PROFILE OF THE GOVERNING BOARD FOR
SOUTH TECH ACADEMY & SOUTHTECH PREPARATORY ACADEMY
Photographs by Steve Kozak
The Board of Directors represents a diverse group of people with a wide range of experience and expertise. The Board includes representatives of the school community, including parents and business and community leaders. A brief description of each Board Director follows:
Donna Baize, Secretary: Mrs. Baize originates from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she received an Associate’s Degree in Business Major in Accounting Management. Mrs. Baize has extensive experience working in schools in Palm Beach County in various roles on a voluntary basis. Her son is a student at South Tech Academy.
Aram C. Bloom, Vice Chair: Mr. Bloom is with the Law Firm of Shapiro Blasi Wasserman Hermann in Boca Raton, FL. He received his BA in Art History with a minor in Spanish from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Mr. Bloom graduated Cum Laude from the Boston University School of Law. He has Bar Memberships in both state and Federal Courts in Florida and Massachusetts; .
Roger Dunson, Sr.: Mr. Dunson grew up in Fort Lauderdale and after graduating from high school, joined the U.S. Army Security Agency and spent three and a half years in Japan. He later graduated from Palm Beach Junior College and received his BBA Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Mr. Dunson has spent 34 years in the Securities Industry as a Financial Advisor. He is currently Assistant Branch Manager with Raymond James and Associates and previously worked with A.G. Edwards and Sons for 32 years. Mr. Dunson lives in the Boynton Beach/Lake Worth area since 1970. He and his wife, Elaina, have four children and five grandchildren and his hobbies are golf, fishing and traveling. Mr. Dunson has been a member of the Boynton Beach/Lantana Rotary Club since 1986, serving in various capacities. He has been a volunteer for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts as well as coach and referee for various youth organizations.
Nancy E. Ernst: Mrs. Ernst has been in the banking profession for 38 years and most recently, served as Vice President, Branch Manager of Bank United in Boynton Beach. She is originally from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, relocating to Boynton Beach in 1990. She and her husband David have one daughter who lives in northern Minnesota with her husband. Mrs. Ernst also has two step-sons that live with their families in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Mrs. Ernst is active in the Boynton Beach community, serving on the board of the Boynton Cultural Centre a/k/a The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center, as well as The Greater Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Russell Feldman: Russell Feldman retired after serving more than 36 years in the field of special education. He worked as a paraprofessional, teacher, teacher on assignment, supervisor and director in New York, Dade County, and Palm Beach County. He spends some of his time volunteering with families, consulting, and serving on the Board of the Palm Beach School for Autism. He earned his Bachelor, Masters, and Specialist degrees from the University of Colorado, Hofstra University, and Nova Southeastern University, and has lived and studied in France.
Diane Heinz: Diane Heinz is a 40-year resident of South Florida and has 18 years of public service. Ms. Heinz’ accomplishments during those years are many, some of which are: Co-Founder of AVDA "Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse"; Initiator of Crime Commission, originally entitled the “Crime Prevention Council”, resulting in judicial changes; Countywide Elected Palm Beach County School Board Member, resulting in cost saving by improving District business practices; Creator to the Minority/Women Business Enterprise programs at the South Florida Water Management District as well as Palm Beach County government. Prior to that, Ms. Heinz served at the senior advisor to a Palm Beach County Commissioner. She also is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach and was a former Board Member of Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. Following her years in Public Service, Diane achieved the designation of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member). She has been representing buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants for the past 17-years. Most recently, Diane has combined her commercial real estate expertise and commitment to sustainability by joining Green Lumens, Inc., a cutting edge commercial LED lighting company, based in Boca Raton. She continues to practice Commercial Real Estate for Rinker Realty Inc., based in Palm Beach. Ms. Heinz is a graduate of University of Kentucky and recently completed paralegal training to increase her legal knowledge.
Dan Heller, Treasurer: Mr. Heller is a seasoned business management professional/entrepreneur with experiences in a diverse range of industries. His areas of focus are strategic planning, management, finance and accounting. His career has chiefly been with small businesses and non-profits though he has experience at a number of Fortune 500 companies. Over the last 16 years he has been in senior or executive management positions. He has a BA from Cornell College and an ACCSB accredited MBA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He is listed in the 1989 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Previously he sat on the boards of two Palm Beach County non-profit organizations where he also served as Treasurer and chair of Finance Committees. In addition to South Tech Academy and South Tech Preparatory Academy he sits on the Delray Beach Center for The Arts Programming Committee. Academia experiences are those of a Graduate Teaching Assistant while at SIUE and as Adjunct Faculty at National-Lewis University.
Robert M. Kesten: Mr. Kesten received his Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. He continued his studies in law and graduated from Brooklyn Law School, and is a member of the New York and Florida Bars. Mr. Kesten served two terms as Village Justice in Monticello, New York his hometown before moving to Palm Beach County. Mr. Kesten works with Leslie Robert Evans & Associates, P.A. in Palm Beach.
Suzanne Nicolini: Suzanne Nicolini considers herself to be a lifetime volunteer. Since 1972, she has held officer positions in Girls Scouts, PTA and School Advisory committees in both Broward and Palm Beach County. Now she gives her time to the Media Center at SouthTech Academy and is Box Top Coordinator at Atlantic Christian Academy. She also is a coach for the Boynton Beach High School Bowling team and AMF Saturday Bowling League. Suzanne retired from Broward College and has an AA degree from there and a BA in Psychology from Barry University in Miami.
Carl McKoy: Mr. McKoy has served as a Boynton Beach City Commissioner. He is co-founder of the Juvenile Transition Center and now serves as a volunteer. He is First Vice President of the Palm Beach County League of Cities, President of the Palm Beach County Caucus of Black Elected Officials, serves on the Board of Directors for the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, serves as a member for the Florida League of Cities, and is a business owner. Mr. McKoy has worked as an Investigative Television News Reporter, Assignment Editor/Reporter, and a Private Investigator.
James F. Notter, Chair: Mr. Notter began his career in 1972 and has served 39 years in public education, including 29 years in administrative roles and ten years as a classroom teacher. In 1986 he and his family relocated from upstate New York to Broward County, where Mr. Notter progressed through the organizational ranks, serving in a variety of administrative roles including North Central Area Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Chief of Staff and five years as Superintendent of Schools, before retiring in June of 2011. Mr. Notter continues his work through his company, Educational Leadership Services, LLC. He has served in many leadership roles in our community including the Urban League, Children Services Council, United Way, Workforce One, Broward Workshop and Greater Ft. Lauderdale Economic Development Council. Mr. Notter is a graduate of the University at Buffalo with a BS degree in education and earned a MS degree in administration from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York. He completed Florida postgraduate certification work at Florida International University and the University of Miami and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program for Organizational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.
James R. Kidd, President & CEO: Mr. Kidd is the President and Chief Executive Officer of South Tech Academy and South Tech Preparatory Academy and serves as the school representative to the Governing Board. His grandson attends South Tech. Mr. Kidd has recently been awarded the 2015 Charter School Leader Award.