October 2014 Update

October 2014


Council Board Member and Governance Committee Chair, Lori R. Hartglass was honored on September 19th by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) at a Black and White Gala at Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. She was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Council for Educational Change congratulates her on this prestigious honor.

Dr. Ted Toomer, former Principal of Lyons Creek Middle School, was promoted to the position of Director of Leadership Development for Broward County Public Schools. Ted was a participant in year one of the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy.

On Tuesday, September 30, Principal Susan Leon-Leigh, and the staff at Coral Springs High School in Broward County held the grand opening of their Linking Education and Employment Outcomes Lab (LEEO). Susan was a participant in year two of the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy.

At its September 23rd meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Council for Educational Change voted in six new members. Congratulations to: Harold Edward Patricoff, partner at Shutts and Bowen, LLP; Diane Davis, CFP, Vice President with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Dorothy S. Eisenberg, CPA and partner at Gerson, Preston, Robinson and Company; Karnardo Garnett, founder of LegalJourney Law Firm in Tampa; M. N. Scott Ulvi, President and CEO of Triumph Enterprises; and Brad Martin, CFO for Gries Investment Funds.

Spotlight: M. N. Scott Ulvi, Board Member
Scott Ulvi, one of the new Council Board members has over 25 years of management and leadership experience. He has served in executive level positions with high growth firms since 2002 with responsibilities that have included Business Development, Operations Management, and Executive Leadership. Mr. Ulvi has been directly involved in the Financial Planning, Performance Management, People Development, and overall business performance of several successful firms.

As the founder, President, and CEO of Triumph Enterprises, Mr. Ulvi has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the growth and development of the firm.  As the CEO, he determines the direction, vision, and strategic plan for the company.  Mr. Ulvi credits the exceptional people who serve Triumph’s clients and the firm’s supporters with the success that the company has realized to date.

Mr. Ulvi has held previous positions in corporate management, including Vice President of Corporate Development for a mid-sized 8(a) firm prior to founding Triumph Enterprises, Inc. At this firm he managed the Corporate Strategy, Business Development, Organizational Development, and Financial and Operational Planning. During his tenure, he grew his business unit from $2M to $10M.  Prior to this, he held the position of Director of Small Business Programs for a large federal contractor.  In this capacity he was responsible for overall planning, management, and profit and loss of a business unit focused on assisting small businesses as a Mentor in DoD’s Mentor-Protégé Program.

Mr. Ulvi resides in Pinellas County and has contributed $15,000 to support the PASS© partnership at Sandy Lane Elementary School. He also has attended the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy (CLA) event in Tampa and interacted with principals as well as with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE).

PASS© and Executive PASS©...

New Executive PASS partnerships in Miami-Dade include:

  • Miami Lakes K-8 Center – continuing partnerships with new principal Carlos Salcedo and business partner Sarah Suarez of Wells Fargo Bank;
  • Young Men’s Preparatory Academy – continuing partnership with new principal Pierre Edouard and business partner Karen Fryd of South Florida Youth Foundation;
  • Lorah Park Elementary – continuing partnership with new principal Maria LaCavalla and business partner Karen Warner; and
  • North Glade Elementary – new partnership with principal Ray Sands and business partner Bernard Cottle, WPBT – Channel 2.

 On September 17, Pinellas County Superintendent Dr. Michael Grego, Associate Superintendent Lori Matway, Council Board Chair Charles B. Blumenkamp, and President & Executive Director Dr. Elaine Liftin, conducted an orientation for new Executive PASS principals and business partners at the City Auditorium in Pinellas Park. The initial 20 partnerships established as part of the Executive PASS program last year were so successful, that approximately 20 new schools were added for 2014 – 2015.

Raymond James Financial, the Executive PASS partner for Mount Vernon Elementary, provided the school with 50 volunteers/mentors to work with students.  Raymond James’ staff supported the students for “back to school” night.  Raymond James employees provided pizza for attending families. They also collected 350 backpacks filled with school supplies to give to the students.  Principal Peggy Pearson feels very blessed to have this partnership under the direction of Ron Diner.

PASS program school Village Academy, held an extended six-week summer learning program for 550 students which included Head Start, elementary, middle, and high school age children.  With the primary focus on pre-k and kindergarten students, more than 160 students received motivational encouragement to read daily, group reading time with a volunteer, and a bundle of eight "grade-level" appropriate books to take home for the summer.  Of the nine volunteer participants, four men have continued to serve as mentors for selected middle school male students. Using this initiative as a springboard, the staff set a goal of recruiting at least twenty male mentors by the end of this school year. The Village Academy PASS program is generously funded by the Arthur & Sara Jo Kobacker, Alfred & Ida Kobacker Foundation.

On October 29, Duval County Public Schools will host a partnership recruitment breakfast formally establishing the Executive PASS program in Jacksonville. The event will be held at the West End Club at Jaguar Stadium, with breakfast provided by the Jaguar Foundation. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, in conjunction with the Community Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce are inviting business learners to participate and partner with schools, CEO to CEO.

Lawyers’ Alliance:

The law firm of Gray Robinson recently hosted an event for the Lawyers’ Alliance, which is a partnership where lawyers have the opportunity to interact directly with students to help them become knowledgeable about the legal system.  Since its inception, the Lawyers’ Alliance members successfully delivered presentations and hosted court visits for numerous schools.

Attorneys from Gray Robinson, David B. Haber P.A., Wargo French, and Weiss Serota, among others, attended the function. Council President & Executive Director Dr. Elaine Liftin spoke at the event and highlighted the benefits of engaging these business leaders with the public schools.

Alan Fertel, commented that his recent lecture regarding the legal issues facing professional athletes was extremely well received.  Lawyers’ Alliance Chairman, Roger Slade stated, “A lawyer can really make the difference in the life of a child.  Lawyers need to lead by example and promote the value of education.”

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