Dr. Amy Bosley is proud to work at the Aspen-prize winning Valencia College where she has served students and the community college mission in a variety of capacities, most recently as vice president of organizational development and human resources. In this role, Amy is responsible for traditional human resources functions (including recruiting, employment, payroll, benefits, records, and information systems) as well as organizational development efforts such as organizational design and development, total rewards, workforce planning, employee development and communication, and the college’s Collaborative Design Center.
A part of the Valencia community for 20 years, Amy’s career began as a part-time faculty member and dual enrollment instructor in Valencia’s East Campus Communications Department. After moving to a full-time teaching position, Amy earned tenure in 2003 and developed myriad teaching modalities and strategies for increasing student access and student success in the communications discipline. Amy served as the president of the college-wide faculty association and was awarded the Sue Luzadder Endowed Chair in Communication to advance the college’s work in online learning. She continues to teach as a part-time faculty member in both the communications and business disciplines.
Amy is an Aspen Presidential Fellow and enjoys serving as a League for Innovation member college representative, as a member of the Chair Academy practitioner board, and as chair of the central Florida Victim Service Center advisory board.
AJ. Stanton has been a partner of the law firm Gasdick Stanton Early, P.A. since 1996 and leads their litigation division. Mr. Stanton understands the burdens faced by companies when litigation threatens to interrupt daily business. He helps clients alleviate legal pressures by providing experienced and aggressive counsel to represent clients’ interests, allowing them to remain focused on business.
Mr. Stanton received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in real estate from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctor from Nova University. Mr. Stanton is a member of the Florida Bar and the Orange County Bar Association. He is also a title agent for Old Republic National Insurance Company.
Adela Hathaway is a professional Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with Congruity Counseling in Winter Park, FL. In her private practice she specializes in working with clients on individualized treatment plans with measurable goals and objectives while maintaining strict adherence to all client confidentiality requirements and standards.
Prior to her current role, Adela worked for The Center for Drug-Free Living providing individual and group therapeutic services to those with various substance abuse issues and emotional disorders. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Valencia College where she worked with students to help them explore concepts such as perception, cognition, attention, emotion, phenomenology, motivation, brain functioning, personality, behavior, and interpersonal relationships.
Adela is a graduate of Troy University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health and the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Additionally, she has various specialized training including: Prepare/Enrich Training, Collaborative Law, Motivational Interviewing Training, Trauma-Focused Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy.
With more than 25 years of accounting experience, Sonia is a seasoned financial professional and certified public accountant. She is the founder and owner of CPA Accounting & Tax Services, an east Orlando based full service accounting firm that she formed in 1997. Prior to starting her private practice Sonia worked as an auditor for the nation’s largest accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche LLP and other fortune 500 companies which helped shape her business philosophy. She is a proud graduate of the University of Miami school of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
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Sam Azar serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Kids Beating Cancer in Orlando, Florida. Kids Beating Cancer, the only non-profit foundation of its kind in America, provides access to cures through the science of cutting edge bone marrow and stem cell transplants at the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center at AdventHealth Hospital for Children while providing resources and support for children with cancer, leukemia, and related life-threatening diseases and their families throughout the treatment process.
Mr. Azar has extensive professional experience as a small business owner, consultant and business development Vice-President. He has served on various philanthropic and association boards and in 2015, he was named “Man of the Year” by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelor’s Degrees in International Affairs & Political Science from The George Washington University.
With nearly twenty years’ of practice, Derek Bruce has developed experience in numerous areas of the law, ranging from the representation of clients in complex business litigation and property tax disputes, to the negotiation of large real estate transactions and the resolution of sensitive land use issues. Today, Derek primarily represents clients before state and local governments throughout the state of Florida on land use, procurement and regulatory issues.
Before joining Gunster, Derek led the statewide governmental affairs team for one of Florida’s most recognizable entities and Central Florida’s largest employer. In that capacity, Derek developed relationships with some of the state’s most influential decision makers in government. Derek is dedicated to accomplishing his clients’ goals by working effectively with government officials and their staffs. His experience in dealing with elected officials on all level helps him to provide clients with a comprehensive understanding of how governments operate.
At the local level, Derek previously served on the Orange County Board of Zoning Adjustment and the Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission. While serving in these capacities, Derek became familiar with Central Florida’s development rules by not only applying the requirements of Orange County’s code on a daily basis to cases that came before his boards, but also by familiarizing himself with regulations in neighboring jurisdictions and municipalities in order to understand how those regulations interact to advance a regional approach to development. Having litigated multiple cases to favorable verdicts early in his career, Derek has the experience and skill necessary to take his clients’ cases before administrative or judicial tribunals if necessary. For example, Derek was named special counsel to the City of Eustis in 2014 to defend the City against a far reaching challenge to growth-friendly changes to its land use code and, as a result of Derek’s aggressive litigation approach, the challenge ended up being dismissed in its entirety.
A Florida native, Derek has lived in Orlando since the age of seven and is passionate about the community he calls “home.” He has served on the boards of numerous statewide and local community organizations, including Leadership Florida, the Central Florida Foundation, the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida and the Randy Roberts Foundation, to name only a few. He also has had the privilege of serving as president of the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida, chair of Business Force and chairman of the Orange County Redistricting Advisory Committee. A devoted Gator fan, Derek holds graduate degrees from the University of Florida in broadcast journalism, law and business administration. He currently sits on the University of Florida’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Upon joining Gunster in 2013 as one of the founding shareholders of its Orlando office, Derek’s leadership capabilities were quickly recognized. He was asked to serve as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee in 2014 and has remained in that capacity since.
Bobbie Deverall has her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in Mass Media Studies, and her Master’s degree from the University of Central Florida in Mass Communications. She has over 11 years of marketing and sales experience in areas including higher education, the restaurant industry, and the nonprofit sector. Currently, she is the Senior Catering Sales Manager for Pollo Tropical with territories ranging from Central Florida up to North Florida, and West Florida and responsible for 70+ restaurants. Previously, Bobbie was the Catering Sales Manager for Tijuana Flats where she worked with C-level executives to create, implement, and fine tune their catering program.
Prior to that, she was the Field Marketing Manager for Tony Roma’s and was tasked with increasing company sales through networking, marketing initiatives, and incremental catering sales.
Bobbie’s passion for the nonprofit sector began when she worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Coalition for the Homeless during her graduate school tenure. And after writing her thesis on fundraising in nonprofits, she was able to share her findings with the organization that later lead to increased in-kind and monetary donations.
Amy serves as assistant vice president and chief operating officer of Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital. In this position, she leads the planning efforts for the hospital’s future development and provides leadership in managing the hospital’s outpatient services.
Amy has been a part of Orlando Health since 1998, providing administrative oversight for a number of departments, including the Orlando Health ORMC Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation. She also served as an administrator of ancillary and diagnostic services at Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.
Amy’s past experience includes working as a respiratory therapist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, serving as an adjunct faculty member for the California College for Health Sciences and working as an inspector for the College of American Pathologists.
Amy earned a bachelor’s degree from Barry University (Miami Shores, Florida) and an MBA from Webster University (Orlando), and is currently earning a PhD from Walden University (Minneapolis). She is a board member of Victim Service Center of Central Florida and an advisory board member of One World Strong Foundation.
Stephen Garrison is a Major with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, has 30 plus years of law enforcement service, and is the commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. He has a bachelor’s degree in business and holds the additional position of High Risk Incident Commander for the Sheriff’s Office, which is responsible for leading all aspects of any critical incident such as natural disasters, hazardous devices, and SWAT operations. He has had diverse assignments during his career ranging from uniform patrol, investigations, and special operations, which includes Street Crimes/Problem Oriented Policing Units, Marine Patrol, Ranch-Agricultural Crimes, Mounted Patrol, K-9, and the Dive Team. Additionally, Major Garrison has voluntarily served on several specialty teams: Emergency Response Team for large-scale events, Waterborne Response Team, Special Response Team for weapons of mass destruction, and SWAT. Major Garrison and his wife have three daughters, two are attending UCF and one who is a senior in high school.
Since September 2004, Allen Johnson has served as Chief Venues Officer of the City of Orlando’s Venues Department which includes the Amway Center, Camping World
Stadium, Tinker Field, Harry P. Leu Gardens and the Mennello Museum of American Art, as well as the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre (2004-2014) and the Expo Center (2004-2005). He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and has successfully completed requirements for his Certified Venue Executive (CVE) and Certified Public Manager (CPM) designations.
Johnson is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), a past Chairman and Trustee of the IAVM Foundation Board and serves on the Arenas
Committee. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, Florida Citrus Sports, the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc., Downtown Orlando Partnership and the UCF DeVos Sports Business Management Program. He is also past president of the Florida Facility Managers Association and a current member of their Board of Directors.
Prior to his tenure with Orlando Venues, Johnson served as the Executive Director of the Lakeland Center (now known as the RP Funding Center) for over 16 years. He has worked as an Assistant Manager at the West Palm Beach Auditorium & Stadium, an Event Coordinator at the Orange County Convention Center and a Box Office Manager/Event Supervisor at the Tupperware Convention Center.
Allen was nominated as a finalist for the Pollstar Facility Executive of the Year Award in 2005, 2010 and 2012. He has also been honored by the Jaycees with their highest award: induction as a Junior Chamber of Commerce JCI Senator. The Amway Center received IAVM’s 2017 Venue Excellence Award, won Sports Business Journal’s Sports Facility of the Year award and received the Customer Experience Award from UK’s
TheStadiumBusiness Awards. During his tenure with Orlando Venues, Allen oversaw the $207.7 million reconstruction of Camping World Stadium which won the KultureCity Community Advocacy Award in 2018. Most recently, Allen was recognized with the 2019 Downtowner of the Year award.
Johnson is married to Suzi and has two daughters, Savanna and Haley Shea.
Laura Owens is a Central Florida activist and philanthropist who invests her time in efforts to help improve the community. Throughout her career Ms. Owens has served on various boards and committees including the Florida Hospital Foundation Board. She is passionate about women’s health issues and uses her talents to raise awareness and engage the corporate community in charitable giving. She is the mother of three daughters and resides in Winter Park with her husband Bob.
Craig is the Branch President of Clear Channel Outdoor in Central Florida. Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Craig earned a BFA Degree from The University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, where he met his wife, Judy. His first post graduate job was as a Graphic Designer & Production Manager of Notch/Bradley, a regional Advertising Agency specializing in Healthcare Advertising & Communications.
Just over a year later, Craig’s 27-year Outdoor career started in Chattanooga with Peterson Outdoor Advertising as a Sales Account Executive. As he worked up through the ranks he witnessed the consolidation of the Outdoor Advertising industry and worked for four different owners, which ultimately became Clear Channel Outdoor. During his extensive career in outdoor he has acquired large and small market experience while working in the Clear Channel Outdoor offices of Chattanooga, TN, Myrtle Beach, SC, Ocala/Gainesville, FL, and lastly, Orlando. During this time Craig has amassed 7 years of Sales Manager experience, and 15 years of Executive Management experience. Craig is currently President of the Central Florida Markets, and was recently recognized as “Branch of the Year” for 2019 by Clear Channel Outdoor.
Craig’s passion is teaching and developing future leaders. Craig is a certified corporate sales trainer for Clear Channel Outdoor, with 17 years of experience in training Account Executives and Sales Managers across the nation on how to help local businesses compete with effective outdoor media campaigns. He has hired, trained and developed many managers around the country for CCO.
He also gives back to his community by serving on the Board of Directors for many organizations. He currently serves as President of The University Club of Orlando. He serves on and is the Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Victim Service Center of Central Florida, BusinessForce, and the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Visit Orlando, the Tiger Bay Club of Orlando, Junior Achievement of Central Florida, Florida Citrus Sports, and the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness.
In 2014, Craig was awarded “Father of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association in Orlando, which honors individuals who are exemplary businessmen, community leaders and model fathers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTiBdzF7BSo
Craig feels his greatest accomplishment is his family. Craig has been married 26 years to his wonderful wife, Judy, and has two daughters, Shelby, a 2020 UCF Graduate, and Avery, a Junior at USF. The War on I-4 is alive and well at his home.
Monique Yeager has over 23 years of marketing and public relations experience. She has held several leaderships positions within the restaurant, professional services and wireless industries. Currently, she acts as strategic counsel to C-Suite and executive management on marketing, brand leadership and public relations for a variety of industries and brands. Previously, she was the Chief Marketing Officer and member of the corporate executive management team for Tijuana Flats Restaurants LLC. She oversaw the brand’s community and philanthropic arm, the Tijuana Flats Just In Queso Foundation, streamlining donation processes and strategically distributing more than $3MM in the communities where Tijuana Flats was located. She was an integral member of the team overseeing “Chester’s Working Warrior Fellowship” program placing veterans in jobs within the company for a 12-24 week work
training in all aspects of the business.
Prior to joining Tijuana Flats, Ms. Yeager was the Director of Marketing for Tony Roma’s, where she was responsible for chain-wide marketing initiatives, both domestically and internationally in more than 30 countries. Additionally, she was also with Sonny’s Franchise Company and Hooters Restaurants of America. During her tenure at Sonny’s Franchise Company, she developed an award winning cause-related marketing effort, Baby Backs for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes. In 2010, the program was recognized both locally and nationally, receiving the American Marketing Association’s Critics Choice Award and the National Restaurant Association’s Neighborhood Finalist Award. Ms. Yeager has a strong commitment to the community and serves in several leadership roles including member of the board of directors for the Central Florida Boy Scouts of America, Founding member of the national organization, BSA Parents, and member of the board of directors for the Orange County Victim Service Center. She has previously held positions on other boards in the Central Florida community including Business Force, Downtown Orlando Partnership, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and many more.
In 2010, she received the Board Member of the Year from MicheLee Puppets and in 2007 she received the March of Dimes Lifetime Achievement Award.