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  • ​​​​​​​​​Jamie Holland, Chair

    J Holland

    Executive Director, Renewable Entergy Origination, NextEra Energy
    South Florida Board Member Since 2017

    With over 20 years of leadership experience, Jaime Holland is an Executive Director of Renewable Energy Origination at NextEra Energy Resources, an affiliate entity to Florida Power & Light Company. Jaime is responsible for helping utility and C&I customers advance their clean energy goals through the adoption of wind, solar and battery storage projects. He has held several positions of increasing responsibilities within NextEra from business management and development, strategic sourcing, material management, project management and Six-Sigma/Lean Quality practitioner. In 2015, Mr. Holland received the inaugural Lewis Hay III Award for Outstanding Leadership which honors former NextEra Energy Chairman and CEO Lew Hay. The prestigious award recognizes an employee who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities and goes above and beyond expectations.

    Mr. Holland has a master’s in logistics management from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and pre-med from Virginia State University. He has a black belt in Six Sigma. Mr. Holland was commissioned into the United States Army where he served honorably for five years, earning the rank of Captain. NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida. NextEra Energy owns two electric companies in Florida: Florida Power & Light Company and Gulf Power Company. NextEra Energy also owns a competitive energy business, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage.

  • ​William Gerhart, Chair-Elect

    W Gerhart

    Executive Business Consultant
    South Florida Board Member since 2017

    William Gerhart is a Senior Executive with in-depth experience in corporate management, senior military operations, acquisition, fiscal planning, and execution. Hands-on experience in every phase of managing a large corporation. Thoroughly familiar with federal business policies, strategies, and practices.

    William Gerhart managed corporate business accounts containing a $7 billion pipeline and revenues that exceeded $120 million annually. Conversant in all aspects of Business Development in both the Department of Defense and commercial sector. Worked in, operated, and managed US foreign intelligence operations from field units to the national level. William Gerhart applied experience in every phase of the Command, Control, Communications and Computers Intelligence (C4I) equation. Extensive experience in formulation of Cyber, and military policy and strategy; developing/executing operations; and the Defense planning, programming, and budgeting process.

  • ​Derek Harris, Secretary

    D Harris

    Commercial Litigator & Trial Lawyer, Carlton Fields
    South Florida Board Member since 2017

    Derek Harris is a commercial litigator and trial lawyer. Derek has tried cases in the areas of product liability, health care, business torts, and real estate in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. He also has extensive experience with class action, commercial contract, construction, and creditors’ rights litigation.

    Derek has served as lead counsel on cases in multiple areas of law and provided legal assistance through all phases of litigation including discovery, motions practice, mediation, and bench and jury trials. His practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation, defending manufacturing clients in product liability litigation, and defending hospitals in health care litigation.

    Derek received an “On the Rise” award for lawyers from the Daily Business Review in 2017 and the Daily Business Review’s “Most Effective Lawyers” award in 2016. Derek was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a "40 Under 40 Up & Comer" and by Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite as a 2014 “Up & Comer.” He is a member of Class V of Leadership Florida’s Connect Florida program, and a 2011 Fellow in the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity's Fellows Program. Derek has served as an associate editor for ABA Litigation News and has been actively involved in many bar and civic organizations. Much of his pro bono work has involved child advocacy, including representing children in juvenile court with delinquency, early intervention, and educational neglect issues; mentoring; and helping them get on track to achieve academic and personal success.

  • Bethany Lacey, President

    B Lacey

    Executive Director, Boys Town South Florida
    South Florida Board Member since 2021

    Bethany Lacey is a native of Tallahassee, Florida. She holds a bachelor's degree in Christian Counseling from the Baptist College of Florida and a master's degree in Counseling and Psychology through Troy University. Bethany began her career in child welfare 17 years ago as a dependency case manager in Central Florida and she holds a certification in Child Protection through the Florida Certification Board. She began her career at Boys Town Central Florida in 2006 as an In-Home Family Services Consultant. Her leadership ability became quickly apparent which led to her promotions to IHFS Supervisor and then Director where she oversaw all In-Home and Care Coordination services for the site in addition to coordinating the Common-Sense Parenting program. In January 2017, Bethany joined the Boys Town North Florida team as Senior Director of Program Operations. In this role, Bethany oversaw the operations of multiple programs including In-home Family Services, Care Coordination, Common Sense Parenting, Foster Family Services, and the Family Home Program.

    While in North Florida, Bethany gained valuable management and leadership experience and was offered the role of Executive director of Boys Town South Florida. Bethany began in that role on May 1, 2021 and she brings experience in fundraising, community relations, marketing, licensing, and quality assurance to the Executive Director position. But most importantly, she brings a deep understanding of the mission and vision of Boys Town.)

  • Alexander P. Bournique, Member

    A Bournique

    Vice President, Power System Sales
    South Florida Board Member since 2021

    Alex Bournique is originally from Vero Beach, Florida. Mr. Bournique currently works for Siemens Energy (OTCMKTS: SMEGF), serving as the Southeast Region Vice President of Sales. His office is based out of Jupiter, Florida and region consists of North Carolina though Florida. Throughout his career, Alex has held multiple roles within Siemens Energy including sales, marketing, quality and business development interfacing with developers, utilities, municipalities and private equity firms.

    Alex obtained a Master of Science in finance from Pennsylvania State College, a Master of Science in economics from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Florida. Additionally, Alex is a green belt six sigma practitioner.

    ​Alex recently relocated to Stuart Florida with his family and is excited to set roots in South Florida.

  • ​Captain Audrey Jones, Member

    A Jones

    Captain, Broward Sheriff’s Office
    South Florida Board Member since 2016

    Captain Audrey Jones is a University of Florida graduate and began her law enforcement career twenty-nine years ago at the Dade County State Attorney’s Office. She began working for Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in 1994 and became a Special Agent for FDLE. She worked in the Narcotics Unit and was the Lead Agent with No Fear Task Force in Broward County. Throughout her career she has worked cases with the FBI, DEA, ATF, ABT, NICB, and Secret Service.

    In 2006, she became the first African American female Major with Florida Atlantic University Police Department. There she organized and trained officers for the Criminal Investigations Unit. She also was the Commander of the Property and Evidence Room, Internal Affairs, and Public Safety Telecommunications. In 2013, she began working for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) as a Captain, overseeing the Civil Division and the first African American to hold this position. She is currently tasked with oversight of seven BSO Units.

  • Carmencita Mitchell, Member

    Camencita Mitchell

    South Florida Board Member Since 2022​

    Prof. Carmencita Mitchell, originally from New York, has made Palm Beach County her home for the past 18 years.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Humanities from New York University, a MA in English from St. John's University and a Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Lynn University.  For the past 20 years, she has taught English composition, literature, business writing and public speaking at several universities including the American University of Nigeria where she held rank as full-time faculty and Director of the Writing Center.  She presently teaches courses in English and student life skills at Palm Beach State Colleges.  Her research interests include alternative modalities and composition pedagogy, including metaphysics and metacognition, medical humanities, yoga and somatic studies, the philosophical constructs of the 18th century French Salon and cultural studies.

    Carmencita was appointed by the Palm Beach Board of County commissioners and serves as the chairwoman of the board to the Palm Tran Service Board (PTSB) –and its two standing subcommittees –where she holds public meetings on issues of transportation and advocacy for those with disabilities.  In addition, she serves as a volunteer and member of the board of directors of the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches, and recently gave the keynote address at their Inaugural EnVision 20/20 luncheon.  She was also the keynote speaker at the Keystone Systems-KLAS 2019 User's Conference.  Carmencita serves on the board of directors of the Florida College English Association and is a member of the president's advisory panel for the Hadley Institute for the Blind where she offers advice on improvement to their educational programs for the blind and visually impaired.

    In addition to her academic pursuits and civic duties, Carmencita is an approved Silver Sneakers Fitness and dance instructor and holds various certifications in yoga and group fitness as well as certifications in CPR, AED and First Aid from the American Heart Association. She also has taught middle Eastern dance at Gold's Gym, Simply Yoga of Delray Beach as well as the University Club in Yola, Nigeria.

    Carmencita is devoted to philanthropy and the cause of helping people of all backgrounds and abilities enjoy the “greatest quality of life."​

  • Dan Overby, Member

    D Overby

    CEO & Founder, Private Wealth Alliance
    South Florida Board Member since 2012

    Dan Overbey is founder and managing director of The Private Wealth Alliance, a wealth management firm based in Fort Lauderdale that provided planning and guidance to high-net-worth individuals, business owners and institutions. Prior to forming Private Wealth, Dan served as Executive Vice President for BankUnited, and President of BankUnited Investment Services in Miami. In 2013, he led a successful spin-off to create Private Wealth as a standalone entity. Private Wealth is in a joint venture with Tampa-based Independent Financial Partners where he serves as Divisional President of IFP Institutional Services. The firm provides consulting services to community banks, credit unions and financial aggregators and works with 100+ financial institutions across the U.S. He is past president and an emeritus director for Washington D.C.-based Bank Insurance & Securities Association, the largest industry association of financial institutions engaged in wealth management. Dan also served on the advisory board for Stillpoint Family Office in Atlanta.

    In the community, Dan has served in several non-profit organizational posts including past board chairman for Boys Town South Florida, and past board chairman for Children’s Diagnostic. He was nominated for The Jefferson Award, a national civic award founded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, that recognizes America’s top community volunteers, and received national recognition by the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation. He is a non-public arbitrator with FINRA, governing body for broker dealers and registered securities representatives. Dan resides in Fort Lauderdale and has two sons.

  • Susan Yeager, Member

    A Bournique

    South Florida Board Member Since 2021

    Susan Rogers Yeager was born and grew up in Carlisle, PA. She received a BA in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters Degree in French Linguistics and Literature from Penn State University. She taught middle school French in Poughkeepsie, New York and English as a second language at Pinecrest School in Boca Raton, Florida. In 1990, she left her brief teaching career to join her sister in the founding of a new company – Plastec Industries – makers of Plant Accessories and Outdoor living Décor. After serving as Vice President of the company for 20 years, she retired in 2017. Her volunteer activities have included public school PTA, Upward Bound, Brownie Leadership, the Fresh Air Fund, Adopt-A-Family, and Habitat for Humanity. She is married with 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren.