Board Members

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Marnie Waldrop

Co-Founder
President/Owner, Waldrop Residential Designs, Inc.

Marnie is a devoted wife and mother, as well as a principal of her own residential design firm. She attended Auburn University where she graduated with a Bachelors in Architecture. She lives in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, Michael, and their children, Marilyn and Tommy. Read full bio

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Michael Waldrop

Co-Founder
Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran
President/Owner, Blue Cord Design & Construction

Michael Waldrop is the CEO and president of Blue Cord Design and Construction, an Orlando-based design build company. He has previously served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and an embedded trainer of an infantry company with the Afghanistan National Army. He is the recipient of a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars for Valor. Read full bio

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Angela Albright

Secretary
Civic Volunteer

Angela Albright serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Fifth Third Bank. She is the proud step-mother of an U.S. Army Captain. Read full bio

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Lee Barnes

Director, Programs
Veteran U.S. Army

Independent Consultant

Lee Barnes is an independent consultant following his recent retirement from Northrop Grumman as a Corporate Lead Executive. He retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army after twenty-five years of service.
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Bill Bond

Major General / U.S. Army (Ret)

After his retirement in the US Army in November 2003 after 33 years of active service, Major General Bond joined Cypress International in Alexandria, Virginia as Vice President.  During three of his five years as VP of Cypress he was the largest portfolio manager.  He continues to maintain outstanding relationships with senior and key leaders within the Army/DoD. Read full bio

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Greg Broner

Senior Private Banker for North/Central Florida Region

As part of The Private Bank, Mr. Broner works with clients to understand their needs and then coordinates a team of specialists to provide clients with wealth management services, including banking, credit, investment management and trust and estate services through Wells Fargo Bank. Read full bio

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Elizabeth Burch

President/CEO, Dignitas Technologies, LLC

Ms. Elizabeth Burch is President/CEO and majority owner of Dignitas Technologies, a Woman Owned Small Disadvantaged Business providing system and software engineering services for the modeling and simulation community with a mission to shape the future of simulation with innovative technology. Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience with Modeling and Simulation.  Read full bio

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John Burke

VP Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, Pershing LLC

John serves as an AML Compliance officer for Pershing LLC, the largest Broker-Dealer Clearing Firm in the United States.   As such, he is responsible for the implementation of the USA PATRIOT ACT and defending the US Capital markets from financial crime. Read full bio

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Patrick Connors

Veteran U.S. Army
Chief Simulation Development and Technologies, Florida Hospital

COL Connors has served over 24 years on active duty as an U.S. Army officer and has three operational deployments throughout his career.  Read full bio

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Jim Craig

Vice Chair
Director of Business Integration Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training

Jim is the Director of Business Integration at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training. Employing over 17,000 people in the United States and internationally, Mission Systems and Training develops and sustains complex surface, air, and undersea systems for military, security, and civil markets around the world. In addition to the systems produced, they ensure mission readiness through training and logistics products and services. Read full bio

 

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Matt Fair

Veteran
Director, Tactical Micro 

Matt Fair served 28 years commissioned service in the Army prior to retiring as a Colonel and joining the Orlando modeling and simulation (M&S) industry.  Currently Director for Training Solutions, he held other program and business development positions in the M&S industry prior to joining Tactical Micro. Read full bio

 

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Dale Fitch

Treasurer
Veteran, US Army 
CFO/COO, Unicorp 

Dale Fitch provides executives with timely and accurate financial statements, ongoing cash flow projections, and oversight over accounting, finance, and property management operations. Prior to joining Unicorp, Dale held various challenging positions. He spent 13 years as a healthcare financial consultant for regional and national Accounting/Consulting firms. Dale holds an MBA and BSBA degree from Wilkes University and is a Veteran of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. Read full bio

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Derek Grimm

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Wealth Management Advisor

Mr. Grimm is a proud veteran of the armed forces with over 12 years of service with the United States Army.  Mr. Grimm initially enlisted in 1992 and served as a paratrooper in various Infantry units both on active duty and with the Florida National Guard.  Read full bio

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Al Harms

Viet Nam, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Desert Fox Veteran
Past Vice-President UCF

Al Harms serves as the Vice President for Strategy, Marketing, Communications, and Admissions and Special Assistant to the President of the University of Central Florida. He retired as a Vice Admiral in the Navy after thirty-four years of service. Read full bio

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Dennis Lemma

Chief Deputy, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office

Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma is a 23-year veteran of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. As Chief Deputy, he oversees core operational and administrative functions of the Sheriff’s Office, providing leadership and direction to all Departments within the Sheriff’s Office. Read full bio

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Kevin MacBeth, CPA

Assurance Supervisor, McGladrey

Kevin offers general business advice and provides audit services in construction (homebuilders), non-profit, including charities, real estate investment, software developers, tribal gaming and governments and various commercial industries. Read full bio

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Pete Marion

Veteran US Army
CEO, TMST Consultants

Pete Marion joined TMST Consultants as the CEO in 2014. He has extensive experience in the defense industry and retired as a Lt. Colonel in the US Army after twenty years of service.

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Mike Maudlin

VP and General Manager, Maudlin International Trucks

Mike joined Maudlin International in 1999 as a part time warehouse clerk in the Orlando parts department while attending the University of Central Florida. By 2008 Mike became Maudlin International’s Vice President and Orlando GM. Read full bio

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John Mina

Chief of Police City of Orlando 

After serving in the United States Army for three years in the 82nd Airborne Division as a Military Police Officer, Deputy Chief Mina moved to Orlando in 1990 to attend the Police Academy.  He has worked many assignments throughout his career at the Orlando Police Department. Read full bio

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Mike Motko

Senior Vice President and General Manager, QinetiQ Inc.

Motko is responsible for the leadership and management of day to day operations, program management, business development and capture activities for QinetiQ Inc.’s Orlando, FL based headquarters. Read full bio

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Clarence Pape

VP Simulation and Training, Intelligent Decisions

Clarence was appointed to Vice President of Professional Services for Department of Defense (DoD) Programs in 2013. In this role, Mr. Pape will be responsible for managing all of Intelligent Decision’s professional services and programs that support the DoD. He will also provide support for ID’s sales organization in identifying and capturing new DoD opportunities within all of its agencies and further cultivating current relationships. Read full bio

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Kevin Preston, MBA, M Ed

Director of Veterans Initiatives, Walt Disney World

Bio Pending

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Chris Quarles

CEO Q Realty and Development

Chris Quarles is a Central Florida native born and raised in Windermere. College Park is now home for his young family and where he established Q Realty and Development in 2005. He is also a loyal and active volunteer in the community. Read full bio.

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Linda L. Repass

Veteran
Civic Volunteer

Linda L. Repass, a native of Wisconsin, has served our nation for more than 30 years both in the U.S Army, and as a leader of military family programs in communities across three continents. She enlisted in the Army in 1982, is a trained paratrooper, and served for 2.5 years at Fort Bragg, NC. Read full bio

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Michael S. Repass

Veteran, Retired General
CEO, Able Global Solutions LLC

Michael S. Repass is the Chief Executive Officer for Able Global Solutions LLC which he founded in 2013 after retiring from the Army. AGS focuses on international business development to match emerging technology and proven products with potential clients. AGS also examines trends and environments for strategic perspectives. Read full bio

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Dan Sammons

Gulf War Veteran
President/CEO, LBF Soulutions,LLC 

Dan Sammons is the President/CEO for LBF Solutions, LLC, a company specializing in the modeling and simulation industry and the manufacturing industry. He previously served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy Nuclear Submarine Force from 1987 to 1995. Read full bio

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Barb Scherer

Sr. Vice President/Regional Marketing Director, Fifth Third Bank, North Florida

As Senior Vice President/Regional Marketing Director of Fifth Third bank, North Florida Barb serves on the bank’s executive leadership team and oversees marketing initiatives throughout the region’s three major markets.  For several years prior to joining Fifth Third bank she held leadership positions at national ad agencies including Earle Palmer Brown, Greenstone/Roberts and Cramer Krasselt.  Barb is a graduate of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.  Read full bio

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Tae Shin

Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran
Attorney, Shin Law Group

Tae Shin practices in corporate law, representing both buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, private business taxation, business succession planning and corporate governance. Read full bio

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Josh Walker

Immediate Past Chair
Current U.S. Army Major
Attorney, Dean, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton

Josh Walker provides corporate litigation and insurance defense counsel. He also serves as a Major in the Florida Army National Guard, and is currently assigned as the Commander of 3rd Battalion, 211th Regiment, and the Commandant of the Officer Candidate School. Read full bio

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Brent Wilder

Public Financial Management

Brent Wilder has more than 23 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Tennessee. Read full bio

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Roderick Williams

Deputy Chief, Orlando Fire Department

Deputy Chief Roderick Williams is in charge of managing the Fire Administrative Service Bureau which consist of Fire Safety Management, Logistics, Supply, Planning, Public Relations, and Training Division. He also oversees the city-wide “Hands Only CPR Program” and handles coordination or construction of new fire facilities and apparatuses. Read full bio

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Douglas Woodman

Senior Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager IBERIABANK

Doug Woodman has been in the banking business in Central Florida for the majority of his adult life. He earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama. Read full bio 

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Leighton Yates

Board Chair
Vietnam Veteran


Leighton Yates is the Chairman of Camaraderie Foundation; he joined the board of directors of the Foundation in 2012 and previously served as Vice Chaiman.  Leighton is a partner in the Orlando office of Holland & Knight LLP, a national law firm with about 1,100 lawyers.  He serves as co-practice group leader of his firm’s 70-lawyer Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions National Practice Group. Read full bio