission's liaison to the Architecture Review Committee, the Public Arts Committee and the Coral Springs Sports Commission. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Dade League of Cities, and is currently an alternate member of the Broward League of Cities.

Mayor Boccard is also a proud sponsor of youth athletics in the community and is the president of the Coral Springs Skateboard Park Committee. In 2008, he founded the Coral Springs Teen Car Club.

He is a 1975 Graduate of the Southeast Criminal Institute Police Academy, and a former reserve Police Officer for the City of Miami Beach. He attended Miami Dade Community College Marine Institute, Studying Ocean Engineering and Marine Biology. Mayor Boccard is married to Terry Boccard, and they have three children.

Renata Calderaro

Renata Calderaro is an accomplished and seasoned businesswoman. She graduated with honors from the University of Miami in 1997 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, International Studies and English Literature. After graduating, Renata worked at one of South Florida’s top criminal defense firms, Malman & Malman, where she developed a love of the law. She decided to enroll in law school and graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 2001.

Immediately after graduating, Renata was employed by an international law firm, working in their immigration department. The department split from the firm in 2004, and several years later, she became a named partner. In February of 2009, Renata decided to open her own immigration firm and has successfully run this firm for the past four years.

In addition to her immigration practice, she has served the South Florida community with various philanthropy projects. Renata currently practices immigration law with her husband of 12 years. The couple has three young children and enjoys spending time with each other. Renata is bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English. She also understands Italian and Portuguese.

Paul Echelard

Paul Echelard is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Broward Health. In this role, Paul is responsible for coordinating the corporate support departments’ operations for Broward Health. He also assists Broward Health’s CEO in day-to-day direction of Broward Health entities.

For the past two years, Paul has been a consultant providing nation-wide health care organizations with in-depth analysis of clinical service lines, business development strategies, regulatory reviews, and more. For over 20 years, Paul served as CEO for three different hospitals in South Florida.

At Kindred Hospital Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL, Paul helped the hospital achieve JCAHO (Joint Commission) Accreditation and profitable status within nine months of opening. Most of his career was spent with Tenet Hospital Systems. As the CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, he led the 333-bed hospital to financial and clinical turnaround. During his tenure as the CEO of Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital in Delray Beach, FL, Paul developed a small rehabilitation hospital into the market leader in the state of Florida.

Anita R. Finley

Anita is publisher and founder of Boomer Times & Senior Life, part of Senior Life Communications Group, Inc., a South Florida magazine serving seniors and Baby Boomers. She also serves as publisher of the online edition of Boomer Times & Senior Life. She is owner and operator of "SMART" -sensitivity training for businesses dealing with elder clients and customers and employees for their personal caregiving responsibilities and serves as president of Senior Life Communications Group, Inc., the umbrella entity for (BoomerTimes & SeniorLife Magazine, STARS radio show, BoomerTimes & SeniorLife Internet edition, TV shows; Expos/Symposiums)

Anita received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from International College of The Cayman Islands, and she holds a Masters of Professional Services degree from Lynn University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Sam Houston State University.

Anita is an accomplished writer having co-authored Live To Be 100 Plus, has served as columnist for the Broward edition of The Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post. She has an extensive background in both television and radio and currently hosts several weekly radio shows including “Cutting Edge Medicine & Science,” “S.T.A.R.S” (Seniors Taking Active Roles in Society) and “Boomer Times & Senior Life.” She can also be heard on national radio shows commenting on subjects relating to seniors and Baby Boomers.

She is the recipient of several awards, including “Woman of the Year” for contributions made to older citizens in Huntsville, Texas; “Business & The Arts” Award, Northwood Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida, for outstanding support and exemplary involvement as a business leader toward advancement of the Arts in Palm Beach Count and “Women In Communications STAR Award,” presented by the Palm Beach County Professional Chapter of Women in Communication. Anita is married and works closely with her husband who is her business partner. She has three children and nine grandchildren (2 sets of triplets), has an enthusiastic and vibrant personality and a passion for helping boomers and seniors live a long and high quality life.

Douglas Ford, MD

Douglas Ford, MD is the former Chief Medical Officer at Broward Health North.

Joel K. Gustafson

Joel K. Gustafson was appointed to the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners by Florida Governor Charlie Crist. His term runs from January 28, 2010 to June 27, 2013.

Commissioner Gustafson is a retired attorney in Fort Lauderdale. Prior to retirement, he was with the firm Holland and Knight, LLP. He served as District Director to U.S. Representative E. Clay Shaw, Jr., from 2002 to 2007. Prior to his position with the U.S. Congress, he was appointed to the Florida Commission on Ethics by four separate Governors between 1978 and 2004. In 1974, he received a presidential appointment to the National Highway Safety Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was a Florida State Representative from 1967 to 1972.

A 46-year resident of Broward County, Commissioner Gustafson has actively participated in the community both civically and professionally. Formerly, he was Chair of the Broward Alliance, a Board Member of the Florida Chamber, Co-Chair of the Host Committee of two Super Bowls and one Breeder’s Cup and he served on the Orange Bowl Committee. He is currently a Board Member of Henderson Mental Health Center.

Commissioner Gustafson received his bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and his law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. He and his wife, Judyth, have three children and five grandchildren.

Christopher P. Hollowell, M.D.

Dr. Hollowell is an attending Pediatric and Adult Urologist in private practice with Z Urology located in Coral Springs. Originally from Detroit, Michigan where he received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Wayne State University, Dr. Hollowell came to South Florida in 1993 to attend his surgical internship and residency in urologic surgery at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospitals. After completion of his residency, Dr. Hollowell moved to Detroit to join his father‘s practice. The family legacy in urology extends to his brother who is also a urologist practicing in Chicago. Dr. Hollowell was awarded clinical assistant professorships in both urology and gynecology with Wayne State and Michigan State Universities.

His clinical focus is in female urology, male and female voiding dysfunction, and minimally invasive surgeries. He specializes in complex pelvic floor reconstruction deploying the latest minimally invasive techniques and robotic technologies. Dr. Hollowell's enthusiasm for teaching and proficiency of surgery has earned him top honors by his residents, colleagues, and patients. Dr. Hollowell is board certified and a diplomate in the American Board of Urology. He is a member of the American Urologic Association, the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, North Central Urologic Section, Michigan State Medical Society, Michigan Urologic Society, Association of Clinical Urologist, and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Over the years, Dr. Hollowell has written numerous articles, books, and has appeared on radio and television. He has given several national, statewide, and local lectures. He has served on many hospital and civic committees in an effort to improve health in the communities he serves.

Frank Nask, Ex-Officio

Frank Nask is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Broward Health. He joined Broward Health in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed to his current role in January 2008.

Mr. Nask has previously served as CFO for a number of Florida health providers, including Intracoastal Health System (Good Samaritan and St. Mary's) in West Palm Beach, Bayonet Point Medical Center in Hudson, and Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville. Prior to his work in Florida, he was CFO of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.

Additionally, Mr. Nask served as District Controller with the HCA Management Company, overseeing up to twelve managed facilities in the mid-Atlantic region. Nask, married, has three children and one grandchild. He frequently travels with his youngest son—a semi-professional bowler—to tournaments throughout the country.

Lon J. Rosen

Lon J. Rosen, founder and owner of One Beat CPR, is a Broward native with deep roots in the local medical community. In addition to providing the tri-county area with defibrillators and emergency resuscitative care training, his company provides these and other services worldwide. Mr. Rosen served as a firefighter/paramedic for the Village of Key Biscayne Fire Department for nearly 15 years. His experience in emergency medical care and resuscitative measures has made him an accomplished emergency care education provider. His work has garnered attention from numerous news, radio, and television media outlets. He is an authorized spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and is often asked to speak about CPR and AED applications in emergency care.

Closely involved in South Florida's charitable causes, Mr. Rosen focuses his philanthropic efforts on organizations related to heart health, resuscitative care, sudden cardiac arrest, and family oriented events. Through One Beat CPR, Mr. Rosen has sponsored the American Heart Association, Memorial Healthcare Systems Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Broward Pulse, The Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation, and Medicine in Motion, the Frankie Foundation, Greg Wohrle Foundation, and Kya's Smiles Foundation. He also hosts a variety of private events to raise awareness of the importance of CPR and early defibrillation.

Mr. Rosen attended South East Missouri State University prior to pursuing a professional football career. He resides in Cooper City with his wife Christine, and has three lovely daughters.

Maria Panyi

Maria is the Chief Internal Auditor at Broward Health. She is responsible for providing independent appraisal of the diverse operations and controls within the organization. Maria is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC). She has 17 years of experience in healthcare auditing and compliance. She served as Director of Internal Audit for Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, and Director of Internal Audit for Miami Children’s Hospital. She also worked at Arthur Anderson LLP where she was responsible for overseeing multiple healthcare internal audits and compliance outsourcing engagements in the Southeast. Maria started her career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. before joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.

Maria received her Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from Florida International University. She graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Computer applications.

David H. Ring, Jr., MD

David is the president of North Broward Radiologists, P.A. located in Fort Lauderdale. He completed a Fellowship in Vascular & Interventional Radiology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and completed his Residency in Diagnostic Radiology at National Naval Medical Center/ National Capital Consortium. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from University of Miami. His military history includes serving as a General Radiologist/Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, Naval Hospital Jacksonville; a Flight Surgeon/Medical Division Officer Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252, Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 Wing Medical Department Second Marine Airwing, Naval Aerospace and Operation al Medical Institute, and a General Medical Officer.

His certifications include American Board of Radiology, Board Certification in Diagnostic Radiology 1999 and American Board of Radiology, Certificate of Added Qualification in Vascular & Interventional Radiology, 2002. He is a member of several professional societies, including Society of Interventional Radiology, American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society and American Medical Association. Honors include Chief Resident, National Naval Medical Center, Department of Radiology, 1998-1999, Resident of the Year, 1998-1999, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 1995, Richard E. Leuhers Flight Surgeon of the Year for MWSG 27 and MWSS 274, 1994, Health Professions Scholarship Program, 1987-1991, University of Miami Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, Mensa, Lifetime Member 2005 and Sons of the American Revolution 2009.

Alicia Sable-Hunt, RN

Alicia has invested over 18 years working in the fields of nursing and clinical research, specializing in oncology and transplant patient populations. After years of bedside nursing, she transitioned to the management of oncology clinical trials for healthcare institutions. Her formal background and experience enabled her to develop the clinical operations of a disease-specific non-profit, including an oncology clinical trials program and disease-specific biorepository. She works from the premise that biobanking is the foundation for precision medicine. In an effort to see this model become reality, Ms. Hunt founded a life science consulting firm – Edwards-Hunt Group, LLC - to fully support non-profit organizations developing translational medicine programs in order to drive drug development in the direction of their particular disease.

Her firm expanded to include an international biospecimen acquisition network offering the biopharmaceutical and diagnostic industries prospective collection of human specimens and supporting clinical research operations. Through her expansive network, Ms. Hunt facilitates the collection, storage and distribution of high quality, annotated biospecimens collected under U.S. regulatory standards to accommodate research applications used in the drug discovery and device development process. As a result of Ms. Hunt’s contributions in the biobanking industry, she was named FasterCure’s Who’s Who of Biobanking and has been a co-author on several publications and posters at American Association Clinical Research (AACR), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Society of Hematology (ASH) conferences. She was a member of the Norwalk Hospital Ethics Committee and is an active member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA). Ms. Hunt’s speaks nationally on the biospecimen acquisition process and works on a national level to ensure the patient’s privacy and sense of self is protected throughout the biobanking and clinical research process.

As a Registered Nurse, Ms. Hunt is an active patient advocate. In addition to her clinical work and sustained efforts towards driving drug development via biobanking, Ms. Hunt founded an innovations and marketing company that created Sable’s Foods - a line of wholesome and nutritious Nutritional Empowerment® Bars designed for the cancer population to address their taste, texture and nutritional requirements. Sable’s Foods is the brain-child of Ms. Hunt having brought the product from concept through manufacturing and to market. Ms. Hunt’s efforts to provide tangible resources to the cancer community has been recognized in article and books.

In her spare time, Ms. Hunt helps newly diagnosed cancer patients navigate the healthcare system and counsels those facing a relapse through the treatment decision process. Her pro-bono practice focuses on individuals in the military. In addition, she actively supports area cancer programs and non-profits supporting active and retired servicemen and women.

Laurie Sallarulo

Laurie Sallarulo has a reputation as a strong managerial, development and financial executive with a deep passion and commitment to improving the lives of the community, especially children and families at risk. For the past twenty years Laurie has strategically built strong teams, sustainable programs, systems and organizations that produce high returns to the Broward community and its citizens.

Laurie currently serves as Client & Community Relations Manager for PNC Bank’s South Florida market. Laurie’s professional experience includes serving as the Chief Strategic & Development Officer for 2-1-1 Broward, Broward’s only 24/7 helpline for health and human services; Chief Executive Officer of SHAPE, a youth leadership program; Chief Programs and Development Officer at Habitat for Humanity of Broward; VP, Client Services of Ogilvy & Mather, a full-service advertising agency.

Laurie is known as someone with a strong passion to improve the lives of children and families, especially those who may be at risk or less fortunate. She has received numerous awards in recognition for her work on their behalf. As the mother of two children, one with special needs, Laurie hopes to leave a legacy that will influence change in the lives of those who cannot advocate for themselves and to empower those who can help themselves.

Justin Santangelo

Born in New York, Justin relocated to Fort Lauderdale with his family and graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and received his bachelor's degree in Finance from University of Central Florida.

He is a top producer with Northwestern Mutual as a top producer and has qualified for the Million Dollar Roundtable, an international organization representing the Top 1% of financial professionals who have demonstrated exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his leadership at Northwestern Mutual.

At the core of Justin's practice is a sense of community and a need to give back. He is professionally and charitably affiliated with the Broward Health Foundation, Hispanic Unity of Florida, Broward Hispanic Bar Association, The American Red Cross of Broward County and PULSE, a charitable arm of the American Heart Association.

In 2011, Justin served as a committee member for the prestigious Hispanic Unity of Florida Noche de Estrellas which raised in excess of $500,000 for the organizations outreach programs. Soon thereafter, the organization chose Justin as its youngest recipient of the respected "Luminary" pin of distinction.

Mark D. Sprada, MBA, BSN, RN

Mr. Sprada’s 20 plus years in nursing, operations and leadership has included performance improvement, logistics, communications, staff development, regulatory compliance, operating policies and procedures, strategic planning and clinical process transformation with the ability to initiate measured change.

Additionally, Mr. Sprada has served in various clinical roles in critical care and interventional cardiology. He began his career with Broward Health as a nurse manager of Medical Intensive Care and Trauma Step-down. He has since served in system-wide Director roles and as the Executive Director of Nursing for Broward General Medical Center. Further, he has served in multiple Board of Director roles for the South Florida Organization of Nurse Executives including President in 2008.

Since 2004 he has served as the Chief Nursing Officer for Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center and was promoted to Chief Operating and Nursing Officer in 2007. He also served as the Interim CEO of Imperial Point and is currently serving as the Chief Nursing Officer for Broward General Medical Center and Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. Mr. Sprada has been a resident of Wilton Manors, Florida since 1998.

Mitch Welin

Mitch started his first business in 1988 in Dallas, Texas, doing telecommunications consulting for Blockbuster Video. He relocated his business & family to Fort Lauderdale in 1995 and soon began consulting for other companies, and eventually expanded into business phone systems and phone/computer cabling. ComRes grew throughout the recession due to intensive marketing and networking efforts. ComRes' typical customers are small to large businesses that are primarily in South Florida, but ComRes also services many nationwide customers as well.

In 2007, Mitch co-founded the beginnings of what would become Planned Growth, a web marketing company, with his partner and longtime friend Chris White. This company successfully implements web marketing for small to midsize businesses. Planned Growth dectupled in size in 2012.

Mitch enjoys being involved with several non‐profits such as Junior Achievement, Boys & Girls Club and Pantry of Broward. He is active in chamber organizations and local networking groups.

Besides business and community work, Mitch has many hobbies with his wife of 26 years, Maggie, and his sons Jon (23) and Jamie (15), which include boating, hunting, and PC gaming.Mitch is committed to growing his businesses and working to make South Florida a better place to work and live.

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