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Counseling Services through Community Care Family Clinic.


Ave Maria Preparatory School Board of Trustees


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.


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 CPAsMr. 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.



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
(941) 747-1911 Facsimile

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

SunTrust Bank
Bank of America
Branch Banking and Trust Company
Hancock Bank
RBC Bank (PNC Bank)
Cadence Bank
The Home Depot
Publix Super Markets
Staff Leasing (Gevity HR)
Arthur Anderson & Company
Kash N’ Karry (Sweet Bay)
Universal Health Systems
Raymond James
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT, II
Goodwill Industries - Manasota

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

Cell: 941.807-7321



• 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…

10/06 – 06/08 Boys & Girls Clubs, Sarasota County

Vice President of Marketing & Development

This position included securing financial security and managing a team in developing and executing fundraising and marketing activities.

• In the first year increased revenue by 100%.

• Secured $3 million in grants, and $2 million in major gifts.

• Secured over $3 million to start a college scholarship program for Club Members.

• Recruited and trained board members in resource development and marketing strategies.

• Developed marketing strategies that achieve over $200K in in-kind magazine ads, and creative design for the website, newsletter, and other marketing materials.

• Started many cause-marketing strategies that helped secure additional income monthly.

• Created a Women’s Leadership Committee that had over 500 women leaders in the community.

• Created signature activities and community round-tables, in addition to various other events.

02/04 – 10/06   Home Safety Council, Washington, DC

Director of Development

This position included developing and executing fundraising and marketing activities, and securing $15 million annually in revenue.

• In six months secured more than $10 million in revenue.

• Created a marketing communication strategy, including an e-newsletter and e-commerce opportunities to generate diversified revenue.

• Created sponsorship programs, and received the Halo Award for Best Caused-Marketing Program from the Caused Marketing Forum.

• Created a Commendation Seal program that attracted more than 20 fortune 500 companies, and raised more than $1 million in revenue.

• In six months recruited 5 CEOs from Fortune 500 companies to serve on the Board of Directors.

• Created public policy position paper that received financial assistance from the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill under the CDC's Public Health Improvement account.

• Helped coordinate national study and secured it being published in the American Journal of Prevention Medicine.

• Secured CEO appearances for many national shows including Oprah Winfrey Show, TODAY Show, CNN, Dateline NBC, the Early Show, Good Morning America and HGTV.

• Secured major funders: Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, Whirlpool, Tyco, Alcoa, Sylvania, Morton Salt, Colgate, Rubbermaid, 3M, Sylvania, etc…

01/02 - 02/04 Navy League of the United States, Arlington, VA

Director of Development             

This position included managing day-to-day operations of the Foundation, securing $10 million annually in revenue, and $60 million for a capital campaign, and managing fund distribution for scholarships.

• Increased contributions by 130% within 6 months.

• Responsible for creating an internal and external communications system and development strategy for 330 local councils throughout the United States.

• Created a planned giving program that helped secure over $1 million in the 1st year.

• Created a donor management system to include gift administration, tracking and stewardship, and the identification and cultivation process to better serve donors.

• Increased corporate participation and revenue by 50% for the largest maritime exposition in the world.

• Increased membership (through development activities) by 40%.

• Helped to raise $2 million in Appropriations funding for the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet program.

• Coordinated efforts to raise $10 million for the Christening and Commissioning of the USS Ronald Reagan.

• Secured relationship with TY Company to create a Beanie Baby Bear to raise over $1 million for the USS Ronald Reagan campaign.

• Secured Senator John McCain as Campaign Chairman for the USS Ronald Reagan Campaign.

• Secured major funders: Boeing, Raytheon, SAIC, DoD, Rolls Royce, Tyco, etc…

07/99 – 12/01    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Manager, Marketing & Communications    

Responsibilities included managing a team in marketing and development activities of a $1 billion-dollar campaign and coordinating the Secretary of the Smithsonian’s development and marketing priorities to all 16 Museums.

• Secured the $10 million development initiative that brought two Giant Pandas to the National Zoo.

• Raised $21 million of the $70 million dollar capital campaign to build and endow the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall.

• Created the Communications Strategy for the Development Department and Membership, and served as assistant editor in appeal letters, website, and newsletters.

• Responsible for raising a total of over $150 million for the campaign, including 2 large bequests and numerous naming opportunities, charitable gift annuities and trusts.

• Secured major funders: Catherine Reynolds, Kenneth Behring, Carroll O’Connor, Ralph Lauren, Rockefeller Foundation, Jane Eisner, Coca-Cola Company, etc…

11/93 -0 7/99 National Safety Council, Washington, DC

Program Manager

Responsibilities included managing national community outreach programs and two 800-hotlines, and securing $10 million annually in revenue for the Home & Community Safety Division. Created and implemented various marketing programs and special events for 85-chapters nationwide.

• Created, raised funds, marketed and implemented more than 200 national meetings, training programs, special events, workshops and seminars for audiences of 20-80,000.

• Increased revenue by 120% through grants and donations.

• Created and managed numerous tracking databases for programs.

• Created a membership promotion program and increased membership by 50%.

• Developed feasibility studies and focus groups on public service announcements, and other publicity.

• Secured a $5 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 7 consecutive years.

• Secured major funders: Lowe’s, Ford, GM, Pfizer, 3M, J&J, Exxon Mobile, etc…

10/90 - 11/93 American Lung Association, Philadelphia, PA

Program Manager

Responsibilities included managing the complete development and implementation of various marketing programs and special events and securing $1.3 million annually in revenue.

• Increased program income over 100% in the first year.

• Created a Planned Giving and Legacy Program (for the local chapter).

• Recruited and trained over 500 volunteers, and served as liaison on Board committees.

• Wrote and supervised production of nation-wide publications, and a monthly newsletter.

• Coordinated and implemented over 50 training programs, special events, workshops and seminars for audiences of 20-1,000.


Masters of Science ‘97  - Major: Business Administration/Non-Profit Management

University of Maryland/University College, College Park, MD

Bachelor of Fine Arts ‘90  - Major: Graphic Design/Marketing

Boston University, Boston, MA


• Association of Fundraising Professional

• ASAE & the Center for Association Leadership

• The Cause Marketing Forum

• Florida Public Relations Association


• Project 180, Chair of the Board 2011-2013

• Child Protection Agency, Board Member 2012-present

• Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club, 2010 – present

• Big Brothers Big Sisters, Big Sister 2012-present

• Southwest Women’s Alliance, Member 2008-present

• Leadership Sarasota, HHS Day Chair 2010-present

• American Cancer Society, LWR Relay for Life, Advocacy Chair 2011-2013

• Leadership Sarasota Alumni, Project Committee 2013


Gulf Coast Leadership Institute 2103 Graduate

Biz941 Enterprising Women, 2012, 2013

SRQ Magazine Women of Influence 2012, 2013

Scene Magazine Women on the Scene 2012, 2013

Project 180 Volunteer of the Year 2009

Leadership Sarasota 2009 Graduate

Biz941 25 People to Watch 2009


Sister Gilchrist Cottrill, CE

6289 Verna Rd.

Myakka City, FL 34251 941-416-4076 Fax:  941-322-1920

Sister Gilchrist Cottrill, CE

Objectives 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

1979-1991 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)


For more information about Ave Maria, call 941-322-1601 or send us an email.



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