Twan Russell, is currently the Sr. Director of Youth Programs for the Miami Dolphins. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Communications and Criminology at the University of Miami, the Washington Redskins selected Twan Russell in the 1997 NFL Draft. During his NFL career, Mr. Russell played linebacker with the Redskins, Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons. Mr. Russell retired from professional football in November of 2004 and has led the board of directors as chairman in the governance of foundation’s operations, programming and fundraising. Through his continued leadership and involvement with the Russell Education Foundation and community involvement initiatives focusing on underserved children and families, Mr. Russell is helping to build South Florida’s challenged youth to lead world’s next generation.
Dorothy (Dottie) Sillano, MBA CPA is a senior financial leader with more than 20 years of progressive experience in diverse and complex business models. Ms. Sillano is currently the Assistant Vice President of Finance of Patriot National Inc., a publicly traded company and has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Dreams Inc., a publicly traded company, for eight years. She attained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University and continued her studies at Keller School of Management at DeVry University where she received her Master’s in Business Administration. Professional organizations that Ms. Sillano is a member of: the American Institute of CPA’s, Florida Institute of CPA’s, Virginia Society of CPA’s, Cancer Care support group in Ft. Lauderdale, FL., and the American Business Women’s Association.
Ed Forler currently serves as Vice President of Operations at Dave and Buster’s Entertainment Inc. Mr. Forler has served many roles in the company from Vice President of Strategic Initiatives to Vice President of New Store Openings. Mr. Forler was born in the city of “Brotherly Love”, Philadelphia and still has strong ties to the area. Mr. Forler is married to his wife Linda for the past 27 years. They have four wonderful daughters Sara, Karina, Sophia and Maria. Mr. Forler has been in the Broward county area since 1997 and plans to stay in the area for many years to come. Mr. Forler studied Public Administration at University of Central Florida where he was a collegiate rower and member of TKE fraternity.
Barbara Schechter is a retired executive. She was most recently the Executive Director of the Heart Gallery of Broward County and was a founding board member. The Heart Gallery is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of foster care adoption and connects the community to help. Prior to joining the Heart Gallery in 2007, Barbara pursued a career in marketing, both as a senior manager at several New York advertising agencies and as a consultant to companies that include Alamo Rent a Car and T Rowe Price. She has been active in local non-profit organizations, serving on the boards of the Russell Education Foundation, Taylor’s Closet and the Broward County chapter of the American Heart Association. She is a Guardian ad Litem. Barbara is a graduate of Leadership Broward (class XXVII) and Lifework Leadership. She has been honored as a South Florida Woman Extraordinaire by Business Leader Magazine and recognized as one of 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County by the Boys and Girls Clubs. She holds a BA degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Dr. David Shulman is President of Broward College’s online campus, serving domestic and international students with online certificate and degree programs. Additionally, he is Campus President of the Willis Holcombe Center in Ft. Lauderdale, where the programmatic focus is on Graphic Design, Architecture, and Building Construction Technology. Dr. Shulman also oversees the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs, the Office of Disability Services, and International Education. Dr. Shulman began his career as a classical musician, obtaining a Licentiate in Performance from Trinity College, London, and a Licentiate in Performance from the Royal Schools of Music. After moving to the Arizona from England in 1982, Dr. Shulman completed a B.S. in Computer Science from Western International University, and in 1988 earned a Master’s degree in Educational Computing and Technology from Barry University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Information Science from Nova Southeastern University.
Mitchell Teger is a highly respected sales and marketing expert with over 35 years of experience in building and nurturing successful business relationships. Mitchell began his sales career in the insurance industry in the early 1980’s; opening his own independent agency, Professional Insurance Consultants, selling life, health and disability insurance. After years in Sports Marketing he founded his current company TEGER RESOURCES. As a master connector and combining his out-of-the-box thinking with personalized B2B ‘matchmaking,’ Mitchell makes strategic introductions within his extensive network of successful professionals and businesses. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Mitchell moved to Florida in 1972 where he attended Hollywood Hills High School and then Florida State University. He currently lives in Davie, Florida and has a daughter attending UCF.