Board of Directors

Florida Tech Alumni Committees

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee provides overall direction for the board and its committees. It is comprised of the officers and two other members of the Board of Directors appointed by the President. In addition, the immediate past president serves as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee. It advises the board and makes interim policy interpretations between board meetings. The committee is empowered to act on behalf of the Board of Directors when necessary, subject to the subsequent ratification of the board. In such instances, the Executive Committee shall have all the powers of the Board of Directors, except the powers to make or amend bylaws. It is also responsible for the development of a long-range plan, updated yearly, that will outline the general scope and breadth of organized alumni activities the Association desires.

  • Officers
    • Duane DeFreese (President)
    • Allyn Saunders (Vice President)
    • Ameen Sarkees (Secretary)
    • Jim Herdt (Treasurer)
    • Alexis Loo (IPP)
    • Penny Vassar (Member-at-Large)
    • Chad Shoultz (Member-at-Large)

Alumni Board Advisory Council (ABAC)

In order to coordinate and provide liaison between standing committees, the Executive Committee has assigned Executive Committee Members to serve as liaison members of standing committees as follows:

  • Members
    • Bob Arnold
    • Russ Ballagh
    • Paul Cecala
    • Dale Dettmer
    • Jim Downey
    • Jim Irvin
    • Alexis Loo
    • Charlie McShane
    • Rob Phebus
    • George Poidomani
    • Alan Prestwood
    • Ken Revay
    • John Valente

FTAA President Liaison

Immediate Past Presidents of the FTAA board serve as a non-voting ex-officio member of the FTAA Executive Committee and as a direct liaison to the FTAA President. The prime responsibility of this position is to be available to provide historic knowledge, guidance and advice to the FTAA President as needed in order to facilitate a smooth and productive leadership transition.

  • FTAA President Liaison
    • Alexis Loo

Alumni Relations Committee

This committee is responsible for building good relationships between the Alumni Association and the alumni. It develops networks among our alumni to facilitate professional interaction and career opportunities for alumni and current students. This committee also works to establish, expand and promote chapters and other alumni organizations. It advises staff and chapter leaders in the areas of planning, chapter development and program promotions.

This committee also ensures that the Alumni Association utilizes the most effective communication and marketing techniques and vehicles to reach our alumni. It is concerned with improving communication with alumni in order to facilitate greater involvement of alumni in association programs and services. It reviews and recommends new programs and services for alumni.

  • Committee Liaison
    • Ameen Sarkees
  • Chair
    • Palma Young
  • Members
    • Margaret Berger
    • John Chappell
    • Bernie Fuchs
    • Michael Young

Finance Committee

This committee reviews and oversees the financial affairs of the association and recommends an annual association budget to the Board of Directors. This committee is also responsible for implementing association programs and activities designed to benefit the members and/or promote revenue sources for association programs. Activities such as group insurance, credit cards, travel and similar programs are in this committee's purview.

  • Committee Liaison
    • Penny Vassar
  • Chair
    • Jim Herdt
  • Members
    • John Chappell
    • Stacey Heaton
    • Don Hooper
    • Ameen Sarkees
    • Chad Shoultz
    • Bob Washam
    • Michael Young

Nominations Committee

This committee is responsible for searching out and evaluating prospective members of the board. In preparing recommendations for board membership, the committee ensures appropriate alumni representation from the various geographical areas, organizational units and demographic characteristics of the alumni. The committee evaluates current members of the board for possible re-election and considers nominations from the general membership to the board. The committee also evaluates current board members in order to provide a selection of candidates for officer positions. The committee also nominates an individual for any vacancy of an office or board position.

This committee is also responsible for reviewing criteria for honors and awards established by the board. It receives nominations and makes recommendations of recipients of annual honors and awards. This committee also assists in developing award presentation ceremonies.

  • Committee Liaison
    • Chad Shoultz
  • Chair
    • Kim Bozik
  • Members
    • Eddie Enders
    • Andy Kirbach
    • Rosann Kryczkowski
    • Dan Schlegel
    • Brian Stahl
    • Joel Stephens

Student Relations Committee

This committee is responsible for developing good relationships between alumni and current students. A primary responsibility is to support and encourage the student-alumni program that is building closer links between alumni and students through service projects that support the mission of Florida Tech. This committee is also responsible for coordinating alumni-related homecoming activities and for promoting alumni participation.

  • Committee Liaison
    • Jim Herdt
  • Chair
    • Vic Ross
  • Members
    • Margaret Berger
    • Kim Bozik
    • Eddie Enders
    • Kevin Menard

University Relations Committee

This committee is responsible for improving relations between the Alumni Association and the university by developing programs which support the university in achieving its goals. It assists the Office of Development in generating funds for the enhancement of the university.

  • Committee Liaison
    • Allyn Saunders
  • Chair
    • Rick Horner
  • Members
    • Jim Carleton
    • Sean Doran
    • Richard Enstice
    • Rebecca Lambert
    • Sharie Youmans

Alumni Affairs

150 W. University Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32901
Phone: (321) 674-7190  |  Fax: (321) 674-7210
alumni@fit.edu

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