The ACE Team


Buck Martinez– President and Founder of Student ACES. Buck was with Florida Power and Light as a top executive for over 35 years.

Dionne Boldin– Q81 Foundation and Anquan and Dionne Boldin Scholarship Fund. Born and raised in Belle Glade she and husband, professional football player Anquan Boldin, is equally committed to helping those in need. In 2004, the couple started the Anquan Boldin Foundation, which promotes a strong commitment to community and empowers children and families to thrive in unlikely circumstances. Serving until 2021

Johan Kriek– Tennis Champion and Humanitarian. South African-born Johan Kriek became a U.S. citizen in 1982. Having turned pro in 1978, he went onto win the Australian Open in 1981 and 1982 (d. Denton both times) and was a quarter-finalist (or better) at all four Grand Slam championships. Johan also founded the Global Water Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering clean water to the world’s neediest communities. Serving until 2022.

LaVonne Idlette, OLY, MBA, JD  – The Florida Adopted Virginia Native is a Retired Olympic athlete turned Athlete Advocate. In her 10+ year business tenure in sport, entertainment, real estate and business law she formed a life mission to help current and former athletes continue to succeed beyond the field of play while economically stimulating the communities that raised them. She is the Co-Founder of Athent, inc, a personal enterprise education, management, resource technology tool for athletes. She serves as a mentor and advisor to numerous athletes, startups, real estate funds and advocacy groups.

Syd Kitson– CEO Kitson and Partners. One of the largest land developers who is developing the first “smart city” called, Babcock Ranch. Syd serves on the Board of Governors for the State University System of Florida, he is currently on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Florida Council of 100, as well as the current Chairman for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Serving until 2021

Rob Kornahrens– CEO Advanced Roofing. Mr. Kornahrens was recently noted as one of the most powerful people in Broward County Florida by Gold Coast Magazine. Serving until 2021

Charles Johnson– Former MLB player and one of the best catchers of all time. Founder of The Charles Johnson Foundation an organization that gives inner city youth the opportunity to be exposed and have access to the game of baseball. Serving until 2023

Karl Watson – Retired COO and President of Rinker Materials



Krissy Webb – Executive Director and Co-Founder

Rebecca Tucker – Alumni and Operations

KD Fletcher – The Glades Program Director

Donnell Bennett – Head Coach



  • Adriana Hauser – seasoned communications professional with extensive knowledge and insight into issues and people honed through more than 15 years of reporting on current events, national and international news in English and Spanish
  • Agustin Arellano – CFO of NV2A Group
  • Anthony Barbar – Chairman of the Board Florida Atlantic University, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barbar & Associates
  • Belinda Keiser – Belinda’s ongoing efforts contribute to Florida’s economic and workforce development priorities, global competitiveness and the legal, education, and healthcare communities
  • Beth Johnston – Regional Market Development Director at Florida Blue
  • Bryant Salter – CEO of Business Diplomacy Consulting
  • Chad Jenkins – founded Jenkins Group to respond to the diverse security needs of the public and private sector. His service to his nation started at 17 years of age and has spanned across three decades. Chad’s passion for protecting his country and its citizens is paramount
  • Chris Gannon – Co-Founder of Bolay and Marketing Director PDQ
  • Chief Clarence D. Williams, III– Chief of Police Riviera Beach Police Department.
  • Coach Mike Jarvis – Lifetime Coach, Author, Professional Speaker, College Basketball Analyst
  • Cody Riggs – Notre Dame Football, NFL and currently with Player Performance & Perry CPA
  • David Rinker – Director of M.E.Rinker, Sr. Foundation, Director and Secretary of David and Leighan Rinker Foundation, Finance Committee Member of The King’s Academy, Managing Member of Four Corners Holding Group
  • Don Fox – CEO Firehouse Subs. Don Fox is Chief Executive Officer of Firehouse of America, LLC, in which he leads the strategic growth of Firehouse Subs, one of America’s leading fast casual restaurant brands
  • Donnell Bennett – UM Football Captain, former NFL, Cardinal Gibbons Player Development and Student ACES Head Coach
  • Doug Chapman – Marshall Football, NFL, NFLPA, TV Analyst and Host and currently Director of Research and Development of Ultimate Nutrition
  • Carlos Campo – President at Ashland University in Ohio. He also serves as the chair of the Hispanic Education Alliance of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  • Michael Bergeron – Senior Vice President of Development & Applications at SIVOTEC Analytics
  • Earnie Ellison – Partner of Ellison Consulting Group, LLC and Chairman of the Board United Way Palm Beach County
  • Eddie Ruiz – Florida State Director at Charter Schools USA
  • Ellen Gray Van Arsdale – Educational Leadership Consultant at The School District of Palm Beach County
  • Eric Silagy – President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Power and Light.
  • Howard Schnellenberger – Assistant coach for the University of Kentucky (1959-1960), University of Alabama (1961-1965), Los Angeles Rams (1966-1969) and Miami Dolphins (1970-1972, 1975-1978). Head coach for the Baltimore Colts (1973-1974), University of Miami (1979-1983), University of Louisville (1985-1994), University of Oklahoma (1995) and Florida Atlantic University (2001-present)
  • Jack Grubbs – United States General
  • James M. Gelfand – President at GCF Enterprises, LLC
  • Jamie Levin – Vice President, Corporate Communications at TBC Corporation
  • Jan Cairnes – CEO of the Hanley Center Foundation
  • Jarrett Perry – Managing Partner Perry & & Group CPA
  • Jen Black – US Sugar Community Relations
  • Jorge L. Arrizurieta – President of Arrizurieta and Associates. Jorge is a past president of Florida Free Trade of the Americas (FTAA) where he was the driving force in the drafting of a policy recommendation that Governor Bush sent to President Bush and his administration that lead to the formation of the Interamerican Ethanol Commission and the important collaboration taking place between the United States Government and the Western Hemisphere
  • Josh Kellam – Vice President ESGCO
  • Justin Sayfie – Attorney and Government Relations Consultant at Sayfie Law Firm.  From 1999 to 2001, Justin served as a top advisor to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. As a lobbyist, Justin effectively engages with multiple levels of government and provides strategic counsel to his clients
  • Larry Kelleher – Former VP of FPL Group.
  • Lee J. Chimerakis – Retired Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley.
  • Logan Morrison – MLB Player
  • Manny Mencia – Sr VP Enterprise Florida
  • Mari Tere Rojas – Dade Schools District 6 Board Member
  • Mark Rodgers – Sports Agent
  • Mayor Maria Marino – Elected to the Palm Beach Gardens City Council in 2016, Maria became the City’s Mayor in 2017 and again in 2018. She is currently running for Palm Beach County Commission.
  • Mike Debock – Senior Director of Customer Service NextEra Energy
  • Mike Pagliarulo – an American former professional baseball third baseman and current hitting coach of the Miami Marlins
  • Neil Jacobsen – President of LiveNation Florida
  • Tom Rooney- Congressman
  • Pete Martinez – Chairman and CEO at Game Changer Tec LLC and SIVOTEC Analytics, IBM VP
  • Rachel Docekal, MBA, Ed.D has a passion for advocacy and destigmatization surrounding the disease addiction. Managing partner of Lyrae Group
  • Rich Holland – President of Holland Advisors
  • Rich Paul-Hus – Hypower, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Rick Ankiel – Former MLB Player and Author
  • Rob Kornahrens – CEO Advanced Roofing
  • Rob Dattalo – MD, Otolaryngologist
  • Romeo Crennel – Romeo is an American football defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans
  • Steve Politziner – As the Vice President of Good Karma Brands and General Manager of ESPN West Palm, Steve Politziner has taken the mission of being the first sports radio station to serve the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast and expanded it into a sports marketing enterprise
  • Syd Kitson – Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners
  • Tania Rogers – WPTV News Anchor and Reporter
  • Tyler Greene –World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals
  • Valerie Miyares – Manager Palm Beach County District Athletics