Board of Trustees

Chair: Dr. George Carlo

Dr. Carlo is a academician, scientist, author and attorney. He has served on the medical school faculties at the University of Buffalo, the University of Arkansas and the George Washington University. He has more than 250 publications in the areas of education, public safety, health care, consumer protection and human performance with thirty-five years experience in owning and managing for-profit and non-profit companies. He has served on the Boards of Directors of five companies in the United States, Australia and Europe.  He continues to serve in advisory capacities to government agencies, private foundations and public companies. He has specific expertise in cognitive learning and retention that is now being applied to programs within the Ave Maria and Shepherd’s Field curricula.

President: Robert Rosinky, CEO Goodwill Industries Manasota

Mr. Rosinsky began his Goodwill career in Milwaukee after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. He has run Goodwill organizations in Ohio and Florida, and helped to train Goodwill executives worldwide. He became involved with the local Goodwill in 1991 as a consultant, formally coming on board with agency in 1996. He immediately sought ways to increase capacity and maximize positive economic impact to the region.

Eric Tridas, MD, FAAP

Dr. Tridas is the director of The Tridas Center for Child Development. He is a board certified pediatrician who specializes in the diagnosis and management of developmental and behavioral conditions such as ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and other neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems.

Dr. Tridas has resided in the Tampa Bay area since 1982. He completed his fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics, child development and learning disabilities at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. During that time he held an appointment as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University Medical School. Dr. Tridas completed his residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine in 1977.

Dr. Tridas is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Family Practice at the University Of South Florida School Of Medicine. He is a member of the national board of the International Dyslexia Association. Dr. Tridas is also the State Medical Director for Pediatric Health Choice Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (P-PEC) facilities.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Developmental Pediatrics, the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Bob Stanell, CPA – Managing Principal

Bob Stanell, CS&L CPAs

Mr. Stanell joined the firm in 1988, three years after commencing his career with a local accounting firm in the Chicago area. He was admitted as an owner /principal in 1996. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Mr. Stanell’s practice focuses on taxation and consulting services in the Healthcare, Retail and Personal Service Corporation industries. Additionally, Mr. Stanell serves clients in the growing practice area of Outsourced CFO whereby corporate entities request CS&L to manage all day to day and executive level accounting practices for the Company. Currently, Mr. Stanell has approximately $80 million of revenue under his management for clients.

Mr. Stanell is a past member of the Board of Directors for We Care Manatee, Inc., which is a not for profit board affiliated with the Manatee Medical Society. He is currently a member of the Manatee Economic Development Council, and is a past board member of both the Manatee and Sarasota Chambers of Commerce and also a past board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Mr. Stanell has served as the Healthcare Legislative Chairman for the Manatee Chamber of Commerce in addition to serving on various not-for-profit and charitable boards of directors.

Paul E. Chapman, Ph.D.

  • Ph.D. Virginia Tech: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Ed.S. Virginia Tech: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • M.A. Virginia Tech: Elementary Education K-8
  • Dean of College of Education and Human Resources and Education at West Virginia University
  • Oversight of all academic and business operations: West Virginia University
  • Coordinate in collaboration with the Dean and leadership team strategic planning for the   College of Human Resources and Education
  • Ensure College compliance with all program and institutional accreditation standards.
  • Collaborate with the Dean and Chief budget Officer for a fiscally responsive approach to programming.
  • Maintained a collaborative working relationship with state agencies and affiliates of the College and University.
  • Grants related to Effective Character Education Programs in Rural Schools
    • Publications: “Six Pillars of Dynamic Schools.” 2009Numerous journal articles related to Educational leadership

Bruce C. Navarro

Bruce Navarro offers his clients a depth of experience in providing access to U.S. government and commercial markets and effective representation to the Legislative and Executive branches.  Mr. Navarro’s expertise was developed through over 30 years of practice in the Federal Affairs arena as both a senior government official serving across three Presidencies and as Principal of Navarro Legislative & Regulatory Affairs which he founded in 1995 and leads today.  From 2005 through 2011, Mr. Navarro was a member of Fabiani & Company where he headed the firm’s Advanced Technologies practice.

Mr. Navarro’s private sector success followed eleven years of public service.  After working on Capitol Hill as Assistant Counsel to the Labor Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Mr. Navarro served as a senior official in the Presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush where he directed legislative affairs offices at the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and was Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice.  Mr. Navarro also has hands-on experience at two independent agencies having served as an attorney advisor at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and as Counsel to the Vice Chairman at the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.  In addition, he held political appointments at the staff level at the Departments of Defense and Health and Human Services.

An active member of the District of Columbia Bar, Mr. Navarro earned his J.D. from Indiana University Law School (Bloomington) in 1980 where he was an Editor on the Indiana Law Journal.  He completed his undergraduate education in 1976, earning a B.A. with honors from Duke University. City of Residence: Chester, Maryland.

Margie M Genter, MA, C.R.C., C.V.E.

102 116th Street East
Bradenton, FL 34212
(941) 746-8816


  • Commission on Certification of Rehabilitation Counselors, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)
  • Commission on Certification of Work Adjustment and Vocational Evaluation Specialist, Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist (CVE)
  • Professional Vocational Evaluator (PVE)
  • National Center for Housing Management, Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS)


MA, Rehabilitation Counseling, University of South Florida, 1989

BA, Sociology, New College of the University of South Florida, 1983


Vice President, Mission Services:  Goodwill Industries-Manasota, Inc., Sarasota, FL, 1988 to present.

Provide administrative oversight for Mission Services including programs for case management, housing, placement, and neighborhood development.   Recommend policy and establish procedure for programs operating in four counties.  Supervision of Mission Services staff with direct oversight of program operations.  Directly responsible for adherence to budgetary, planning, and reporting activities for all Mission Services initiatives.  Provided expert witness testimony in Worker Compensation cases.

Director, Youth Program:  Trinity United Methodist Church, Bradenton, FL, 1984-1988.

Responsible for the educational and activity program of a group of 200 youth.  Responsible for training and program planning for youth and their parents.   Served as District Youth Coordinator for one year.  Taught in the Christian Faith and Human Sexuality Program.

Teacher/Counselor:  Eckerd Foundation, Floral City, FL, 1983-1984.

Responsible for day to day activity and therapy program for a group of ten emotionally disturbed children in a residential treatment facility.  Wrote treatment plans and provided counseling, teaching, and intervention for behavioral problems.


Successfully completed the Goodwill Executive Training Program.

Served as president of the local and state chapters of the Florida Rehabilitation Association

Served as president of the Florida Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association

Secretary of the Turning Points Board.

Vice President of Good Will Industries in the multi-county areas of Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Charlotte in FL.

She has a MA in Rehabilitation Counseling and a BA in Sociology.

Her certifications include:

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor;

Certified Vocational Evaluation Specialist

Certified Occupancy Specialist.

Margie has over 24 years of service in significant YMCA positions related to case management, housing, placement and neighborhood development where her planning, budgeting and implementation skills were utilized.

Senator John McKay

President, John M. McKay, Inc.
President, The Riverside Real Estate Company
1001 Third Avenue West, Suite 600
Bradenton, Florida 34205
(941) 747-2777

john @


Extensive real estate development, investment and management experience resulting in 2,500,000 square feet of office and retail properties. Appraisal, receivership, syndication, mortgage loan finance and marketing experience


President of the Florida Senate, 2000 – 2002
Member, Florida State Senator, 1990 – 2002


Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Study


Blake Medical Center, Board Member
Manatee Rural Health Foundation, Chairman of the Board
Community Coalition on Homelessness, Board Member
Ave Maria Preparatory School, Board Member


Ringling Museum of Art, Chairman of the Board
Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Chairman of the Board

Veronica Brandon Miller

8427 Sailing Loop
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

vb.miller @


  • Strategic Planning, Financial and Administrative Management
  • Fundraising Administration (Direct Mail, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Scholarships, Endowments, Special Events)
  • Branding, Marketing, Communications and Public Relations
  • Public Policy, Advocacy, Government Relations
  • Coalition Building and Personnel Management (Recruitment, Training)
  • Corporate Events & Outreach (Sponsorships, Cause-Marketing, Membership)


02/11 – present Goodwill Manasota, Sarasota FL

Vice President, Foundation

Responsible for creating and implementing the development plan and securing  necessary funds to advance the organization, directly leading the organization’s marketing and communications programs and strategically creating an on-going outreach initiative.

  • Increased donations by 100% in the first year of revamping the Foundation.
  • Secured more than $100,000 in in-kind media – yearly.
  • Created the new brand concept, both externally and internally.
  • Created the Goodwill Ambassador program – a volunteer program that has more than 300 volunteers.  This program has received the 2012 Best Volunteer Program Award from Goodwill International (the very first award this affiliate has won from our national organization).
  • Helped create and launch the new CEO’s strategic initiatives and secure financial funding.

07/08– 02/11 Shelter Box USA, Lakewood Ranch FL

Executive Director

Responsible for leading the national strategic direction and implementation of growth initiatives and community outreach programs that promote an increased understanding and positive image of the organization. Through effective research and planning, facilitate increased entry into the global arena, greater utilization of services and philanthropic growth.

  • Responsible for the organization’s advancement Increase in revenue by 1,000 % from $800,000 to over $10 million with 6 months.
  • Secured strategic corporate partnerships with national partners: Donna Karan, Niemen Marcus, Lumber Liquidators, McDonalds, Ralph Lauren Polo, etc…
  • Designed and implemented their first Planned Giving Program, Endowment, and Signature Event.
  • Secured over $13 million in free media placements and a PSA that is aired   nationally.
  • Created social media outlets that have secure over a million in donations.
  • Helped recruit and train over 1,000 new volunteers from around the country to serve as Representatives and raise money for the organization.
  • Recruited and trained board members in resource development and marketing strategies.
  • Created five Regional Offices in strategic large metropolitan areas to secure large revenue and media exposure.
  • Secured national and international media coverage, including: TIME Magazine, FOX News, CNN, etc…

Sister Gilchrist Cottrill, CE

6289 Verna Rd.
Myakka City, FL 34251

sistergilchrist @


  • Leadership roles in education and administration in respect to persons with disabilities and their families.
  • Leadership roles in regard to consecrated life within a newly founded community.

Experience 2000-2013

Foundress and Superior of the Epiphany Community, a non-juridical community of sisters and lay persons of varying abilities supporting students and  families marginalized by disability and imprisonment.

2002-2006 Ave Maria University Naples, Florida

Program Director for Masters Program in Exceptional  Student Education

  • Designed and directed Florida State approved and licensed courses for MA in ESE
  • Instructor for courses in MA in ESE
  • Consultant for students with learning disabilities on campus at Ave Maria University

2004-2013 Ave Maria Preparatory School Sarasota, Florida


  • Designed and directed school for students with special learning needs/ grades 1-12
  • Teacher education and administration of the above
  • Curriculum development, admission and assessment for students with disabilities


Foundress and Director of Shepherd’s Field Agricultural College as a partnership with South Florida State College to transition students with disabilities into the workplace and independent living.


Partner with Good Will Industries in designing and directing Workforce Education Pilot Project with the State of Florida to provide high school diploma to employees of Good Will Industries

1994-2003 Diocese of Venice in Florida Venice, Florida

Director of Special Education

  • Designed and directed ESE inclusion program for 12 Catholic Schools
  • Designed and directed public-private partnerships with State of Florida with 20 public schools and 12 Catholic schools for inclusion practices in respect to special learning needs
  • Designed and directed two schools for students with special learning needs:  One in Sarasota, Florida and one in Fort Myers, Florida.


Member of State Advisory Board for Exceptional Student Education

  • Advised in respect to parent advocacy issues
  • Helped shape McKay Scholarship legislation which provides for students with disabilities in Florida schools who wish to attend private schools.
  • Advised in respect to support of families in respect to students with disabilities


  • President of Florida Learning Disability Association


  • Grades 5-12
  • Regular and Special Education

Diocese of Cleveland and Youngstown


Designed and Directed Diocesan Religious Education Program for State Institution for Persons with Disabilities: (Warrensville Center, Cleveland, Ohio)


Visitation and Religious Education In Upper Pinellas County Group Group Homes


Designed and Directed Retreats For Persons with Disabilities in Diocese of St. Petersburg


Notre Dame College, Cleveland

  • B. A. in Secondary and Exceptional Education
  • Certifications in Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, Secondary English and Elementary Education

St. Thomas  Aquinas University Rome, Italy

  • M.A. in Catechesis
  • Dissertation:  “Catechesis of the Learning Disabled Child.”

Cardinal Stritch University  Milwaukee, WI

  • M. A. in Varying Exceptionalities
  • Dissertation:  “Reduction of Self-Stimulatory Behaviors in Children with Autism.”


Poetry composition, religious education, outdoor  recreation and animal care,  and St. John of the Cross spirituality


Presentations and consultation at the following in respect to inclusion practices in regular education and catechesis:

  • National Catholic Education Association Annual International Conference:  1992-2010
  • International Learning Disability Conferences
  • National Mathematics Conferences
  • International Dyslexia Conferences 2010-2013
  • State and Regional Learning Disability Conferences

International Dyslexia Association Presentations

  • Ministry of Education of Japan
  • National Catechetical Conferences
  • Assisted 22  Catholic dioceses nationwide
  • Assisted 900 schools nationwide
  • Franciscan University of Stuebenville
  • Notre Dame College of Ohio (Adjunct Professor 1999-2010  Summer Program)


  • Dreams Are Free Toolkits (CD’s) for strategies for students, parents and teachers in respect to learning disabilities
  • “The Teacher Catechist,” Strained Forward, 1984
  • “Inclusion in Regular Education.” Momentum, 1995
  • “Dreams Are Free Program,” Catholic Teacher, 1997
  • “Language of Celebration,” NAIM, 1988
  • “Executive Function in the Classroom,” Dallas Branch of IDA journal, 2013
  • Educator of the Year: Learning Disability Association of Florida, 1994
  • Inductee in “Hall of Fame of Catholic Educators,” 2011
  • “President’s Award,” National Apostolate of Inclusion Ministry, 1996


  • Governor Jeb Bush
  • Senator President John McKay
  • State Attorney Joseph D’Allessandro, Fort Myers
  • Former Assistant Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools:  Michael McHugh
  • Nicholas Healey, President of Ave Maria University
  • Jack Sites, Senior Vice President of Ave Maria University
  • Eric Tridas, MD (Director of Tridas Developmental Center, Tampa)
  • Masood Rehmani, MD (Behavioral Therapy, Sarasota, FL)
  • Timothy Hallinan, PhD (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

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Partnership for Shared Services with Goodwill Industries.

Counseling Services through Community Care Family Clinic.