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You & the Blue


March 2019


The Broward College Foundation Board of Directors approved a new executive committee during its February 28, 2019 meeting at the Broward College A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie.


Bacardi Jackson was named Board Chair. Jackson, who has served on the Broward College Foundation board of directors since 2013, is a civil rights attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center. In this position, she takes on inequities in the education system, particularly on behalf of children of color and those with disabilities or mental health issues. She previously was an attorney at Tucker Law Group, a civil litigation firm, representing a wide range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, colleges and universities, governmental entities and individuals. Jackson, licensed to practice in Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania, earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from Yale University.


Monica McGrath, Ph.D., was named Vice Chair. McGrath, who owns and operates Resources for Leadership, Inc., is a consultant in leadership development and an adult educator. She served as the Vice Dean for the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and in other administrative and teaching roles for seventeen years. In her role as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Management at Wharton, she taught in the MBA and the MBA for executives programs. She was the lead on numerous open enrollment and custom programs including Goldman Sachs Foundation's two entrepreneurial programs, the 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Business programs. McGrath holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rowan University, and a master’s in education and a doctorate with an emphasis in organizational psychology from Temple University.


Craig Farlie was named Treasurer. Farlie, founder of Harbor Beach Capital, is an experienced entrepreneur who launched a number of successful businesses, including Farlie Turner & Co., a Fort Lauderdale‐based investment bank at which he is still an active partner and managing director. Farlie co-founded and served as CEO of PrintSource USA and eventually built the company into a multi‐state operation employing more than 600 people. In addition to his entrepreneurial efforts, Farlie has held leadership positions at NYSE‐listed Republic Services, Blockbuster Entertainment and PaineWebber. He also has extensive experience buying and selling companies, both for his own entities, as well as for others, including time spent at Huizenga Holdings, a private investment company based in South Florida. Farlie earned an A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.


Richard A. Suss, CFP, was named Secretary. Suss, executive director/branch manager at UBS Financial Services, oversees the Miami domestic wealth management business, including investment management, financial and estate planning, banking, lending and insurance. During his 19 years at UBS, Suss has served in various leadership capacities such as branch manager, sales manager and regional business development manager. He joined the firm as a financial advisor and sales manager, after spending eight years in similar roles at Prudential Securities. Suss is a graduate of University of Florida's Warrington College of Business with a concentration in finance and real estate.


Pamela Stephany was named Immediate Past Chair. Stephany, a former member of the Broward College District Board of Trustees, recently brought together her two passions – traveling and baking – by opening Pfeffersnaps, a company that offers cookies infused with six exotic and full-flavored spices from around the globe. Stephany's real career was as an independent financial advisor with more than 30 years of experience implementing complex global financial and investment strategies. She previously served as the deputy manager of Credit Suisse Private Advisors North America, senior vice president for Bank Julius Baer, and vice president at Bank of Boston where she worked and lived in Southeast Asia and South America. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a bachelor's degree in international finance and commerce.


Back Row, L-R: Dr. Monica McGrath, Jean B. Seaver, Bacardi Jackson, Nancy O’Donnell-Wilson, Pam Stephany, Lori Albrizio, Beverly J. Yanowitch, Ann S. Porterfield, and Mia Biggs. Front Row, L-R: Gregory E. McGowan, Derrick S. Roberts, Gregory R. Tait, Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile, Richard Suss, Captain Barrington A. Irving, Jarett S. Levan, and John E. Bochak.

Established in 1971, the Broward College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the officially designated means of making private, charitable contributions to Broward College. Its purpose is to change lives through education by providing community awareness, advocacy and funding to the College. Members of the Foundation’s volunteer board of directors work closely with the College’s Office of Advancement to raise money to support scholarships, academic programs and learning facility enhancements. We believe every person who is determined to change their life through the pursuit of higher education should be afforded that opportunity.


The 6th season of the Broward College Speaker Series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts concludes at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 with humanitarian, actor, author, entrepreneur, health and wellness ambassador / educator, and philanthropist Hill Harper, whose topic is Sailing the Seven C’s of Success.


Harper is perhaps most recognizable for his starring role in the CBS hit television drama CSI: NY where he played eccentric Dr. Sheldon Hawkes from 2004 to 2013 and for which he won three NAACP Image Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Subsequently, Harper returned to CBS starring in Covert Affairs, the fast-paced drama Limitless, and Showtime’s award-winning drama Homeland. Harper is a member of the cast of ABC’s #1 drama The Good Doctor and hosts How It Really Happened with Hill Harper on HLN. Harper is the author of four New York Times best-sellers and has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting. Additionally, Harper founded the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs.


Harper graduated magna cum laude as valedictorian of his department with a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and cum laude with a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree with honors from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and holds honorary doctoral degrees from Winston-Salem State University, Cheyney University, Westfield State College, Tougaloo College, Le-Moyne Owen College, Dillard University, and Howard University. 


Purchase tickets for Harper's presentation online. There is a 10% discount for Broward College alumni who order online and use the discount code BCALUM.


This year’s Broward College Speaker Series opened on January 16 with economist Ben Stein and continued with actress Marlee Matlin on February 6 and NFL legend Terry Bradshaw on March 11.


Marlee Matlin (center) with Helen and George Weaver
at the February 6 Broward College Speaker Series presentation

Terry Bradshaw (center) with Debra Van Horn and her son Chad Van Horn, who is wearing a replica of Bradshaw’s jersey, at the March 11 Broward College Speaker Series presentation


The formal investiture of Broward College’s new leader and 7th president, Gregory Adam Haile, Esq. takes place at the Ralph R. Bailey Concert Hall on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie this Friday, March 29. We will publish a special edition of You & the Blue with details of this momentous occasion in the next couple of weeks.


The Batchelor Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to help fund the aviation hangar expansion for the Emil Buehler Aviation Institute at Broward College.



The expansion will allow Broward College to accommodate individuals who wish to pursue careers in the aviation field, whether they are traditional students, current employees in the sector, first-generation-in-college students, or students from underserved communities. The added capacity of the learning laboratory and classroom space this capital project provides is expected to expand enrollment by 50 percent.


The Batchelor Foundation’s decision to fund this expansion was inspired in part by transformational financial commitments from other sources, including the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust, the Jerry Taylor & Nancy Bryant Foundation, and a third entity that will be announced during the formal investiture of Broward College President Gregory Adam Haile.


The 32nd Annual Broward College Golf Classic, presented by Cigna, takes place on Thursday, March 28 at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Proceeds from this year’s event will support the First Generation in College Scholarship.


In addition to Cigna, we are grateful to the following for their support of this annual event:


Platinum Level Sponsors are BRPH Architects & Engineers, Flexential, The Rhodes Insurance Group, and Stiles Corporation.


Gold Level Sponsors are ANF Group, AvMed, Barefoot Financial, Delta Dental, Kip Hunter Marketing, Keith, Lenovo / Intel, Pirtle Construction, Ricoh, SGM Engineering, Inc., Sharp, Thermal Concepts, and UnitedHealthcare.


Bronze Level Sponsors are Advanced Roofing, Consultis, Proofpoint, Cindy Schutt PR, and Valic.


Proceeds from this event will support Broward College’s First Generation in College Scholarship. Thanks to BBX Capital, Humana, Brainfuse and D2L for their contributions to this scholarship initiative in conjunction with this event.


Members of this year’s Golf Committee, which was chaired by Lloyd F. Rhodes, were Michael Alperstein, Lorne Cleaver, Reid Holden, Kip Hunter, Terri Justice, Ellice Martinez, Jorge Mirales, Nancy O’Donnell-Wilson, Jack Paltani, Daniel Rioseco, Scott Rivinius, Cindy Schutt, Marla Stenger, and Mark Van Dyck.


More information about Broward College’s 32nd Annual Golf Classic will appear in a special issue of You & the Blue.


The Broward College Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report is available online. Learn how philanthropic individuals in our community are seeing their funding go further and helping more and more students become Empowered by Broward.



Classical, international and jazz music, independent cinema, theatre, dance – there’s something for everyone! Go online and see what’s in store.


Consider reviewing the benefits listed on the Alumni & Friends Network site. One of those benefits is insurance through Geico. If you identify yourself as an affiliate of the college when you review their offer, they’ll make a donation to the Broward College Foundation – even if you decide not to purchase!


Amazon Smile LogoDid you know you could save money, save time, shop in your bunny slippers, and help students become Empowered by Broward all at once? When you buy your gifts, clothing, food, and other products through Amazon Smile, you can direct a percentage of your purchase to the Broward College Foundation and support the students at Broward College.


Prices on Amazon Smile are identical to those on the regular Amazon site. You’ll enjoy the same convenience and help make a student’s dream of higher education a reality.


Learn how easy it is to set up your Amazon Smile account.


When you include the Broward College Foundation in your financial and estate planning, you ensure your legacy of providing opportunity to students who are determined to change their lives through the pursuit of higher education. Help someone become Empowered by Broward!


For more information, email Jim DeChant or call 954-201-7079.

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