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About: Board of Directors

  • ​​​​Jamie Holland, Chair

    J Holland

    Materials Management Supervisor, Florida Power & Light Company
    South Florida Board Member since 2017

    With over 20 years of leadership experience, Jaime Holland is a Senior Director of Sales and Operations for FPL Energy Services, a subsidiary business of NextEra Energy, Inc. Jaime is responsible for strategic growth and operations of direct to residential consumer services and products. He has held a number of positions of increasing responsibilities within NextEra from 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, Secretary

    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.

  • 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.)

  • ​Dan Overby, Member

    D Overby

    Founder & Managing Director, 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. The firm provides 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/CEO of BankUnited Investment Services in Miami. In 2013, he led a successful spin-off to create Private Wealth as a standalone entity. Today, Private Wealth is the holding company for Atlantic Capital Advisors and Atlantic Insurance Group and is a joint venture partner to Tampa-based Independent Financial Partners. Dan serves as Divisional President of IFP Institutional Services. The firm works with community banks and credit unions as a wealth program administrator. IFP Institutional Services is currently working with 100+ financial institutions across the U.S. Dan is a past president and emeritus director for the Bank Insurance & Securities Association, the largest industry association of financial institutions engaged in wealth management. BISA is based in Washington D.C.

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

  • ​Derek Harris, Member

    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, healthcare, 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 healthcare litigation.

    Derek has been named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a “40 Under 40 Up” and by Florida Trend's Legal Elite as a 2014 “Up & Comer.” He was 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 representing children in juvenile court with delinquency, early intervention, and educational neglect issues; helping them get on track to achieve academic and personal success.

  • ​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- seven 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 five BSO Units. She is a member of the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) the Florida Sheriff’s Association and a Boys Town Board Member.

  • ​Robert De La Espriella, Member

    R Espriella

    Business Analyst, Florida Power & Light Company
    South Florida Board Member since 2019

    Rob De La Espriella grew up in Palm City, Florida and recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in chemical engineering. In college he participated in singing groups, was vice president of the swing dancing club, and was named a top ten male Hispanic scholar by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in 2018. During college Rob completed internships with Princeton University and Toyota. After graduating Rob went on to join FPL as a business analyst.

    Since returning to his hometown community, he has joined the board of Boys Town South Florida, is leading a new young professionals’ group for Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach, participates on a committee for the Leukemia Lymphoma society, and volunteers as a keyboardist and vocalist for Recovery Church Lake Worth. He also runs a small tutoring company specializing in SAT/ACT prep called DLE Tutoring and enjoys going dancing on the weekends.​